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Rat Pfink a Boo Boo (1966)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Action, Thriller | September 1966 (USA)
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After stopping three crooks from robbing an innocent woman, two dimwits become crime fighters.

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Ron Haydock, Ray Dennis Steckler (story)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Carolyn Brandt ... Cee Bee Beaumont
Ron Haydock ... Rat Pfink / Lonnie Lord (as Vin Saxon)
Titus Moede ... Boo Boo / Titus Twimbly
George Caldwell George Caldwell ... Linc
Mike Kannon Mike Kannon ... Hammer
James Bowie James Bowie ... Benjie
Mary Jo Curtis Mary Jo Curtis ... Irma La Streetwalker
Keith A. Wester Keith A. Wester ... Cowboy (as Dean Danger)
Romeo Barrymore Romeo Barrymore ... Ape Trainer
Berri Lee Berri Lee ... Boy #1 on Beach
Rox Anne Rox Anne ... Girl on Beach
Alan Neal Alan Neal ... Boy #2 on Beach
Bob Burns ... Kogar the Gorilla (as Kogar)
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It starts off seriously enough, with three thugs robbing an innocent young woman at night in the city, but then switches to Vin Saxon and Carolyn Brandt doing a goofy Elvis-like rock 'n roll number (very charming though). The next day the thugs are bored. Picking a name at random out of the phone book, they decide to terrorize Carolyn Brandt. After some campy dramatic scenes, she is kidnapped by the goons. They decide to ransom her. After receiving the ransom call, Vin Saxon and the good-natured, but not- to-bright gardener sit around despondent, wondering what to do. "There's only one thing to do!" exclaims Vin. The two rush off into the next room and become the costumed heroes Rat Pfink and Boo Boo... Written by Mick Taylor <alhazred@aracnet.com>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

September 1966 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Ray Dennis Steckler tried to make a straight crime drama, but after he shot about 40 minutes of footage, he decided the film was simply not working. He couldn't afford to scrap the footage, and portions of the film were unintentionally funny, so he had two of the characters go into a room, then burst forth in makeshift costumes as Rat Pfink and Boo Boo. He padded out the rest of the film with chase scenes, fight scenes, and even an encounter with a gorilla. He had footage of the duo appearing in a genuine parade, as if it were being held in their honor. When the main title was being animated, the "n" and "d" were left out, so the title appears as "Rat Pfink a Boo Boo." See more »

Goofs

During fight scene, a white villain punches Rat Pfink then turns around and attacks Boo Boo. After a cut, the black villain is fighting Boo Boo. See more »

Quotes

Rat Pfink: Remember, Boo Boo, we only have one weakness.
Boo Boo: What's that, Rat Pfink?
Rat Pfink: Bullets!
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Alternate Versions

Some prints have the Rat Phink and Boo Boo sequences color tinted. See more »

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Spoofs Batman and Robin (1949) See more »

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You Is A Rat Pfink
Performed by Ron Haydock
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Worth 67 minutes of your life
18 October 2011 | by tomgillespie2002See all my reviews

A strange hybrid of contemporary movies styles, Rat Pfink a Boo Boo begins as a seemingly straight, very low budget and amateurish crime drama. Cee Dee Beaumont (Carolyn Brandt), girlfriend to rock 'n' roll star, Lonnie Lord (Ron Haydock), is being harassed on the telephone by a gang of bored hoodlums. The first half of the film plays like a pulp melodrama, but this is also mixed with some beach party scenes. The whole film is a post-modern concoction of ideas, taken from the popular youth movements of the time. A year previous to the production of the film, an incredibly saccharine and asinine movie was released, that actually began a bizarre - if short-lived - series. Beach Blanket Bingo (1965), has been pilfered for the lame beach party scenes that interject throughout the first half of the film.

After Lonnie's girlfriend is kidnapped by the previously mentioned gang, he receives a phone call giving the demands for her release. This is where the film changes. It is not a revelatory change. It simply seems that the film maker just didn't know what to do with the ending. So, as per the previous action of pilfering, I can only assume he simply switched the TV on and was introduced to two popular shows that were being aired at the time. Lonnie, along with a character we hardly noticed in the previous half, Titus Twimbly (Titus Moede), step into a cupboard. After a kerfuffle they exit wearing ludicrous outfits, and proclaiming their super-hero pseudonyms as Rat Pfink and Boo Boo. (As a note, this was the full original title. However, in post production, the titles were messed up leaving the a instead of the and.)

What proceeds is a farcical parade of the eponymous super heroes gliding through the streets on a motorcycle and side car around the streets of Hollywood. This last part plays out like the camp Batman series that clearly influenced it, and the title being adapted from another cartoon TV character, Batfink. With it's cheap credentials in place, the film still has some amateurish charm. I believe that much of the humour is intentional, and the super hero section has it's tongue placed firmly in it's cheek - much like the Batman series that it is riffing on.

The film does deserve it's 2.9 IMDb rating, but because it is so low budget, I believe it has more to offer that let's say, for example, Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011), which has less to offer as it takes itself so seriously, and was made on a budget that could probably alter the third world. Also, with a running time of only 67 minutes, does not waste 3 hours of your life, and is worth it for it's outrageous acting, preposterous settings, and the more obvious limitations of it's director, a man who clearly lost his way 40 minutes into the film, resulting in the super hero ending, shoehorned into place.

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