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Ode to Billy Joe

Yes, this really is “based on the Bobbie Gentry song of the same name”. Robby ‘Rent-a-Cop’ Benson jumps off said Tallahatchie bridge. James ‘Roscoe P Coltrane’ Best is also involved. Follow-up film told the moving story of a girl who caught a cold off her boyfriend, who from that day forward refused to contact her on the telephone. More named-after-songs films – Catch Us If You Can, Help!, Cliff Richard’s mighty ’70s Birmingham fast food adventure Take Me High, and maybe even Seasons in the Sun (starring Terry Jacks and the daughter of Ross ‘Alvin and the Chipmunks’ Bagdasarian, of course) for curiosity’s sake.

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