Big Q Tip: Movies: The Gay Blade!
Big Q here with an old movie tip. Why am I reviewing old movies? It seems that last Friday Jack and Julia had trouble finding a winner on a “name that movie” question. The clip had the line “We’re gonna need a bigger boat.” Someone said “one of the Indiana Jones movies”! That’s just a little on the sad of the aisle people. You could’ve picked up my chins up from the floor. Then it hit me. The young today have the same “knowledge” about movies from the 70’s and 80’s as I did at their age about movies from the 40’s and 50’s. The only difference is the ability to see the older movies. With DVD, BlueRay, and of course, Digital Downloads, a person can see everything they want, they just don’t know what to see. So, since radio is a public service, I’ll be giving tips and reviews to some of the gems from days gone past.
First up, one of my favorite movies as a kid, Zorro, The Gay Blade!
Now don’t get any ideas, this is not a coming out party. “Not that there’s anything wrong with that”. “No of course not.” The reason I liked it so much, besides it a funny movie, is that I saw it for free. "Multiplex" was a new concept in Minot N.D. when this movie came out in 1981, and the theater didn’t put people in the halls, so it was easy to sneak-in to another movie. Zorro, The Gay Blade! was my first of many free movies because of this lack in security.
It starred George Hamiliton as Zorro. Lauren Hutton plays his love interest. Rob Leibman, probably best known as Rachel's father Dr. Leonard Green on Friends, played the evil Capitan Esteban. (in my opinion, he stole this movie. Hillarious)
It’s set in Mexico in the 1840’s. Capitan Esteban is the new Spanish Governor who begins to stick it to the local peasants. Wealthy land owner Don Deigo Vega (Hamilton) does not like what he sees. He stumbles upon a family secret, his father was the famous Zorro. He then decides to resurrect the character to protect the peoples. Yes, peoples. But, during his first attempt at be the hero, he sprains his ankle. All looks lost for the peoples until Don Deigo’s twin brother returns from England. (also played by Hamilton). His brother, Romone, was a bit different as a child so there father sent Romone off to the British Royal Navy to “make a man of him”. Romone is flamboyantly gay and returns as Lt. Bunny Wigglesworth. That name alone should make you want to see the movie.
Anyway, Lt. Bunny becomes the Gay Blade and dresses in Lemon, Plum, and Scarlet. But frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn about the clothing, that’s really irrelevant. With Paco, a mute servant,(Donovan Scott), Florinda,(Brenda Vaccaro) the unsatisfied wife, and over the top accents that border on insulting, this movie is simply…fun.
The Big Q Tip, if you’re up for a funny movie that doesn’t take itself too seriously, then see Zorro, The Gay Blade! today.