MOOCH GOES TO HOLLYWOOD
1971, 51 min, Dir: Richard Erdman

Higgins, the dog who rose from a Burbank animal shelter to international stardom as BENJI, plays against age, type and gender as the title character, a young ingénue seeking fame and fortune in sleazy counterculture, early-1970s Hollywood. Part MIDNIGHT COWBOY, part VALLEY OF THE DOLLS, this TV movie follows Mooch through her discovery of strip clubs and Cesar Romero, the Playboy Mansion and psychedelic drug parties, haircuts from Felipe of “Three’s Company” and motorcycle rides with Vincent Price. Narrated by Richard Burton (and then suddenly not), with fabulous voice-over work by the one and only Zsa Zsa Gabor and appearances by Mickey Rooney, Edward G. Robinson, Jill St. John, Rose Marie, Jim Backus, Phyllis Diller and more!


GIDGET GOES HAWAIIAN
1961, Sony Repertory, 101 min, USA, Dir: Paul Wendkos

Soon-to-be 1960s beach movie favorite Deborah Walley inherits the title role from Sandra Dee in this surf-and-sun-filled romantic comedy. On a Hawaiian vacation with her parents, Gidget finds a gang of lads vying for her affections, which starts a chain of romantic complications when her boyfriend from home, Moondoggie (James Darren), arrives. Perhaps the best of the GIDGET series, the film costars Carl Reiner, Peggy Cass and Eddie Foy Jr. as square-but-loving parents.


THE GUNS OF NAVARONE
1961, Sony Repertory, 157 min, USA, Dir: J. Lee Thompson

Gregory Peck leads David Niven, Anthony Quinn, Stanley Baker, Anthony Quayle and James Darren on a perilous mission to destroy an enormous Nazi gun battery on the Greek coast. Partisans Irene Papas and Gia Scala lend their support behind enemy lines. Grueling and exhilarating, with some truly awe-inspiring suspense/action sequences. After EL CID, one of the most intelligent and human of the epic adventure spectaculars.


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