The Devil’s Partner (1961)

Directed by Charles R. Rondeau and produced by Hugh Hooker, an actor and stuntman. The two teamed up before in 1958 to make The Littlest Hobo. Hooker would do stunts for years while Rondeau would work mainly in TV after this.

Writer Stanley Clements played one of the East Side Kids, Stash, and when Leo Gorcey left the Bowery Boys in 1955, Clements took over as their leader. Starting with 1965’s Fighting Trouble, he played Duke Coveleskie until the series ended its run in 1958 with In the Money.

We open with Pete the hunchback who lives in a shack in Furnace Flats. While this sounds like the start of a filthy limerick, Pete obliterates your senses by killing a goat and making a hexagon on the floor with its blood.

Pete’s gone and replaced by Nick Richards. They’re both played by Ed Nelson from Peyton Place, so some Satanic silliness is going on. He’s fond of using animals to attack people, like having dogs maul their owner’s faces and cows sacrifice themselves to cause car crashes. He wanted revenge and he’s gonna get it — in a way that has nothing to do with the poster for this movie.

Look for Edgar Buchanan (Uncle Joe Carson from Petticoat Junction, Green Acres and The Beverly Hillbillies) and Richard Crane (Commando Cody: Sky Marshal of the Universe‘s sidekick Dick Preston).

This movie film gathered dust until it was acquired by Roger and Gene Corman and paired with  Creature from the Haunted Sea.

You can watch it right here.


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