July 4th, 2020


Movie Critique – Underworld U.S.A.

Stars: 5 / 5

Recommendation: A very hard-core drama that punches in your face revealing the underworld and it’s many hands taking over the society while focusing on one individual bent on revenge.

Underworld U.S.A. is 1961 American neo-noir crime film starring Cliff Robertson, Dolores Dorn and Beatrice Kay in the lead roles. The plot centers on the revenge of a fourteen year old boy on the people who took his father's life.

Tolly Devlin (portrayed by Cliff Robertson) is on the road to take revenge on the killers of his father, 20 years after the incident. Unfortunately the killers have now risen up in the mob world. Tolly uses everything in his arsenal including the Government of United States, to finish the killers. 

This is a very hard-core crime drama, that I was surprised that Noir Alley on TCM presented it for Father's Day. However, this was the film world's effort to do another expose of crime boss kind of movie after they had exhausted all kinds of plots. 

The film also doesn’t show the usual war or battles that Fuller has in his movies. But, it depicts the battle that one man who goes against a crime syndicate in the process of taking his revenge. Although Fuller adds elements to the film such as vice rackets, government law enforcement methods, etc., his focus doesn’t waver from Tolly. 

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Kitchen Fun - Griddle Cakes

While reading the book, Deep River, the second in the Castings Trilogy, by Pamela Freeman, one of the characters, Lady Sorn, talks about making griddle cakes for dessert. I was curious what these were and found a surprisingly easy recipe to make them.

With most of my recipes, I made a few changes to make it a healthier version, but you can discount other flours and just use all purpose flour to make these to create traditional griddle cakes. Additionally I made mine thin, you can make them as thick as possible too.

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