Michael King is a seedy writer of sleazy pulp genre novels under a half-dozen sensational pseudonyms whose ambition is to dictate ten thousand words per minute to stenographers a la Earle Stanley Gardner. He's recruited by the agent of Preston Gilbert, a quirky ex-Hollywood star currently living reclusively in exile in Malta, to help him write his biography. Despite being pursued by an enigmatic hitman, Gilbert has a large entourage of eccentrics and remains an inveterate practical joker. After Gilbert is eventually murdered by an apparent Priest, King tries to stay alive while interacting with a variety of idiosyncratic characters including an ersatz Princess, a henpecked clairvoyant, and a cross-dressing hitman.
G. Taverney (email@example.com)
Pulp means paperback books and pulverized bodies. Mickey King writes pulp, lives pulp and very soon could be pulp.
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Did You Know?
Spike Milligan wrote a letter to Producer Michael Klinger following a television screening of this movie in 1977. Milligan was considering sending a letter to animal cruelty organizations until he was reassured that a pig hunting scene involved no actual harm to the pigs. See more
When Mickey Rooney is singing Italian songs with a band at an outside banquet, the band calls out for "Sorrento...Torn'a Sorrento." Rooney accedes --- "OK, let's go back to Sorrento," whereupon the band and he break into a rendition of "Santa Lucia" instead !. See more
At the time, I was living abroad. I was already a writer, having three years before left London - and a lucrative job as a funeral director. It was the family business of my wife, whom I'd deserted together with my three children. Handling stiffs was hardly the life for someone with a burning creative urge. So I elbowed the loved ones.
All the credits are displayed as they were being written with a typewriter (the main character is a writer). See more
References Boys Town
Little White Lies
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