Friday, April 2, 2021

Week of April 3 - 9, 2021




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Brain Teasers:

Which American actor who worked in Italy had a daughter who made a film banned in several countries as "child pornography"?
George Grimes knew that it was Walter Barnes, whose daughter, Lara Wendel, starred in 1977's MALADOLESCENZA when she was 11 years old.

Which American actor who worked in Italian films chose to do so inorder to avoid paying U.S. income tax?
No one has answered this question yet.

Which American actor who worked in Italian films was divorced by his American actor wife because he hadn't told her that he had been previously married and had a child by that union?
No one has answered this question yet.

Which American actor who worked in Italian films was offered a role by director Fred Olen Ray, but never showed up to work?
No one has answered this question yet.

And now for some new brain teasers:

Which American body builder who made movies in Italy ran for mayor of Palm Springs?
By what name is John Warrell better known?
Which actor, born in Venezuela, worked with directors Primo Zeglio, Antonio Leonviola, Giorgio Simonelli, Sergio Sollima, Enzo G. Castellari and John Korty?

Name the movies from which these images came.

Bertrand Van Wonterghem and George Grimes identified last week's frame grab of Guido Lollobrigida, Michel Lemoine and Michèle Mercier in UNE CORDE, UN COLT, aka CEMETERY WITHOUT CROSSES.
Above is a new photo.
Can you name from what movie it came?

Bertrand Van Wonterghem, Charles Gilbert and George Grimes identified last week's frame grab of Andrea Scotti and Mickey Hargitay in GLI AMORI DI ERCOLE, aka THE LOVES OF HERCULES, aka HERCULES AND THE HYDRA.
Above is a new photo.
Can you name from what movie it came?

George Grimes identified last week's photo of Jose Torres and George Hilton in the alternate version of L'UOMO MASCHERATO CONTRO I PIRATI, aka THE MASKED MAN AGAINST THE PIRATES called THE BLACK PIRATE, aka IL CORSARO NERO NELL'ISOLA DEL TESORO.
Above is a new photo.
Can you name from what movie it came?

George Grimes identified last week's frame grab of Ti Lung in THE DELIGHTFUL FOREST.
Above is a new photo.
Can you name from what movie it came?

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


BOSCH season two (2015)

DE PALMA (2015) - Possibly more interesting than this very interesting "De Palma On De Palma" documentary, is why Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow (brother of Gwyneth) decided to make it. Mostly, it would seem, out of friendship. They wanted to share what and how De Palma is like in a conversation. How Brian De Palma started his movie directing career is fascinating because he made his own opportunities. He's made two movies that I love - PHANTOM OF THE PARADISE and CARRIE - and nine that I loath. I've not seen all of his work, including the one that was released after this documentary came out, but I will eventually. 

ELECTRIC BOOGALOO: THE WILD, UNTOLD STORY OF CANNON FILMS (2014) - One has to wonder why this documentary was made by Australian Mark Hartley and not one of the filmmakers who actually worked for Cannon. I suppose it has something to do with an outsider being more interested than a survivor. There is some disappointment that there is no mention of GOD'S GUN or Steve James or Tony Anthony or even MACK THE KNIFE, but those stories aren't as famous as the ones included.

The Dictator's Playbook (2019) - This series, which aired on PBS, featured six one hour programs showing how dictators in the 20th century used similar methods to achieve and maintain power. Part one was Kim Il-Sung, who was arguably the most successful because his dictatorship continues to maintained power for three generations. Part two was Saddam Hussein. Part three was Benito Mussolini who created the term Fascist and was the main inspiration for Adolf Hitler. The program also deals with the rising neo-Fascist movements in Europe. Part four was Manuel Noriega and was the only segment to end with hope as Panama became a successful country after the dictator was deposed. Francisco Franco was part five and the program reinforced the impression that all of those movies about the Mexican Revolution that were made in Spain during the 1960s & '70s were actually about the Spanish Civil War. The surprising thing about part six was that the Raid on Entebbe was not considered an important element in the Ida Amin story.

Mildly enjoyed:

BANDITO (1956) - Has anyone ever made a movie about the Mexican Revolution in which our hero is on the side of the Federales? As with most non-Mexican movies about the Revolution, our hero is a gringo mercenary. This being an American film, he's an American played by Robert Mitchum - who would do it again in 1968's VILLA RIDES. The revolutionary is played by Gilbert Roland, and I am astonished to see that his "Western" costume, to be seen in his Italian films, is already established in this movie almost ten years before VADO... L'AMMAZZO E TORNO. This is the only movie about the Mexican Revolution that I've seen to show the Immigration station on the border between the U.S. and Mexico. It is also the only movie of this sort to show Mexican civilians evacuating a town held by the revolutionaries about to be attacked by the Federales. Director Richard Fleischer reports in his autobiography the everyone signed on to make this movie because of Earl Felton's treatment involving an Hollywood movie company and Pancho Villa - the subject of the fine HBO movie AND NOW STARRING PANCHO VILLA. However, when Felton delivered the screenplay, it had nothing to do with an Hollywood movie company or Pancho Villa. Fleischer complained but couldn't back out of the deal. Felton's script is a bit of a mess, starting with Mitchum's plan to get Roland to hijack gunrunner Zachary Scott's arms shipment to the Federales and morphing into Mitchum's plan to hijack Scott's wife, played by Ursula Thiess (who was married to Robert Taylor at the time). Mitchum and Thiess don't get much onscreen time together to build much audience interest in their romance. The real romance is between Mitchum and Roland - which would become a standard element in most non-Mexican movies about the Mexican Revolution. Like most movies of this sort, our hero gets a nickname. Here it is "El Alacran" (the scorpion) because of his use of grenades. Director of photography Ernest Laszlo fills the widescreen with impressive images of well-produced spectacle, and composer Max Steiner delivers an exciting music score. Unfortunately, the storytelling never developes any real momentum and the film borders on being tedious. Also in the film is Rodolfo Acosta of FLAMING STAR, Jose Torvey of TWO MULES FOR SISTER SARA, Henry Brandon of THE TEN COMMANDMENTS and Douglas Fowley of THE 7 FACES OF DR. LAO.

COMPULSION (1959) - The 1924 Leopold and Loeb case, in which two young men felt that murdering a little boy was a way to prove their superiority over "normal" people, remains one of America's most sensational crime stories In 1929, Patrick Hamilton wrote the play ROPE inspired by the case, which was made into a film by director Alfred Hitchcock in 1949.. Just about 30 years after the deed, Meyer Levin visited Nathan Leopold in prison and asked him to collaborate in writing a novel based on the case. Richard Loeb had died in prison in 1936. Leopold refused, but Levin wrote the novel anyway, which Leopold hated because "it intermingled fact and fiction to such an extent that they were indistinguishable". For his first effort as producer, Richard D. Zanuck hired two-time Oscar nominee Richard Murphy to turn the book into a screenplay and Richard Fleischer to direct. With Dean Stockwell and Bradford Dillman cast as the killers, the film is compelling viewing. The film doesn't deal with the reported homosexual relationship between the killers, but there are subtle clues for those looking for them. Orson Welles gets top billing as a fictionalized Clarence Darrow, and he seems to be directing himself, giving himself as obvious a makeup job as he had just given himself in TOUCH OF EVIL. Since everyone else in the film looks natural, Welles sticks out, but as the film builds to Welles' impassioned speech against capital punishment, it works. In 1992, director Tom Kalin made the low-budget film, also based on the case, called SWOON which emphasizes the homosexuality of the killers. SWOON uses the actual names of the killers, but completely omits Clarence Darrow as a character.

LIV & INGMAR (2012)

SUR LE CHEMIN DE L'ECOLE, aka ON THE WAY TO SCHOOL (2013) - Like NANOOK OF THE NORTH, this is a documentary recreating reality, not a catch-it-as-it-happens cinema verite exercise. Thus, director/cinematographer Pascal Plisson, along with Simon Watel, are able to show these children going to school with breath-taking scenery and crystal clear images. One has to wonder what the "casting" process for this film was like, because the filmmakers came up with some of the most photogenic faces you can imagine. Living in a country where having a child out of the parent's sight for an instant is always a cause for near panic, the stories of children crossing rugged terrain on their own inorder to get an education is nearly unimaginable. The film starts in Kenya, where 11 year old Jackson digs into a dried river bed inorder to find the water below the surface with which he washes his school uniform and fills his jug. He will carry that jug with him as he, and his little sister, walk the 15km/2 hour journey to school every morning, fearful of coming into contact with elephants. We then meet Zahira, a 12 year old reading the Koran in the Atlas Mountains of Morocco. She is joined by two other girls, Zineb and Noura, on a journey of 22km/4hours to their boarding school every monday. 11 year old Carlos lives on a goat farm in Patagonia, Argentina. He has a small horse on which he and his little sister, Micaela, can make the 18km/1 and a half hour trip to their school every morning. Samuel is a 13 year old invalid in the Bay of Bengal in India. His two younger brothers, Gabriel and Emmanuel, push and pull him in his home made wheelchair on the 4km/1 hour and 15 minute journey every morning to school. Rather than depicting these ordeals as depressing, the film celebrates the strength and courage of these children and their parents as they work to make their lives better. It is not surprising that UNESCO was a partner in the making of this film.

SEAL TEAM SIX: THE RAID ON OSAMA BIN LADEN (2012) - Rather than a straight forward dramatic recreation like ZERO DARK THIRTY, this Voltage Pictuers/The Weinstein Company production is a docudrama featuring a mixture of authentic footage and recreated scenes. Considering that much of the operational data on the mission will never be made public, the filmmakers could possibly be accused of trying to exploit an audience's interest in recent events by rushing to make this movie. And one has to wonder how the men supposedly being celebrated by this film react to a scene in which a man has a video conversation with his wife and she shows him her new bra. Reportedly this was intended as a theatrical feature, but it eventually came out on the National Geographic channel, which made it a target for viewers concerned with detailed accuracy. Just as ZERO DARK THIRTY created controversy over its accuracy, SEAL TEAM SIX does convince that the filmmakers had good intentions. And they assembled a strong cast including Anson Mount, Freddy Rodriguez, Kathleen Robertson, Robert Knepper, Eddie Kaye Thomas and William Fichtner. 

Unsung "Leela James" (2021)

Uncnsrd "Mona Scott-Young" (2021)

Cheyenne "Top Hand" (1957) Season 3, episode 8 - Ed Prentiss feels that he opened up the valley when it was wilderness. Now that it has been carved up by other ranches and home steads, he is systematically reclaiming it - either by buying it or by forcing others out. Clint Walker was the Top Hand for Sloane, but after he sold out to Prentiss, Walker quits. Prentiss threatens him to not seek to work with either Jeanne Cooper or Paul Savage. Though everyone makes him an offer, Walker is tired of being involved in other people fights, so he's going to leave the valley. However, he steps in to prevent Walter Barnes from having a showdown with Peter Brown, Cooper's younger brother. So, when Walker rides out of town, Barnes, Terry Frost and Mack Williams jump him. After beating him up, Barnes and his guys tie Walker to his horse before getting the animal to gallop away. This way they hope to kill him. Luckily, Cooper and Brown find Walker alive and nurse him back to help. Figuring that Savage ordered his foreman to kill him, Walker agrees to work for Cooper and sets out to "talk" with Savage. Well, as soon as Savage finds out what Barnes and his guys did, he fires them. Barnes threatens that they are going to work for Prentiss. After knocking Savage senseless, Walker believes that he didn't know about the attack and believes that Savage truly loves Cooper. Cooper thinks that Savage only wants her land, which half belongs to Brown. Walker tells Cooper to be the woman she should be and allow Brown a chance to grow up. When Prentiss cuts off the water supply, Walker gets Cooper to call a meeting of all those opposed to Prentiss, including Savage and the farmers. When the lawyer advises them that by the time they win in court, their land would die from lack of water, Cooper seems ready to give up. Brown steps up and organizes a plan to blow up the dam and set the water free. While Walker leads an attack on the dam, Brown sets off to force Prentiss to compromise. Walker lights the fuse to blow up the dam, while Barnes runs out of bullets shooting at him. Walker ends up knocking Barnes off a cliff into the river, but dives in to save him from the crashing flood. Brown and Prentiss arrive covered in bruises, too late to stop the fight, but announcing that they have reached a compromise. Writers Oliver Drake and Frederic Brady deliver a surprisingly complex script from a story by Joseph Chadwick. Director Douglas Heyes keeps the storytelling clear and delivers some good action with the help of stock footage from an unknown Western featuring a dam explosion. 
Did not enjoy:

Cheyenne "The Trap" (1956) Season 2, episode 8 - I'll watch anything featuring Walter Barnes, so I watched this. Director Walter Doniger didn't do anything special with the screenplay by Berne Giler from a story by Leo Gordon. There's a sign outside Stagge City warning undesirables to stay out. If our hero, Clint Walker, had done the sensible thing and stayed out, we wouldn't have a story. It turns out that anyone entering the town gets arrested for whatever and sentenced to 90 days labor in the Stagge Silver Mine. It is ambiguous whether anyone ever gets their freedom after 90 days, but the one man we see demand his freedom is shot in the back by Willie, played by Walter Barnes. It turns out that Ray Flynn and his daughter Sally Fraser don't run the mine. Maggie Hayes is the villain, and she has gunman Rhodes Reason to back her. Hayes sets her eyes on Walker to compete with Reason, but Walker sides with Fraser to end this form of legal slavery. Reason kills Hayes and Barnes before calling out our hero for a showdown. Once again the shootout is done in a single take and we see Walker shoot Reason. Unlike A FISTFUL OF DOLLARS, the camera is behind Reason, so we are not invited to identify with the shooter. And so Cheyenne rides off alone to get into more trouble next week.

Cheyenne "War Party" (1957) - Season 2, episode 12. Clint Walker abandons his horse and urges it to run away inorder to avoid pursuing Sioux. On foot, our hero comes upon a gold prospector, Clark Howat, who immediately starts shooting. Grazed in the shoulder, Walker wounds Howat and then carries him to an incredibly well furnished cabin where-in he finds Howat's wife, Angie Dickinson. Walker patches up Howat and then convinces Dickinson that they need to destroy the chute being used to pan for gold. If the Indians see that White men have found gold, murder ensues. Coming back from bagging a deer with an bow and arrow, Walker finds that James Garner, Walter Barnes and Kelly Thordsen have shown up at the cabin. Since the Sioux are on the war path, Barnes and Thordsen are eager to get going, but Garner is curious why Howat and Dickinson have lived there for a year. Obviously, they haven't been farming or ranching. Eventually, Garner figures out that there's gold and clobbers Walker over the head. The three villains ride off with the gold and take all of the horses. Luckily, the good guys still have a canoe, but as they prepare to leave, Sioux Chief Michael Pate shows up. Walker convinces Pate that they plan to leave the Indian land and never come back. Plus Walker is a blood brother to the Cheyenne, who are blood brothers to the Sioux. Pate grants them freedom, but as they canoe down the river, our hero tries to avoid meeting anyone. They eventually find Barnes' dead body, and blood thirsty redman Gerald Charlebois (aka Michael Forest) takes them prisoner and stakes Walker down to the ground. His intention is to torture our hero until Pate shows up and decides if he's changed his mind. Walker demands a fair fight, so he and Charlebois have their arms tied together holding large knives. Not surprisingly, our hero wins, but refuses to kill Charlebois. Pate arrives and ordains that Walker doesn't have to kill Charlebois if he doesn't want to. So, again our heroes set off down the river by canoe, until Garner pops up, with the gold and the intention to take the canoe and Dickinson for himself. Luckily, Howat has finally regained the strength to pull a gun and kill Garner. A bullet also puts a hole in the saddle bags so that the gold spills into the river. Director Joe Kane does a professional job with Berne Giler's script. 

Cheyenne "Noose At Noon" (1958) - Season 3, episode 19. Clint Walker rides into town to find his friend Charles Quinlivan. Deputy Dan Blocker seemingly delights in tell him that Quinlivan is in jail and will be hung at noon tomorrow. Quinlivan reportedly traffics in opium and won't offer any defense against the charge. Naturally, he's afraid the bad guys will kill  his wife, Theona Bryant, and daughter, Gina Gillespie, if he talks. Walker buys a doll for Gillespie, and villain Robert Bray sends over henchmen Walter Barnes and Michael Dante to see if our hero is as tough as he looks. Obviously Walker clobbers the thugs after they break the doll, and Walker ends up giving Gillespie a music box as a present. Eventually, Walker finds that Bray, in cahoots with Oliver McGowan, is smuggling opium from Mexico in the hallowed out horns of Quinlivan's cattle. Barnes sets out to kill Walker, but Quinlivan's ranch hand Roy Glenn arrives in time to kill Barnes. The Judge and Sheriff both believe Quinlivan is innocent, but feel they can't stop the countdown to the hanging if he doesn't talk. Quinlivan is about to talk after Walker swears to protect the wife and daughter, but then it become apparent that Gillespie has been kidnapped. Convinced that the kidnapper couldn't have gotten out of town, everyone begins to search for the little girl. Even so, the Judge and Sheriff don't feel that they can stop the countdown to the hanging. As Quinlivan is being led to the gallows, Sheriff Richard Cutting asks Walker to get the piano player in Tecate Charlie's Bar to stop playing. The Bar is run by a Chinese fellow, and when the piano is silent, Walker hears the little girl's music box playing upstairs. After killing Dante, Walker brings out Gillespie and they take the rope off from around Quinlivan's neck. Quinlivan then points the finger of guilt at McGowan, who is shot by Cutting as he pulls his gun out. Bray tries to get away, but Walker shoots him in the leg as he tries to get on his horse. Howard W. Koch directed the television story and teleplay by Dean Riesner (who would go on to work with director Don Siegel on a number of projects including DIRTY HARRY) from a published story by W.C. Tuttle. This episode is notable for having a black and an asian character and for having Dan Blocker playing a creep. Nancy Kulp makes a welcome appearance as a waitress flirting with Walker in a role similar to what she would play in The Beverly Hillbillies.

THE JUNIPER TREE (1989) - With gorgeous black and white photography by Randy Sellars and a very photogenic cast including Björk Guðmundsdóttir, Bryndis Petra Bragadóttir, Guðrún Gísladóttir, Valdimar Örn Flygenring and Geirlaug Sunna Þormar, American writer/director Nietzchka Keene made an impressive feature film debut in Iceland. Larry Lipkis provided a wonderfully atmospheric music score, which helped to make the film watchable until one realized that the film was not going anywhere satisfactorily. While claiming inspiration from the Grimm's Fairy Tale, Keene concocted a completely new story about the daughters of a woman burned as a witch finding a young widower with son with whom to live. The older daughter, Bragadóttir, wanted to bind the widower to her forever, but faced obstruction from the son, who believed that his dead mother wanted her to leave. Björk befriended the boy and took him with her to visit with the spirit of her dead mother, all the while telling him stories that her mother told him. During an argument with Bragadóttir, the boy became convinced that he could fly and died at the bottom of a cliff. When Björk proclaimed that the boy came back as a bird, the pregnant Bragadóttir ran away. Finally, believing that Bragadóttir did not mean to kill his son, the widower rode off to find her, leaving Björk alone at the grave of the boy's mother. Keene was able to direct two more films before her death, at the age of 52, in 2004 from pancreatic cancer.

KRANES KONDITORI, aka KRANE'S CONFECTIONERY, aka KRANE'S BAKERY SHOP (1951) - Based on the novel by Cora Sandel, Danish writer/director Astrid Henning-Jensen's film portrays the life of a divorced mother of two who rebels against the life she's been forced to live and takes a day off with a visiting sailor, much to the shock of her small Norweigen town. Rønnaug Alten is splendid as the downtrodden woman and she's wonderfully captured on film by cinematographers Per G. Jonson and Arthur J. Ornitz. Ornitz would move to New York City in the mid 1950s and shoot 1964's THE WORLD OF HENRY ORIENT, 1968's CHARLY, 1970's THE BOYS IN THE BAND and HOUSE OF DARK SHADOWS and many other celebrated American films. The hypocrisy of the town is well drawn, if a little obvious. The film ends after the father of the nearly grown children shows up to convince them that it is time for them to lend an helping hand to their mother, rather than just demanding that she take care of them. The director continued making movies until 1996. She died at the age of 87 in 2002.

MEET THE FOCKERS (2004) - I didn't much like MEET THE PARENTS so I dreaded watching this movie even with Dustin Hoffman break dancing.

LITTLE FOCKERS (2010) - This time Dustin Hoffman dances flamenco.

HERE AND NOW, aka BLUE NIGHT (2018) - As I was watching this, I couldn't help but notice the similarity this film had to 1962's CLEO FROM 5 TO 7 by director Agnes Varda. I raced to the end credits to see if there was some acknowledgment of this similarity, but couldn't find any. So imagine my surprise going to Wikipedia and seeing the notation that it was "described as an homage" to the Varda film. The directoral debut of Fabien Constant, HERE AND NOW featured a scene where Sarah Jessica Parker visited the father, Simon Baker, of her daughter, Gus Birney, and remarked on his love of French movies, as he was watching director Alain Resnais' L'AMOUR A MORT. So there was no acknowledgement of the Varda film in HERE AND NOW, but most film critics noted it and decided that CLEO was the better film. As noted in the title, CLEO FROM 5 TO 7 was about the two hours Corinne Marchand spent evaluating her life which awaiting a possible cancer diagnosis. In HERE AND NOW, Parker got the potential diagnosis of a brain tumor, and the film portrayed the 24 hours she lived before going back for more tests. Playwright Laura Eason, who has spent years writing for the Amazon series House of Cards, provided the screenplay which allowed parts for Jacqueline Bisset as Parker's mother, Common as Parker's manager and Renee Zellweger as a friend. The Italian based company AMBI Film Group had previously collaborated with Sarah Jessica Parker on 2015's ALL ROADS LEAD TO ROME and helped to produce HERE AND NOW. Gus Birney was appealing in her small role in this film, was hardly noticeable in director Woody Allens' A RAINY DAY IN NEW YORK, but landed a good role in the Apple TV series Dickinson. If you've ever wanted to hear Sarah Jassica Parker sing "I Think We're Alone Now", this is the movie for you.

THE SLEEPWALKER (2014) - Co-written and directed by Norwegian born Mona Fastvoid, this is a film designed for a low budget, with four characters confined to a small location. At times, it seems like it's going to be a gothic tale, but, ultimately, it seems to be intended as a small drama. In any case, it is an uninvolving exercise in whispered suggestions. Gitte Witt and Stephanie Ellis get naked and have sex scenes with Christopher Abbott and co-writer Brady Corbet a number of times in an attempt to keep audience attention. The music by Sondre Lerche, Fastvoid's former husband, and Kato Adland sounds like Fastvoid was attempting a Twin Peaks-like atmosphere.

VALLEY OF DEATH, aka MEMORIAL VALLEY MASSACRE (1988) - Probably originally titled MEMORIAL DAY, this low-budget - it even looks crappy on MGM HD - cross between EEGAH! and FRIDAY THE 13TH was filmed entirely on location at Gold Creek Ranch, Lakeview Terrace, California. Instead of Dune buggy enthusiasts and camp counselors, this movie's victims are an ATV rider and holiday weekend vacationers. Cameron Mitchell ran afoul of the Screen Actor's Guild when he announced he would ignore Guild rules and work for any producer willing to pay him $1,000.00 a day in cash. I'm guessing that was the sort of deal which allowed him to play Allen Sangster, the developer eager to open the new Memorial Valley Campgrounds. I wonder if William Smith got a similar deal for his small role as one of the campground visitors. Anyway, the campgrounds are not ready to open on Memorial Day because of mysterious incidents including a dead worker and a dead dog befouling the water supply. Still, Mitchell demands that the backed up campers be allowed in and puts his son, Mark Mears, in charge. It soon turns out that a feral young man, John Caso, lives in the area and he doesn't want neighbors. When Caso doesn't kill people himself, he causes their deaths with a series of Vietcong-like boobytraps. It turns out that Caso was kidnapped as a little boy and held for ransom, by a kidnapper who died in the wilderness. Caso's father, John Kerry, has been searching the area for about 17 years, which is why he was available to become a camp counselor. How the boy learned to make weapons, fur clothes and set elaborate traps didn't seem to bother writer George Frances Skrow and writer/director Robert C. Hughes, so it shouldn't bother you. After this, Hughes went to work on the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers TV show. When Kerry finally comes face to face with Caso, the two seem to recognize each other, but before they can have a tearful reunion, Kerry triggers a deadly booby trap. Mears declares the camp closed forever, suggesting that Caso will live out his life in the wilderness.


Charles Gilbert watched:

THE MAN FROM BITTER RIDGE (1955) Technicolor  oater with Lex Barker playing RH Stagecoach agent Jeff Carr investigating robberies near the town of Tomahawk where vaunted politician Rance Jackman (John Dehner) is vying for the job of sheriff currently occupied by Walter Dunham (Trevor Bardette). Jackman and brothers (Myron Healey and Warren Stevens) are behind the stagecoach holdups but point the finger at neighboring 'crows nesters' sheepherders led by Alec Black (Stephen McNally). The day of the election brings a showdown with gunplay. Prepossessing Mara ("go ahead...make my day" waitress) Corday playing Holly Kenton is love interest for both Lex and Stephen. Immaculate print.

HARD KNOX (1984) Ace Marine F4 Phantom pilot Joe Knox (Robert Conrad) is forced to retire his wings due to health problems. He returns to his alma mater Garfield Acadamy military school in Mt. Carroll, Illinois and assumes the position as commandante of the ragtag coed school.  His Tennessee-bred gunnery sergeant buddy Tom Tuttle (Red West) becomes drill instructor for the youth as they train for the 'battle of the brass axe' versus all boys Vickers Military School. The sons of both Conrad and West appear.

The Myth of Pelagianism - Interview with author Dr. Ali Bonner. Presented by Warren McGrew of 'Idol Killer'. Ms. Bonner, with distinct English accent, avers from her research that the fifteenth century monk Pelagias was wrongly excommunicated from the church for heretically disavowing the doctrine of original sin, which in theological circles affirms total depravity of man. Pelagias posited man's innate goodness and the attribute of free will, which is the bane of determinism and predestination in reformist thinking. Hour and a half long.

David Deal enjoyed:

CALIBER 9 (72)


THE QUILLER MEMORANDUM (66) - For George Segal.  Be sure to read about it in The Eurospy Guide book.

ROOM 13 (63)

Mildly enjoyed:




Bertrand Van Wonterghem Highly enjoyed:

Coup de torchon ( 1981, Bertrand Tavernier)

Black books – season 3 – episode 4


Le dessous des cartes (1948, André Cayatte)

Maeumui sori / The sound of your heart – season 1 – episode 3

Asphalte (1959, Hervé Bromberger)

Au voleur ! (1960, Ralph Habib)

Mildly enjoyed:

The new legends of monkey – season 2 – episodes 1 to 7

The irregulars – season 1

Lucky lady ( 1975, Stanley Donen)

Did not enjoy:

Legend (1985, Ridley Scott)


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