Thursday, December 29, 2016
Thursday, December 1, 2016
LA CASA DEL TERROR (The House of terror) is a 1958 Mexican comic horror movie in the tradition of ABBOTT & COSTELLO MEET FRANKENSTEIN. In fact, it is SO much in that tradition that it goes so far as to have Lon Chaney, Jr as the Wolfman and also as The Mummy!
The star is Tin-Tan, a prolific South of the Border comic actor in the Cantinflas mold. When the film was later released in America, his role was cut and the rest of the footage was padded out with scenes from a different movie entirely (Al Adamson style) to make it more a straight horror movie.
Chaney looking a tad stout at this point to be the mummified ancient Egyptian he played in a couple of movies more than 15 years earlier.
The rewritten, re-edited US version.
Wednesday, November 23, 2016
Saturday, November 19, 2016
Monday, November 7, 2016
A couple recent clippings I ran across of my favorite child star, Mitzi Green. Above she's with jackie Cooper in SKIPPY. Her role isn't that big but it's one of my favorite performances from her in an overall excellent heart-tugging comedy-drama.
And below is the announcement of her first motion picture contract from 1929.
Thursday, October 13, 2016
Linda Lovelace was, at best, an unconventional movie star. By this point, she had left porn behind her and her Svengali with it. An attempt at stage acting in a sexy farce had flopped but LINDA LOVELACE FOR PRESIDENT seemed a step in the right direction to continue her stardom on at least a slightly more legitimate level.
Behind the scenes you had producers, directors, and writers from LAUGH-IN, PERRY MASON, and I DREAM OF JEANNIE, as well as the nephew of one of the founders of Archie Comics, all working basically under the guidance of the multi-talented David Winters, a close friend of Linda's (and also of Christa Helm!) who had worked as an actor/dancer, director, writer, and/or choreographer on a dozen award winning TV specials and episodes.
Surrounding Linda with an "all-star cast" of third tier familiar celebrity faces seemed a good idea, too. These included ex-Monkee Micky Dolenz, Marty Ingels, Joe E. Ross, Chuck McCann, Scatman Crothers, Monte Landis, and a man associated with a real President, Vaughn Meader!
The problem was that they were all terrible, trapped in a rambling, pointless, unfunny script, and Linda was--as she herself lamented--still NOT an actual actress.