Mission: Impossible (1970) – Chico, and Gitano

Ken Pettus delivers a paint-by-numbers episode with Chico, which first aired on 25 January, 1970. It features a couple of things that are hard to forget, Leonard Nimoy trotting out a truly horrible Australian accent, and Phelps (Peter Graves) recruiting from the animal division of the IMF again, this time a little trained terrier named…

Mission: Impossible (1970) – The Falcon: Part 2, and Part 3

Paul delivers the second part of his The Falcon trilogy on 11 January, 1970, and there is a lot going on as Phelps (Peter Graves) and his team work to free Nicolai (Noel Harrison) and his sister, Francesca (Diane Baker) and their imprisoned brother, from the grasp of General Sabbatini (John Vernon) and Colonel Vargas…

Mission: Impossible (1969/1970) – The Amnesiac, and The Falcon: Part 1

Robert Malcolm Young and Ken Pettus pen the teleplay for The Amnesiac from a story developed by Young. It first aired on 28 December, 1969, and features a few return guest stars, including Steve Inhat in his third and final M:I appearance, and Anthony Zerbe in his third of five appearances! Phelps (Peter Graves) IMF…

The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes (1970) – Billy Wilder

The next title in DK Canada’s Monsters in the Movies book is a bit of a red herring, which is kind of appropriate as it is kind of a mystery. Despite being nestled in the chapter on dragons and dinosaurs, the dinosaur, or monster in this one is apparent, from it’s first appearance that it…

The Vampire Lovers (1970) -Roy Ward Baker

Hammer Films stepped up their game once they realized blood, fangs, boobs and sexuality can mix. The Vampire Lovers, which features Peter Cushing is the next stop in the vampire chapter of DK Canada’s immensely enjoyable Monsters in the Movies by legendary director John Landis. Referred to as the first film in the Karnstein trilogy,…

The Birch Wood (1970) – Andrzej Wajda

As I return to DK Canada’s The Movie Book, I dive into the What Else to Watch list following my screening of Ashes and Diamonds. Directed by the same film maker, Andrzej Wajda, The Birch Wood is a gentle character piece set in prewar Poland. The story follows Stanislaw (Olgierd Lukaszewicz), a young man suffering…

Patton (1970) – Franklin J. Schaffner

George C. Scott’s Oscar winning turn as controversial military commander, General George S. Patton is my next stop as I explore the recommendations from the Great Movies – 100 Years of Movie book following my screening of Saving Private Ryan. Based on a history of Patton as well as Omar Bradley’s (portrayed by Karl Malden…

MASH (1970) – Robert Altman

“And then there was Korea…” Robert Altman’s classic war comedy, MASH, is the first recommendation from the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book following my screening of Apocalypse Now. The movie remains very funny, and it’s anti-war commentary is just as important today. That being said, this is not the MASH I grew…

The Railway Children (1970) – Lionel Jeffries

A recommendation from the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book following my screening of Home Alone for the Family Genre, The Railway Children was a film I had never heard of, but, if I had seen it as s child it certainly would have cemented my crush on Jenny Agutter a lot sooner….

Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1970) – Ted Post

  The next stop in the Sci-Fi Chronicles book is the long-running Planet of the Apes series, I’d previously reviewed the first film for the blog, so leapt forward into the first sequel, which sees Earth Astronaut, Brent (James Franciscus) travelling through some kind of space anomaly in his search for Taylor (Charlton Heston), who…