Pulp Fiction Thursday: Underworld U.S.A.

It’s been the summer of Sam at Adrastos World HQ. Not the Spike Lee flick; Sam as in Samuel Fuller the cult film writer-director. Fuller was underrated in his day, but his quirky and idiosyncratic movies have stood the test of time

TCM Noir Alley host Eddie Muller screened Underworld U.S.A. on Father’s Day this year. It’s the story of a young man whose father is murdered. He spends his life seeking revenge against the gangsters who slew dear old dad.

The vengeful son, Tolly Devlin, was played by Cliff Robertson in a bravura performance that was as quirky and idiosyncratic as Sam Fuller himself. Tolly Devlin has become a catch phrase in our house. It’s usually aimed at Paul Drake when he’s in trouble, which is a frequent occurrence. We all have our Tolly Devlin moments.

I give Underworld U.S.A. 4 stars and an Adrastos Grade of A-.

It’s poster time. The first one is Canadian, eh:

Here’s the trailer:

Are you ready for some lagniappe? It’s Eddie Muller making a cocktail to go along with Underworld U.S.A.

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