Melvin Simon Library
Zorro, The Gay Blade (1981)
Mexico, 1840s. When the new Spanish Governor begins to grind the peasants under his heel, wealthy landowner Don Diego Vega follows in his late father’s footsteps and becomes Zorro, the masked man in black with a sword who rights wrongs and becomes a folk hero to the people of Mexico. When Vega sprains his ankle and cannot figure out how to continue his campaign against the corrupt Captain Esteban, luck stays with Vega when his long-lost twin brother Ramon, who was sent off by their father to the British Royal Navy to make a “man” of him, whom is also flamboyantly gay, and now known as Lt. Bunny Wigglesworth, appears for a visit. ‘Bunny’ agrees to temporarily take his brother’s place as Zorro, but wishes to make some changes. Bunny becomes ‘the Gay Blade’ in which his new suits are lemon, plum, and scarlet colored, and Bunny insists on using a whip. Bunny also becomes the liaison between Don Vega and the liberal American activist/feminist Charlotte a long-time critic of Captain Esteban’s policies, and who has a crush on her masked hero.
Stars George Hamilton, James Booth, Brenda Vaccaro, Ron Leibman, Lauren Hutton, Donovan Scott and directed by Peter Medak
The Stunt Man (1980)
A fugitive stumbles on a movie set just when they need a new stunt man, takes the job as a way to hide out, and falls for the leading lady.
Stars Peter O´Toole, Steve Railsback, Allen Goorwitz, Barbara Hershey, Alex Rocco, Sharon Farrell and directed by Richard Rush
Set in 1954, a group of Florida high schoolers seek out to help a buddy lose his virginity, which leads them to seek revenge on a sleazy nightclub owner and his redneck sheriff brother for harassing them.
Stars Kaki Hunter, Nancy Parsons, Alex Karras, Susan Clark, Kim Cattrall, Scott Colomby and directed by Bob Clark
Porky’s II: The Next Day (1983)
The naughty high schoolers of Angel Beach High now seek revenge on a group of KKK religious fanatics and corrupt politicians who want to shut down their Shakespeare production after they cast a Seminole transfer student in the lead.
Stars Kaki Hunter, Scott Colomby, Dan Monahan, Wyatt Knight, Tony Ganios, Mark Herrier and directed by Bob Clark
As graduation nears for the class of 1955 at Angel Beach High, the gang once again faces off against their old enemy, Porky, who wants them to throw the school’s championship basketball game because he’s betting on the opposing team.
Stars Kaki Hunter, Scott Colomby, Dan Monahan, Wyatt Knight, Tony Ganios, Mark Herrier and directed by James Komack
THE MAN WITH BOGART’S FACE (1980)
A man with a fixation on Humphrey Bogart gets plastic surgery to make him look exactly like Bogart. Then he changes his name to Sam Marlowe (after Sam Spade and Phillip Marlowe, two of Bogart’s most famous characters), hires a ditzy blonde secretary, and opens up a detective agency. His first case is one that would do Bogie proud.
SOMEBODY KILLED HER HUSBAND (1978)
A woman’s husband is murdered and she and her lover must find the killer or stand accused of doing it themselves.
WOLF LAKE (aka HONOR GUARD) (1978)
A young couple comes to Canada to escape the horrors of war, but there will be victims of inhuman brutality and unimaginable terror. David is a young pacifist who deserts of the Navy during the Vietnam War and seeks refuge in Canada with his girlfriend Linda.
A millionaire who has recently lost his wife starts believing that he is being haunted by her spirit.
CLOUD DANCER (1980)
Cloud Dancer is a 1980 adventure drama film directed by Barry Brown. It stars David Carradine, Jennifer O’Neill and Joseph Bottoms. The film follows a competition aerobatic pilot.
CHU-CHU AND PHILLY FLASH (1981)
Flash used to be a talented baseball player but he took to drinking and now he sells stolen watches in the streets. One day he meets Chu Chu who, before falling into alcoholism like him, was a successful entertainer. Now she still dances but in the streets for no more than a cent or two. Luck seems to smile at them the day they find stolen government documents forgotten some place. They decide to return them to their legal owners but instead of the expected reward money all the retribution they get is a whole lot of trouble.
Marjoe Gortner plays a drug dealer whose car breaks down in a small U.S. town. In turn, the town’s people become victim to his unique brand of physical and mental torture.
WHEN A STRANGER CALLS (1979)
A psychopathic killer terrorizes a babysitter, then returns seven years later to menace her again.
THE RUNNER STUMBLES (1979)
Father Rivard is a priest in a small, economically depressed coal mining town. Working on what he thinks is a “controversial” work, he lives with the brutal lives of his poor parishioners, the old, unfriendly nuns in the nearby convent, and his own self doubts. When Rita, an energetic and bright young Sister, arrives at the parish, he finds someone he can talk to, someone with whom he has much in common. This sets into motion a series of events that leads to Sister Rita’s death – and the indictment of Father Rivard in that act.
MY BODYGUARD (1980)
When a boy comes to a new school and gets harassed by a bully, he acquires the services of the school’s most feared kid as a bodyguard.
A government agent discovers a plot by a cartel of seven gangsters to take over the state of Hawaii. He hires a team of seven hitmen to stop them.
To inherit a fortune, various addressees of a will must compete in a wild scavenger hunt to collect selected items, but cannot be simply bought.