Directed by: William Grefé
Stars: Jeremy Slate, Steve Alaimo, John Davis Chandler
Also known as: Alligator Alley
Description: About a gang of dope peddlers who sail out to meet a Cuban boat. The trouble starts when they are forced to throw their narcotics overboard and are seen by a young couple.
The Hooked Generation turns out to be a surprisingly well-done “B” movie. Steve Alaimo gives a solid performance and it’s really amazing that this vastly talented actor never achieved mainstream popularity in motion pictures.
Alaimo is supported by his two real-life friends former world light-heavyweight boxing champion Willie Pastrano and the legendary radio D.J. Milton “Butterball” Smith. Pastrano goes slightly over-the-top in his role here, and it doesn’t rate with his solid performance as Banjo in The Wild Rebels, but he is enjoyable to watch. The scene stealer is the always pleasant Milton “Butterball” Smith. Unless you’re a native of South Florida and over 40, Alaimo, Pastrano, and Smith has no meaning. However, during the 60s, the trio were among the most-famous personality on the South Florida acting, music, and boxing scenes.
The Hooked Generation is far from a masterpiece or even a good-film. However, it is entertaining enough to hold your interest. If you’re from South Florida it’s even more so.