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Bad Charleston Charlie (1973)

PG | | Comedy, Crime | 8 May 1973 (USA)
Inept Illinois coal miners Charlie (Ross Hagen) and Thad (Kelly Thordsen) become inept 1930s gangsters.


Ivan Nagy


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ross Hagen ... Charlie Jacobs
Kelly Thordsen ... Thad
Hoke Howell ... Claude
Dal Jenkins Dal Jenkins ... Ku Klux Klan Leader
Carmen Zapata ... Lottie
Mel Berger Mel Berger ... Fat Police Chief
John Carradine ... Fritz Frugal - Reporter
Ken Lynch ... Sheriff Koontz
John Wolf Dalk John Wolf Dalk ... Promoter (as John Dalk)
Tony Lorea Tony Lorea ... Criminal
Claire Polan Claire Polan ... (as Claire Hagen)
Gregory White Gregory White ... (as Paul Gregory White)
Robert Lockhart Robert Lockhart ... (as Robert Lockart)
Karen Anders Karen Anders
Randi Proctor Randi Proctor
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Inept Illinois coal miners Charlie (Ross Hagen) and Thad (Kelly Thordsen) become inept 1930s gangsters.

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I too was in this movie - in a hood!
16 March 2005 | by mrealSee all my reviews

As a grad student at the U. of Illinois, I worked "craft service" and got up at 4 a.m. to have coffee on the location for the cast & crew. Then, when they shot the march of the KKK, I was put in a hood (like the above commentator) and was part of the cast. I never saw the film. My brother and father saw it in its exceedingly brief theatrical release in small town Illinois. They agreed it was the worst film they'd ever seen. But I'm still dying to see it. I remember Kevin Thomas in the LA Times reviewed the film and began it with the classic line "Bad Charleston Charlie is not only bad, it's terrible." I did get to meet John Carridine and shake his incredibly gnarled arthritic hand. Ivan Nagy, director, and Ross Hagen, star, had no idea what they were doing making the film, as far as I could tell. They did manage to get farmers from around central Illinois to put up the money for this film. But I enjoyed being around the making of a pseudo-Hollywood film.

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8 May 1973 (USA) See more »

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Bad Charleston Charlie and his Clan See more »

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