A*P*E
1976, Kino Lorber, 87 min, South Korea/USA, Dir: Paul Leder

A freighter glides across the still waters of the Pacific; its cargo is a recently captured 36-foot-tall ape. Suddenly a giant fist bursts through the deck, sending the sailors sprawling - the A*P*E (Attacking Primate monster) is loose! After battling a very large snake and a giant white shark, A*P*E defies the JAWS of the great white and is the victor. An American actress (Joanna Kerns, TV’s “Growing Pains”) arrives in South Korea to appear in a film at the same time that A*P*E does and must survive as the beast destroys the city of Inchon and everything in his path. Paul Leder (I DISMEMBER MAMA) co-wrote and directed this cult classic that needs to be seen to be believed. Co-starring Hollywood veteran Alex Nicol.


MEET DANNY WILSON
1952, Universal, 86 min, Dir: Joseph Pevney

Frank Sinatra stars as a hot-tempered singer (imagine that!) who is kept afloat by his buddy-pianist (Alex Nicol) and a heart-of-gold chanteuse (Shelley Winters). Complications ensue when gangster Raymond Burr enters the picture with an eye for both Shelley and Sinatra’s salary. Produced after Frank’s bobby-soxer era fame faded and prior to his mega-stardom in FROM HERE TO ETERNITY (1953), this noir-stained musical is one of “Ol’ Blue Eyes’” most overlooked and underappreciated movies. A NOIR CITY nod to Sinatra’s centenary.


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