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Shack Out on 101 (1955)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 4 December 1955 (USA)
An isolated diner on California's 101 highway provides the backdrop of the story involving nuclear secrets, foreign spies and federal agents.

Director:

Edward Dein

Writers:

Edward Dein (story), Mildred Dein (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Terry Moore ... Kotty
Frank Lovejoy ... Prof. Sam Bastion
Keenan Wynn ... George
Lee Marvin ... Slob / Mr. Gregory
Whit Bissell ... Eddie
Jess Barker ... Artie
Donald Murphy Donald Murphy ... Pepe
Frank DeKova ... Prof. Claude Dillon
Len Lesser ... Perch
Fred Gabourie Fred Gabourie ... Lookout
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Storyline

At an isolated, seaside greasy-spoon cafe live George, the sarcastic owner; Slob, the potentially violent cook; and Kotty, the sexy waitress all the men lust after. Plus an occasional customer, including "Professor Sam", Kotty's boyfriend from a nearby research facility. And something's going on under the potentially explosive surface emotions...nuclear secrets being smuggled out of the country. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Four men and a girl! See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 December 1955 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Shack Up on 101 See more »

Filming Locations:

Malibu, California, USA

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Lee Marvin and Keenan Wynn bonded in friendship during the shooting of the film and it lasted throughout their lives. See more »

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Leading up to the final moments of the film, Perch (Len Lesser) is shot at whilst climbing some steps, and his hat falls off. Being pursued, he is unable to retrieve it. However, when he enters the diner, he is wearing it. See more »

Quotes

[While in a passionate embrace]
Prof. Sam Bastion: Will you tell me something?
Kotty: Anything, Sam, anything.
Prof. Sam Bastion: What are the first amendments to the Constitution called?
Kotty: The Bill of Rights.
Prof. Sam Bastion: That's right. What form of government is this?
Kotty: The best!
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Featured in Hollywood Remembers Lee Marvin (2000) See more »

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A SUNDAY KIND OF LOVE
Written by Barbara Belle, Louis Prima, Anita Leonard and Stan Rhodes
Credited and used in score but not vocally
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A 'Slob,' A 'Hash-Slinger' & A Ton Of Insults
16 March 2009 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

Lee Marvin's "Slob" character alone makes this worth viewing, although the espionage film is a bit talky and stagy. Still, Marvin is a real hoot, right from the beginning, and provides a few neat surprises near the end. "Slob" is the name of his character, and it fits.

Otherwise, the film is an insult-fest with everyone trading barbs at one another. Some of them are pretty funny. Keenan Wynn as "George," the diner owner, is involved in many of the put-downs but Terry Moore has a lot of good lines, too. They reminded me some good film noir dialog.

Moore plays the blonde bimbo, "Kotty," a self-proclaimed "hash-slinger" who has good looks and figure and isn't as dumb as she sounds. The guys all call her "tomato" during the story, a popular slang term for babes back in the '50s. All the guys in here are hot for Kotty, and you can't blame them.

Several characters in here aren't who they appear to be, beginning with Frank Lovejoy's professor role, so the movie does keep you guessing.

This is an odd film, a B-atmosphere with an "A" cast. It includes some strange scenes such as the goofy weight workout at the diner with Marvin and Cobb, and later a dry-land snorkel-thon between Cobb and Whit Bissell. Speaking of the latter, Bissell is a familiar face. He did a ton of TV shows in the 1950s through the 1970s. I saw him on a number of Lone Rangers episodes but he also had multiple appearances of Wagon Train, Peyton Place, The Virginian, Perry Mason, World Of Disney, The Rifleman and many, many more shows.

This is one of those strange films where overall, it sucks - let's face it, but many individual scenes make you just laugh out loud, meaning it had enough entertainment to have made my (and others here) time watching it worthwhile......barely.


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