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  1. "{size:large}We have here a “tormented” Dracula for the Psychobabble Age: “My girlfriend got killed, so I decided to join the Forces of Darkness. Wahhh!” Call it Diary of a Whiny Vampire. Poor baby, if only someone gave him a hug. I would have felt perfectly safe doing it, too." Another of my essays on Dracula portrayals at http://tbdeluxe.blogspot.com/2011/12/other-bites-other-draculas-conclusion.html Thanks for reading!
  2. "{font:}In the 1950s, Dracula, of course, struck like lightning in the person of [Christopher Lee|http://tbdeluxe.blogspot.com/2011/08/great-screen-draculas-christopher-lee.html]. Otherwise, there seem to have been only a few stabs at the character: Return of Dracula, (1958) featured [Francis Lederer|http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Francis_Lederer] (a real interesting chap as you’ll see from the link) as another Dracula-in-America. I saw the beginning as a little kid, but don’t recall too much beyond my mother sending me to bed long before it was over."{font} Another in a continuing series of essays on things Dracula: http://tbdeluxe.blogspot.com/2011/11/extra-bites-and-other-draculas-i-part.html Thanks for reading!
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    The Big Combo--not a fast food deal

    For Lee Van Cleef fans, a review of his work in this and in "Kansas City Confidentail": http://tbdeluxe.blogspot.com/2011/02/snake-in-alley-lee-van-cleefs-film-noir.html Hope you enjoy it! Thomas Burchfield
  4. "{size:large}Watching Nosferatu is like struggling to remember a dream upon awakening: It’s a montage of fairy-tale fragments, starting from the moment that [Max Schreck|http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Max_Schreck] as Orlock creeps like a spider from his burrow across his castle courtyard to welcome the fly into his parlor" Thoughts on Nosferatu starring Max Schreck: http://tbdeluxe.blogspot.com/2011/07/great-film-draculas-max-schreck-as.html Hope you enjoy it and thanks for reading! {font:Times New Roman, Times, serif}Thomas Burchfield Author of the supernatural thriller [Dragon's Ark|http://amblerhouse.blogspot.com/], from Ambler House{font}. {font:Times New Roman, Times, serif}Available in paperback and e-book editions at independent bookstores and through [Amazon, |http://www.amazon.com/Dragons-Ark-Thomas-Burchfield/dp/0615385478/ref=sr_1_5?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1301872048&sr=1-5][barnes and Noble|http://search.barnesandnoble.com/Dragons-Ark/Thomas-Burchfield/e/9780615385471/?itm=1&USRI=dragon%27s+ark], [Powells.com|http://www.powells.com/biblio/9780615385471?&PID=32568], [smashwords|http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/59096], and [scrib'd|http://www.scribd.com/doc/55132017/Dragon-s-Ark-A-Tale-of-the-Supernatural]{font} {font:Times New Roman, Times, serif} Author of the comic screenplay [Whackers. |https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/9295]to be published by Ambler House, July 2011 on [scrib'd|http://www.scribd.com/doc/57964684/Whackers] and other e-book stores. Follow me at [blogger|http://tbdeluxe.blogspot.com/], the [Red Room|http://www.redroom.com/member/thomas-burchfield], [Facebook|http://www.facebook.com/home.php#%21/thomas.burchfield?ref=profile], and [Twitter|http://twitter.com/] For editing services, see my page at the [bay Area Editors' Forum|http://www.editorsforum.org/display_info.php?mid=192] {font}
  5. "I was a strapping, manly six year old when I shipped out for World War II. With only a few scenes of basic training under my belt, I was sent straight into battle, inside the glowing blue foxhole of my family?s RCA TV." Yes, a little late for Memorial Day, but I thought I'd share [my memories of my service during the Big One|http://tbdeluxe.blogspot.com/2011/05/old-celluloid-soldier-remembers.html] and how Errol Flynn, Ingrid Pitt and I won that war, at my web page. Thanks for reading! Thomas Burchfiield
  6. A [posting on my "A Curious Man" web page |http://tbdeluxe.blogspot.com/2011/02/snake-in-alley-lee-van-cleefs-film-noir.html] about the great villain and one of my favorite actors, Lee Van Cleef. Thanks for reading! Thomas Burchfield Thomas Burchfield Author of the supernatural thriller Dragon's Ark, from Ambler House Now available for order at independent bookstores and through Amazon Author of the comic screenplay Whackers, available at Smashwords.com. Follow me at Blogger, the Red Room, Facebook, and Twitter For editing services, see my page at the Bay Area Editors' Forum
  7. An affectionate [look on my "Curious Man" webpage|http://tbdeluxe.blogspot.com/2011/02/snake-in-alley-lee-van-cleefs-film-noir.html] at one the movies' great bad guys and one of my favorite actors, Lee Van Cleef. Thanks for reading! Thomas Burchfield Thomas Burchfield Author of the supernatural thriller Dragon's Ark, from Ambler House Now available for order at independent bookstores and through Amazon Author of the comic screenplay Whackers, available at Smashwords.com. Follow me at Blogger, the Red Room, Facebook, and Twitter For editing services, see my page at the Bay Area Editors' Forum
  8. Thanks for the correction! It shall be made! Thomas
  9. Hint: It ain't the Golf Channel. Read About it at http://www.redroom.com/blog/thomas-burchfield/thoughts-greatest-tv-channel-world .
  10. Anyone see this the other night, Wednesday? Really a lovely movie by Powell and Pressburger, as so many of theirs are. Shame if you missed it. It portrays not only bygone days, but the passing of the more innocent attitudes that inspired the military of that time--it was on after Black Narcissus, which I consider a great psychological horror movie. Later, Thomas Burchfield Editing & Writing Services Emeryville, CA
  11. Thanks! If the guy who posts the schedules keeps making goofs like that one, I'll have plenty to say. Hope he keeps up the good work. I forgot to give Robert and Clara a Schumann song to ride off into the sunset with. It's all the product of a strange mind that knows a bit about classical music and whole lot more about westerns. Cheers, Thomas Burchfield Editing & Writing Services
  12. Oh yes. My wife's a big fan of PDQ Bach.
  13. Yes, fellow film fans, you will have noticed that tonight TCM has scheduled one of the greatest westerns of all time! Song of Love, starring Katherine Hepburn, Paul Henreid and Robert Walker. Set in the 1860s Arizona Territory, this tough, gritty shoot-?em-up tells the story of Robert Schumann, (Paul Henreid, in a role turned down by Joel McCrea) the sheriff of Polyphony, a poor, dusty western town. Feeling his career as Sheriff is going nowhere (due to the fact that he can?t shoot), Schumann turns to scribbling piano music on the side as an outlet for his frustration. While debuting one of his pieces at the Leipzig Saloon, he meets Clara Wieck, (Katherine Hepburn) the eighteen-year-old daughter of one of the most powerful ranchers in the territory, Friedrich (Leo G. Carroll, in a role turned down by Gabby Hayes). While Schumann drowns his sorrows at the bar (after a drunken cowboy responds to his performance of Opus I Variations by breaking a chair over his head), Clara sneaks onto the piano stool and plays the same piece, but in such a way that the entire saloon is roused into one of the greatest barroom brawls ever captured on film. The owner of the Liepzig Saloon, Franz Liszt (Henry Daniell, in a role that was turned down by Ian McShane because he was too young at the time), thinks he has a potential moneymaker in the teaming of Robert and Clara and encourages them to pool their musical talents by getting married. Wieck forbids the marriage. Convinced that his precious daughter is too good for a sheriff who cannot even shoot the broadside of a barn from inside, Wieck hires the fastest gun in the Arizona Territory: Johannes Brahms (Robert Walker in a role that Lee Van Cleef missed by four years). Wieck and Brahms hatch a scheme to force Schumann into a gunfight where Brahms will shoot Schumann in the hand and force his retirement and shameful departure from town. The gunfight goes pretty much as planned. The sequence, scored with Opus II: Papillons, was even compared with High Noon, four years before that film was produced. But the plans go awry when Schumann?s shot ricochets off his gun belt buckle and kills Wieck. At her father?s funeral, Clara declares her love for Robert, while Robert declares his intention to write music for no one but Clara. Brahms, meanwhile, has fallen in love with Clara. But, when it?s revealed that Schumann has come down with hoof and mouth disease and must turn in his sheriff?s badge, Clara reluctantly spurns Brahms out of loyalty to Schumann. The happy couple rides off in the sunset together, leaving a dejected Brahms behind, to live out his days playing piano at Liszt?s saloon, where his rendition of Chopsticks is still remembered by those who remember the stories of the old-timers who knew him. Song of Love was controversial in its day for its historical inaccuracy?actually, it was Felix Mendelssohn who was hired by Wieck to kill Schumann. Nevertheless, with its fast pacing and strong mise-en-scene, Song of Love is one western that will bring back memories of those old movies where cowboys sat around the fire, spinning tales, humming Schumann's Carnival and fighting off rattlesnakes! Thomas Burchfield

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