The Battalion. (College Station, Tex.) 1893-current, March 13, 1969, Image 2
by Jim Earle
At The Movies
by Mike Plake
“If we win th’ NCAA championship I don’t think I can
stand living with my present roommate!”
Students here will have a golden opportunity to
influence Texas government Monday. The Student Senate’s
referendum on the proposed lowering of the voting age (for
details, see page 1) will be strongly reflected in Senate
President Bill Carter’s testimony before the Legislature
Tuesday. As the representative of one of the state’s largest
student bodies, he is one of several student leaders who have
been asked to help give legislators a grass-roots view of the
The Student Senate, of course, has already indicated its
support for the proposed constitutional amendment. But
their vote was taken without prior knowledge by the
students, and this factor surely would have weakened Carter’s
influence with skeptical legislators. The subsequent decision
to take the student-opinion poll was, to say the least, a step
in the right direction.
But it was only the first step. The outcome of Monday’s
vote will quite likely be taken as A&M’s mandate for either
change or continuation of the 21-year age limit. The
Battalion happens to agree with Senators who feel that limit
is obsolete today and that a more reasonable standard can
and should be set. But it is your view that will be the
ultimate criterion. If it agrees with that of the Senators, it
will, of course, strengthen their statement; if not, it must
certainly overrule it.
You can make that view known Monday. Don’t miss the
is a National General Corporation
movie. It stars a grizzled Elvis
Presley in one of his few dra
matic roles. He sings no songs
but the introductory one.
It flies like a one-winged bird;
it never leaves the ground.
Its main faults are faulty cast
ing and a script that reads like
an abridged adult comic book.
Here is Elvis, back from a
crummy attempt at shedding his
blue-suede shell of stardom, com
ing on like gangbusters in an at
tempt to prove that he can play
it straight. He’s backed by the
same motion picture company
that produced a fine Western we
saw not long ago—“The Stalking
Moon” with Gregory Peck.
BUT THIS time the casting
director must have gone on strike.
Victor French plays Vince, the
baddest of the bad guys. Not only
is he unconvincing as a bad guy,
he’s unconvincing as anything.
Solomon Sturges plays Vince’s
idiot brother, or tries; the fact
is, he overplays the part and
screams it to death. He is, in this
part, supremely lousy.
Ina Balin is the Girl Tracy.
She is ex-lover of Jess Wade,
alias Charro (alias Elvis). Her
performance ranks high among
those in thte flick, and it’s still
The plot: Charro is branded
and blamed for stealing a solid
gold, brass-plated cannon from
the Mexican government. The
cannon is a shrine of Mexican lib
erty, and the Mexican federales
are after the villains what gone
and stole it.
IT SO happened that Charro
had broken with the gang and
with Boss Vince just before they
hoisted the fieldpiece. But Vince
is seeking revenge; nobody, in
cluding Jess Wade, can break
from his gang of nuts and get
away with it.
The Mexican’s only clue to the
hoodlums who stole their shrine
is a man with a bullet burn on
the side of his neck.
So Vince and the nuts capture
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Jess Wade and brand him on the
neck. Then they kick him and
beat him a little, and then they
let him go.
And Jess Wade walks some
5,000 miles across the desert, not
even sweating, captures a wild
stallion, and rides into the near
est town. The town just happens
to be the one where his girl is,
and also the one that Vince and
his gang pick as a resting place.
CHARRO EVENTUALLY be
comes the deputy, and eventually
fights Bad Vince and his cannon.
Naturally, he wins.
Elvis deserves a little credit,
though. He keeps trying. This
movie was a far, far better effort
than his abysmal attempt in “Live
a Little, Love a Little.” He would
have been helped, though, had not
the people around him who made
the movie been a little less insane
in their actions. The whole effort
could have been saved and raised,
perhaps even to a “B” western,
had there been some support from
the supporting actors. But there
The soundtrack was by Hugo
Montenegro and his orchestra.
They also directed such fabulous
sounds as the ones from “A Fist
ful of Dollars” and “For a Few
Dollars More,” the western Span-
ish-American-Italian flicks which
started Clint Eastwood on his rise
to movie star status. And the
soundtrack from Charro is a
pleasant sound. It will probably
sell a few copies, too.
But the moral of this particular
Whoever is guiding Elvis’s
movie efforts, especially if he’s
seeking to climb a dramatic route,
is letting the Hound Dog Man bite
off more than he can chew.
College Station, Texas Thursday, March 13, IS
His first movie, “Love
Tender,” was better.
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