Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Tuesday's Overlooked Films and/or Other A/V: the links, and THE CANDIDATE (1972) and SLATTERY'S PEOPLE

A Walk on the Moon
Election Day is upon us in the US, and I have to go vote, so will thank quickly those of you who have provided the reviews, clip links and citations below, and those of you who read these, and ask as always that if I've overlooked your or anyone else's link, please let me know in comments.

Enjoy your franchise, or the conscientious abstention from it if you choose...but don't think Not Voting doesn't encourage Them, too...

Bill Crider: Get the Gringo
The Web

Brian Arnold: Hallowe'en Wrap-up;  The Monkees on The Hy Lit Show (1968)

Dan Stumpf: The Web

Ed Gorman: Born to Be Bad

Elizabeth Foxwell: "The Debt" (Suspense [1952; television]; based on Lawrence Treat's "Twenty-Dollar Debt")

Evan Lewis: The Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse

George Kelley: The Rachel Maddow Show

Iba Dawson: A Walk on the Moon

The Seventh Victim
Ivan G. Shreve, Jr.: The 7th Victim 

Jack Seabrook: Ray Bradbury on TV: "The Life Work of Juan Diaz" (The Alfred Hitchcock Hour)

James Reasoner: Islands in the Sky

Jeff Flugel: Phenomena

Jerry House: Vampire Over London (1952, aka a panoply of titles)

John Charles: Arachnid (2001)

The Voice of the Turtle
John F. Norris: Hallowe'en Light Show

Kate Laity: Berne

Laura: The Voice of the Turtle and others

Marty McKee: Deep Rising

Michael Shonk: more Harry O

Patti Abbott: Checkmate

Prashant Trikannad: Do Aankhen Barah Haath (1957; aka Two Eyes, Twelve Hands)

The Thing (from Another World)
Randy Johnson: The Thing (from Another World)

Rick: Hammer Horrors: An A to Z Appreciation

Ron Scheer: Homicide: Life in the Streets

Scott Cupp: Rubber

Sergio Angelini: Blake Edwards's crime drama

Stacia Jones: November Movies to watch for
Homicide: Life on the Street

Stefan Blitz: The Heathcliff and Dingbat Show

Stephen Gallagher: The Killing

Todd Mason: The Candidate (1972) and Slattery's People: please see below;  Pat Paulsen for President

Yvette Banek: Favorite Political Films for Those of You Who Haven't Overdosed on Politics Yet; Dancing at the Harvest Moon

The Candidate (1972) is my favorite of US political films, a sly satire of the political process and all its temptations and corruptions, particularly when one is dealing with the Big-Time races such as for a US Senate seat from a state such as California. Bill McKay (Robert Redford) is the son of an old-style wheeler-dealer former governor (Melvin Douglas), but who has more progressive and populist ideas than those of his father, an exemplar of political-machine pragmatism. When no more conventional Democrat is willing to challenge popular blowhard GOP incumbent Crocker Jarman (the one bit of rather overbroad nomenclature in the film), younger McKay, with the proviso that he can actually put forward the message he wants to in his campaign, takes up the challenge...and how the process, and Bill McKay's ego, both propel and thwart his passage through the campaign are the heart of the film. The segment below is not the most subtle nor telling segment, but is the most substantial bit online, and is relatively demonstrative of the skill of the filmmaking and critique in this project, from writer Jeremy Larner and director Michael Ritchie, probably the height of both men's film careers:
The Candidate:

Meanwhile, I've never seen a complete episode of Slattery's People, the fondly-remembered season and a half series that ran on CBS in the mid-'60s, with little exposure since; but the key fragments of an episode below do leave me wishing I could see more of the series, particularly outside the gray market...it seems like the kind of balance between naive and knowing that marked such contemporary series as The Defenders and NYPD, and even with the fact of Fred Freiberger in on the production (he was the producer responsible for the atrocious third season of Star Trek), I'd certainly give it a look...interesting parallel in the episode excerpted below and the film above, between the attempts of younger reformers to push back against politics-as-usual vested interests, though The Candidate is unsurprisingly much more ambiguous and less hammy than the teleplay...which could also be the working model for A Few Good Men...
Slattery's People:

with subsequent segments (alas, not the complete episode) here and here.


Phillyradiogeek said...

This week's short but sweet post is now up and running!


Sergio (Tipping My Fedora) said...

THE CANDIDATE is a terrific movie - that scene in the car when he seemingly cracks up is one of my favourites. Great choice Todd - can't believe it is 40 years ago ... Wasn't there talk of Redford making a kind of semi-sequel or follow-up? Would make very good sense.

michael said...

Todd, I share your opinion of THE CANDIDATE, but it comes a close second to my favorite political film, THE SENATOR WAS INDISCREET (with William Powell). If I ever run out of forgotten TV series to review I will turn to my long list of forgotten movie treasures.

Todd Mason said...

Thanks, guys...I dunno, Sergio...I'm not sure that a very late sequel to THE CANDIDATE has too much chance to be better than ENEMY OF THE STATE was to THE CONVERSATION. But, then again, maybe it would be along the lines of THE QUICK AND THE DEAD and UNFORGIVEN in homage to the Leone films.

Michael, I've been aware of that film, but I don't think I've seen it...shall delve.

Ha, Brian! Well, they sure were earnest.