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Thursday, January 19, 2017

THIS REBEL BREED 1960 (SINISTER CINEMA)

Interesting but somewhat muddled effort.

It's whites against blacks against hispanics in this film starring Mark Damon, Rita Moreno and Dyan Cannon.

Damon is an undercover cop trying to break into a black gang and finds he is slowly falling for a young named Lola (lovely Rita Moreno) in her debut. His partner is trying to stop a drug pusher and the two work together to make this happen, but find a lot more than they bargained for.

The racial tension in this film is touched upon, but never really fully explored. I think director Richard Bare handled everything fine with the production, but what really annoys me is that another director made insert shots that are in the film and makes no sense.

There are many breaks in the story to see people partying and even some nudity. Now while I understand this form of film making I really don't think these inserts did the film any good, as a matter of fact it really brings it down.

If you can get past all the silly inserts it's not a bad film at all.

AKA Black Rebels.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO....

Shelley Fabares is 73, Tippi Hedren is 87, and Linda Hayden is 64.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

COOL BREEZE 1972 (WARNER ARCHIVES)

Finely crafted crime drama.

This was the first time I had ever seen this film and it met all of my expectations.

Thalmus Rasulala is Sidney Lord Jones, a ex-con who is released from prison and sets out to rob a brand new bank in town. He sets out to look for the right people to help him pull the job off.

Once he has his people in place the robbery is carefully planned and yet when pulled off there are several hitches including one of the men being shot.

From that point on Jones and his gang are on the run from Lt. Brian Knowles (Lincoln Kilpatrick) and Lt. Carl Mager (Biff Elliot).

The cast also includes Julian Christopher, Margaret Avery and Pam Grier in one of her first roles and she does her usual fantastic job as a prostitute who attempts to get in good with Jones.

Lastly, the best thing about the black remake of "The Asphalt Jungle" is second billed Judy Pace. Now, anyone who reads this blog knows that Judy is one of my all time favorite actresses and I will watch anything with her in it. She looks sexier than ever in this film and carries it quite well.

It took me a while, but I finally got to see this film and I wasn't disappointed at all. Highly Recommended!!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO....

Ted DiBiase is 63.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

CRY IN THE NIGHT 1956 (TCM VIEWING)

Fascinating film noir.

Raymond Burr stars as an unhinged man named Harold Loftus who is the product of a very overprotective mother played by Carol Veazie.

While in Lover's Lane on night spying on people making out Harold is spotted by a young man with his sweetheart. The man Owen Clark (Richard Anderson)is knocked out and his date, Liz Taggert (Natalie Wood) is kidnapped by Harold.

A police investigation follows and it is discovered that Liz is the daughter of police Capt. Dan Taggert (Edmond O' Brien) who is himself an overprotective parent.

The police investigate every possible angle and Taggert always gets the info thru his brash and gruff tactics. His boss, Capt. Ed Bates (Brian Donlevy) tries to calm him down and send him home, but Taggerts wants the creep that has taken his daughter.

Natalie Wood does a very good job with the role she has and Burr is always entertaining as a crazy man. The film moves along at a very quick pace and never lets up.

The excellent cast is rounded out by Herb Vigran and Tina Carver in a very interesting role as Mrs. Marie Holzapple.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO....

Brooke Mills is 68 and Cristina Galbo is 67.

Monday, January 16, 2017

RIP FRANCINE YORK 1938-2017

News has reached me about the death of a very beautiful actress.

Francine York passed away on Jan. 6th at the age of 79. The never married York was a very sexy highpoint in my movie loving life.

Her career in front of the camera began in 1958 and lasted until the end of her life. Throughout her career she made hundreds of appearances in TV shows and movies.

It was her movies I will always remember and some of them include "Curse Of The Swamp Creature", "Space Probe Taurus", "The Centerfold Girls" and, of course, "The Doll Squad".

A simply beautiful woman who was always, at least to me, sadly overlooked as a good actress. I enjoyed her in everything I saw her in.

RIP Francine and thanks for the many memories.

THE SEVEN FACES OF BANNAI TARAO, PRIVATE DETECTIVE 1964 (SINISTER CINEMA)

A very good Japanese crime drama.

This is a very obscure film from 1956. Kataoka Chiezo stars as Tarao, a detective who attempts to destroy a gun smuggling ring.

He gets between two rival gangs and slowly but surely brings them against each other. He uses seven different disguises to accomplish this task as he gets deeper and deeper into danger.

The performances are good by all involved and if you like obscure Japanese crime dramas with a film noir flavor you might like this unknown gem.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO....

John Carpenter is 69, beautiful Caroline Munro is 68, and Marilu Tolo is 73.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

RIP WILLIAM PETER BLATTY 1928-2017

One of the greatest authors of our time has passed away.

The author of the best selling book "The Exorcist" has died at the age of 89.

Blatty not only wrote the above mentioned book but other best sellers that were also made into movies such as "Twinkle Twinkle Killer Kane" which was made into "The Ninth Configuration" and "Legion" which was made into "Exorcist 3".

Blatty also wrote the screenplay both films as well as "The Omega Man" of which he was not credited.

But it was "The Exorcist" that forever remained with him and his work will continue to thrill many people. He died from complications from a form of blood cancer on January 12th.

RIP JIMMY SNUKA 1943-2017

A real professional wrestling legend is gone.

Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka has passed away at the age of 73. I grew up watching him on the tube and he was one of the most exciting wrestlers I had ever seen.

Most of his matches are legendary and his feud with "Rowdy" Roddy Piper is wrestling history. Weather delivering a powerful chop, kick of flying off a 15 foot high cage anyone who saw Snuka during his heyday got a real treat.

Snuka had been fighting illness lately and a media smear campaigne which in my opinion was concocted by the media because they have nothing better to do.

RIP Superfly and thanks a hell of a lot for all the entertainment you brought to me.

MURDER ON APPROVAL 1955 (SINISTER CINEMA)

Tom Conway stars in this little film noir gem from RKO.

Conway is Tom Martin, a private investigator asked to look into a matter of stamp counterfeiting.

This, of course, leads to several murders and Martin must hurry to solve the crime in order to apprehend the killers. This has been compared to both "The Saint" and "The Falcon" films which Conway also starred in for RKO.

It's not a bad little film but there are times it seems like a retread of those earlier films. Conway does his usual good job and this makes for a nice time waster.

I actually had never heard of this film until Sinister offered it. try it and see if you like it.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO.....

Phyllis Coates is 90, Barbie Blank is 30, and Shane McMahon is 47.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

RIP DICK GAUTIER 1931-2017

The very prolific actor has passed away.

Dick Gautier may not be a familiar name to most, but he was one of the most prolific actors and voice men in the business. His career started in 1963 and ended in 2010.

For me he will always be remembered as Hymie the robot from Get Smart, a role he was born to play. His other role that sticks with me forever is that if Mel Tarter, the swinger in the Night Stalker episode entitled "The Werewolf".

Gautier appeared on many game shows during the 70's and in his later career he did voices for such animated entertainment such as Batman: The Animated Series, Tom and Jerry Kids Show and Garfield.

His death was first reported by his wife on her Facebook page. He was 85. Thanks for the memories Hymie.

SLANDER 1957 (TCM VIEWING)

Very interesting film noir.

Steve Cochran steals the show as the publisher of a scandal magazine that will stop at nothing to increase sales. He targets the new host of a kiddie show for a past descretion.

Van Johnson is Scott Martin, a man with a past, but now having served his time is trying to make it big in show business. Cochran's character, H. R. Manly wants to print a story about Martin's arrest many years ago for robbery, and that will probably destroy his career.

However, Manly tells Martin that he will not publish the story is he will spill the irty beans about another actress Martin grew up with.

This puts Martin in a bad position and almost destroys his marriage to Connie (Ann Blyth). They have a child named Joey who is killed and the tragedy destroys everyone involved.

Manly really doesn't care until he gets his comeuppance at the conclusion. The entire cast is very good in this tight little film directed by Roy Rowland.

This movie is available from Warner Archives and is highly recommended for film noir fans.