Sunday, May 09, 2021

Movie Ad of the Week: MEAN AND BLACK (1975) and MEAN AND BLACK (1979)

MEAN AND BLACK was a title used in 1975 for an action track re-release of GIRLS ARE FOR LOVING, the third 'Ginger' adventure starring Cheri Caffaro. Above and below: Tampa, FL - May 1, 1975.

In this case the title referred to Caffaro's co-star, actor and former pro football player Timothy Brown, but four years later...

...the handle was used again for a re-release of the 1967 spaghetti western LOLA COLT, starring Lola Falana, which had already toured drive-ins and action theaters as BLACK TIGRESS in 1976. Above is a lurid ad from its Shreveport, Louisiana opening on June 1, 1979.
An AGFA print of LOLA COLT sporting the MEAN AND BLACK title was shown at the Alamo Drafthouse Yonkers as part of their monthly Temple of Schlock series on February 28, 2016.

Sunday, May 02, 2021

Movie Ads of the Week: SAMURAI SPY (1965-1999)


Masahiro Shinoda's IBUN SARUTOBI SASUKE (1965), currently showing on the Criterion Channel and still available from the Criterion Collection in their Rebel Samurai DVD box set as SAMURAI SPY, first played the U.S. at the Kabuki Theatre in Los Angeles on October 18, 1965. Four months later...
...on February 23, 1966 it arrived at the Nippon Theatre in Honolulu under the title SARUTOBI THE SECRET AGENT.
Under the SAMURAI SPY title, it played the Park Theatre in Fresno, CA during the weekend of June 30-July 2, 1972.
As the first half of a Shinoda double bill, it closed the second month-long Films of Japan festival at the Nuart in August-September 1972.
UC Berkeley's Pacific Film Archive programmed it as part of a Shinoda film fest in March 1973.
The Kokusai Theatre (formerly the Toho Theatre) in San Francisco ran it in July '73
Under the title SASUKE AGAINST THE WIND it played the Bijou (the former Toho Cinema) in New York on September 5, 1973.
It returned to New York on June 5-6, 1974 as part of the landmark ten-week Cinema East festival at the Regency Theatre.
Here it is paired with Masaki Kobayashi's HARAKIRI at the Park Square Moviehouse in Boston in February 1977...
...and at the Cento Cedar Cinema in San Francisco in September of that year, with Kurosawa's THE HIDDEN FORTRESS as part of the Samurai Festival V.
Back in Boston in December '78, this time at the Coolidge Corner with Kurosawa's IKIRU.
Again with THE HIDDEN FORTRESS, this time at the New Loft in Tucson, AZ in February 1981.
As part of a Shinoda double bill with ASSASSINATION at the Vinegar Hill Theatre in Charlottesville, VA in January '82.
As part of a samurai film fest at the Robson Square Center in Vancouver in August 1982.
The Rialto in South Pasadena screened it with SAMURAI REBELLION as part of their "Movies in Cinemascope" series in September 1987.
On a Shinoda double bill with PALE FLOWER, this time at The Screen in Santa Fe, NM in August 1999.

Sunday, April 25, 2021

Movie Ad of the Week: THE BAD AND THE BLOODY (1980)

THE BAD AND THE BLOODY, which Temple of Schlock investigator Mike MacCollum caught at the Skyline Drive-In back in 2015 and identified as DA XIAO TONG CHI / WIN THEM ALL (1973), opened at the St. Francis in San Francisco on January 11, 1980. Lo Lieh is not the star, but he does appear in the second half of this Condor Films double feature, BLACK HORNET, which is BO MING (1977) a.k.a. BATTLE OF SHAOLIN, THE DAMNED, and BANDITS, PROSTITUTES AND SILVER (The title of Xenon Entertainment's video release has been scrubbed from the IMDb, so here's the Worldcat entry: WU TANG HOE'S, THUGS AND SCRILLA).

Sunday, April 04, 2021

Movie Ad of the Week: KAIJU JAKUMA NO MOSHU w/ GYAKUSHU AMANO HASHIDATE (1961)

Two 60-minute, black-and-white Toei productions -- KAIJU JAKUMA NO MOSHU (a.k.a. STRIKE OF THE JAGUMA) and its sequel, GYAKUSHU AMANO HASHIDATE -- opened on a double bill at the Toyo Theatre in Honolulu on December 22, 1961. Set in 16th century Japan, the films tell the story of the legendary samurai Iwami Jutaro, who is best known in folklore for defeating a white-haired ape-like monster known as the hihi. This confrontation is depicted in the first movie, in which the hihi (someone in a white gorilla suit) runs interference for the dreaded Jakuma and his (its?) band of thieving ninjas in demon masks as they move from village to village ripping off the chiefs and kidnapping their daughters. Good stuff! The sequel, which isn't available, sounds more routine in that it deals with Iwami pursuing the traitors who killed his father, the chief investigator on the Jakuma case. Iwami is played by Kôtarô Satomi, before he really hit his stride in films like 17 NINJA (1963), THE THIRD NINJA (1964), HONOR AMONG BROTHERS 2 (1966), RED PEONY GAMBLER 5 (1969) and the Eiichi Kudo classics 13 ASSASSINS (1963), THE GREAT KILLING (1964), and 11 SAMURAI (1967).

Sunday, March 28, 2021

Movie Ad of the Week: A FIST FOR A FIST (1981)

The Taiwanese martial arts movie LANG ZI DI SHI SAN (1980) a.k.a. TRIUMPH BY TWO KUNG FU ARTS, was released in the U.S. by Unifilm International as A FIST FOR A FIST beginning in 1981.

Sunday, March 21, 2021

Movie Ad of the Week: THE MEATEATER (1979)

THE MEATEATER, filmed in and around the dilapidated Crest Theatre in Monrovia, CA in 1977 by indie filmmaker Derek Savage, opened in two theaters in Fresno, CA on March 14, 1979. Chris Poggiali and William Wilson's interview with Mr. Savage about the making of THE MEATEATER will be published in the next issue of Deep Red, due later this year!

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

A CONVERSATION WITH TONY ANTHONY - This Saturday at 7:00 PM (EST)

Hey everyone! Don't miss the special Zoom event A CONVERSATION WITH TONY ANTHONY this Saturday, March 20, at 7 PM (EST). Included in the program is a "A Long Journey," a 70+ minute audio interview that librarians Phil Poggiali (Yonkers Public Library) and Chris Poggiali (New Rochelle Public Library) conducted with actor/producer/writer Tony Anthony (The STRANGER trilogy, GET MEAN, COMIN' AT YA!). Also, Jay Michaels Communications has put together a series of readings from Tony's new book, Anthony's Quotes & Thoughts Collection That Might Touch a Nerve. Please join us!

Zoom info: https://zoom.us/j/94117200022
Meeting ID: 941 1720 0022
Passcode: 515622
or call 1-929-205-6099 (ID# 941 1720 0022)

This event is co-sponsored by Jay Michaels Communications, The New Rochelle Public Library, The Friends of Crestwood Library, Penzero Productions. Special thanks to Lisa Petrucci/Something Weird Video