Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Classic Television Showbiz's Late Late Show: Skatetown USA starring Flip Wilson, Joe E. Ross, Billy Barty, Patrick Swayze, Scott Baio, Ruth Buzzi, Ron Palillo, Gary Mule Deer, Murray Langston and Leonard Barr (1979)


Gary Mule Deer: Skatetown USA - I remember working with Vic Dunlop and Dorothy Stratten and Dean Martin's uncle Leonard Barr. I'm in a scene with Leonard Barr, Dorothy Stratten and Vic Dunlop! 

Maureen McCormick: Like a disco, there was a lot of cocaine being done on the set. Many people were open about it. 

Gary Mule Deer: Well, that's true. Exactly right - it was everywhere. I remember that very well. And there was a lot. And I think Bill Kirchenbauer might have been in that.

Bill Kirchenbauer: We shot it at the Palladium and interesting enough, across the street at the Aquarius Theater, at the very same time, Linda Blair was shooting Roller Boogie. Same time, same exact movie! They had roughly written some scenes and a lot of it was just improvised. Joe E. Ross was in that and Flip Wilson. Got to meet Flip, but he was a little angry at the time. He was doing a lot of cocaine. Then again, who wasn’t? Cocaine was everywhere back then. I even did my fair amount. It was a bunch of twenty-something kids putting on a movie. It was wild, it was crazy, people were hanging around. You know?