Sunday, March 31, 2013
Friday, March 29, 2013
a.k.a. TEENAGE TEASE
Jo Ann Harris
"Arthur, the Egg"
Written, Produced, Directed
Music and Guitar
Salt Lake City, UT
Four Star Excelsior Releasing Company
MPAA rating: R
Re-released by Lone Star Pictures under the title TEENAGE TEASE beginning in July 1979.
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Dummy death by farm mulcher and a full-monty Lola Falana are just two of the reasons to sit through director William Wyler's final film, THE LIBERATION OF L.B. JONES (1970).
But our favorite moment occurs at the 43-minute mark. For those of you who have never seen the film, allow us to bring you up to spoiler-free speed: Lord Byron Jones (Roscoe Lee Browne), the prosperous undertaker for the black population of a small Tennessee town, is a deeply troubled man.
He's just filed for divorce from his much younger, hot-to-trot wife Emma (Falana)...
...who has been getting it on with redneck deputy Willie Joe Worth (Anthony Zerbe) and is now pregnant with the dumb cracker's kid.
Knowing that all hell is about to break loose -- and possibly lead to his untimely demise -- L.B. tries to enjoy a stiff drink at a local bar...
...when sweet young thing Jelly (Brenda Sykes) starts dancing for him in a way that suggests her potential availability as the next Mrs. Lord Byron Jones.
Poor L.B. enjoys the show for about five seconds...
...and then starts to catch glimpses of Emma shaking in front of him instead of Jelly.
In a sequence guaranteed to elicit howls of laughter from modern audiences, editor Carl Kress quick-cuts between Jelly and Emma as they dance for the now thoroughly depressed L.B.
Sunday, March 24, 2013
Sunday, March 17, 2013
World Premiere - Wednesday, April 17, 1968 - Albuquerque, NM
The K. Gordon Murray production BIG ENOUGH N' OLD ENOUGH -- "introducing" Sidney Poitier's older brother, Cyril Poitier, and directed by Joseph G. Prieto -- had its world premiere at the Tesuque Drive-In in Albuquerque, NM on April 17, 1968. A 52 year-old father of 12 at the time of this film's release, Poitier signed a nine-picture deal with Murray but ended up with a supporting role in only one more of the producer's micro-budgeted movies, THE DAREDEVIL (1972).
By June of '68, Murray was advertising BIG ENOUGH N' OLD ENOUGH as a follow-up to his sweaty drive-in hit SHANTY TRAMP (1967), also directed by Prieto. A month later the title was changed to SAVAGES FROM HELL and a new ad campaign pushed it as a biker flick.
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
this unsolved case, and no one has come forward to dispute our assertion that the film’s mystery director, “Kentucky Jones,” is actually Albert Zugsmith. We’re sure this will all get cleared up someday, but until then, we’re hoping someone will come forward with more information on THE HOUSE BY THE HILL and the whole Hallmark/Newport/Central Park/Parker National connection.