Friday, April 29, 2011

The Endangered List (Case File #106)



RAT FINK
(1965)
a.k.a. MY SOUL RUNS NAKED and WILD AND WILLING

Starring
Schuyler Hayden
Hal Bokar
Warrene Ott
Judy Hughes
Eve Brenner
Alice Reinheart
Jack Lester
Ernie Crites
Chuck Harrod
Richard Jeffries
Sirkka Okkonen
Jill Quinn
David Reed
Don Snyder
Anna Stephen
Sharon Sutton
Peter Wilkins

Directed by
James Landis

Story by
Jack Miller
and
Matthew Cheney

Screenplay by
James Landis

Produced by
Lewis Andrews

Cinematography by
William (Vilmos) Zsigmond

Music by
Ronald Stein

Edited by
Tom Boutross

Art Direction by
Daniel Toledo

Released by
Cinema Distributors of America

Presented
by
M.A. Ripps

Running time: 80 minutes





Saturday, April 23, 2011

This Week on 42nd Street: 1986


Here are the double and triple features that played the Deuce twenty-five years ago this week. Theaters are listed in east-to-west order.

NORTH SIDE OF THE STEET

Rialto: BASIC TRAINING / MADMAN

Victory: "3 Adult Hits"

Lyric: POLICE ACADEMY 3 / THE PROTECTOR

Times Square: APRIL FOOL'S DAY / FRIDAY THE 13TH: THE FINAL CHAPTER

Apollo: EYES OF FIRE/ HELL NIGHT

Selwyn: BAND OF THE HAND / THE LAST DRAGON


SOUTH SIDE OF THE STREET

Cine 42
Theater I: CRITTERS / DEADLY BLESSING
Theater II: THE TOXIC AVENGER / BLOODSUCKING FREAKS

Harris: P.O.W.: THE ESCAPE / EXTERMINATOR 2 / DELTA FORCE

Liberty: MAKE THEM DIE SLOWLY / SAVAGE MAN, SAVAGE BEAST / KING DICK

Empire: SHAOLIN KUNG FU / SHAOLIN VS. LAMA / SHAOLIN RED MASTER

Friday, April 22, 2011

The Endangered List (Case File #105)



OKAY, BILL
(1971)
a.k.a. SWEET DREAMS

Starring
Bob Brady (Bill Thornberry)
Nancy Salmon (Nancy Thornberry)
Harry Gordon Felio (Zachary Armstrong Lynn)
Roz Kelly (Roz)

with
Theon Banos
Tiger Morse
Virginia Lust
and
The Silver Caboose

Written and Directed
by
John G. Avildsen

Produced by
David Jay Disick

Cinematography by
John G. Avildsen

Edited by
John G. Avildsen

Music by
Charles Morrow

"Mirrors"
Performed by
The Dickens

Released by
Four-Star Excelsior

MPAA rating: R (1970)
Running time: 91 minutes (Variety) / 88 minutes (Boxoffice)











Saturday, April 16, 2011

This Week on 42nd Street: 1983


Here are the double and triple features that played the Deuce twenty-eight years ago this week. Theaters are listed in east-to-west order.

NORTH SIDE OF THE STEET

Victory: "3 Adult Hits"

Lyric: EAGLE'S SHADOW / THE REAL BRUCE LEE

Times Square: ONE-ARMED EXECUTIONER / EXIT THE DRAGON, ENTER THE TIGER / SYNDICATE SADISTS

Selwyn: 10 TO MIDNIGHT / SAVAGE WEEKEND


SOUTH SIDE OF THE STREET

Cine 42
Theater I: BAD BOYS / THE SOLDIER
Theater II: 10 TIGERS OF SHAOLIN / NINJA EXTERMINATOR / UNFORGIVEN OF SHAOLIN

Harris: LOSIN' IT / VICE SQUAD

Liberty: THE SWORD AND THE SORCERER / CLASH OF THE TITANS

Empire: DUEL OF THE IRON FIST / DIRTY HO / EDGE OF FURY

Anco: THE OUTSIDERS / SUPER FLY

Friday, April 15, 2011

The Endangered List (Case File #104)



THE ACTIVIST
(1969)

Starring
Michael Smith (Mike Corbett)
Lesley Gilb (Lee James)
Tom Maier (Professor Peter Williams)
Benbow Ritchie (Home Owner)
Patricia Ritchie (Home Owner's Wife)

with
Brian Murphy
Naome Gilbert
Ben Schwartz
Charles Goldman
Wendel Brunner

Directed by
Art Napoleon

Written and produced
by
Art and Jo Napoleon

Edited by
Michael Kahn

Assistant Editor
Paul LaMastra

Music by
F.J. Norton Music Service

Additional music by
Ron E. Grant

Sound by
Glen Glenn Sound

A
Jana Film Enterprises
production

Released by
Regional Films
(a.k.a. Universal Pictures)

Running time: 87 minutes
MPAA rating: X














Monday, April 11, 2011

Blue Movie Monday: HOT CIRCUIT (1971)


Two years before their softcore skin flick THE CHEERLEADERS became a big drive-in hit, former documentary filmmakers Paul Glickler and Richard Lerner made this hardcore homage to Le Ronde, which nabbed the Best Picture award at the first New York Erotic Film Festival (November 1971) but is remembered today by only the most dedicated students of cinema smut. There's no way the VD handoff of Schnitzler's original would've survived the "love the one you're with" sensibilities of the time, but 40 years later you'll wish this trailblazing explicit feature had more going for it than just body parts bumping together. For those unfamiliar with the source material, the tag line in the ad above explains the structure more concisely than any plot synopsis ever could, except that Glickler & Lerner mercifully closed their circle in 9 rather than 10 chapters. Despite having each character participate in two consecutive couplings, the final result still plays like a bunch of unrelated loops strung together, and fans of THE CHEERLEADERS are advised to check out only the second ("The Salesman and the Babysitter"), fourth ("The Adventuress and the Woodcutter") and final ("The Hustler and the Stripper") tales for evidence of the zaniness that was to, uh, come. If there's a highlight, it's chapter two, in which a bumbling air conditioner salesman is serviced by two barely legal babysitters on a backyard jungle gym to the strains of Judy Sherman's haunting "Waiting for You," although the overall effect now is more creepy than erotic. Segments go on just long enough to reveal that the cast members aren't as attractive as they originally seemed, with Kit Fox as "The Babysitter" sticking around the longest with 3 appearances in a row. Pic might be worth a look for historical value alone (512 F.2d 1361, "The United States of America v. Sherpix, Inc."), although on that front there are far bloodier battlefields to visit before this one.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Movie Ad of the Week: CASSY (1975)


Nearly 5 years after showman Kroger Babb struck box-office gold with it at the Loop Theater in Chicago, Géza von Radványi's UNCLE TOM'S CABIN (1965) resurfaced in the Windy City as CASSY for a one-week run at the Woods Theater in November 1975. The G-rated movie was subsequently acquired by distributor Samuel Sherman, who hired Al Adamson to shoot new sex & violence scenes for an R-rated MANDINGO-inspired re-release in 1977 under the title UNCLE TOM'S CABIN and later as WHITE TRASH WOMAN.

Saturday, April 09, 2011

This Week on 42nd Street: 1982



Here are the double and triple features that played the Deuce twenty-nine years ago this week. Theaters are listed in east-to-west order.

NORTH SIDE OF THE STEET

Victory: LOVE GODDESSES / YOUNG, WILD AND WONDERFUL / TEENYBUNS

Lyric: AMIN, THE RISE AND FALL / MS. 45

Times Square: RETURN OF THE MEAN GUILLOTINE / LEE IS BACK

Selwyn: PARASITE / REVENGE OF THE ZOMBIES


SOUTH SIDE OF THE STREET

New Amsterdam: BRUCE VS. THE RED-EYED MONSTER / SNAKE FIST VS. MEAN KILLER

Cine 42
Theater I: RICHARD PRYOR LIVE ON THE SUNSET STRIP / MYSTERY OF CHESS BOXING
Theater II: DUEL OF THE MASTERS / KUNG FU ZEN STUDENT

Harris: DEATH WISH II / THE EVIL

Liberty: SAVAGE MAN, SAVAGE BEAST / FACES OF DEATH

Empire: DIRTY HO / QUEEN BOXER / THE HAMMER OF GOD

Anco: ENTER THE NINJA / THE BOOGEY MAN

Friday, April 08, 2011

The Endangered List (Case File #103)



BOOTS AND THE PREACHER
(1972)

Starring
Jim Arp
Darlene Parker
Barbara Willis
Bob Reed

A
Pat Patterson
production

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Crash and burn



The double feature DVD of DIRTY MARY, CRAZY LARRY and RACE WITH THE DEVIL that comes out next Tuesday features the same transfers and extras that were on the Anchor Bay DVDs from 6 years ago. The one new supplement that was commissioned for this release -- an hour-long documentary about stunt coordinator Paul Nuckles, titled ONE HELLUVA RIDE -- was left off the DVD at the eleventh hour because of "street date" issues. However, there is some talk of it possibly surfacing on a RACE WITH THE DEVIL Blu-Ray at a later date.

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

View-Master: THE CAT FROM OUTER SPACE


Cartoonist and children's author Ted Key is best remembered today for creating the Mister Peabody & Sherman characters for Bullwinkle & Rocky as well as the long-running Hazel comic strip (which itself was the inspiration for a successful TV series), but the TOS crew first encountered his name during the 1970s when he wrote a trio of live-action animal comedies for Walt Disney Productions: THE MILLION DOLLAR DUCK (1971), GUS (1976), and THE CAT FROM OUTER SPACE (1978). A big fan of the first two movies, Po-Man was an age-appropriate Disney die-hard when he saw the third during its theatrical run, and even then found it as lackluster and formulaic as its title, despite a cast of familiar faces and old pros (Ken Berry, Sandy Duncan, Harry Morgan, Roddy McDowall, McLean Stevenson, Jesse White, Alan Young, Hans Conried, James Hampton, Howard Platt, William Prince, Hank Jones, Rick Hurst, Sorrell Booke, and Ronnie Schell, who has an onscreen role and provides the voice of the titular feline). That still didn't stop him from buying the Pocket Books novelization -- also penned by Key -- or this neat View-Master packet, which is more enjoyable than the movie itself thanks to brevity and 3 reels of eye-popping 3D images. As for the booklet, which has been scanned and posted below for your amusement, please note that top-liners Berry, Duncan, and the darn cat are nowhere to be found in any of the photos.