HIS PANTS SPLIT AT END
James Brown turns in a pants-splitting performance of “I Feel Good” in the 1965 AIP comedy “Ski Party” with Duane Hickman and Frankie Avalon in drag in a hare brain scheme to improve their love lives. Leslie Gore and Dick Dale make this a must see beach movie.
IT’S A FINE LIFE
The 1968 award winning film “Oliver!” is excellent because the producer turned a deaf ear to suggestions to cast Liz and Dick in the leads or other Hollywood box-office stars. Instead a talented British cast and crew makes this one of the best film adaptations of a stage musical, unlike “Hello Dolly” and “Mame.” Bloomsbury and the London market are all sets built at Shepperton Studios, which is amazing and wouldn’t happen today. I saw the play, heard the music in Boise in about 1966.