I can’t say that I think about her a lot, but she does cross my mind from time to time as she is part of my past. Ever heard of Cheri Caffaro?
If you were a teenage boy back in the 70’s and ever went to a drive-in, you probably know who she is—or at least know the character she played in three of her movies.
Caffaro was known as Ginger—the private detective. She was the queen of sleaze, appearing in these low-budget exploitation films. Ginger got into a lot of fights, was beaten up, was tied up and had sex constantly all with full frontal nudity. Caffaro had her clothes off more than on and so did the other women she was trying to save from the bad guys.
These movies were perfect for horny teenage boys. I remember going to the Vevay drive-in once (that’s in Indiana) with my friend John and they were showing all three Ginger movies. We were in “naked women heaven.”
It should go without saying that the acting in these movies was terrible and Caffaro really couldn’t dance either. I think the YouTube video up above will prove that.
Before I started writing this, I did a Google search on Caffaro. She was born in 1945, so she’s approaching 70 now. I’d love to interview her. I want to know if she has plans for a Ginger comeback—maybe make a fourth movie. There’s gotta be a few drive-ins still around where it could be shown. I’ll call my friend John and see if he’ll go with me.