Rat Pfink a Boo Boo

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Rat Pfink a Boo Boo
Lobby card for the Mexican film release of "Rat Pfink a Boo Boo".jpg
Lobby card for the Mexican film release
Directed by Ray Dennis Steckler
Produced by Ray Dennis Steckler
Screenplay by Ron Haydock
Story by Ray Dennis Steckler
Starring
  • Carolyn Brandt
  • Ron Haydock
  • Titus Moede
  • George Caldwell
  • Mike Kannon
  • James Bowie
Music by André Brummer
Cinematography Ray Dennis Steckler
Edited by Keith A. Wester
Distributed by Craddock Films
Release dates
  • September 1966 (1966-09) (U.S.)
Running time
72 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Rat Pfink a Boo Boo is a 1966 American film directed by Ray Dennis Steckler. It stars Ron Haydock and Carolyn Brandt. The first forty minutes of the film are a straight crime drama, but it quickly segues into superhero parody after this. The title is alternately explained as a typo that was too expensive to fix (versus the more logical Rat Pfink and Boo Boo) or a stylistic choice.

Plot summary[edit]

After murdering an unnamed woman, the villainous "Chain Gang" targets Cee Bee Beaumont, the girlfriend of rock-and-roll star Lonnie Lord. The Chain Gang harasses, stalks, and eventually abducts Beaumont.

In order to save his girlfriend, Lord takes on the identity of "Rat Pfink," and his friend, Titus Twimbly, assumes the role of Rat Pfink's sidekick, "Boo Boo." On their Ratcycle, the duo eventually manages to track down the Chain Gang. After a long chase and the resulting confrontation with the gang, Rat Pfink and Boo Boo rescue Beaumont. However, Beaumont is abducted again, this time by "Kogar the Ape," a gorilla that has escaped from a local zoo. Kogar easily knocks out Rat Pfink, but his keeper soon comes and collects the ape. At the end of the film, Lord performs for everyone at a parade held to honor the heroes.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

The film makes a sudden switch in tone and plot after roughly forty minutes. As originally planned, the film was a straight crime drama titled The Depraved, inspired by Steckler's ex-wife Carolyn who had been the victim of a series of obscene phone calls. However, during shooting Steckler suddenly decided to make a parody of the campy Batman television series instead. As a result, in the middle of a crime drama, the star of the film steps into the closet with a previously minor character, and they emerge costumed as "Rat Pfink" and "Boo Boo", parodies of Batman and Robin.[1]

Title[edit]

Why the title is Rat Pfink a Boo Boo and not the more logical Rat Pfink and Boo Boo is the subject of speculation. According to legend, Rat Pfink and Boo Boo was indeed the intended title, but when the artist creating the titles made an error and rendered the "and" as "a", Steckler's budget would not stretch to the $50 needed to fix the mistake. According to Steckler, however, the choice of title was deliberate: "The real story is that my little girl, when we were shooting this one fight scene, kept chanting, 'Rat pfink a boo boo, rat pfink a boo boo ....' And that sounded great! But when I tell people the real story, they don't wanna hear it, so you better print the legend." [1]

Music[edit]

Ron Haydock performs four songs for the film: "I Stand Alone," "You Is A Rat Pfink," "Runnin' Wild," and "Go Go Party."

Reception[edit]

TV Guide rated it 2/4 stars and called it an amateurish film whose "goofy, improvisational good humor makes a lot of it fun to watch".[2] Jackson Griffith of News & Review wrote, "Either Rat Pfink a Boo Boo is a raving pile of crap, or it is some kind of genius filmmaking. I'm inclined to give Steckler the benefit of the doubt."[3] A printed media review is located in Robert Freese's Psychoholics Unanimous.[4]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Baker, Chris (February 6–12, 2002). "Spooky Kooky: Ray Dennis Steckler chews the fat about low-low-low-budget moviemaking". Oakland's Urbanview (Metro Publishing). Retrieved 2006-08-23. 
  2. ^ "Rat Pfink A Boo Boo". TV Guide. Retrieved 2016-04-11. 
  3. ^ Griffith, Jackson (2002-08-01). "Low-budget superhero". News & Review. Retrieved 2016-04-11. 
  4. ^ Freese, Robert. Psychoholics Unanimous (San Diego, California, US), Jerrica Lee, Vol. 63, April 2009, (MG)

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