Wednesday, 16 December 2015

Switch on the Bikini Machine and release the Girl Bombs - Dr Goldfoot turns 50!

Can you believe it! Vincent Price's spoof supervillain Dr Goldfoot turned 50 this year!

It was on 6 November 1965 that American Interational Pictures released their hilarious spy parody which also featured Beach Party star Frankie Avalon and Dobie Gillis actor Dwayne Hickman alongside Jack Mullaney as Goldfoot's goofy assistant Igor, the fabulously gruff Fred Clark and the lovely Susan Hart (who was the wife of AIP chief James H Nicholson).

Boasting a rousing theme tune from The Supremes, a great chase sequences through the streets of San Francisco, cameos from Beach Party alumini Annette Funicello and Harvey Lembeck, three Playboy Playmates, and the set from Pit and the Pendulum, Dr Goldfoot was such a success that it resulted in a promotional TV special, The Wild Weird World of Dr Goldfoot and a sequel (directed by legendary Mario Bava) the following year. 

Both films are now out on Blu-ray in the US from Kino Lorber, but only time will tell if a UK version will follow. Until then, here's Vincent's best bit (watch out for Land of the Giant's Deanna Lund as No8) and the trailer from the first...  

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