Wednesday, April 4, 2012

GIRL IN GOLD BOOTS - "I Just Want To Rest" (1968)

It's Mittwoch, and there's no monsters hanging around, so Let's Rock!! Tonight's flick is one of Ted V.Mikels pre "Astro-Zombies" features and it's called "Girl In Gold Boots," and for some reason, it's available at Netflix, and is one of the few movies that I would ever suggest that you watch the version with the Director's comments first! Ted's dialogue doesn't ever get in the way, and it's a ton of fun to listen to him describe what's going on! He gets a big kick out of it, and so will you!

"Girl In Gold Boots" is a simple tale at best! Leslie McRay is Michele Casey, deadend country girl waitress with higher aspirations in life, and Tom Pace is the loser Buz Nichols who stumbles into her life, and offers her a chance to be a big-time Go-Go dancer like his sister in Hollywood! Leslie was in some awesome cult-o-holic classics like "Hell's Bloody Devils," "Guess What Happened To Count Dracula?," Al Adamson's "The Female Bunch," "Blood Orgy Of The She-Devils," "Coffy," "Willie Dynamite," and "Death Race 2000!" She has also tackled being a director, a writer, and a producer! After being crowned Miss Fullerton, lovely Leslie went on to be Miss Hawaii and competed in the Miss World and the Miss Universe competitions! Tom Pace was also in Ted's "The Astro-Zombies," and "Blood Orgy Of The She-Devils!"

This would be bad-ass bikers Duke Graham and Jerry Ambler's only film appearances! They piss Buz off, and he pours beer on their bikes, but when it comes down to the standoff, Buz is the one with the handgun!

Here's proof that you don't need to spend a gazillion dollars to get a good shot, all you need is a good eye!!

In the commentary, Ted will tell you that they rented this six-wheeler for a day, and used the footage just to take up some time. Everybody in the cast and crew had to get a chance to fart around and drive the thing!

Bars Leaks and Blue Chip Stamps, Buz robs a gas station! I would honestly like to know how many of you actually know what Blue Chip Stamps are!!!

It just so happens that Buz's sister is the lead Go-Go dancer at the hottest spot in town, a real club that was called The Haunted House!"

Of all the clubs in town including the Whiskey A Go-Go, the one I regret the most that I never got to go to would be The Haunted House, with it's creatures, vampires, and King Kong stage! Talk about something that needs to be brought back from the dead!!

Here's Mark (8 1/2) Herron as the big bad Boss Leo McCabe, and, William (She-Freak, HEAD) Bagdad as his main stooge Marty, along with Buz enjoying his Sister's act! In the commentary, Ted relates how the 'raising one eyebrow' trick was William Bagdad's number one schtick!!

Here's Buz's sister, the swingingest act in town, Bara Byrnes as Go-Go queen Joanie Nichols! Try and find one thing in this shot that doesn't scream 1968! Good luck! In 1959, Bara was in both "The Beat Generation" and "Girls Town!"

To be perfectly honest, these two white girls, don't hardly have a lick of rhythm between the two of them, but I guess that doesn't really matter!

Here's a great shot of the girls and the stage!

"Girl In Gold Boots" is essentially a Ted V. Mikels' musical, and Ted will tell you that's there's like 17 original songs in the movie, and you know what, most of them are pretty cool! You can see where the title comes from, all the second string dancers are only good enough to wear silver boots! I think this is the scene where you see a waitress in the club, and Ted says, "That's my secretary!"

The Boss of the club is having a big party at his pad, and the entertainment is none other than Mr. Bongo Rock himself, Preston Epps! "Bongo Rock" was a bongo-driven tune that reached #14 on the Billboard Charts in 1959! Later less successful releases like "Bongo Rocket" and "Bongo In The Congo" would lead to things like being in this movie! Probably only Ted V. Mikels knows who the conga player was!

In the commentary, Ted tells you that the people at the party were mostly his neighbors, and people that included the Deputy D.A. and his wife! That concept so much reminds me of our meager attempt at filmmaking!!!

The basic soundtrack for the movie was composed by Nicholas Carras, but additional songs are provided by Chris Howard, George Eddy, Larry Cartell, co-star Jody Daniels, Jay Schlessinger, Nick Busillo, Bobby Batson, and Dave Silverstein! Whew!!!! Personally, I love the small tidbit I've given you!

Jody Daniels had the co-starring role of Finley 'Critter' Jones, the good guy!! Jody was also in Larry Buchanan's "The Eye Creatures" and his last role was in 1974's "Policewoman!" Jody not only wrote, but also performed the song, "You Gotta Come Down!" When writing about a single film, this is the first time I've ever been able to use the names Ted V. Mikels, Al Adamson, and Larry Buchanan in one review. That shows you how powerful "Girl In Gold Boots" really is!

Joanie's got a drug problem, so Michele is launched into the spotlight!

Critter cleans house on The Boss and Marty, and saves the day!!

Back to the beach and the happiest ending of all time!

This awesome lobby card shows Michele and the rest of the dancers after she becomes the brightest star in the universe! Who knew that Go-Go dancing would be so close to God!

To finish off, here's a record cover from the co-stars of the Arch Hall film "Nasty Rabbit," Pat and Lolly Vegas, performing on the world famous King Kong stage of the Haunted House themselves!

And just to prove that it's impossible to get too much of a good thing, here's a modern version by The Mermen that was suggested by an anonymous commenteer!


Anonymous said...

Eegah!! and Tabonga! said...


Retro Hound said...

Great review! I have no idea what Blue Chip Stamps are. Are they like the G&H Green Stamps?

Jeremy Allison said...

I have posted a couple Girl in Gold Boots related articles over at my blog. So far, I've posted a PDF of the pressbook, and an original gold boot-shaped flyer. But soon, I'll be posting the biggest article of them all -- I will be posting an unofficial soundtrack compiled from the all of the 7" singles that were released, along with a few Jody Daniels and Larry Cartell bonuses!

Eegah!! and Tabonga! said...

Yo Dawg,
Blue Chip stamps were pretty much just like Green Stamps! You got like one for every dollar spent, and licked 'em and glued 'em in a little book, and when you got enough, you could go to the Blue Chip Stamp store and trade them in for a toaster or a radio etc! They also had a mail order catalog you could browse through!

Thanx for the link, we'll be watching for those singles!!


Exeter said...

Looks like a great film!
I'll have to drag out VHS tape #235!
Nice post for my birthday!

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Lacey said...

I am sorry to admit I know what Blue Chip Stamps are.
It is nothing I am proud of mind you.
But as a youth, well, we all did crazy things back then.
Thanks for the post. I'll have to get the film and check out the commentary.

Tommy Ross said...

ha ha I KNOW what they are but I was a little young to use them, usually got my finger cut on em hanging out of the grocery bag..GREAT post and blog, I'm doing a special feature right now on Ted V Mikels and will link you up on this, will also be adding you to my blogroll. Many horrific thanks!

Eegah!! and Tabonga! said...

Thanx TR, yeah, the worst part was always going to the redemption store only to always find out that you were two or three books of stamps short of getting anything cool!

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