Monday, April 29, 2019

THE OUTER LIMITS: "The Human Factor" / Season 1 Episode 8 - 1963

In today's story, at an isolated military installation in Greenland, Major Brothers has allowed one of his men to die after falling in a crevasse. Suffering from hallucinations, he goes to Dr. Hamilton, who has invented a device that allows him to read the thoughts of another person. Hamilton and Brothers connect via the device, but then a power surge causes the minds of the two men to switch bodies! Major Brothers, in Hamilton's body, is bent on destroying the whole base because of his feelings of guilt and his terrifying hallucinations.

This one stars Gary Merrill, Harry Guardino, Joe De Santis, Ivan Dixon, Shirley O'Hara and John Newton...

It all starts when soldiers take a radio active device into a storage facility, there's an earthquake that causes a huge crevasse that swallows up a man. Also, Major Brothers falls down and bumps his head on the device they just brought in...

Then, Brothers sees a ghost-like figure that seems to be attracted to him. Brothers runs away and ends up in the the psychiatric ward after the incident.

Across the hall, Dr. Hamilton is working on an experiment where two people can meld their minds together. He asks his associate, Dr. Soldini, to participate in the test.

Their minds meld and each can understand the other's feelings now. It's found out, unexpectedly, that Dr. Soldini is in love with Dr. Hamilton.

Then, Major Brothers is sent over to talk with Dr. Hamilton about his hallucinations. Brothers is convinced that the thing he saw was coming to destroy the outpost...

So, Hamilton hooks up Brothers to his equipment to see if he can help. Dr. Hamilton senses a lot of darkness in Brothers...

After an electrical outage and the lights come back on, well, their minds have been transferred into each other's bodies. Dr. Hamilton, now Brothers, has the MPs take Brothers, now Hamilton, away to the psycho ward!

Dr. Soldini tries to speak with Hamilton but he seems to be freaked out by something.

Then, he treats her like shit and yells at her to get out of his room after she tells him where a gun is hidden.

Something is wrong, so, she reads the doctor's notes from his mind meld with Brothers. Dr. Soldini goes to the ward where Brothers is being held and requests to speak with him.

After speaking with Brothers for a minute, she realizes that it's Dr. Hamilton, not Brothers! He asks her to find the keys to let him out, which she does.

Hamilton and Brothers meet in the lab and duke it out, and, Hamilton (Brothers) shoots Brothers (Hamilton) in the gut. Dr. Soldini hooks up the men and turns the equipment on.

Just before the switch back, the ghost shows up to confront Brothers (Hamilton) one last time.

As it turns out, the transfer is complete, and, Major Brother dies from actually shooting himself!.. Tune in Wednesday when Eegah!! will lead us into the Merry Month of May!

Saturday, April 27, 2019

HEIL HONEY I'M HOME! - "A Really Bad Idea" (1990)

This is a Saturday Night Special I'm not real fond of, but in a effort to document weirdness over the years in film and TV, it has to be included, so here you go, really bad taste at it's wurst!
"Heil Honey I'm Home!" was a 1990 British sitcom that only lasted for one episode, even though they actually shot eight, because after the pilot was aired, the reactions of the people who saw it, made them decide to drop the project, which was the smartest thing they could ever have done, besides not having started it to begin with.

The whole damn thing is set up to be a clone of an "I Love Lucy" show, and Lucy and Ricky are replaced by Adolph Hitler and Eva Braun!
Neil (Billy The Kid and the Green Baize Vampire) McCaul plays Adolph, and Denica (Venus Wars) Fairman is Eva!
 Somehow this show didn't kill their careers!

You know what, some things in history like "The Holocaust" should never ever be trvialized.

And even though the performers are very good........

..........This was a really tasteless and ill-advised project that I can't believe that anybody could have possibly thought was a good idea, or funny!

 The fact that they aired even this one episode before it was decided that maybe it wasn't such a very good idea is beyond my comprehension.

Neil McCaul's approach to his comedic delivery is very similar to Robin Williams in my opinion.

The living room and kitchen of Adolph and Eva's apartment are almost identical to the ones on "I Love Lucy."

To make it even worse, the neighbors who have the Fred and Ethel Mertz roles are a madcap Jewish couple named Arny and Rosa Goldenstein as played by Gareth Marks, and Caroline Gruber.

The writers had some major comedy creds. Geoff Atkinson went on to be the writer on 58 episodes of the wild British puppet show "Spitting Image."

This was the end of the line for writer Paul Wayne, but what a powerhouse of laughs proceeded this mess, working on comedy shows by The Smothers Brothers, Pat Paulsen, and Sonny and Cher. He was also a writer on "Bewitched" and "Three's Company!"

"Heil Honey I'm Home!" was ill-conceived at best, but when over six million Jewish people were murdered a mere 45 years earlier, then guess what?? It ain't funny!
Yeah, I know all about parody and satire, but this P.O.S. is an embarrassment to mankind, and should have never seen the light of day!

Friday, April 26, 2019

THE TERROR OF TINY TOWN / Little Guys With Big Guns! - 1938

Here's a weird one, it has a cast of Jed Buell's Midgets and there are a lot of them... In the story, an evil gun slinging crook comes to terrorize the good little people of Tiny Town, and, the townspeople must organize to defeat him. This thing's a real hoot and is fairly freakin' surrealistic...

Before the movie rolls, a tall announcer introduces the stars of flick, the good guy and the bad guy. They get in a hassle arguing over who wins at the end, because, you know, you'll just have to to watch it to find out! Definitely for the kids.

It stars Billy Curtis as The Hero (Buck Lawson), Yvonne Moray as The Girl (Nancy Preston), 'Little Billy' Rhodes as The Villain (Bat Haines), Billy Platt as The Rich Uncle (Jim 'Tex' Preston), John T. Bambury as The Ranch Owner (Pop Lawson), Joseph Herbst as The Sheriff, Charles Becker as The Cook (Otto), Nita Krebs as The Vampire (Nita, the dance hall girl), etc., etc.

Here's our little cowboy hero Billy Curtis as Buck, he's Tiny Town's good guy...

And who shows up in Tiny Town? Well, that's one mean hombre named Bat!.. Rat would be more like it!.. Where is he, anyway?

Over at the dance hall, some musicians are playing a tune, looks like the only thing tiny in Tiny Town are the little people living there, the surrealism starts to kick in...

The half-pint bar tender chugs down like a half gallon glass of beer, I guess for some more comedy relief, what's really funny is that he chokes on it before he finishes it off!

Anyway, back to the plot... So, Bat has just killed one of Buck's pals, he runs to the Sheriff and claims that Buck killed him! After knocking Bat to the floor, the Sheriff arrests Buck and takes him to the jail! Good old law of the west.

Okay, check this shit out!..

Lookit Mike!.. I found this vintage cook's outfit all by myself, and, I can make an offer all by myself! Quit butting in.

Little Frankie's looking good after he does some shopping while picking in Texas.

Frank finds a very nice early 1900's gambling machine he wants to make an offer on! But, he's thinking.. Should I bundle?

Back to the action!.. Bat gets everyone drunk at the bar, puts thoughts into their heads and so they all rush over to the jail to take Buck and hang him high!! The way they have to get up on the walk is freakin' hilarious!!

The Sheriff tries to stop the mayhem only to get shot by Bat, and, the murderer then escapes!

Some of Buck's boys show up and have the sorry shits drop their guns... Slowly!!

The Girl has gone to Bat's hideout and puts some TNT under the floor and lights it, then she splits. Bat shows up and tries to grab his blood money and leave the state. Buck shows up and a little old fight ensues...

Danger Will Robinson!.. That fuse is getting pretty damn short!!

Buck knocks Bat out and darts out the door and runs away from the hideout after the Girl yells to him that the place is ready to explode! Bat goes to the window, gets a bead on Buck, when... KA-BLOOWIE!! Bringing our little story to an abrupt end... Tune in tomorrow when Eegah!! will bring the pain!..

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