Mr. Bug Goes to Town - In Reference to Murder

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June 16, 2015


Patti Abbott

Would love to find this one for my grandson.


I just happened upon this the other night while I was channel-surfing and my thought was, why isn't this better known? I had missed the TCM introduction, so was unaware of the bad-timing with the release date. Truly (to me at least) an unknown movie.

BV Lawson

It has some really incredible sequences in it for its time, like the opening shot (unfortunately covered over with credits) and the frenetic ending with the skyscraper, plus a kind of neon-like dance sequence in the middle. All very tricky for their day and very well done. It's a shame it's not better known, Deb!

BV Lawson

Patti, it's really hard to find in hard copy - I checked and didn't see any available. Hopefully, the TCM airplay will spur Paramount to put out a new version!

Todd Mason

Or TCM will do one of their quartet packages. Harlan Ellison saw it as a child and fell in love with it, and wrote about it on several occasions...I think I saw one of those washed out dupes you mention sometime in the 1980s.

thanks for the write-up...and, fwiw, Overlooked Films and/or Other A/V...which is always careful to include a weekly dose of Media Murder...

BV Lawson

I think that's interesting about Harlan Ellison, Todd. I'll have to look up those references.

And thanks very much for including Media Murder in your weekly lineup!

Elgin Bleecker

This is a special film. I first saw it as a little kid at a rec center one summer. When it rained, they brought everyone inside and threaded up movies on a projector. – The director Richard Fleischer wrote an interesting book about his father, Max, and his uncle, Dave, called, Out of the Inkwell. – EB

BV Lawson

What a wonderful story and memory to have, Elgin! I've heard of OUT OF THE INKWELL but haven't read it yet - something else to add to the TBR pile.

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