Rat Pfink a Boo Boo
|Rat Pfink a Boo Boo|
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|
|Music by||André Brummer|
|Cinematography||Ray Dennis Steckler|
|Edited by||Keith A. Wester|
|Distributed by||Craddock Films|
Rat Pfink a Boo Boo is a 1966 American film directed by Ray Dennis Steckler and starring Ron Haydock and Carolyn Brandt. The first 40 minutes of the film are a straight crime drama, but it quickly segues into a 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.
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.
- Carolyn Brandt as Cee Bee Beaumont
- Ron Haydock as Rat Pfink / Lonnie Lord (as Vin Saxon)
- Titus Moede as Boo Boo / Titus Twimbly
- George Caldwell as Linc
- Mike Kannon as Hammer
- James Bowie as Benjie
- Mary Jo Curtis as Irma La Streetwalker
- Keith A. Wester as Cowboy (as Dean Danger)
- Romeo Barrymore as Ape trainer
- Berri Lee as Boy #1 on beach
- Rox Anne as Girl on beach
- Alan Neal as Boy #2 on beach
- Bob Burns as Kogar (as Kogar)
- Larry M. Byrd as Commander Byrdman (uncredited)
The film was made in Los Angeles, as can not only be seen by the landscapes, but from a stolen street shot (see Guerrilla filmmaking) about 20 minutes in, that shows the KTTV car. The kidnappers also demand the money be dropped on North Highland in Highland Park, Los Angeles.[original research?] The film makes a sudden switch in tone and plot after roughly 40 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 in homemade costumes as "Rat Pfink" and "Boo Boo", who are parodies of Batman and Robin.
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."
Ron Haydock performs four songs for the film: "I Stand Alone", "You Is A Rat Pfink", "Runnin' Wild", and "Go Go Party".
TV Guide rated Rat Pfink a Boo Boo 2/4 stars and called it an amateurish film whose "goofy, improvisational good humor makes a lot of it fun to watch". 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." A printed media review is located in Robert Freese's Psychoholics Unanimous.
- 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.
- "Rat Pfink A Boo Boo". TV Guide. Retrieved 2016-04-11.
- Griffith, Jackson (2002-08-01). "Low-budget superhero". News & Review. Retrieved 2016-04-11.
- Freese, Robert. Psychoholics Unanimous (San Diego, California, US), Jerrica Lee, Vol. 63, April 2009, (MG)