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Posts posted by jameselliot

  1. Murder Is My Beat aka Danger Is My Beat has a terrible script and is a lesser known Ulmer film but there's something about it that I found compelling. It was Barbara Payton's last movie. She doesn't get much screen  time even though she's the main character. 

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  2. I finally caught the ultra-rare, very overlooked Two Gentlemen Sharing, a well-acted British "swinging London" racial drama made in 1969.  Robin Phillips and American actor Hal Frederick are Oxford grads sharing a flat and their love interests are Judy Geeson and Esther Anderson. Things don't work out well. 

    It's like the flip side of To Sir With Love,  Geeson's first film. Two Gentlemen was not distributed in Great Britain and there was never an official DVD or VHS release. The BFI finally recognized it last year.  It's currently showing on Amazon Prime and I believe it would be a good programming choice for TCM. 


    Hal Frederick became a Los Angeles restaurateur. He'd be the perfect guest to have for a TCM showing. 



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  3. Until recently, his TV show was in reruns. He did a skit with Clint Eastwood and Fess Parker that was really funny and one in color with Fred Gwynne in full Herman Munster costume. I liked the show more than his films.

  4. On 3/24/2019 at 2:17 PM, LawrenceA said:

    Expresso Bongo (1959)  -  6/10


    British musical satire of the record industry, with Laurence Harvey as a fast-talking talent manager who discovers Cliff Richard (and the Shadows) playing bongos in a nightclub. Harvey ushers the boy to stardom, with the attendant rewards and pitfalls. Also featuring Sylvia Syms, Yolande Donlan, Meier Tzelniker, Ambrosine Phillpotts, Eric Pohlmann, Burt Kwouk, Wilfrid Lawson, Susan Hampshire, and Hermione Baddeley. Harvey goes at it with gusto and is fun to watch. The story loses steam before it's over, and the movie is about 20 minutes too long, but there's still some enjoyment in the setting. And Syms, as Harvey's stripper girlfriend, is appealing.


    The first half crackles with raw energy due to Lawrence Harvey's adrenaline fueled, funny performance as the shyster-hipster rock-n-roll manager/star maker. If you only remember his grim, sullen characterizations, watch him go like The Roadrunner here. He never got another role so kinetic. This is a film that TCM should program more often (with Beat Girl, another Brit film from that era). Unfortunately the Kino DVD used a butchered version that eliminated several short musical numbers, something that Kino didn't mention in their marketing (an annoying lesson for me), including the duet Nausea by record label boss Meier Tzelniker and Harvey. The second half does fizzle out as LawrenceA wrote because the story shifts more to Bongo Herbert (Cliff Richards) and Yolande Donlan, director Val Guest's wife. A 1986 British film Absolute Beginners borrows heavily from Expresso Bongo.

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  5. Onslow Stevens played Dr. Edelmann in House of Dracula. I'd never seen The Couch (Not a good exploitable name for this kind of movie.). I wouldn't have guessed the same actor played those two roles.

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