“There was Red Herring, Woo-Woo, the Weird Beard and Tip, an everyday Dope Fiend who knew Nancy Wheeler when she lived in Venice, Pam and Larry, Big Time Male Hustler and City Life, the King of Van Nuys Blvd., and City Life’s New Old Lady and Money Man and The Red Freak . . . who all copped from Dusty and Sweets McGee.
Wind it up baby, the Solid Gold weekend is coming to a close . . .”
Dusty and Sweets McGee is a plotless, episodic look at the days and nights of Los Angeles junkies circa 1971.
This mournful, elegiac film is a truly unique entry in its genre, its cast of real-life hopheads lending it a bittersweet tinge offset by a marvellous soundtrack of jaunty oldies like Blue Moon, Duke of Earl, and The Loco-Motion.
There’s even a perfectly selected Van Morrison tune, Into the Mystic, and a magnificent composition by the unfairly neglected Jake Holmes.
The first and best film of director Floyd Mutrux’s on-again-off-again Hollywood career, Dusty and Sweets McGee is an amazing time capsule.
William A. Fraker