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 Posted:   Jul 23, 2014 - 10:38 AM   
 By:   Max Bellochio   (Member)

GO DIG THE GRAVE (1973)
Three Texas cattle ranchers (Lee Marvin, Brian Keith, Morgan Woodward) stumble upon a wagon of Spanish gold and eventually end up being pursued by Prussian spies attempting to retrieve it. Maximillian Schell, Curt Jurgens, Dennis Weaver, Simon Oakland, Catherine Spaak, Frank de Kova, and Frank Langella as "Hoepst"

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 23, 2014 - 8:55 PM   
 By:   ANZALDIMAN   (Member)

HIS NAME WAS BRANCATO (1970)
Low budget oater about a wrongfully accused young gunfighter (John Beck) who to regain his honor must lead a posse to rescue and bring back the kidnapped fiance of a well heeled long suffering town spinster. Tige Andrews, Virginia Gregg, James Stacy, Andrew Prine, Rudy Diaz, Otis Young, Isabel Cooley, Charles Dierkop, and Burr De Benning.


John Beck! He was "everywhere" in 1973. (Sleeper; Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid). Nice to see him in this earlier, non-breakout role.


Yes.

I gave him a bit of a stinker early on in the timeline. You know, Burt Reynolds style.

Looking back on John Beck from that period if he had only played hockey he and his mustache would have fit right in on those old ruffian Philadelphia Flyers teams of the mid-1970's. Bobby Clarke, Dave Schultz and that bunch. He just flat out looks the part.



Great to see this thread back again fellas!

Keep em' coming.

 
 Posted:   Jul 23, 2014 - 9:55 PM   
 By:   Mark R. Y.   (Member)

THE VANISHED (1975)

Directed by Lamont Johnson. Screenplay by Paul Schrader and David Zelag Goodman from the Nameless Detective novel of the same name by Bill Pronzini. In his final role, Al Lettieri plays the aging out of shape Italian-American private eye who is hired by a young woman (Michele Marsh) looking for her soldier husband who "vanished" after leaving a German army base to come back home to San Francisco. Nameless searches up and down the west coast, and even flies to Germany to investigate the ever-increasing twists of the plot. Linda Haynes plays his love interest - the sister of one of the missing man's friends. Perry King, Richard Jordan, Edward Binns, and Gary Busey co-star.

 
 Posted:   Jul 24, 2014 - 4:21 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

Anything with Al Lettieri is "cinematic gold." I hope he is retroactively given more of these detective stories to do.

Lettieri *is* the early '70s. Just as those gold-vine mirror panels are:

 
 Posted:   Jul 24, 2014 - 5:47 PM   
 By:   Max Bellochio   (Member)

WORLD OF PRIMATES (1978)
Fifteen years before JURASSIC PARK, but ten years after PLANET OF THE APES, this feeble attempt at creating a POTA rip-off sees a short-sighted adventurer (James Brolin), biologists (Christopher Reeve and Amy Irving) and sportsman (Edward Fox) stumbling onto an island in the South Pacific inhabited by highly intelligent apes who have patterned their society after the 1960's flower child movement. What follows is a clash of cultures on a collision course towards dire apathy. Playing the Primates: David Bowie as "Leopold", Susan Dey as "Faith", William Conrad as "Nero", Michael York as "Jasper", Lee Remick as "Gertrude", Susannah York as "Petunia", Charles Napier as "Lupus", and David Warner as "Seuss".

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 26, 2014 - 8:16 PM   
 By:   ANZALDIMAN   (Member)

Anything with Al Lettieri is "cinematic gold." I hope he is retroactively given more of these detective stories to do.

Lettieri *is* the early '70s. Just as those gold-vine mirror panels are:



That photo is great! LOL.

Uncle Vic would feel right at home. Especially around those the gold vine mirror tiles. (Check out the old "Where is Ed?" thread from many years ago here. www.filmscoremonthly.com/board/posts.cfm?threadID=8013&forumID=1&archive=1) big grin The place in the photo above looks like the catering hall in the back of the Seven Hills Of Italy Restaurant in West Orange New Jersey in the early 1970's. After his day job, Vic bartended part time nights there for years while raising three kids. He was a Korean War vet and my youngest surviving uncle until he passed away a few years ago. He always reminded me of Roy Scheider. He probably could have written a book about the cast of characters that passed through that place. He was a character himself. You want to know where David Chase got a lot of his character ideas from? Places around Jersey just like the "Seven Hills".

 
 Posted:   Jul 27, 2014 - 2:35 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

As a history buff you know all too well what a shame it is when someone as interesting as your uncle or anyone else who lived through a remarkable time doesn't get their stories told either on paper or through stories passed on to "the relatives." So much history and plain old great stories vanish. I've always wished I'd asked my dad more about his Vietnam experiences.

That photo of Al Letieri and Al Pacino was taken at "Patsy" Eboli, Al Letieri's cousin, at Eboli's house in Fort Lee, New Jersey. It was taken during the filming of The Godfather. Letieri was trying to help Pacino with the role of Michael Corleone by introducing him to his cousin who was a Mafia member.

Read on, if you're interested:

http://www.vanityfair.com/culture/features/2009/03/godfather-family200903

 
 Posted:   Jul 30, 2014 - 1:46 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

THE RIVALS OF ALAN FIVEHOUSE (1982-83, BBC)
Anthology series chronicling the most baffling cases of London's "other" magnificent detectives. With Malcolm McDowell; Edward Woodward; Tom Baker; Ian Hendry; and Patrick McGoohan as "Inspector Jason Sharpel." US Syndicated title: "Norman Newman Presents: The Rivals of Alan Fivehouse."

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 1, 2014 - 9:14 PM   
 By:   ANZALDIMAN   (Member)

And Agent Norman Newman (Willem Dafoe) would quite properly provide the lead in for each segment.

 
 Posted:   Aug 2, 2014 - 3:15 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

And Agent Norman Newman (Willem Dafoe) would quite properly provide the lead in for each segment.

Exactly. Dafoe filmed introductions for each of the sixteen episodes for Masterpiece Mystery! over on PBS, each with a cheeky Fivehouse reference. The most interesting thing about those intros is the viewer can never be sure if Dafoe is in character or not, because he's not in his "ANN" costume and he refuses to take his hands out of his pockets, thereby lending credence to the belief that at that point Dafoe just didn't give a sh!t. Unsurprisingly, those intros have been left off the dvds of The Rivals of Alan Fivehouse.

 
 Posted:   Aug 2, 2014 - 3:40 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

TV DINNERS FOR TWO (1979; TVM; CBS)
Directed by Rob Reiner.
An emotionally fragile cook (Ed Asner) and shy cleaning woman (Jean Stapleton) meet for Thursday late-night meals and heartfelt discussions amid the loneliness of the back of his drab NYC diner. Asner won an Emmy. Harry Morgan; Gwen Verdon; Marvin Kaplan; Sheree North; and Robert Earl Jones as "Duke."

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 7, 2014 - 7:40 PM   
 By:   ANZALDIMAN   (Member)

INSECT DAMAGE (1969)
When larger than normal termites suddenly appear in great numbers and begin to munch the structures at an alarming rate in a sleepy upstate New York farm community, frightened residents begin to suspect the Mayor (John Carradine) and the oddball exterminator (Jack Elam) he enlisted to battle the pests. Sam Groom, Robert F. Lyons, Paul Peterson, Gary Conway, Ellen Corby, Pat Priest, and J.Pat O'Malley.

 
 Posted:   Aug 10, 2014 - 5:59 PM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

Ah! Finally located those 1980s Fivehouse-esque mystery films which starred the great Severn Darden. Max B, you need to bring these back:

THE PENNSYLVANIA DETECTIVES (1981)
Philadelphia Police Detective Mason James (Severn Darden) is back on the case as he investigates the murders of a prominent socialite and her connection to an Atlantic City mobster in this follow-up to BUCKS COUNTY. Tom Conti, Teri Garr, Laura Dean, Booth Colman, and William Windom as "Commissioner Lew Hirsch"

RETURN OF MASON JAMES (1983)
Detective Mason James (Severn Darden) and his partner (John Colicos) track down a rogue Philadelphia Police Officer who plays a cat-and-mouse game as local pimps are suddenly murdered execution style. Henry Gibson, Bibi Besch, Robert Picardo, Rebecca DeMornay, Alex Rocco, Dick Miller, and William Windom as "Commissioner Hirsch"

THE CAT HAS NINE LIVES (1985)
When a mysterious con man from London (Jonathan Pryce) arrives in the City of Brotherly Love, Philadelphia Police Detective Mason James (Severn Darden) investigates his connection to series of horrifically ritualistic murders. Adolph Caesar, Josef Somer, Dana Wheeler-Nicholson, Steve Railsback, and William Windom as "Lew Hirsch"

 
 Posted:   Aug 10, 2014 - 7:09 PM   
 By:   Max Bellochio   (Member)

Ah! Finally located those 1980s Fivehouse-esque mystery films which starred the great Severn Darden. Max B, you need to bring these back:

THE PENNSYLVANIA DETECTIVES (1981)
Philadelphia Police Detective Mason James (Severn Darden) is back on the case as he investigates the murders of a prominent socialite and her connection to an Atlantic City mobster in this follow-up to BUCKS COUNTY. Tom Conti, Teri Garr, Laura Dean, Booth Colman, and William Windom as "Commissioner Lew Hirsch"

RETURN OF MASON JAMES (1983)
Detective Mason James (Severn Darden) and his partner (John Colicos) track down a rogue Philadelphia Police Officer who plays a cat-and-mouse game as local pimps are suddenly murdered execution style. Henry Gibson, Bibi Besch, Robert Picardo, Rebecca DeMornay, Alex Rocco, Dick Miller, and William Windom as "Commissioner Hirsch"

THE CAT HAS NINE LIVES (1985)
When a mysterious con man from London (Jonathan Pryce) arrives in the City of Brotherly Love, Philadelphia Police Detective Mason James (Severn Darden) investigates his connection to series of horrifically ritualistic murders. Adolph Caesar, Josef Somer, Dana Wheeler-Nicholson, Steve Railsback, and William Windom as "Lew Hirsch"


You forgot about BUCKS COUNTY. This thread has become so long that I fear that I am incapable of finding it.

MaxB

 
 Posted:   Aug 11, 2014 - 4:31 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

You forgot about BUCKS COUNTY. This thread has become so long that I fear that I am incapable of finding it.

MaxB


Here it is:

BUCKS COUNTY (1979)
A seasoned Philadelphia Police detective (Severn Darden) is brought on to solve a series of Lancaster Amish murders, which may be connected to one of his previous investigations. Morgan Woodward, William Windom, Perry King, Gloria McMillan, Susanna Dalton, and Martin Balsam as "Arnold Lapp"


If the Loftybeck organization ever needs an unpaid assistant archivist, my bags are already packed and by the front door. wink

You're right; this thread has gotten so legendary in its excess that it may be necessary for it to fold over itself in order to be searchable.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 11, 2014 - 1:13 PM   
 By:   Donna   (Member)

Anything with Al Lettieri is "cinematic gold." I hope he is retroactively given more of these detective stories to do.

Lettieri *is* the early '70s. Just as those gold-vine mirror panels are:



That photo is great! LOL.

Uncle Vic would feel right at home. Especially around those the gold vine mirror tiles. (Check out the old "Where is Ed?" thread from many years ago here. www.filmscoremonthly.com/board/posts.cfm?threadID=8013&forumID=1&archive=1) big grin The place in the photo above looks like the catering hall in the back of the Seven Hills Of Italy Restaurant in West Orange New Jersey in the early 1970's. After his day job, Vic bartended part time nights there for years while raising three kids. He was a Korean War vet and my youngest surviving uncle until he passed away a few years ago. He always reminded me of Roy Scheider. He probably could have written a book about the cast of characters that passed through that place. He was a character himself. You want to know where David Chase got a lot of his character ideas from? Places around Jersey just like the "Seven Hills".



When he wasn't bartending at night, Uncle Vic was sitting at a poker table at the old Claridge casino in Atlantic City. He has passed that love of cards/slots/wheels on to two of his three children. In his honor, they still hold huge family Thanksgiving dinners at Carmine's in The Tropicana, Atlantic City. Absolutely true!!

 
 Posted:   Aug 20, 2014 - 7:48 PM   
 By:   Max Bellochio   (Member)

I AIN'T GOT THE MUSIC (2013)
This off-beat semi-fictional road-trip comedy takes place during the Farm Aid Concert of 1987, when Country Singer Willie Nelson (Billy Bob Thorton) enlists fellow musicians Tina Turner (Queen Latifa), Ringo Starr (Ben Kingsley(, James Brown (Don Cheadle), and Bob Dylan (Alan Rickman) on a pot-induced bus trip across the country. Bryan Cranston, Emma Watson, Ron Livingston, and Anthony Hopkins as "Les Paul."

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 23, 2014 - 7:42 PM   
 By:   ANZALDIMAN   (Member)

DEAD RELATIVES (1999)
Dry humor permeates throughout this indie comedy/drama as a group of dysfunctional east coast siblings agree to gather together for several weeks to visit each of the cemetaries where their family members have been buried through the years to share their misty memories and to vent their gripes. John Cusack, Paul Reiser, Elizabeth Shue, Joe Pantoliano, Tim Matheson, Adam Baldwin, Rosie Perez, Tom Arnold, Amy Yasbeck, Jon Favreau, and Olympia Dukakis as "Aunt Marge".

 
 Posted:   Sep 13, 2014 - 6:43 AM   
 By:   Max Bellochio   (Member)

I've been reading these since Max started this thread and I continuously get a kick out of (nearly) all of them. I've finally got one of my own:

GREEN LANTERN (2009)

Warner Bros. and DC Comics become socio-politically active with the re-visioning of one of DC's flagship characters, the GREEN LANTERN. When eco-terrorists threaten our green Earth, Hal Jordan, former jet pilot turned green thumb, takes up the mantle of the mysterious Green Lantern, of the Green Latern Corporation. When the eco-villian is revealed as the evil Sinestro Corporation, run by the greedy Conservative financieer, Rupert Sinestro, Jordan dons his green attire (made from recycled materials) and uses the mystical Power Ring -- which grants its user the ability to thwart big corporations -- for the power of good. The evil and corrupt Sinestro sells the stock of his company in a bid for power and then he unleashes his army of soccer moms in gas-guzzling SUVs. Can our mighty eco-friendly hero defeat the arch-villian?

Starring: Nathan Fillion, Hugo Weaving, Ian Holm, and Michelle Monaghan. Directed by James Cameron.


This, by far, was a better concept than the Ryan Reynolds opus.

Very Truly
MaxB

 
 Posted:   Sep 13, 2014 - 12:45 PM   
 By:   Max Bellochio   (Member)

O2: THE LEGION OF FRUIT (1989)
In this sequel to the smash hit original ORANGEMAN, Captain Brent Bentley (Patrick Swayze) learns that DR. OCTAVIO OLESTRA (Raul Julia) is creating an army of a million invincible MangoMen for the Cuban government, threatening to invade South Florida and the United States. This time, ORANGEMAN has a little help by way of the twin citrus siblings of LEMONBOY and LIMEGIRL (Jonathan Silverman and Sarah Jessica Parker). Rip Torn, Josef Somer, Dana Wheeler Nicholson, Richard Libertini, and John Houseman as "The President"

 
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