This is one of those movies from when I was 8 years old that has lingered on the edge of my consciousness for years. It was written by William and Tania Rose, and directed by Stanley Kramer. The movie is a bit longer than I’d remembered, and of course it’s dated. There are a couple of scenes where I was expecting someone to pull out a cell phone, but then I regained my senses.
The drumming for all of the music in this film is by Earl Palmer, the steady beat behind; and sometimes around; almost everything you have ever listened to. Mr. Palmer was a studio drummer for the likes of everyone you can imagine, such as The Monkees, Fats Domino, Neil Young, Frank Sinatra, and too many others to mention here. His career as a professional drummer lasted over 6 decades. This review is for him, and by the way, Eddie Ray says "hello." I'll be reading up about, and have more to write about this incredibly talented musician in the weeks to come.