Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Horse Head Has An Idea:.."T-Bird Gang" (1959)

HERE'S AN IDEA!

There is a T-Bird automobile in this movie, but it's mostly parked with the gang leader waiting for his orders to be followed.  They must've borrowed the car from the lot, 'cause the T-Bird seldom moves.  The tuffs could have easily been called the "Parked-Car Gang" and never missed a beat.  So, yeah, there is a T-Bird in the movie and the gang leader gets to sit in it.  Now, let's move on.

A young man's father is killed by the T-Bird Gang...and of course, the son seeks revenge.  This is a story that's quick in the telling...and really not too shab as far as 50s B-movies go.  Roger Corman is involved and adds his quirky touches to this low budget and that's always a good thing.  The leader of this T-Bird Gang is played by Ed Nelson who went on to do beaucoup character roles in television. You'll recognize him, if not his name.  In this b/w, Nelson is a bit of a finger snapper and a bit of a poser.  Plays Chess. Spins classical records. And again, snaps his finger at his gang.  Pretty fun watching him Cagney his way around.

The music is beatnik bongos and some occasional greasy bebop horns. Nothing special, but at least it tries to add a bit of edginess to the film as I expect the score was wont to do.  Finally, the "T-Bird Gang" movie is short enough to fall into that wonderful time-kill sweet spot.

"T-Bird Gang" (1959)

Good stuff.

Casey Chambers
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