Dear Joe Bob, Thank you with all my heart.
I recently obtained an old copy of Joe Bob Goes to the Drive In and watched my niece go to tears laughing at your totally professional and fair imitation of someone who was not the anti-war, pro-art man you are. You were my once-a-week relief in the 80's when I was washing dishes in Austin and we would rush to buy out the Dallas newspaper (and there was only ONE Dallas newspaper then) to read your column aloud while we slaved in the kitchen heat. Thank you. Your writing in the 80's was air conditioning to us in that slave hall. BTW, some guy in LA found a copy of Hells Angels Forever on tape and digitalized it. I bought it two weeks ago after searching 25 years on the alleged Internet.....and I thought I had hallucinated the movie 'cause no mention. Watched it several times over, compared your review in JBGTTM and have to concede....you were unduly unfair to these obvious humanitarians.
You should be ashamed!
Thanks for the great memories. One of which is the Hell's Angels sending an "enforcer" to mess me up when I was late for the introduction of "Hell's Angels Forever" at the Inwood Theater in Dallas.
Preciate the nice words! Hang in there, Joe Bob
Hey Joe Bob! I'm a big fan of yours! Were you in the movie "The Trial of Lee Harvey Oswald"? In the TV movie The Trial of Lee Harvey Oswald at around 1:56 the actor playing the guy who carpooled with Lee Harvey Oswald and saw Lee with the brown package of "curtain rods"is that you ? It sounds just like you but doesn't look much like you? Matt
Matt, You're talking about the two-night miniseries from 1977, but you may not know there was a movie with the same title, made in Dallas in 1964 by the late great Larry Buchanan. At any rate, I wasn't in either of them. I was in Dallas in 1977 but I was a feature reporter for the Dallas Times-Herald and had no idea I would ever try acting. Preciate the nice words, bud. Hang in there, Joe Bob
Hi Joe Bob, In your commentary on "Incredibly Strange Creatures...!!?, you wanted to know what Madam Estrella and Ortega were doing with their hands (in a scene following the stabbing of the Barker and Stella). They were mixing acid with glass beakers. I realize someone has probably answered this question before but just in case they have not, I thought I would put in my two cents. Your fan, James Clay James-- At last I can sleep at night! Thanks a lot, bud.
That's a while back that I did that commentary. Preciate the support.
Hang in there, Joe Bob
Joe Bob, I have heard that there may be a remake of the classic movie:"curse of the demon." Have you heard anything about this? If so, please send me an e mail with full details. One of my comments appeared in one of your columns years ago in the d.t.h. Robert
I'm not a fan of remakes but I can see why whoever has the rights is choosing that one in 2014. Paranormal is crazy popular right now. I'll check into it and let you know. Preciate the support, bud.
Hang in there, Joe Bob
Dear Joe Bob, I recall reading in one of your articles a while ago that the imposition of Daylight Savings Time was an effort by the studios and big movie theaters to cripple the Drive-Ins. I also saw the documentary on PBS which asserted the same thing. Sounds good to me. The problem is, that some of the skeptics here demand that I back up my opinions with facts, and I cannot find any reference to the relationship between DST and the death of the Drive-Ins. When you get a minute, could you help me out here by pointing me to a source of information regarding how The Man went after the Drive-In by changing the time every Spring?
Daylight Savings Time was instituted in the United States toward the end of the drive-in's heyday, namely, 1967, with the result that a lot of triple-feature venues had to become double features, and some drive-ins had June and July start times of 9 p.m. or later. Obviously this was not good for business, and the owners started holding barbecues and instituting other attractions like miniature golf to get families to come earlier. Then in 1973 the feds ordered mandatory year-round DST, so the southern drive-ins that had shows in the winter had to deal with it 365 days a year. Fortunately that only lasted a year. By then most drive-ins had turned to porn just to survive.
There were a lot of contributing factors--the rise of the multiplex, the decline of Detroit gas guzzlers and the rise of Japanese rice rockets, and, yes, DST was one of them--but the drive-ins that managed to last to the mid-eighties are mostly still in business today.
Preciate the support, bud. Hang in there, Joe Bob
I'm interested in what you think about the evolution of the drive-in. A couple of months ago, I saw "The Outsiders" up in Silver Spring, at the AFI's theater and there's that great scene set in the drive-in in Tulsa. It made me think about this topic again, how drive-ins
used to be rowdy places, and that kind of went out of style. The ones that have survived are great, but, overall, seem to be a real wholesome, family kind of atmosphere. Seems like the end of an era, or at least a real change. Curious what you think.
Drive-ins have always gone back and forth between seedy teenage hangouts and family attractions. The yin and the yang of them existed in 1954 as surely as it does today, and you will find drive-ins across America that are rife with rowdiness. You can find articles over the
past 50 years that start out, "It used to be a passion pit, but the local drive-in is more and more attracted to family fare these days . . ." and those articles are usually efforts by the owner to get rid of the rowdy teens. It was not uncommon in the fifties for a drive-in to have
drunks passed out in their cars on Saturday night, then a special Easter showing of "The Ten Commandments" on Sunday night. So it kind of goes with the territory.
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Of the 3 billion websites out there, yours has got to be the coolest. Where might I go to find a watchable copy of the movie The Swinging Barmaids? I can't seem to find it anywhere and have no idea where to look.
Is it even considered a B-movie, or just an older A-movie?
The title "Swinging Barmaids" was used as a re-title on more than one movie released by Motion Picture Marketing, so you need to tell me which one you're talking about. Some identifying feature. Maybe a
poster? And, yes, all of them were definitely B movies.
Preciate the nice words, bud.
Hang in there,
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My profound statement is, and it might not be "profound" but it is definitely a good one, "A good friend will bail you out of jail but a true friend will be sitting beside you in jail and say DAMN THAT WAS FUN"
Love you!!!!! Miss you reading prison mail!!!
First of all, I didn't do it. Secondly, she's lying. Third, I don't own any weapon of the type in question. Fourth, that's not my DNA.
Thanks for the nice words!
Hang in there,
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Hey Joe Bob
I been reading your book about going Back to the Drive-in recently because I didn't have it until this past Christmas when my loverly girlfriend gave it to me. I already read your first book about going to the drive-in, and ever since I read your column in one of the finer
local newspapers back in the early 1990s I been telling everyone how much they been missing by not reading your stuff or watching you on the TV, but usually they just tell me to, "get the hell out of the store."
Anyway, I wrote you back in 1998-or-so asking for info on a film about a guy with no legs that fought a guy with no arms, and you said it was Crippled Masters and that you'd play it on MonsterVision, if you did, I missed it... so now I'm just writing to let you know that I did end up buying a DVD of "Crippled Masters" back in 2004, so you don't have to worry about that anymore.
Well, since I've been waiting SIXTEEN YEARS for your review, tell me: how was it?
Hang in there,
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Hey Joe Bob!
I think you might have known my dad, Frank E. Griffis? He's told me stories about you and, oh what's that guy's name, the one that wrote Texas Chainsaw Massacre, another West Texas guy...anyway. I grew up watching Monstervision and harassing old librarians trying to find whatever grummy, dog-chewed copies of your
books I could.
I don't have any profundities off the top, just wanted to drop a line and say how much I appreciate the stuff you've put out there. Love your humor, and dangit, it was good information too. I hope you know how big of a cult following you have out there! We aren't very vocal, or productive, or sober. But we're there! Watching horrible movies and
wishing they were narrated by a certain good ol' boy armed with vital statistics. Wish you the best, man.
Thanks for the nice words. I learned long ago that the movies are better when drunk.
Preciate the support.
Hang in there,
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On MonsterVision, you once showed a film that was based on an epic Greek or Roman story. Seems it was based in the subways or something like that. You illustrated/diagrammed some of the plot on a blackboard or whiteboard or flip chart. What was the film and what epic story was it based on? Do you know the air date?
I thought you were brilliant.
Thanks for remembering one of my favorite episodes. It may be the one time in my life that being a Classical Studies minor came in handy. The movie was "The Warriors," directed by Walter Hill, who would go on to direct much more famous movies like "48 Hrs.," "Streets of Fire" and "Brewster's Millions." Walter Hill may or may not have cared about the story's classical origins, but the screenplay was based on a novel by Sol Yurick, and Yurick had used Xenophon's account of the retreat of the Ten Thousand, as described in "Anabasis," and transposed it onto a fable about New York gang territories. The conceit worked because the Ten Thousand was a band of Greek warriors who marched all the way to the Euphrates in 401 BC, where they were employed by Cyrus to fight against Artaxerxes. Even though they won the battle, Cyrus was killed and they ended up with no food, no supplies, and no leadership after all their generals were lured to a meeting and executed. They then had to fight their way back through every hostile territory between Babylon and the Black Sea before finding ships to take them home--a process that took two years and is considered one of the great "underdog" stories in military history. At any rate, the route of the Warriors in the movie began at Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx, where their leader was killed, and ended after many fights later at their home turf of Coney Island. I used a 1960s New York subway map to chart their progress.
Much more information than you wanted, I'm sure!
All my best,