It seems like the money people wanted a sequel to 1979’s excellent The In-Laws, a flick I saw in the theater when I was a kid (at the Kings Plaza duplex!) and loved at the time (and watching the film a few years ago on DVD, it still made me laugh).
From what I’ve figured out (from a variety of on-line sources, etc.)— At first Arthur Hiller and Andrew Bergman, director and writer, respectively, of The In-Laws, were hired (along with stars Arkin and Falk) to repeat their duties.
Then somebody (blame the producers!) pissed off director Hiller, so he split.
Bergman was then hired to direct the flick. But somebody (let’s blame the producers!) pissed him off so much that not only did he quit, but had his name replaced in the credits with a pseudonym.At this point, star Peter Falk threw his weight around/pulled some strings and had John Cassavetes hired as director. (Blame the star!) According to Wikipoopia: “Cassavetes came to refer to the film as ‘the aptly titled Big Trouble,’ since the studio vetoed many of his decisions for the film and eventually edited most of the film in a way which Cassavetes disagreed with.”
The fillim was completed, but according to Ray Carney's massive Cassavetes site, “Columbia [was] unhappy with the final product.”
Here’s some sad irony from David Sterritt’s Cassavetes webpage:
Scorsese showed a rough cut of his early feature Boxcar Bertha (1972) to Cassavetes and listened breathlessly as the master unexpectedly said, ‘Marty, you've just spent a year of your life making a piece of shit.’
Then [Cassavetes] added, ‘It's a good movie, but don't get hooked into that [commercial] stuff—just try to do something personal.’
Well it’s sad that Scorsese has completely taken a hot shit on that suggestion with his last five to ten films, but more so that Cassavetes broke that rule on his last film. So what is the White Elephant Blogathon?
I’ll let the excellent Michael May explain:
It’s based on the concept of the White Elephant gift exchange where everyone brings a (usually crappy) gift and hijinks ensue as people open them and fight over who goes home with what. The Blogathon does the same thing, but for movies. You submit a movie to be reviewed, and then write about another blogger’s submission.
Mr. May (who has a very fun blog that y’all should check out) was assigned/drew the short straw on The Legend of Boggy Creek.
Out there somewhere, someone is reviewing/critiquing/puking over Otto Preminger’s The Cardinal. That flick was my suggestion! [Cue snickering a la Mutley…] Above: Cassavetes earning a few bucks playing a biker in AIP’s Devils Angels, produced by Roger Corman
P.S. Blogger's functions are incredibly FUCKED today, and are trying to drive me crazier than I am. Stupid bastards....