GORILLA AT LARGE (1954) ON THE TEXAS 27 FILM VAULT

Gorilla at LargeBefore MST3K there was … The Texas 27 Film Vault! In the middle 1980’s, way down on Level 31 Randy Clower and Richard Malmos, machine-gun toting Film Vault Technicians First Class hosted this neglected cult show. Balladeer’s Blog continues its celebration of the program’s THIRTIETH  anniversary year.

ORIGINAL BROADCAST DATE: Saturday December 6th, 1986 from 10:30pm to 1:00am. 

Mysterious Doctor SatanSERIAL: Before presenting and mocking Gorilla at Large our machine-gun wielding Film Vault Technicians First Class presented and mocked an episode of Mysterious Doctor Satan, a Republic serial from 1940. The serial featured a mad scientist called Dr Satan trying to take over the world with a very, VERY goofy- looking robot while a pulp-style hero called the Copperhead tried to thwart his plans.  

FILM VAULT LORE: This time around the movie ticket give-away from Channel 27 (the “27” in The Texas 27 Film Vault) was for a chance to go see the 1986 release King Kong Lives.

Richard Malmos left) and Randy Clower relaxing between takes on the set of The Texas 27 Film Vault.

Richard Malmos (left) and Randy Clower relaxing between takes on the set of The Texas 27 Film Vault.

HOST SEGMENTS: Gorilla at Large was one of the 3-D films from the 1950’s, and those are always funny and campy as hell, especially in the scenes with objects unnecessarily coming at the camera. The fun Randy and Richard had riffing on 3-D glasses and the whole 3-D phenomenon of the 50’s (and its 80’s revival) seems to have kicked off with this episode. In later episodes we’d get their “3-D interview” with Ben Johnson, a showing of Friday the 13th Part 3-D and even The Texas 27 Film Vault 3-D poster drawn by THE Kerry Gammil. Gorilla at Large is one of the movies represented on that poster.   

Gorilla at Large 3THE MOVIE: Gorilla at Large provided a wealth of material for Randy and Richard to work with. Remember, their previous show had been The Trivia Guys and this film about a murderous gorilla at a circus was packed with opportunities for pop culture shoutouts. To cite just a few:

* George Barrows, the man in the gorilla suit as our title monster Goliath, was the same guy who wore the ape/robot outfit as Ro-Man in that staple of Bad Movie shows Robot Monster (previously shown on The Texas 27 Film Vault).    

* Cameron “Shut the F****ing Door” Mitchell, veteran of High Chaparral, The Andersonville Trial and countless bad movies, starred as Joey Matthews, the circus’ barker.   Continue reading

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ELIZABETHTOWN: FORGOTTEN REVOLUTIONARY WAR BATTLE

Elizabethtown New Jersey Revolutionary WarIn the spirit of the 4th of July season here’s another neglected battle from the American Revolution.

BATTLE OF ELIZABETHTOWN

Date(s): January 5th-7th, 1777

Location: Elizabethtown and Springfield, NJ

American Commander: General William Maxwell

British Commander: Colonel Charles Mawhood

The Battle: On January 5th American Rebels attacked a British Cavalry patrol, killing one man and wounding another. The next day some cavalrymen and 50 infantrymen set out from the town to kill or capture any Rebels in the area. Continue reading

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COOL NAMED SPORTS TEAM: RED LAKE NATION COLLEGE

RED LAKE NATION COLLEGE MIGIZI

Red Lake Nation College MigiziLocation: Red Lake, MN 

Division: AIHEC (American Indian Higher Education Consortium)

Comment: Red Lake Nation College’s mascot animal for their sports teams is the Migizi (Bald Eagle). Not only that, but: Continue reading

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SPANKTOWN: FORGOTTEN REVOLUTIONARY WAR BATTLE

William MaxwellThe 4th of July is fast approaching! In the spirit of the season here’s another neglected battle from the American Revolution.

BATTLE OF SPANKTOWN

Date: February 23rd, 1777

Location: Spanktown, NJ (Now Rahway)

American Commander: General William Maxwell

British Commander: Colonel Charles Mawhood

The Battle: Colonel Mawhood, with 2,000 men, was roaming the New Jersey No-Man’s Land with orders to destroy any American forces he encountered. At Spanktown Mawhood’s troops came upon American Militiamen herding livestock for supplies while being accompanied by Continental Army Regulars. The American forces totaled fewer than 900 men.  Continue reading

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RAMADAN BODY COUNT: 12 DAYS IN

This should go without saying, but not to the enablers of Muslim violence.

This should go without saying, but not to the enablers of Muslim violence.

It’s no secret that Islam is the sole remaining untamed beast among the world’s religions. (And I say that as a non-believer in ANY of them.) The month-long Ramadan holiday is a long celebration of those Muslim sacraments of killing, killing and more killing. We are into the Ramadan Murder-Palooza for 2015 and I’ll be periodically updating the violence perpetrated in the name of that reactionary pack of savage superstitions called Islam. Decade after decade, century after century Islam is forever retarding the rest of the world’s social progress, ESPECIALLY  REGARDING  WOMEN’S  RIGHTS.

DEAD SO FAR: 1,092   WOUNDED: 1,366

They’re averaging over 200 victims per day this Ramadan! What a peaceful religion! And here are some of the most heinous attacks by Muslim fanatics recently: 

June 26th – In Sousse, Tunisia Muslim fanatics savagely slaughtered 39 beachgoing innocents, furthering comparisons between Islamofascism and the Nazis. (To Godwin’s Law pussies: Don’t bother.) Continue reading

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WNBA STANDINGS

Tulsa ShockWESTERN CONFERENCE – 1. TULSA SHOCK (8-1)    ###    2. MINNESOTA LYNX (7-2)    ###    3. PHOENIX MERCURY (3-5)    ###    4. SAN ANTONIO SILVER STARS (2-6)    ###    5. SEATTLE STORM (2-7)    ###    6. LOS ANGELES SPARKS (0-7)    ###     Continue reading

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MILLSTONE: FORGOTTEN REVOLUTIONARY WAR BATTLE

General Philemon Dickinson

General Philemon Dickinson

The 4th of July is fast approaching! As usual Balladeer’s Blog is posting relevant material and in keeping with my blog’s overall theme here’s a forgotten American victory from the Revolutionary War.

BATTLE OF MILLSTONE

Date: January 20th, 1777

Location: Weston, NJ (Now called Manville)

American Commander: General Philemon Dickinson (Younger brother of John Dickinson)

British Commander: Colonel Robert Abercromby

The Battle: The forces of the United States and the British Army (augmented by their Hessian allies) clashed frequently in the winter of 1777. These battles were often the result of both armies attempting to provision themselves off the increasingly barren New Jersey No-Man’s Land. Continue reading

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