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Monday, October 24, 2016

10/24/16 Episode 21: Another Nice Mess (1972)


Watch Another Nice Mess, embedded above, and listen to the podcast at the same time. Click here to launch podcast in a separate browser.

Check out the screen grab image above, that's Steve Martin standing on the right, with the God awful hair and jeans!

The great Dominique Gellin joins host Mike Spiegelman to watch this 65-minute curio from the creative crew of The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour. Written and directed by Bob "Super Dave" Einstein, Another Nice Mess presents Richard Nixon (a prime Rich Little) and Spiro Agnew as comedy duo Laurel and Hardy. That's it, and that's all.

Kliph Nesteroff writes in his book, The Comedians:
Word around the production reached the White House. Watergate henchmen Chuck Colson and H. R. Haldeman warned White House counsel John Dean of the "derogatory film about the president being produced by the Smothers Brothers." Dean sent undercover men to "asses its potential impact."  
...[Tom] Smothers was in  an editing session of Another Nice Mess in Los Angeles when his Bay Area home was raided [Yay Area! - Ed.] and the furniture upended. Nothing was found.
Peter Lawford screened Another Nice Mess at a Democratic fund-raiser in Beverly Hills, Bob Einstein promoted it on The Dick Cavett Show and Rich Little plugged it on The Tonight Show, but the film was barely distributed. The Nixon administration had nothing to do with it. Tom Smothers buried it himself: "It was a terrible film."
Tommy Smothers must had buried it in a shallow grave because it's back from the dead and on YouTube. (I would had loved to be in the audience at the Beverly Hills fund-raiser, btw). I also bet they didn't get the rights to the Laurel & Hardy clips, but that's neither here nor there.

This episode is a prime example of this podcast's mission: to watch hard-to-find movies I've read about in books.

Monday, October 17, 2016

10/16/16 Episode 20: It (1927)



Watch It, embedded above, and listen to the podcast at the same time. Click here to launch podcast in a separate browser.


Comedian Danny Dechi joins host Mike Spiegelman for a movie surprising free of scary clowns.

The 89-year-old silent movie It was inspired by, but not based on, Elinor Glyn's novel, It. Characters from It (the movie) quote It (the novel) as a guide to find romance. Sort of like Steve Harvey's Think Like A Man (2012). Glyn herself appears in the movie, but the movie belongs to Clara Bow. She has "it." She hops on desks (see screen grab above), and, while overboard, cold-cocks her lover's girlfriend right in her face. That's It, indeed.

Sunday, October 9, 2016

10/9/2016 Episode 19: Spookies (1986)


Listen to Let's Watch A Full-Length Movie on YouTube and watch Spookies, embedded above, at the same time. Start with the podcast. Click here to launch podcast in a separate browser.

Comedian Drew Harmon (Laugh Your Asheville Off!, Chuckpedia) loves watching horror movies during the month of October. He  picked this movie, the unfortunately titled Spookies.

Party people party inside a graveyard house and get killed by a staggeringly amount of random monsters. Winds up this movie is another movie with added scenes and new plot.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

10/2/16 Episode 18: The Fantastic Four (1994)


Watch The Fantastic Four, embedded above, and listen to the podcast at the same time. Click here to launch podcast in a separate browser.

I first read about this movie in the October 1993 issue of  Film Threat magazine. It made the cover!


But, according to Michael J. Weldon, in his 1996 edition of The Psychotronic Video Guide:
The (very) low budget Roger Corman production was made because German executive producer Bernd Eichinger had to back a quick feature to retain the rights to the Marvel Comics characters. It was promoted, then shelved (bootlegs are available).
Related: Film Threat editor Chris Gore talks twice about that issue and more on my brother's podcast, Proudly Resents, once in 2011 and again in 2014.

Twenty years later, it's on YouTube!

Gamma rays give four superheroes four distinct powers, with no overlapping powers. The one supervillian wears a mask and that looks cool in the comic books, but stupid on film. Bulk of the movie is the origin story. The heroes don't get their outfits until one hour into the movie. When the genius bad guy and genius good guy finally confront each other, they have a fist fight.

This was the first of four Fantastic Four movies; five movies, if you count The Incredibles. Of course, I prefer the 2015 version.

Susan Maletta guest co-hosts. Audio comes out of one track, again. Issue with the station.