Saturday, April 16, 2011

The Seduction of a Nerd (1970)

Director: Don Joslyn

Starring: Julie Newmar, Wally Cox, Victor Buono, Claire Kelly, Angelique Pettyjohn, Thordis Brandt, Valora Nolan

More info: IMDb

Plot: Clyde King, a toy store employee whose hobbies include making wooden toys and stalking women, is coveted by the female owner of one of the biggest toy companies in the world. She is enchanted by King's hand-carved toys, and she delegates the recruitment of the toy-maker to her second-in-command, Lyle "Skippy" Burns. However, King will not join her company as she reminds him of his mother. She becomes the subject of bizarre fantasies in which "Mother," the toy company owner as imagined by King, brow-beats and humiliates him. Discovering King's predilection for leaving the toy store to stalk women, Skippy first tries to entice Clyde into signing an employment contract by supplying him with women, even going as far to dress himself up in drag as a prostitute. But every time he sets King up with a woman, the encounter ends disastrously, so Skippy finally decides to kill him.

My rating: 3/10

Will I watch it again? Nope.

#61 on Dusk to Dawn Drive-In Trash-o-Rama Show Vol. 1 (part of the TRAILER TRASH PROJECT)

TSoaN (originally titled, UP YOUR TEDDY BEAR) is one of those rare flicks that has a name cast, little to no budget, a weak story, poor film making and flat out dull. DEATH DIMENSION (1978) comes to mind and this one's just as bad. The ONLY thing I really liked about it was seeing Wally Cox in a starring role.

The neatest thing he does is yodel...and he's really good! Not only that, but he whistle yodels. It's hard to describe but he's doing the same vocal jumps but with whistling. If it were made today I'd swear it was digitally manipulated. Cox is uncanny.

What else do you get? Julie Newmar slumming it. It's hard not to see her without that 60s Batman TV show Cat Woman outfit on. Gllrrrrowlllrr! She's OK but there's nothing any one of the cast can do to save this stinker.

Then there's Victor Buono. Man, does he ham it up. I can't blame him. It's the material that demands it. He does an admirable job if you can stomach that sort of thing. His bit in drag is a jaw dropper. He gets to do some potentially funny slapstick. I say potentially because there are several scenes where, if it were cut right or if there was some damn coverage shots and at least one other angle, it would have totally worked and Buono would have come off looking like a peach.

It's not like you need my dorky ass to keep you from hunting this one down. It's a turkey. There's barely a laugh...but you do get to see Angelique Pettyjohn naked...again...

No comments:

Post a Comment