Trailers from Hell: Alan Spencer on Misfit Tale ‘Bless the Beasts and Children’

Trailers from Hell: Alan Spencer on Misfit Tale 'Bless the Beasts and Children'

Box Office Busts! week concludes at Trailers from Hell with TV writer-producer Alan Spencer introducing Stanley Kramer’s 1971 film “Bless the Beasts and Children.”

After a run of distinguished films during the sixties,
socially committed producer-director Kramer’s downhill slide
accelerated with this somewhat prescient but pretentious adaptation of Glendon
Swarthout’s well-regarded novel about emotionally disturbed teens at a summer
camp who try to prevent a buffalo slaughter. This gimmicky trailer, a faux
interview between actor Bill Mumy and a supposed rep of the NRA, would have
been more convincing had they cast an actor less familiar than busy character
type Douglas Kennedy as the spokesman.

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