Thursday, November 20, 2008

The Endangered List (Case File #3)



WILLY’S GONE
(1968)
a.k.a. GHETTO RAT

CAST
Ronald Bagley
Deborah Massey
James Sherouse
Ed Wolf
Mike Yeager
Bruce Watkins

Produced and directed by Joe Wiezycki

Color by Movielab
A Mix Ten Motion Pictures production

Five years before he made the truly diseased SATAN’S CHILDREN, Joe Wiezycki's first stab at feature filmmaking was the long-lost race drama WILLY'S GONE. A cameraman for WTVT (channel 13) in Tampa Bay at the time, Wiezycki obtained the money to make the movie from his colleagues at the station, many of whom invested $1,000 each. WILLY'S GONE was later re-released as GHETTO RAT, on a double bill with GHETTO FREAKS (a re-titling of another Florida-lensed exploitation film, Robert Emery's AGE OF AQUARIUS).

Read more about Joe Wiezycki here: http://www.big13.net/Satans%20Children/making_of_satans_children.htm


2 comments:

Tim Mayer said...

Somewhere there's a reel waiting to be discovered.

Anonymous said...

G-d bless Joe. He was planning to be married to my friend, Pamela Brooke, when he had a heart attack and died.