TOUGH ASSIGNMENT 1949 Donald Barry Productions Director: William
Don Barry, Marjorie Steele, Steve Brodie, Marc Lawrence, Sid Melton
JAIL BAIT 1954 HOWCO Productions Director: Edward D. Wood Jr.
Dolores Fuller, Timothy Farrell, Lyle Talbot, Herbert Rawlinson, Clancy Malone, Steve Reeves
THE DEVIL’S SLEEP 1948 Screen Classics Inc. Director: W. Merle Connell
Lita Grey, Timothy Farrell, William Thomason, Tracy Lynne, George Eiferman
DECOY 1946 Monogram Pictures Director: Jack Bernhard
Jean Gillie, Edward Norris, Herbert Rudley, Sheldon Leonard. Robert Armstrong
Richard Travis, Sheila Ryan, Tom Neal, Lyle Talbot
When this film was made in 1959 Walter Matthau was still somewhat of a struggling actor. The opportunity for some easy cash found him teaming
up with low cost producer Jonathan Daniels for this embarrassment. Daniels also produced the likes of Virgin Sacrifice and Dragstrip Riot. The story has
Matthau playing a clever criminal who throws in with a local mobster. It also presents a softer side of the killer as Matthau develops a relationship with his
girlfriend, real wife Carol Grace. It’s a muddled story at best that gets downright boring at times.
The film was made for a reported $75,000. In order to save money Matthau directed the film and his wife played the female lead. This would be the only film
that Matthau directed in his esteemed career and given the results one wonders why he later didn’t buy up all the prints and burn them. The movie was filmed
in Orange County, California and the producers got the cooperation of local police departments to use their officers and facilities gratis. The film crew was
either so inept or their equipment so bad that most of the dialog was re-dubbed. Of course not many drive-in patrons ever noticed.
Walter Matthau, Carol Grace, Bruce MacFarlane, Garry Wallberg