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Random semi-oldies

July 3, 2006

The Pink Panther Strikes Again (1976): This seventh PP film (if one includes A Shot in the Dark) is a lot of fun. Dreyfus goes mad and then breaks out of an insane asylum; he threatens to destroy the world if Clousea is not turned over to him! Panic and hilarity ensue. Herbert Lom, as Dreyfus, is awesome to behold; Peter Sellers is his usual greatness.

Emperor of the North Pole (1973): Excellent movie about hobos during the Great Depression. Lee Marvin is A No. 1, a legend in his field, and Keith Carradine is the young’un who wants to unseat him. Both want to ride the train commanded by Slack (Ernest Borgnine), who’s apt to kill them for doing so without a ticket. Robert Aldrich directed – he also did The Dirty Dozen, which also featured Marvin and Borgnine.

Beyond the Valley of the Dolls (1970): Not a sequel to Valley of the Dolls, more of an homage to it. Roger Ebert (!) and Russ Meyer cowrote it; it’s very much a relic of its era, and be warned – there are PLENTY of topless women. This is not a bad thing, as it turns out.

Jamaica Inn (1939): Lesser Hitchcock; he directs Charles Laughton as the governmental lead of a band of scoundrels who lure ships to the coast and then plunder it. Maureen O’Hara is the fair Eire lass who gets mixed up with the lot of them. The movie’s okay at best, but you have to be in the right mood for it and forget that it’s a Hitchcock.

The Thomas Crown Affair (1968): Rather disappointing; I liked the remake, with Pierce Brosnan, a bit better. Steve McQueen’s good, but hardly steals the show as he was wont to do. Faye Dunaway vamps. It’s really rather dull, all things considered.

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