Friday, December 13, 2019

December 14-20, 2019



To answer these trivia questions, please email me at scinema@earthlink.net.

Brain Teasers:

Which actor who made Westerns in Spain was once billed as "MGM's new Latin star sensation"?
It was Gustavo Rojo in the trailer for IT STARTED WITH A KISS, co-starring Glenn Ford and Debbie Reynolds.

Which movie featuring Gordon  Mitchell is a sequel to a Romanian film?
No one has answered this question yet.

Which American actor who made an Italian Western appeared in an American crime flick in which he pretends to be an hobo in order to trick a college student into murdering a young woman's uncle?
No one has answered this question yet.

Which Italian actor, celebrated for his Hamlet, starred in a  movie set during the Mexican revolution?
No one has answered this question yet.

Which Italian actor opinioned in an interview that Richard Harrison ruined himself with women?
No one has answered this question yet.

In which Italian Spy movie did an assassin use a pipe with a gunsite to project a poison dart?
No one has answered this question yet.

Which French actor worked with directors Sergio Leone, Robert Enrico, Philippe Setbon, Federico Fellini and Giuseppe Colizzi?
No one has answered this question yet.

Which Italian director died at the age of 53 on August 23, 1978?
George Grimes knew that it was Giuseppe Colizzi.

Which Italian producer was the first to offer Woody Strode as much money as he would to a White actor?
George Grimes knew that it was Giuseppe Colizzi.

And now for some new brain teasers:

Which Italian actor worked with directors Luchino Visconti, Mario Amendola, Viktor Tourjansky, Duilio Coletti, Fernando Cerchio and Cesare Canevari?
Which Italian director was once credited as Berwang Ross?
Can you name an Italian Western in which a villain uses a bola?

Name the movies from which these images came.


George Grimes identified last week's frame grab of Nello Pazzafini in VIVO PER LA TUA MORTE, aka A LONG RIDE FROM HELL.
Above is a new photo.
Can you name from what movie it came?


George Grimes identified last week's photo from LE FATICHE DI ERCOLE, aka HERCLES.
Above is a new photo.
Can you name from what movie it came? 


George Grimes identified last week's frame grab of Emmanuelle Riva in KAPO.
Above is a new photo.
Can you name from what movie it came?


No one has identified that above photo.
It shows Oscar winner Haing S. Ngor in director Sammo Hung's EASTERN CONDORS.

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I am interested in knowing what movies you have watched and what you enjoyed or not. So please send me an email at scinema@earthlink.net if you'd like to share. Here's what I watched last week:

Highly enjoyed:

BROTHERS IN ARMS The Making of Platoon A Documentary (2018) - So howcome Forest Whitaker didn't participate?

RBG (2018)

Enjoyed:

Mama Laura's Boys (2003) - Russell Brown's short film about Babe's and Ricky's Inn, a blues club in Los Angeles, is charming.

Mildly enjoyed:

The Blues #1 "Feeling Like Going Home" (2003)

The Blues #2 "The Soul of A Man" (2003)

Did not enjoy:

CATCH 22 (2019) - I loved the 1970 film so much that I read the Joseph Heller novel. The novel was so rich that the movie could only approximate it, but it did an excellent job of doing it - even if it had to invent an inverted structure to justify the dream-like material. Hearing that Grant Heslov and George Clooney's company was going to produce a six-part mini-series sounded like a great idea - but this gets just about everything wrong from the start with the decision to play out the story in a linear fashion and with a realistic style that almost completely ruins the intent of the material.

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David Deal enjoyed:

REVENGE OF THE CRUSADER (64) - Knight Alberto Lupo leaves his bride with Stephen Forsyth while he's off fighting the crusades. Bad idea.  Riccardo Freda's fingerprints are all over this sadistic swashbuckler with horrific overtones and a crazed Forsyth auditioning for Bava's Hatchet For the Honeymoon.

THE LAST CROOKED MILE (46) - Wise-cracking private eye Don "Red" Barry is on the trail of missing robbery money as murders pile up.  Fun, snappy mystery with Ann (Detour) Savage as one of the suspects and Adele Mara as Barry's long-suffering girlfriend.

FOR A FEW DOLLARS MORE (65)

SECRET OF THE RED ORCHID (61)

LA VIE DE BOHEME (92) - An uncanny blend of realism and artificiality typical of our brilliant concierge, Aki Kaurismaki.

IKARIE XB 1 (63) - From 2010: "Very cool Czech sci-fi based on a Stanislaw Lem story has long term community of astronauts encountering ancient, abandoned spacecraft, and fending off mass hypnosis and other socio-political themes.  Great sets and noir-ish photography.  Recommended for those with a taste for this stuff."

NAKED ALIBI (54) - Cop Sterling Hayden believes Gene Barry to be a cop killer but can't prove it.  After he's thrown off the force, Hayden follows Barry to a Mexican border town where Barry meets up with his girlfriend, Gloria Graham and the truth comes out.  Hard-boiled crime thriller is not as perfunctory as some contemporary reviews said and in the end, is another better than average specimen.

SEVEN BLOODSTAINED ORCHIDS (72)

BYLETH (72)

Mildly enjoyed:

H-8... (58) - Based on a true story that happened only a year earlier, this docudrama tells the story of a fatal accident between a truck and a bus caused by an unidentified hit-and-run driver.  We get to know the lives of those involved without knowing who will die until the end. Clever, earnest telling that wins with ensemble acting and creative photography.

THE SCORPIO LETTERS (67) - Ex-cop Alex Cord temps for British Intelligence in London becoming involved in the blackmailing of high government officials.  TV-level spy shenanigans unfold on MGM's backlot with TV supporters sprouting Briitsh accents.  Innocuous.

STAKEOUT! (62) - Bing Russell is an ex-con with his son on the road trying to go straight with no luck.  Russell carries this agreeable no-budget noir.

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Charles Gilbert watched:

VALLEY OF THE DRAGONS (1961) B&W. Cesare Danova and Sean McClory initially in a duel are wisked to a prehistoric world thanks to a meteoric collision with earth, to encounter giant lizards and a couple of cave gals Joan Staley and Daniele De Metz. Borrows footage from ONE MILLION B.C. and RODAN (?). Look for big Mike Lane and stuntman Gil Perkins as cavemen.

REVOLT OF THE SEVEN aka THE SPARTAN GLADIATORS (1964) Tony Russell leads gladiators in rebellion against tyrant Nando Gazzolo. Rehash of humor from TEN GLADIATORS series. Massimo Serato, Livio Lorezon, and Piero Lulli are among the good guys (?).

THE MAN CALLED NOON (1973) Outlaw Stephen Boyd partners with amnesiac gunslinger Rubel Noon (Richard Crenna) to help him recovery his identity. He develops an eye for Rosanna Shiaffino, and brawls with Howard 'Red' Ross. Farley Granger appears in the last half of the film. Patty Shephard is a villainess. I discovered she was born in Greenvile, S.C. and is older sister to actress Judith Chapman.

THE DESERTER (1971) Serbian-born Bekim Fehmui playing a Serbian-born U. S. army officer leads a large cast of American actors in this compelling Italian Dino de Laurentis production about a U. S. Cavalry officer who deserts command when his wife is slaughtered by Apaches. Intense the entire hour and thirty five minutes run time. Mimmo Palmara plays the Apache chief.

The History Guy on YouTube:
   Sinking of the Sultana. Steamboat built in Cincinnati explodes on the Mississippi River near Memphis Tennessee killing nearly 1000, mostly Civil War soldiers. Wonder why no one has ever made a movie about this tragedy.
   B25 Crash into the Empire State Building 1945. Fourteen die.


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Friday, December 6, 2019

Week of December 7 - 13, 2019



To answer these trivia questions, please email me at scinema@earthlink.net.

Brain Teasers:

Charles Gilbert asks, "In which Mario Caiano gladiator flick does tavern owner Peter White offer to fix boiled turnips and stuffed turnips stuffed with more turnips?"
It was I DUE GLADIATORI, aka THE TWO GLADIATORS. Peter White is aka Adriano Micantoni.

Which actor who made Westerns in Spain was once billed as "MGM's new Latin star sensation"?
No one has answered this question yet.

Which movie featuring Gordon  Mitchell is a sequel to a Romanian film?
No one has answered this question yet.

Which American actor who made an Italian Western appeared in an American crime flick in which he pretends to be an hobo in order to trick a college student into murdering a young woman's uncle?
No one has answered this question yet.

Which Italian actor, celebrated for his Hamlet, starred in a  movie set during the Mexican revolution?
No one has answered this question yet.

Which Italian Western star was a descendant of the man who signed the death warrant for King Charles I of England?
Rick Garibaldi knew that it was Richard Wyler, aka Richard Stapley.

Which Italian actor was born in Novellara, Italy on January 10, 1927?
George Grimes knew that it was Luciano Pigozzi, aka Alan Collins.

Which Italian actor opinioned in an interview that Richard Harrison ruined himself with women?
No one has answered this question yet.

In which Italian Spy movie did an assassin use a pipe with a gunsite to project a poison dart?
No one has answered this question yet.

And now for some new brain teasers:

Which French actor worked with directors Sergio Leone, Robert Enrico, Philippe Setbon, Federico Fellini and Giuseppe Colizzi?
Which Italian director died at the age of 53 on August 23, 1978?
Which Italian producer was the first to offer Woody Strode as much money as he would to a White actor?

Name the movies from which these images came.


George Grimes identified last week's frame grab from TRINITA E SARTANA FIGLIA DI..., aka TRINITY AND SARTANA SONS OF..., aka TRINITY AND SARTANA ARE COMING.
Above is a new photo.
Can you name from what movie it came?


Rick Garibaldi identified last week's frame grab from ULISSE, aka ULYSSES.
Above is a new photo.
Can you name from what movie it came? 


George Grimes identified last week's frame grab of Sue Lyon in UNA GOTA DE SANGRE PARA MORIR AMANDO, aka TO LOVE PERHAPS TO DIE, aka MURDER IN A BLUE WORLD, aka CLOCKWORK TERROR.
Above is a new photo.
Can you name from what movie it came?


No one has identified that above photo yet.
Can you name from what movie it came?

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I am interested in knowing what movies you have watched and what you enjoyed or not. So please send me an email at scinema@earthlink.net if you'd like to share. Here's what I watched last week:

Enjoyed:

LA HISTORIA OFICIAL, aka THE OFFICIAL STORY (1985) - The Best Foreign Film Oscar winner for 58th Annual Academy Awards.

THE TULSA LYNCHING OF 1921: A HIDDEN STORY (2000)

Mildly enjoyed:

TRACK 29 (1988) - Why someone felt that Dennis Potter's 1975 television play SCHMOEDIPUS should be turned into a movie with the locale changed from England to the United States may remain an unanswered question, but that original title better suggests why the film begins with Gary Oldman hitchhiking to John Lennon's "Mother". The new title seems to have come from "Chattanooga Choo Choo", made famous by Glenn Miller and His Orchestra, and may have inspired the Christopher Lloyd character being a model train fanatic.

LE VIEUX FUSIL, aka THE OLD GUN (1975) - The 1976 Cesar Award winner for Best Film, Best Actor (Philippe Noiret) and Best Music (Francois de Roubaix) is a pretty straight-forward revenge flick with a French doctor trapping the Nazis who murdered his wife (Romy Schneider) and daughter (Catherine Delaporte) inside his chateau. He goes after them with the old shotgun he inherited from this father. The film doesn't have the feel of an action film with many flashbacks.

EL CAMINO (2019) - There is a startling mention of Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, toward the end of this movie.

LE RETOUR DE MARTIN GUERRE aka THE RETURN OF MARTIN GUERRE (1982) 

LES RIPOUX, aka MY NEW PARTNER (1984) - Writer-director Claude Zidi delivers a funny comedy depending on how tolerant you feel toward police corruption, putting cocaine into a nasal spray and prostitutes wearing fur coats. It won the César Award for Best Film and Best Director in 1985.

JOHN WICK CHAPTER 3 - PARABELLUM (2019) - I liked the simplicity of the first film. I'm not enjoying the cartoony fantasy complications the filmmakers are bringing into the story. At least THE MATRIX REVOLUTIONS had an ending.

Did not enjoy:

SATAN'S SCHOOL FOR GIRLS (1973)

IDAHO KID (1936) - Our hero, played by Rex Bell, comes up on a stagecoach robbery and opinions, "Amateur". He allows The Kid, played by Dave Sharpe, to rob the stagecoach, but then sabotages the robber's saddle. Capturing him, our hero takes him to town, has him return the stolen money, and then takes him to eat. On their way to eat, our hero gets an offer to sign up with John Endicott, played by Lafe McKee. An offer to join Clint Hollister, played by Earl Dwire, is also made. Eventually it comes out that our hero is Todd Hollister, the son of Clint Hollister. After his mother died in childbirth, Todd had to be protected from his father, who wanted to kill him, so Ma Endicott, played by Dorothy Wood, took the child to raise him. When it became apparent that this action poisoned the relationship between Hollister and Endicott, Todd decided to leave, but his absence did not cool things down. He has returned and takes a job with his father using the name "Idaho" in the hope that he can prove his worthiness to his father. However, Hollister has decided to escalate the feud and plans to string wire to the prevent Endicott from taking his cattle to water. After preventing Hollister from "framing" a murder twice, Idaho and The Kid quit Hollister and sign up with Endicott. After Idaho foils Hollister's plan with the fence, Hollister counters by turning the creek. Idaho convinces Endicott to not go to war, and then sets out to find more water. Instead, he prevents Hollister's men from dynamiting another possible stream, and then uses the dynamite to returning the creek to what it was. Hollister's henchman, Bibb Slagel, played by Charles King, takes another man to wait in town to shoot-it-out with Idaho - a challenge our hero accepts. Finishing off his father's killers, Idaho is challenged to fight by his father unless he leaves town by sundown. Ruth Endicott, played by Marion Shilling, turns to her father to help, so Endicott challenges Hollister to leave town a half hour before sundown. Rather than shoot-it-out with his father, Idaho decides to leave town until The Kid catches up with him on the road. Jumping between Hollister and Endicott, Idaho takes a bullet from his father, causing The Kid to break his promise and reveal Idaho's true identity. In the end, Hollister accepts our hero as his son and ends the feud. Meanwhile, the prospector, Tumblebug Jones, played by Phil Dunham, comes in and tells everyone that he's found gold and that they are all rich. Produced by the short-lived Colony Pictures, IDAHO KID is an incredibly low-budget effort. Rex Bell started his career in Silent Westerns, but is better known for marrying Clara Bow and becoming Lieutenant Governor of Nevada from 1954 until his death in 1962.

PELLE THE CONQUEROR (1987) - Based on the first part of the 1910 novel by Martin Anderson Nexø, this film co-written and directed by Billie August proves that Scandanavian filmmakers excell at portraying misery. I can't help but feel that this film won the Palme d'Or and the Best Foreign Language Oscar because viewers feel ennobled to have suffered through the 150 minute running time. There is no denying the skill and talent that went into making this film, but I certainly didn't enjoy it.

SOMMERSBY (1993) - This is not quite a remake of THE RETURN OF MARTIN GUERRE. But as they changed so much, why not just just create a wholly original story instead of twisting and embellishing the tale to reach the same ending?

SANTA'S SLAY (2005)

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David Deal enjoyed:

SO DARLING SO DEADLY (66)

MARLOWE (69) - James Garner carries this agreeable, TV-level mystery about Tinseltown naughtiness.  The cast of familiar supporters is worth the price of admission.

GUILTY BYSTANDER (50) - Drunk ex-cop gets word his kid is missing and tries to dry out while tracking down the culprits.  The plot meanders but New York locations and a solid performance by Scott make this worth checking out.

BLUE NOTE RECORDS: BEYOND THE NOTES (18) - Interesting documentary on the jazz label.

VALLEY OF THE DOLLS (67) - From 2006: "The deservedly legendary and fabulously tacky booze 'n' drugs showbiz pic.  Total widescreen, stage-bound 60s kitsch.  Some terrific sets, cool cars, and tons of delirious, soapy melodrama!  Must be seen to be believed.  Sharon Tate was, perhaps, the world's most beautiful woman."

TALES OF TERROR (62)

Mildly enjoyed:

NO HANDS ON THE CLOCK (41) - Newlywed private eye Chester Morris drags his bride with him on his latest missing persons case. Morris holds up this over-plotted programmer.  Fun.

THE DEADLY MANTIS (57) - Generally looked down upon by fans of 50s sci-fi, I find DM to be enjoyable for the very reasons it is spurned: because it is predictable and generic in the extreme.  It may be dull but it has a good cast, and its lethargy as art is an asset in my book.

THE PASSION OF SLOW FIRE (62) - Exchange student Alexandra Stewart living with professor Jean Desaily and his wife is found dead in their house.  Thru flashbacks we discover the culprit.  Edouard Molinaro (La Cage aux Folles and Eurospy fave To Commit a Murder) crafted a small and subtle mystery of interest only to the genre devotee or fans of Stewart.

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Charles Gilbert watched:

AN AMERICAN AFFAIR (2008) A catholic male teen circa 1960 befriends a single young woman living across the street in D. C. soon discovering she is one of JFK's paramours just before he's assassinated.

40 GUNS TO APACHE PASS (1967) Turncoat Bodine (Kenneth Tobey) deserts a platoon of cavalry soldiers led by Captain Audie Murphy, confiscating the rifles necessary at the fort to defend against the Indians.

THE RICH MAN AND LAZARUS (2009) Dean Jones plays Abraham of the Old Testament in an independent production from brothers Andrew and Jon Erwin. The story is reputed to be a brief parable from the New Testament (Luke16:19) where a selfish rich man pays for his cruelty to a poor beggar, finding himself in the lake of fire upon death, when the beggar enjoys his reward in "Abraham's bosom".

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Friday, November 29, 2019

Week of November 30 - December 6, 2019


To answer these trivia questions, please email me at scinema@earthlink.net.

Brain Teasers:

Charles Gilbert asks, "In which Mario Caiano gladiator flick does tavern owner Peter White offer to fix boiled turnips and stuffed turnips stuffed with more turnips?"
No one has answered this question yet.

Which actor who made Westerns in Spain was once billed as "MGM's new Latin star sensation"?
No one has answered this question yet.

Which movie featuring Gordon  Mitchell is a sequel to a Romanian film?
No one has answered this question yet.

Which American actor who made an Italian Western appeared in an American crime flick in which he pretends to be an hobo in order to trick a college student into murdering a young woman's uncle?
No one has answered this question yet.

Which Italian actor, celebrated for his Hamlet, starred in a  movie set during the Mexican revolution?
No one has answered this question yet.

Which Italian Western star was a descendant of the man who signed the death warrant for King Charles I of England?
No one has answered this question yet.

And now for some new brain teasers:

Which Italian actor was born in Novellara, Italy on January 10, 1927?
Which Italian actor opinioned in an interview that Richard Harrison ruined himself with women?
In which Italian Spy movie did an assassin use a pipe with a gunsite to project a poison dart?

Name the movies from which these images came.


George Grimes identified last week's photo of Gianni Garko in 10,000 DOLLARI PER UN MASSACRO, aka $10,000 BLOOD MONEY.
Above is a new photo.
Can you name from what movie it came?


Above is a new photo.
Can you name from what movie it came? 


George Grimes identified last week's frame grab of Christopher Lee and Daliah Lavi in LA FRUSTA E IL CORPO, aka THE WHIP AND THE BODY, aka WHAT!.
Above is a new photo.
Can you name from what movie it came?


No one has identified that above photo yet.
Can you name from what movie it came?

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I am interested in knowing what movies you have watched and what you enjoyed or not. So please send me an email at scinema@earthlink.net if you'd like to share. Here's what I watched last week:

Enjoyed:

KAFKA (1991)

Mankiller (2017) - Valerie Red-Horse Mohl directed this marvelous documentary about the first woman Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation; Wilma Pearl Mankiller. Gale Anne Hurd was the executive producer.

VENOM (2018) - But couldn't they have given Michelle Williams a better wig?

Mildly enjoyed:

ALLIGATOR (1980)

John Ford, l'homme qui inventa l'Amerique, aka John Ford: The Man Who Invented America (2019)

BLITHE SPIRIT (1945) - For it's time, this was rather risque material with characters gloating about extra-marital affairs. Noel Coward reportedly didn't approve of the ending director David Lean added to his play and I don't disagree with him.

LONGTIME COMPANION (1990)

IRONWEED (1987)

LOVE LETTERS (1945) - Ayn Rand and Hal B. Wallis are two names one doesn't usually associate with gothic romance mysteries, but here is one of the many films featuring Jennifer Jones and Joseph Cotten.

Iliza Shlesinger "Iliza Unveiled" (2019)

THE LATE SHOW (1977)

Dolly Parton: 50 Years At the Opry (2019)

THE CHAPERONE (2018) - Haley Lu Richardson plays Louise Brooks in this TV movie written by Julian Fellowes from the novel by Laura Moriarty. Elizabeth McGovern plays the chaperone for Louise Brooks on her first trip to New York to study at the Denishawn dance school. Miranda Otto plays Ruth St. Denis.

IT Chapter One (2017) - I would like to see more of Sophia Lillis.

Did not enjoy:

ENAMORADA (1946) - Director Emilio Fernandez directed Pedro Armendariz and Maria Felix in this tale of a Mexican Revolutionary General who discovers the meaning of love after he takes a town and sees the upper class daughter of a rich land owner. Gabriel Figueroa provided the excellent photography.

PERSECUTION, aka THE GRAVEYARD (1974) - As the British based Horror Film companies Hammer and Amicus began to fail, Kevin Francis, the son of Freddie Francis - who had directed films for both Hammer and Amicus, decided to attempt to carry on their tradition with a new company - Tyburn Films Productions Limited. For his first production, Kevin hired Lana Turner to join Bette Davis and Joan Fontaine in doing a British psycological flick. He also hired a slew of former Hammer workers - including director Don Chaffey and actors Ralph Bates, Suzan Farmer, Patrick Allen & Ronald Howard. Also, in the Hammer tradition, Kevin brought over a beauty from the European continent - Olga Georges-Picot. Unfortunately, none of the movies Tyburn made were any good. PERSECUTION was the first, followed by THE GHOUL and LEGEND OF THE WEREWOLF, the latter two directed by Kevin's father Francis.

REVENGE (1990) - To my taste, director Tony Scott made ugly-looking movies. As Kevin Costner plays a former U.S. Navy pilot, I like to think of this as the sequel to TOP GUN, and I didn't like that flick either. My only real interest in this movie is that Tomas Milian plays Anthony Quinn's chief henchman. Unfortunately, the role gives him about as much of a chance to show his talent as his role in TRAFFIC does.

BORIS AND NATASHA, aka BORIS AND NATASHA: THE MOVIE (1990)

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David Deal enjoyed:

DAVID CROSBY: REMEMBER MY NAME (19) - Croz lays it out.  Liked it.

I'LL SEE YOU IN HELL (60) - From 2015: "I liked this heist gone wrong flick with John Drew Barrymore, Massimo Serrato and Eva Bartok.  Interesting locations and a madness theme make this a cut above."

DATE FOR A MURDER (66)

THE CREEPER (48) - In 2015 I wrote this had a classic Universal feel.  Upon a second viewing, I'm not so sure of that assessment.  This seemed to me this time to have the decadent, edgy feel of Island of Lost Souls.

FRAMING JOHN DELOREAN (19) - A mix of reenactment and authentic footage tells the rags to riches to rags story of the man who invented the GTO.

LE DOULOS (62) - Jean-Pierre Melville's puzzle of distrust among criminals is a worthy warm-up for the masterpieces to come.

THE GOLDEN HAWK (52) - During the war allies England and Spain are waging against France, privateer Sterling Hayden runs up against Rhonda Fleming (as Captain Rouge) in this colorful, action-packed swashbuckling adventure.

Mildly enjoyed:

THE LONE WOLF SPY HUNT (39) - Warren William takes on the mantle of the Lone Wolf in the first film of the series that sees the reformed criminal involved with spies.  Ida Lupino and Rita Hayworth play along.

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Charles Gilbert watched:

ELECTRA ONE (1967) George Martin takes a turn at the superspy character in this espionage caper set in Hamburg, and replete with the typical gratuitious jazz-themed car chases. Atrocious dubbing switches from English to Italian occasionally. Danish actress Vivi Bach costars with Daniele Vargas and Rosalba Neri.

HOT SUMMER IN BAREFOOT COUNTY (1974) Tame hokum about the investigation by a city cop into moonshining in the 'sticks'. Female farm yokels, with a still out back passed on through generations, are continuing the enterprise for "survival". The investigator winds up falling for one of the lasses and thus conceals his findings. The only actor I recognize is Jeff McKay from Magnum P.I. and JAG.

HOSTILE WATERS (1997) Riveting true account of the Soviet ballistic missile 'boomer' submarine K219 which sank near Bermuda in 1986. Rutger Hauer delivers a memorable performance as CO of the stricken boat, with Martin Sheen his U.S counterpart aboard the fast attack U.S.S. Aurora with which his collided. Max Von Sydow plays a high ranking Russian naval officer. Highly recommended.

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