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Jail Bait [DVD] [1954] [US Import] [NTSC]

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  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00003XAMT
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 179,499 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Even by 1954 standards, this film was spectacularly bad...therein lies its charm. The soundtrack is similarly bizarre -an odd guitar and piano arrangement, which gives the film the feel of some strange experimental art house movie. This, I'm sure, was completely unintentional. There's a strange feel of the silent movies here, yet better movies were made in the silent era.

This film is consistently nominated as one of the worst film noir movies ever made. Ed Wood Jnr, the director, is now a cult figure for his lack of talent. In this film the script and plot were actually not that bad. Ed Wood really nails it by managing to make such a bad job of it.

If you like this type of thing also check out Ed Wood's Plan 9 from Outer Space, nominated as one of the worst films ever made.

If you are looking for the best in film noir, you would do better buying Double Indemnity, The Big Sleep or The Blue Dahlia among others. However, if you have a liking for the ridiculous or oddball, this has to be the one for you.
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From one of the worst directors that ever made movies. But some films are so bad that they are enjoyable. Here that is the case, along with another one from the same director, "Plan 9 from Outer Space".
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This film only has part of the ED Wood class as seen in his standards. There is a twist at the end which we see coming for a country mile. What I found most annoying was the sound track. It consisted of the same few rifts on a Spanish guitar plus piano. Wood does many of his regular "actors" in this film. Lt. Bob Lawrence, Steve Reeves would later go on and play Hercules.

The film also includes a Cotton Watts because.....they could.
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Actually quite competent for an Ed Wood movie but that's not to say it's good. The abysmal acting us a joy to behold. Makes you wonder what Wood could if he could afford proper actors.
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Amazon.com: 3.1 out of 5 stars 17 reviews
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fine DVD transfer of overlooked Ed Wood crime thriller 9 Mar. 2002
By Surfink - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
Jail Bait, shot by Wood in between Glen or Glenda and Bride of the Monster, is perhaps the least-known and -loved of his 1950s features, probably because it's more competently produced and slower paced than his more notorious films. The misleading title (referring to a handgun, not an underage girl) may lead to disappointment for the first-time viewer expecting sleazier fare. And Jail Bait just doesn't exhibit the unbridled lunacy and delirious verve of Plan 9 and Glen or Glenda, although there's plenty of Ed's mind-numbing, circular dialogue and a handful of ludicrous plot points for the seasoned Woodophile to savor. The cast features Hollywood veterans Lyle Talbot and Herbert Rawlinson (who died of lung cancer during production), Wood's then-girlfriend Dolores Fuller (later composer of a number of Elvis tunes), newcomer Steve (Hercules) Reeves, perennial sleazemeister Timothy Farrell (Gun Girls, Devil's Sleep, Girl Gang, Racket Girls), Vogue model (and Jack Paar's sexy weathergirl) Theodora Thurman, and apparent nonactor 'Clancy Malone' (actually Scott McCloud, Glen or Glenda's unit director). It's fun to track the conflicting acting styles (and competencies): former silent star Rawlinson (as Dr. Gregor) out-acts the bunch; Fuller is stiff as a board; Farrell and Thurman chew the scenery voraciously; Steve Reeves personifies the 'dumb hunk' (watch him attempt to run lines with Talbot while putting on a coat and tie); and Malone just tries to act his way out of a paper bag. The plot is essentially the story of a jerk (Farrell) and an idiot (Malone) who go on the lam after shooting a cop while robbing a beauty parlor (!?). Logical lapses abound (e.g. Malone's father hides him from the cops, then lets him go if he promises to turn himself in later; Farrell's moll [Thurman] is hopelessly loyal even though he constantly treats her like dirt). It all finishes with a hilarious "twist" ending involving plastic surgery. Bad Film fanatics will love to cringe at the irritating piano-and-guitar score (recycled from Mesa of Lost Women) by Hoyt Curtin (who wrote the Jetsons theme and scored all the major Hanna-Barbera cartoon series) and the embarrassing minstrel show sequence, which in true Woodian fashion is inserted into the movie for no apparent reason whatsoever. While Jail Bait never reaches the dizzying heights/depths of Wood's more famous films, there's enough chaff to be found amongst the wheat to satisfy trash film junkies with the patience to dig a little.
Image's DVD, part of their Wade Williams Collection, is as fine a presentation of the movie as you're likely to see. Although there is some light speckling and blemishing (mostly around reel changes), the source print exhibits overall excellent brightness, contrast, and shadow/highlight detail. The picture is very crisp, at times revealing some fine grain in the source material. The Dolby 1.0 sound is clear, although the level seems a bit soft. Eleven chapter stops and a slightly washed out Jail Bait trailer (also suffering from some speckling, blemishing, and vertical scratching) are included. A minimal but very fine package; perhaps a bit pricey for some considering the few extras, but nonetheless essential viewing for serious aficionados of Ed Wood or cheap, trashy movies in general.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Truly "Edwoodian." So Bad it's good 24 Jan. 2004
By Andre M. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
Folks, leave your brains at the door. This is good old Edwoodian schlock about a bad boy who gets mixed up with the wrong crowd. Laugh out loud at the outragous stupidity and unintentioned humor of horrible dialougue, bad acting , and sheer senselessness. Who the heck would insist that a doctor under pressure of gunpoint operate on him? (That's just for starters). The surprise ending (which I won't reveal here) is pretty good. But the Blackface minstrel performance as an abomination not only for modern P.C. reasons (as an African-American myself, I've seen far worse in old movies), but it is not funny at all (the guy in Blackface whines and strains his voice in a gross effort to sound "Black" and the gags consist of very bad puns). In true Edwoodian style, it has nothing whatsoever to do with the story. But if you and your friends are filled with beers and pizza and want a good howl for over an hour, then this is for you.
15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Jailbait is Not What You Think 10 May 2000
By Joe Oliver - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
This movie is not good/bad; it's just plain bad. "Jailbait," as a term, which normally means an underage girl, here means a handgun possessed by a parolee! This film has none of the charm of Plan Nine or even Bride of the Monster. It's just bad. It looks like amateur home movies of a community theater rehearsal. Unless you are committed to seeing every Ed Wood travesty, this one you should probably pass up. It's a stinker.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THIS MOVIE SUCKED! i liked it 21 April 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
Ok, this movie is awful and it has a misleading title, but would you expect anything else from Ed Wood? The DVD has clear picture, and the sound is pretty good, if a little quiet. There are no real extras, besides the trailer, but this is probably the best presentation of the film out there, which makes it a must own for hardcore Wood fans.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Jail Bait Lures Laughs 25 Sept. 2002
By Carolyn Paetow - Published on Amazon.com
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This unintentional film-noir spoof has all the marks of Ed Wood's zany script and direction. In other words, it's absolutely hilarious! There's nothing basically preposterous about a plastic surgeon deconstructing a face, yet Wood managed to make this movie a farce--even though he obviously tried to produce a straight-up crime drama. The only competent actor involved, Lyle Talbot, moves stolidly through the story, tossing off the dumbest dialogue with professionalism and aplomb. His sidekick, Steve Reeves, however, flips off his lines as though each word were a fleck of dandruff to be brushed hastily and unobtrusively away. Wood's non-actor girlfriend, Dolores Fuller, looks like a blonde bombshell trussed up in business suits as she strides martially back and forth in her living room. The movie is a windfall of loony lines, cheap props, and ridiculous situations. A purportedly luxurious apartment is so cheaply and sparingly furnished that it looks one notch above a flophouse. Surgery is performed on the couch of a gangster's moll, and then she attends the bandage removal in a fur and cocktail gown. A corpse is propped, standing up, in a shallow closet, prompting the moll to rail about dead men cluttering up her place. As far as so-bad-it's-good flicks go, this one's so terrible it's terrific!
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