Thursday, July 12, 2007

Don't Worry...

I received an email from my brother a couple days ago and it reads:

"why?

why?

there was no need for this.

sadness
despair.
all hope is lost"


Now what, exactly, had plunged my brother into this slough of despond?

Financial woes?

Wife left him?

Dog died?

Car won't start?

No.

It was a movie.

A movie I sent him.

A movie made in 1966, written and produced by MOREY AMSTERDAM!



Click HERE for a YouTube sample!


Only in the mid-sixties could such a rat-fink of a movie have been made! Filmed on sets at the Desi-Lu studios with a budget of about $50 (or so it would seem) we have Morey bringing his artistic vision to bear in the wake of the Dick Van Dyke Show's demise.

His co-star is Sally Rogers herself, Rose Marie! Richard "Mel Cooley" Deacon plays two roles and Allan Brady also makes a cameo appearance. I guess Dick was busy filming his own cinematic blockbuster (Disney's "Robinson Crusoe, USN") and couldn't make the scene. Neither did Mary Tyler Moore, but look who did show up:

Moe Howard!
Milton Berle!
Irene Ryan as Granny Clampett driving the Clampett truck!
Steve Allan!
Danny Thomas!
Sylvester the cat!



The "plot" has something to do with a Soviet astronaut defecting to the USA with records of his 98 orbital space flights. Oh, and the astronaut looks just like MOREY AMSTERDAM! Morey is a numb-nutz short-order cooks and Rose Marie is a waitress and they both work in Richard Deacon's diner.

Their "young-n-sexy" coworker inherits a bookstore and they all end up 600 miles away running the store. And there are spies. And a Beatnik party. And modern art. And, oh, who cares?
The movie just kinda plods along until they run out of film and it ends.

I guess I'd have to say that my brother's review pretty well nailed it:

"why?

why?

there was no need for this.

sadness
despair.
all hope is lost"

7 Comments:

Anonymous scott said...

maybe i gave up too soon...is that richard deacon getting a 'money shot'?

July 13, 2007 7:19 PM  
Blogger Jeff said...

I love those old cheesy 60's flicks. I havent heard of that one though.

July 13, 2007 7:20 PM  
Blogger whimsicalnbrainpan said...

Um... So did you send your brother this movie because you hate him or something?

July 14, 2007 2:44 AM  
Blogger Craig D said...

scott: How can I ever make this up to you?

jeff: I'm always amazed at these sort of things when they pop up! Maybe I'll do future posts on these sort of movies.

whim: I honestly thought he'd enjoy the, um, "uniqueness" of this movie. After all, he's the one who got me hooked on MST3K all those years ago!

July 14, 2007 9:33 PM  
Blogger CS said...

I wish your brother wrote movie reviews for our local paper - might save me some agony.

July 15, 2007 8:26 PM  
Blogger Dorky Dad said...

I have to admit that my reaction might have been similar.

July 16, 2007 1:11 AM  
Blogger Dirk_Star said...

Now you know what we as a nation experienced after the demise of the Dick Van Dyke show...

Those were black times indeed.

July 16, 2007 9:21 AM  

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