Tuesday, May 23, 2017

The Endangered List (Case File #162)

Never released on any home video format or shown on TV: the 1976 re-release version of THE FINAL COMEDOWN (1972), with additional scenes directed by Allan Arkush.


Billy Dee Williams (Johnny Johnson)
D’Urville Martin (Billy Joe Ashley)
Celia Kaye (Rene Freeman)
Raymond St. Jacques (Imir)
Sam Laws [appears in BLAST version only]
R.G. Armstrong (Mr. Freeman)
Maidie Norman (Mrs. Johnson)
Ed Cambridge (Dr. Smalls)
Billy Durkin (Michael Freeman)
Morris D. Erby (Mr. Johnson)
Pamela Jones (Luanna)

Cal Wilson
John Johnson
Rhonda Brown
Clifford Choice
Marlene Czernin
Nate Esformes
Nana Fitz
Sam Gilman
Jarrod Johnson
Andrzej Krakowski
Judy Morris
Ernest Robinson
Clifford Strong
Herman Washington
Vernon Waters

Written, Produced, Directed
Frank Arthur Wilson
[Oscar Williams and Allan Arkush]

Cinematography by
William B. Kaplan

Stunt Coordinator/Stunt Driver
Conrad E. Palmisano

Additional Photography [BLAST version]
Roderick Young

Edited by
Dick Van Enger, Jr.

Music by
Wade Marcus

Performed by
Grant Green

Production Manager
Andrzej Krakowski

Sound Effects Editor
Richard Sperber

Stunt Coordinator
Ernest Robinson

First Assistant Camera
Clifford Mosby

Bob Warden

Music Supervisor
Donald C. Hahn

Moog Synthesizer
Edd Kalehoff

Music Arranger
Wade Marcus

Music Editor
Michael McCroskey

Running time: 75 minutes

MPAA rating: R

Released by
New World Pictures

excerpt from
"Roger to Rookies: Make it Cheap"
by Patrick Goldstein
American Film
January-February 1985, pg.36-43

Detroit - May 31, 1972

Detroit - November 24, 1976

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Movie Ad of the Week: SAVAGE DESIRE (1976)

Ten years after it was made, the French espionage adventure ATOUT COEUR À TOKYO POUR O.S.S. 117/O.S.S. 117: TERROR IN TOKYO (1966) was released in the U.S. by Independent-International Pictures as SAVAGE DESIRE. This ad is from its Brownwood, TX opening on February 20, 1976. The second feature, ALL THE YOUNG WIVES, was an M.A. Ripps presentation first released in June 1973 as YOU ALL COME and later re-released as NAKED RIDER (at the same time the film's director, William Diehl, was hitting it big as the author of Sharky's Machine, his first novel).

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Movie Ads of the Week: BUTCHER, BAKER, NIGHTMARE MAKER (1982) a.k.a. NIGHT WARNING (1983)

William Asher's horror-thriller BUTCHER, BAKER, NIGHTMARE MAKER -- an International Film Marketing release featuring Jimmy McNichol, Susan Tyrrell, Bo Svenson, and an early appearance by Bill Paxton -- opened in St. Louis, MO on March 19, 1982.

Comworld Pictures, the exploitation outfit formerly known as Osmond Enterprises, took over distribution of the film as NIGHT WARNING. The ad above is from the Santa Cruz, CA opening on January 7, 1983.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

The Endangered List (Case File #161)

original 16mm version


35mm blowup re-edit

Photographed, Edited,
Produced and Directed
Greg MacGillivray
Jim Freeman

Mark Martinson
David Nuuhiwa
Nat Young
Billy Hamilton
Corky Carroll

Bub Browne

Music by
Val Johns

Filmed in
California, France, Hawaii, Portugal



Released by
MacGillivray-Freeman Films

Running time: 90 minutes

World Premiere: July 29, 1970 (Hollywood, CA)



A Rainbow Adventure Film

Distributed by
American National Enterprises

Running time: 90 minutes

World Premiere: August 11, 1971 (Chula Vista, CA)

Los Angeles Times - July 24, 1970

Honolulu Advertiser - August 24, 1970

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

The Endangered List (Case File #160)


Reggie Cristofer
Steve Cole
Diane Marateo
David Ewing
Carol Roberts
Sally Englert
Mary Squire
Robert MacKerroll
Scott Kipp
Jared Koss
Larry Blair
Janna Howard
Joe Callaghan

Marlene Rogoff

Story and Screeenplay
Marlene Rogoff

Produced by
George Springmeyer

Executive Producer
Paul V. Dillow

Director of Photography
Marty Mullin

Edited by
Oscar Barber
Ruth Blakeslee

Music by
Secret Society

Released by
Victoria Productions

Palm Beach Post - March 31, 1988

Palm Beach Post - April 3, 1988

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Movie Ad of the Week: WARRIORS OF THE APOCALYPSE (1986) a.k.a. TIME RAIDERS (1987)

Fans of low-budget '80s post-nuke action films have probably seen the Filipino-shot WARRIORS OF THE APOCALYPSE (a.k.a. SEARCHERS OF THE VOODOO MOUNTAIN), but how many were lucky to catch it during its U.S. release via the short-lived Film Concept Group? The ad above is from its Pensacola, FL opening on April 25, 1986.

FCG still had the film in circulation over a year later, though they had changed the title to TIME RAIDERS and were themselves operating under a different name (whatever MSP is short for). The ad above is from Shreveport, LA on May 7, 1987.

Alexandria, LA - May 15, 1987

The Town Talk - May 20, 1987

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

The Endangered List (Case File #159)



Rika Mizuki
Mari Mukai
Hideo Saeki
Hidekatsu Shibata
Mikio Terashima
Tamami Wakahara
Shôhei Yamamoto
Jôji Ôhara

Directred by
Kôji Wakamatsu

Written by
Yoshiaki Ôtani

Cinematography by
Hideo Itô

Hajime Isogai

Wakamatsu Productions

U.S. Version
Felix Lomax [Bob Cresse]
R.L. Frost [Lee Frost]

Olympic International Films

B&W / U.S. version: 72 minutes


In this bizarre world of distorted human pleasures, we have come to accept the most heinous crimes against mankind as just another example of the degeneration of our species. Even the most jaded individual could not forgive the creators of the Love Robots. Love Robots are beautiful young girls, abducted right off the street who, through a procedure that rivals anything the Marquis de Sade might have dreamt of, are turned into monsters, capable of killing a man or loving him on command. The Love Robots then become an item for sale, willing to accept any master and perform any act. The Love Robots must surely be the lowest ebb of slave trading. Now through the bold new techniques of an eroduction this sordid practice is brought to light in a manner that, until very recently, could not have been shown. Only now can the intimate eye of the camera reveal the lust, greed and abnormal practices in such shocking detail. Only now can no one fail to realize the consequences of the tragic ...

Bob Cresse, the distributor of THE LOVE ROBOTS, produced a hardcore remake of the film in 1976, THE LOVE SLAVES. Directed by Bob Chinn under the pseudonym "Robert Husong," it's now available on Blu-ray from Vinegar Syndrome.