Wednesday, August 31, 2016

BURKE'S LAW - Gene Barry - Season 03, Episode 01 - "Balance Of Terror" (1965)

The 1950's and the early 60's were dominated by Cowboy/Western movies and TV shows, so when one of your heroes like Gene Barry as Bat Masterson crossed over into a genre like Spy/Secret Agent, it was a big deal!

This is the first episode of Season 03 of "Burke's Law!" For the first two seasons, every episode started with "Who Killed...........?"
Like Who Killed Mr. X, or Who Killed The Eleventh Best Dressed Woman In The World..........
Season 03, they changed it up! This first episode was titled "Balance Of Terror!"

Gene Barry, what a guy, he did it all!

Even Tabonga makes a guest appearance in this episode of "Burke's Law!

No time for small talk, let's get down to some action!!

You probably didn't even know that a Mercedes hood ornament could be used as a sight gauge on a high-powered weapon!

"Burke's Law" wasn't prudish by any means!

Pretty wild for 1963 American TV, Burke tells her to turn over so he can grease up her other side, but she insists he re-attach her bikini strap first!

Gene Barry rocked it for a good many years!

If you mess with a bull like Amos Burke, you are definitely going to get a big chunk of the horns!

Here's some of the folks that flesh out this great cast! 
Will Kuluva was in two episodes of "The Twilight Zone," "The Mirror," and "The New Exhibit!"

Gerald (The Angry Red Planet) Mohr was also in a ton of cowboy TV shows and movies including "Bat Masterson!"

Susanne Cramer died mysteriously at the age of 32! She went into a private clinic and never came back out! Weirdsville!

Among many other things, Carl Benton Reid was THE MAN in 16 episodes of "Burke's Law!"

That's it! I am flat-ass outta time!

SMILE! You're on "Candid Camera!!!"

Monday, August 29, 2016

SANTO vs. EL ESTRANGULADOR / Cinematográfica Norte - 1965

I'll finish off my month with our main pal, Santo. Here's an early b/w flick about a mysterious person that has been strangling female performers at the Teatro Variedades. Santo offers his services in exposing the identity of the killer.

In 1966 there was the sequel to this movie called ESPECTRO DEL ESTRANGULADOR.

This mysterious figure is loose in the Teatro Variedades, where musical numbers abound.

But, there's a problem, the dude is going into the dressing rooms and strangling the female stars that perform there!

In the meantime, Santo is kicking ass in the ring... If you cheat, Santo will make you pay!

Back at the ranch, The Strangler changes pace and pulls out a big knife to deal with dudes!

Now, is that a classic vintage Mexican telephone, or, whut?!!

This is different, Santo has a little buddy in this one, and, he wants to be a rock star!!

In the early adventures, Santo had his crime lab full of equipment. He closes in on the criminal at the theatre, it's just a matter of time now...

Once exposed, The Strangler shows his twisted face to Santo and the cops... Uggg-leeeey!!

Fortunately, or, unfortunately, The Strangler slips off a walkway and falls down an' goes BOOM! So, check back Wednesday for our last post in August!

Saturday, August 27, 2016

DANGER MAN - Season 01, Episode 01 - "View From The Villa" (1960)

Well, if you've been paying any attention at all, then tonight's Saturday Night Special should be of no surprise to you! Welcome to The Dungeon, and an English TV show that came on the scene in 1960! It was called "Danger Man" and was very successful in Europe, but not so much in America, but when the show came back as "Secret Agent" in 1964, it became very popular in America too!

"Danger Man" is probably one of the fastest moving shows you will ever see! It was a half an hour series, so after commercials, that leaves you about 26 minutes, and they were not about to waste one second! The scenes move quickly, and the dialogue is short and to the point! There's just no playing around, and the lighting is second to none, and that all adds up to one damn good show! Exclamation Point!
I hate to be redundant, but to give credit where credit is due, you wouldn't be seeing this if it weren't for Lord Litter, film freak extraordinaire!! Cheerz!

 The star of  "Danger Man" was Patrick McGoohan as American agent John Drake! Patrick was born in New York but moved to Ireland as a child! Oddly enough, in the "Secret Agent" show, he is still the same character, John Drake, but in "Secret Agent Man" he's from either Britain or Ireland. It's never made clear!

A banker has stolen 4 million dollars worth of gold bricks, and then he got himself murdered, and it's up to John Drake to find the money! Next stop....Rome!!
This would probably be a good time to try and help some of the recent earthquake victims in Italy!

 Delphi (The Man Who Cheated Death, Frozen Alive) Lawrence is the bereaved widow Stella Delroy! No big alligator tears from her because her relationship with her husband had completely deteriorated, and she doesn't really care if he's dead or not!

 John Drake is trying to find the banker's girlfriend, and a couple of clues lead to a dress shop owned by a woman named Gina Scarlotti!
Gina Scarlotti is played by a gal named Barbara Shelley! Barbara's got a nice list of credits including films like "Cat Girl," "Blood Of The Vampire," "Village Of The Damned," and "The Gorgon!"

 A cafe artiste gives John Drake more clues!
The cafe artiste is a fellow named Charles Houston who played a character named Clogger Roach in a 1960 movie titled "Hell Is A City!"

 Back to talk to the widow after she finally gets out of bed!

 This painting taken from the dead man's place yields some pretty good clues!

Almost like a street map to the home of the artiste!

 Patrick McGoohan was offered both the roles of James Bond and Columbo in his career, which is kinda weird because he looks like he also has a glass eye sometimes!

If you want  to be stealth, you've got to turn your collar up like this, otherwise you might get noticed!

Great shot of Patrick McGoohan who went on to produce and star in the iconic TV show, "The Prisoner!"

Barbara Shelley shows us the proper way to wear pearls!

John Drake and Gina Scarlotti find the gold in a crate that was only supposed to contain books, heavy books!

I love this shot through a dirty window!

Well, it looks bad, but don't worry because John Drake is going to be okay, and this show is going to go on for years!
If you want to find out for yourself, then this is your lucky day!
Enjoy every minute of your life, because no one knows what tomorrow might bring!

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