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Shack Out on 101 (4-Dec-1955)

Director: Edward Dein

Writers: Edward Dein; Mildred Dein

Keywords: Thriller

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Whit Bissell
25-Oct-1909 5-Mar-1996 The Time Tunnel
Frank DeKova
17-Mar-1910 15-Oct-1981 Chief Wild Eagle on F Troop
Len Lesser
3-Dec-1922 16-Feb-2011 Uncle Leo on Seinfeld
Frank Lovejoy
28-Mar-1912 2-Oct-1962 The Hitch-Hiker
Lee Marvin
19-Feb-1924 29-Aug-1987 The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
Terry Moore
7-Jan-1929   Come Back, Little Sheba
Keenan Wynn
27-Jul-1916 14-Oct-1986 Col. Bat Guano in Dr. Strangelove


Terry Moore   ...   Kotty
Frank Lovejoy   ...   Prof. Sam Bastion
Keenan Wynn   ...   George
Lee Marvin   ...   Slob / Mr. Gregory
Whit Bissell   ...   Eddie
Jess Barker   ...   Artie
Donald Murphy   ...   Pepe
Frank DeKova   ...   Prof. Claude Dillon
Len Lesser   ...   Perch
Fred Gabourie   ...   Lookout


Review by Stan McConnell (posted on 25-Jun-2007)

It has been 50 years since I saw this film, but it still stands tall in my memory as the Best-Worst movie of all time. The plot was ridiculous, yet the actors were so sincere in their parts that it almost seemed believable; Lee Marvin in the final scenes especially stands out, and one wonders what he actually thought about this whole thing. This definitely should be a cult favorite! The rating on this review is not really accurate, because this review form only allows for a single star-rating ... it does not adequately capture my Best-Worst classification.

Review by anonymous (posted on 27-Nov-2006)

I first saw this movie decades ago on television. It's a stupid movie, but I adore it, mainly for its cast which incudes a favorite actor (Frank Lovejoy) and a notable appearance in a supporting role by someone who later became quite famous (Lee Marvin). This movie, I understand, has quite a cult following and has been described as something best watched while under the influence, but I have always watched it soberly and yet with an idiotic grin plastered across my face. The plot is hare-brained but strangely hypnotic and doesn't translate well in written description. Watch the movie and make up your own mind. I must confess that I waited breathlessly for its release on dvd and now have it in my quirky collection. Filmed in black and white, the movie does manage to acquire a noirish atmosphere, filmed in California, mainly in one set and on some nameless beach. Since seeing this movie, I have always dreamed of taking a road trip along the California coast on Highway 101.

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