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  • The Limping Man

    The Limping Man

    ★★

    American B-movie producer Robert L. Lippert shipped star Lloyd Bridges (HIGH NOON) to London to headline this low-budget crime meller. Director Cy Endfield (ZULU) was an expatriate who left Hollywood to avoid testifying in the HUAC hearings. Presumably because of British quotas, he directed THE LIMPING MAN under the name Charles de Lautour. Lloyd plays a World War II vet who returns to London after six years to hook up with an old flame, Moira Lister (THE DOUBLE MAN). While…

  • Wetbacks

    Wetbacks

    ★★

    Long-forgotten vaudeville comic Hank McCune — his HANK MCCUNE SHOW in 1950 was the first network sitcom to use a laugh machine — directed this long-forgotten melodrama. Even weirder than McCune’s participation is the suspicion that credited screenwriter Pete LaRoche is actually none other than Ed Wood hiding being a pseudonym! The script is a familiar rewriting of Hemingway’s TO HAVE AND HAVE NOT transplanted from Florida to Southern California, which seems like a Woodian thing to do. I tend…

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  • Action U.S.A.

    Action U.S.A.

    ★★★★½

    Only watch this if you love car chases, car jumps, car explosions, car smashes, and burning men.

  • Invasion of the Star Creatures

    Invasion of the Star Creatures

    ½

    Goddamn this wretched science fiction comedy created by a pair of Roger Corman actors. Jonathan Haze, the star of LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, wrote the story and screenplay, which was originally titled MONSTERS FROM NICHOLSON MESA as a tribute to AIP head honcho James H. Nicholson. Bruno ve Sota, whose Corman credits include A BUCKET OF BLOOD and THE WASP WOMAN, directed the film, his third and last as a director. INVASION OF THE STAR CREATURES is worse than any…