Thursday, October 11, 2012

Dean Martin smirks his way through the entire thing—and that’s what Something Big is; a fun time.

Hey pallies, likes Tuesday of this Dino-week was 'nother great day for all us Dino-philes as the long anticipated release of that swingin' Dino-western, "Something Big" became a Dino-reality! And, likes here's a swingin' review of said from the flick pad, "MOVIEGAZETTEONLINE" by Miss Rebecca Wright, founder and Editor-in-Chief of this movie blog site.

Likes it seems obvious that Miss Wright digs our most beloved Dino and our fav line in her review that ilovedinomartin has used as the tag of this post is just so so groovy ol' pallies of mine...."Dean Martin smirks his way through the entire thing—and that’s what Something Big is; a fun time." Indeed Dino is where it is at and how grand for Dino-holics likes youse and me to gets our greedy little Dino-hands on 'nother great big screen Dino-epic!

Thanks to Miss Rebecca Wright and her pallies at "MOVIEGAZETTEONLINE" for puttin' the accent on our Dino in this way and perhaps leadin' many of their readership into knowin', lovin', and likes totally diggin' our most diggable Dino! To view this in it's original format, as usual, simply clicks on the tag of this here Dino-message. Dino-always, ever, and only, DMP

DVD Review: Something Big (1971)

Written by Rebecca Wright

In 1971, Dean Martin was near the height of his fame. His variety show on NBC had been a hit for NBC since 1965, and he had become one of the highest paid performers on television. Fans loved his cool, smirking, devil-may-care attitude. Martin used his summer hiatus’ from the show to do nightclub appearances and makes films. One such film was 1971’s Something Big, a light-hearted western.

Directed by Andrew V. McLaglen (Shenandoah, The Rare Breed) and written by James Lee Barrett (The Greatest Story Ever Told, The Green Berets) Something Big offers a rather simple story. Dean Martin plays Joe Baker, an aging bandit determined to accomplish “something big,” before his fiancé Dover McBride (Carol White) arrives from Pennsylvania. He was supposed to have made a fortune, but he’s come up empty. Colonel Morgan (Brian Keith) knows that Baker is planning something, but the details remain sketchy—it’s simply “something big.”

As it turns out, Baker is planning a raid on a famous Mexican outlaw’s remote treasury. With the treasure well guarded, Baker is forced to make a deal with the vulgar and lonely bandit Johnny Cobb (Albert Salmi), to purchase a Gatling gun in exchange for a woman. Baker’s gang holds up a series of stagecoaches but leaves them untouched after Cobb is unable to find a suitable woman. He finally finds a suitable gal, who turns out to be Colonel Morgan's wife Mary Ann (Honor Blackman). She quickly takes a liking to Baker, who treats her with respect.

To say much more would give the entirety of what little plot there is away. Something Big doesn’t take itself too seriously; written as a bit of a parody of the western genre. Martin’s character is a bit of an eccentric. Dressed in a well-cut suede coat, he carries a small dog in a special saddle pouch. His horse’s two front teeth are capped with gold. His second in command is a kilted Scotsman who plays the bagpipes at nearly every turn.

Martin, along with a talented supporting cast that includes Ben Johnson, Denver Pyle, Merlin Olsen, Robert Donner, Harry Carey Jr. and Joyce Van Patten clearly had a lot of fun making this film. Dean Martin smirks his way through the entire thing—and that’s what Something Big is; a fun time. If you’re looking for a lighthearted, harmless movie, give this one a try.

Presented in the full screen format, Something Big looks okay. Colors aren’t particularly vibrant, but there not faded either. I didn’t notice any real digital anomalies except for a couple of scratches.

The audio is presented in a straight forward Dolby Mono. While nothing special, it does provide clear and concise dialogue throughout.

English SDH subtitles are available.

The theatrical trailer is included.


Always On Watch said...

The theme song for this film is excellent. Burt Bacharach composed it.

I think that our Dino did a version of the tune, but I'm not finding a Dino version at YouTube.

dino martin peters said...

Hey pallie, likes Miss AOW, makes me wonder if our most beloved Dino crooned the tune on the Dino-show?
Keeps lovin' our Dino!

Always On Watch said...

Yes, he might have sung the song on his show. Thanks for reminding me of that possibility!

dino martin peters said...

Hey pallie, likes no problemo Miss AOW, I gotta 'fess up that I don't remember seein' it, but as you know, our most beloved Dino crooned many a tune on the spectualar Dino-show that he never ever recorded...since I can't truly understand why the producers of this groovy western did not have our great man sing the great "big" song!?!?!?! Keeps lovin' our Dino!

Levi said...

Hi Dino Dude
Its so cool this movie is gonna be on dvd at last, i only have a very faded dvd that Ky gave me, I really dig this movie
Keep digging Dino, Dude

dino martin peters said...

Hey pallie, likes Deanager Levi, likes man how cool to hear from you dude! Likes ain't it the coolest that our swingin' Dino in that swingin' western "Something Big" is finally available for all us Dino-holics to soak in. Keeps diggin' our most diggable Dino!