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No Curbing Mike

November 29, 1987|Craig Modderno

Ex-Lt. Gov. Mike Curb is back in the swing of producing sound tracks for exploitation films--the critically bitten "Teen Wolf Too" being his latest.

You might recall that during Curb's losing bid to reclaim his old job last year, winner Leo McCarthy accused his opponent of "making a fortune" by assembling and producing sound tracks in the '60s and early '70s for films like "Shaft," "Cycle Savages" and "The Wild Angels" that heavily featured sex, drugs and violence. Curb didn't deny involvement with the films, but questioned that he had "made a fortune." (FYI: His related slander suit against McCarthy was recently dismissed.)

Curb is again producing background music for lower-budget pics like "Body Slam," "Rad," "Savage Street" and "The Garbage Pail Kids." And proud of it, too.

Said Curb: "There's not anything wrong with what I'm doing. I don't do dirty films. I do clean movies. My record company produced the current top pop song 'The Time of My Life' from the film 'Dirty Dancing,' which is not a dirty picture.

"My film company, MUSIFILM, did 'Body Slam,' which cost $3.7 million. We've already made a profit on it from video and cable sales despite it only having played in Nevada. It's a timeless film about wrestling and pop music that might be released nationwide next year."

Curb, who rules out running for office again, said he's expanding Curb Records, whose roster includes the Judds, Hank Williams Jr., rockers the Beat Farmers and Hubert Kah.

And he just got a green light from Universal to produce a comedy feature, "Maid in Beverly Hills," which he describes as "the story of the funny things that happen between maids and their employers."

He expects a PG-13 rating, but has no aversion to making R-rated films: "There's nothing wrong with making exploitation films as long as people want to see them."

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