Monday, June 19, 2017

A Quick Look: MOON PILOT (1962 - color)

   MOON PILOT was one of those delightful live-action 60's Disney movies which could easily have been spun off into a sitcom (and in fact sort of predicts I Dream Of Jeannie). In the film, Tom Tryon is selected for a manned space flight, despite the fact that the astro-chimp sent previously has returned to Earth in a state of insanity. When adorable Dany Saval enters the picture, she claims to be a space-lady with a formula which can coat the nose of the next rocket and prevent the cosmic rays from scrambling Tom's brain. Naturally, Tom thinks she's a spy (or just crazy). And even after she convinces Tom of her sincerity, the brass still has her marked as a spy. So you end up with Tom and Dany desperately trying to speak to each other while the government and military are doing everything they can to prevent to two from getting close. The star-studded cast includes such familiar faces as Brian Keith, Edmond O'Brien, and guest-star Tommy Kirk. Miss Saval is one of the cutest things you'll ever see. Nearly forgotten comedy has a lot going for it, and is worth tracking down if you like a fun Space Age rib-tickler.

A Quick Look: A SCREAM IN THE STREETS (1973 - color)

   Here's one of my most unexpected viewing experiences, gritty exploitation cop picture A SCREAM IN THE STREETS. Imagine a mixture of Adam-12, DIRTY HARRY, and an X-rated domestic drama, and you'd be in the ballpark. Homicidal killer dresses like a woman in order to violently stab women to death, but the real story involves a pair of plainclothes officers newly assigned as riding partners. One is married and tries to go By The Book. The other is a bit of a lose cannon. Together, they ride the streets and get involved in various hold-ups and shoot-outs and grow to trust each other. Meanwhile, there's a sex scene every other reel or so -remove this material and picture would only be about an hour long. Despite the more base material woven through-out, A SCREAM IN THE STREETS is a surprisingly good picture. The writing is solid, the acting good, and the characterization is unusually strong. The porn elements aside, this is probably one of the better pictures I've seen in a good while!

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Important ASOC news...

Without warning, Another Slice of Cheesecake suddenly sported a content warning to readers. I'm through. It's too much trouble anymore, and I have other things to do. I may close both blogs to prevent the content warning from infecting my other blogs. Either way, the A Slice of Cheesecake Facebook page will remain in operation, God willing.

Paul and Jackie Blaisdell in the work shop...

Saturday, June 10, 2017

A Quick Look: THE OUTLAWS IS COMING (1965)

   Was stunned to hear of the passing of Adam West (that's he in eclipse behind Joe DeRita). West was a fine actor, but always the first one to poke fun at himself. It struck me today that West is essentially America's Roger Moore. Adam was always a bright spot whenever he turned up, and was one of those stars who oozed average Joe likability. Rest In Peace, Mr. West, and thanks for all the good times. Upon thinking of Adam, my mind went first to THE OUTLAWS IS COMING, a wild, cartoony horse opera spoof starring The Three Stooges. The last starring feature for the Stooges, in fact. West plays a crusading reporter desperate to save the buffalo from being exterminated (that happening due to a plot to turn the Indians against the white man and jumpstart a war). Moe, Larry, and Curly Joe are his assistants, and do what they can to acclimate tenderfoot Adam to the wild and woolly Western territories. When West gets into a gun duel, sharp-shooter Nancy Kovack saves his life and gives the town the impression that he's the best shot in the territory. To counter this, the bad guys call in every notorious gunman (and future television star) they can find, including the likes of Bat Masterson, Johnny Ringo, Belle Starr, Jesse James, Billy the Kid, Wyatt Earp, and so forth. Lot's a gags in this one, which is practically a Tex Avery cartoon! The self-referencing showbiz gags are truly my kind of humor, and this one has them in spades.

Aurora monster kit stuff