“The apes have taken over — while we were busy watching television and filling our freezers, they’ve come out of the jungle and moved in!”
A waitress (Terry Moore) at an isolated seaside cafe discovers that her physicist boyfriend (Frank Lovejoy) and the cafe’s violent cook, “Slob” (Lee Marvin), are smuggling nuclear secrets out of the country.
Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:
- Cold War
- Keenan Wynn Films
- Lee Marvin Films
- Mistaken or Hidden Identities
- Terry Moore Films
Despite its low budget and limited locales, this character-driven drama remains an effectively suspenseful thriller about Cold War paranoia and patriotism. The film possesses a fair amount of levity (especially in the scene where Wynn and Marvin are lifting weights), and plenty of reliably zingy dialogue:
“Slob’s got an eight-cylinder body and a two-cylinder mind!”
Plus, the acting by everyone involved is well above average for a B-movie, and there are enough plot twists to keep you on the edge of your seat.
Favorite scene: Moore and Lovejoy interspersing kisses with questions about the U.S. Constitution:
Redeeming Qualities and Moments:
Yes. This cult film is well worth seeking out.