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Playboy Mid Summer Night's Dream Party 1985 (1985)

A camera crew, with the help of a few hundred celebrities, walk us through a very special Mid Summer Night's Dream Party in 1985, to welcome Hugh Hefner back to Playboy social life, after his stroke earlier that same year.


Michael Gottlieb


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A salute to Playboy Magazine on the occasion of its twenty-fifth anniversary, hosted by founding publisher Hugh Hefner and an all-male guest list.

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Stars: Hugh Hefner, James Caan, Tony Curtis


Cast overview, first billed only:
Ed Begley Jr. ... Himself
Jessie Eastland Jessie Eastland ... Himself
Tracy Vaccaro Tracy Vaccaro ... Herself
Liv Lindeland Liv Lindeland ... Herself
Timothy Leary ... Himself
Sarah Douglas ... Herself
Chuck McCann ... Himself
Hugh Hefner ... Himself (as Hugh M. Hefner)
Carrie Leigh Carrie Leigh ... Herself
Jim Brown ... Himself
Buck Henry ... Himself
Robert Culp ... Himself
Sondra Theodore Sondra Theodore ... Herself
Jerry Buss ... Himself
Monique St. Pierre ... Herself


Hundreds of celebrities from movies, TV, sports, politics, and business, put on a pair of pajamas or negligee, and head for 10236 Charring Cross Road, off of Sunset Blvd. in Holmby Hills, California, for one very special Saturday evening in July, 1985, to celebrate The Mid Summer Night's Dream Party at the Playboy Mansion. This was a special 'over the top' Mid Summer Night's Dream Party, because Hugh M. Hefner had suffered a stroke in March of that year. This was his 'coming out party', and his return to the social life he had become famous for. Almost all of the Playmates from the previous years were on hand to help host this party as well. This event was aired live on Playboy TV as it happened, and then edited, and made into a feature film that aired many times in 1985. The idea was to make the viewers feel like they were actually at the party, without really being there. Written by Unknownian

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The Pajama Party of the Century









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13 July 1985 (USA) See more »


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$100,000 (estimated)
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Color (Eastman Color)
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The best Playboy Mid Summer Night's Dream Party ever
18 January 2017 | by UnknownianSee all my reviews

The 1985 Mid Summer Night's Dream Party was the event of the 80s in Hollywood. It was Hugh Hefner's coming out party after recovering from his stroke on March 6th of that same year. It was the first time he appeared in public without his traditional 'tobacco-pipe'.

Hollywood turned out for that year's summer party to welcome Hef back to his social life. Sports stars, movie stars, politicians and corporate big wigs, were all part of the festivities at the Playboy Mansion that year.

The Mid Summer Night's Dream parties were all aired live on the Playboy channel, and the 1985 party was done right to make sure that year's party was going to be filmed first rate, from the equipment used to the decorations, food, and choice of live interviews.

On sports trivia, Jessie Eastland introduced Moses Malone to Jerry Buss that evening at Jerry's request, and on Romance trivia, Shannon Tweed (former Playmate of the year) met Gene Simmons (drummer for Kiss) at this party. The Malone-Buss-Lakers marriage never got off the ground, but at this writing Tweed and Simmons are still together, and were finally married on September 23rd, 2016.

1985's Party became the most viewed, Playboy Mansion pajama party ever. The crew that filmed it, really nailed the feeling of the mansion parties, and if you can get yourself a copy of this party, you won't be disappointed. If you are a fan of Playboy, this is a 'must see'. 10 of of 10 stars.

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