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The Nasty Rabbit (1964)

Russian spies secretly infect rabbits with a deadly bacteria, then let them loose in the U.S.

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James Landis

Writers:

Jim Critchfield (story), Arch Hall Sr. (as Arch Hall)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Michael Terr Michael Terr ... Mischa Lowzoff (as Mischa Terr)
Arch Hall Jr. ... Britt Hunter
Liz Renay ... Cecelia Solomon (as Melissa Morgan)
Arch Hall Sr. Arch Hall Sr. ... Marshall Malout / Malcolm McKinley (as William Watters)
Hal Bizzy Hal Bizzy ... Heinrich Krueger
Jack Little Jack Little ... Maxwell Stoppie
Ray Vegas Ray Vegas ... Pancho Gonzales
John Akana John Akana ... Col. Kobayaski
Sharon Ryker Sharon Ryker ... Jackie Gavin
Hal Bokar Hal Bokar ... Gavin
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Russian spies secretly infect rabbits with a deadly bacteria, then let them loose in the U.S.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

December 1964 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Spies-a-Go-Go See more »

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Rushmore Productions See more »
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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

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Color (Technicolor)

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2.35 : 1
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Rabbit: I wonder if John Wayne had to go through this to get his start.
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Crazy Credits

There are no credits of any kind for the first 8 minutes. Then, during a chase scene we see a roadside sign with the words "Spies A-Go-Go" (apparently the original title). The rest of the credits are listed on small signs in the shape of rabbits. See more »

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The Jackrabbit Shuffle
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Written by Lolly Vegas and Pat Vegas
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The Arch Hall version of It's A Mad Mad Mad World
20 February 2005 | by django-1See all my reviews

The films produced by Arch Hall Sr. and starring Arch Hall Jr. are overall an entertaining lot, considering the low budgets. They made a juvenile delinquent film (the Choppers), a horror comedy (Eegah), a rock and roll film in the Jailhouse Rock vein (Wild Guitar), a gritty crime film (the Sadist), and eventually a western (Deadwood '76), so it's not a surprise that they would make a slapstick comedy, and since this was made right after IT'S A MAD MAD MAD WORLD, I'm assuming the filmmakers saw this as in that vein, with a little rock and roll thrown in. Arch Jr. plays Britt Hunter, a rock and roll singing spy who is assigned to defeat a Russian agent who is carrying a rabbit that is carrying a vial of lethal bacteria...or something like that. A bunch of Keystone Cops-style international spies--played as broad ethnic stereotypes reminiscent of Jerry Lewis's "japanese" characters--are also after the rabbit and the Russian. If I saw this at a rural drive-in with a few kids in the car and maybe a beer or two in my system, I think it would work quite well as a film. I remember seeing this on TV as a kid and thinking it was as funny as, say, a typical Beverly Hillbillies episode. Arch Hall, a bit nervous on-screen in The Choppers, his first film, was relaxed and comfortable in front of the camera by this time, and he does a good job, looking good and acting cool. I don't know why this film is bashed so much-- I'd put it on the same shelf with the 1966 rock and roll spy parody OUT OF SIGHT, except that that film had a much bigger budget and was made by a big studio, Universal. The Nasty Rabbit is MEANT to be a ridiculous, exaggerated slapstick comedy played on such a broad level that children would enjoy it. The color photography is nice (and the Rhino VHS video is letter-boxed!), and considering the small budget that the Halls surely had to work with, they made an entertaining product. Where else can you see Arch Hall Sr. in a dual role--in fact, near the end of the film, he is playing in the same scene with himself!


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