Monster of the Day #1001

Watching Kiel manhandle small dudes like Arch Hall Jr. or (the admittedly super-fit) Robert Conrad was always kind of a trip. And who could blame him for trying to stop all that ‘singing’?

  • Flangepart

    Arch Hall Jr. ‘The Cabbage Patch Elvis.”
    Yeah. EEGAH hadda show up somewhere.
    “Watch out for snakes!”

  • bgbear_rnh

    Eegah has a lot to answer* but, I think it is still the most fun caveman out of time film.

    *ok he is a caveman, a man who lives in a cave but, in Southern California. Humans in North America at the earliest 20,000 years ago; however, Eegah doesn’t exactly look Asian or native-American. I think Arch senior had it all wrong and Eegah and family were regular 19th century California immigrants who just ended up living in a cave and lost all social skills.

  • Gamera977

    Well, he wasn’t as cool as Robert Vaughn but way cooler than that annoying Geico guy.

    Then again I guess Vaughn wasn’t out of time though.

  • bgbear_rnh

    IBAC, The International Brotherhood of Anachronistic Cavemen a.k.a. “The Club” as symbolized by Eeegah above.

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  • Rock Baker



    Cheap, chintzy little picture to be sure, but quite lovable all the same. Although filmed for such a tiny amount (even for a color film of the era), the film was quite a hit at the boxoffice and played for years. Not quite sure the film’s boast of being the first to show a dune-buggy is correct, but there’s certainly enough gray area on the matter to give it to Hall. I also thought Marilyn Manning was super-cute.

    Arch Hall Sr, by the way, had been the subject of a movie himself, THE LAST TIME I SAW ARCHIE, in which he was played by Robert Mitchum!

    Jr really had no interest in being an actor, but I still think a biopic could be interesting. Maybe a docudrama about Fairway International? Think of all the characters that would cover! Hall, Steckler, etc.

  • bgbear_rnh

    I thought it was cool that Jr. became a cargo pilot working for a company eventually bought out by FedEx.

    IIRC (from Ken’s notes?) “THE LAST TIME I SAW ARCHIE” was the film that ended Jack Webb as a film director/producer (law suit from Hall Sr.). Too bad but, maybe we would have been cheated on the TV end if Webb had continued in film.

    I also wonder if part of Hall’s settlement with Webb is what launched Hall’s film career.

  • Rock Baker

    I wasn’t aware Webb was the one Hall sued! I understood his beef was with the film’s writer, who had adapted the screenplay from his own book.

    Either way, I do know Hall had been dabbling in the movies before the release of THE LAST TIME I SAW ARCHIE (in fact, the film ends with Archie taking control of a picture studio).

    I also believe Webb may have directed a documentary about the red menace in 1965 (although a documentary might’ve slipped outside the bounds of traditional directing).

  • bgbear_rnh

    You sue the guy with the money.

  • Rodford Smith

    Robert Conrad is Chuck Norris’ tougher older brother. :-)

  • Eric Hinkle

    That beard makes him look kind of like a Stone Age Moses to me.