The Body In Central Park (Murderers Club Of Brooklyn) (1967)

brooklyn murderers club (the body in central park)

Fifth movie in the eight picture German series about FBI agent Jerry Cotton. This is a pretty decent B movie about a gang of blackmailers and murderers.

Jerry (George Nader) is invited to a party by the rich Mr.Dyers. Agent Phil Decker goes along. Dyers received a letter demanding a million dollars. His friends Johnson and Cormick also got similar letters. Upstairs Dyers daughter Jean gets a pair of shoes delivered by Sally Chester. Her father custom made them for Jean.

Downstairs Jerry is suspicious about a waiter. While he confronts him a masked gang with machine guns breaks in. They kidnap Jean. In the getaway car the gang realizes they made a mistake, They grabbed Sally. A phone call comes in from the gang saying they can find Sally in Central Park. Jerry, Phil and the cops go there and search. Jerry finds her on a park bench with the waiter. They’re both dead.

Now they manage to grab Jean despite her being guarded by the FBI. Dyers puts a briefcase with newspapers inside a storage locker. With Jerry and Phil keeping an eye on the locker the gang gets the briefcase from in back of it. Too late for Jerry and Phil. It also costs Jean her life.

Johnson pays up after his son Bernie is threatened. Jerry follows the briefcase through a subway tunnel and kills some of the gang. Eventually Jerry is told to drop the case into a freight train car. After that Jerry drops onto the train and battles it out with a couple gang members. While he’s doing that his car blows up.

The two men are brothers and they’re defended by sleazy lawyer Randolph Warner. Jerry wants to know who paid the high price for the lawyer. He has an ex con go to the lawyer’s office He has a mask on and Warner dials a phone number. The man makes him hang up before it connects. He memorizes the number and gives it to Jerry. Turns out it’s a mission of the Salvation Army. Jerry goes there and is surprised to see Bernie sitting there.

Phil gets kidnapped and also grabbed is Edna Cormick, Mr.Cormick’s daughter. As the movie continues lots more bullets fly and Jerry doesn’t even get his white shirt dirty or even take off his tie. This is a good entry in the series. If you’ve never seen a Jerry Cotton movie this is a good one to start with.

 

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Jazz At The Hollywood Bowl 2 CD’S

CD 1
Playtime: 72:10

Tracklist:
01. Introduction (Norman Granz) (1:41)
02. Honeysuckle Rose (Jam Session) (12:11)
03. The Ballad Medley: I Can’t Get Started / If I Had You / I’ve Got The World On A String (Jam Session) (8:11)
04. Jumpin’ At The Woodside (Jam Session) (14:11)
05. Introduction To Art Tatum (Norman Granz) (0:31)
06. Someone To Watch Over Me (Art Tatum) (3:14)
07. Begin The Beguine (Art Tatum) (3:08)
08. Willow Weep For Me (Art Tatum) (3:54)
09. Humoresque (Art Tatum) (4:05)
10. Introduction To Ella’s Band (Norman Granz) (0:39)
11. Love For Sale (Ella Fitzgerald) (3:09)
12. Just One Of Those Things (Ella Fitzgerald) (3:55)
13. Little Girl Blue (Ella Fitzgerald) (3:10)
14. Too Close For Comfort (Ella Fitzgerald) (2:52)
15. I Can’t Give You Anything But Love (Ella Fitzgerald) (3:24)
16. Airmail Special (Ella Fitzgerald) (3:56)
CD 2
Playtime: 68:13

Tracklist:
01. 9:20 Special (Oscar Peterson) (3:16)
02. How About You (Oscar Peterson) (5:01)
03. When It’s Sleepy Time Down South (Louis Armstrong) (3:28)
04. Indiana (Louis Armstrong) (4:25)
05. The Gypsy (Louis Armstrong) (4:49)
06. Ole Miss Blues (Louis Armstrong) (5:22)
07. The Bucket’s Got A Hole In It (Louis Armstrong) (5:11)
08. Perdido (Louis Armstrong) (3:14)
09. You Made Me Love You (Louis Armstrong) (4:17)
10. Mack The Knife (Louis Armstrong) (4:03)
11. Stompin’ At The Savoy (Louis Armstrong) (4:55)
12. You Can Depend On Me (Louis Armstrong) (3:22)
13. Mop Mop (Louis Armstrong) (3:23)
14. You Won’t Be Satisfied (Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong) (3:41)
15. Undecided (Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong) (3:43)
16. When The Saints Go Marching In (Entire Ensemble) (6:05)

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Kiss The Girls And Make Them Die (1966)

kiss the girls and make them die 1966

One of my favorite comedies. A great spoof on James Bond and friends. You’ll see traces of “Dr.No” and “Moonraker.” It’s all done without slapstick or any kind of manic, over the top frenzied acting. This is total fun. The title is bad on purpose. Don’t let that keep you from watching this one.

Lord Aldric (Terry-Thomas) is in the Brazilian jungle studying the local Indians. He comes across a tribe where the girls are doing a sexy dance but the men could care less. He makes a note in his diary and is then shot and killed.

CIA agent Kelly (Mike “Mannix” Connors) is in Brazil checking out David Andonian (Raf Vallone). He might as well since he’s sent several assassins trying to bump him off. Kelly disposes of most of them while feeding his penchant for bananas.

In Rio he manages to save a girl from poisonous spiders. All in a day’s work. Andonian is busy collecting girls. One of them is Susan Fleming (Dorothy Provine). He invites her for a trip to the interior on his yacht. Down below is Kelly. He’s all tied up and Andonian shows him a tank of piranhas. Also there is the body of Lord Aldric. It’s a demonstration of what those little fish can do. He just wants Kelly to see what’s going to happen to him.

While Andonian goes out on a boat with some crew members Kelly manages to get untied and take care of a guard. He’ spotted by Susan. Andonian returns and one of his men machine guns Kelly in the water. He explains it away to Susan. They don’t know that Kelly changed clothes with the guard. Now Kelly is sitting under the bow of the yacht eating a banana.

A party is being tosses at the embassy for Lord Aldric. It finally breaks up when they find out he’s no longer among us. A search is on for his diary. Susan steals it. Turns out she’s a British agent. Her car is being followed. Good thing her chauffeur James (Terry-Thomas) has numerous talents that come in handy. They’ll also be needed later. There’s a funny scene between Kelly and Susan as they threaten each other with their spy gadgets.

The main part of the story is that Andonian has a rocket that will send a wave over the United States that will destroy the sexual urge in the entire population thereby destroying the country. The Chinese want it and Andonian is going to make a deal.

The last thirty-five minutes are very funny as Kelly and Susan try to save the world. If you like spy spoofs, don’t miss this one.

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Nearest And Dearest (1968-73)

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One of the best sitcoms. It stars Hylda Baker and Jimmy Wheeler. They’re Nellie and Eli Pledge, a brother and sister who who ran a pickle factory. Hylda says a lot of malapropisms that add to the humor. Rumor has it that the insults they traded in the show were nothing compared to what happened between the two off stage. They supposedly hated each other. In 1973 when the show ended Hylda starred in “Not On Your Nellie” where she played essentially the same character but with a different name. Wheeler starred in “Spring And Autumn” (1973-76).

Opening episode:August 15,1968 – “It Comes To Us All” – The founder of”Pledge’s Pure Pickles” is about to die. He’s bed ridden and ninety-seven years old. His daughter Nellie has been taking care of him. His son Eli left fifteen years ago and hadn’t been seen since.

Word has been given to the police that Eli should return home. After a girl has had enough of his antics in the car and leaves, a policeman (Ivor Dean) comes by. Eli jumps the gun and admits to not having a driver’s license or insurance. The cop just wanted to tell him about his father and how he should return home.

Back home his father had a tough time recognizing him. Eli and Nellie talk about their childhood and trade insults. Dad finally expires and Eli doesn’t have much decorum at the funeral.

A lawyer comes to the house and before he’s all the way in Eli asks him, “How much?” Each employee is left a certain amount that depends on how many years they worked at the factory. Eli and Nellie aren’t too happy when they see most of them have been there for sixty years.

After that’s dispersed the house is left  to them and the factory. They do get twenty thousand pounds but only if they live in the house and keep the factory going. The money is set aside in a trust fund. There are two keys left to them with a note marked “For my nearest and dearest.” They fit two boxes inside the bottom drawer of a dresser. They’re both in for a surprise.

This is a funny show and should be seen again.

 

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003 Secret Agent:Operation Atlantis (1965)

operation atlantis (003 secret agent) 1965

This had to be intended as a send up of spy movies. If not it’s just disorganized mindless stupidity. At any rate, I had fun with it because it was so dumb. John Ericson is a secret agent (I guess) hired to look into a group claiming to be the descendents of Atlantis who have found a uranium deposit in North Africa….at least I think that’s what it’s about.

George Steel (John Ericson) postpones his vacation in Japan to take a look into claims of uranium and Atlantis in North Africa. He puts the moves on a blonde at the Rome airport who works for a shipping company…I guess. Anyway,she’s making sure a carton bound for North Africa gets on the plane.

In his car Steel hears a voice asking him for help. It’s a device hooked up to the dash from a car behind him. The driver tells him to drive into Rome. A girl hops into the car and directs him to a hotel. She takes him to a room only to discover the man inside is dead and has a large letter B on his hand that looks like he tries to cross off before he died.

Steel calls the cops. Out in the hall he runs into the blonde from the airport. Time for some fun. No it’s not. The cops are in the lobby and he takes them to the room. The body is gone and the room looks like no one has been there for a long time. The cops check his ID. His cover is that he’s a mystery writer. The cops put it all up to his imagination. He goes back to the room to pick up where he left off with the blonde. She’s gone.

There’s some more convoluted  stuff that has him going to a club owned by Ben Ullah. (Get it..the letter B). Steel is given a drugged drink and ends up in a shipping carton and he’s off to North Africa. In the desert  the carton is strapped to the side of a camel and the group is off to somewhere. They’re attacked by a rival gang and Steel is finally let out of the carton. Now he’s been in there since Rome but that doesn’t mean he can’t run, fight, drive a speeding car, crash, run some more and make some moves on a babe he was supposed to meet.

I guess I should mention that later on in the desert he and another girl put on space suits before going into the force field protected Atlantis stronghold. Good thing he has a transmitter in his elbow so he could get a helicopter to deliver the suits. Now he’s in Atlantis and learns about a meteor that has some substance that can do some damage. China wants it and….oh never mind. Atlantis really isn’t Atlantis afterall and….forget it. I’m lost.

Despite being totally confused I still had fun with this and had to laugh at how inane it kept getting.

John Ericson did a lot of TV and played Sam Bolt on “Honey West” (1965-66).

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Gallery Of Horrors (1964)

gallery of horror 1967

With a budget of thirty-nine cents a group of alleged actors fumble their way through a script that must have been written in crayon. John Carradine does a pro job of introducing the five segments. He’s even in the first one. Hopefully for his sake he didn’t have to watch the other four. Lon Chaney,Jr, gets star billing but thankfully for him only appears in one story. This whole thing is beyond horrible. Maybe it was done for laughs.

First up is “The Witches Clock” – Mystery writer Bob Farrell and his wife Julie leave Manhattan for an old house in Salem, Massachusetts. Down in the dungeon they find a grandfather clock that Julie insists be moved upstairs. Bob gets it going after a two hundred year rest. As soon as the pendulum swings lightning happens outside and there’s a knock on the door.

Dropping by is Tristrim Halbin (John Carradine). He says he was calling on the family who lived there because he was going to work for them. He doesn’t have any baggage. Bob tells him the place has been vacant for five years. He offers to let Tristram stay the night and ends up hiring him as a handyman.

Bob says he’s writing an article about witchcraft. A local doctor tells him he came to the right place. He goes back to the crypt downstairs and sees a familiar name. A bad start to an even worse middle and end to this movie

Second is “King Vampire” – In London women are being murdered by a man the locals call King Vampire. Detective Brenner is there to help but the locals are suspicious of him. There’s a scene that shows how cheap this production is. Brenner is supposed to be addressing a crowd. You never see them because it’s a tape of voices only. Too cheap to hire extras.

One night a man wearing gloves and looking weird walks by. He’s got blood on a glove. He says it’s from a dog he had to kill. They don’t believe him and jump him. He’s now joined the dog. Turns out he wasn’t making up the dog story. Three more women are killed. The ending would be laughable if it wasn’t so pitiful.

Third is “Monster Raid” – Two scientists are experimenting with…something. It’ll make them rich. One doesn’t know his partner is fooling around with his wife. His servant Desmond tips him off. He agrees to try the formula on himself anyway. His partner injects it. Well,well. It appears he gave him too much and now the wife is all his. But wait. Desmond has other ideas.

Fourth is “The Spark Of Life” – Dr.Mendell (Lon Chaney,Jr.) tells a couple students about a professor named Frankenstein that got tossed out of the university for his wacky experiments about bringing the dead back to life with electricity. There just happens to be a cadaver in Mendell’s lab. Two students decide to try the experiment. Mendell approves. No one yells “It’s alive!” This is so bad Chaney had to be embarrassed.

Finally the last one and the viewers agony is almost over. It’s “Count Dracula” – The character is called Count Alucard which is Dracula spelled backwards. It’s a quick reference to Chaney’s 1943 movie “Son Of Dracula” where he played a character with that name.

Harker stops by Alucard’s Transylvania castle to close a deal on a place outside London. It’s a done deal and Harker spends the night. A babe named Medina shows up in his room for some fun. Too bad the villagers are outside with torches. A child was attacked in the village by a woman. Medina decides she’s got to be moving on. Harker leads the villagers on a vampire hunt. The ending shows this must have been played for laughs.

This belongs on the worst ever horror movie list way at the top. For your own good, if you value your time, avoid this at all costs.

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Jazz-Tony Bennett

A compilation album ranging across Tony Bennett’s early career, from 1954 to 1967, highlighting some of his more adventurous sessions with jazz musicians, including Count Basie, Herbie Hancock, Herbie Mann, Art Blakey and Stan Getz

[3:06] 1. I Can’t Believe That You’re In Love With Me
[2:00] 2. Don’t Get Around Much Anymore
[2:25] 3. Stella By Starlight
[3:59] 4. On Green Dolphin Street
[2:46] 5. Let’s Face The Music And Dance
[3:18] 6. I’m Thru With Love
[3:32] 7. Solitude
[3:11] 8. Lullaby Of Broadway
[2:30] 9. Dancing In The Dark
[1:58] 10. I Let A Song Go Out Of My Heart
[4:57] 11. When Lights Are Low
[2:03] 12. Just One Of Those Things
[2:06] 13. Crazy Rhythm
[2:11] 14. Street Of Dreams
[2:33] 15. Love Scene
[4:31] 16. While The Music Plays On
[2:18] 17. Close Your Eyes
[4:30] 18. Out Of This World
[2:26] 19. Just Friends
[2:11] 20. Have You Met Miss Jones
[4:56] 21. Danny Boy
[3:39] 22. Sweet Lorraine

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