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Leon Griffiths (screenplay)
James Hadley Chase (based on novel by "No Orchids for Miss Blandish")
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September 1971 (Japan) See more »
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THE GRISSOM GANG (Robert Aldrich, 1971) *** See more (17 total) »


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Directed by
Robert Aldrich 
Writing credits
Leon Griffiths (screenplay)

James Hadley Chase (based on novel by "No Orchids for Miss Blandish")

Produced by
Robert Aldrich .... producer
William Aldrich .... associate producer
Walter Blake .... associate producer
Original Music by
Gerald Fried 
Cinematography by
Joseph F. Biroc  (as Joesph Biroc)
Film Editing by
Michael Luciano 
Frank J. Urioste 
Casting by
Lynn Stalmaster 
Art Direction by
James Dowell Vance 
Set Decoration by
John Brown 
Costume Design by
Norma Koch 
Makeup Department
Jean Austin .... hair stylist
William Turner .... makeup artist
Production Management
Fred Ahern .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Malcolm R. Harding .... assistant director
William A. Morrison .... second assistant director
Art Department
John La Salandra .... construction coordinator
Maurice Larson .... painter
Don Pringle .... greensman
Ygnacio Sepulveda .... prop master
Sound Department
Richard S. Church .... sound
Van Allen James .... sound effects editor
Milo B. Lory .... sound effects
George Malley .... sound recordist
Harry W. Tetrick .... recording supervisor
Mickey Cureton .... cable person (uncredited)
Morris Feingold .... boom operator (uncredited)
Donald F. Johnson .... cable (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Henry Millar Jr. .... special effects
Dick Durock .... stunts (uncredited)
Paul Nuckles .... stunts (uncredited)
Jesse Wayne .... stunt double: Alvin Hammer (uncredited)
Jesse Wayne .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Joe Jackman .... camera operator
Kenny Bell .... still photographer (uncredited)
Paul Gilbert .... electrical engineer (uncredited)
Gilbert Haimson .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Orville Hallberg .... camera operator (uncredited)
William Hanna II .... gaffer (uncredited)
Robert Merry .... best boy (uncredited)
Rik Nervik .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Paul Schwake Jr. .... head grip (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Lucia De Martino .... wardrobe: women
Charles E. James .... wardrobe supervisor: men
Music Department
Scott Perry Jr. .... music editor
Ethmer Roten .... musician: flute (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Pat Miller .... transportation (uncredited)
Other crew
Robert Gary .... script supervisor
Patricia Heade .... production assistant
Alex Romero .... choreographer
Robert Sherman .... dialogue supervisor
Dave Davies .... unit publicist (uncredited)
Don Record .... title designer (uncredited)

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128 min
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One of several collaborations of director Robert Aldrich and cinematographer Joseph F. Biroc.See more »
Eddie Hagan:How come you never get your ass out of bed?
Anna Borg:Well, it's the place you seem to like it the most.
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13 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
THE GRISSOM GANG (Robert Aldrich, 1971) ***, 28 June 2006
Author: MARIO GAUCI ( from Naxxar, Malta

Given its considerable reputation, it seems incredible to me that I've had this film on VHS for over a decade but only now have I gotten round to watching it! Actually, I opted to have a go at it finally after having just watched another James Hadley Chase adaptation - CRIME ON A SUMMER MORNING (1965) - the previous day...but also because, distressingly, many VHS tapes I've had for a very long time are starting to rot on me!!

Made in the wake of the gangster-film revival spawned by the runaway success of BONNIE AND CLYDE (1967), it can also be seen as a companion piece to Roger Corman's BLOODY MAMA (1970). The film was much criticized at the time for its violence - coming in what is perhaps the cinema's most notorious year, with the likes of A CLOCKWORK ORANGE, THE DEVILS, DIRTY HARRY, GET CARTER and STRAW DOGS! - but its gallery of grotesques is at least just as disagreeable!! It doesn't really have any sympathetic characters, but "The Grissom Gang" itself is such a lurid menagerie of harridans, dimwits and sleazeballs that one would doubtless need a shower after having spent two hours in this company! For what it's worth, the film is extremely well made (compelling, richly-detailed, exceptionally acted) and even very funny if one is attuned to the director's uniquely absurdist and delirious mind-set.

Still, its general unwholesomeness may well have curtailed Kim Darby's cinematic career - though here she demonstrates remarkable maturity when compared to her fresh-faced sparring with John Wayne in TRUE GRIT (1969). Scott Wilson's role is perhaps the best he ever had (even keeping in mind his impeccable work in both IN COLD BLOOD [1967] and THE NINTH CONFIGURATION [1980]) - though his dumb backwoods hoodlum, alternating between mother-fixation and drooling over Darby, eventually overstays its welcome. Irene Dailey's relentlessly overwrought performance as Ma Grissom (needless to say, the actress' most significant role), then, borders on camp and matches Shelley Winters in BLOODY MAMA. Tony Musante embodies the stylish side of crime with his chic attire and playboy ways, who's bound to clash with Wilson over attractive kidnapped heiress Darby. Also notable in the cast are Connie Stevens as Musante's ill-fated moll, Robert Lansing as the journalist investigating the kidnapping case and Wesley Addy as Darby's contemptuous father (who considers her 'tainted' by the experience and actually doesn't want her back!).

The finale, then, with the majority of the gang decimated at their hide-out - followed by Wilson's come-uppance outside a barn (after having spent the night with Darby for the last time) is appropriately vivid. By the way, the novel on which this is based had been filmed in Britain in 1948 under its original title, "No Orchids For Miss Blandish", but that version is only remembered - if at all - for how bad it actually was!

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