This week’s mystery movie has been the 1964 Twentieth Century-Fox picture “Back Door to Hell” with Jimmie Rodgers, Jack Nicholson, John Hackett, Annabelle Huggins, Conrad Maga, Johnny Monteiro, Joe Sison, Henry Duval, Ben Perez and Vic Uematsu. Photography by Mars Rasca, makeup by Nita Sol Cruz, camera operation by Ricardo Remias. Music by Mike Velarde. A Lippert Inc. Production, filmed in association with Medallion Films Inc. Screenplay by Richard A. Guttman and John Hackett from a story by Richard A. Guttman. Produced by Fred Roos. Directed by Monte Hellman.
“Back Door to Hell” is available on DVD from Amazon.
In a New York Times review of a double bill (Dec. 10, 1964), Bosley Crowther called “Fate Is the Hunter” “a stupid, annoying film” and “Back Door to Hell” “a clinker of even lower degree.”
For Monday, we have a mystery gent.
Update: This is Johnny Monteiro.
For Tuesday, we have a mystery soldier.
Update: This is Joe Sison.
For Wednesday, we have a mystery woman.
Update: This is Annabelle Huggins.
Brain Trust roll call: Mary Mallory (mystery movie and Tuesday’s mystery soldier).
For Thursday, we have two mystery gents.
Update: This is Conrad Maga and Jimmie Rodgers.
And we also have this mystery gent.
Update: This is John Hackett.
Brain Trust roll call: Mary Mallory (Wednesday’s mystery woman).
For Friday: “You want the mystery photo? You can’t handle the mystery photo!”
Update: This is John Hackett and Jack Nicholson. Trivia Note: “Back Door to Hell” and “Flight to Fury” (Monte Hellman films shot in the Philippines) are the first of 12 films in which Nicholson and Hackett appeared together. Hackett, Nicholson and Hellman also worked on “Ride in the Whirlwind.”
Brain Trust roll call: Mary Mallory (Thursday’s mystery gents No. 2 and 3, and predicting Friday’s mystery guest), Beach Gal (mystery movie, Monday’s mystery gent, Tuesday’s mystery gent, Wednesday’s mystery woman, Thursday’s mystery gents No. 1, No. 2 and No. 3, and predicting Friday’s mystery guest) and B.J. Merholz (Thursday’s mystery guest No. 3).