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The Food Of The Gods Review


Terrible
Writer/director Bert I. Gordon's adaptation of The Food of the Gods claims to be based on "a portion" of the eponymous H.G. Wells novel. Apparently he meant the portion that sucks. At least eight of Gordon's films have been lampooned on bad-movie-graveyard Mystery Science Theater 3000. That this one never made it can only be a matter of the show having been cancelled before they could get to it.

The film begins, improbably enough, with way-too-old-to-be-playing-football professional athlete Morgan (Marjoe Gortner) deciding to take a break with another unbelievably old player, Davis (Chuck Courtney) and their promoter Brian (Jon Cypher). They head off to a remote island to hunt deer on horseback, because that's how football players unwind.

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They Drive By Night Review


Good
Humphrey Bogart plays the lesser of two truck-driving brothers who get caught up in a murder plot courtesy of screaming starlet Ida Lupino, who caught a huge break with this film. The story is classic melodrama, with screwy dames, inquisitive coppers, and a screaming courtroom breakdown ("The doors made me do it!"). Amusing in the end but hardly a classic.

High Sierra Review


Weak
Droll little Bogart film -- his first leading man role. Unfortunately, all the promise of intrigue and adventure in the Sierra mountains never really materializes. Instead, High Sierra is concerned more with a leg-extending operation for one of Bogie's dames and a dog that keeps barking, messing up his heists. The various robberies are utterly lacking in suspense or originality. It ends up as a rather plain entry into 1940s adventure movies which can barely hold your interest for its running time.
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