Recalling “The 50 Worst Films of all Time”
By Harry Medved and Randy Dreyfuss.
Somewhere in the piles or boxes of books around here I have a dog eared copy of The Golden Turkey Book Awards. I remember buying it pretty much when It came out and thought this was something a bit different. What I remember about it most might be that Ed Wood was given the award for worst director. All this brings me to an exercise I thought we might enjoy together. Listing out the 50 titles in this volume first issued in 1978.
I’m breaking it down to those I’ve seen and those I haven’t. Maybe a quick line or two on each of my seen list. Feel free to let me know your own opinions and if I should be making the effort to catch up with those on my “not seen just yet” list.
On to the 50.
Airport ’75 (1974) No way should heroic Heston be on this list.
The Ambushers (1966) Really? There were far worse Bond take-offs than old Dino’s Matt Helm flicks.
The Big Noise (1944) Kind of rough on Stan and Ollie if you ask me.
Boy, Did I Get a Wrong Number (1966) Far from Bob Hope’s best and he was getting a bit long in the tooth but 50 worst?
Bring Me The Head of Alfredo Garcia (1974) $&^%&** What are these guys thinking? We’re talking Warren Oates and Sam Peckinpah here!
Che! (1969) Been years but don’t recall it being very good. I kind of like Leonard Maltin’s comment, “You haven’t lived until you’ve seen Jack Palance play Fidel Castro.”
The Conqueror (1956) Good or bad it’s the toll it took on the cast that makes this movie one of the saddest behind the scenes stories in film history. Proud to have an original half sheet in the collection.
Dick Tracy Vs. Cueball (1946) Hey, I kind of like these Tracy films.
Godzilla Vs. The Smog Monster (1972) So the Big G was in a funk but I thought there were some worse entries than this one.
The Horror of Party Beach (1964) Yeah it’s bad but that title had me looking to see this one for years.
Hurry Sundown (1967) All I recall is this being boring to a young teenager.
Jet Attack (1957) Could this be the worst of John Agar’s many low budget affairs?
King Richard and the Crusaders (1954) Juvenile but it does have Virginia Mayo.
Myra Breckinridge (1970) Honestly I recall very little about this other than it’s atrocious reputation and Raquel’s glossy photos.
Northwest Mounted Police (1940) Come on it’s still got Gary Cooper.
The Omen (1976) (&%$%&*( X 2. Now this is a movie I refer to as one of my favorite horror films so these two authors can go …………
Parnell (1937) Not exactly Clark Gable’s brightest moment but that’s in the casting. Myrna Loy looks ravishing.
Return of Sabata (1972) Why pick on this Lee Van Cleef effort when God’s Gun was clearly worse.
Robot Monster (1953) It’s bad but if seen in a room full of bad film fans it might prove hilarious.
Santa Claus Conquers The Martians (1963) Boring if I recall correctly.
Say One For Me (1959) Why pick on Bing?
Solomon and Sheba (1959) Sadly Tyrone Power died during filming but the end result isn’t that bad with Yul Brynner taking his place.
Spinout (1966) So what makes Spinout any worse than Easy Come, Easy Go or any number of later Elvis movies?
Three On a Couch (1966) I’ll bet if these writers were French there wouldn’t be any Jerry Lewis titles in here.
Trouble Man (1972) FLAG! A flag on the play cause this is a damned good blaxploitation flick.
So incredibly I have seen exactly half of the 50 titles included in the Medved/Dreyfuss book.
Looking for help on the 25 I’ve yet to see.
Abraham Lincoln (1930)
Alakazam The Great (1961)
Assassination of Trotsky (1972 I’m interested in this one because it stars Richard Burton and Alain Delon.
At Long Last Love (1975)
Daughter of the Jungle (1949)
Dondi (1961) I do have this one on the shelf from the Warner Archive Collection.
Eegah! (1962) I’m kind of embarrassed to state I have yet to see this one.
The Goldwyn Follies (1938)
Ivan The Terrible 1 and 2 (1946-47)
Jamaica Inn (1939) Hitchcock makes the list?
Jonathan Livingston Seagull (1973)
The Last Movie (1971) This Dennis Hopper film will be moving to the seen list shortly as it’s been restored and released on blu ray.
Last Year at Marienbad (1962)
Lost Horizon (1973) Pretty sure I have a copy of this around here somewhere so should I dig it out of the pile?
New Moon (1940)
A Place For Lovers (1969) Not Faye!
The Story of Mankind (1957) Here’s another one I have a copy of and really should make an effort to see if it lives up to it’s foul reputation.
Swamp Women (1955) The requisite Roger Corman entry?
Swing Your Lady (1938) Bogie makes the list?
The Terror of Tiny Town (1938) No way could a film like this get made today.
That Hagen Girl (1947) Shirley Temple all grown up and it’s over despite appearing opposite the eventual leader of the free world.
Trial of Billy Jack, The (1974) Kind of thought the first one was a dud. Maybe you had to be there and don’t hold it against me but I say the same thing about Easy Rider during some of the scenes.
Twilight on The Rio Grande (1948) Gene Autry was a pretty successful singing cowboy so I doubt if this ranking hurt his pride too much.
Valley of the Dolls (1967) That’s right, I’ve never seen it.
Zabriskie Point (1970)
So how many of the fifty have you seen? Any strong opinions like mine concerning Alfredo Garcia and the Omen? Any recommendations on the 25 I’ve yet to see?