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DVD Release: Great Scout and Cathouse Thursday

I’ve just learned that Great Scout And Cathouse Thursday is being released tomorrow, 3/29/11, through 20th Century Fox’s MGM Limited Edition Collection. The release is being done “MOD” (Manufacture on Demand) but unlike Warner Brothers, where you can buy directly from WB through their archive, you can order the Fox/MGM DVD through online retailers such as Amazon, MoviesUnlimited, ect.  (Disclosure: If you purchase through the provided link, I receive compensation. Click here for details.)

Yeehaa! Another DVD to add to the growing Culp Collection!

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One Year Ago…

A year ago today, March 24th 2010, Robert Culp passed away at the age of 79.

Still remembered, still missed…

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Hannie Caulder

Originally released, November 8 1971 (UK), June 30, 1972 (US)

I mentioned previously that the moustache Robert Culp sports in the Columbo episode, “The Most Crucial Game” threw me for a bit of loop. More or less because it wasn’t fake as there’s footage of him from a game show appearance and a documentary from the same time period. So what was my thought of the Grizzly Adams-ish beard for Hannie Caulder?

What? That’s Robert Culp? Honest, when I first saw a photo of Culp from this movie I did not recognize him. Let’s pause and compare a moment here, shall we?

Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice, 1969 Hannie Caluder, 1971

A mere two years or so separate the two roles, Bob in Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice, 1969 and Thomas Luther Price in our subject of this post, from 1971.  Seriously, if you didn’t already know who you were looking at, would you have known that the man on the left was the same man on the right?

Robert Culp plays bounty hunter Thomas Luther Price who comes upon Raquel Welch’s Hannie Caulder after Hannie has suffered rape and the murder of her husband by three outlaws (played by Ernest Borgnine, Jack Elam and Strother Martin). She wears nothing more than a blanket and carries a Winchester rifle which she points at Thomas when he inquires about wanting to get some water for himself and his horses. She says nothing to him and he figures either she doesn’t understand him or she’s just a wench. He’s about to wave her off, literally, and with the motion of his hand he grabs the rifle from her. He empties the chamber and hands the gun back to her – his first mistake. His second mistake is turning his back on her to walk away and she promptly whacks him on the back of the head with the butt of the Winchester.

Hannie goes over to his horse and notices the dead man being carried on the other horse. She realizes Thomas is a bounty hunter and that perhaps, he can help her. She remains by him, settling him against a saddle and covering him with a blanket and waits for him to regain consciousness.

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