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4/29/18 Episode 99: Dance Hall Racket (1953)



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The legacy of comedian Lenny Bruce has shaped future generations, but what about the past generations that influenced Bruce? As co-writer (and actor) of Dance Hall Racket (1953), Bruce presents an aspect of his past - the dance hall - where men buy tickets to dance with sexy ladies. One patron hoards tickets so he can have all the girls to himself. A dancer steals money and that's the plot, I think.

Lenny's not the comic relief, he gives himself a tough guy role. The humor, and again, it feels like the humor that influenced Bruce, comes from Punchy, a drunk whose lengthy bar bets gains him free drinks. Rounding out the cast is Bruce's real-life outspoken mother and his burlesque dancer wife.

Any nudity got sniped out of the print. Probably a projectionist from 1953 has the footage in his bedroom.

4/22/18 Episode 98: I, The Jury (1953)



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Move over Christian Grey, here comes Mike Hammer, pop culture's first white knight. Mike Hammer - a detective as subtle as his last name!

For a detective so single-minded and blunt as Mike Hammer, his big screen adventures are filled with gimmicks. Kiss Me Deadly (1955) has reverse scrolling credits and a glowing suitcase. In The Girl Hunters (1963), creator and author Mickey Spillane plays the role of Hammer. And, in I, the Jury (1953), the first Mike Hammer movie, it's in 3D. You get to see a one-armed man crawl to the cameras. That man was a friend of Hammer's and was murdered, so Hammer solves the crime as a fave to the widow. It's a good movie, and anyone who saw The Color of Night (1994) knows the psychiatrist did it.

During the broadcast, I clearly believed Lady in The Lake (1946) was a Mike Hammer film, it is not. It is a Phillip Marlowe picture. My apologies.

After the break, Spillane hocks beer.

4/15/18 Episode 97: Down and Dirty Duck (1974)



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Awful!

4/8/18 Episode 96: It's a Bikini World (1967)



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Ever see the comedy Drillbit Taylor (2008)? It's about three high school nerds who hire a homeless man to be their bodyguard. It was such an odious concept that it sucked the life out of the movie.

I thought of ol' Drillbit watching It's a Bikini World! (1967), a long in the tooth beach comedy from Stephanie Rothman, director of The Student Nurses (1970). Surf stud Mike likes Delilah, but she don't like him, so, he poses as Herbert, his "brother." Same person, just Mike is shirtless and Herbert wears a shirt (and glasses), and damned if she falls for it. I couldn't buy the depressing premise (what a fuckboi), but the squirrelly film doesn't either, more eager to switch to performing bands and slapstick races devised by a silly but still wired Sid Haig.

I like the rip-off Pop Art paintings that hang on Mike's walls, my favorite being the Life Magazine cover of the stripes of the flag.


Stephanie Rothman was born in Paterson, NJ, but was her photo on the Paterson Hall of Fame next to Uncle Floyd? No!

4/1/18 Episode 95 (Rebroadcasting Episode 89): Joysticks (1983)



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We took a break for the holidays and replayed one of our favorite recent episodes, the one about the Joysticks (1983). Like I've said before, it's the gold standard of teen sex comedies. Makes a good double feature with Surf II (1984).

We're back with a new episode on April 8, 2018.

3/25/18 Episode 94: National Lampoon's Dad's Week Off (1997)



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Carl and I will watch any National Lampoon movie, even the ones with totured punctuation. National Lampoon's Dad's Day Off (world's worst's title) was released on Showtime during the late 90s. Dad has a bad case of "hypertension," so Dad's wife and Dad's kids go camping without him, giving him a National Lampoon's Dad's Week Off. Too bad Dad's friend (played by the late Richard Jeni) sees this as his opportunity to cut loose and party at Dad's house. Dad's friend's friend feeds Dad herbal pills and then tells him he slept with her (he didn't). Dad goes to jail, joins a "Chinese gang," hosts a wedding at his home, and, of course, cleans up everything in time for Dad's family to return.

To indulge us with our National Lampoon movie viewing, we are joined by special guest Boston radio traffic reporter (and my uncle) Malcolm Alter. Unbeknownst to me, Uncle Malcolm went to college with Dad's star Henry Winkler and he "tells all" (he had nothing but nice things to say about Winkler).