This is different in that Jerry is not inflicting pain or injury to Tom, but, the "violence" is self-inflicted by the cat. And it was nice to have Spike as a more Main Character, rather than the secondary role he usually handled.
I always enjoy the Tom and Jerry cartoons, even now as an adult, they're still fun. They have excellent artwork, and the Technicolor is so perfect. It's hard to say which is better, MGM or Warner Brothers. T & J or Bugs? Okay, maybe Bugs by a hair, but, you can get a good laugh and have some good fun with our friends Tom and Jerry.
Simple storyline is: Masterson seems to be the only single girl in area that she lives. Blake is the only bachelor of worth in this area. Masterson has the hots for bad boy Bochner, but, he's a card playin', hard drinkin' drifter type that wants nothing to do with marriage. Masterson's mom wants her to marry Blake, and after Bochner turns his back on her, she agrees to the marriage. We are subjected to a drama of Masterson's unhappy marriage.
Now, it is a western, but, not a shoot 'em up, fist fighting, John Wayne-type western. The west is simply a backdrop. It also claims to be a horror story. NOT. If director Donovan had kept the "werewolf" angle, and played it straight, it could have been a chilling, exciting story. NOT. In the first 50 minutes, the most exciting thing happening is Masterson's wedding to Blake. By 55 minutes, Blake has gone outside to spend his first full moon alone since the marriage. Now, in that five minutes, there are some tense moments, and if taken further could have been good, but, there is NO werewolf, there is no further excitement. It dribbles back into the "unhappy marriage, want the other guy" story that we started with.
This is 98 minutes of good acting, good drama, but rather boring waiting for the horror to kick in, and the flame to rage. It just doesn't get there, so if your ready for a drama, it's here, if you want more, check out something else, you'll be happier.
It's a fun outing, like most of Tom and Jerry's adventures. Tom's trying to be hep to impress a local female cat, and Jerry's only making things harder on Tom than normal. Good fun, and wild to hear them speak.
Sixty years later you wonder what became of these simple folk. How many still survive, as when this photo journal was made, they had stopped creating new infants, and their way of life was set on the road to extinction.
A well spent ten minutes.
Douglas Fowley, who usually played villains or sidekicks, is the hero here, minus his usual mustache. He's half of a traveling show that's visiting a small town. Fowley's "hustler" persona is used to good advantage here, but, he stays honest all the way through, even trying to prevent the sale of "snake oil remedy" that his partner hustles when ever Fowley's back is turned.
Fowley becomes interested in Woodbury, who runs the boarding house he's staying in. When her uncle is murdered, Fowley tries to help to uncover the killer.
A fair who-done-it with a western background. Fowley makes a good hero, but was really perfect as a slimy villain type. He just had that voice and sneer that made you dislike him, and want justice to prevail.
The rest of the cast fit their roles, and Bevans as the aged prospector who helps Fowley is wonderful in his role. He is kind of "comic relief", and a hoot in this role. Of course, he was always great in the "cantankerous" character role.
Not a great, or memorable movie, and not a terrible one. A fair "B" effort. Having Fowley as the hero is interesting. Worth a watch for that element.
A former adversary who tried to kill Hogan and his men with biological warfare isn't dead, and has re-surfaced. Hogan goes out alone to fight him, and get injected with a deadly virus that gives him only 72 hours to live. The team goes into action to hunt the madman down, stop his evil plan, and save the Hulkster's life.
Not a bad movie, except with Hogan "dying", he isn't his usual kick-butt self. He still takes 'em down, just not as energetically. Tweed and Weathers help keep the action going, and Kove is a trip. It's not award winning material, just good old action fun. Enjoy.
I guess this was a success as a play. As a movie, no, unless you enjoy a movie that certainly would not make me want to be a cab driver in Chicago. It's not dull or boring, just not as satisfying as it should have or could have been.
I now understand why the title was changed. Under the original "Chicago Cab", few would have rented it. Under the video title and eerie artwork, you get suckered into it. If you want drama, go for it, if you want horror, take Lake Placid or Bats. They are horror and are better.
When the action is going, IT'S GOING. Van Damme's aging, but, still has the moves. He's also a widower with a young daughter.
First plot problem, his daughter has access to the "Top Secret Project" building for the Universal Soldier program, and uses it like a daycare center. No other workers had their kids there, so what made her so special, except to put her closer to the action.
Second plot problem, the female reporter. She arrives for and interview, is excorted inside the factility, and when all hell breaks loose, she and her cameraman remain instead of being escorted out. Another excuss to put a character close to the danger.
Third plot problem, the irritating and unreal attitude the reporter has. Instead of showing the least amount of fear over the killing and mayhem going on around her, she's doing her "I-a-reporter-with-a-scoop" dialogue. I was hoping that Romeo or another soldier would take her out.
Fourth plot problem, Kiana Tom, Van Damme's butt-kicking sidekick at the beginning of the movie, is left on the sidelines for most of the movie. Her character replacing the reporter would have enhanced the whole story and added to the action.
If you can overlook the plot problems, the show is at least bearable.
This show was so loaded with mistakes, you wonder if the people responsible for this show are really that stupid. Have they never seen a horror movie? Did they pay any attention when they watched the movie? It would be nice if these independent types would just try to do something right. Let's face it, there are things that can be done cheaply, and they still come out being pretty good. Look at the works of Sam Katzman, many of the 40's horror movies were made of budgets not much bigger than this, and were tons better.
If you want to sit in disbelief for 86 minutes, having a couple of unintentional laughs, but finally asking "how could anyone do this?", here's your movie.
As Edward Van Sloan said in his introduction for Frankenstein (1931), "Well, you've been warned."
It was also a rare Sci-Fi motion picture. It was filmed in color. Of the eleven horror/sci-fi movies of 1954 (and this list might not be exactly complete), only three were in color. Riders To The Stars (1954), Phantom Of The Rue Morgue (1954), and This Island Earth (four if you put 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea (1954) into this group). The remainder of the list range from the cheap quickie to the higher budgeted movie that had some effort put into them. The list is: Devil Girl From Mars (1954), Creature From Black Lagoon (1954), Killers From Space (1954), Godzilla (1954) [this is the Japanese release], Monster From The Ocean Floor (1954), Stranger From Venus (1954), Them! (1954), and Tobar The Great (1954). These black and white shows did have merit in their own way. And, they did what they were made for, to entertain a crowd of kids (and some adults). Almost everyone appreciates color more than black and white, and for a "Kid's" Science Fiction movie to be in color, it made This Island Earth all the more special.
Of course, the special effects, acting, and other aspects of this movie don't match up to today's standards. If it did, it would mean that there had been no advancements in over 40 years. For its day, the special effects are extremely well done. The sets were impressive. The script was intellectual without going leaps and bounds about the child viewer's head. The Mutant really wasn't as good as I remembered, but it was still impressive. Bud Westmore was the master of his day. He, Jack Pierce, and other makeup masters of the past, created the foundation for today's highly imaginative work.
Just think, future generations probably will give negative reviews of Stars Wars, Jurassic Park, E.T. and many of the other groundbreaking movies of our time. They will probably laugh at the "poor" quality of the special effects, or the stilted dialogue and acting just as some of the younger audience does today.
I agree with other writers that point out how much people miss by not watching a black and white, or even just not watching an older movie. They don't come across as hip, realistic, terrifing, or as erotic as today's fare, but, if you really look at these shows, you will find the cornerstone of today's movies created by that moldy oldy from 40, 50, 60, or even 70 years ago.
In this early entry, he's joined by Smokey, who does the singing (quite well), and Whopper (the comic relief).
One aspect that made this film better was Archie Twitchell's performance as the double dealing lawyer. He was a terrific supporting actor, and at his best as a bad guy. He had a real attitude that made you dislike his character.
There's a couple of fist fights, the bandits only wound the stage driver, and no one, not even a bad guy, gets killed in the shoot out, so the violence level is low for this genre. That makes it pretty safe for the younger crowd to view this show.
Excellent action score by Paul Sawtell, who scored most of Holt's westerns.
It's a bit dated, and you've seen the plot dozens of times, but, the cast is solid, and the story runs smoothly in it's 54 minute running time.
It would have been better if there had been more danger and excitement about the oil drilling, or life in the jungle, but, it is a drama, not an adventure.
For those that love classic movies, or those wanting to see early performances by the stars.
The acting was good, but, the characters were annoying, and very stereotyped.
The life of the show was the terrific appearance of Rip Torn. He always seems to enjoy his work, and he has that kind of sarcastic side about him that you can chuckle at and not feel bad about it.
So good scares for the young or the faint-at-heart. Otherwise, just a standard possessed-doll-raising-hell-type movie.
This is good, solid western entertainment. It's a buddy- western, shoot-em-up, fist-fight, and midnight rides type movie. I found it to be well paced, written and acted. It has some plot twists that make it more adultish than the usual kid-western fodder.
For the western movie fan, there's alot of other familiar faces among the cast, and everyone gives a fine performance.
This has been on Encore's Western Channel. Catch it if you can without commercials, it's so much better.
Roddy shows his romantic, gentle side with both his girlfriend and Tawny. But, be assured that there is plenty of bone crushing, shoot-'em-up, fist fighting action in this flick.
If you would like a different Piper, this is a good show.
I read Salem's Lot twice while stationed in Korea, not from boredom but, because next to Dracula, this was the best vampire story I'd ever read (sorry Anne Rice fans, with all due respect, her work doesn't match this book for me). I returned stateside to find that it had been made into, I believe, a 2 part mini-series, and I couldn't wait for its airing. Boy, was I disappointed. Okay, I don't require tons of violence or gore in my movie, but, I like it to be at least somewhat realistic in what it's trying to portray. The downside to this show is that there was either a freeze frame exiting to a commercial, or a freeze frame cutting to another scene whenever a vampire went for someone's jugular. Bad. Really Bad.
The video came, and was drastically edited (about 70+ minutes), and it showed (it has been re-issued as a restored version, I believe). Even without the commercials to disrupt the effect of the movie, there was so much missing that I really didn't enjoy it.
The DVD is restored and complete, minus the commercials. However, one of the more distracting attributes of this version is that the commerical break fade-outs are still there. And, of course the freeze-frame effects are still there. This is not to say that I found it totally BAD. No, the sets were very good. The Teleplay stayed resonably close to the book, as I remember it. And the acting is fair to excellent. It is creepy, VERY CREEPY in parts. Much more so than I remembered. For the horror fan who doesn't have to have tons of gore and violence in his movie, or those who are too young for the R-Rated material, this is basically one of the best to watch. I don't regret purchasing the DVD. Actually, I'm very glad I got it. To see the entire show un-edited again has improved my opinion of this effort. I just wish that Tobe Hooper, or a competant director, will one day take on the task of doing a re-make that isn't overly gross or violent (that doesn't always make it better), and keeps strictly with the story line and characters as Stephen King wrote it. That would be something to see.
DVD is the format I would suggest that you get for viewing Salem's Lot. The movie runs non-stop, and that effect alone makes for superior viewing, as well as the incredible quality of the DVD reprodution.
You have some twists with this show. One being Earl Dwire as a sheriff not a crook. The worst part of the show is that they tip you off to who's the bad guy early on, which destroys that part of the mystery. Oh, and Yakima Canutt's shirt looks like something that Roy Rogers passed on. Other than these complaints, it's a well made Saturday-Afternoon- at-the-movies type western.