HOMAGE: Old French from the 13th century meaning a formal public acknowledgment of allegiance on the part of a vassal towards a feudal lord!! Right On!!
So, without further delay, tonight we present a small homage to madman film maker, Ray Dennis Steckler, who just passed away last week and was the epitome of 60's cheap film making. I'm going to tell you right out front that this film, "Rat Pfink A Boo Boo" is not an easy film to watch, in fact, it's right up there with Arch Hall's "Nasty Rabbit" in the "I've seen it once, and that was enough" category, but again, just like "Nasty Rabbit," the music is completely and utterly fantastic! If Dennis couldn't take it seriously, then I sure as Hell can't, but give the man some credit for marketing!! A film as crappy as this is plenty available today, and yet, there's a bunch of 'real' classic monster movies, that you can't even find a copy of, to save your soul!! He'd go by Ray or Sven, or Wolfgang, Cash, Max or Cindy Lou, but whatever you call him, make sure you also call Ray Dennis Steckler a genius!! Thanx for the good times Buddy!!!
It's pretty easy to get sucked in at the start of the film, and it's lookin' all kinda film noirish, but it doesn't last for long, and the gang characters look like they are in their 20's but act like they are 13! It sure looks good, though, so give a big hand to Cinematographer, that's right, Ray Dennis Steckler!!!
This is Lonnie Lord played by Ron Haywood! "Lonnie is a Rock & Roll singer!!" Ron wrote and performed most of the actual songs in this movie, like this one: "You're Running Wild"!
As far as the rest of the great score goes, the theme music was written by Henry Price, aka André Brummer, who also did the music for Ray's "The Incredibly Strange Creatures Who Stopped Living and Became Mixed-Up Zombies!!?" and what is possibly the best movie ever made, "Eegah!!" The credits on the movie itself say the theme and the motorcycle scene are by Charles B. Tranum! More credits at the end of the film go to Ben Ralleigh and Bob Halley! All these people used so many different names, who really knows who did what!!
The ultra stunning Carolyn Brandt as Cee Bee Beaumont put in what should have been only one, of her many Academy Award winning performances in Ray's films, and she was in "Eegah!!" too! That makes her an automatic winner in our world!!
If nothing else, just a cool page out of history!! When's the last time you got any 'blue chip stamps?' How many people out there even know what 'blue chip stamps' were??
The band is finally warmed up, so here's what you've been waiting for, once again composed and performed by Ron Haydock as Lonnie Lord, you is a "Rat Pfink!" !!!
Guys like Ray Dennis Steckler and Jerry Warren were 'Green' way before their time, recycling everything they could get their grubby hands on!!
Come back tomorrow night for Part 02 of this story, of the less than dynamic duo, if you dare!!!