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1. Little Rascals Vols. 3-4
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2. My Little Margie - DVD Collection
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3. My Little Margie - Collection
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4. Hopalong Cassidy - Rustlers' Valley
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1. Little Rascals Vols. 3-4
Director: James W. Horne, Nate Watt, James Parrott, Gordon Douglas, Robert A. McGowan, Gus Meins, Fred C. Newmeyer, Robert F. McGowan
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5-0 out of 5 stars Our Gang returns!
I loved "The Little Rascals" when I was growing up. I'm glad to see they have a nice mix of episodes with my favorite characters. Spanky, Alfalfa, Jackie, Buckwheat, Marianne, and Pete (the dog!) are all here!

If you are unfamiliar with the Little Rascals, it was a series of short comedies filmed in the 1920's and 1930's called "Our Gang". The films were about poor kids and their very funny escapades. (Note: there is racial stereotyping that was common at the time of filming, not that that is any excuse!) These were intended to be stand-alone films. In some films, the gang had parents. In others, they live in an orphanage. There were plenty of other inconsistencies like this from episode to episode. Hal Roach sold the original series to MGM, bought it back, and renamed it, "Hal Roach's Little Rascals". More episodes were filmed into the early 1940's. No episodes were ever produced for TV, but it started playing on TV in 1955 under the name, "The Little Rascals". Jackie Cooper played "Jackie". (Robert Blake played "Mickey", but not in any of these episodes.)

Here is an episode guide, with a tiny description:

Teacher's Pet: Jackie brags to a nice woman about the tricks they plan to play on the new teacher. Guess who their new teacher is?

School's Out: Jackie is worried that the new teacher, Miss Crabtree will get married and leave. So when the gang thinks she has a boyfriend, they try to discourage his interest.

Readin' And Writin': Brisbane tries to get kicked out of school after his mother reminds him that he can be president if he does well.

Spooky Hooky: Spanky and Alfalfa want to skip school and go to the circus, so they send Buckwheat and Porky to put a fake doctor's note on the teacher's desk. When they find out the teacher is taking the class to the circus, they do everything they can to get the note back.

Sprucin' Up: Spanky and Alfalfa show off to the new truant officer's daughter.

For Pete's Sake!: After Marianne's doll is destroyed by the local bully, the gang tries to get her a new one. They end up trading Pete, the dog, for a doll!

The Kid From Borneo: The gang decides that a wild man from Borneo wants to eat them up.

Dogs Is Dogs: Pete, the dog, ends up at the pound after he is accused of eating Mr. Brown's chickens.

The Pooch: Stymie steals a pie, but is forgiven when he gets the other kids' dogs from the dogcatcher.

Dog Heaven: Pete, the dog, is upset because Joe spent money on a girl rather than a promised dog collar. Pete saves the girl from drowning, but gets in trouble when Joe thinks Pete pushed her into the water.

5-0 out of 5 stars CLASSIC LITTLE RASCALS
I am now 27 Years old From United Kingdom and these Kids where apart of my Youth, when i was about 7 Years old i remembered watching these kids and love how they had there Own Fire Engine..How much i wanted to be there with them, Remembering how they hated Girls at that youthful age, That Always made me grin Because at that age of 7, they where Public Ememy to me aswell..Since then years have gone By, and it look like i never see then again, But I check your Site and was made up to see that i was able to Own these classic Episodes again and even better on DVD.. Now i will be able to share these classic Little Rascals moment with my 3 Neices and let them see the Great Fire Engine....***CLASSIC** :o) ... Read more


2. My Little Margie - DVD Collection #1
Director: Hal Yates, Nate Watt
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3-0 out of 5 stars Remember?
Probably not accuratly. My mom noticed it in the library and said "Oh BOY! Let's watch it!" 10 minutes into the first episode, she remarked "Hmmm....this was a pretty lousy show".
Now...maybe...but not back then---

OK - Compared to Lucy this show comes up way short...anything probably would. Still, it's interesting. The sitcom in it's infancy. The "hooks" - Margie's rolling-her-tongue sound, Vern's direct-to-camera double takes (left over from the Roach silent film days). Mr. Honeywell's voice.

Me? I'm glad I got it. Just for the amazing opening and closing theme music.

BUT...if you want good early TV....try Topper.

1-0 out of 5 stars Racism
Some may not know that My Little Margie is shown weekly on Sky Angel. As one who loves old black and white sitcoms, I was very upset at the racism in My Little Margie. In the series other races (at least 3 that I counted) are spoken down to and shown to be ignorant. I would suggest you spend your money on I Love Lucy or other shows that are not as racist.

2-0 out of 5 stars Dopey 50's sit com
This has not aged well. The scripts are silly, the acting is of the "chewing up the scenery" variety. Gale Storm no longer seems cute; she comes across as annoyingly perky. Spend your money on something else.

5-0 out of 5 stars "That's my little Margie!"
Bless Gale Storm and Charles Ferrell for being in the right place at the right time. By doing so they made television history with "My Little Margie." The viewer can see a real love between "father" and "daughter" in this show. There's none of that "give me my fat paycheck so I can get out of here" attitude that is so easily seen in today's sitcoms. Vern Albright's "Boston" accent is a real treasure and Gale Storm is an angel. When I was a kid watching this show first-run, I had a big crush on Gale Storm. I thought she was the most beautiful woman I had ever seen. I'm sure at 81 that Ms. Storm is still beautiful and still getting into mischief.
Unfortunately, Vern Albright, Mr. Honeywell, Mrs. O'Detts, and Freddy Wilson have all gone on to TV heaven, but we can still enjoy them over and over again in this wonderful 12 episode set.
For the most part the sound and picture quality are GREAT! If you love classic TV sitcoms from the Fifties, you will love this set.

5-0 out of 5 stars Albright, Get In Here And Watch These Episodes!!
Finally! The show I absolutely loved as a kid is available on DVD, and not just a few episodes either... 12 big episodes on 2 discs, plus a bonus color "Lucy Show" episode (a tease by VCI to get you to buy that set) and all at an extremely reasonable price too! Why this show vanished from syndication sometime in the late '60s is beyond me, and I've missed it dearly ever since. Several generations have been missing out on a true TV classic that fell through the cracks. The episodes hold up remarkably well after all these years too... in fact, they have held up better than "I Love Lucy", which is a unarguable classic, but let's face it, they're extremely dated overall.

A few of the classic episodes included are:
-The one where Margie babysits the chimp that likes to attack Vernon!

-Mrs Odetts trying to get the money from her trust fund to buy that fast sports car with the chrome manifold!

-Margie's mental breakdown/The horse that is or isn't there.

-Vern & Margie pose as hillbillies to regain some old stock certificates that have some worth after all.

So don't be a lunkhead like Freddy... be as cool as Mrs. Odetts and pick this one up! If you're a fan of classic TV, you will not be disappointed! If you've never seen this show before, you're in for a real treat.

Keep 'em coming VCI! I'll buy all the Margie on DVD that you can put out there! ... Read more


3. My Little Margie - Collection No. 2
Director: Hal Yates, Nate Watt
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5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 1950's series!
"I Love Lucy" is probably THE greatest of the 1950's TV sitcoms, but "My Little Margie" runs a very close second. Gale Storm as Margie Albright and her father Vern played by Charles Farrell and Mr. Honeywell played by the Clarence Kolb are all superb. These are seasoned actors who take their roles seriously. In other words, they are there to make you laugh and they do an excellent job of doing it.
This collection of 12 episodes is well worth the price. The print and sound quality is wonderful for the most part. I just hope this company comes out with future collections. I've seen these over and over again, and I want more of "My Little Margie!"

2-0 out of 5 stars OK, the 50s was the best decade for TV but not due to this
Ever notice how Gale Storm inhales sharply before saying anything? I picked up on this when the series was being shown first run. (I am a real antique.) Lucy in Peanuts once asked Linus if he was ever aware of his tongue. After two wordless panels he says "AAAARRRRRGGGGGGHHHH" or something to that effect and runs off. It is sort of like that with Gale's one way hyper-ventilation. Once aware of it, you can never listen to her talk again without being driven to distraction.

Having established that, where the hell is Topper (the series) in which we learn that Alexander Waverly was a banker before becomming head of U.N.C.L.E.? Also, is anybody else cognizant of the fact that Stephen Sondheim wrote some of Topper's scripts? And where is The Man from U.N.C.L.E.??? Being a DVD lover leads to endless frustration surrounding little nuggets of milk chocolate. ... Read more


4. Hopalong Cassidy - Rustlers' Valley / Texas Trail
Director: Nate Watt
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Rustlers' Valley (61 min.) - One of Hoppy's best friends is the main suspect in a bank robbery and, despite his innocence, is hunted down by a sheriff's posse. Determined to find the true perpetrator of the crime, Hoppy deals with some tough hombres in Rustlers' Valley to clear an innocent man's name and expose the villains. "Texas Trail" (60 min.) - The U.S. Army calls upon Hoppy to collect badly-needed cavalry horses, though a crooked ranch owner and his gang have thwarted previous attempts. In a diabolical set-up, Hoppy is arrested for stealing the rancher's herd, yet manages to devise a plan to stampede the horses onto the Texas Trail and capture the gang! ... Read more


5. Hopalong Cassidy - Hills of Old Wyoming / North of the Rio Grande
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Hills of Old Wyoming - When cattle rustlers raid the Bar-20 Ranch, Hopalong Cassidy and his boys trace the thieves to a nearby Indian reservation where not everything is as it appears. The reservation authorities try to arrest the cowboys, who must shoot their way to freedom in order to uncover the real culprits - a crooked government agent and his gang.

North of the Rio Grande - Hopalong's brother, Buddy, has been gunned down by train robbers and his young wife made a widow. Out for justice, Hoppy rides into the town of Cottonwood Gulch posing as a notorious bandit looking to join the gang of thieves. Conspiring with the president of the railroad (a young Lee J. Cobb in his first screen appearance), Hoppy uncovers the hidden identity of the bandit leader and corrals the cunning villain. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars "best of the 'B' Westerns from the early '30s...HOPPY!"
The most outstanding series of westerns began in 1935 from Paramount Pictures under the guiding hand of producer Harry "Pop" Sherman...continued well into the '40s proved to be the most successful 'B' Westerns ever made...based on Clarence E. Mulford's stories, they strived in changing Cassidy's image, which was both original and influential...the hero, played by William Lawrence Boyd, was mature and generally rather inactive, and the plots also tended to inactivity until a sudden burst of climactic action in the last reel, usually a frantic chase backed by tension-building music.

In all, Boyd made sixty-six Hopalong Cassidy Westerns, early films included Uncle Ben and Windy Halliday, both played by veteran actor George "Gabby" Hayes...was a steady favorite as a hitchrack, was chosen five years in succession as one of the 10 best money-making Western sidekick stars...like most western comics, had his share of narrow escapes being thrown from his horse, burned by blanks...but that was all in a days work...his one-liners will never be forgotten..."You're dern tootin'"..."Never trust a female, they're pure poyzin"...or my all-time favorite ~ "Persnickgordy Women"...this crusty old-timer stole many a scene from John Wayne, Randolph Scott and yes even William Boyd.

"Hills of Old Wyoming", features Stephen Morris (Morris Ankrum) using both names on the screen, as the "western heavy", came to Hollywood and Westerns directly from supporting Orson Welles on Broadway, Sherman and Boyd must have seen the evil this actor could portray, as he appeared in several "Hoppy films"...another pick for "Pop" Sherman was a new sidekick for the Cassidy films...a newcomer Lucky Jenkins, played by Russell Hayden had his job cut out for him, with Boyd (as the hero) and Hayes (for comedy), left the field of romance and action wide open, Hayden filled those "boots" perfectly.

"North of the Rio Grande", Morris Ankrum again, with a young Lee J. Cobb as one of the good guys...as the Bar-20 gang strive to derail the plans of evil, so that good and right can prevail...this was the formula that director Nate Watt used in all the "Hop-A-Long Cassidy" films, and it worked!

Total Time: 79 Mins (Hills of Old Wyoming-1937)
Total Time: 71 Mins (North of the Rio Grande-1937) ... Read more


6. Hopalong Cassidy - 3 on the Trail / Hopalong Cassidy Returns
Director: Nate Watt
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Another great double feature from that hero of the wild, wild west, Bill "Hopalong" Cassidy! In "3 on the Trail" (67 min.), an Englishman named Ridley, now turned rancher, announces that his cattle are disappearing, and Hopalong Cassidy helps him track down the rustlers. The second feature, "Hopalong Cassidy Returns" (74 min.), finds Bill on his way to Mesa Grande, where he is the new Marshal. Along the way he stops a runaway horse and saves a woman's life. Upon arriving in town, he discovers his old friend, the town's newspaper editor, has been brutally murdered by the very same woman Hoppy just saved, a hardnosed businesswoman who runs the town. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Great production quality
Hopalong Cassidy movies always had high production quality; for B movies, it is obvious that the producer spent a lot of money--and it shows. Shot on location rather than in a back-lots like most old westerns, the sets and expansive outdoors locations are well represented on film. You just have to like Hoppy in black and George (later called "Gabby") Hayes as "Windy." Plenty of good acting, action, a touch of comedy, and, of course, Hoppy's famous laugh. Old Westerns just don't get better than this. The quality of these DVDs is quite good. You may have to re-set the disk to mono sound to enhance quality, but once you do it is great. The picture quality looks like the movie was shot yesterday. What a great way to spend a Saturday morning watching Hoppy catch the crooks.

3-0 out of 5 stars Hoppy Cleans Up the Town
He dresses all in black. He struts around with 2 pearl-handled Colt pistols. He doesn't drink. His horse can make breakfast. He's Hopalong Cassidy. 1935's hit "Hopalong Cassidy Enters" sparked the magic formula for veteran actor William Boyd and his long-running movie and television franchise. This double-feature DVD starts with 1936's "Three on the Trail", co-starring George "Gabby" Hayes and one-time Broadway star Onslow Stevens as the corrupt saloon owner Pecos Kane. Stevens had an interesting Hollywood career. In 1932, he started in films as a leading man. He slipped to character parts,and became famous as mad Dr. Edleman in 1945's "House of Dracula". In later years, his career was adversely affected by alcohol. It is reported that his death in a convalescent home in 1977 was attributed to murder. The second movie, "Hopalong Cassidy Returns" is an exciting shoot-em-up. Villian Blackie Felton drags a wheelchaired cripple through town to his violent death. Hoppy swears revenge. Blackie is played by Stephen Morris, who once worked for Orson Welles' Mercury Theatre. Later, he changed his name to Morris Ankrum, and appeared(often uncredited) in over 170 motion pictures. In the 1950's, Ankrum turned up consistently in low-budget monster movies. These 2 superior Cassidy episodes were filmed in the Alabama Hills, in Lone Pine, Cal., around Mt. Whitney, 400 miles north of Los Angeles. Other locations included Red Rock Canyon in the High Sierra Mountains. The DVD elements have been spruced up with digital audio and visual restoration. There's some sound drop-out, but the picture quality is amazing for 1936. William Boyd continued his very successful Hoppy films into the 1950's, ending with a TV series. He retired, but continued making live appearances for his legions of adoring young fans; almost up until his demise in 1972.

5-0 out of 5 stars "round-up time at the Bar-20...you're dern tootin'"
Once again our silver-haired hero in black Hop-A-Long Cassidy, with the help of Johnny Nelson (Jimmy Ellison) and Windy Halliday (George "Gabby" Hayes), Hoppy's two trail wranglers try to feed hungry settlers during the great depression in Plainsville...Hoppy goes up against some tough polecats (Morris Ankrum) and it spells trouble...strong storyline with fast-paced action and a beautiful backdrop of Lone Pine, California...gives this film the wide open spaces with breathtaking moments.

William Boyd (Hoppy), ranked high on the list of "Western Roundup" heroes, riding his white steed Topper, with blazing pearl-handled six-guns, as the rustlers and outlaws reached for the sky.

Both features are top-notch film-making, outstanding directing from Nate Watt...Boyd gave his character life, his word was his bond...never quit on a friend in need and always give the other fellow an even break...this was the way of the early west...and this was the code he lived by, they'll never be another HOP-A-LONG CASSIDY!

Total Time: 65 Mins (3 on the Trail-1936)
Total Time: 74 Mins (Hopalong Cassidy Returns-1936)

5-0 out of 5 stars Hoppy remastered on DVD
Both of these titles "Hopalong Cassidy Returns" and "3 on the Trail" have been beautifully remastered and restored digitally on this edition. The Boyd Cassidy movies were definitely a cut above the typical "B" westerns which were produced in Hollywood during the 30s, 40s, and 50s. As opposed to the typical "B" western, Boyd and the Hopalong Cassidy series brought first class acting and story telling to the screen, especially those from the "early years." These have been released through Image, a company which usually does a good job of remastering. The familiar characters of "Johnny" and "Windy" were also brought to life through the skills of "Gabby" Hayes and Jimmy Ellison, along with some superbly acted vilianous characters played by such staples as Morris Ankrum (appeared in at least 12 Hoppy films as the bad guy) and others. These films have beautiful scenery and location which also adds to their quality. Men and women are portrayed realistically, running the gamut from psychotic killer (Morris Ankrum in Hopalong Cassidy returns) to comedic sidekick (Gabby Hayes "Windy"), to younger romantic member (Johnny Nelson (Jimmy Ellison), to heroin and supporting cowboys, all portrayed with stark realism. This is the mettle of the old west, vividly brought to life through the excellent portrayels of the above mentioned players. These, as stated earlier, are beautiful transfers and deserve to be seen by all who love cowboy movies. They don't make them like this anymore and these surely deserve not to be missed!!! ... Read more


7. The Little Rascals - Bear Shooters / Waldo's Last Stand / Dogs of War!
Director: James W. Horne, Nate Watt, James Parrott, Gordon Douglas, Robert A. McGowan, Gus Meins, Fred C. Newmeyer, Robert F. McGowan
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8. Trail Dust/Borderland
Director: Nate Watt
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Trail Dust (1936, 77 min.) - Hoppy, mindful of the famine threatening the country, persuades other ranchers to combine their herds and offer them at a fair price to a relief committee sent to buy cattle to feed a starving population. Cassidy leads a collective cattle drive, but greedy profiteers set out to sabotage his efforts, and they'll kill any man brave enough to stand in their way. "Borderland" (1937, 82 min.) - A mysterious bandit, known as The Fox, has been leading raids on both sides of the Mexican border and Hoppy is asked by the United States and Mexican officials to penetrate the criminal's operations by posing as a bandit himself. Hoppy pretends to be evil, and even does bad things to his sidekicks in order to accomplish his objective. Later joining the Fox's gang, Hoppy is able to blow their cover, reveal the Fox's identity and, although badly wounded, capture him at gunpoint. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars "Hoppy is here to stay"
William Lawrence Boyd, known as Hop-A-Long Cassidy never wears any outfit except his charactertistic black shirt, trousers, boots and Stetson...Hoppy rode, grinned and fought his way into our hearts on the silver screen and then right into our living rooms with a new inventions called...Television!

"Trail Dust", Hoppy and the Bar-20 outfit (Johnny Nelson & Windy Halliday) want to combine herds to feed a starving country...but rustlers and greedy cowhands try to steal and give the Bar-20 a run for their money...but who should your money be on to see who comes out on top, never fear Hoppy's here.

"Borderland", this time Cassidy goes undercover to catch a bandit known as "The Fox", plenty of action and hard-riding ahead for Hoppy and his faithful steed Topper!

Outstanding direction by Nate Watt...and as always George "Gabby" Hayes (Windy Halliday), backing Hoppy's play whenever trouble enters the picture...it's plain to see...Hoppy Is Here To Stay!

Total Time: 76 Mins (Trail Dust-1936)
Total Time: 82 Mins (Borderland-1937)

5-0 out of 5 stars "Hoppy is here to stay"
William Lawrence Boyd, better known as Hop-A-Long Cassidy never wears any outfit except his charactertistic black shirt, trousers, boots and Stetson...Hoppy rode, fought and grinned his way into our hearts on the silver screen, and then into our living rooms on the small tube.

Hoppy and his trail buddies ~ Johnny Nelson (Jimmy Ellison) always hot tempered and ready for action before it gets here...Windy Halliday (George "Gabby" Hayes), with "Those Persnickordy Women"...and "Women are Pure Poyzen"...my favorite saying has to be "You're Dern Tootin'", Hayes was the comedy sidekick who always knew the answer before the question, taught Hoppy everything from gunplay to hardriding, many times stole scenes right from under the entire cast.

Always filmed in the natural setting of Lone Pine, California that was a plus for westerns at that time...Boyd became very skilled as a horsemen, his acting and eye contact was never surpassed when coming across clues or realizing the guilty party...this was due to his days on the silent screen.

This had to be the best western series around during the '30s, strong performances by Boyd, Hayes and Ellison...with producer Harry "Pop" Sherman at the helm, behind the scenes with quality the uppermost in mind for Paramount Pictures...the Bar-20 gang with Windy Halliday (George "Gabby" Hayes) backing Hoppy's play whenever trouble enters the picture...when good guys wore black, rode a white horse and assured all his fans ~ HOPPY IS HERE TO STAY!

Total Time: 76 Mins (Trail Dust-1936)
Total Time: 82 Mins (Borderland-1937) ... Read more


9. The Little Rascals - Little Papa, Dogs Is Dogs, Sprucin' Up
Director: James W. Horne, Nate Watt, James Parrott, Gordon Douglas, Robert A. McGowan, Gus Meins, Fred C. Newmeyer, Robert F. McGowan
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Created by producer Hal Roach, The Little Rascals (aka Our Gang) starred in more than a hundred shorts from 1922 to 1944 (one of which, Bored of Education, won an OSCAR®) and one feature, General Spanky.With the Gang aching to hit the gridiron, team captain Spanky’s got to play Little Papa and mind the baby, while Pete is framed by Wheezer’s hateful stepbrother, Sherwood, and sent to the pound in Dogs Is Dogs.Sherwood’s dog kills a chicken, so he blames Pete, but Wheezer and his sister Dorothy have the last laugh; then Spanky and the Gang try to impress the daughter of Mr. Jones, the new truant officer, by Sprucin’ Up. Black & White. 56 Minutes ... Read more


10. Fiend of Dope Island/Pagan Island
Director: Nate Watt
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Fiend of Dope Island (1961, 76 min.) - Former screen Tarzan Bruce Bennett is the Fiend of Dope Island, a sadistic maniac named Charlie Davis who lords over a tiny Caribbean isle with his trusty bullwhip. Not content with smuggling guns and growing marijuana, Charlie also hires sexy dancer Glory La Verne to "entertain him" at his flea-shack of a cantina. Instead, Glory zeroes in on Charlie's main man, Davey, and the two lead a native uprising against Charlie who retaliates by going... well, completely berserk. "Pagan Island" (1960, 58 min.) - Shipwrecked sailor William Stanton finds himself the only man among a tribe of semi-naked man-hating women when he washes up on Pagan Island! Falling in love with Nani Maki, "the bride of the Sea God," he soon discovers that his rival for her affection is...a giant clam. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars The wildest scenery-chewing you will EVER see!
OK, this one takes the all-time prize for over-the-top, pure wild-man scenery chewing. In fact, as the case itself claims, Bennet doesn't just CHEW the scenery, he swallows it whole! It begins with our "fiend" pulling out his whip (any more obvious Freudian symbolism would be pointless) and dealing a few lashes to someone because......hey, he don't NEEEED no steeeekin' reason! As he proudly proclaims, he owns EVERYthing on the island! And since his "staff" is about the most lame-brained crew this side of the Three Stooges, he's a busy man, whippin' everyone and everyTHING in sight. But that's before the girl arrrives, and then he REALLY goes berzerk! Great fun - I can't recall EVER seeing such vein-popping, chest-thumping, rip-roaring hyper-machoism. And that's just the FIRST flick! Minor, very brief flashes of toplessness, but this isn't one for the kiddos anyway. Sets a new standard - makes John Agar in "Brain From Planet Arous" look as if he were on Thorazine. You HAVE to see it!

4-0 out of 5 stars Hams and giant clams
A good, rather unusual double-feature from Something Weird. The theme of this disc is "tropicana," and its contents, geographically speaking, span from the Caribbean to the South Seas.

The main features are artistically unambitious but entertaining. FIEND is a fast-moving melodrama about the spectacular self-destruction of a small Caribbean island's whip-cracking tyrant, played by Bruce Bennett. Tania Velia, aka "the Yugoslavian bombshell," is imported to dance for The Fiend, but she's repelled by him and hooks up with an undercover narcotics agent, played by Robert Bray. Velia is gorgeous, and the director of FIEND made the most of her assets. Bennett gives a very vigorous performance, coming off like a psychotic who's been knocked on the head many, many times. The script is lousy, though, and the film suffers from a weak storyline. Arguably the sensationalism of all the brawls and whippings, and the presence of Tania Velia, make up for the film's most serious flaws. It's basically a fun but dumb movie.

PAGAN ISLAND, directed by Barry Mahon, is a 58-minute endurance test. A bevy of beautiful girls wear garlands of flowers and grass skirts. Into their feminine island paradise stumbles a shipwrecked sailor, who becomes infatuated with one of the locals. There's some ceremonial dancing and an underwater battle with a giant clam, and a very bizarre closing scene suggesting that the hero has succumbed to, or been tempted by, necrophilia.

The acting is generally terrible. The island girls speak "pidgin English," supposedly learned from a previous visitor. Their grammar is terrible, but they never fail to make sense, and their vocabularies are incredibly huge. Basically they talk like normal adult Americans who've chosen to eliminate unnecessary articles and tenses from their speech. It's impossible to take these "island girls" seriously. But they are fun to see and hear. The Queen of the island speaks every line as if she's reading from a cue card, and her lack of enthusiasm is incredible. She seems almost suicidal. The "plot" of PAGAN ISLAND involves a proposed marriage between the shipwrecked guy and his chosen girl, whose religion makes the marriage problematic.

More valuable are the "Goona Goona" short features, most dating from the 1930s. They look like tame National Geographic documentaries today, but 60 years ago the topless female was a rare cinematic commodity, and these films of Balinese women going about their chores au natural were marketed with less innocent "exploitation" films. There's also a really dirty short with simulated sex in a bamboo hut and narration loaded with double-entendre jokes.

Overall this is an entertaining and very unusual collection of films from Something Weird. If you buy it, or already own it, look for the "Easter egg," a trailer for Zorita the stripper's exciting film "I Married A Savage"! It's sobering to learn that Zorita was a native of Youngstown, Ohio.

3-0 out of 5 stars The movie stands up to it's title!
A 1960 black & white that actually plays just like it's title suggests. Right from the start there is a fiend of a dope-island with brooding natives and a torch of a woman not accustomed to the sandy confines of a...dope-island.

The script was exceptionally good (in that it was bad and full of one-liners) and the acting was over-done with competence.

Easily one of the best b-movies in the collection. Keeps your attention and doesn't drag.

3-0 out of 5 stars The movie stands up to it's title!
A 1961 black & white that actually plays just like it's title suggests. Right from the start there is a fiend of a dope-island with brooding natives and a torch of a woman not accustomed to the sandy confines of a...dope-island.

The script was exceptionally good (in that it was bad and full of one-liners) and the acting was over-done with competence.

Easily one of the best b-movies in the collection. Keeps your attention and doesn't drag. ... Read more


11. What Women Love
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