17. National Film Company

Part: 
Four
Chapter: 
4
Rubin Gottesman, Barbara Gottesman, Los Angeles, California.

In February 1979, the agents met with Rubin Gottesman and his wife Barbara Gottesman. Rubin Gottesman said he had been with Norman Arno (S & L Distributors) the previous evening and that Arno had showed him a video tape of the movie "Debbie Does Dallas." Gottesman said Arno told him that he had received the video rights to that movie from Mickey Zaffarno, the owner of the movie. Gottesman said Zaffarano had given Arno the national distribution rights for this movie and that Arno now had it available on video. When the agents asked to obtain a print of this movie for themselves Gottesman said he would not even consider doing this because he wanted to remain healthy. Gottesman said Zaffarano would not hesitate to use muscle if he believed someone was bootlegging his movies.

On March 23, 1978 Rubin Gottesman told the agents that in the past an individual was believed to be copying and distributing various hard-core movies. He said organized crime people had put money into these films and that this individual was "hit in the head." Gottesman said that should the agents begin duplicating movies such as "Deep Throat" and "The Devil -in Miss Jones", they would have to be prepared to take the heat.

In June 1979, Gottesman said he had gotten two movies from Joe Peraino (Arrow Films, New York and California), "Johanna" and "The Devil Inside of Me." Gottesman said both of these were Joe Peraino's movies and that he was paying Joe Peraino $300 each for the prints.