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!


WHO’S MINDING THE STORE?
1963, Paramount, 90 min, USA, Dir: Frank Tashlin

Director Frank Tashlin’s background in cartoons made him a perfect fit for Jerry Lewis’ knockabout comedy; this hilarious film is a highlight of both their careers. Hapless Norman Phiffier (Lewis) and rich girl Barbara Tuttle (Jill St. John) are in love, but the young woman’s mother (Agnes Moorehead) disapproves, and puts her daughter’s suitor through the gauntlet at the department store she owns in an effort to get rid of him.


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