EXPIRED: 06/27/10 – Corey Allen, 75, challenged James Dean to a “chicken race” in “Rebel Without a Cause.” It didn’t work out too well for his character, Buzz Gunderson, who ended up driving over a cliff.

It didn’t do too well for Allen’s acting career, either. But that was okay with the thespian, who, with the recent death of  Dennis Hopper, was for a short time the last surviving lead cast member of the 1955 film classic. Sure, there were other roles. He got small parts in “Dragnet,” “The Millionaire,” “Alfred Hitchcock Presents,” “Gunsmoke,” “Have Gun — Will Travel,” “Studio One,” “Rawhide,” “Sea Hunt,” “Bonanza,” “Dr. Kildare” and “Combat!”

But like many actors, Allen wanted to direct. He traded acting for work behind the camera and rarely looked back.

He won an Emmy Award for a 1983 episode of “Hill Street Blues” and other awards for his work on “Paper Chase,” and “The Streets of San Francisco.”

He also is credited with directing episodes of  “Ironside,” “Police Woman,” “Tapper John M.D.,” “Cannon,” “Hawaii 5-0,” Mannix,” “The Rockford Files,” “Simon & Simon,” “Murder, She Wrote,’ “Dallas,” “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” and “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.”

In his last acting gig he lent his voice to a straight to video sleeper called “Quarantined.” In it he played someone called Mr. Eagle. We didn’t bother to investigate any further.

What did catch our eye was the fact that he directed a softcore porn movie called “The Erotic Adventures of Pinocchio” in which a female ‘Geppetta’ brings the puppet Pinocchio to life as a living man, who is quickly brought to work in the local whorehouse as a prize stud and exhibitionist.

In 1971 it was given an X rating. Today it would be a back-to-school special.



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