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"More than a place, the Shady Dell was and will forever remain a state of mind." - Shady Del Knight
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Friday, December 4, 2015

The Bigger the Badder - Exploitation on a Budget in the Village of the Giants!





 FIRST CAME 

 THE 

 AMAZING 

 COLOSSAL 

 MAN! 









 THEN CAME 

 ATTACK 

 OF THE 

 50 FOOT 

 WOMAN! 






 NOW HERE COMES 

 THE GREATEST 

 SCREEN SPECTACLE OF ALL! 

 WINNER OF 50 ACADEMY AWARDS 

 INCLUDING BEST PERFORMANCE BY 

 A BIKINI TOP IN A SUPPORTING ROLE! 



 TOMMY KIRK... 

 JOHNNY 
 CRAWFORD... 

 RONNY 
 HOWARD... 

 BEAU 
 BRIDGES... 

 JOY HARMON... 




 VILLAGE OF THE GIANTS! 

 BASED ON H.G. WELLS' THE FOOD OF THE GODS! 


 SEE TEEN DELINQUENTS 

 GOBBLE THE GOO...  

 ZOOM TO SUPER SIZE...  

 BURST OUT OF THEIR CLOTHES...  

 AND BUST UP A TOWN! 





 VILLAGE OF THE GIANTS! 

 SEE OPIE TAYLOR CRY FOR AUNT BEE 

 WHEN HE ENCOUNTERS A KITTY KAT 

 THE SIZE OF A KABLE KAR! 





 VILLAGE OF THE GIANTS! 

 IT'S A LITTLE BIT DAVID LYNCH... 

 A LITTLE BIT RUSS MEYER... 

 AND A WHOTE LOTTA JACK NITZSCHE! 



 "The Last Race" - Jack Nitzsche 
 (Giants Dance scene, Village of the Giants





 VILLAGE OF THE GIANTS! 

 SEE FREDDY "BOOM BOOM" CANNON 

 (AT THE SAME FOUNTAIN USED IN 
 THE HIT TELEVISION SERIES FRIENDS) 

 ROCKING OUT IN THE SUMMER HEAT 

 DRESSED IN A CARDIGAN SWEATER! 

 "Little Bitty Corrine" - Freddy Cannon 
 (scene from Village of the Giants





 VILLAGE OF THE GIANTS 

 WHERE SIZE MATTERS 

 AND THE MEAN TEENS 

 ARE WAY TOO BIG 

 FOR THEIR BRITCHES! 

 COMING SOON TO THIS THEATER! 




 Happy 

 birthday, 

 Freddy 

"Boom Boom" 

 Cannon! 



 75 years young today! 


 "Odie Cologne" - Freddy Cannon 
 (Live on American Bandstand May 2, 1964) 




Have a Shady day!

47 comments:

  1. This is hilarious, Shady. Was Ron Howard ever that young? - lol. It's amazing to see Beau Bridges at that age, too. This whole thing reminds me of an old drive-in movie trailer.

    I think I once saw Attack of the 50 Foot Woman but never saw Village of the Giants. Are you sure it won 50 academy awards? - lol. Is that really the fountain used in the Friends show opening? I remember you telling me about the time you worked with Freddie Cannon -- happy birthday to him. Great job!

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    1. Hi, Kathryn!

      Thanks for dropping by to experience Village of the Giants, the epic film that edged out Schindler's List for Best Picture and also won an award in the Special Effects category :)

      Yessum, Ron Howard looks very young in this movie, but he was actually 10-11 years old when it was was shot and by that time well known for his role on The Andy Griffith Show.

      Yessum, the fountain that serves as a shooting location for Freddy Cannon's song is the same one around which Chandla Bing and his yuppie pals frolicked in the show open of Friends.

      Yessum, in the mid 80s I was stage manager of an oldies show headlined by Freddy Cannon. It was a thrill to meet and work with Freddy. I also had the opportunity to have dinner with him after the show. Happy birthday, Freddy!

      Thank you very much for your visit and comment, dear Kathryn!

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  2. I have always loved Ron Howard from his childhood to present. Great actor and director! I love the Ron Howard and last videos, Shady! :) They are the "cat's meow"! LOL! I hope your weekend will be great, dear friend. Thank you so much for sharing.

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    1. Hi, Linda!

      Thank you very much for coming, dear friend. I think it was Hilary Clinton who once wrote "It takes a Village...of the Giants." :) There's a lot of interesting trivia about this goofy 1965 sci-fi movie. Orangey was the name of the cat that grew to giant size in that Ron Howard clip. Orangey also became a kolossal kitty in The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957) and was the regular size pet cat "Rhubarb" in the film Rhubarb (1951) and the cat in Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961), all this according to Wiki.

      I'm glad you enjoyed the two songs performed by Freddy Cannon, the rock 'n' roll star from my youth who turned age 75 today.

      Thank you again for your visit and kind comment, dear friend Linda. Have a great weekend!

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  3. I saw Colossal Man long time ago and always thought it was Mr. Clean gone bad in a little Tarzan outfit. 50Ft Woman always makes me laugh especially when she is in bed with her huge feet and supposedly still fits in that little bedroom. I have never had the honour of watching Village of the Giants and these clips are hilarious. I wonder if Beau Bridges ever talks about himself in this funky bathing suit with mesh. The bikini tops popping off are way too funny but where did they get their sequined tops? It must have been at the Giant Walmart warehouse sale. Love their "drugged" out dance party in shades of psychedelia. To see Ron Howard, Mr Oscar winner director, in this sicking his poor little doggie on the cat is just mind bending. I know Nick cannon was singing and mouthing the words poorly which just adds to the specialness of this movie but I kept centering on the gals and their ta-ta's dancing. I know i am straight and all but hard to miss all the bodacious ta-ta's and he is in a sweater-hahaaaaa! The one that just made me laugh way out loud is the man (I guess he really wants to motorboat), hanging off the bra straps from one the giant gals-thanks for making me laugh

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    1. Hi, dear Birgit!

      Thank you very much for coming down, dear friend! I'm happy to know this post gave you the giggles. During my boyhood in the 50s, I saw The Amazing Colossal Man, War of the Colossal Beast, Attack of the 50 Foot Woman (the 1958 film with Allison Hayes) and many other horror movies involving giant people, animals and insects. You're right. In el cheapo movies like this one, there are typically quite a few continuity errors and unexplained elements, but that's half the fun. I'm still wondering how rock 'n' roller Freddy Cannon figured into the plot. :) Giant ego, maybe? Just kidding there, because I met Freddy, worked with him and had dinner with him. He was a great guy and kind enough to autograph my napkin and write his Tarzana address and phone number on it.

      Re: Beau Bridges, Wiki has this fun quote from Beau looking back at his role in V.O.T.G.:

      << When I did it, I was about 18 or 19, and I took it all quite seriously. I thought it was my chance to really be a spokesperson for my generation, you know? I had that long speech when I’m in the theater, and I’ve eaten this goo… I address the police chief of the town about the young people, the teenagers, that he says are losing control, and I speak out about freedom and everything. I took it so seriously, and I think I even rewrote my lines. Now, though, it’s, uh, a little embarrassing. >>

      You should appreciate the fact that in addition to Beau Bridges and Ron Howard, the cast included other kids of celebrities including Ann Sothern's daughter, Mickey Rooney's son and Toni Basil, who went on to appear in Easy Rider and Five Easy Pieces and recorded the 80s hit "Mickey."

      Yessum, Ron Howard has come a long way since he was the little red-headed shrimp in movies and Andy of Mayberry. Doesn't he currently have a movie in theaters about a sardine that gets exposed to radiation and grows into Moby Dick? :)

      You wrote:

      << I kept centering on the gals and their ta-ta's dancing. >>

      What a coincidence - so did I! :) That dance of the giants seems like it was directed by Russ Meyer - pretty racy stuff for a mid 60s teen musical/horror movie, don't you think?

      I'm so glad you had fun here today, dear friend BB. Thanks again for coming and have a great weekend!

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    2. Too funny about Beau Bridges taking that role seriously. I bet he wouldn't mind it disappearing. Yes I saw all the names in this film. There are some bad movies out there with big stars. Have you ever seen "Girl's Town"? Mamie Van Doren is in this (hahahaaa!) and Mel Torme as a biker-Lol. I recall seeing a film-moons ago with big stars in it like Henry Fonda about a giant Octopus..I believe it is called "Tentacles". Don;t ya just love them:)

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    3. Hi again, dear BB!

      I haven't seen the two movies you mentioned but I read that Girls Town gave teen singing/songwriting idol Paul Anka his acting start. Meanwhile, it's kind of surreal that veteran movie stars John Huston, Shelley Winters and Henry Fonda appeared in the spaghetti horror movie Tentacles along with Bo Hopkins who played the leader of the pack (the greaser gang "The Pharaohs") in American Graffiti. What a cast! :)

      As you know there are many big name stars who appeared in bad, low budget B movies at some point in their careers, some when they were starting out and others in later years to revive their careers and pay the bills. Some actors and actresses are ashamed of their roles in drive-in movies and try to avoid discussing them. I admire those who keep a sense of humor and go ahead and share their stories as did Beau Bridges because it shows respect to loyal fans who have followed his career from the beginning.

      Thank you very much for popping in again tonight, dear friend Birgit. Have a great weekend!

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  4. Good Lord, what a hoot! Best b-movie since Nude On The Moon! I was first looking at the 50 foot woman poster, and wondering if I was right about the rubbernecking crashes at her feet- or as Wonder Woman once said to Giganta, "If you aren't going to wear panties, at least shave!" (Well, that may have been green Arrow, you know how Ollie is...) Sometimes it is hard to believe that movies like that were made... harder to believe they let kid Ronny act in it... but I'll bet he had fun when the clothes started popping!

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    1. Hi, Chris!

      Thanks for coming, good buddy!

      OMG! Three bizarre images just flashed through my noggin, a 50-foot Scrappy, a 50-foot Granny Clampett and a 50-foot Jane Hathaway! Can ya dig it? :)

      Hey, do you watch the series Arrow (Green Arrow) on NetFlix? Mrs. Shady and I do and we love it! (David Cassidy's daughter plays Laurel Lance.)

      I can just hear Ronny Howard's agent trying to convince Ron and his parents that The Andy Griffith Show is a career killer - time to make the jump to the big screen - and Village of the Giants is the vehicle that'll make you a star! :)

      I'm glad you enjoyed watching the state-of-the-art special FX as those mean teens burst out of their duds and busted up the town.

      Please join me in wishing rock 'n' roll legend Freddy Cannon a happy 75th b-day.

      Thanks again for coming by, good buddy Chris, and have a great weekend!

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  5. Some really cool stuff here today. I saw the colossal man and woman movies, but never any of the larger cast giant moves. I've got to see this Village of the Giants film. That dance scene is really trippy.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

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    1. Hi, Lee!

      Thanks for tuning in to this SDMM sports exclusive as the Giants take on the Townies. :)

      I figured you probably saw Colossal Man and 50 Foot Woman back in the day because you told us you enjoyed scary movies as a kid and saw Circus of Horrors.

      Jack Nitzsche, the talented musician, arranger, songwriter, producer and film score composer, worked his magic to create a piece of music that lent itself perfectly to the dance of the giants. That clip is surreal!

      Thanks for joining the fun, good buddy Lee. This is one small step for man..... one GIANT leap for blogkind. :)

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  6. I like the vintage movie posters! Your post makes me want to dig up some of those old movies and watch them! Thanks for sharing another entertaining post!

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    1. Hi, Mikey!

      Thanks for coming, good buddy! I know you were born decades after these old drive-in flicks were released and their production quality and special effects are primitive by today's standards, but I think you'd get a kick out of watching them . During my boyhood in the 50s and teenage years in the 60s, horror and sci-fi were my favorite genres. Movies like the ones featured in this post kept me entertained and coming back for more.

      If you watch V.O.T.G. you have a chance to see actors "before they were stars" including itsy bitsy teenie weenie Ronny Howard before his breakout role in American Graffiti and before he became the respected movie director that he is today.

      I am always happy to have you here, good buddy Mike. Thanks for coming and enjoy your weekend!

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  7. MIKE CLIFFORD also appeared briefly in the movie singing an abbreviated version of the Russ Titelman composed, Jack Nitzsche arranged tune, 'Marianne'. Mike contacted me a few years ago and shared a copy of the complete version of the tune from his original acetate disc. It along with another track recorded but cut from the film entitled, 'Nothing Can Stand In My Way' I have made videos for and can be heard at YouTube.
    Regards,
    Anthony Reichardt
    Santa Ana, California

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  8. MIKE CLIFFORD also appeared briefly in the movie singing an abbreviated version of the Russ Titelman composed, Jack Nitzsche arranged tune, 'Marianne'. Mike contacted me a few years ago and shared a copy of the complete version of the tune from his original acetate disc. It along with another track recorded but cut from the film entitled, 'Nothing Can Stand In My Way' I have made videos for and can be heard at YouTube.
    Regards,
    Anthony Reichardt
    Santa Ana, California

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    1. Hi, Anthony!

      I am very happy to see you, my great friend, and to know that you are still following me here at SDMM. As you know by now, I rely heavily on your rare, high quality YouTube uploads throughout the year. In fact I have more of them embedded in my next post coming next Thursday.

      Thanks for the tip about the two songs that Mike Clifford and Jack Nitzsche recorded for use in the film. I went to your channel, listened to the songs and read the extensive background story. It's a shame that "Nothing Can Stand In My Way" was deleted from the final edit of the movie, although I can't imagine it establishing the desired mood if it had been used for the opening credits. I love your telling of the long hours Clifford and Nitzsche spent in the studio trying to get the singer to hit the highs on "Girl, now I've got you you and nothing can stand in my way." My ears tell me that their persistence paid off and he succeeded. It's a great recording! While it's true, as you stated, that Mike Clifford didn't get much screen time in V.O.T.G., his collaboration with Nitzsche yielded two fine recordings and helped Clifford make the transition from a pop idol to a serious artist capable of handling more mature material.

      Thank you very much for joining the discussion, Anthony, and for contributing a wealth of new information and recordings related to Village of the Giants.

      I hope you'll stick around for next Thursday's post when I will again feature your outstanding uploads. Have a great weekend, my friend!

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  9. Freddy Cannon looks good for his age.
    That's a RiffTrax/MST3K potential movie if ever I saw one. (And they've already done Colossal Man.)

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    1. Hi, Alex!

      Thanks for joining the fun, good buddy!

      It's been 31 years since I met and worked with Freddy Cannon. What a nice guy! I like the fact that Freddy knew his audience and delivered the goods on each and every record. Hit records were simple dance ditties, nothing deep or introspective, just plain fun. By the mid 60s, the era of the serious singer/songwriter was underway. Album rock, theme albums and FM radio broadcasts were "in" and Freddy's style of music faded in popularity. Freddy is a frequent flier here on SDMM and I intend to prove that he and his recordings are old school cool.

      I'm glad you got a chuckle or two out of this epic Ron Howard film, good buddy Alex. :) Have a great weekend!

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  10. Hi Shady and happy birthday, Freddy!

    I didn't know Freddy but, boy! could he belt out a tune !
    It was fun to see those old time movies with terrible special effects! I remember "The Attack of the 50 Foot Woman" ( both old and newer version starring Daryl Hanna). I have that poster of the original 50 Foot Woman in my movie marquee right now ! I don't recall " Village of the Giants " starring Opie. I DO remember watching the TV series " Land of the Giants" as a youngster and being amazed at those Giants! Does anybody remember that show??

    Fun post , Shady , Great creativity!

    Toni Deroche

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    1. Hi, dear Toni!

      Thank you very much for taking a peek at Village of the Giants and enjoying these tunes sung by Freddy Cannon, 75 years young. Yessum, Freddy had a belting singing style. His records remind us of those innocent, carefree years that boomers were fortunate to experience.

      I have that 50 Foot Woman poster, too! Birgit brought up a good point. Where did the giants get the X-tra large size clothing they wore in the movie? I always thought that Giant Stores sold only groceries! :)

      Thanks for mentioning the late 60s TV series Land of the Giants. I had forgotten about that one. For some reason I never watched it, maybe because I was away at college during those years and didn't watch much television.

      I'm so glad you came by and enjoyed yourself today, dear friend Toni. I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

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  11. What a fun post! These are exactly the things I would expect to find in my Aunt's big box of secrets:-) Best thing about drive-ins was that you could see what was showing on other screens - even if you weren't supposed to! I can't help but wonder if anyone took these movies seriously as they seem pretty silly now. Those were certainly some serious dance moves - ha! Seeing Dick Clark was like looking at royalty and
    I still see Ronnie on Mayberry, when he could barely see over Sheriff Taylor's desk! I didn't know Freddy Cannon by name but I did recall those songs and enjoyed the videos you presented:-)

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    1. Hi, dear Diedre!

      Thank you for coming, my wonderful friend! I remember kids sitting in trees to watch drive-in movies w/o having to pay. In York County there was also at least one screen visible from a highway and kids sometimes parked along it to watch for free.

      If you read my reply to Birgit's comment you'll see a Wikiquote from Beau Bridges. Beau says he took the film, his role and his spoken lines very seriously at the time. Hard to believe, isn't it?

      That intro of Freddy Cannon by Dick Clark on a 1964 episode of American Bandstand shows Dick and his music TV series at their peak. Soon thereafter the music landscape changed, innocence was lost and the program was never quite the same, never quite as much fun.

      Doesn't Ronny Howard look more like 6 or 7 in that clip? He was actually 10 or 11. It's hard to believe he transformed into suave teenager Steve Bolander 8 years later in American Graffiti. I should also mention another child actor in Village of the Giants, Johnny Crawford, who had just completed a five year run playing Chuck Connors' son on the hit TV series The Rifleman. Johnny Crawford was also a recording artist and released a string of singles throughout the 60s. Freddy Cannon's biggest and best known hits include "Tallahassee Lassie," "Way Down Yonder in New Orleans," "Palisades Park" and "Action" - the theme song from Where The Action Is.

      Thank you again for your visit and cheery comments, dear friend Diedre. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

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  12. Haha! Freddy still looks very much the same today as he did yesterday! Still got that great smile and dark hair and sparkling eyes. Happy Birthday Freddy!

    Some of these old movie posters and stuff remind me of the little diner/fast food place that i still enjoy trying to go to. Ever since i was very little, I remember seeing the Attack of the 50ft Woman movie promotional poster as one of the many on the restaurant's walls. So even that can bring back memories for this young kid!

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    1. Hi, dear Abigail! How are you and sweet little Daisy this weekend? Thank you very much for coming!

      I own that poster of the 50 Foot Woman and have also seen it bars, restaurants and at flea markets over the years. I watched that movie at least half a dozen times from the late 50s through the mid 60s. I haven't seen the remake, however. Quite a few subsequent movies and TV episodes were inspired by Attack of the 50 Foot Woman including Attack of the 50 Foot Cheerleader, The 50-Foot Dog, Attack of the 50-Foot Kitty, Attack of the 50 Foot Hero, Attack of the 50 Foot Stripper, Attack of the 50 Foot Santa and Attack of the 60 Foot Centerfold! Why they needed to add 10 feet to her height is a mystery to me. :)

      Thank you again for being here to help me wish one of the great rock 'n' rollers, Freddy Cannon, a happy 75th birthday. Have a safe and happy weekend, dear friend Abigail!

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  13. Oh my gosh, what fun! I remember Freddy Cannon and his music and loved it! I also remember those crazy flicks and today I just had to laugh as those clips gave me a few "ahaaaa" moments. Like: I can see why Mom wouldn't let me go to Woodstock...you never know what I might have ingested....and how Lane Bryant was born...someone saw a need for clothes for the full figured gals...it also brought to mind how teen movies went from some fun to the slash and hash shows of today. Yep, Happy Birthday Freddy and I'm so glad I came by "Where the action is"!! Have a great weekend Shady! Oh, one more thing...my neighbor who lived across the street from me growing up was a dead ringer for Ronny Howard and I saw a pic of him a few years ago and he still is a dead ringer...bald head and all!

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    1. Hi, dear YaYa!

      Thank you very much for joining the jolly good fun today, dear friend! I'm happy to know that you got a kick out of the post and that you remember Freddy "Boom Boom" Cannon. I'm still wondering why he was dressed in a hot sweater to perform his musical number at the famous "Friends fountain."

      That Dick Clark clip at the end reminds us how much fun it was to be young in the 60s. True, there were tensions around the world and problems at home but, doggone it, we left our doors unlocked at night and didn't worry about terror strikes, did we?

      Your mother didn't let you go to Woodstock because she was worried you would succumb to peer pressure and partake of mystery substances like that super growth goo? "One pill makes you larger and one pill makes you small." :)

      Yessum, the teenage giant girls certainly do quality as "plus-size" women. In fact, they're A+++ in my book! :) There's interesting trivia about Joy Harmon who plays 30-foot tall Merrie, the girl who captures normal-sized Johnny Crawford (of The Rifleman) and suspends him from her bikini top. Wiki says Joy was runner-up in the Miss Connecticut contest and was discovered by Groucho Marx as a guest on his program You Bet Your Life. She also appeared in the movie Cool Hand Luke and on the TV series Gidget, Batman and The Monkees, and played Tony (Wally Cleaver) Dow's girlfriend in the teen soap opera Never Too Young. If you recall, I ran a post about that short lived sudser a while back. (All of the above trivia goes to show that, even in the Village of the Giants, it's a small world after all. :) Today Joy runs a wholesale bakery business in Burbank called Aunt Joy's Cakes.

      It's so cool that your neighbor looked like Ron Howard back then and still does now . (I look a lot like Don Knotts :)

      Thank you again for playing along and having some fun, dear friend YaYa. Please smooch Chubbs for me (and Eddy, too) and enjoy the rest of your weekend!

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  14. Tom! I have never seen Valley of the Giants, but I love the theme by Jack Nitzche (I first heard it in Quentin Tarantinos Death Proof) But woah that dancing scene is something else! I'll have to try to track down the film and watch it!

    Emma x

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    1. Hi, dear Emma!

      It's great to see you back here again, my special friend! As I continue to do research for SDMM, I realize more and more that the multi talented Jack Nitzsche had a hand in producing many of the recordings that formed the soundtrack of my youth. The Village of the Giants soundtrack is an example of his genius. The combination of listening to Jack's instrumental track "The Last Race" and watching those teenage giants dancing is surreal. You're right, "Last Race" was later used as the main title music for Death Proof, Quentin Tarantino's half of the 2007 double feature Grindhouse.

      Thank you very much for joining the fun and adding to the discussion of this wacky movie, dear friend Emma. I hope you are having a wonderful weekend and I invite you to return again soon!

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  15. Thanks for the chuckle, dear friend Shady! I loved Johnny Crawford on the Rifleman and I saw a little bit of this movie on Off Beat Cinema. Old B movies are the best!

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    1. Hi, dear Jessica Marie!

      How're ya doin' tonight, my Philly Phriend?

      I'm glad you got a chuckle out of this post saluting Freddy Cannon on his 75th birthday and celebrating the 50 year anniversary of the release of Village of the Giants (winner of 50 Academy Awards). You can watch V.O.T.G. in its entirety on YouTube:

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z-E_uZ3oQJ4

      I'm surprised to learn that someone your age remembers Johnny Crawford and his TV series The Rifleman. I watched it every week and owned three of Johnny's records, "Patti Ann," "Cindy's Birthday" and "Rumors."

      Thank you very much for dropping in, dear friend Jessica, and enjoy the rest of your weekend!

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  16. I've never heard of this movie, but I know everyone in it! I had a crush on Tommy Kirk when I was a little girl. I saw the Beau Brussels also performed in this movie. I really liked them back in the sixties.

    That cat had quite an acting career! Her role reminded me of a Star Trek episode that had a giant cat in it. What struck me the most was how we all danced back then. Compared to the dancing in modern videos, it is pretty bad. Of course back then I loved the dances.

    And Happy Birthday to Freddy Cannon. I watched his interview with Dick Clark and he seemed really nice. He said he had seen the Beatles in England before they came to the U.S. and had liked them. Thanks for the smiles tonight, Shady.

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    1. Hi, dear Belle!

      I'm very happy to see you, dear friend. Thanks for joining the double celebration - Freddy Cannon's 75th birthday and 50 years of Village of the Giants (released around Halloween 1965).

      There is a lot of fun trivia about this movie and I've been sharing it with friends who comment.

      The super growth goo eaten by the teenagers was a mixture of angel food cake and pink colored dye. You mentioned Tommy Kirk, the young actor who appeared in many projects filmed by Walt Disney Studios. These included the Mickey Mouse Club serial The Hardy Boys and the theatrical films Old Yeller, The Shaggy Dog, Absent-Minded Professor, Son of Flubber and The Misadventures of Merlin Jones plus a few beach movies. You and many other girls had a crush on Tommy not knowing that he's gay. Sadly, Tommy was outed as a gay actor, was blacklisted, turned to drugs and his career went into a tailspin.

      Here are a few of the advertising tag lines for Village of the Giants:

      << See... a girl 200"-100"-200" swing a boy 6' small! >>

      << Teen-Agers Zoom to Supersize And Terrorize a Town! >>

      << It's what happens when their sounds, their dances, their loves, their rebellions explode - 30 feet tall! >>

      (This last tag line is odd because it "shrinks" the teens back down to only 10 feet tall.)

      << All the kids grow 10 feet tall... and TAKE OVER! >>

      Yessum, low budget movies made for teenagers which included beach parties, ski parties and monster flicks typically included songs performed by a few popular recording artists. V.O.T.G. featured The Beau Brummels, Freddy Cannon and Mike Clifford. Clifford's best known single, "Close To Cathy," had been released three years earlier and brushed the top 10.

      I'm so glad this post put a smile on your face, dear friend Belle. Thank you again for being here and have a wonderful week ahead!

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  17. Loved Freddy Cannon!
    Thanks for the memories;)

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    1. You're welcome, dear Sandra. I hope you had a fine weekend!

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    2. Yessum, the weeks are flying by and we'll soon be saying T.G.I.F. again.

      Thank you very much for stopping by, dear friend Sandra!

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  18. Fun stuff, Shady. And I don't think I've ever seen a young Ron Howard in colour before. ;)

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    1. Hi, Hilary!

      Thank you very much for coming, dear friend!

      That's a good point. It was rare to see Ronny Howard's carrot top in living color in the years before Graffiti and Happy Days. I hope you enjoyed these clips and tunes from Village of the Giants.

      Thank you again for your visit and comment, dear friend Hilary!

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  19. Hi, Shady; I wrote out a comment earlier, but don't see it here, so trying again, now.

    Happy (Belated) Birthday to Freddy Cannon! He looks great for 75, if that's a current picture.

    I haven't seen any of these movies, but enjoyed the campy videos. That dance scene is hilarious and those costumes remind me of "I Dream of Jeannie". ☺ It was fun to see a young Beau Bridges and Ronny Howard. I remember Johnny Crawford from "The Rifleman". What a blast to see such a young Dick Clark as well.

    Thanks for this fun trip down memory lane!

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    1. Hi, Debbie the Doglady!

      Thank you for coming, my great friend! I'm sorry if you posted a comment earlier and it disappeared. Thanks for returning to check.

      Just for fun I watched most of V.O.T.G. on YouTube the other night. Apparently the jumbo size teens made giant loin cloths and halters for themselves using a box of old theater costumes. You gotta hand it to them. They whipped up some hot looking fashions on short notice. :) I'm glad you remember The Rifleman. I watched it every week with my dad. The gallery of kids shown on that clip from American Bandstand reminds us that we were all young once. In fact, we still are if we wanna be.

      I'm delighted to know that you enjoyed this trip down memory lane to the long lost Village of the Giants. Thank you again for stopping by and have a great week, dear friend Debbie!

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  20. I'm going to have to see if Netflix carries Village of the Giants: that is a lot of campy there! :) Those movies crack me up!
    Little Bitty Corrine: good song. I never heard it before but I love to watch those girls dance the way they do. That makes me laugh too!
    Great post Shady.
    Loved the super size kitty too... :)

    Michele at Angels Bark

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    1. Hi, Michele!

      Thank you very much for coming over, dear friend! How are your parents doing?

      You can watch Village of the Giants in its entirety on YouTube. Here's the URL:

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z-E_uZ3oQJ4

      I actually "backed into" the idea for this piece by watching various Freddy Cannon videos to put together a post honoring him on his 75th birthday. His performance of "Corrine" at the famous "Friends fountain" got me curious about V.O.T.G. and I tied the two together into a single post. Freddy looked awfully hot in that sweater! :)

      I'm glad you enjoyed watching these movie scenes showing how primitive special effects were back in those Happy Days.

      Thanks again for being a great friend and coming to Freddy's party, dear Michele. Enjoy your Wednesday and I hope to see you soon!

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  21. So this strange goo not only made them grow in size, it also made them dance horribly in slow motion as well? Does this film ever explain what the goo actually is? (Besdies Opie's explanation) or why these teens felt it was a good idea to consume it? Were they ever restored to their actual size? So many questions.
    PS - Sorry, I've been real bad with blog reading the past week. I'm trying to get back on schedule.

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    1. Hi, Jeffrey!

      You asked:

      << So this strange goo not only made them grow in size, it also made them dance horribly in slow motion as well? Does this film ever explain what the goo actually is? >>

      Remember the 1958 horror movie The Blob? The Blob was a huge jelly-like monster that devoured people. Remember the 1961 Disney movie The Absent-Minded Professor? A wacky chem professor invented Flubber ("flying rubber"). Remember Demo Moore in the 1996 movie Striptease? (I have no idea where I'm going with this.)

      All I can say is that teenagers love to experiment and that goo looked too good to resist. I just ate a large can of raw Crisco myself!

      In the end all of the teens were restored to their original size except for Joy Harmon who remains a fugitive from justice to this day. I guess you could say she and her halter top are still "at large."

      Thank you very much for dropping in, good buddy Jeffrey! I invite you to drop by during the holidays and stick with me for more music, memories and fun in the coming year!

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  22. I agree. The first thing I'd do if I were to find some strange goo, would be to taste it.
    And yes, I do recall just about all those movies, but the final one you mention. Never saw that one.

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    1. AOK, Jeffrey! I'm glad you remember two out of three of those movies. My brother took me to see The Blob and my dad took me to see The Absent-Minded Professor. They don't make 'em like that anymore!

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