Hey pallies, likes we gotta say that we loves how the Matt Helm flicks which are now either 50 years old, or close to it are still providin' the purest of pleasure for folks of all times and stripes, for pallies of all ages and stages. Today ilovedinomartin takes you to an Amazon.come review pad where Mr. Tim Janson has potently ponticiated in the coolest of cool ways on the quartet of Matt Helm silver screen epics.
Likes we knew for certain that we was gonna absolutely loves Janson's Dino-reflections when we read these powerfully proscriptive words...."The plots of the four films are almost secondary to Martin's scenery chewing, and that's just how I like it as he brought humor and charm to his role as Super Spy Matt Helm." Likes truly this dude "gets Martin" and understands his genius in playin' swingin' spyster Matt Helm. Absolutely there is no one more coolly charmin'....no one for hugely humurous...then our most beloved Dino as Helm.
We certainly encourage all dudes to beautifully bask in the Dino-light of Tim's tiny but mighty ravin' reviews of each of the four Helm flicks....indeed this Janson pallie even knows that numero 3, "The Ambushers" is the weak link in the Helm chain.
ilovedinomartin salutes Mr. Tim Janson and the folks at Amazon.com for his wonderful insights into the absolutely awesome pleasures associated with viewin' our great man in his great role as Matt Helm. To view this in it's original format, simply clicks on the tag of this here Dino-message. Keeps lovin' our Dino and likes keeps spreadin' the Dino-message of cool!
Yours in Dino,
Dino Martin Peters
btw, enjoys the swank samplin' below of Dino-images from each of the Matt Helm films.
NOW THAT'S COOL, BABY!!!, August 24, 2005
By Tim Janson
This review is from: Matt Helm Lounge: The Silencers / Murderers' Row / The Ambushers / The Wrecking Crew (DVD)
I admit to having a great affinity for Dean Martin. To me he was the essence of cool in the 1960's. Considering he was 49 years old when he did the first Matt Helm movie, The Silencers, that's really saying a lot about his popularity and influence back during that period. I Just loved watching these films on TV as a kid. My brother always preferred the Bond films, but even as a youngster I appreciated the humor and charm that martin brought to his role as Super Spy Matt Helm. The plots of the four films are almost secondary to Martin's scenery chewing, and that's just how I like it.
In "The Silencers" Helm, an agent for ICE (Intelligence and Counter Espionage) is out to stop the usual baddies The Big O from detonating a nuclear bomb and starting world war III. The gorgeous Stella Stevens is along for the ride as is dancer Cyd Charisse. Victor Buono best know as Batman villian King Tut, plays a Chinese baddie!
"Murderer's Row" is the second Matt Helm film and this time Karl Malden plays the villian role as Julian Wall who has kidnapped a scientist with the intention of using his new device to blow up Washington D.C. This time Dean is joined by the lovely Ann-Margaret who plays the scientist's daughter, Suzie.
"The Ambushers" is up next and there's a lot of debate on if this film is better or worse than Murderer's Row. I rate them this one a bit below the previous one due to there being no real top name female co-star this time. An experimental U.s. space ship has been stolen and it's up to Matt to get it back...in-between drinking and lusting after the ladies!
The "Wrecking Crew" is the last Matt Helm film and I think one of the best. It contains a bevy of 1960's beauties including Gilligan's Island's Tina Louise, along with Elke Sommer, and the late Sharon Tate. As usual the plot of Helm trying to recover a fortune in stolen gold, is secondary to the hi-jinks of martin's character. Bruce lee choreographed the fight scenes.
Anyone who goes into the Matt Helm films trying to take them seriously is in for trouble. These were pure, tongue-in-cheek spoofs of spy films and a vehicle for Dino to romp with a lot of beautiful women. Expect anything more and you will be disappointed. But if you love Dean's 60's cool then this is a great set to have.