Hey pallies, likes hopes that youse all had a super spectacular Dino-ween makin' our most beloved Dino a huge huge part of your festivities. While doin' our usual 20 or so pages of google blog Dino-searchin' we happened 'pon the followin' prose from a new-to-ilovedinomartin blog "The League of Dead Films - Bringing dead films back to life one review at a time."
The "Dead Film" that blogger T.A. Gerolami has brought "back to life" is none other one of our great man's great westerns "5 Card Stud." Gerolami suggest watchin' this particular flick 'round Dino-ween 'cause they frame it "as the first in a series of 'Dean Martin Western Mysteries.'" Likes we totally digs that notion and we digs the ways that T.A. sets up to prove the point that "5 Card Stud is an interesting example of the murder mysteries made before Halloween that many of its imitators drew upon." Likes gonna have all youse Dino-philes read Gerolami's particulars, but we gotta say that we are impressed by how the thesis is 'plained.
So, we now have 'nother big screen Dino-effort to be includin' in our Dino-ween season of viewin' pleasure. We thanks T.A. Gerolami for these interestin' and insightful thoughts on "5 Card Stud" as a Dino-western mystery. To checks this out in it's original format, simply clicks on the tag of this here Dino-gram. Dino-ponderin', DMP
October 25th, 2014: 5 Card Stud (1968)
by T.A. Gerolami
5 Card Stud
Cast and Crew: Henry Hathaway (Director); Hal B. Wallis (Producer); Maurice Jarre (Score); Dean Martin, John Anderson, Yaphet Kotto, Whit Bissell, Roy Jenson
What It’s About: After a man is lynched for cheating at cards, the men who lynched him are killed off one by one. Is it someone who was in the game? Or is it the Reverend Jonathan Rudd (Robert Mitchum), a mysterious stranger who arrived in town shortly after the crime was committed?
Why Watch it Today?: Halloween, the seasonal classic that inspired countless imitations and helped create a new horror sub-genre, was released on this date in 1978. So why feature a film made ten years earlier? 5 Card Stud is an interesting example of the murder mysteries made before Halloween that many of its imitators drew upon. The film never fully commits to the mystery genre, but where it does it is almost a precursor to early slasher films-the event in the past that sets the current killings in motion, the varied early kills (smothering in a barrel of flour, strangulation with barbed wire, hanging from a church bell, drowning) which are presented in a very spooky manner (particularly the hanging from the church bell, which is incredibly atmospheric). Roddy McDowall’s sleazy operator even has mommy issues, not uncommon in the slasher sub-genre. Of course, the film is a hybrid, so it eventually pulls away from its spooky revenge killings to get more firmly on the “Western showdown” side of things, but it’s an interesting missed opportunity, and it’s fun to imagine this as the first in a series of “Dean Martin Western Mysteries.”
Other Choices: You could watch Halloween, or any of the many films inspired by its success.