Wednesday, June 9, 2010

SCREAM OF THE BUTTERFLY - The Emcees - "You'll Pay" (1965)

So it's Wednesday, WTF?! You know, one of the best things about writing this blog is learning new stuff, and tonight's feature is one of those things, and you can thank Something Weird Video, and Netflix for making it available. "Scream Of The Butterfly," although not a major release in 1965, was an early venture into the world of the gay community! That's right, a murder mystery with homosexual and bisexual tendencies, minus stereotypes! Maybe it has something to do with the fact that the director, Eber Lobato was originally a film maker in his native country of Argentina!

This is the star of the film, the director's wife, Nélida Lobato as Marla Williams!!! "I lied, I cheated, for YOU!! Marla's killer wasn't exactly outfront about his true sexual preferences!

Las Vegas, city of sin, and a whole lot of other very strange stuff!

The joint is jumpin' with the wild sound of that sax driven' and rockin' band, "The Emcees!" Man, that's a name that has turned out to be used a lot in the present day and age! I couldn't find any other musical credits, so you're on your own!

This is Richard Beebe as the venerable public defender, Ron Vesario. You might recognize Richard as the writer of that 1973 smash, "Economic Love-In."

John Richards has the role of Phil, the assistant district attorney, and man, does he have a familiar looking face, but actually John had only three other acting credits, as Paeblo, Bit, and Messenger!

And last, but not least, Robert Miller as district attorney Michael Farmer! Robert kept acting up into the 90's and was best known around here for his role as the gas station attendant in The "Incredible 2-Headed Transplant!"

This really must be Las Vegas, because how lucky can you get?? Two vintage station wagons in one shot!! That's some off the wall incredible luck!!

What a happy couple and also what a major pair of losers!! That's William(Where's Willie)Turner as Marla's husband, Paul Williams!

This is really not a bad movie, and they saved a lot of cash by bouncing back and forth between these guys discussing the case, and repeated flashbacks from the different participant's perspective!

There's just something peculiar about this guy Marla meets on the beach, but it's probably just the hat, but then again, you'd have to be pretty peculiar to even wear a hat like that, unless your name is Gilligan!

And while we're on the subject of peculiar.....

How would you feel if you found yourself in this situation? You've been married like three days, and your wife is making out with a gay guy on the beach, and you catch them! No, that's the other guy, so how would you feel if you caught your boyfriend.....?

Back to the club, and this time the oversexed Marla hooks up with another guy who likes the way she dances!!!

This gal at the club looks like when she leaves here, she's going to head on over to "Party Beach!"

For all you folks out there still reminiscing about the good old days, do you remember when you would go on summer vaction with your parents to a dump like this, and you would think it was the coolest paradise on the earth? Gee Whiz, they had a pool, what more could you ask for?

Nice pad, stark interior with nothing but a bag, two chairs, and four bottles of booze!! Believe or don't, the man behind the camera on this film was none other than Ray Dennis Steckler. Starting to make more sense now?

A touching moment where the unhappy couple ponders renewing their vows after a mere few days of marriage!

When your old lady goes stiff, she's trying to send you a message that she's either dead, or just not in the mood! Because of the big media coverup, a lot of people have forgotten that Las Vegas used to be on the Pacific Ocean!!

Sweet innocent Marla talks her husband William into going on a little sailboat cruise even though it's well known that he cannot swim! You can probably figure out for yourself what happens!

G'roovy portable record players always come in handy!

Nick Novarro as David is totally zoned out on the music, probably having flashbacks to his role in "Hootenanny Hoot" as Jed Morse, a film that featured The Brothers Four, Joe & Eddie, and the man in black, Johnny Cash!

As a kid, one of my favorite books, "Alice In Wünderbarland" not withstanding, was "Never Trust A Naked Bus Driver" by the fantastic comedy writer Jack Douglas. The moral of this story is, never trust a gay gigolo........

........How's that for a no brainer? Just like "Head" it ends where it started, and just in case you think I gave the whole story away, well, not really, because this film has a special trick ending you need to see for yourself!!


prof. grewbeard said...

guess i need to check this one out, is that Bill Ward playing her husband?...

Eegah!! and Tabonga! said...

Not Bill Ward, but I did have a High School geometry teacher by that name!!

1950's_atomic_ranch_house said...

Ha ha ha, your dialog is hilarious!!

TABONGA! said...

Eegah!! Yes, that is Bill Ward, the dancer from INCREDIBLY STRANGE CREATURES!

Eegah!! and Tabonga! said...

Well, they have been wrong before, but according to the IMDB, William Turner and William(Bill)Ward are two completely different people!


zillagord said...

Domo arigato, Nelida Laboto. Domo! Domo!

Actually, anything with one degree of separation from "Two-Headed Transplant" and a contribution from Ray Dennis Steckler has gotta be good.

And wow! My mom used to have a great record by Joe & Eddie, "There's A Meeting Here Tonight." Hadn't thought about that one in awhile...

Great post. Thanks and peace,

Eegah!! and Tabonga! said...

See folks, that's why we don't charge him the normal rate for writing for us, Zillagord understands degrees of separation!!

prof. grewbeard said...

hah! i knew it was Bill Ward! "hey Marge, are you alright?..."

Scary Manilow said...

SCREAM OF THE BUTTERFLY is a total kick-- but I like the first feature on the disc, DAY OF THE NIGHTMARE, even more!

Eegah!! and Tabonga! said...

You got it right, "Scream Of The Butterfly" was only the teaser!!

Monster Music

Monster Music
AAARRGGHHH!!!! Ya'll Come On Back Now, Y'Hear??