Friday, October 12, 2018

As Far as My Feet Will Carry Me (2001)

In German & Russian with English subtitles

Director: Hardy Martins   

Stars: Bernhard Bettermann, Iris Böhm, Anatoliy Kotenyov

At the end of WW2, a German POW doing hard labor in the Soviet Gulag escapes from his Siberian camp to return to Germany but he's pursued by a Soviet NKVD officer. ★★★

Monday, October 8, 2018

Madonna of the Desert (1948) Sheldon Leonard


 George Blair


 Lynne Roberts, Don 'Red' Barry, Don Castle, Sheldon Leonard

Madonna of the Desert is an ivory statue embedded with jewels and natural the gangsters are out to steal it. Nick (Sheldon Leonard) enlists his girl Monica (Lynne Roberts) to heist the Madonna for him, but there is more to this little statue than meets the eye. Madonna of the Desert is an entertaining movie with one of Hollywood's most recognizable screen tough guys Sheldon Leonard. The attractive Lynne Roberts plays the tough broad that's out to steal the Madonna. Also in the cast is Don Castle the handsome "B" actor who had a slight resemblance to Clark Gable. Castle died from a drug overdose at the age of 47. If you like film noir you must see Madonna of the Desert. ★★★

Monday, October 1, 2018

The Choppers (1961) Arch Hall Jr.


 Leigh Jason


 Arch Hall Jr., Robert Paget, Burr Middleton

His first theft was a peanut butter sandwich at school, now he'll steal anything. This is the story of a gang of teenagers that get their jolly's from stripping cars of parts and selling them to Moose (Bruno VeSota) at his auto junkyard. Close on their tail is a cop and insurance investigator with a gorgeous secretary (Marianne Gaba) who is a delight to look at. Gaba acted in only a handful of TV shows and movies but can be found as Playmate of the month in the September 1959 issue of Playboy. Arch Hall Jr. stars as the rich brat with a cool rod, Hall did his own music in the film and was recorded on the Signature label, look for Konga Joe on youtube. For a B picture it's pretty entertaining and fast paced, your gonna dig the scene man.  ★★★   

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Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Dudes Are Pretty People (1942) Jimmy Rogers

Director: Hal Roach Jr.
Stars: Jimmy Rogers, Noah Beery Jr., Marjorie Woodworth

This is the story of two dimwitted cowboys, Jimmy Rogers and Noah Beery, Jr.,who lost their horses in a poker game. They find a job rounding up stray bulls, one loses his pants and the other gains a girl. Jimmy must save his friend from love, and goes to the extreme to do it. Jimmy Rogers was the son of humorist Will Rogers. Pidge is played by the great character Noah Beery Jr., who was best remembered as Rocky on the TV show The Rockford Files ( Pidge was Berry's nickname in real life).★★

Jimmy Rogers, Marjorie Woodworth & Noah Beery Jr.