A Hell of a Note
Eagle Pennell was a self-taught filmmaker who had been hanging out around the University of Texas Austin campus when he decided to make A HELL OF A NOTE. This short film features his two best collaborators, Sonny Carl Davis and Lou Perryman. Sonny and Lou create the prototypical characters they will refine in THE WHOLE SHOOTIN' MATCH and do variations on in LAST NIGHT AT THE ALAMO. The film follows our two heroes from getting fired to getting drunk. The ending doesn't have the grace or courage that the ending of THE WHOLE SHOOTIN' MATCH has, but that doesn't matter. You can clearly see Sonny's still breathing. They were all just getting ready for the real thing. This restoration to HD was done from the camera negative.