SMILE
1975, Park Circus/MGM, 117 min, USA, Dir: Michael Ritchie

Director Michael Ritchie’s savage, Norman Rockwell-in-rehab comedy stars Bruce Dern, Barbara Feldon (“Get Smart”), Michael Kidd and Geoffrey Lewis as a group of civic boosters desperately trying to stage a teenage beauty pageant in Santa Rosa, California. Annette O’Toole and Melanie Griffith are among the gorgeous, devious and very un-ladylike contestants in this wickedly funny snapshot of the underbelly of mid-’70s America.


ELECTRA GLIDE IN BLUE
1973, Park Circus/MGM, 114 min, USA, Dir: James William Guercio

Arizona motorcycle cop John Wintergreen (Robert Blake) is an ambitious rookie who dreams of being promoted. He gets his wish when an apparent murder leads to an assignment with homicide, but Wintergreen soon realizes that he identifies more with the hippies his partners harass than with his fellow detectives. Trying to solve a murder while dealing with departmental politics, Wintergreen is quickly disillusioned in this blend of Western and urban cop drama. Keep a sharp eye out for members of Chicago, cast in small roles by director James William Guercio, who also managed the band at the time.


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