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|title=<center>Willy & Scratch</center>
|description=Lost Robert J. Emery Film
 
|startyear=1974
 
|timeframe=No
 
 
|image=willyandscratchposter.png
 
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|imagecaption=Theatrical poster for Willy and Scratch
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|imagecaption=Theatrical poster for ''Willy & Scratch''.
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|status=<span style="color:red;">'''Lost'''</span>
|comment=Lost Crime Western Film
 
|category=Lost films
 
|tags=Exploitation; Claudia Jennings; Mike Hatfield
 
 
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''Willy and Scratch'' is a 1974 crime western film directed by Robert J. Emery and produced through American Picture Corps. The film stars Paul Vincent, Claudia Jennings and Mike Hatfield. The film was produced in Florida and began filming around 1972 in the Sarasota area.  
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'''''Willy & Scratch''''' is a 1974 crime western film directed by Robert J. Emery and produced through American Picture Corps. The film stars Paul Vincent, Claudia Jennings and Mike Hatfield. The film was produced in Florida and began filming around 1972 in the Sarasota area.  
 
 
== Sypnosis ==
 
  
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==Sypnosis==
 
Two outlaws arrive in an uninhabited ghost town with a stolen payroll to hide out from their gang after double crossing them, where the only other resident is an old man. Awaiting till the dust clears and they can make away with the stolen money, they encounter a brother, husband and his wife (Claudia Jennings), with their own sinister motives. They scheme to steal the money for themselves, but the outlaws manage to thwart their efforts and kidnap the wife. An all out brawl ensues when the rest of the gang arrives to claim the money, with only one of them being the victor.  
 
Two outlaws arrive in an uninhabited ghost town with a stolen payroll to hide out from their gang after double crossing them, where the only other resident is an old man. Awaiting till the dust clears and they can make away with the stolen money, they encounter a brother, husband and his wife (Claudia Jennings), with their own sinister motives. They scheme to steal the money for themselves, but the outlaws manage to thwart their efforts and kidnap the wife. An all out brawl ensues when the rest of the gang arrives to claim the money, with only one of them being the victor.  
  
== Production and Theatrical release ==
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==Production and Theatrical Release==
 
Western shots were filmed in the abandoned Floridaland amusement park for 11 days and the remaining footage was shot in 4 days in the Brookesville - Inverness area. The film was finally released in 1974 and played the Drive-in circuit through the Southern US.  
 
Western shots were filmed in the abandoned Floridaland amusement park for 11 days and the remaining footage was shot in 4 days in the Brookesville - Inverness area. The film was finally released in 1974 and played the Drive-in circuit through the Southern US.  
  
== Censorship ==
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==Censorship==
[[File: Willyscratch3.jpg|300px|thumb|right| Article feature on Robert J. Emery]]
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[[File:Willyscratch3.jpg|300px|thumb|right|An article feature on Robert J. Emery.]]
 
The film was notable for having significant amounts of violence, (including a scene where actor Mike Hatfield had a pitchfork jammed through his throat and a rape scene with Claudia Jennings). Upon release, the film nearly received an X-rating. 11 seconds were trimmed from the Pitchfork scene to secure an R-rating.   
 
The film was notable for having significant amounts of violence, (including a scene where actor Mike Hatfield had a pitchfork jammed through his throat and a rape scene with Claudia Jennings). Upon release, the film nearly received an X-rating. 11 seconds were trimmed from the Pitchfork scene to secure an R-rating.   
  
== Status ==
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==Status==
[[FIle: TV_screening_of_Willy_and_Scratch.png|200px|thumb|right| An afternoon TV screening of Willy and Scratch from the mid-80s]]
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[[FIle:TV_screening_of_Willy_and_Scratch.png|200px|thumb|right|An afternoon TV screening of ''Willy & Scratch'' from the mid-1980s.]]
As of today, elements for this film are presumed to be endangered and it is unknown if there are any current surviving prints. There were several afternoon TV screenings of the film throughout the 80s but no tape recordings have surfaced online, though scans of TV listings have been shared. On April 30, 2020, Joe Bob Briggs tweeted about the film's status<ref>[https://twitter.com/therealjoebob/status/1256053259774636034] Joe Bob Briggs puts a call out for the film. Tweeted on April 30th, 2020</ref>, inquiring on anyone to come forward. The film has still not resurfaced.  
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As of 2021, elements for this film are presumed to be endangered and it is unknown if there are any current surviving prints. There were several afternoon TV screenings of the film throughout the 1980s but no tape recordings have surfaced online, though scans of TV listings have been shared. On April 30th, 2020, Joe Bob Briggs tweeted about the film's status,<ref>[https://twitter.com/therealjoebob/status/1256053259774636034 Joe Bob Briggs tweet putting a call out for the film.] Retrieved 20 Sep '21</ref> inquiring on anyone to come forward. The film has still not resurfaced.  
 
 
==External Link==
 
*[https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0227819/?ref_=tt_mv_close IMDB page for Willy and Scratch]
 
  
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==External Links==
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*[https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0227819/?ref_=tt_mv_close IMDB page for ''Willy & Scratch''.]
  
 
==References==
 
==References==
 
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Latest revision as of 16:31, 11 October 2021

Willyandscratchposter.png

Theatrical poster for Willy & Scratch.

Status: Lost

Willy & Scratch is a 1974 crime western film directed by Robert J. Emery and produced through American Picture Corps. The film stars Paul Vincent, Claudia Jennings and Mike Hatfield. The film was produced in Florida and began filming around 1972 in the Sarasota area.

Sypnosis[edit | edit source]

Two outlaws arrive in an uninhabited ghost town with a stolen payroll to hide out from their gang after double crossing them, where the only other resident is an old man. Awaiting till the dust clears and they can make away with the stolen money, they encounter a brother, husband and his wife (Claudia Jennings), with their own sinister motives. They scheme to steal the money for themselves, but the outlaws manage to thwart their efforts and kidnap the wife. An all out brawl ensues when the rest of the gang arrives to claim the money, with only one of them being the victor.

Production and Theatrical Release[edit | edit source]

Western shots were filmed in the abandoned Floridaland amusement park for 11 days and the remaining footage was shot in 4 days in the Brookesville - Inverness area. The film was finally released in 1974 and played the Drive-in circuit through the Southern US.

Censorship[edit | edit source]

An article feature on Robert J. Emery.

The film was notable for having significant amounts of violence, (including a scene where actor Mike Hatfield had a pitchfork jammed through his throat and a rape scene with Claudia Jennings). Upon release, the film nearly received an X-rating. 11 seconds were trimmed from the Pitchfork scene to secure an R-rating.

Status[edit | edit source]

An afternoon TV screening of Willy & Scratch from the mid-1980s.

As of 2021, elements for this film are presumed to be endangered and it is unknown if there are any current surviving prints. There were several afternoon TV screenings of the film throughout the 1980s but no tape recordings have surfaced online, though scans of TV listings have been shared. On April 30th, 2020, Joe Bob Briggs tweeted about the film's status,[1] inquiring on anyone to come forward. The film has still not resurfaced.

External Links[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]