Friday, August 19, 2011

IDAHO TRANSFER / Kathleen Film Prod. Co. - 1973

Welcome to Friday Night Drive-In with Tabonga, here at The Dungeon!.. Tonite we gots a movie shot in the Craters of the Moon National Monument in Utah! Just checking to see if you're paying attention. Anyway, IDAHO TRANSFER was shown theatrically for only a limited time in 1973 because the distributor, Cinemation, went bankrupt during the first week of it's release!

The original music is by Bruce Langhorne. It's said that Bob Dylan wrote in the liner notes of his Biograph Box Set that Mr. Tambourine Man was inspired by Bruce because of a gigantic tambourine he was playing at a session, and, the vision of Bruce playing it just stuck with him.

Welp, guess it's time to bring in our littlest Dungeon helper and button pusher, of course, it's... Rufus The Gnat! He's ready to start the show, so, push the big red 'GO' button, now, Rufus! Here's the... IDAHO TRANSFER!

The convoluted, depressing story goes something like this... A crew of young researchers use their time machine to go into the future to avoid the shutdown of their project. In the future, they find some type of 'eco-crisis' in the area around their lab, and, they want to know if it has spread beyond there. Stranded in the barren future, though, they all go exploring the countryside in different directions. One of them travels even further into the future and meets a family in a modern car, so, did the people of Earth actually make it through the disaster?..

A pretty good way to start any flick is for a girl to take her pants off!

So, this is the researchers' time machine... Love how you have to time travel without your pants on!! Pants and shoes go in that compartment she has open. It's kinda hot if you think about it, though! Wow, and, real creative job with the lights... USA!! USA!!

One of the girls finds out that funding for their project may be cut off by Nixon!

Before this new researcher joins the team, she has to get a cavity filled. The coolest part of the flick is probably that FRANKENSTEIN poster there on the wall!! But, why in the Hell do they have human anatomy charts in a dentist office?! Weird.

It's amazing how ancient the Hippie Bluegrass tune sounds. You could actually be a gypsy in America in 1973!

New girl learns how the time machine works... Okay, relax while I massage your back... Then, I'll just press this big pushy thing, here... Now, close your eyes!

Wait, this is just a big pile of rocks! Where's the beach?! Where's the guys?!! You said there'd be lots of guys!!!

Well, you wouldn't have come if I told you the truth, now, would you?!

After falling off a rock, the one girl dies on the transfer back to the present. Their funding is gone for sure, now! Things get extremely complicated at this point as there are a number of other researchers still in the future, blah, blah, blah...

Check out Keith Carradine's shirt! This was Keith's 8th acting role, he had already appeared in McCABE AND MRS. MILLER, an episode each of BONANZA, LOVE, AMERICAN STYLE and KUNG FU, and was in EMPEROR OF THE NORTH! He's in this movie for about 2 minutes.

I lost interest in the flick right here, when they let this dude ruin what used to be a beautiful thing!..

After being stuck in the future time zone, they all set off to explore the beyond.

This is all these guys find.

Does this guy find boxcars full of dead bodies?

When studs die, catfights ensue!

Back in the present, a half naked chick appears right in front of dude as he chews on his baloney and cheese sandwich!

After he drops everything and runs out of the room like a scared schoolgirl, (what an idiot!) she grabs what's left of his lunch and scarfs it down! Hey, good old Foremost Milk!

Mam!.. Mam!!.. You're in the men's restroom!.. Some of the guys really need to go, bad! So, could you please come out of there?!..

Bad feelings die hard in the future.

So, you go farther into the future to avoid a confrontation! Nothing to do but wander aimlessly...

But, you meet these travelers along the way!

Here's a post-disaster family in their car of the future. One thing they definitely got right is, no bumbers!


prof. grewbeard said...

i think i'd need powerful drugs for this one...

Christopher said...

"I lost interest in the flick right here, when they let this dude ruin what used to be a beautiful thing!.. "-LOL
time travel without your britches on?..I dunno about that..

Greg Goodsell said...

This is a scathing indictment against the counter culture by Peter Fonda, right after he made EASY RIDER! On a trivial note, when FUTUREWORLD, starring Peter Fonda came out in 1975, a hastily retitled version of this downer flick called 2010 - OPERATION FUTUREWORLD "starring Peter Fonda" played the old Crest Drive-In here in Bakersfield.

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