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One More Time (1970)
One Bad Time
An unfunny disjointed mess of a movie. Directed by Jerry Lewis, it's apparent the movie was a vehicle for Sammy to channel the comedic stylings of Lewis. Safe to say, Sammy is no Jerry.
The plot has Lawford assume the identity of his wealthy slain twin brother by getting the police to believe it was his character (Pepper) that was killed. And he keeps this little secret from his best buddy Sammy (Salt). Movie moves to big castle and no hilarity ensues.
Lewis has Sammy engage in some comedic 'bits' where Sammy has difficulty crossing the street, difficulty with a teapot, difficulty with a water heater and unwittingly encountering some Satanic ritual. All fall flat. Really flat. The teapot scene was just pathetic.
And unlike their earlier pairing in 'Salt and Pepper', Sammy and Lawford now seem devoid of chemistry.
'One More Time' is for Jerry Lewis and Rat Pack fans only.
The Burglar (1957)
It's film noir anyway
The Burglar fits the bill for film noir. But it also proves that film noir can be quite average.
The movie starts in quick. An 'organization' of burglars plan and pull off a heist to steal a valuable necklace from a 'spiritualist'- aka con artist in Philadelphia. Unfortunately Act II consists of the waiting. And the angst. Gawd, the angst. And this is where things start to fall apart. Watching the crooks go stir crazy while holed up waiting for the heat to die down is simply not compelling. Mansfield fits the bill as eye candy but puts in some deplorable acting. Capell's character has a monologue about moving to South America that goes on much too long. And Duryea plays his character like a deer in the headlights. He knows he should move but can't seem to take action. But finally a decision is made to pull up stakes - to Atlantic City. There's even a car chase.
And something in the water in Atlantic City seemed to have changed director Paul Wendkos into Orson Welles. I had to check the credits to see if Welles was listed. (he's not). Heavy Welles influence ensues and were treated to a fairly solid close.
The plot is tight and comes with a twist. Vickers femme fatale role falls flat, what with sharing angst with Duryea's character and all. Though I'm sensing without the Hayes code they might have been free to share something besides angst. Duryea is solid but his character was poorly written.
The Burglars is not a great film noir movie but is a passable entry into the genre. 6/10