Saturday, February 4, 2012

SHIRLEY THOMPSON VS THE ALIENS - Ralph Tyrell-Jean Lewis-Johnny O'Keefe - "Space Jubilee" (1972)

Saturday night's supposed to be Special, right, so Let's Rock with this all but forgotten little jewel from down under, it's my plowed pressure to bring you a story like no other, from 1972, "Shirley Thompson versus The Aliens!" Three years later, director Jim Sharman would bring us "The Rocky Horror Picture Show!"

Jane Harders is Shirley Thompson, and you're probably wondering how she's going to take on those aliens while in the nut house, well, it's just a little bit more complicated than that!

Here's the deal! This is the present, the encounters with the aliens were in the past, and Shirley's current condition is because of what happened!

It goes on for awhile, and gets pretty gnarly in the institution!

After the setup, Shirley finally gets to tell her story.......

Personally I find Jane Harders fascinating, the gal has a look! "Shirley Thompson" was her first role, and she has been working steady ever since! Currently, she has a recurring role as a character called Rita on an Australian TV show called "Spirited," a ghost story about a dentist and a dead 80's rock star!

Even if she didn't have an alien encounter, the fact that these are Shirley's obnoxious parents, probably would have pushed her over the edge anyway!!

The original music score is attributed to Ralph Tyrell, and the haunting opening vocal theme was performed by the dynamic Australian musician and stage performer Jean Lewis and Gypsy Train, but now the joint is jumpin' and the music is hot! After 20 minutes or so of that other stuff, it suddenly all makes sense when the club music kicks in!

It's balls to the Coke lined walls and the rockin' sounds of Johnny O'Keefe and the Dee Jays blasting from the jukebox. The "Wild Child" Johnny O'Keefe is a story unto himself! Johnny O'Keefe was the first Australian rock performer to tour the United States, and to this day still holds the record in Australia for top 40 hits with 29 between the years of 1959 and 1974! He died at the age of 43 in 1978 from a heart attack largely brought on by his copious appetite for various pharmaceuticals!

This is a great "Biker" shot!

The sign says it all, "Have Fun!"

This is the part where Shirley makes contact with the aliens!!

The aliens explain to Shirley what's going to happen to the Earth....

......and she takes it all in!

Shirley comes back and tells all her friends about everything she learned from the aliens!

Some of Shirley's wild tales are not accepted so well, and that's when her downward spiral starts to accelerate!

It gets a little hard to explain, but......

....the aliens with the help of Shirley and her boyfriend, animate this wax figure of H.R.H Prince Phillip, in order that he can deliver their message to the world!!!

Shirley tries to escape........

.....But ends up happily married....

...A Go-Go!!


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Christopher said...

lived in Sydney from 1966-68,we used to go to LUNA PARK a lot..especially on birthdays..

Prof. Grewbeard said...

freaky, must be seen to be believed, i guess! is it as good as Fearless Frank?...

Eegah!! and Tabonga! said...

More like "The World's Greatest Sinner!"

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