|The Apple Dumpling Gang 1975 G, 104 min.|
Genre: Family / Comedy / Western
Director: Norman Tokar
Cast: Don Knotts, Tim Conway, Bill Bixby, Susan Clark, Slim Pickens, David Wayne, Harry Morgan, John McGiver, Don Knight, Clay O'Brien, Dennis Fimple, Iris Adrian, Brad Savage, Stacy Manning, Fran Ryan
In this Disney film, three spirited children are "inherited" by frontier gambler Russell Donovan (Bill Bixby) who agrees to an in-name-only marriage to Magnolia Dusty Clydesdale (Susan Clark) because he needs help with the children. When the children discover gold worth millions in their late father's mine, they get involved with bumbling bank robbers Theodore Ogelvie and Amos (Don Knotts and Tim Conway) who agree to steal the gold, which is being held in the bank for safe keeping.
|Creature from Black Lake 1976 PG, 97 min.|
Genre: Horror / Thriller
Director: Joy Houck Jr.
Cast: John David Carson, Dennis Fimple, Jack Elam, Bill Thurman, Dub Taylor, Jim McCullough Jr., Catherine McClenny, Becky Smizer, Michelle Willingham, Joy Houck Jr.
Two anthropology students head to Louisiana in search of a creature that may be the missing link. Despite run-ins with the sheriff, they are finally successful. The low budget shows, but Jack Elam (and Dub Taylor, to a lesser extent) makes it worth watching.
|King Kong 1976 PG, 134 min.|
Genre: Adventure / Fantasy / Thriller / Romance
Director: John Guillermin
Cast: Jeff Bridges, Charles Grodin, Jessica Lange, John Randolph, Rene Auberjonois, Julius Harris, Jack O'Halloran, Ed Lauter, John Agar, Dennis Fimple, Jorge Moreno, Mario Gallo, John Lone, Garry Walberg, Keny Long
Fred Wilson (Charles Grodin) is an oil magnate sailing to a Pacific island looking for petroleum. Also on board is stowaway paleontologist Jack Prescott (Jeff Bridges) who warns that prehistoric monsters inhabit the island. While still heading for the island, they pick up Dwan (Jessica Lange, in her film debut) who has been shipwrecked. They arrive on the island, run into King Kong, and Dwan becomes the object of Kong's attention. Wilson locks Kong up in the cargo hold of the ship and brings him to New York City where Kong escapes and climbs the World Trade Center looking for safety.
|Mackintosh and T.J. 1975 PG, 96 min.|
Director: Marvin J. Chomsky
Cast: Roy Rogers, Clay O'Brien, Billy Green Bush, Andrew Robinson, Joan Hackett, James Hampton, Luke Askew, Dennis Fimple, Larry Mahan, Walter Barnes
Roy Rogers is an aging ranch hand in this Western set in the modern day. He takes a young boy under his wing to mature the boy to manhood. Waylan Jennings' music is the highlight of this film–only for Roy Rogers fans who want to see his comeback.
|Maverick 1994 PG, 129 min.|
Genre: Western / Adventure / Comedy
Director: Richard Donner
Cast: Mel Gibson, Jodie Foster, James Garner, Graham Greene, James Coburn, Alfred Molina, Dub Taylor, Geoffrey Lewis, Dan Hedaya, Denver Pyle, Paul L. Smith, Dennis Fimple, Clint Black, Max Perlich, Art LaFleur
In the film version of the popular 1960s' television series, James Garner is back, but this time he is not the gambler Maverick–he is Marshal Zane Cooper. Garner's old role of Maverick is well-performed by Mel Gibson. Maverick needs money to enter a winner-take-all poker game and uses devious means to gain the needed funds, and Annabelle Bransford (Jodie Foster) is always on guard for the chance to take Maverick's money.
|Of Mice and Men 1981 TV, 125 min.|
Director: Reza Badiyi
Cast: Robert Blake, Randy Quaid, Mitch Ryan, Ted Neeley, Cassie Yates, Pat Hingle, Lew Ayres, Whitman Mayo, Pat Corley, Dennis Fimple, Sondra Blake
This is a good TV re-make of the classic John Steinbeck story of itinerant workers, George (Robert Blake) and mentally retarded Lenny (Randy Quaid), who dream of owning their own ranch. They are hired to work in the Salinas Valley but run into problems with the boss's son Curley (Ted Neeley) and his flirtatious wife Mae (Cassie Yates). Matters get out of hand with Lenny and Mae and culminate in tragedy.
|Summertree 1971 PG, 89 min.|
Director: Anthony Newley
Cast: Michael Douglas, Jack Warden, Brenda Vaccaro, Barbara Bel Geddes, Rob Reiner, Kirk Callaway, Bill Vint, Jeff Siggins, Garry Goodrow, William Smith, Dennis Fimple, June Fairchild, Richard Stahl, Teri Garr
Poor Jerry–he drops out of college, finds himself selected by the Draft, and decides to flee to Canada. Kirk Douglas produced this so-so film.
|Swing Shift 1984 PG, 100 min.|
Genre: Drama / Comedy
Director: Jonathan Demme
Cast: Goldie Hawn, Kurt Russell, Christine Lahti, Ed Harris, Fred Ward, Sudie Bond, Holly Hunter, Patty Maloney, Roger Corman, Maggie Renzi, Lisa Pelikan, Susan Peretz, Joey Aresco, Dennis Fimple, Reid Cruickshanks
During World War II, Kay Walsh's (Goldie Hawn) husband Jack (Ed Harris) is sent off to fight, and she takes a job in a factory that produces war planes. Kay begins an affair with co-worker Lucky (Kurt Russell) and forms a close friendship with another co-worker Hazel (Christine Lahti). When Jack comes home on furlough, he discovers that Kay has been unfaithful. Then, Lucky has an affair with Hazel, which causes big problems between the women. Lahti was nominated for the Oscar's Best Supporting Actress.
|The Wackiest Wagon Train in the West 1976 G, 86 min.|
Genre: Comedy / Western
Director: Jack Arnold, Earl Bellamy, Bruce Bilson, Oscar Rudolph
Cast: Bob Denver, Forrest Tucker, Ivor Francis, Jeannine Riley, Lori Saunders, Lynn Wood, William Cort, Eddie Little Sky, Ernest Esparza III, Don "Red" Barry, James Gammon, Dennis Fimple, John Quade
In this take-off on TV's "Gilligan's Island," 19th-century wagonmaster Callahan (Forrest Tucker) and his bumbling sidekick Dusty (Bob Denver), along with their passengers, become castaways on the trail from St. Louis to California when they are separated from the wagon train.
|1. The Apple Dumpling Gang (1975)|
2. Creature from Black Lake (1976)
3. King Kong (1976)
4. Mackintosh and T.J. (1975)
5. Maverick (1994)
6. Of Mice and Men (1981)
7. Summertree (1971)
8. Swing Shift (1984)
9. The Wackiest Wagon Train in the West (1976)
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