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The Naked Street

Not many B-movies have an acting pedigree quite like today’s movie, 1955’s “The Naked Street.”  It features Academy Award winners Anthony Quinn & Anne Bancroft…not to mention Farley Granger from Hitchock’s “Rope” and “Strangers on a Train,” and the one and only Peter Graves.  I’m more used to films that star Who?, Never-heard-them and What’s-her-face?…

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Don’t Make Waves

Movie posters were never meant to be accurate depictions of the movies themselves. They were simply meant to get you to buy a ticket. The poster for the 1967 film “Don’t Make Waves” gives the impression that you’re in for a AIP style beach party flick. It features two bikini-clad beauties bookending an image of…

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Alakazam the Great

Today, Japanese animation is a huge part of our American pop culture.  When I was a kid we’d watch shows like “Battle of the Planets” or “Voltron” just like they were any other show.  Sure we wondered why the characters mouth movements never seemed to match up, but we could live with that.  Nowdays, even…

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The Experts

Has any actor had more ups and downs to their career than John Travolta?  I remember watching him every Saturday night on “Welcome Back Kotter,” but then he was gone.  Replaced by another guy because he was off making big hit movies like “Grease,” “Saturday Night Fever,” and “Urban Cowboy.”  But then came flops like…

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Sands of the Kalahari

Movies about survival in the wild are always a little hard for me to take.  Probably because throughout the movie one thought keeps going through my mind…”I’d be dead.”  No question…if that happened to me, I’m a goner.  If trapped on a desert island and forced to hunt for my own food, Wilson the Volleyball…

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Transylvania 6-5000

I remember very clearly seeing Leonard Maltin review the film “Transylvania 6-5000” on Entertainment Tonight when it was released in 1985.  Maltin sat staring at the camera, bopping his head as the tune “Pennsylvania 6-5000” played.  The song reached the point where the group of voices substituted the words “Transylvania 6-5000” for the usual phrase…then…

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Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

Is it me, or does anyone else out there find the characters from the Broadway musical Cats to be a bit scary.  I mean, you have these human/feline hybrids prancing around the stage wiggling their jazz hands with this makeup that resembles what you might get out of a state fair facepainting booth.  Sorry, but…