Moviedrome Mondays: Electra Glide in Blue (1973)

Sadly, I do not have a link to Alex Cox introducing 1973’s Electra Glide in Blue on Moviedrome because their is no video of him introducing that one as of today. He did introduce the film on there, but I can not find a link of him presenting it. The original airdate of this episode was May 15, 1988. What I can offer you dear readers though is a link to the transcript of Alex Cox’s introduction to it and here is the link to that entry.

As for my personal thoughts on Electra Glide in Blue, I feel that it is a good film. Alex Cox has Β suggested that it is a cop’s corrective to Dennis Hopper’s Easy Rider from 4 years earlier. The director was American music producer James William Guerico, who has worked with 1960’s bands specializing in either rock (Chicago and Blood, Sweat & Tears) or Sunshine pop (The Buckinghams). As of 2019, Electra Glide in Blue serves as the only film directed by the 73-year-old Guerico. Prior to being charged in the 2001 unsolved murder of his second wife Bonnie Lee Bakley (read here and here), it’s star Robert Blake was best known for acting in films like 1967’sΒ In Cold Blood (as real-life murderer Perry Edward Smith) and television shows likeΒ Baretta. Anyway, here is a youtube link to the trailer below and check out those other links my dear readers πŸ™‚

12 thoughts on “Moviedrome Mondays: Electra Glide in Blue (1973)

  1. I’ve just read the transcript, as Alex Cox points out Electra Glide in Blue was beautifully shot by Conrad Hall, who also worked on Fat City. The final shot, in particular, will always remain embedded in my memory.

  2. One of my favourite modern films, and it has been featured on my own blog at least three times. Billy Green Bush has to be one of the most underrated American actors.
    Best wishes, Pete.

  3. Love this film and I also have the vinyl soundtrack in my collection which is credited to James William Guercio. The “chase” theme is one helluva funk bomb.
    Reading the transcript it’s hard not to read it in Alex Cox’s voice. πŸ™‚

  4. Electra Glide in Blue was indeed “beautifully shot” as you so eloquently state πŸ™‚ Now that film and Fat City share another thing in common, which in this case would be that both of them are Moviedrome films πŸ™‚ Anyway, thanks for dropping by πŸ™‚

  5. Three times. That is fascinating πŸ™‚ I agree with you about Billy Green Bush. He was always a reliable actor. Anyway, thanks for dropping by πŸ™‚

  6. The soundtrack is indeed a WOW πŸ™‚ I hear you about the Alex Cox transcript. Upon reading them, I would memorize them in Alex Cox’s voice as well and for the Mark Cousins entries, I would do them in his voice as well πŸ™‚ Sounds silly I know πŸ™‚ Anyway, thanks for dropping by πŸ™‚

  7. Yes I have seen that Mark Cousins documentary entitled The Story of Film. Magical indeed. I also love his voice. The Story of Film ranks up there with other great documentaries of film like Jean Luc-Godard’s essay work Histoire(s) du cinema, Martin Scorsese’s A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies and My Voyage to Italy (also from Scorsese) to name just a few. Anyway, thanks for dropping by πŸ™‚

  8. I love Electra Glide in Blue. The title alone is fabulous. Robert Blake is a phenomenal actor. He is right up there with Cate Blanchett, Marlon Brando, Robert De Niro and Meryl Streep. To me, Blake–not Brando–is the quintessential method actor. His portrayal of Perry Smith was startlingly brilliant.
    In my opinion, Electra Glide in Blue is existentialist, neo noir. I also agree with Cox that ‘it is the cop’s answer to Easy Rider’. I prefer Electra Glide in Blue to Easy Rider, but that’s just me.

  9. Great to hear from you again Pam πŸ™‚ Robert Blake is a phenomenal actor as you say. Kind of sad concerning all the notoriety garnered in his later life. I also agree with you that his portrayal of Percy Smith was brilliant. As for Brando, I think he is every bit equal, albeit different, to Blake in quality. Though I will say that Blake has been so severely underrated that it is time that people recognized his fantastic performances as well. As much as I love Easy Rider, I too would pick Electra Glide in Blue and Monte Hellman’s Two-Lane Blacktop over Easy Rider – only because Hopper has directed two better films that are severely underrated (The Last Movie and Out of the Blue). Anyway, thanks for dropping by and I am very much looking forward to your next blog entry πŸ™‚

  10. Totally agree, John. I love Two-Lane Blacktop and Out of the Blue, especially. I know so few people who have seen it. I haven’t seen The Last Movie. I shall seek it out.
    I haven’t committed lately because I’m unfamiliar with Moviedrome. I’ve seen Wickerman, but it’s not my cup of tea, especially not the remake.
    But back to Robert Blake, I’ve loved him in everything I’ve ever seen him in–even Beretta. He was so screwed up, he didn’t make many movies, but next to In Cold Blood, Electra Glide in Blue is my favorite Blake performance. The whole movie is masterful and weird.
    Nice write up. Enjoyed it.
    I watched Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer the other night. Only the second time I’ve seen it. It horrified and repulsed me the first time. I also thought it was a brilliant movie. This time I was horrified and repulsed, but not as much, though I liked it better. Masterful film on a shoestring budget. I think if you are going to be entertained by, say, Halloween and Silence of the Lambs, you should be required to see “Henry”.
    Anyway, nice chatting with you.

  11. Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer may be graphic and disturbing, but that is why it works so well because it takes away all of the glamour a Hollywood production would have given it. This could have only succeeded as a low-budget independent film. This is not to say that I hate Hollywood’s take on the serial killer sub-genre (far from it). The similarly low-budget independent classic Halloween was meant to be a commercial film as was The Silence of the Lambs.

    P.S. Here is a link to where you can buy Dennis Hopper’s The Last Movie below:

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