This went by too quickly for a Saturday. We got in fast with AUTOLOAN, DEER, DOCE, LAWOMAN, DRDRE, DOLAPS, and FAULT, and then SATURN, LUCKBEALADY, and even CAMERATRIPOD came easily with a few crosses.
So, CAMELCAVALRY (7D: Once-common desert fighting force) was a real thing? And I'm not terribly familiar with, or fond of, the term BUGBEARS (17D: Sources of chronic annoyance), but it is not wholly unknown. Also into the questionable category I add ACERBITY (33D: Tartness). I'm sure it's a thing, but it just seems odd.
BRUCELEE (12D: Many watch his movies for kicks), on the other hand, is fill I heartily endorse. PAOLOVERONESE (32A: Italian artist with the largest painting in the Louvre) is also good, full-name fill, as well as being interesting trivia.
Loved the clue for PURITANS (32D: Group living at zero latitude?), and I tried "undead" for 51A: Cousin of a zombie (MAITAI). Hah!
It was decent enough, but maybe too much of it was too squarely in our collective wheelhouse.