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The Nest of the Cuckoo Birds (1965)

Johnson, an agent for the Liquor Control Department is dispatched to disband a gang of cut-throat still operators on an island in the everglades run by their leader "Doc". He is discovered ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Bert Williams ... Detective
Ann Long ... Showgirl
Chuck Frankle ... Harold
Jackie Scelza ... Lisa
Larry Wright
Sherry Saxe ... Patt (as Sherry Sax)
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Bruce Bates
Harvey Ford
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Johnson, an agent for the Liquor Control Department is dispatched to disband a gang of cut-throat still operators on an island in the everglades run by their leader "Doc". He is discovered by the moonshiners and nearly escapes by diving into the crocodile infested swamps. Completely exhausted by the long swim he stumbles and falls and is stabbed by a masked female killer that lurks along the beach every full moon. Finally making his way he stumbles along the Cuckoo Bird Inn run by Mrs. Pratt, a twice-widowed ex-showgirl and owner of the inn. She also has a beautiful daughter named Lisa who is kept chained up in the attic except for at night since she won't escape into the darkness that she fears. Harold, the caretaker of the inn is a taxidermist whose mental and physical deficiencies are advantageous to Mrs. Pratt Johnson is schemed against by the guests of the inn. In the meantime the masked killer has made many unsuccessful attempts on Johnson's life. Later he finds Doc's corpse ... Written by Bert Williams

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16 October 2017 (France)  »

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$127,000 (estimated)
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Williams' children were on set many days after school due to the fact that him and Peggy both worked on the film. His 6 six year old daughter helped tape dailies together when Bert viewed them on a flatbed editor on set. See more »

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The Nest of the Cuckoo Birds
Written by Peggy Williams
Performed by Peggy Williams and Jim Voytek
Guitar: Pete Bonanno
Bongos: Annette Tarrant
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Once Lost But It's Worth Watching
29 October 2017 | by See all my reviews

The Nest of the Cuckoo Birds (1965)

** (out of 4)

Bert Williams plays an undercover cop who tries to bring down some moonshiners working in the Everglades. His cover is blown and he takes off in the alligator swamps trying to survive. He winds up at a hotel in the woods where he thinks he's safe but soon he realizes the horrors that are there.

THE NEST OF THE CUCKOO BIRDS is a film that I first heard about around the time I first got online. It was a lost movie and people debates whether or not it was ever actually completed. A few bits and pieces of promotional material showed up but a print also turned up and was finally shown in 2017. As is the case with a lot of lost films that are found, there's no masterpiece here but the film is certainly an interesting one that manages to hold your attention throughout.

Not only did Williams play the lead role but he also wrote, directed, shot and produced the picture so clearly this is his baby. The film was obviously shot on a very low-budget but I found there to be quite a few things here that were actually good. For starters, Williams perfectly uses the Everglades location and he actually creates a rather good atmosphere. I also thought there were some very effective shots including early on when he has a strange vision of a naked blonde woman. There's also a bizarre murder sequence where editing plays a key role and one can't help but this was the director trying to pull off something like the shower scene in PSYCHO.

I honestly thought the performances were okay as well. Williams certainly wasn't the next Marlon Brando but he had a normal, average look and the cast all seemed like real people, which helped add a certain rawness to the film. Of course, there's not too much happen and a lot of the 82-minute running time is devoted to people sitting around talking. These scenes here are rather boring and there's no doubt that there's not too much of a story but fans of the bizarre will still want to check this out.


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