Monday, January 07, 2008

Hello, Acid Trip!

Bryce Digdug was telling me in casual reference that you can find clips from the notrious 1968 Otto Preminger flick Skidoo on YouTube. To start with Jackie Gleason plays a former gangster married to Carol Channing. Nothing can quite prepare you for this clip, but let me warn you that you may want to sit down. Well, imagine Cher at 80 joining a reunion tour of Paul Revere and the Raiders after ingesting some major drugs and heading off on a pirate ship. Well, that's not even enough to explain it. Oh the horror. Oh, the humanity! And Groucho Marx plays God.

And here's the official trailer with Dr. Timothy Leary endorsing it and encouraging America's kids to put mom and dad on L.S.D.

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18 Comments:

At 6:40 AM, Blogger Bryce Digdug said...

John Phillip Law has the most beautiful dials I've ever seen.

 
At 7:12 AM, Blogger Ladron de Basura (a.k.a. Junk Thief) said...

Bryce - I love seeing Jackie Gleason push Carol Channing aside and demanding "Where's God?"

 
At 7:23 AM, Blogger kimy said...

what a hoot! dr. tim looks so young, god bless his soul!

 
At 7:53 AM, Blogger Ladron de Basura (a.k.a. Junk Thief) said...

Kimy - I'd also forgotten that Harry Nilsson did the score. Carol singing Harry has to be one of the oddest combinations.

 
At 9:54 AM, Blogger rich bachelor said...

And that song: so...Lugubrious? And kinda unexpectedly complex; sorta like after that first couple of times you do acid, when the sense of abandon is replaced by thoughts of what exactly to do with all these insights, and how an odd sense of Responsibility seems to be suddenly in there.

Your average joe, of course, at this point will start barking about God, and that's always a pain.
I think this movie might very well make a nice double feature with Elvis's "Live A Little, Love A Little".

 
At 2:47 PM, Blogger Ladron de Basura (a.k.a. Junk Thief) said...

Rich - Good points you make. You know, repeated viewings of this make me realize I've had La Channing pegged incorrectly all these years. She's not a Broadway diva but the proto-type for female punk rockers. Just look at her, and you see that Patti Smith to Wendy O. Williams owe volumes to her.

I was also thinking that Ken Russell made a real mistake in casting Tina Turner in "Tommy" and should have cast Carol. Sure, Tina sings the hell out of that song and is great, but it's a rock video not an embodiment of the character. It's supposed to be a scary, dangerous acid queen. Most moms would love to live their child with Tina saying "How cool!" But imagine a drugged out, rickety Carol such as she is in "Skidoo" on that vibrating chair, heavy mascara and twitchy movements as her gravel voice belts out "I'm the gypsy...The ACID Queen!" She would send shivers up your spine!

 
At 7:12 PM, Blogger Gavin Elster said...

I've wanted to see this for years and have never found a copy. My god what a collision of talent.

 
At 9:06 PM, Blogger Ladron de Basura (a.k.a. Junk Thief) said...

Gavin - I've found a source that I may order it from once I'm not traveling and using public wirelesses.

 
At 9:34 PM, Blogger Bryce Digdug said...

ladron, yes, "Waiting for Grouch-o"

 
At 9:45 PM, Anonymous Sylvetrie Purell said...

This is a truly madcap movie!

 
At 9:51 PM, Blogger Ladron de Basura (a.k.a. Junk Thief) said...

Bryce - Oh, gosh, I fear we may be having a very long night of screeings -- "Skidoo", "The V.I.P.s", the "Airport" quartet. Bring your sleeping back and we'll make popcorn and s'mores.

Sylvetrie - Welcome! As you may have noticed, this is a pretty madcap blog as well.

 
At 1:33 PM, Blogger Scot said...

If you're going to have a bad movie screening night, don't you want to include "The Apple"? BTW, you'll need a fair amount of alcohol to make it through the marathon if the clip is any indication.

 
At 6:57 PM, Blogger Gavin Elster said...

Dear god not THE APPLE! I was happy when MGM released it straight to the 9.99 bin. I now know why people threw their apple shaped promo 45 singles at the screen during the premiere.

I saw it.

I never want to see it again. I do not wish that movie on anyone.

 
At 9:19 PM, Blogger Ladron de Basura (a.k.a. Junk Thief) said...

Scot and Gavin - I did not know "The Apple" and don't think I want to but have just ordered a copy of "Skidoo". I'll report on whether or not I was cheated and take photos at the screening once it happens.

 
At 10:19 PM, Blogger Gavin Elster said...

ok I found it too. Its on its way.

 
At 6:44 AM, Blogger Bryan said...

ok, no more illicit drug use for me...ever! either that or a hell of a lot more...not sure which!

 
At 4:53 PM, Blogger Gary said...

Oh boy this one sure did lighten my day a bit. Thank you so much for posting this one. Carol is always entertaining - sometimes intentional and sometimes not. Great clip. Bring the movie next time you come to NYC.

 
At 8:43 PM, Blogger Ladron de Basura (a.k.a. Junk Thief) said...

Bryan - This movie is a trip with or without drugs.

Gary - I'll gladly bring along the movie when I'm next in New York. Or perhaps you can come to SF (where it was shot) and re-enact Carol's number complete with blond wig and sailor outfit.

 

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