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Walking Tall Part II

Posted by Josh Samford On May - 18 - 2012

Walking Tall Part II (1975)
Director: Earl Bellamy
Writers: Howard B. Kreitsek
Starring: Bo Svenson, Logan Ramsey, Luke Askew and John Davis Chandler

The Plot: This sequel to the original Walking Tall opens with Bufford Pusser (now played by Bo Svenson) recuperating from the injuries he sustained during the conclusion of the previous film. His time as sheriff is drawing to a conclusion, and it is up in the air whether or not he will seek reelection. Buford still has unfinished business, however, and he looks to break up the stateline mob! He starts a new wave of crackdowns and he begins hitting the moonshiners hard and heavy. He continues to anger mob boss John Witter (Logan Ramsey), who vows to destroy Pusser if it is the last thing he does. With his right hand man Pinky Dobson (Luke Askew) at his side, Witter intends to concoct a series of assassination attempts that are meant to finally put an end to the brave sheriff. These assassination attempts will include hiring on a racecar driver named Studd (Richard Jaeckel) in order to lure Pusser into a death trap, and also using a seductive woman who will attempt to capture Pusser’s heart before killing him. Unfortunately for the mob, they continually underestimates the will of Buford Pusser! Will he finally put an end to organized crime across the state line, or will the mob finally get what they want?

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Walking Tall

Posted by Josh Samford On May - 14 - 2012

Walking Tall (1973)
Director: Phil Karlson
Writers: Mort Briskin, Stephen Downing, John Michael Hayes
Starring: Joe Don Baker, Felton Perry, Elizabeth Hartman, and Leif Garrett.

The Plot: Bufford Pusser (Joe Don Baker) is a former professional wrestler who has recently given up the limelight and decided to retire home to the countryside state line between Tennessee and Mississippi. His parents and old friends are excited to see him back, but there is a certain atmosphere that brews beneath the surface of the serene world that greets Buford. It seems that his one-time simple hometown has become a haven for organized crime! Moonshine liquor and underground gambling dens are the biggest forms of criminal activity, but with these small forms of crime come much larger acts of violence. When Buford attempts to stand up for the local citizens, he is nearly beaten to death. Eventually, he discovers that the criminals that run his small town have even forced their powers into the highest offices of local government. With anger building within the citizenry, Buford decides to stand up to the law and run for Sheriff himself. Once he is inevitably elected, he replaces the entire staff with handpicked men who feels that he can trust. With his new crew, Buford heads out with the intent of putting an end to the local mob. However, with this war against crime also comes a war against Bufford, and he will have to find a way to survive in this violent era.

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Schoolgirl Report 8: What Parents Must Never Know

Posted by Josh Samford On April - 18 - 2012

Schoolgirl Report #8: What Parents Must Never Know (1974)
Director: Ernst Hofbauer
Writers: G√ľnther Heller
Starring: Wolf Ackva, Puppa Armbruster, Sandra Atia, and Astrid Boner

The Plot: In this, the eighth entry into the Schoolgirl Report series, we find what seems to be a staple of the series: sex starved young girls. Fashioned as series of vignettes, our main story deals with one class from an all-girl German highschool. These girls are apparently on a school-related trip to see the countryside and stay at a villa over the weekend. During the course of their trip, these girls inevitably tell all of their sordid sexual adventures to one another. One girl has become pregnant out of wedlock, another girl uses her sexual wiles in order to impress her father’s boss, two other girls concoct a plan to get their prudish teacher laid, and two more girls tell of an adventure involving them frolicking around with two studs while some old horny fisherman tries to ruin the day. While all of this goes on, we are also introduced to one of the male teachers from this academy. All of the girls seem to have a crush on this gentleman, but he seems to take it in stride. When one of the girls tries to take things a bit too far with him, however, repercussions will be felt.

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Young Nurses, The

Posted by Josh Samford On April - 10 - 2012

The Young Nurses (1973)
Director: Clint Kimbrough
Writers: Howard R. Cohen
Starring: Jeane Manson, Ashley Porter and Angela Elayne Gibbs

The Plot: For its plot, The Young Nurses follows the same pattern that we have seen in all of the previously reviewed titles from Shout Factory’s Roger Corman nurses collection. We have three main female protagonists, and each one seems to get into her own wild adventures. In this story, we are introduced to three beautiful nurses, Michelle, Joann, and Kitty. The movie begins with Kitty (Jeane Manson) and Michelle sailing on the open waters, but apparently Kitty’s topless sunbathing can be seen as a health hazard, because fellow sailing aficionado Matt nearly drowns after hitting his head on a sail while staring at Kitty’s breasts. As Matt recuperates in the hospital, Kitty soon finds herself approaching a relationship with the young man, but the two run into some trouble when Matt’s father tries to intervene. Next up is Michelle (Angela Elayne Gibbs), who is an African American nurse trying to progress in her field while retaining her roots. When she stumbles upon a influx in narcotics that seem to be pouring out of the hospital system, she finds out that the conspiracy may go further than expected. Joann (Ashley Porter) is our final part of the equation, and she too is facing a political nightmare. As a young idealistic nurse, she finds that her dreams are being crushed by the system. She is continually accused of trying to pretend that she is a doctor, but this is only due to the bureaucracy of the hospital which has led to staff numbers being drastically cut. So, in order to save lives, Joann has been forced to make several quick decisions. Will she continue to work for a hospital that treats her abusively, or will she join her friend who runs an unlicensed medical clinic that is attempting to help and inform other women?

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Private Duty Nurses

Posted by Josh Samford On April - 6 - 2012

Private Duty Nurses (1971)
Director: George Armitage
Writers: George Armitage
Starring: Katherine Cannon, Joyce Williams and Pegi Boucher

The Plot: Private Duty Nurses doesn’t really look to change around the formula when it comes to its plot. Similar to the other films found in the Roger Corman nurses collection from Shout Factory (such as Night Call Nurses and Candy Stripe Nurses), this is a story about three nurses who each have their own stories to tell. In this story we are introduced to Spring (Katherine Cannon), who is persuaded by a doctor to become involved with the Vietnam veteran Domino (Dennis Redfield). A young patient who is fresh back in regular society, but finds it hard to cope with his regular life after the war. He has now turned to motocross riding, and has been taking some extreme risks. Next up is Lola (Joyce Williams), an African American nurse who runs into many prejudices due to her ethnicity and her sex. As she attempts to help her boyfriend get hired into a all-white hospital, she runs into racism and sexism at every turn. Finally we have Lynn, who becomes embroiled in a conspiracy that may very well bring down some of the political elites found in their city.

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