LORD LOVE A DUCK
1966, Park Circus/MGM, 105 min, Dir: George Axelrod

Overgrown teenage outcast Roddy McDowall becomes fast friends and protector of cheerleader Tuesday Weld in this jaw-dropping, incredibly subversive black comedy. Lola Albright is Weld’s alcoholic cocktail-waitress mom, Harvey Korman the puffed-up high school principal, Martin Gabel the Sam Arkoff-inspired exploitation auteur - and Ruth Gordon the poisonously sarcastic mother-in-law addicted to yogurt and Stingers. Features one of the grooviest 1960s soundtracks ever, courtesy of the legendary Neal Hefti.


BATTLE FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES
1973, 20th Century Fox, 93 min, USA, Dir: J. Lee Thompson

The fifth and final film in the APES franchise finds the title characters battling mutant humans. Roddy McDowall returns as Caesar, and Claude Akins and John Huston provide support to help bring the series full circle.


CONQUEST OF THE PLANET OF THE APES
1972, 20th Century Fox, 88 min, USA, Dir: J. Lee Thompson

Roddy McDowall and Don Murray star in the fourth PLANET OF THE APES film, which takes place in the then-future 1990s! In a political allegory timed to coincide with the black power movement of the early 1970s, the enslaved apes plot to overthrow the human race that has oppressed them; this ambitious and entertaining sci-fi classic served as a template for last year's RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES.


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