Marvin, Rickles & Ali is not a law firm but the participants of a an early 1970s talk show. Insult comic extraordinaire Don Rickles was sitting in for Johnny Carson one night and was in top form as he skewered guest Lee Marvin, who got an assist from legendary boxing champ Muhammad Ali. Marvin appeared to promote Prime Cut(1972) apparently on his way to Hawaii. He comes off rather laid back but still on his toes as he was an old hand at such doings. I always enjoy his talk show appearances and have blogged about them before, such as the Dick Cavett Show and Merv Griffin Show. However, if you think Marvin talks about Prime Cut think again. He just apparently was not in the mood but you can read al about it in Lee Marvin Point Blank.
Screen grab of Marvin, Ali & Rickles.
It should be said that Marvin did not always appear sober when interviewed but he seemed to be sober here. I also want to apologize in advance for the quality of the video as I had nothing to do with the transfer since it was uploaded to YouTube by someone else. Mavin shows up at around the 35 minute 8 seconds mark, having followed Ali and comedian Don Adams along with Carson stalwart Ed McMahon. Adams and McMahon, like Marvin, were also in the Marines. Later on the same video is another clip of a show with Rickles and James Caan along with Karen Black which is pretty funny. Oh, and the clip before Marvin, Rickles & Ali is of Flip Wilson hosting Steve Allen, Jayne Meadows and poker great Amarillo Slim…..if you’re interested, if not, fast forward to Marvin, Rickles & Ali as they are all on their game and VERY funny, especially Ali! Oh, and a special “thank you” to regular blog follower Shawn Marengo for bringing it to my attention. Enjoy!
Movie slogans — or taglines — for film poster ads have existed as long as there have been movies. It’s an obvious gig to come up with superlatives from the publicity department for a given film, but the ones that walk the tightrope between enticing a viewer without ruining the film and explaining the premise some times reach the poetic level. I have some favorite examples, such as the one for Alien (1979): “In space no one can hear you scream.” or the slogan used for The Front (1976): “What if there were a list? A list that said: Our finest actors weren’t allowed to act. Our best writers weren’t allowed to write. What would it be like if there were such a list? It would be like America in 1953.” My personal favorite is the one used for The Wild Bunch (1969), the film Lee Marvin almost made: “Five men who came too late and stayed too long.” Speaking of Lee Marvin (smooth segue, don’t you think?) as the author of Lee Marvin Point Blank, I thought it might be fun to try something here. Can you identify the film based only on the movie slogan? Nothing being offered in this little quiz. Just curious to see how well any readers may know his films. Below are the movie slogans and then below that, are the posters for the films. Ready? Here we go…..
“There is more than one way to kill a man.”
“They were not forgotten by history. They were left out on purpose.”
“There are two kinds of people in his uptight world. His victims and his women. And sometimes you can’t tell them apart.”
“Out of violence, compassion. Out of suspicion, trust. Out of hell, hope.”
“Train them! Excite them! Arm them! Then turn them loose on the Nazis!”
The original ad for THE KILLERS.
Ad for The Great Scout and Cathouse Thursday
Point Blank, 1967.
Hell in the Pacific, 1968.
Poster for THE DIRTY DOZEN, the best of Men on a Mission films in which the genre is defined in the ad.
Paul Woodadge, military historian extraordinaire, contacted me recently to invite me on his podcast aptly titled WW2TV. Granted, I haven’t blogged here in a while but that was due mainly to the fact that I really did not have a reason to blog, that is until Paul Woodadge got in touch with me.
Opening graphic created by Paul Woodage for his WW2TV podcast episode, “Point Blank! Lee Marvin’s War.”
Happened like this: Woodadge had messaged me via Twitter months ago, but since I rarely visit that platform, I was not aware of his attempt. Well, once I did check my messages there, I immediately looked into the show he does (all pretty much by himself, I might add), was impressed with his content — i.e. his amazing research — and decided to respond to his request. We chatted briefly and since he had an opening available due to a cancelled guest, we set up a day and time to record the show..live! I checked with him about needing any images for his show and sent what I thought appropriate for a discussion on Lee Marvin’s military career and films. They were used of course, but he went even further, scouring the internet for graphics that corresponding to every single military-themed project Marvin ever did. As I said, he is a military historian extraordinaire: a stalwart Brit who’s lived in Normandy for 20 years just to be near the source of his WWII research! I was slightly reticent to talk at length about the subject, thinking I’d give away too much info that’s in Lee Marvin Point Blank but he assured me, his viewers will still be intrigued as it will be more like a ‘Greatest Hits’ teaser, prompting them to want to buy the book. Fears allayed, we did the show. I should add, since it was live, I was not aware of the comments being made by viewers as it went out and was pleasantly surprised by what I later read on the YouTube recording later. That, by the way, includes regular follower of this blog, Shawn Marengo, whom I thank for her participation. All that said, below is indeed the full nearly two-hour broadcast. Hope you enjoy watching it as much as I enjoyed doing it. Oh, and if you haven’t done so, be sure to read Lee Marvin Point Blank to get the rest of the story! – Dwayne Epstein