Fulvue Drive-In.com
Current Reviews
In Stores Soon
In Stores Now
DVD Reviews, SACD Reviews Essays Interviews Contact Us Meet the Staff
An Explanation of Our Rating System Search  
Category:    Home > Reviews > Comedy > Satire > Sex > Three Nuts In Search Of A Bolt (1964/VCI)

Three Nuts In Search Of A Bolt (1964/VCI)


Picture: C     Sound: C     Extras: C+     Film: C



Mamie Van Doren joined Tommy Noonan in Three Nuts In Search Of A Bolt, a stripper who lands up getting involved with a few guys who need therapy, though she may give them all a new reason to lay down on the couch!  She needs some help of her own and cannot afford it, so they get an actor (Noonan) to play a patient who has all three of their symptoms combined to save money.  What might have been funny at the time has become very dated and looks like the forerunner of a TV situation comedy.  Fortunately, one of them is Three’s Company, so it is worth a look.


Of course, Miss Van Doren is also looking good and we see more of her than you would expect for a film from this period.  Like her contemporaries (Monroe, Mansfield) of the time, she was in top shape and always a pleasure to watch in any kind of action.  The color is saved for the sexier moments, made at a time when it was more expensive than black and white.  At least they still had real black and white then.  The actors give it their best, but time and a script that was trying to juggle sexy, classy and funny that did not age well or work much at the time hurt the film.  It is still worth a good look just for Miss Van Doren alone, which is why it is finally on DVD.


The letterboxed 1.78 X 1 image is a mix of EastmanColor and black & white footage that does not always work, but has its moments.  The print is in decent shape, but has some glaring flaws at times and Fouad Said’s cinematography deserved anamorphic treatment.  The Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono is smaller and more compressed than expected, not weathering time as well as the footage did.  Extras include an hour-long interview with Miss Van Doren herself and it is really good.  You also get uncensored on the set footage, a stills gallery, “hot” & “cold” trailers for this film + three other VCI DVD titles, text bios on the leads and director.  This title was issued at the same time as Promises, Promises, another Noonan independent production reviewed on this site from VCI.  This time, the lead is Jayne Mansfield.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


 Copyright © MMIII through MMX fulvuedrive-in.com