Saturday, June 17, 2017

WHAT'S UP TIGER LILY? - Woody Allen - "Monk Fruit" (1966)

Tonight's Super Sweet Saturday Night Special is a film I hold near and dear to my heart for various nostalgic reasons, so let's just get this party started!

Woody Allen's "What's Up Tiger Lily" was pretty out there for 1966. The only previous anything like this that I can remember was probably "Fractured Flickers!" 
Also in 1966, The Firesign Theatre would take it to another level without the visuals! Jeez, they just had a 50 year celebration last November, and I never even heard about it! Damn, these guys are my heroes!

So, let's talk about something else Asian, and my newest fave thing, 
Monk Fruit!

 Monk fruit is an all natural sweetener that has been used in Asia for centuries for digestive and respiratory problems! It is 150-200 times sweeter than sugar and improves liver function, is anti-diabetic, anti-carcinogenic, antibacterial, anti-allergenic, and decreases blood sugar, cholesterol and triglycerides! It has only been in the United States since 2009! So, that means, if we all just paid attention, and without any work at all, except switching from sugar to monk fruit, 50 gazillion people would no longer be overweight and diabetic. and I find that freakin' amazing!!!

Woody buys this film, re-dubs all the voices and sounds and adds music and scenes by The Lovin' Spoonful, and turns it into one rip-roaring comedy!

Despite being named after one of the most highly addictive drugs in history, The Lovin' Spoonful managed to rack up a huge amount of hits in the 1966, having one number one hit, "Summer In The City," and two number two chart smashers, "Daydream," and "Did You Ever Have To Make Up Your Mind?" The soundtrack for "What's Up Tiger Lily?" also went to number 126 on Billboard's top 200 in the same year!

Tatsuya (The Human Vapor) Mihashi is Phil Moscowitz! He has no idea he's in this movie!

I like this creepy No. 7 prison main gate sign!


Akiko (King Kong Vs. Godzilla,You Only Live Twice) Wakabayashi is no match for Phil! I'm really olde, but I don't ever remember MJB coffee being in a container that color!

I like this shot for some reason, maybe it's the muted colours!

C'mon, join the party! Yeehaw!!

I'd actually like to see the original version of this film, but I don't know if it exists or not! This was no cheap production and had quality star power like the always cute Mie Hama who was also in both "King Kong Vs. Godzilla," and "You Only Live Twice!

This is my favourite kind of long shot!

Without all the voices being dubbed in with ridiculous lines, you'd never know what was going on by this still alone! That Woody Allen, besides being a horndog corndog, was also a very deceptive person!

Just werid!

All I can say is, that is quite a stance!!

That's some high tech shit!!

This is about as much as you can try to understand!

Wink, wink, nudge, was all a joke my friend!!

Woody lays on the couch while this gal strips and the ending credits roll! Just enough time to back it up, and watch it one more time cause I'm telling you....


zillagord said...

Remember: Two Wongs don't make a right.

Lacey said...

The original movie is called "International Secret Police: Key of Keys,"
(Kokusai himitsu keisatsu: Kagi no kagi) and IS around. I saw it recently but could not find it on YouTube.

I agree with you, this is one of those "college age" mandatory must watch films. I first saw it at my local College Town arthouse theater. The only place (Pre-VHS) where you could see a film like this after its initial run. I laughed so hard I never got a second date from the guy I talked into going to it.

TC said...

1966 was one weird year.

EEGAH!! said...

Great story Lacey! Reminds me of a time when I played Firesign Theatre for a couple of stoned girls in my apartment complex back in the 70's. I was listening for the umpteenth million time, and they weirded out after about 10 minutes, and got up and left! One of them might have married that guy you never dated again!

EEGAH!! said...

1966, one of the weirdest years of all time, without a doubt!

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