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The Little Shop of Horrors (August 5, 1960)

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The Little Shop of Horrors
 

Released on August 5, 1960: A clumsy nerd working in an L.A. Skid Row florist shop discovers a man-eating plant that gets hungry every evening at sunset.

Produced by Roger Corman

Directed by Roger Corman

The Actors: Jonathan Haze (Seymour Krelboin), Jackie Joseph (Audrey Fulquard), Mel Welles (Gravis Mushnick), Dick Miller (Burson Fouch), Myrtle Vail (Winifred Krelboin), Karyn Kupcinet (Shirley), Toby Michaels (Shirley's friend), Leola Wendorf (Mrs. Siddie Shiva), Lynn Storey (Mrs. Hortehse Fishtwanger), Wally Campo (Detective Sergeant Joe Fink - narrator) Jack Warford (Detective Frank Stoolie), Meri Welles (Leonora Clyde), John Herman Shaner (Dr. Phoebus Farb), Jack Nicholson (Wilbur Force, undertaker with bad teeth), Dodie Drake (waitress), Robert Coogan (Tramp), Jack Griffin (Drunk), Charles B. Griffith (Kloy - the screaming patient, and the burgler at the flower shop)

 
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Always Give 100% . . . Unless You're Giving Blood . . .

I have no idea how this actually happened, but here is my imaginary scene when Roger Corman and screenwriter Charles B. Griffith were selecting the actors for this movie.

The actors in a motion picture are customarily listed with the stars first, and the most insignificant bit players listed last. Jonathan Haze is listed first, and actress Jackie Joseph is second, then more actors that never became terribly famous. Next to last is another name.

A young actor in search of a job wants a part in this movie. Author Charles B. Griffith and director Roger Corman ask the young man how much acting experience he has had, and the fellow tells them that he has had small parts in a couple of television shows and a couple of movie parts. This would be his fifth appearance on film if he gets the part.

The director asks the young fellow if he can act weird . . . Demented but funny. They ask if he can be convincing as a strangely demented fellow who loves pain. It is only one five-minute scene at the dentist’s office in the middle of the story, but an important scene to the flow of the plot. The fellow assures them that he can act as wickedly demented as the role requires, with a smile that will freeze your bones.

The author and director tell the young man that they have a very small budget and the whole thing will be shot in only two days. The director explains that Charles B. Griffith, the author, will not only be the voice of the man-eating plant, but he will also play several bit parts, including the hold-up man who gets eaten. The director tells the young fellow that he has the part if he wants it, and by the way, what is your name? . . . . Jack? . . . . Jack who? . . . . Jack Nicholson? . . . . OK, Jack, we’ll see how demented you can appear in this little scene. . . . You never know . . . . If you can be a convincing weirdo it may lead to bigger and better parts.

This movie was a small, inexpensive, independent production, but it spawned not only generations of new fans, but a Broadway hit in the 1980’s, a film of the Broadway musical version, and an animated television show. . . . . All from a quick two-day filming adventure using an amazingly unique and twisted comedy employing amazingly talented character performers. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.

Charles B. Griffith and Mel Welles
Charles B. Griffith and Mel Welles
Charles B. Griffith and Audrey Jr.
Charles B. Griffith and Audrey Jr.
Dick Miller and Mel Welles
Dick Miller and Mel Welles
Dodie Drake
Dodie Drake
Jack Nicholson, Jonathan Haze and John Herman Shaner
Jack Nicholson, Jonathan Haze and John Herman Shaner
Jack Nicholson in the dentist's chair
Jack Nicholson in the dentist's chair
Jack Nicholson
Jack Nicholson
Jack Nicholson
Jack Nicholson
Jack Nicholson
Jack Nicholson
Jack Nicholson
Jack Nicholson
Jack Warford and Wally Campo
Jack Warford and Wally Campo
Jackie Joseph and Jonathan Haze
Jackie Joseph and Jonathan Haze
Jackie Joseph, Mel Welles and Jonathan Haze
Jackie Joseph, Mel Welles and Jonathan Haze
Jackie Joseph and Mel Welles
Jackie Joseph and Mel Welles
Jackie Joseph
Jackie Joseph
John Herman Shaner
John Herman Shaner
Jonathan Haze
Jonathan Haze
Jonathan Haze, Jackie Joseph and Mel Welles
Jonathan Haze, Jackie Joseph and Mel Welles
Jonathan Haze and Jackie Joseph
Jonathan Haze and Jackie Joseph
Jonathan Haze and John Herman Shaner
Jonathan Haze and John Herman Shaner
Jonathan Haze and Mel Welles
Jonathan Haze and Mel Welles
Jonathan Haze and Meri Welles
Jonathan Haze and Meri Welles
Jonathan Haze and Myrtle Vail
Jonathan Haze and Myrtle Vail
Jonathan Haze and Meri Welles
Jonathan Haze and Meri Welles
Jonathan Haze
Jonathan Haze
Leola Wendorff and Jackie Joseph
Leola Wendorff and Jackie Joseph
Leola Wendorff, Mel Welles and Jonathan Haze
Leola Wendorff, Mel Welles and Jonathan Haze
Leola Wendorff
Leola Wendorff
Lynn Storey, Jackie Joseph and Jonathan Haze
Lynn Storey, Jackie Joseph and Jonathan Haze
Mel Welles
Mel Welles
Mel Welles and Dodie Drake
Mel Welles and Dodie Drake
Mel Welles, Jonathan Haze and Jackie Joseph
Mel Welles, Jonathan Haze and Jackie Joseph
Mel Welles
Mel Welles
Meri Welles and Jonathan Haze
Meri Welles and Jonathan Haze
Meri Welles and Jonathan Haze
Meri Welles and Jonathan Haze
Meri Welles
Meri Welles
Myrtle Vail and Jonathan Haze
Myrtle Vail and Jonathan Haze
Myrtle Vail
Myrtle Vail
Wally Campo
Wally Campo
Leola Wendorff and Mel Welles
Leola Wendorff and Mel Welles