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« on: September 28, 2017, 07:03:27 PM »



Directed by Edward D. Wood Jr., with cinematography by William C. Thompson. Stars: Lyle Talbot, Dolores Fuller, Herbert Rawlinson, Steve Reeves, Clancy Malone, and Timothy Farrell.

Ed Wood's Film Noir, the wayward son of a doctor Don Gregor (Malone), runs around with cheap crook Vic Brady (Farrell) pulling stickups, their last job knocking over a theater box office gets the security guard dead by Dons trigger finger. When Don decides to turn himself in Vic has other plans. Fuller as Brady is hilarious growling non stop wisecracks.

Vic Brady: They've had my picture in the files so long it's getting moldy.

Loretta: Honey, that's bad business, cop killing.
Vic Brady: So what? They bleed like anybody else. Now stop gibbering! I gotta think!

There is a scene in a kitchen where surrounded with what looks like the type of kitchen appliances you'd find nowadays in a defunct roadside dump, Loretta tells Vic off ...

Loretta: ...you're a has been with a gun!
Vic Brady: A has been, baby I've only just begun. I didn't set you up in all this luxury just to have you walk out on me. I pulled you out of that main street dive and made something out of you. No you'll never walk out on me.

The Cast


Don Gregor (Malone)


Marilyn Gregor (Dolores Fuller) , Lieutenant Bob Lawrence (Steve Reeves)


Don Gregor (Malone), Vic Brady (Farrell)


Dr. Gregor (Herbert Rawlinson)  Marilyn (Dolores Fuller)


Inspector Johns (Lyle Talbot) center

The film has this wonderfully cheesy spanish guitar and whacky bossa nova score by Hoyt Curtin. It homages the plastic surgery/removal bandages sequences in lots of films but with a nice twist.

Noirsville






Chick and Cotton Watts











The film also includes a two minute insert, and it's right out of left field, of who has been termed the last blackface performer Cotton Watts in a skit called Cotton Watts and Chick, a curious artifact of a past era. I don't know if it was in the original release or not. IMDb lists them in the cast.

Hands down Ed Wood's best film. 6/10

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« Reply #1 on: September 29, 2017, 09:28:30 AM »

I am dying to see this. Somehow I completely missed that Ed Wood directed it. Now I must watch it.

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« Reply #2 on: September 29, 2017, 03:21:15 PM »

I am dying to see this. Somehow I completely missed that Ed Wood directed it. Now I must watch it.

 Wink It's on Youtube watch ASAP.

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« Reply #3 on: September 29, 2017, 03:23:55 PM »

Just checked. Great!

Is this really his best movie??

Edit: I can't believe Lyle Talbot consented to be in this movie.

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« Reply #4 on: September 29, 2017, 04:15:00 PM »

Just checked. Great!

Is this really his best movie??

Edit: I can't believe Lyle Talbot consented to be in this movie.

Yea, it's actually not bad, comparably to his worst Plan 9 From Outer Space

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« Reply #5 on: October 02, 2017, 08:16:01 AM »

Oh good God, this is terrible. Just terrible. No way I'd give this 6/10.  Sad  Wink One of the worst movies I've seen in a long time.
The guitar soundtrack almost made me throw something at the TV. Just say no.

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« Reply #6 on: October 02, 2017, 02:22:44 PM »

Oh good God, this is terrible. Just terrible. No way I'd give this 6/10.  Sad  Wink One of the worst movies I've seen in a long time.
The guitar soundtrack almost made me throw something at the TV. Just say no.

You didn't get a kick out of Timothy Farrell?, lol, Compared to Glen or Glenda and Plan 9, it's so bad it's good.

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« Reply #7 on: October 02, 2017, 03:20:43 PM »

Farrell overdid it so much he was quite entertaining. Dolores Fuller was almost painful to watch.

I like Plan 9 better just because it's so loony. However, this finally has made me decide to watch Jonny Depp's Ed Wood.

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« Reply #8 on: October 02, 2017, 05:31:47 PM »

Farrell overdid it so much he was quite entertaining. Dolores Fuller was almost painful to watch.

You know Dolores was Ed Woods wife, and supposedly Jail Bait was Ed's most successful film. Somebody mentioned that from Jail Bait, Ed got the job to write another Film Noir The Violent Years (1956). These cheap noirs were popular with same crowd that dug the surfer/beach/juvenile delinquent movies at the time.

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