Milestones Jul. 30, 2007


O.K., it wasn't exactly a Horatio Alger story, but it was still undeniably success, American-style. Jim Mitchell and his brother Artie (below, left; Jim, right) built a porn empire that included the famous O'Farrell Theatre in San Francisco and requisite rap sheet of obscenity and drug charges. The Mitchells also brought the world such adult-film classics as the 1972 Marilyn Chambers vehicle Beyond the Green Door, a $60,000 flesh romp that admirers would extol (seriously) for its plot, camera angles and musical score. It went on to earn the brothers $30 million on their investment. As Jim once philosophized: "The...

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