If you weren’t awake between 1.30-3.30 am in Australie this morning, you may have missed the movie C.H.O.M.P.S on 7TWO which was more or less about a young man (Wesley Eure) who made a robot dog that could see through walls and sense when crime was about to occur; so the mutt had Minority Report moves. As nearly as I could tell the young fella did all this to impress Valerie Bertinelli from ONE DAY AT A TIME, HOT IN CLEVELAND and the Cindy Crawford “Meaningful Beauty” infomercial (also a fave of insomniacs everywhere).
Everything about this movie was cartoonishly poor and it turned out that animation legend Joseph Barbera helped to write the screenplay. There was a cast of veterans including Jim Backus, Red Buttons and Conrad Bain. Apart from this, the only other thing going for it was the cross-sectional robot dog models (as seen in top photo). In addition to robo-Benji there was also a couple of Doberman cross-sections that were probably the work of some obsessive in the Art Department. So an A+ for the robot dogs and a D for the film itself.
If I have The Insomnia again tonight (ie early tomorrow morning), then I’ll check out Hope and Crosby’s last Road movie, THE ROAD TO HONG KONG (1962); their only one without a significant contribution from Dorothy Lamour (although she did make a cameo). The Wikipedia claims that 58 year-old Crosby thought 48 year-old Lamour was too old to play the female lead, so 29 year-old Joan Collins was hired instead. So, 50 years ago this kind of BS was going on in the movies, still.