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Thursday, June 18, 1987
Glassy Eye (cont.)
"GLASSY EYE" from Page 19
is full of magical cubes. They call 'em
The soundtrack music blares. The
filthy hippie punk hangs his head in
shame. Deep down he knows that Jack
Webb is right; is politically correct.
Like Eastwood, Billy Jack, and all those
other derivitive wimps, the criminal
knows that Joe Friday is the voice of
The '60s Dragnet episodes and Webb's
films rife with his favorite conservative
platitudes: maryuana leads to heroin,
the laws and the courts merely coddle
the criminal, those wishing to change
the structure of American society in
any way or shape are commies, America
holds wondrous opportunities for anyone
who works hard enough, and so on.
View all of Webb's work and you will
find a man with clear cut ideas of how
the world, and film and television should
In "The D.I.," Webb plays a tough,
mean spirited, egomaniacal drill ser
geant (as opposed to a mean spirited,
egomaniacal police sergeant) who has
to deal with a cowardly, troublemaking
marine recruit. The troublemaker's mom,
Virginia Gregg (the voice of Norman
Bates' mother) visits and tells Webb to
make the little wimps life a living hell
because deep down, like all of us, she
knows that Webb is always right.
When Jack Webb passed away in
1982, flags flew half mast at all L.A.
police stations and fellow T.V. cop
Frank Cannon delivered the eulogy at
the great one's funeral. My question is
this: When Cannon dies who will deliver
his eulogy, Barnaby Jones?
Check out further Webb bombast
with Rhino videos' "The Commies are
Coming," a hilarious look at cold war
paranoia narrated by Webb and origi
nally titled "Red Nightmare." Rhino
also has a series of army training films
hosted by Webb. The indispensable
'60s Dragnet' episodes air nightly on
USA ch. 17 at 11 p.m.
Saturday 4:40 a.m. WOYVT ch. 6
"Revenge of the Creature, "(1955)
John Agar, Lori Nelson
Don Glut, in his book "Classic Movie
Monsters," calls the Creature from the
Black Lagoon, the monster of the fif
ties. Unfortunately Universal took the
great Gill-Man out of his own environ
ment in this film and "The Creature
Walks Among Us," (the 3rd and final
film of the series) thus losing a great
deal cf the creature's mystery.
Some dudes capture the Gill-Man
and put him in a big fish tank down at
Oceans of Fun where John Agar pokes
him with cattle prods. The creature
quite frankly ain't had no gill in a cou
ple of thousand years and starts having
lustful thoughts towards Agar's partner
in ichthyology, handsome Lori Nelson.
"Revenge of the Creature" winds up in
"no man's land" being inferior to 1954's
"Creature from the Black Lagoon," but
better than the mediocre "Creature
Walks Among Us" wherein scientists
turn the creature into a human-like,
land-roaming, giant 'bullhead'. "Revenge
of the Creature," was directed by Jack
Arnold, a crucial figure in making '50s
science fiction films respectable. His
films were intelligent and atmospheric
and through his work critics were no
longer able to dub sci-fi as mindless
escapism for juveniles.
Incidentally, the Gill man was played
by Olympic swimmer Ricou Browning
who could often hold his breath for four
or five minutes.
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