This is turning into a bit of a Bette Davis week. I was surprised to find Bunny O'Hare on the American Life Network last night. American Life Network is one of those life style channels way up in the hundreds. Oddly enough it's pitched to a largely conservative audience, but features very campy content on a regular basis - they used to have both Rhoda and Phyllis on every day at 5 and 5:30. So I was surprised, but not overly so to find this super campy, obscure film on.
Bunny O'Hare is one of those films by the establishment about the counter culture of the 70's. Bette Davis and Ernest Borgnine rob banks. They're dress up like hippies, ride a motorcycle and make away with the loot all to support Bunny's (Davis) ungrateful children (John Astin and Reva Rose) whose money grubbing ways have lead to Bunny's house being foreclosed on. The bank tears down the house and she meets Bill Green (Borgnine) in the melee as he's trying to salvage the plumbing. Meanwhile Lieutenant Greely (Jack Cassidy) is trying to solve the crime. He's more than ready to believe that it's being perpetrated by hippies so he brings in a young officer (Joan Delaney) to help him understand the "radical anarchists". It would be a rip roaring good time if it had been directed more swiftly, but thanks to Davis and Borgnine there's some charm to be had.
This was another one of those lost films that was practically unavailable anywhere until it was picked up by Netflix as a Watch Instantly title. It's not on DVD and there is no video on YouTube. The movie poster above is available at MoviePosterShop.com.
Obscurity factor: 8 (only available on Netflix)