This month, we're looking at the films of Harlan "Hap" Kearney. From his first film – a bit part as a sailor in Joey Levitch's The Not-zi through his legendary bar fights in the dives of Hollywood, to the end of his career playing drug-dealers for action TV. He was infamous for taking any role that he was offered, which led to his artistic downfall. A perfect example of this is the 1976 film Swine, in which Hap plays Troy, a man stuck in a bunker after the Swine Flu epidemic transforms the world's population into pig-man-beasts. Swine was the second in a series of “Flu-ploitation” films that were made by Manka. The first was the silent epic Spaniard!, released in 1919. Swine was a surprise box office hit and kept Hap’s career going into the early 1980s. The critics, however, hated Swine. Hap passed away in 1979 after a high wire fall during the live finale of MBS Circus of the Stars.
MCM is proud to present the films of Hap Kearney. To whet your appetite, here is a powerful scene from 1976’s Swine. Enjoy.