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J-Men Forever (1979)

PG | | Comedy
The Lightning Bug has a multi-prong scheme to enslave the earth. First, rock and roll, which the JMen counter with Muzac, then marijuana. Finally, the JMen build a bomb to blow up the moon ... See full summary »

Director:

Richard Patterson

Writers:

Phil Proctor (as Philip Proctor), Peter Bergman
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Complete credited cast:
Peter Bergman Peter Bergman ... The Chief
Phil Proctor ... J-Man Barton
M.G. Kelly M.G. Kelly ... Lightning Bug (voice) (as Machine Gun Kelly)
Jack Angel Jack Angel ... (voice)
Margolyn Curtis Margolyn Curtis ... (voice)
Joan Gerber Joan Gerber ... (voice)
Rod Gist Rod Gist ... (voice)
Michael C. Gwynne ... (voice)
Jock Livingston Jock Livingston ... (voice)
John H. Mayer ... (voice) (as John Mayer)
Terence McGovern ... (voice) (as Terry McGovern)
Anne Randall ... (voice) (as Anne Randall Stewart)
Richard E. Stewart Richard E. Stewart ... (voice)
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The Lightning Bug has a multi-prong scheme to enslave the earth. First, rock and roll, which the JMen counter with Muzac, then marijuana. Finally, the JMen build a bomb to blow up the moon with, but the Bug beats them to it by self destructing the moon by playing his rock and roll too loud. Written by a.d. jensen <aatrix@aol.com>

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Comedy

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

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Curtco See more »
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Mono
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This film features edited scenes from 1930s and 1940s serials, re-dubbed for comic effect, combined with explanatory scenes with Peter Bergman and Philip Proctor as federal agents. The explanation given for the constantly changing appearance of the film's villain, The Lightning Bug, is that he is a master of disguise. See more »

Quotes

"Spy Swatter": [has just avoided being shot by a firing squad] When one of those bullets almost hit me, I thought I was gonna crap!
"His Hairdresser": I heard you fart.
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Edited from Zombies of the Stratosphere (1952) See more »

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Get Up And Enjoy Yourself
Performed by Head East
Courtesy of A&M Records & Tapes
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Without a doubt, one of the funniest films ever made.
28 January 2002 | by skycamjlkSee all my reviews

To say this movie is a laugh-riot is an understatement. Phil Proctor and Peter Bergman of Firesign Theater fame re-cut many of the Saturday afternoon movie serials and government propaganda films from the 1940's and 50's such as Captain America (The Lone Star), Radar Men from the Moon (Rocket Jock - look for Leonard Nimoy), Flash Gordon, Shazzam (The Caped Madman), and Spy Smasher (Spy-Swatter) to name a few (plus a very short clip of John Wayne from Flying Tigers) and re-voiced, and re-scored it all creating a uniquely absurd chronicle of Good vs. Evil.

During the course the film Proctor and Bergman, shot in black and white in the J-Men's office, bridge the various scenes. The result is without hyperbole, one of the funniest films ever made. It is essentially, line after line, line within line, moment by moment non-stop hilarity. Often the comedy is in the writing but the real magic is how the lines being spoken or in some cases not spoken are meshed with what's on screen. The humor can be as sophmoric as a person being apparently executed by a firing squad and noisily farting as he collapses to sharp and witty as several obviously square, stone-faced individuals (in matching suits) nervously glancing at each other as they listen to a particularly lurid Rock n' Roll song.

This is the story: The Lightning Bug (all the bad guys from the movie serials-same guy, different costumes voiced wonderfully by Machine Gun Kelly) has decided to conquer the Earth from his hideout on the Moon thru the insidious power of Rock n' Roll music. Facing the Bug are the J-Men (all the good guys and gals from the movie serials plus Proctor and Bergman) who counter the evil Rock n' Roll menace with their own brand of government sponsored MUSAC such as "Mister Prissy-Faye & His Orchestra." The Bug initiates the war by blowing up Laurence Milk's warehouse full of square records in Polkawaltz, New Jersey. As the story progresses and the war escalates, the Bug introduces drugs (Marijuana and Hashish) into the fray thus bringing the J-Men to ultimately counter with all out war and destruction. The Lightning Bug responds by turning up the music to unsafe levels which results in the destruction the Moon and himself. The J-Men, most of whom were apparently killed in cliffhangar-like fashions throughout the course of the movie, are discovered to actually be alive. With the war won, Proctor and Bergman of the J-Men decide to "Go with it!" and share a joint.

This is one of those films where just watching it once will not be enough. There are so many jokes, quips, and asides thrown in one after another, and you will be laughing at it all so hard, you will miss some of them until you view it again...and later again.


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