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Body Fever (1969)

| Crime, Drama, Thriller
Down and out private detective is hired to catch a woman who dresses like Catwoman while committing robberies.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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
Brett Zeller ...
Carol Hollister
Pat Jackson ...
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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Ron Haydock ad-libbed some of his dialogue. 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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References The Maltese Falcon (1941) See more »

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Charlie Smith and Carrie Erskine's Theme
Written by Don Snyder
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Ray Dennis Steckler once again proves his greatness
21 September 1999 | by (Pleasant Valley) – See all my reviews

Ray Dennis Steckler is the fascinating film maker behind the amazing mid-60s films "The Incredibly Strange Creatures Who Stopped Living and Became Mixed-Up Zombies", "Rat Pfink a Boo Boo", and "The Thrill Killers". This, a lesser known effort, is none the less entertaining.

Steckler stars as "Charles Smith", a private eye hired to track down a woman who stole a big bag o' heroin (played by Steckler's real life wife, Carolyn Brandt). Charles Smith falls for the dame, of course, and they plan a double cross (actually a triple or quadruple cross. It gets complicated.)

Steckler has a wonderful, self-depreciating humor in this performance (a charm missing from his "Creatures" acting job). He plays much of the movie for laughs (like the scene in which a gal jumps on top of him to kiss him, knocking over the entire couch Steckler is sitting on). Brandt is not as entertaining as Steckler, and looks very bored throughout all her scenes, which makes the couple's love scenes interesting to watch.

The movie also contains one of the greatest actor/film makers of all time, Coleman Francis, the man behind the legendary "Beast of Yucca Flats", "Skydivers", and my personal favorite "Night Train to Mundo Fine". Steckler gave the part to Francis as a favor, as Francis was down on his luck at the time. Coleman is natural and likable in his three brief scenes as a laundomat owner that Smith confides in.

Over all, Body Fever has several loose ends, poor acting, and silly dialog, but these add to the charm. If you are a fan of all things Stecklerian (and you should be) check this movie out.


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