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The Manipulator (1971)

An insane Hollywood makeup man kidnaps a woman, keeps her prisoner in his warehouse full of props.

Director:

Yabo Yablonsky

Writers:

John Durren (idea), Yabo Yablonsky (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Mickey Rooney ... B.J. Lang
Luana Anders ... Carlotta
Keenan Wynn ... Old Charlie
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An insane Hollywood makeup man kidnaps a woman, keeps her prisoner in his warehouse full of props.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 December 1971 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

B.J. Presents See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

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Charlie dies with his hands to his sides and this is how he's always shown, except in one shot where his fingers are interlocked across his chest. See more »

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After the closing credits Mickey Rooney is shown in fast forward acting around on stage. See more »

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Chattanooga Choo Choo
(uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Mack Gordon
Sung by Mickey Rooney
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A Bizarre Gem
29 October 2015 | by Rainey-DawnSee all my reviews

WOW a blast from the past - and a pleasant surprise. I got this gem in the Drive-in 50-pack collection. I remember this one from quite a few years ago. I am glad to have this one in the 50-pack. It's definitely one of the better films in the Drive-in 50-pack.

This is a very bizarre film where Mickey Rooney plays B.J. Lang a psycho that is holding Carlotta hostage in his basement. He is creating a movie in his mind and forces Carlotta to participate. Mr. Lang gives us quite a show while "teaching" Carlotta all about the theater. To add to the weirdness, we have Old Charlie in the basement who is dead.

It's not the greatest horror film but it is one of the better one's from the 1970s and in the Drive-in collection.

6/10


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