Great Scout & Cathouse Thursday, Lee Marvin’s 1976 AIP release, has recently come out on Blu-Ray on the Kino Lorber label. It being a Lee Marvin film, naturally I researched and wrote about it for Lee Marvin Point Blank.
What’s it about? Marvin is, (get this) Sam Longwood, the great scout and it takes place during the 1908 presidential election of William Howard Taft. It was released, after all in the year of the bicentennial so patriotic banners and flags are on full display. Longwood and his cohorts, sleazy little Billy (Strother Martin) and Harvard-educated native-American Joe Knox (Oliver Reed) are bound for Colorado to collect their stolen money from former partner and now respected businessman, Robert Culp. Along the way, they way lay a wagon full of prostitutes named for the days of the week that Knox wants to ‘utilize’ to infect the entire caucasian population with veneral disease. The runt of this litter of soiled doves is named Thursday, aptly played by Kay Lenz, who is enamored with Marvin but is constantly groped by Martin. There’s also, among others, Marvn’s old flame, played by Elizabeth Ashley, and Kay Lenz’s former boss, played by Sylvia Miles. It being a Lee Marvin film, naturally this bawdy tale ends in an all-out brawl between Marvin and Culp in which the rest of the cast joins in.
The Blu-Ray release, which could be ripe with supplemental material, sadly is not. Other than the film itself it contains only a trailer for other company releases. Had they asked, I could have provided some insight into the film, as I interviewed Kay Lenz extensively, who told me some wonderful stories about the film’s production and it’s cast of divergent characters. Anyone interested in finding out what went on during the film’s location shooting in sweltering Durango, Mexico, what Marvin himself thought of the film and his costars, can find it in the pages of Lee Marvin Point Blank.