|The movie poster: the only place where they toned down the innuendo.|
Last time we visited the Dean Martin series of Matt Helm Movies with 1966's Murderer's Row, I complained that the lack of coherent plot spoiled some of the fun. 1967's The Ambushers definitely managed to fill some of the plot holes (though the story is just as ridiculous as ever, which is a good thing), but managed to lose some of the fun in the process.
|Pictured: The hard life of silver screen espionage|
|"The propulsion, gentlemen, is a crane and a series of wires..."|
|Insert your own "air-bags" joke here|
The special effects are particularly laughable this time around, but it probably would've been less fun had they been good. The visible wires, rotoscoped glows, and laser guns that shoot sparks add to the charm. And though there's only a few scenes this time around that stretch suspension of disbelief to the breaking point, the addition of at least some logic still can't keep this from feeling a little stilted.
|Hey Dino, Smokey the Bear would like a word with you about forest fires.|
In all, The Ambushers isn't a terrible entry into the series, but the magic has definitely faded.
However, the last Helm movie, The Wrecking Crew (1968) faced the most dangerous foe of all: A Change of Direction!