Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Pass the Waffles

Two years before they unleashed one of the greatest "family" films ever with Willy Wonkia and the Chocolate Factory, director Mel Stuart and composer Walter Scharf teamed up for If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium, a slight and sunny comedy about the havoc caused by a boorish busload of American tourists across Europe with an oddball cast of character actors including Suzanne Pleshette, Ian McShane (decades before Deadwood), Norman Fell, Murray Hamilton, Michael Constantine, and much more. The soundtrack ranges from the memorable theme song penned by Donovan and sung by J.P. Rags (doing his best Donovan impression) to a fun psych-out piece ("Rockhouse") and lots of pleasant, romantic instrumentals depicting the various locales.

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Blogger ISBUM said...

I buried someting in the avalanch for you. :)

12:33 AM  
Blogger gspeedlace said...

is that Dolly Read from BEYOND THE VALLEY OF THE DOLLS on the cover?

9:19 AM  
Blogger 7 Black Notes said...

I wouldn't be surprised if it is; she was doing some modeling in London at the time, so it would make sense. She's not in the movie, though - go figure!

11:37 AM  

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