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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.

Director:

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)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

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2.35 : 1
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Quotes

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 »

Connections

Referenced in The Cinema Snob: Wild Guitar (2018) See more »

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The Spy Walt
(uncredited)
Written by Lolly Vegas and Pat Vegas
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A camp masterpiece awaiting rediscovery.
23 October 2002 | by madsagittarianSee all my reviews

Oh man, this film is a riot! Although not as well-known as other films in the Arch Hall Jr. canon, it's on a par with EEGAH and WILD GUITAR in terms of pure delirium. This wild fiasco concerns all these cartoonish-types who convene at a ranch for some espionage... all over a bunny rabbit which carries a plague that could wipe out the planet!

Director James Landis wisely doesn't take the material seriously. With candy colours, over-acting which would do Phil Tucker proud, undercranked chase scenes, and other gonzo touches, this is a wonderfully absurd delight. And because Arch Hall Jr. is in the cast, how can you not have a lot of great bad rock and roll too? The debonair Arch (cough) is not only a spy (in his trademark white dinner jacket), but he also is the frontman of a rock band that is just the living end for teenage girls everywhere. In fact, once the ranch owner's daughter learns that dreamboat Archie's band is going to show up, she flips... literally! And because it's an Arch Hall Jr. picture, his old man, Hall Sr., cannot help but give himself a showy role- a cameo mind you, but a pivotal one (thanks to Arch Hall Sr. the co-screenwriter).

Perhaps under Landis' direction, Arch Hall Jr. maybe made an effort to be an actor after all (which may explain why his final films, all directed by Landis, are obscure; they aren't BAD enough!). While he's no Olivier certainly, this and DEADWOOD 76 at least show the kid is trying, which is more than you can say about his snarly performances in THE CHOPPERS or EEGAH. Landis is truly an unsung B movie hero; he always made something out of nothing. (Check out his interesting little crime picture, STAKEOUT) But anyhow, if you're an Arch Hall fan (and how can you not be?), THE NASTY RABBIT is a must. It is a wonderful hallucination of bad cinema.

Rhino even released it on video... letterboxed! Now is that class or what?


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