The Flash Maynard Home Page
The film FLASH MAYNARD is (C) copyright 1968 and 1996 by Richard Rivera and Randolph Nesseler. This web site and its contents is (C) copyright 1998 and 1999 by William M. Kaffenberger, Jr. "Flash Maynard" was a great unsung detective genre spoof released in December of 1968 by Royal Films. It was filmed at various locations in and around Washington DC and Northern Virginia between the summer of 1966 and December of 1968 when it was finally completed, edited, and released on a limited basis to a largely unsuspecting film public. As is often the case with independent productions, lack of consistent funding led to the lengthy completion process. While never widely seen, it nonetheless remains a true classic of the genre. The level of talent utilitzed in the production was astounding when you consider that the talent pool was only from among actors and actresses located in the Northern Virginia area.
Royal Films had been known primarily as a maker of low budget independent horror films when the idea was hatched for a detective spoof with a twist ending. While the original script has long since been lost, a plot summary is provided here----> PLOT SUMMARY: Within a twenty-four hour time period, the nefarious master criminal Mr. Big threatens the world with complete destruction via a deadly chemical which will poison every ounce of water on the planet. Only the intrepid ace detective Flash Maynard stands in his way. Flash Maynard hazards many perils in pursuit of Mr. Big culminating in a climactic showdown at RFK Stadium in Washington DC. The film has an exciting finish and a surprise ending. ***** LOTS OF GREAT PHOTOS DOWN BELOW UNDER THE CAST OF CHARACTERS and SPECIAL LINKS!!!!! *****
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Cast (In Order of Appearance)
Flash Maynard.............Randy Nesseler
Henchman with cigarette.........Richard Rivera
Cynthia Hazard...............Jan Nesseler
Ethel Killapple...........Sylvia Werner
Bogus Mr. Big............Buzz Christianson
Jack's Girlfriend...........B.J. Lilly
Flash's Girlfriend........Elaine Danielson
Crowd Scene.........Bill Kaffenberger
Moe Hair.........Andrew Tenney
Big Joe..........Wally Scarborough
Henchman with leather jacket...........Jim Wayne
Mr. Big............James Howard
First Bit Player thru phone booth window....Randy Nesseler
Second Bit Player thru phone booth window....Bill Kaffenberger
Flash's No. One Fan........Bill Kaffenberger
Jake the stadium attendant.......Jim Jacobs
Marvin Maynard.......Randy Nesseler
Produced and Directed by Richard Rivera and Randy Nesseler
Script by Richard Rivera and Randy Nesseler
Cameramen: Richard Rivera, Randy Nesseler, Bill Kaffenberger, and others.
Location shooting at Governer's Hill Apartments, Lake Fairfax Virginia, RFK Stadium, Georgetown, area fire escapes, and various other locations in and around Washington DC and Northern Virginia.
Here is a frame capture of the film's title card with its bold black and white tip of the hat to 1940's film noir kitsch.
Flash (Randy Nesseler) and Jack (Richard Rivera) ponder the threat by Mr. Big to poison the world's water supply with "the chemical".
Flatus (Bill Kaffenberger) takes aim at an ususpecting Flash.
Flash (Randy Nesseler) and Flatus (Bill Kaffenberger) admire the burlesque house advertisements during a humorous moment.
Flash (Randy Nesseler) smacks around Flatus (Bill Kaffenberger) during a tense scene high up in the old post office clock tower at 12th and Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington DC.
Cynthia Hazard (Jan Nesseler) is Flash's rather flamboyant number one fan.
Mr. Big's brother (Buzz Christianson) makes a point about peace in our time while perched atop a fire hydrant in downtown DC.
Jack (Richard Rivera) and his girlfriend (BJ Lilly) take a romantic stroll.
Flash (Randy Nesseler) and Jack (Richard Rivera) trip over a dead body in the water at Lake Fairfax Park.
Flash (Randy Nesseler) and Mr. Big (James Howard) confront eachother as we near the exciting climactic sequence of the film.
Mr. Big (James Howard) smokes a stogie at RFK.
Flash Maynard (Randy Nesseler) dies on the 50 yard line at RFK.
Jake (Jim Jacobs) gets his ticket from the recalcitrant Flash.
Jack (Richard Rivera) checks the new office sign after Flash's demise.
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