July 18, 2019 Subject:
Silly, Weird for Its Time - A Stangely Satisfying Curiosity
This is one of the strangest films I've seen on the IA - it features an updated "Our Gang" group of kids caught up in an old dark house mystery, replete with hidden rooms, trap, secret and revolving doors, chimpanzee and gorilla - an character actors from the 1930s and 40s. The kids are strange because they include two black kids Dis (Renee Beard) and Dat (Donald King, both played by white actors, a scared of his own shadow gangly, dirty-faced boy Speck Jones (Dale Belding), two Darla Hood types who are clever and determined, a brunette, Betty ((Eilene Janssen) and a blonde, Ardda (Arda Lynwood) and two clever, determined biys, Curley (Larry Olsen) and Dudley (Gerald Perreau) - what a crew! They have a friend - a man- "Fix-it" Dan Cameron (Whitford Kane) who repairs dolls and invents nuclear gadgets - whew! He's involved with Doc Hugo Robbin (George Zucco with a very short on-screen time) who is a Dr. but is financing "Fix-it"'s atomic toy - as it suddenly turns out, with some associates - and "Fix-it" doesn't like that. And, now he's on trial for killing Doc Robbin. Beautiful Ann Loring (Virginia Grey) is somehow involved in this and is also the girlfriend of Defense Attorney George (Don Castle) - it gets screwier and screwier. The judge (Grant Mitchell) is having a hard time controlling the court scene - especially when the kids show up with new evidence - which only makes things worse. The jailer (Paul Hurst from the 1930-40s) is an inept policeman - a role Hurst played forever - inept and silly something - policeman, truck driver, bartender, etc. - and manages to let "Fixit" escape. Why does he want to escape - to lead the police, who won't go otherwise, to the old dark house, where the kids have gone to find a piece of equipment which will exonerate "Fix-it." - Wow, what a plot. How they got Zucco, Grey, Hurst and Mitchell in this nutty film is hard to figure out. Well, it was probably great fun for children in 1948, who had outgrown the "our Gang" group's 1930s style problems. It is interesting to watch because it is hard to believe it got made - and yes, the end is strangely satisfying - if you're a big kid.
April 21, 2014 Subject:
Who was that "copyright oiwner"
It is my belief that the "company " putting that notice in the film may have been "Burbank Video" who sold a lot od public domain titles on VHS in the 1980s. "Burbank" who recorded everything at the SLP speed was formerly "Viking Video Classics" who sold the same titles but at the two hour speed in VHS. "Viking" did not put any "copyright'' notice on their public domain offerings. To many of the outfits selling the public domain titles on DVD really ruin the films by putting their logos and watermarks all over them
April 22, 2013 Subject:
happy to see this uncut
I had to sit through a butchered version of this flick this afternoon. Had a title card with a copyright of 1985 by some company I'd never heard of. Glad to see it here! Thanks for posting!