So who directed this mess, anyway? While preparing an afternoon of Public Domain Theater, I notice that Getting Wasted is credited to Sam Wood. Sam Wood? You mean the MGM workhorse, the man responsible for the Marx Brother's A Night At the Opera? It must have been a comedown for the old man to direct a bongs 'n' boobs comedy. Being dead for 41 years will freeze anyone's career. The real Wood keeled over in the 1940s with a heart attack right after making The Stratton Story, the handicapped-pitcher baseball film parodied in Woody Allen's Radio Days. This disk, got from my favorite 99 cent store, conceals the fact that the real director was a one Paul Frizler, a former lit professor from Chapman College in Orange County, California.

Like the way this DVD cover claims the movie's distributor is Miracle Pictures*, the Wood joke must be real inside baseball. I assume the reference to a badly-staged re-enactment of the famous "Stateroom Scene" here, where a dorm room gets stuffed full of actors playing military cadets. As for top-billed Caruso (actually 34th billed in the end credits) he gets even less screen time in this movie than "Leary", a dead taxidermed parrot. The demised stuffed bird fits in nicely with this month's turkey theme....

categories Features, Cinematical