“The apes have taken over — while we were busy watching television and filling our freezers, they’ve come out of the jungle and moved in!”
That line is definitely not the stereotypical 1950's movie denouement particularly when it is uttered by the stolidly full-upright Frank Lovejoy about Communism in Shack Out on 101 (1955) that screened last night at the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica.
As Sterling Hayden unsuccessfully tried to quantify for Timothy Carey what type of crime shooting a racehorse is in The Killing (1956); "...as a matter of fact, I don't know what it is...", I have the same dilemma attempting to describe just what type of movie Shack Out on 101 (1955) actually is: film noir, melodrama, high camp, comedy, none of the above, all of the above??? By whatever genre, the picture is a unique, well acted, uproarious hoot.
Shack out on 101 is the...