Out of Sight (1966 film)

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Out of Sight
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Original film poster
Directed by Lennie Weinrib
Produced by Bart Patton
Written by David Asher
Larry Hovis
Starring Jonathan Daly
Karen Jensen
Robert Pine
Deanna Lund
Wende Wagner
Maggie Thrett
Carole Shelyne
Billy Curtis
Norman Grabowski
Music by Fred Darian
Al De Lory
Nick Venet
Cinematography John L. Russell
Edited by Jack Woods
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release date(s) May 12, 1966 (1966-05-12)
Running time 87 min.
Country U.S.A.
Language English

Out of Sight is a 1966 beach party film with elements of the spy spoof. It is the third and last of a series of films geared at teenagers by director Lennie Weinrib and producer Bart Patton for Universal Pictures. Perhaps inspired by the success of the American International Pictures' teenage films, as well as Weinrib and Patton's Beach Party knockoff, Beach Ball, Universal and MCA signed a contract in 1965 for the pair to make 14 rock and roll films in a two-year period;[1] however, the only ones produced were Wild Wild Winter and this film.

Out of Sight features a variety of Universal contract players, musical performances by Gary Lewis and the Playboys, Dobie Gray, Freddie and the Dreamers, The Astronauts, The Turtles and The Knickerbockers provided by music producer Nick Venet, and gadget-laden motor vehicles designed by George Barris.[2] The film's spytime score was composed by Fred Darian (who then managed Dobie Gray)[3] and Al DeLory.[4]

The film was written by Larry Hovis a comedian who was then co-starring in Hogan's Heroes.

Plot[edit]

Homer (Jonathan Daly) is a butler to secret agent John Stamp. Overhearing a plot to disrupt a concert, Sandra Carter (Karen Jensen) contacts Stamp to seek his assistance but with his boss away, Homer steps into the role of superspy to save Rock and Roll from the criminal organisation known as F.L.U.S.H..FLUSH sends three femme fatale assassins after Sandra and Homer: Scuba (Wende Wagner), Tuff Bod (Deanna Lund) and Wipe Out (Maggie Thrett).

Production notes[edit]

Cast & crew[edit]

This movie is the only onscreen appearance of The Turtles in a feature film.

John Lodge, who plays John Stamp, never reveals his face onscreen.

Although Bob Eubanks is listed in the opening credits, he does not appear onscreen at all - only his voice is heard as the announcer at the concert.

Weinrib's directing career consists of only three feature films - all in the beach party genre: Beach Ball for Paramount in 1965, and Wild Wild Winter and Out of Sight, both for Universal in 1966.

The Astronauts was a Boulder, Colorado-based surf band [5] who had a Billboard Top 100 hit in 1963 with their song “Baja,” and appeared in more beach party movies than any other surf band: Weinrib's other beach party film, Wild Wild Winter, and Maury Dexter’s two movies, Surf Party and Wild on the Beach.

Exterior locations[edit]

Announced in production in November 1965, Out of Sight was filmed in two weeks with exterior sequences done at Zuma Beach.[6]

The futuristic-looking residence of John Stamp and his butler, Homer, is actually the Lautner-designed “Garcia Residence” on Mulholland Drive in the Hollywood Hills, built in 1962.[7][8]

The building and plaza that Stamp and Homer trespass to plant a bomb is the 1963 Ralph Vaughn-designed MCA Tower (aka “The Black Tower” - now named the Lew R. Wasserman Building) on Lankershim Boulevard in Universal City.[9]

Vehicles[edit]

Burbank auto customizer George Barris was given four weeks to supply vehicles for the film that was made from a left over Munster Koach fiberglass body.The top was removed,the rear engine was moved back in the square tube frame,then the second engine was place in front of the rear engine.The body after finished altering it,was channeled over frame.The body was cut after the first doors,then the rear section of the body was moved forward. They had to make both slender doors buy using the third rear doors and the front doors. After getting the right measurements they made the new doors. Then they put gold Naugahyde on the doors and spare tire carriers.The top in back is just side pieces, so a lid had to go over them to get the side pieces to fit. They put pompoms around this rectangular lid. The windshield frame was angled forward,with another frame to meet the to touch the top of windshield frame to make an open triangle.The car was called the ZZR that was equipped with a variety of weapons in the manner of James Bond's customized Aston Martin DB-5 in Goldfinger. The $22,000 ZZR featured two 425 CID Buick engines bored out to 440 CID engines mounted in tandem with an Ansen Posi-shift Powerglide transmission with two carburetors per engine with a four holed Hilborn injector scoop. The rear scoop was higher because it had a caddy air cleaner underneath it. M/T tires mounted on far 12" Raders Star Mags front and One Ribbed for rear .M/T Dirt Tires for traction on the beach sand), a Cal-Automotive kick channeled is mounted on rectangular tube frame with deal radiators.The brass custom grill was $5,000 to make. The French Cibie headlights are mounted vertically between the fenders in special designed nose with headlight shell.It is painted lilac,and matches rear fenders.The rest of the body is in gold. A complete arsenal in the rear trunk area is stocked with handguns, tear gas, hand grenades, telescopic machine gun, tar squirter, feather blow gun, and “skid juice” spray nozzle. Rear fenders house flame throwers, while bullets are fired from the front fenders.[10]

Barris also provided a Yamaha motorcycle with sidecar and mortar for FLUSH.[11]

Archive footage[edit]

The footage of the screaming crowd during the two performances by Freddie & The Dreamers is actually a crowd watching a live performance of the Beatles in 1964, from the documentary, What's Happening! The Beatles in the U.S.A.

Movie tie-ins[edit]

Decca Records released the film soundtrack LP with Venet's instrumental theme released on a 45 rpm.

AMT manufactured a model kit of the ZZR dragster.

European release[edit]

The Italian title of the film was 00712 agente per forza contro gli assassini dello yé yé .

Music[edit]

Fred Darian and Al DeLory composed the music score for the film, Nick Venet produced the instrumental Mariachi-trumpet-accented theme song.

Dobie Gray sings the title song, "(Out of Sight) Out on the Floor" (written by Fred Darian and Al De Lory).

Gary Lewis & The Playboys perform "Malibu Run" (written by Jimmy Karstein, Leon Russell, Gary Lewis and T. Leslie).

The Knickerbockers perform “It's Not Unusual” (written by Gordon Mills and Les Reed).

The Astronauts perform “Baby, Please Don't Go" (written by Big Joe Williams).

The Turtles perform "She'll Come Back" (written by Nita Garfield and Howard Kaylan).

Freddie & The Dreamers perform two songs: "Funny Over You" (written by Freddie Garrity) and "A Love Like You" (written by Quinn & Jones).[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Billboard Magazine, October 30, 1965
  2. ^ Barris TV and Movie Cars By George Barris, David Fetherston pg 98 ISBN 0-7603-0198-0
  3. ^ FredDarian.com - biography
  4. ^ Billboard Magazine, December 18, 1965
  5. ^ Colorado Magazine Online
  6. ^ p.249 Lisanti, Tom Fantasy Femmes of Sixties Cinema 2000 McFarland
  7. ^ Garcia House at You Are Here
  8. ^ Garcia House at MIMOA
  9. ^ The Universal Studios Tour
  10. ^ Barris TV and Movie Cars By George Barris, David Fetherston pg 98 ISBN 0-7603-0198-0
  11. ^ http://books.google.com.au/books?id=MoLmwZfLk_cC&pg=PA98&dq=%22out+of+sight%22+%2B+george+barris&cd=1#v=onepage&q=%22out%20of%20sight%22%20%2B%20george%20barris&f=false
  12. ^ It's Party Time: A Musical Appreciation of the Beach Party Genre; by Stephen J. McParland; page 72. ISSN 0810-3461

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