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Music by Leonard Barr
Lyrics by Ronald Bloomberg
Sung by Ted Stanford See more »
The immediate opening of the subject flick tells you the film was made on a shoelace budget. The film quality is so bad you might think it came from the silent era, that is, until you see the 1950's cars and hear the corny but semi-bluesy/cool theme song. Some of the action scenes are so campy and poorly shot that it almost comes across that Mr. Matthau is being intentionally sarcastic, trying to elicit some sardonic laughter from the viewers.
But that's where I end my "Knocks". It's a terse, minimalistic melodrama that has a late 50's familiar story-line, but has an interestingly darker edge to it, as evidenced by the sequences of troubles he (Matthau) gets himself into. Also, his relationship with his love interest has a somewhat fresh developmental approach, aligned with the familiar Matthau coy sense of humor. As that relationship develops toward the conclusion of the film, you get a more solid feel of the real relationship evolving between the two lovers. To see how it all works out, check out the movie: it's worth the mere hour and 17 minutes!
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