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Body Fever (1969)

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Down and out private detective is hired to catch a woman who dresses like Catwoman while committing robberies.

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Carolyn Brandt ...
Carrie Erskine
Bernard Fein ...
Big Mack
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Frankie Roberts
Brett Pearson ...
Brett
Herb Robins ...
Herbie
Ray Dennis Steckler ...
Charles Smith
Coleman Francis ...
Coley
Dina Bryan ...
Stella
Julie Conners ...
Shawn Call
Bret Zeller ...
Carol Hollister (as Brett Zeller)
Pat Jackson ...
Julie Richards
Alan Smith ...
Harris Fergeson
Ron Haydock ...
Fritz the Photographer
Larry Chandler ...
Waco
Wade Watson ...
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Down and out private detective is hired to catch a woman who dresses like Catwoman while committing robberies.

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Trapped by Drugs, Hounded by the Underworld

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Ray Dennis Steckler had just completed filming the last scene, when walking to his car, he saw Coleman Francis drunk and lying in the gutter. Steckler felt so bad about Francis's condition that, even though he had finished work on the movie, he offered Francis a role in it. Steckler added some scenes just to give Francis some work and some badly needed cash, which he gave Francis in advance. Steckler and his crew were astonished when Francis showed up for work the next day sober, clean-shaven and nicely attired. This was a bit of a problem since Steckler had wanted him to play the part of a disheveled bum. Francis had used the advance pay to buy a decent second-hand suit, a shave and a haircut. See more »

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Charlie Smith: My whole life has been a movie, but I keep getting the reels mixed up.
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Charlie Smith and Carrie Erskine's Theme
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Steckler Plays Bogart
11 April 2014 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Body Fever (1969)

* 1/2 (out of 4)

Down on his luck detective Charles Smith (Ray Dennis Steckler) starts to investigate some robberies committed by a woman dressed as a cat. Soon he catches the woman (Carolyn Brandt) but instead of bringing her in the two go to work together for some major cash. BODY FEVER is the only time director Steckler would try to make a movie like this in the detective genre and for the most part it's watchable, although even at 78-minutes the film seems to go on forever. It seems Steckler has a small group of people who find entertainment in his films while another group that looks at them as purely trashy, bad movies that make him one of the worst directors ever. I'm not going to call him one of the worst directors ever because considering the budgets he was working with, I think it's pretty easy to see that he had some talent and at least delivered professional looking films. BODY FEVER has a few interesting ideas scattered around but there's no doubt that the picture simply runs out of gas before the end credits and the viewer has to sit through a plot that often doesn't make too much sense. While he doesn't give a "good" performance, Steckler at least keeps you glued to his detective character because it's simply hard to believe him in the role. There are several nice nods to Humphrey Bogart but there's really nothing else linking the two men. Brandt is decent enough in her role as horror fans will enjoy (or be sad) by seeing director Coleman Francis (THE BEAST OF YUCCA FLATS) in a small role. Is BODY FEVER recommended to anyone? Not really unless you're going through the filmography of Steckler but there are certainly much worse films out there.


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