Monday, October 16, 2017

The Missiles of October (1974) William Devane





Based in part on Robert F. Kennedy's book, "Thirteen Days," this film profiles the Kennedy Administration's actions during the Cuban Missile Crisis.

Director:

 Anthony Page

Writers:

 Stanley R. GreenbergRobert F. Kennedy (book)

Stars:

 William DevaneRalph BellamyHoward Da Silva, Martin Sheen

The Cuban Missile Crisis of October 1962 was a dangerous confrontation between the United States and the Soviet Union during the Cold War and was the moment when the two superpowers came closest to nuclear conflict. I remember "duck and cover drills" when I was in school, crawling under my desk. I was too young to actually know what was going on. But I remember what a big deal this TV movie was when it came out. This movie is not only educational but a dam good drama. One of the best docudramas ever made. ★★★


William Devane

Friday, October 13, 2017

Walt Disney Presents (1958 TV) The Nine Lives of Elfego Baca




"Walt Disney Presents" which later became "Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color", was a show that I watched as a child, and for my money one of the best TVs programs ever produced. In this episode, New York born, Robert Loggia is convincing as a Mexican-American gunfighter for justice in Old West. Based on a true story.



Thursday, October 12, 2017

Tobor the great (1954) Charles Drake





Director:

 Lee Sholem

Writers:

 Philip MacDonald (screenplay), Carl Dudley (story)

Stars:

 Charles DrakeKarin BoothBilly Chapin

Professor Nordstrom (Taylor Holmes) invents a robot named Tobor (robot spelled backwards) to fly the first spaceship. He is helped by Dr. Ralph Harrison (Charles Drake) who resigned his government job in protest over human testings on pilots. Nordstrom's grandson Gadge (Billy Chapin) discovers the professors underground lab and the robot Tobor. Add in a spy that wants the secret of Tobor and you have a cold war thriller. This movie has had some bad reviews over the years but I found it entertaining. Tobor is pretty cool and somehow this machine can drive a jeep like a pro. If you dig robots you'll love Tobor.★★★

Charles Drake test Tobor





One Step Beyond (TV 1961) The Executioner

Director:

 John Newland

Writers:

 Bob DuncanWanda Duncan 

Stars:

 Crahan DentonBuzz MartinJeremy Slate

A lost Confederate solider, along with his dog, steal food from a Union camp. He is caught and framed as a spy by a diabolical Union Colonel, who did it just to get a General off his back. The dog is tied up and begins howling for his master. The howling upsets the Colonel who puts two slugs in the poor dog. The Confederate soldier unaware that his dog is dead, makes a last request to see his beloved animal. One Step Beyond was a great TV program, that first aired in 1959 several months ahead of the Twilight Zone. In some respects I like the show better than the TZ because they were based on true stories. Many strange events took place during the Civil War, or as my teacher used to call it "the war of Northern aggression", and "The Executioner" is a humdinger. One Step Beyond was a fine program that can still be enjoyed thanks to channels like Broken Trout.