Saturday, September 13, 2008

THE 30-FOOT BRIDE OF CANDY ROCK - Raoul Kraushaar - "Main TItle" (1959)

This isn't exactly pleasant, but sometimes you just have to do it! Copies of "The 30-Foot Bride Of Candy Rock" are pretty hard to find, but maybe that's really not such a bad thing! I don't know, it just seems like this whole movie takes it's stupidity too seriously! Forced might be a good description! You've got a fine cast with Lou Costello, Dorothy Provine, Gale Gordon etc, but this film should really probably have been a 30 minute pilot for some TV sitcom. Even the music by the brilliant Raoul Kraushaar is pretty limp, and, the theme would be befitting to a Ma & Pa Kettle episode!


Filmed in 'Wonderama' and 'Mattascope', Wow! I think maybe it was too much!!

Sadly, this would be Lou Costello's last film & the only one without Bud Abbott! Maybe it's me, maybe it's just this picture, but Lou looks a little lost and alone to me.

Here's the basic premise, Lou, as Arnie Pinsetter(and you do have to love that name)and Dorothy Provine as sweet little Emmy Lou Rossiter are going to get married. He has built this machine, and then everything goes wrong!!

Dorothy looks great no matter what size she is, but is not real happy with her boyfriend Lou after he transformed her!

Here's two way too cool guys! Joey Faye is the one on the left. Joey was one of 3 or 4 guys who staked claim to the burlesque bit "Slowly I turned, step by step" made famous by The Three Stooges, Abbott & Costello and more. Doodles Weaver on the right, worked with one our heroes, Spike Jones, and was the voice of the announcer in Spike's horse race version of the "William Tell Overture" etc, etc. Unfortunately, even talent of this caliber can't save a film like this! Doodles Weaver is actually Sigourney Weaver's uncle, can you see the resemblance?

So the Boosters help Artie get Emily set up!

Emily is in the barn taking a shower, with Artie providing the water with a firehose!!

Right about then, this gooberfied helicopter pilot, played by Jack Straw (Father of singer and actress Syd Straw) who is supposed to be guiding the troops, flies over the scene, and totally looses control when he spots Emily!!!

The really not too bad special effects were done by the wizard Jack Rabin, and the 'giant' scenes are literally head and shoulders above movies like "The Cyclops', but you still gotta wonder if Mr. B.I.G. would have made a better version of this film than this!!! Dorothy has just had about enough of this crap by this point!!!


Greg Goodsell said...

They used to show this awful thing on the Comedy Channel before the days of Mystery Science Theatre 3000!

A Chigurh said...

This movie got by on the strength of AOFFW box office and little else. Costello may have had a fetish for taller women (just look at the list of tall leading ladies in his films). Dorothy Provine lacked the sex appeal and (dare I say) charisma of Allison Hayes. By the films's end, you are so bored with the bombastic acting and paper thin script, that you want to see big, bad Emmy rip off that dress, grab Costello, and tell him to consummate the marriage. I'd like to hear him scream "Hey Abbott!" as she shoves him between her legs.

Eegah!! and Tabonga! said...

Good stuff! I think you should leave a comment on EVERY film we've reviewed!

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