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  • The Killer Shrews

    The Killer Shrews

    ★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    This is the famous “other” movie by the team of Ray Kellogg (who also co-directed “The Green Berets” with John Wayne) and Ken Curtis (“Festus” from “Gunsmoke”), who gave us the brilliant “Giant Gila Monster.” This movie is the opposite of that one in many ways – where “Gila” mostly takes place outdoors on location, this one is confined to a claustrophobic studio space; where “Gila” used local people in place of extras, this consists of a tiny cast of…

  • Mars Needs Women

    Mars Needs Women

    ★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Orignally made by AIP for television at a time when low budget color content was in high demand, this one isn't quite up to the standards of AIP's drive-in fare. The concept is mostly played straight, that the civilzation on Mars is having a chromosomal crisis that has caused an overproduction of male children and now must seek future brides from the planet Earth. But the opening, with the title repeated by several characters with a sense of urgency, is…

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  • Destination Moon

    Destination Moon

    ★★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    This somewhat straightforward imagining of the first manned trip to the moon predated the actual event by almost twenty years, but managed to get details quite accurate, given what was known at the time. Credit the work of writers Robert A. Heinlein (“Starship Troopers” and “The Puppet Masters), Alford von Ronkel (“The Bamboo Saucer”), and James O’Hanlon (“Conquest of Space”). From our point of view today, however, it’s sort of tiresome stuff – except for the Woody Woodpecker cartoon near…

  • The 39 Steps

    The 39 Steps

    ★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Although Alfred Hitchcock had been making movies since the silent era, this was in some ways a break out for him, establishing the pattern of his future career. An ordinary, innocent man (Robert Donat, from “The Count of Monte Cristo” and “Goodbye Mr. Chips”) meets a mysterious woman (Lucie Mannheim, a German emigre, who was in “The Mistress,” and “Gerechtigkeit in Worowogorsk”), who, it rapidly develops, is caught up in a spy ring and in peril of her life. Soon,…