LiamCasey

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  1. LiamCasey

    What Are You Watching Now?

    Legend of the Lost (1957) - DVD w/ John Wayne, Sophia Loren, Rossano Brazzi and Kurt Kasznar. And directed and produced by Henry Hathaway. The third movie that is part of the John Wayne Film Collection. And one of the two movies released in the 1950s that John Wayne appeared in that I have yet to see (The other being I Married a Woman (1958j for which he only has a unbilled bit.).
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    What Are You Watching Now?

    Avengers: Endgame (2019) - Blu-Ray Yes, I’ve already seen this one on the big screen And, yes, I’ve seen all 21 films that preceded it.
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    What Are You Watching Now?

    I enjoyed The Big Trail (1930). But it is not one of those movies that one can make a blanket recommendation about. I believe if someone is predisposed to Westerns and/or to John Wayne (and I fall into both categories), they would easily find this one watchable. But even then (and even moreso now after almost 90 years), it is a stereotypical B Western both plotwise and characterwise. Hero (John Wayne) looks to take revenge upon the murderers of his friend. And the hero is the basic clean-cut all-American hero (To repeat, John Wayne is not John Wayne yet. He could have been replaced by any other actor with the same age and same build and same looks and same skills without this movie missing a beat.). And the villains (Tyrone Power Sr., Ian Keith and Charles Stevens) are your basic villains. And you have the basic hard to win love interest (Marguerite Churchill). And you have the basic comic relief (El Brendel). And you have the basic hero's basic sidekick (Tully Marshall). And there is nothing in that basic story itself that says one should watch it. But the background for that story is fantastic. It is so visually impressive. Almost gives me the belief that Raoul Walsh made a great documentary about the crossing of the Oregon Trail and then someone told him he needed to add a framing story to that documentary because the viewing audience demands such a story. Kinda like why Carl Denham needed an Ann Darrow for his next movie within King Kong (1933). It is Mr. Walsh's set pieces that raises this one up. That is why one would recommend this movie to someone else. Matter of fact, because it is such a visual movie, this one might have worked better as a silent movie so that one wouldn't have to hear the corny dialogue. P.S. I also enjoyed Red River (1948).
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    I Just Watched...

    Sleepy LaBeef. I had never heard of him before and my initial thought was that you were pulling our leg with that name. But a quick Internet search set me straight. My apologies for ever doubting you! 😀
  5. I haven't. But I plan on.
  6. LiamCasey

    What Are You Watching Now?

    Red River (1948) - DVD w/ John Wayne, Montgomery Clift, Joanne Dru, Walter Brennan, Colleen Gray, Harry Carey, John Ireland, Noah Beery Jr., Harry Carey Jr, Paul Fix, and Hank Worden. Written by Borden Chase and Charles Schnee. Music composed and directed by Dimitri Tiomkin. And directed and produced by Howard Hawks. And now I am watching the second movie that is part of the John Wayne Film Collection. Which I have seen many many times before (just not from a DVD). And which, unlike the first movie in that collection, The Big Trail, stars John Wayne rather than Marion Mitchell Morrison. What a difference 18 years makes.
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    What Are You Watching Now?

    The Big Trail (1930) - DVD w/ John Wayne, Marguerite Churchill, El Brendel, Tully Marshall, Tyrone Power, Sr., David Rollins, Frederick Burton, Ian Keith, Charles Stevens and Louise Carver. Plus an uncredited Ward Bond. And directed by Raoul Walsh. Been a few months since I've had the opportunity to simply kick back and watch any classic movies. And thought I would concentrate on some of my DVD and Blu-Ray collections which I've picked up over the years and where I've watched some but not all of the movies in those collections. And on the top of that pile is the John Wayne Film Collection which includes 10 of his movies on DVD. And the first of those movies is The Big Trail which I've seen once sometime during the last millennium. So here we go...
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    The First Film That Comes to Mind...

    Houdini (1953) - A real-life escape artist. Next: a real-life con artist.
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    Double Feature

    Sleepless in Seattle (1993) - Also written by Nora Ephron. Next: Casablanca (1942) - Also features the song As Time Goes By.
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    ClassiCategories

    Although at opposite ends of the spectrum, both Harry Callahan (Dirty Harry (1971), et. al.) and Jacques Clouseau (A Shot in the Dark (1964), et. al.) are inspectors.
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    Double Feature

    The Wolf Man (1941) - Also with Maria Ouspenskaya. Next: South of Tahiti (1941) - Also directed by George WaGGner.
  12. A Dragonfly for Each Corpse (aka Una libélula para cada muerto) (1975) w/ Paul Naschy, Erika Blanc, Ángel Aranda, María Kosty, Ricardo Merino, Susana Mayo and Eduardo Calvo. Directed by León Klimovsky. And written by Paul Naschy and Ricardo Muñoz Suay. A vigilante wearing a black coat, a black hood, black gloves, black shoes and red (I guess for a change of pace?) pants roams the streets of 1973 Milano knocking off a variety of what he/she considers undesirables (drug users, orgyists, strippers, etc.) using a variety of weapons in a variety of bloody methods. And then leaves a small dragonfly figurine on each one of his/her victims. Yes, the title of this one is both very giallo and very literal. And assigned to investigate these murders is a cigar-chewing Milano police inspector named Paolo Scaporella (Paul Naschy) with the on-the-job characteristics of a Harry Callahan, a Popeye Doyle, a Buddy Manucci. Who, at first, is somewhat in favor of what this vigilante is doing. But off the job he is in a healthy and married relationship with Silvana (Erika Blanc) who, as the case progresses, starts channelling her inner Nora Charles (albeit a Nora Charles who studies clues in the buff with an open book hiding her nether region) up to the point where she puts herself in danger. And, coincidentally (at least coincidentally if this was real life), this inspector's circle of friends wind up becoming this movie's red herrings and/or victims. And, after sufficient attrition has occurred, we get the inevitable showdown between the hunter and the hunted. When viewed as a giallo, this is the definition of average. Watchable but average. But when viewed as a mystery, it leaves a lot to be desired because it doesn't provide a viewer with sufficient clues to play detective on one's own and, therefore, one is simply waiting out the aforementioned attrition. And it suffers from some inconsistencies (for example, if a victim dies with his right hand open, how can the cops later find a button in his closed right hand?). Where this one does shine is in the interplay between the characters portrayed by Paul Naschy and Erika Blanc. In many ways, that was probably the high point of this movie for me. Usually cops in these types of movies are loners. But this one gave the cop a wife. And then gave them scenes together where they felt like a couple who had been together for awhile and enjoyed each other's company and took care of each other. Also of interest was the fact that this movie included a character who, visually, was the stereotypical overt homosexual common to 1970s movies. But this character was not only part of the aforementioned circle of friends but was treated as an equal by all including Paul Naschy's cop character. Nice how they flipped the coin on that one at that time. Considering our fellow board members appear to prefer crime over horror on average, I could see this one being paired with Blue Eyes of the Broken Doll (1974) on TCM Underground. And then followed by cigarjoe using it as a basis for doing a compare/contrast between giallo and noir. That I would like to read! Random comments: 1.) This is the second of five movies in The Paul Naschy Collection II Blu-Ray set. 2.) This is the second billed Erika Blanc's only movie with Paul Naschy. That's a shame. 3.) This is one of the fourth billed María Kosty's four movies with Paul Naschy; one of which was the previously reviewed Vengeance of the Zombies (1973). We won't hold that against her! 4.) This is also one of the fifth billed Ricardo Merino's four movies with Paul Naschy; one of which is the yet to be seen by me Inquisición (1977). 5) This is one of the seventh billed Eduardo Calvo's ten movies with Paul Naschy; one of which was the previously reviewed Blue Eyes of the Broken Doll. Obviously those two got along. 6.) And this is one of eight movies with Paul Naschy that was directed by León Klimovsky. Considering that one of those movies was the previously reviewed Vengeance of the Zombies, I was a tad nervous going into this one. 7.) Of the Naschy movies that I've watched (or rewatched) during this go around, I would rank this one fourth as follows: a) Blue Eyes of the Broken Doll b) The Hunchback of the Morgue (1973) c) Horror Rises from the Tomb (1973) e) A Dragonfly for Each Corpse d) Night of the Werewolf (1981) f) Count Dracula's Great Love (1973) g) Human Beasts (1980) h) Vengeance of the Zombies
  13. LiamCasey

    Svengoolie

    A 2 hour block for a 1 hour and 39 minute movie plus commercials plus Svengoolie skits? I suspect that this movie will be trimmed a bit.
  14. The Hunchback of the Morgue (aka El jorobado de la morgue) (1973) w/ Paul Naschy, Rossana Yanni, Vic Winner, Alberto Dalbés, Maria Perschy, María Elena Arpón, Manuel de Blas and Antonio Pica. Directed by Javier Aguirre. And written by Paul Naschy (as Jacinto Molina), Javier Aguirre and Alberto S. Insúa. A mash-up of The Hunchback of Notre Dame (No surprise there!), Beauty and the Beast (Because, no matter what, Paul Naschy must have at least one scene where someone loves him. Or, at least, someone makes love with him.), Frankenstein, et. al., in this movie we have Paul Naschy portraying a hunchback named Wolfgang Gotho who works in the morgue (Yes, the title for this movie is about as straightforward as one can get.) of a contemporary 1970s Bavarian hospital. And who is tormented by almost everyone in the village with the exception of a dying patient named Ilsa (María Elena Arpón) and a kindly doctor named Elke (Rossana Yanni) whom eventually becomes romantically involved with him (Because somebody has to!). And who, once Ilsa has died, saves her corpse from dissection by murdering a pair of morgue attendants who previously abused him. And murders a medical student who kept him from being with her before she died. And then takes her corpse to a Dr. Orla (Alberto Dalbés) in the hopes that Dr. Orla will restore Ilsa to him. And that doctor just happens to be the usual mad scientist who is already working on artificial life and who takes advantage of Gotho in order to get the necessary bodies (dead and living) to bring that life to, well, life. With said life eventually appearing as sewer slime in humanoid form. And it should be obvious as to whom has to finally fight that! Needless to say, we are all over the place on this one. But it was a lot better than expected after the recently watched Count Dracula's Great Love (1973) from the same director, the same set of writers and the same star and two of the same costars. Random comments: 1.) This is the first of five movies in The Paul Naschy Collection II Blu-Ray set. 2.) Of the Naschy movies that I've watched (or rewatched) during this go around, I would rank this one second as follows primarily due to Paul Naschy's performance: a) Blue Eyes of the Broken Doll (1974) b) The Hunchback of the Morgue c) Horror Rises from the Tomb (1973) d) Night of the Werewolf (1981) e) Count Dracula's Great Love f) Human Beasts (1980) g) Vengeance of the Zombies (1973) And, yes, I'm still surprised that a movie without a monster in it is still on the top of my list! 3.) The second billed Rossana Yanni's role in this one is pretty much the exact opposite of her role in the aforementioned Count Dracula's Great Love. And I assume there is some psychological term that explains why, although both movies were made in the same year and, therefore, she should look about the same in both, she looks prettier in this movie simply because her character is nicer in this one. Her other collaborations with Paul Naschy are Frankenstein's Bloody Terror (1968) which contains the first appearance of his Waldemar Daninsky and Madrid al desnudo (1979). She also appears in William Shatner's classic (typed with tongue firmly in cheek!) Western White Comanche (1968). 4.) And, with this one in the books, I have now seen all four collaborations between Paul Naschy and the third billed Vic Winner who, in this one, portrays a weak willed doctor who assists the mad scientist. 5.) This is the only collaboration between Paul Naschy and Alberto Dalbés. But IMDB list 13 collaborations between the latter and the one and only Jesús Franco including such monster titles like Dracula, Prisoner of Frankenstein (1972), Daughter of Dracula (1972) and The Erotic Rites of Frankenstein (1973). 6.) This is the first of five collaborations between Paul Naschy and Maria Perschy (who portrays the doctor/fiance of Vic Winner's character here) with the others being the aforementioned Blue Eyes of the Broken Doll plus Exorcism (1975), Kilma, Queen of the Jungle (1975) and The People Who Own the Dark (1976) although neither of them are billed far from the top on those latter two. The aforementioned Exorcism is part of The Paul Naschy Collection II Blu-Ray set. 7.) Manuel de Blas and Antonio Pica portray police officers inspecting but never solving the various crimes occurring in this movie. Which appears to be par for the course for the latter actor whenever he appears in a Paul Naschy movie. 8.) In another unexpected difference from Count Dracula's Great Love, this movie only contains one short scene with any nudity in it. And it was fairly obvious that that footage was pulled from a different (and poorer) source than what was used for all other scenes. It is such a jarring difference that, considering how unnecessary that scene was, it would have been best if they left it out of the movie itself and simply added it as a bonus feature to satisfy the completionists out there. 9.) And, to end this posting on a random note, the opening credits of this movie are displayed against bright autumnal hills while very upbeat polka-esque music plays. If I didn't recognize the names in the credits, I would have suspected that I was watching the wrong movie!
  15. Count Dracula's Great Love (aka El gran amor del conde Drácula) (1973) w/ Paul Naschy, Rossana Yanni, Haydée Politoff, Mirta Miller, Ingrid Garbo and Vic Winner. Directed by Javier Aguirre. And written by Paul Naschy (as Jacinto Molina), Alberto S. Insúa and Javier Aguirre. This movie opens with two men delivering a crate to an old abandoned sanatorium near (where else) the Borgo Pass in Transylvania and, once there, their avarice leads them to opening that crate which contains a coffin which, in turn, contains a skeleton with long hair. And, with their greed unsated, they then start to search the sanatorium. Which gets one of them attacked by a vampire whose face is unseen but with a very familiar looking back of the head. And the other one gets a more permanent end by having an ax stuck in his head (and whom we then get to see falling down a flight of steps over and over again during the opening credits). Obviously this one is not wasting any time cutting to the chase! Some time later, a stagecoach with five passengers (four women (all beautiful of course) and one man) conveniently loses a wheel near the sanatorium. And then the stagecoach driver is conveniently killed off by one of the horses. And then the sound of a wolf conveniently makes two of the horses run off. So our quintet is stranded and needs to take shelter in the conveniently located sanatorium. Whose new owner, an Austrian doctor named Wendell Marlow, is (supposedly) the only one there. Who may also have been the original builder of the sanatorium, Jorgo Kargos, whom mysteriously disappeared years ago. But who is, either way, Count Dracula (I know, big surprise!). Who informs them that it will be a week before they will be able to leave. Which is convenient since it appears that Dracula needs to seduce a virgin in a conventional (non-vampiric) manner in order to regain his potency and revive his daughter (the skeleton mentioned above). And, conveniently, one of the four women is a virgin (although (being a Paul Naschy movie) only one of the four women is a virgin). Which leads to a daisy chain of sexual escapades and vampire attacks (and not necessarily at different times) which leaves the virgin as the last non-undead standing. Whom (not exactly a spoiler here considering the title of this movie) Dracula falls in love somewhere along the line with which causes him to change his entire plans. Which leads to an interesting and surprising ending. But the path to that ending left a bit to be desired. Why? I get the impression that Paul Naschy was attempting to treat his Count Dracula as a tragic figure similar to his Waldemar Daninsky. But what worked for a werewolf did not work (at least for me) for a vampire because you are starting with an definitively evil character. And there was nothing in this movie to really sell me on the concept that this character was reformed. Especially since his great love felt more like a mild infatuation. And, although the ending was out of the ordinary, I could not accept the fact that this particular character would choose that ending. Additionally, Naschy does not fit my mental image of what a vampire should be. I have the same problem with Lon Chaney in Son of Dracula (1943). They both seem to be too well fed to be vampires. Which may be why they both portrayed werewolves way more than they portrayed vampires. Also, I mentioned in a previous posting that Naschy reminds me of John Belushi. Well, that fact is so apparent in this movie that, once this movie decides that we should know that his character is Dracula, his face (but not the rest of him) becomes pale and his hair gets combed straight back and he gains a cape and fangs and he becomes such a stereotypical image that I started to expect an old Saturday Night Live skit to kick in. Random comments: 1.) Just in case anyone jumps to the wrong conclusion, Count Dracula's Great Love is not part of The Paul Naschy Collection II Blu-Ray set. But I was placing an order for The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires (1974) and decided to pick up this Blu-Ray too while I was at it. And decided to watch it first. 2.) Of the Naschy movies that I've watched (or rewatched) during this go around, I would rate this one fourth below Blue Eyes of the Broken Doll (1974), Horror Rises from the Tomb (1973) and Night of the Werewolf (1981) and above Human Beasts (1980) and Vengeance of the Zombies (1973). And, I'll be honest, I suspect it is the four women in it that got it that high on the list! 3.) Oddly, this movie makes reference to both Dr. Van Helsing and Jonathan Harker as legends which would imply that this movie was set much later than the 1890s. But it was definitely set in a Gothic era and not the 20th Century. But, then again, the classic Universal horror movies always had a bit of a loosey goosey feel for whenever they were set too. So whom am I to judge? 4.) The director of this movie, Javier Aguirre, is also the director of Hunchback of the Morgue (1973) which is part of The Paul Naschy Collection II Blu-Ray set. I have not previously seen Hunchback of the Morgue and, after this one, my expectations for that one when I do will be fairly low. 5.) The second billed Rossana Yanni appeared in three other movies with Naschy; two of which were horror movies: Frankenstein's Bloody Terror (1968) and the aforementioned Hunchback of the Morgue. Which, on the other hand, increases my expectations for that one. Call me fickle. 6.) The fourth billed Mirta Miller appeared in four other movies with Nachy; two of which were also horror movies: Dr. Jekyll vs The Werewolf (1972) and the aforementioned Vengeance of the Zombies. 7.) And then there was Vic Winner who appeared in three other movies with Naschy; like this all horror movies from 1973: Horror Rises from the Tomb, Hunchback of the Morgue and Vengeance of the Zombies. 8.) As for Haydée Politoff and Ingrid Garbo, this appears to be their only movie with Naschy. And doesn't the name for that latter actress just scream classic Hollywood mash-up?
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    Whose last movie was it?

    Joan Crawford Next: The Shootist (1976)
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    Noir Alley

    Also one of John Ford's go-to guys in the late 50s/early 60s.
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    I Just Watched...

    Talk about a picture being worth a thousand words! That shot alone makes me want to see this one.
  19. I don't know about anyone else. But I get a kick out of that theme.
  20. LiamCasey

    What are you reading

    My reading since finishing Charlotte's Web: High Stakes edited by George R. R. Martin & Melinda M. Snodgrass: The 23rd book in the Wild Cards series of anthologies and novels which forms another shared universe featuring superheroes, etc. (Why should Marvel and DC have all the fun?) which has being going on and off since 1987 (and I've been there since the beginning). Considering the buzzwords above, no one should be surprised to learn that Hollywood has an active interest in this series. The Mammy by Brendan O'Carroll: Basically a series of stories (primarily humorous) about a late-1960s Dublin woman with seven children in her first year of widowhood. The basis for Anjelica Huston's Agnes Browne (1999). Bing Crosby: A Pocketful of Dreams - The Early Years, 1903-1940 by Gary Giddins: Currently rereading this one before I tackle the sequel. When it is 17 years between books, it's probably for the best that I don't rely on my memory. I assume this list qualifies for the word "eclectic"?
  21. Talk about starting off the bar high! It's no wonder I get tempted to try one of these challenges. And then I channel my inner Garth and declare "I'm not worthy!". 😀 Would love for the concept of a weekly spotlight on classic television movies to be a reality, TB. I could easily spend an evening with Andy "Toto, I've a feeling we're not in Mayberry anymore" Griffith: The Strangers in 7A (1972), Pray for the Wildcats (1974) and Savages (1974).
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    Adapt Ability

    Carrie (1976) Next: Roddy Doyle
  23. So do I. Have you checked your spam filter?
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    Name the Western

    The Searchers (1956) Next: William Shatner
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    Adapt Ability

    Matilda (1996) Next: C.S. Forester

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