|CHANDLER (director: Paul Magwood; screenwriter: John Sacret Young/based on the story by Paul Magwood; cinematographer: Alan Stensvold; editors: William B. Gulick/Richard Harris; music: George Romanis; cast: Warren Oates (Chandler), Leslie Caron (Katherine Creighton), Alex Dreier (Ross J. Carmady), Mitchell Ryan (Charles 'Chuck' Kincaid), Gordon Pinsent (John Melchior), Charles McGraw (Bernie Oakman), Richard Loo (Leo), Walter Burke (Zeno), Marianne McAndrew (Angel Carter), Scatman Crothers (Smoke), Lal Baum (Waxwell), Charles Shull (Binder Ransin); Runtime: 88; MPAA Rating: PG; producer: Michael S. Laughlin; Warner Archive (MGM); 1971)|
|"A below average pulp thriller."
by Dennis Schwartz
below average pulp thriller directed by the
inexperienced Paul Magwood. It's based on a story he
wrote. John Sacret Young writes
the convoluted script. It wants to be Chandler as in
Raymond, but because everything about is so lacking
it's more like Chandler as in crap.
aging LA night-time security guard Chandler (Warren
Oates), a former private eye, quits in the middle of
his shift. The next day he's hired by the
untrustworthy government agent Bernie Oakman (Charles
McGraw) to secretly protect the French artist
Katherine Creighton (Leslie Caron), a material witness
for the government and the former mistress of the
racketeer John Melchior (Gordon Pinsent).
Bernie, planning to use his old pal as a decoy, tells
him the lie that John wants to silence her because she
knows too much. When Waxwell (Lal Baum),
a thug who works for John, kidnaps her, planning to
bring her back to John because he still loves her and
has no desire to harm her, we learn the government
story is a fabrication. Their plan is to kill John and
not her. In any event, she's rescued by the smitten
Chandler. Katherine then takes the train to Monterey,
California. When the awkward plot thickens, Bernie's
boss, Carmady (Alex Dreier), is around
to make sure his gangster buddy Chuck Kincaid (Mitchell
Ryan) will eliminate John so he can take his
place as a double-agent to work with Carmady. The
plans of the government agents are somewhat upset by
the noble hearted Chandler's daring acts of courage.
reason Caron was slumming in this pic is because her
hubby, Michael S. Laughlin, was the
producer. Magwood says the pic turned out so confusing
because MGM's interfering head James Aubrey re-edited
the film without permission and ruined what could have
been a good homage film to pulp writer Chandler. The
pic bombed at the box office and with the critics.
REVIEWED ON 8/25/2015 GRADE: C
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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