Wednesday, April 14, 2021

NOWHERE TO GO - "Except Onto A Woman's Couch" (1958)

Tonight's Weird Wednesday presentation is a great British film from 1958 entitled "Nowhere To Go." This film is weirder than Hell, has some amazing cast members, and the camera work is well thought out for each and every shot!

"Nowhere To Go" is about a con man played by George Nader who escapes from prison, tries to pull of a big heist, fails, and consequently has "Nowhere To Go!"

As you can see, "Nowhere To Go" is a very stylish and atmospheric film.
Dungeon Super Hero George Nader is Paul Gregory. He's a predator!

George Nader's list of credits is about as amazing as anyone's in the outright strange but awesome category, and you can check it out for yourself by following this link!
Just a couple of prime examples are "House Of A 1000 Dolls," "The Million Eyes Of Sumuru," "The Human Duplicators," "Robot Monster," and all the Jerry Cotton movies.
So much is so strange about this film, from the camera angles to the really odd cuts, it will really keep you wondering!

Even people just walking down the street are interesting!
This was Director Seth Holt's first film!

In 1971 Seth Holt passed away at the age of 47 before his last film, "Blood Of The Mummy's Tomb," was completed!

In one of her earliest roles, Dame Maggie Smith has the role of Paul Gregory's potential significant other, Bridget Howard.
Magnificent Maggie is well known these days for her ongoing role as Professor Minerva McGonagall in the Harry Potter series of films, and she's still working today!

 George Nader is another actor I absolutely cannot believe doesn't have a star on the stupid Hollywood Walk Of Fame. My word, they should be ashamed! I could give a list of at least 100 people less deserving, that do have a star.

Paul Gregory is up to his ears in trouble, and it's getting to the point where he has zero allies!

All that, and we haven't even got to the real reason I wanted to watch this movie yet!
So how do you like the entertainment in this club? It was hard to get a good shot, but the main act is a blackbird balanced on a soccer ball rolling it around in a little ring.

And her she is, everybody's favourite vampiress, Andree Melly, as Rosa the cocktail waitress who brings Paul home to her flat for the night! As quirky as ever, Rosa doesn't like the bird. 
Around these parts, Andree's most memorable role is that of Gina in "The Brides Of Dracula."

Rosa has a cat that makes it difficult for Paul to get any rest.

When the law is on your tail, it's always best to head to the rooftops!

Believe it or not, Snoop Dog, Snoopy, and Snow White have stars on the HWoF, but not Maggie Smith. I really think it's time to rethink that whole project!

For being a con man, Paul Gregory respects the women who help him out, and even sleeps on the couch in Bridget Howard's home. Bridget has one of the most interesting doors to her bedroom I have ever seen.

Not riding off into the sunset, "Nowhere To Go" is not one of those kinds of films!
There's no happy ending here.

Last, but absolutely not least, "Nowhere To Go" has got a killer jazzy soundtrack by Jamaican-born  trumpeter Dizzy Reece, with help from tenor sax player Tubby Hayes. I wasn't really that familiar with these players, so when I first read the name Dizzy Reece, it really confounded me, and I just figured out why. When I was a kid, I used to watch a lot of baseball on TV, and one the most famous pair of announcers at the time were ex-players Dizzy Dean and Pee Wee Reese. Yeah, I know Reese is spelled differently, but that's still pretty weird!
Here's a damn fine reason this film is so good!

Monday, April 12, 2021

BEANY AND CECIL In "The 7th Voyage Of Singood" - 1962

The clock on the wall sez it's time for a Beany And Cecil cartoon, here at The Dungeon! This is one of the later titles near the end of production, and, it's just strange, maybe they were running out of ideas, which is a good possibility.

Remember some of the other maps Cap'n Huffenpuff had, many locations with those 'pun-ee' names. Well, you won't find that here.

Cap'n and the boys are on their way to Ash Canistan (whoa) to cash in their empty bottles (is that a weird thing to be doing or what) for the deposits (weird).

Then, out of nowhere in his ship, DJ playing Singood corners Cecil and busts a tennis racquet over his head, just for starters.

But when Cecil fights back, DJ resorts to releasing Greeny The Seasick Genie!

When you watch Greeny go through his paces, I'm convinced that he's drunk, not seasick.. He's having too much fun!! And he hiccups like a mofo, c'mon!

DJ orders Greeny to make a wall for the gang to run into, but DJ runs into it instead... I don't get it. Anyway, the little genie is starting to get on DJ's nerves.

Cecil fights back with cannon balls but Greeny keeps turning them into fruit and eating them. Again, what the Hell, man.

DJ wants to plant a bomb on the Leakin' Lena so Greeny fixes him up with a diving suit, using another wish.

It doesn't go well for DJ...

I can't remember what slang term DJ uses but he ends up naked in a bucket of water. 

This one's easy, DJ says.. Well, I'll be a monkey's uncle!

Finally, looks like DJ mentioned something about being tied up in a knot and he's captured by Cap'n Huffenpuff and the boys.

DJ summons Greeny and tells him... You know where you can go!!

So, DJ ends up where he belongs, and guess what?!.. That was his last wish!!!

Beany asks Cecil where DJ and Greeny went. Cecil says... The devil if I know!

Saturday, April 10, 2021

SKI PARTY - "Snow-Snow A Go-Go" (1965)

Winter just ended a couple of weeks ago, and maybe depending on what you read, this Covid crap is winding down, so it must be time for a Saturday Night Special "Ski Party."

"Ski Party" was made in 1965, and was basically the last of the beach party movies, except they changed the location!

Frankie Avalon is still in there, and this time he's joined by Dwayne (Dobie Gillis) Hickman. They are college students and have just been given a lecture on "Fun Without Sex," which is pretty much the theme of this whole film, sexy, but clean!

Surprise, surprise, an uncredited Annette shows up as the instructor of the class!

This is one of the coolest shots I have ever seen of a drive-in move theatre.
The guys thought they had a hot date with Yvonne (Batgirl) Craig and Deborah (Gidget) Walley, but the girls are in the backseat together yucking it up instead of making out with the guys, and that was not the plan!

After the movies, they go to the local hot spot to park, and Frankie has to ask his friend to pull his car up, so they can get in, and when the gal he's kissing, turns around, it's the teacher Annette looking more sultry than she ever has been. They were obviously trying to have some fun with this film.

They're off to the slopes which in reality was Sun Valley, Idaho. On the bus trip the gang is joined by Lesley Gore who mimes her 1965 hit "Sunshine, Lollipops and Rainbows" that peaked at #13 on the Billboard charts in 1965. 
Bringing the beach to twenty below!

Frankie and Dwayne channel their inner Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon, and pose as British birds to try and find out why the chicks don't dig them.

They go to a slumber party as the girls, but get locked in with all the other girls, at which point Frankie asks what age this film is aimed at, and Dwayne replies "Fifteen," so they decide they need to split the scene posthaste!

Robert Q. Lewis provides the dreadful and totally unnecessary attempt at comedy relief!

This polar bear is another running gag that goes absolutely nowhere!

Honestly, for me, the best part is when James Brown and the Famous Flames show up at the lodge as the ski patrol! It's not the greatest quality in the world but you can watch it right

The only thing is, this is a strange mix of "I Got You." It just doesn't sound right if you''re familiar with the song!

And then James dances backwards right out the door and disappears just as fast as he showed up!

In the final big chase scene there's even an uncredited appearance by Dungeon Super Hero Dick (Bucket Of Blood) Miller as a cab driver!

Just like a lot of other things, "Cruise Party" never happened!

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