Thursday, April 21, 2011
RING OF FIRE (1961- U.S.A.)
Frank Gorshin is excellent and does his best Kirk Douglas as Frankie Boy, a psycho with a 'mile-long rap sheet.' Ultimately, he gets his just desserts with an epic but sadly off-screen accidental death on a burning bridge! RING OF FIRE is a ridiculous but fast paced film that features a superficial pop-psychology take on juvenile delinquency, implied nudity, bland interior lighting, a gratuitous Doodles Weaver cameo, thousands of screaming, fleeing extras right out of a Godzilla film, a surprising amount of miniatures, mucho optical and stock footage fire and a bizarre, inappropriate romantic fade-out that implies a gross, casual dismissal of statutory rape! The theme song is composed and performed by Duane Eddy (not to be confused with the Johnny Cash song). From the serious husband and wife director/editor team of Andrew and Virginia Stone. Only the film's opening and closing credits are letterboxed at 1.85 while the rest plays full frame. (Review based on a TCM broadcast. Not available on home video). Special thanks to K. Roulston.