The Story that Movie was based on appeared originally in Playboy!

I recently picked up a collection of William Castle’s films. Although I’ve known of them and read about them for years, I haven’t seen most of them. So I finally got a chance to see Mr. Sardonicus, a rather Poe-esque story about a man cursed with disfiguration for violating his father’s grave. I was surprised to learn that it was derived from a then-recent story by Ray Russel (who also wrote the screenplay, his first), which had originally appeared in the January 1961 issue of Playboy. Russell was its fiction editor.

That, of course, got me thinking about George Langelaan’s story The Fly, which had appeared in the June 1957 issue of Playboy, and was turned into the 1958 film of the same name. It was much later very freely adapted into the 1986 David Cronenberg film of that name. It also gave rise to three sequels – two to the first film and one to the latter. And got turned into an opera (!!) 9n 2008. The mind boggles.

It made me wonder about others. I knew that Ray Bradbury’s A Sound of Thunder had appeared in Playboy (in June 1956), but it wasn’t an original publication. It had appeared in Colliers four years earlier, and in Planet Stories after that, and had even been anthologized before its Playboy appearance. The story was liberally adapted into a lackluster Peter Hyams film in 2005 (and in a Ray Bradbury Theater episode in 1989)
The only other case I can think of where a weird story first appearing in Playboy hit the big screen caught me by surprise. I was watching the 1987 movie * Angel Heart* when I realized that I already knew the story. William Hjortsberg’s novel Falling Angel, on which it was based, had been serialized in Playboy. It got turned into an opera, too.
Any others?

Came in to mention Angel Heart, but already covered.

Not a movie, but Henry Slesar’s Playboy story “Examination Day” was dramatized in The New Twilight Zone

“Duel” by Richard Matheson originally appeared in Pkayboy, according to Steven Spielberg

The Fabergé egg plot of Octopussy was based on “The Property of a Lady”, which appeared in the January '64 issue.

I was unaware of that, but, yup, it’s in the April 1971 issue
One that isn’t really weird, and wasn’t even fiction, but which some people might think fits is The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, which started out as a short piece of real-life reporting by Larry L. King in Playboy in 1974. He later co-wrote the script for the Broadway musical and later the movie. King wasn’t particularly happy with the choices of Dolly Parton and Burt Reynolds as stars (he preferred Jill Clayburgh and Willy Nelson), but the powers that be went with the more bankable, arguably more extreme stars. King later wrote another Playboy piece about his experiences.

I didn’t know that. Playboy also ran much of The Man with the Golden Gun in 1963 before its book publication.

I wouldn’t know. I only bought it for the pictures :slight_smile:

Originally I was trying to remember something that appeared in Playboy. It was 9 1/2 weeks, but it has already been published and only an excerpt appeared in Playboy.

The October 1989 issue featured a short story called “The Madison Heights Syndrome” that was later turned into a little-loved 1994 movie called S.F.W. starring Stephen Dorff and Reese Witherspoon.

One of my favorite old-time movies!

I know it became a punchline but playboy would have some damn good writing in its fiction and its true crime articles … and humor…

The 1983 movie A Christmas Story was based on various short stories by Jean Shepherd, some of which appeared in Playboy.

The movies Boys Don’t Cry and The Hurt Locker were inspired by articles in Playboy.

I remember someone- Issac Asimov, maybe, saying in an interview that he always sent his stuff to playboy first, as they paid the best and were always looking for content by name authors to add class to the magazine.

Kurt Vonegut’s Slapstick was originally a (IIRC) two-part short story in Playboy. Later, of course, it was expanded to novel-length, and eventually made into a movie with Je rh Lewis and Madeline Kahn.

(I can’t find a citation for that, but I do vividly recall the illustration that accompanied the story.)

Actually, I found this ad for a first edition, giving the publisher as Playboy.

Not a movie, but Stephen King’s, “Word Processor of the Gods,” first appeared in Playboy (as, “The Word Processor”), then was adapted as an episode of Tales From the Darkside.

Cameron Crowe’s “Fast Times at Ridgemont High” was published as an article in Playboy before being fictionalized into a movie.

Ron Kovic’s memoir Born on the Fourth of July ran in the July 1976 Playboy, just before the book was released.

I don’t know if he ever got anything published in Playboy? I know he wrote one of his stories specifically for Playboy, on request, but it was rejected. It was noticeably more racy than his other stuff*. He wrote later that he had the satisfaction of seeing it in print before the Playboy number that it would have appeared in came out.
*A bit of tentacle porn and some off screen sex, but not as bad as that sounds.