Friday, March 18, 2011

Murder Can Hurt You (1980)

Obscurity factor: 10

Keeping in the vein of all-star casts in wacky comedies we have this Aaron Spelling TV movie from 1980. It's cartoonish, poorly written and simplistically silly, but for fans of 70's television none of that matters. This caper film relies on knowledge of the popular cop shows of the 1970's and benefits from knowledge of the ubiquitous actors of the era. They're all here - Colombo (Burt Young), Kojak (Gavin MacCleod), Police Woman (Connie Stevens), McCloud (Buck Owens), Starsky (Jamie Farr) and Hutch (John Byner), Ironsides (Victor Buono), Beretta (Tony Danza) - with just a tweak to the names for the sake of parody. The story revolves (dizzily) around The Man in White, who has decided to do in all the dectectives, for reasons of his own. He does his level best and they start meeting bizarre and preposterous ends. But none of that really matters. The only reason to watch this is to see actors you're familiar with broadly lampoon characters you're also familiar with in stereotypical cop show circumstances that are amplified for comedy - it's a self-referential  70's TV fest. If that's not your thing, then you'll want to skip this one. Look for Marty Allen and Jimmie Walker also populating the cast.

No surprise that this one isn't available on DVD. It can be watched on YouTube in its entirety, however, thanks to dalekenbuck.

Obscurity factor: 10

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