BILL CRIDER'S POP CULTURE MAGAZINE
Bill, this one has always flown below my radar but the trailer and IMDB credits suggest that I should look it up. Another dream B-movie cast -- Mamie, Anthony (Hawaiian Eye, Naked Kiss) Eisley, Billy Gray, Bobby Van, Walter Sande, Biff Elliott, (the) Sonny West -- screenplay based on a Murray Leinster novel (which was a Gold Medal original, I think).According to Al Collins, Biff Elliott's entrance in the first scene of "I the Jury" caused wiseguys in the movie audience to exclaim incrediously, "Dat's Mike Hammer??"
I've seen it. It's pretty awful.
Isn't this movie's claim to fame is that it has one of Clint Eastwood's first film appearances?
I think that was REVENGE OF THE CREATURE.
Yeah, it's pretty dire. Even Stanley Cortez's photography doesn't help.
Didn't Clint debut in IN THE NAVY? Or something like that.
He was in a Francis the Talking Mule movie around the same time as the Creature movie. Probably FRANCIS IN THE NAVY.
IMDB lists REVENGE OF THE CREATURE as Clint's first, and FRANCIS IN THE NAVY as his third. I've always steered against the current in terms of critical opinion about Clint -- I thought he was a vastly underrated actor in his movies with Leone and Siegel, but vastly overrated as a director. Regardless, I admire that he had the vision and perseverance to carve a career for himself and work his way up from his early walk-on parts.
fred, you do need to see this movie. It's a must for Mamie's fans, who are legion.I've always found Maltin's description to be classic (although perhaps he didn't mean it as a recommendation): 1) Look at the title. 2) Examine the cast.3) Be aware that the plot involves omniverous trees.4) Don't say you weren't warned.Now maybe you can resist after that review but I couldn't.Jeff
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