Rocky Fortune is an American radio drama that aired weekly on NBC Radio beginning in October 1953 (see 1953 in radio). Rocky Fortune aired Tuesday nights on NBC at 9:35pm Eastern, immediately following Dragnet (and a five-minute John Cameron Swayze newscast).
Sinatra infused the role of Rocky with a witty, tongue-in-cheek quality that acknowledged Sinatra’s own career. Creator of the show George Lefferts was also one of the primary scriptwriters, along with Ernest Kinoy. The scripts are by Jim Eldridge (who would later go on to write for many more series, the most successful being the BBC’s King Street Junior). During the 1940s and early 1950s, Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis created some of the most memorable hilarity in the history of entertainment. Before they teamed up Martin was a nightclub singer, while Lewis did a comedy act in which he lip-synched to records. Huddling together out in the alley behind the club, Lewis and Martin agreed to go for broke, to throw out the pre-scripted gags that hadn’t worked and to basically just improvise their way through the act. Their success at the 500 led to a series of well-paying engagements up and down the Eastern seaboard, culminating with a triumphant run at New York’s Copacabana. Club patrons were convulsed by the act, which consisted primarily of Lewis interrupting and heckling Martin while he was trying to sing, and ultimately the two of them chasing each other around the stage and having as much fun as possible. The Martin & Lewis Radio Show went on the air on April 3, 1949, initially without a sponsor. The popular My Friend, Irma film, released in 1949, only added to the buzz over the, by then, well established comics, irrespective of how well they’d been doing their over Radio appearances.
In an attempt to capitalize on their renewed investment in the comics, NBC reintroduced The Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis Show radio program in the fall of 1951. The Martin and Lewis Show eventually ran for seventy-three of a contracted seventy-eight instalments before being finally cancelled in July of 1953. Martin and Lewis were the hottest act in America during the early ’50s, but the pace and the pressure took their toll. Dean Martin was becoming tired of scripts limiting him to colourless romantic leads while the stories centered on the antics of Jerry Lewis. The last straw came when Look gave Martin and Lewis a cover photo—and cropped Martin out of the picture, humiliating Martin. Martin left the act at his first opportunity, on July 25, 1956, ten years to the day after their first official teaming.
While both Martin and Lewis went on to successful solo careers for years neither would comment on the split nor consider a reunion.
The pair eventually reconciled in the late 1980s after the death of Martin’s son, Dean Paul Martin.
Looking back over the genre, action films have always been pretty long, regularly clocking in at over two hours.
Most widely known as the Luc Besson produced parkour action film thanks to the presence of parkour founder David Belle as one of the leads, as well as the outstanding stunt sequences which were completed with neither wires nor CG, District 13 is a French action film about a Parisian ghetto that has been walled off from the rest of the city after authorities. I feel like this is the film most often mentioned in the comments in relation to ‘I can’t believe you didn’t include it!’ Well, for those who love this film as much as I do, here it is. Lola (played by the Bourne films' Franke Potente) receives a phonemail from her boyfriend Mani.
The first film to demonstrate that Steven Spielberg was far more than a news story (he had made headlines after being the youngest director ever signed to a major studio). The clue is definitely in the title of this UK brilliant action-western film from last year. There’s more than hint of Pathfinder in the later Apocalypse’s DNA for sure, and included in that is the breathless action pacing and ingenious ways of attacking a vastly superior enemy (as well as having the entire film in a relatively obscure language too). It’s an ordinary man with no special skills whatsoever beyond his medical knowledge up against a legion of people who want to kill him and his patient.
Clive Owen leads this action comic come to life, which proves equally thrilling, funny, vile, and stupendous at alternate times. My action-horror pick for this list, the original [Rec] is one of the most intense film experiences you could ever hope to have.
Tetsuo director Shinya Tsukamoto delved into themes of revenge, male jealousy, and emasculation for his break from his earlier genre work. Complied from the first two Lone Wolf And Cub films (although it is mostly the second film, Lone Wolf And Cub: Baby Cart At The River Styx) this is a grind house version of the Japanese jidaigeki film. Based on the manga of the same name and widely considered to be one of the greatest animes of all time, Ghost In The Shell certainly comes with some pedigree. One of the earliest examples of action-adventure as we’d recognize, The Most Dangerous Game is an adaptation of the 1924 short story of the same name, and is about a rich big game hunter who hunts humans on his private island. The first in Robert Rodriguez’s Mexico trilogy, this is the $7,000 miracle film that launched the career of one of Hollywood’s most enduring and respected action directors. It may be the hostages on a plane action movie that established Wesley Snipes as a bona-fide star, but Passenger 57 is really worth watching for one reason alone, Bruce Payne’s gloriously demented turn as ‘"nternational psychopath terrorist" Charles Rane. With his follow-up Green Room about to land, its a perfect time to revisit Jeremy Saulnier’s riveting sophomore film, an action thriller which sought to showcase just what a real-life rampage would be like, with the psychology of the action heroes we celebrate transferred over to a damaged loner. An early effort from John Woo, this found the director leaving behind his comedy work of previous years and tackling action. The film that gained Stephen Chow international recognition as a true master of his craft, Shaolin Soccer remains, for this reviewer at least, his most impressive and funniest work to date. Written and directed by Bruce Lee (his only completed theatrical work), Lee also stars in this action-comedy which never quite gets the acclaim of Enter The Dragon. A spaghetti western of the highest order, Django is the tale of a drifter dragging a coffin who finds himself in a town at the centre of a conflict between the Ku Klux Klan and Mexican revolutionaries. From Fast And Furious producer Neal Moritz, this bike themed movie about underground racers was dismissed by many as a two-wheeled version of Vin Diesel’s franchise.
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It was a sustaining series, meaning that NBC presented the program without corporate sponsorship. These assignments typically led Rocky into situations where he would track down criminals, often rescuing people (especially women) in need of help, and ultimately needing to find yet more work. Finger, a not terribly smart but solid and dependable police sergeant voiced by Barney Phillips. The guest cast in some episodes included Bill Pertwee (also from Dad’s army, appearing in episode 11) and Roger Delgado.
The secret, they have both said, is that they essentially ignored the audience and played to one another.
NBC was widely reported to be almost immediately uncomfortable with their contract, which obliged them to pay for the team’s services whether they performed on-air, or not. Their relatively minor roles in the Irma film, made it even more difficult for NBC to negotiate for lower compensation for the team when their contract came up for renewal for 1950. The revised format returned to its roots, with the team performing sketches and Dean Martin performing one or two musical numbers before introducing their guest star for the remainder of the night’s program. Dean usually had the thankless job of the straight man, and his singing had yet to develop into his unique style of his later years. Martin also noticed that Lewis was playing comedy scenes for pathos and greed and staging more of the action himself, having lost vision of what their comedy team-up was all about in the first place. Martin dutifully fulfilled the rest of his movie contract, but put less and less enthusiasm into his work and becoming increasingly disillusioned about his partnership with Lewis, leading to escalating arguments with Lewis. They made occasional public appearances together between their breakup and 1961 but were not seen together until a surprise appearance by Martin on Lewis’s Labour Day Muscular Dystrophy Telethon in 1976 arranged by Frank Sinatra. Even more so than other genres, action crosses many other films - picking a pure ‘action’ flick is all but impossible. After a nuclear bomb is stolen and ends up inside, an undercover cop is sent in to deactivate it before it destroys the whole district. Run Lola Run is a a German action-thriller with a subversive twist from genius director Tom Tykwer. She has 20 minutes to get 100,000 marks or he’ll be killed by the crime boss he owes the money to. I’m very pleased to say that it’s with Crank, my answer to that perennial Den of Geek question, ‘what is your favourite Jason Statham film?’.
After helming episodes of Columbo, he was given a budget and a script from acclaimed writer Richard Matheson, based on his own short story.
Jay Cavendish (Kodi Smit-McPhee), a young man from Scotland, has travelled to the nascent United States to search for a girl he loved at home.
Set around AD 1000 in an area of Norway called Finnmark, which is in the extreme north-east and borders Finland and Russia, a young Sami called Aigin returns from hunting to find his village massacred by the Chudes, a rival tribe.
So instead of a methodical killing machine we get a truly exhausted man who just wants to save his wife, raising the stakes and making every bullet count.
The action scenes are pulled off with aplomb by director Michael Davis, but perhaps the less said about the plot the better. More of haunted house thrill ride then a narrative feast, this found footage spectacular starts off sedately, with the Spanish crew of a TV series called While You Were Sleeping charting the activities of firefighters on a night shift. In Tokyo Fist, he plays Tsuda, a salesman trapped in a unrewarding life who loses his partner to old school friend Kojima, who has reinvented himself as a super powerful boxer who ripples with masculinity and power. Radical reworking the two films, it jettisons most of the character work in favor of ridiculous non-stop action, with which the new dubbing only adds to the cartoon vibe. A production companion piece to King Kong, with which it shares the same two leads (Fay Wray and Robert Armstrong), directors and producers (Ernest B. Despite the shoestring budget though, this is a film that more than holds it’s own with multi-million dollar action flicks. Equally hammy, terrifying, charming, crazed, and always compelling, Payne is the glue that holds a terrible plot and decent action together, and genuinely makes Snipes look amazing, just for being able to go toe to toe with him. An almost testing ground for his follow-up classic, A Better Tomorrow, Heroes Shed No Tears is about a group of Chinese mercenaries who are tasked with capturing a powerful drug lord in the Thai golden triangle, a region near the tai-border with Laos and Vietnam known for its opium production.
Incredibly a reworking of Beverly Hills Cop after Stallone left that project, Cobra has Sly as elite LA cop Marion Cobretti, a literally take no prisoners maverick.
Chow stars as a kung fu master who marries his martial arts skills with football, and sets up a team to enter a tournament in Hong Kong. For me, that’s a real shame as this is the complete Bruce Lee film, demonstrating not only a superior range of his skills, and lightning reflexes, but also his utterly charming screen presence.
Frances Nero established an icon with his Django (and would later go on to make a cameo in Tarantino’s homage Django Unchained), but the film also lays down the blueprint for modern action films.
Many fans would back that claim up, as the Animated Series creators Bruce Timm and Eric Radomski masterfully stepped up to helm a big screen adaptation. Cyborg may not have been his best foray into sci-fi action films (hello Time-Cop), but it’s the goofiest and most enjoyable, which considering this is Jean-Claude Van Damme we’re talking about, is worth something. Contact the seller- opens in a new window or tab and request a shipping method to your location. You have read and agree to the Global Shipping Program terms and conditions - opens in a new window or tab. Other guest roles on Rocky Fortune were voiced by actors such as Raymond Burr, Ed Begley and Jack Kruschen.
They did slapstick, reeled off old vaudeville jokes, and did whatever else popped into their heads at the moment. As things developed, the team didn’t premiere their NBC sustainer until April 3, 1949, essentially getting a free ride from NBC for the first quarter of 1949. After further difficulty finding a radio sponsor for their show, The Martin & Lewis Show went off the air after broadcasting what they thought was their last show on January 30, 1950.
CBS was the first to begin airing both Television and Radio versions of their most popular programming.
The critics praised Lewis, and while they admitted that Martin was the best partner he could have, most of them claimed that Lewis was the real talent of the team and could succeed with anyone. The two finally could not possibly work together, especially when Martin angrily told his partner that he was “nothing to me but a fucking dollar sign. In Lewis’s 2005 book Dean and Me (A Love Story), Lewis wrote of his kinship with Martin, who died in 1995. But while the sweet spot for action classics seems to be the 100-110 minute mark, there are those that have cut the genre right down to basics, and succeeded all the more for it. So below I’ve chosen films that retain action sequences as their main narrative device, and keep the action at the heart of the movie, rather than as a extra. District 13 not only excels with this Escape from New York vibe, but the action sequences are truly thrilling and unique, even a decade on. What follows is three different stories of Lola attempting to get the money to Mani in time, each one playing out in different ways, essentially in real time, with split second decisions leading to different futures for not only Lola and Manni, but periphery characters we meet along the way. The set-up is simple: while driving on a highway in California, travelling businessman David Mann (Dennis Weaver) is repeatedly goaded and attacked by a menacing truck.
He employs a bounty hunter named Silas (Michael Fassbender) to protect him from the dangers of the Wild West. After finding survivors from a nearby community of his people, he must lead them to safety across the land while trying to stop the Chudes from killing them all. But after his pregnant wife is kidnapped, he is informed he must help the criminal escape from the now heavily guarded hospital. It doesn’t really make a huge amount of sense, but then again that really isn’t the point here.
But when they find themselves called to an apartment building to rescue a trapped elderly woman, the film takes off.
Romantically thwarted and simultaneously intrigued, he embarks on a training regime of his own in order to become someone new. A massive influence of Kill Bill, Shogun Assassin is as much historical film artefact as it is a great action flick. A deceptively simple tale of mistaken identity and revenge, leading up to a tense stand-off, El Mariachi was one of the main instigators in igniting the independent film boom of the early 1990s. Dwight Evans is a drifter, who upon finding out the man who killed his parents is to be released from prison, springs into action, weaving a murderous path involving two families and their intertwined history of hurting each other. Featuring several of Woo’s soon to be iconic trademarks, this is a slick action film which is essential viewing for fans of the genres history - how many times do you get a see a master’s early steps? After killing his way through a hostage situation, Cobretti learns of the existence of The New Order, a radical criminal gang.
Hilarious, yet filled with incredible action sequences and joyous moments (the power kicks to knock opponents down, as well as the smash cuts to the crowd waiting for a ball to return to Earth after one such kick) and the sheer pace of the film are utterly irrepressible. One would be enough to make a star, but allied together showcases why Bruce Lee is the martial arts action hero all other aspire to be, and The Way Of The Dragon is the film that proves his credentials. Far more violent and set-piece oriented than contemporary films of its time, Django pointed the way to the future, and audiences liked it. Look past the surface similarities, and Torque is one the best times you can ever have watching an action film. Choosing to concentrate on one of the lesser known villains from Batman’s rogues gallery proved a inspired decision, letting the film concentrate more on Batman and Bruce Wayne rather than his foe. Part martial arts movie, part cyberpunk dystopian action movie, Cyborg will never ever win any awards for its script and story, which involves finding a cure for a virus, but the action sequences are bloody and brutal, and truly astounding. If you reside in an EU member state besides UK, import VAT on this purchase is not recoverable.
Import charges previously quoted are subject to change if you increase you maximum bid amount. Though the first series of Martin and Lewis Show programs ended in January of 1950, by the fall of 1950, NBC had re-signed the pair for their Colgate Comedy Hour over Television. NBC and ABC soon followed suit and by 1952, American and Canadian audiences were enjoying both Radio and Television versions of many of their favourite programs. It is worth noting that Lewis always praised his partner, and while he appreciated the attention he was getting, he has always said with complete conviction that the act would never have worked without Martin. Car crashes, bank robberies, last minute life saving deals, the action stakes are first class, but so is the ingenuity.
High concept, filled with plenty of jaw on the floor moments, an iconic leading character, inventive set pieces, and a breathless run time. I give you the moment where Arnie decides to stop off at a garden shed, and proceeds to use a garden fork, circular saw, and wood axe to destroy his enemies. It’s all about the slow burn until the stupendous, thrilling, and surprising final shoot-out which after the relative quiet of the proceeding film, feels like someone shouting at you loudly and repeatedly, but in a good way.
To say anymore would really spoil all the surprises in store, but rest assured this is a refreshing French take on the action genre. Shoot ‘Em Up is all about the joy of cinema, with balletic gunplay, outrageous stunts, and hyperreality all par for the course over the short run time.
Treading the thin line between rage virus and reanimated corpses, the monsters of [Rec] are ultra-aggressive "zombies," which makes for high-octane action, and a huge amount of jumps along the way. The quick edits, montages, and loose narrative serve to disorientate the viewer at times, but the focused runtime lends a punch to the action on screen, and means the film never loses its way as it strips back the humanity from Tsuda, who literally and figuratively beats himself up over his perceived failings.
In the year 2029, humanity can access a cast cyber network through "shells," cybernetic bodies which house their consciousness.
Cooper) and jungle sets, it deserves to be held in as high esteem as its giant ape brother. It’s truly edge of the seat viewing and grips you from the off, all the way to the inevitable and climatic shoot-out finale.
After taking Ingrid Knudsen (Brigitte Nielsen), a witness into their murders into protective custody, the two leave town. Funny, over-the-top, and very knowing about it, this is a hyper-edited mega-cut of stunts, explosions, and take-downs of the very films it’s aping. It was also a decision repeated by Christopher Nolan over a decade later with Batman Begins, with which Mask Of The Phantasm seems more of akin to than the '90s Batman films. In fact they got so intense that one of the actors involved lost a eye after being struck in it by Van Damme with a prop knife. Spielberg wrings every ounce of tension and horror from the situation, making even simple stop at a diner into a scene of nail-biting tension, which further increases the impact of the action scenes when the truck does attack. This is still the only film I’ve watched where I saw a grown man try to escape through a window to get away from it. Section 9, tasked with public security, are on the trail of a mysterious hacker who can take over the shells, known as the Puppet Master. Made infamous by its links with the Zodiac killer (and referenced numerous times in Fincher’s Zodiac) The Most Dangerous Game was classic Hollywood flexing its action muscles for the first time. If you want to know why JCVD was briefly one of the biggest stars in the world, then it’s his work in films such as Cyborg you should look to.
Beginning that fall, Martin and Lewis began a series of rotating hosting appearances that eventually spanned five years–and 35 appearances.
I give you, ‘Let off some steam, Bennett’ after impaling said Bennett on a length of steam pipe he’s hurled an incredible distance.
What follows is a cat and mouse game with ever increasing action set-pieces leading to a surprisingly thoughtful finale. Hugely violent and critically denied upon release, Cobra has gained a cult afterlife and is well worth seeking out as one of the more extreme examples of '80s mainstream action.
The groundbreaking use of animation and CG special effects make the film look awesome, and easily the equal of blockbusters.
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