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Wild Guitar (1962)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Music | December 1962 (USA)
A young Arch Hall, Jr. is given a shot at the big time by the unscrupulous owner of a small record company played by Arch Hall, Sr. (aka William Watters).

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Arch Hall Sr. (screenplay) (as Nicholas Merriwether), Bob Wehling (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Arch Hall Jr. ... Bud Eagle
Nancy Czar ... Vickie Wills
Arch Hall Sr. Arch Hall Sr. ... Mike McCauley (as William Watters)
Ray Dennis Steckler ... Steak (as Cash Flagg)
Marie Denn Marie Denn ... Marge
Robert Crumb Robert Crumb ... Don Proctor
Virginia Broderick Virginia Broderick ... Daisy
Al Scott Al Scott ... Tom
Lloyd Williams ... Kidnapper (as William Lloyd)
Jonathan Karle Jonathan Karle ... Kidnapper
Mike Treibor Mike Treibor ... Kidnapper
Paul Voorhees Paul Voorhees ... Hal Kenton (MC)
Rick Dennis Rick Dennis ... Stage Manager
Carol Flynn Carol Flynn ... Dancer
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Denise Lynn Denise Lynn ... Nancy
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A young Arch Hall, Jr. is given a shot at the big time by the unscrupulous owner of a small record company played by Arch Hall, Sr. (aka William Watters). Written by Anonymous

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A frenzy of musical action See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Music | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

December 1962 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

$30,000 (estimated)
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Mono

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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

When Bud is outside of Dino's Lodge, he pulls out a comb and combs his hair. This is a reference to the television series 77 Sunset Strip (1958). In that show, Edd Byrnes played Kookie, a valet at Dino's Lodge who was constantly combing his hair. See more »

Goofs

Bud's guitar is larger than the case he's been carrying it in. See more »

Quotes

Steak: This is Daisy, she's gonna teach you how to swing.
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References West Side Story (1961) See more »

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The Wild, Wild Guitar of Arch Hall, jr
7 February 2002 | by zmaturinSee all my reviews

This was the historic collaboration between Arch Hall, Sr, who wrote the script, and first-time director Ray Dennis Steckler. It's not on the level of Steckler's future bizarre works, but still has enough strange artistic choices to keep Stecklerites interested.

Lunk-headed Bud Eagle (Eegah's scrunchy-faced teen dream Arch Hall, Jr), spastically rides his motorcycle into Hollywood to become a star and before the night is over he's stumbled onto a variety show, played his guitar, and gotten tons of offers to cut records, be on TV, and sleep with comely starlets. Unfortunately, he gets signed by crooked agent Mike McCauley (played by Arch Senior) and his evil henchmen Steak (Steckler) who sets Bud up in the house from `Eegah', the one with the oven in the living room. They also give him a new guitar to replace his crummy one, but I'm not sure which guitar is the titular wild one. Mike goes about getting Bud some gigs: `Bud Eagle? For five hundred dollars? You're talking- you're crazy! Five THOUSAND is more like it! He's the hottest thing in the country!'

The weird thing is, Mike and Steak insist on doing shady business deals to make Bud a star, like creating fake teenage fan clubs and trying to start an `Eagle feather' fad. But what the hell? They're doing all these under-handed things to make money, but they don't have too. I mean, Bud got all those offers, right? So why don't they just take the offers and make money? They also constantly try to sabotage Arch's relationship with weird-faced diner-denizen Vicki. Bud's response it to squeeze out the love ode `Vicki' as heard in `Eegah'. While he sings, Steckler's wife Carolyn Brandt `dances' around the stage.

Steckler's next movie was his `Citizen Kane', `The Incredibly Strange Creatures who Stopped Living and Became Mixed-Up Zombies or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb', while The Halls continued their downward spiral, with Hall, Sr, insisting his son was star material in flicks like `The Sadist', `The Nasty Rabbit', and `Deadwood ‘76'.

This was featured on `Teenage Theatre', a video series produced by Johnny Legend (who sings the Teenage Theatre song) and hosted by antediluvian `teen' Mamie Van Doren, who more recently frightened movie goers in `Slackers'.


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