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Although the reviews for these three titles are mixed, to me the low-down is pretty simple: "High School Big Shot" has the most dramatic plot though impeded by un-photogenic lead player, and Roger Corman's obligatory screwball villains, totally out of place in a JD feature (Corman loved "jerk" humour and subjected audiences to it in most of his films).
"High School Caesar" has a better looking cast and solid storyline. Filmed in Chillicothe, Missouri, it's a real neat time-capsule for those pre-franchise everything days when you could get a coke and hamburger at some hole-in-the-wall joint no one outside of your town ever heard of. Also on display is a '58 Caddie and, if you look for it, a gorgeous '59 Chevy Bel Aire convertible. BUT WATCH OUT! The print Something Weird used on this DVD is very soft and is also missing the crucial Reggie Perkins theme song, "High School Caesar," originally released on a 45, which is probably the best thing about the whole movie. In its place is bland incidental music by Nicholas Carras.
Finally, "Date Bait." It's obvious that the production team (O'Dale Ireland, etc.) over at Marathon Productions knew this was going to be the bottom half of their double bill with HSC--so the care that went into the former's story development and direction was not lavished on this one.Read more ›
1.HIGH SCHOOL BIGSHOT- Remeber those "bobby soxers" and cheerleaders you used to dream about scoring with? Well, fergit about it! Marv learns that sometimes it's best to let the jocks keep 'em! Marv is a high school senior in line for a scholarship to "college". He's broke and lives alone with his chronically unemployed, drunken father. He's got the hots for a buxom gal from the other side of the tracks, but so what? Love is blind ain't it? Fortunately for him, he learns that a million dollars in cash is being stored in the dock warehouse where he works after school. The cash is lined up for a major drug score but Marv decides that he and his dad need the cash more than the pushers! His mistake? He hires a safecracker played by Stanley Adams (Star Trek's Tribble pushing "Cyrano Jones") and if that ain't enough, he tells the "chesty" girl he likes about his plans, who then tells her dumb moose of a boyfriend! It's a wild ride this side of John Waters and Quentin Tarentino! The best of the three you'll want to watch again and again!
Three and a half stars!!!
2. HIGH SCHOOL CAESAR- The most "serious" (and boring) of the three. John Ashley, who went on to play Frankie Avalon's buddy in all of the "Beach Party" movies, is the "Caesar" who terrorizes his school mates and rules with an iron fist. He gets away with it until his violent ways lead to murder.
3. DATE BAIT-
A Druggy returns to town only to find the gal he wanted has moved on to better things.
His brother is a two-bit dope pusher who tries to keep him out of trouble by beating up his classmates.Read more ›
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I’d heard of the Cesar one so was glad to get a clear copy of it and the Big Shot one was a very nice surprise. Read morePublished 10 months ago by S. Banzhaf
A good DVD of some of the old High School delinquent teenagers genre.Published 13 months ago by burney brandon