Written by / 1/31/2013 / No comments /

DISNEY DOUBLE: NOW YOU SEE THE COMPUTER WORE TENNIS SHOES

year: 1972 cast: Kurt Russell, Michael McGreevey, Joe Flynn  rating: ***1/2
If there were a Dexter Riley TV series (based on the characters from THE COMPUTER WORE TENNIS SHOES), centering on the title character and his science class University cohorts, this would be the best episode: the worst being the completely dull follow-up THE STRONGEST MAN IN THE WORLD.

Although Kurt Russell looks more like a popular jock than underdog geek, you forget he's anyone else but the energetic young man who starred in many live-action Disney films of the sixties and seventies (before becoming John Carpenter's Clint Eastwood).

Dexter and goofball buddy Schuyler (Disney staple Michael McGreevey, the perfect human cartoon) use a spray Dexter invented that turns things invisible. This formula could cause them to win a science contest, which will free the school from debt.

So they follow their dean Joe Flynn to the golf course, a non-golfer trying to impress a millionaire golf nut who runs the contest. An invisible Dexter helps all Flynn's shots go in the hole: this is perhaps the funnest part of the film... after which that string of purposely-frustrating "Disney-letdowns" occur: the things that once worked now fail because of a villain's tampering.

Ceaser Romero is a crime boss with plans to turn the campus into his own Las Vegas. He and cohort Richard Bakalyan (always a Disney thug and the smug sharp-shooter cop in CHINATOWN) make themselves invisible, rob a bank and turn their car invisible.

Thus the last twenty minutes involves a chase between the students, the police, and the invisible car. Sure it's fun, but not as creative and involving as the initial set up . 
bonus: THE COMPUTER WORE TENNIS SHOES year: 1968 cast: Kurt Russell rating: **1/2
The first of three Disney "Dexter Riley" films starring Kurt Russell as the head of a group of eavesdropping science students at an always financially-strapped University is too plot-heavy. Dexter gets electrocuted by a computer and his brain becomes one, allowing him to pass tests with ease and excel and anything having to do with facts or memorization.

There's a boring kid named Pete who, in later Dexter films, is replaced as Dexter's sidekick by Michael McGreevy as Schuyler. McGreevey is in this movie but hasn't become Archie's Jughead yet. And there's too much emphasis on Caesar Romero, William Schallert and Joe Flynn and not enough of the kids.

This film isn't a students-strike-back team effort like the other two. It's mostly all about Dexter and the grown-ups and the premise gets pretty tired quick. "Now You See Him Now You Don't" is much better.
Share This Post :
Tags :

No comments:

Post a Comment

Note: Only a member of this blog may post a comment.

Featured Post

PAIGE CONNER POSSESSES EXPLOITATION HORROR IN 'THE VISITOR'

Paige Conner in THE VISITOR Year: 1979 THE VISITOR has many cult influences starting with THE BIRDS since the blonde-haired, blue-eyed eight...

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...

Most Popular Last Year

WWW.CULTFILMFREAKS.COM

WWW.CULTFILMFREAKS.COM
Movie Reviews, Interviews, Articles and Pop Culture from White Heat to Blue City

COMING SOON/NEXT REVIEW

COMING SOON/NEXT REVIEW
Review of Richard Fleischer's Neo Noir SEE NO EVIL with Mia Farrow... on Indicator Blu...

TOTAL HITS

Popular Trending

FOUNDED BY JAMES M. TATE

FOUNDED BY JAMES M. TATE
RANDOM QUOTE: "There's nothing meaner than a mean woman." Lee Marvin in Richard Fleischer's Violent Saturday

LIKE OUR FACEBOOK FANPAGE

FILM NOIR/NEO NOIR/CRIME

PERSONAL FAVORITES

1)THE CROWDED SKY 2)THE FEARMAKERS 3)PULP 4)RAIDERS FROM BENEATH THE SEA 5)OTLEY 6)ANATOMY OF A MURDER 7)VIOLENT SATURDAY 8)CANYON PASSAGE 9)THE MAN FROM LARAMIE 10)HARDCORE 11)CURSE OF THE DEMON 12)HOT CARS 13)SHARKS' TREASURE 14)SWEENEY TWO 15)WAR OF THE WORLDS 16)EASY LIVING 17)ASH WEDNESDAY 18)THE SERGEANT 19)AL CAPONE 20)FALLEN ANGEL 21)THE ROARING TWENTIES 22)THE DEFECTOR 23)AIR PATROL 24)DUEL IN THE JUNGLE 25)THE SYSTEM 26)ATLANTIC CITY 27)KILLER FISH 28)WHITE HEAT 29)ROYAL FLASH 30)CORVETTE SUMMER 31)COMPULSION 32)WHERE THE SIDEWALK ENDS 33)THE ONLY GAME IN TOWN 34)MADISON AVENUE 35)THE SHARKFIGHTERS 36)DEMETRIUS AND THE GLADIATORS 37)MY BLOOD RUNS COLD 38)THE LINEUP 39)SWAMP WATER 40)THE DAY THEY ROBBED THE BANK OF ENGLAND 41)RUMBLE FISH 42)CANYON RIVER 43)THE HEARSE 44)WILLIAM CONRAD'S BRAINSTORM 45)JUNGLE STREET 46)THE DRIVER 47)FRENZY 48)PECKINPAH'S STRAW DOGS 49)THE KILLING 50)FORCE TEN FROM NARAVONE 51)BULLITT 52)WICHITA 53)QUANTRILL'S RAIDERS 54)KISS TOMORROW GOODBYE 55)LAURA 56)THE BREAK 57)CRIME WAVE 58)SORCERER 59)THE STONE KILLER 60)BRING ME THE HEAD OF ALFREDO GARCIA

GREATEST MOVIES EVER 1)THE GODFATHER PART II 2)GOODFELLAS 3)THE GODFATHER 4)CHINATOWN 5)LAWRENCE OF ARABIA 6)JAWS 7)A CLOCKWORK ORANGE 8)IN COLD BLOOD 9)CITIZEN KANE 10)PSYCHO

ACTORS 1)DANA ANDREWS 2)JAMES CAGNEY 3)MARLON BRANDO 4)JACK NICHOLSON 5)ORSON WELLES 6)PETER O'TOOLE 7)TOM COURTENAY 8)CHARLES BRONSON 9)GENE HACKMAN 10)VICTOR MATURE ACTRESSES 1)VIRGINIA MAYO 2)SUE LYON 3)GENE TIERNEY 4)MERRY ANDERS 5)FAYE DUNAWAY DIRECTORS 1)JACQUES TOURNEUR 2)RICHARD FLEISCHER 3)STANLEY KUBRICK 4)ORSON WELLES 5)OTTO PREMINGER 6)JOHN CARPENTER 7)MAURY DEXTER 8)JOHN LANDIS 9)MICHAEL WINNER 10)SAM PECKINPAH

WESTERN GENRE REVIEWS

SIXTIES BRITISH NEW WAVE

RARITIES & EXPLOITATION

Popular This Month

ALL KINDS OF HORROR

CINEMA OF DANA ANDREWS

DANA ANDREWS FACEBOOK

STARING DOWN THE SIXTIES

KICKING IN THE EIGHTIES

TALES AND REFLECTIONS

CRUISING THE SEVENTIES

All Time Popular

PUNCHING UP THE THIRTIES

PEELING OUT THE FORTIES

BACK TO THE FIFTIES

RETURN TO THE HOMEPAGE