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Shack Out on 101 (1955)

An isolated diner on California's 101 highway provides the backdrop of the story involving nuclear secrets, foreign spies and federal agents.

Director:

Edward Dein

Writers:

Edward Dein (story), Mildred Dein (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Terry Moore ... Kotty
Frank Lovejoy ... Prof. Sam Bastion
Keenan Wynn ... George
Lee Marvin ... Slob / Mr. Gregory
Whit Bissell ... Eddie
Jess Barker ... Artie
Donald Murphy Donald Murphy ... Pepe
Frank DeKova ... Prof. Claude Dillon
Len Lesser ... Perch
Fred Gabourie Fred Gabourie ... Lookout
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Storyline

At an isolated, seaside greasy-spoon cafe live George, the sarcastic owner; Slob, the potentially violent cook; and Kotty, the sexy waitress all the men lust after. Plus an occasional customer, including "Professor Sam", Kotty's boyfriend from a nearby research facility. And something's going on under the potentially explosive surface emotions...nuclear secrets being smuggled out of the country. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Four men and a girl!


Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 December 1955 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Shack Up on 101 See more »

Filming Locations:

Malibu, California, USA

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Lee Marvin and Keenan Wynn bonded in friendship during the shooting of the film and it lasted throughout their lives. See more »

Quotes

Prof. Sam Bastion: Kotty, now what's wrong.
Kotty: Nothing. I just don't want to stand between you and your shells. You don't need a woman, you should go steady with a clam. I don't get it... a grown up man, and you still play with sea shells.
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Connections

Featured in Hollywood Remembers Lee Marvin (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

A SUNDAY KIND OF LOVE
Written by Barbara Belle, Louis Prima, Anita Leonard and Stan Rhodes
Credited and used in score but not vocally
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Monogram lives!
9 March 2004 | by goblinhairedguySee all my reviews

When the producers at lowly but lovable Monogram decided to sell an upgraded product, they replaced their banner with that of Allied Artists. This AA release definitely retains that absurd old Monogram spirit. Is it a comedy/satire? A spy spoof? An anti-commie rant? An Ed-Woodian comment on twisted sex mores? A love story? All these things? None of the above? No one knows for sure. The late David Newman said it best in his seminal "Guilty Pleasures" article for Film Comment -- "at no time is it possible to get a handle on this movie." There's a scene where Wynn and Marvin attack a neon swordfish sign that is as nutty as any George Zucco and a guy-in-a-gorilla-suit nonsense from the studio's glory days. Lee Marvin's outrageous method-acting licks seem to come from another planet, and why is everyone so crazy about Terry Moore? Or are the boys really crazy about each other? Fans of Seinfeld be sure to look out for Uncle Leo when he was a young thespian -- and already doing the annoying shtick he later perfected in that series.


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