A SURE SIGN OF SPRING – THE FIRST GIANT TURTLE!!!
Forget those red-breasted bird things – they don’t make the winter cold go away. But our first sign of Spring brings the heat with him! Join UNCLE PETE in THE DARK VAULT OF PUBLIC DOMAIN for the 1965 big screen debut of our favorite giant turtle in Gammera The Invincible (a.k.a. – Daikaiju Gammera).
Normally a pretty sound sleeper, our hero, awakened by a bomb blast, gets up a little cranky and takes a walk through some of Tokyo’s hot spots (at least they are after he gets through with them). Gammera The Invincible is the only film in the original crop of Gammera movies that was released in American theaters – and the only one entirely in living black and white! Re-edited and longer than the original Japanese release, the U.S. version added several scenes and American actors (including Brian Donlevy and Albert Dekker) to the original line-up starring Eiji Funakoshi and Harumi Kintachi. Directed by Noriaki Yuasa. From 1965, it’s Gammera The Invincible.
Back in The Dark Vault Laboratory, UNCLE PETE is mixing up some stuff. No, not Spring tonic, but a secret size enhancement formula for an unnamed commercial concern. The enlarging fluid does more than expected as it turns a robot into a rampaging, stomping, flying, giant pain in the neck and UNCLE PETE sends El Vato out to clean things up. Business as usual in The Dark Vault. But UNCLE PETE finds time between robot attacks to bring you some music, including a video by the Plastics, and a cartoon about a meanie up north called The Snowman that just might actually document an event that may or may not have happened during last week’s snow storm. And it all takes place this Saturday, March 25, 2017 from 10PM to midnight on channel 4 (Binghamton), channel 17 (Montrose/Sayre, PA), channel 30 in the North Country (Watertown/Ogdensburg/Malone/Massena/Champlain), and channel 99 (Elmira/Corning/Hornell and Utica/Rome) with replays at midnight and 2AM. Stomp into the first Saturday of Spring with UNCLE PETE, EL Vato, a rampaging robot and Gammera The Invincible on the next DARK VAULT OF PUBLIC DOMAIN!!!
(And this week on Beta Max TV on the Roku system it’s rubber burning, rock and rollin’, high-speed action with Hot Rod Girl this Saturday at 7PM.)