Some of My Best Friends Are…(1971): Mervyn Nelson’s Tale of Village Gays and Lebsians

Written and directed by Mervyn Nelson, Some of My Best Friends Are…star Fannie Flagg, Rue McClanahan, and Candy Darling.

Set on Christmas Eve 1971 in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village, the tale revolves around a group of gay men and lesbians who meet at the Blue Jay Bar to talk about their lives and relationships.

Candy Darling, who died three years after the film was released, was then known as a Warhol Superstar and icon.  The transsexual starred in Andy Warhol’s films Flesh (1968) and Women in Revolt (1971), and was a muse of The Velvet Underground.

Fannie Flagg as Helen/Mildred
Rue McClanahan as Lita Joyce
Candy Darling as Karen/Harry
David Drew as Howard
Tom Bade as Tanny
Jim Enzel as Gable
Jeff David as Leo
Nick Denoia as Phil
Clifton Steere as Gertie
James Murdock (credited as David Baker) as Clint
Paul Blake as Kenny
Carleton Carpenter as Miss Untouchable
Robert Christian as Eric
Dick O’Neill as Tim
Gary Campbell as Terry
Gil Gerard as Scott
Lou Steele as Barrett
Uva Harden as Michel
Ben Yaffe as Marvin
Gary Sandy as Jim
Peg Murray as Terry’s mother
Sylvia Syms (singer) as Sadie