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    Article: Inside Cary Grant's Secret Life With Men.

    spence--Director Otto Preminger was supposed to have done LSD with Timothy Leary before Preminger filmed "Skidoo" (1968).
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    I Just Watched...

    "Krakatoa, East of Java" (1969)--Starring Maximilian Schell, Diane Baker, Brian Keith, and Sal Mineo. This is the only disaster movie I can think of that was made in Cinerama. Entertaining movie follows the disaster movie formula (take five or more characters with their own personal problems, introduce the viewer to them, set them all heading toward certain disaster, throw in plenty of Oscar nominated/winning special effects, mix well, and see who the script says survives). The plot: On 1883 Krakatoa, two boys are looking through homemade telescopes at a smoking volcano. A nun rings a school-bell, and they are late to class. Once settled and singing a song, the volcano erupts. There is a flashback to a week ago (the film is never certain about timelines). Captain Hanson (Schell) is taking the Batavia Queen to Krakatoa in search of some sunken jewels. His already married friend Laura (Baker) joins him. Add diver/laudanum addict Connerly (Keith), plus balloonist Borghese (Mineo), and the movie's ready to go. The actors have the sense to keep out of the way of the special effects, which is what the filmmakers assumed people wanted to see. Whenever the plot slows down or comes to a halt, the director throws in a volcano eruption or a clue as to what's going to happen (dead fish floating on the water, unexplained smoke outside, etc). These events baffle most of the characters. When all hell finally does break loose, the special effects are excellent. There are a few obvious matte paintings and use of miniatures, but overall the special effects are damn near awe inspiring. The movie is long, but the special effects are worth waiting for. They were nominated for an Oscar, but lost to "Marooned". Film is essentially a "B" movie, with "A" special effects. BTW, Krakatoa was west of Java. 2.9/4. Source--YouTube. There are at least three versions on YT; watch the one that's two hours, eleven minutes long.
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    Double Feature

    Lover Come Back Next--Plymouth Adventure
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    *A to Z of Movies*

    White Zombie
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    *A to Z of actresses and actors*:)

    Dunne, Irene
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    I Just Watched...

    "She" (1911)--Starring Marguerite Snow and James Cruze. This version of the film includes a prologue, which takes up half the running time of 25 minutes. She Who Must Be Obeyed (Snow) meets and falls in love with Kallikrates (Cruze). He refuses her advances, she kills him, then mourns him. A descendent of his, Leo Vincey (Cruze) grows up in England. When he turns 25, he is sent to Africa to kill She. After falling in love with Leo, she shows him the body of Kallikrates, which She's preserved for 2000 years; She then makes it disappear. Then She takes one too many baths in The Flame., which had kept her youthful for a couple thousand years. I've never seen this version of "She" available. I know the 1916 and 1917 versions are considered Lost (if I'm wrong, please post). This version is notable mainly for silent film lovers. The special effects are primitive, and look more like She's melting that last time in The Flame, the acting is functional, but it's worth the 20 odd minutes to see how H. Rider Haggard's story was interpreted. It's interesting to see future director James Cruze (1924's "The Covered Wagon, etc.) in front of the camera No rating, because film's over 100 years old. An interesting curio. Source--YouTube--search "She 1911".
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    Double Feature

    Ruby Gentry Next--Curse of the Werewolf (1961)
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    *A to Z of Movies*

    Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
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    *A to Z of actresses and actors*:)

    Perkins, Anthony
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    I Know What I Watched on TCM This Summer

    sewhite2000--Guessing from the threads' title, and remembering several posters were upset that they missed TCM's airing of this movie, 1959's "The Best of Everything"?
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    Double Feature

    I Was A Male War Bride Next--The Last Voyage
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    I Just Watched...

    "The Horror of Frankenstein" (1970)--Starring Ralph Bates, Kate O'Mara, and Veronica Carlson. Directed, written, and produced by Jimmy Sangster. Lunatic Hammer remake of 1957's "The Curse of Frankenstein" has crazed or just plain sloppy inconsistencies. It may have been intended as parody, but I was mostly laughing at the film instead of with it. As the film opens, Victor Frankenstein (Bates) is in medical school in 19th century Austria. After he makes a fool out of a professor and class ends, a classmate asks him "What's hypochondria?" A female classmate volunteers to help him in anatomy; a male's offer is declined. After Victor's father (George Belbin) says he'll die before he wastes money to send Victor to Vienna to study, Victor arranges for his death. After Victor becomes Baron Frankenstein, he goes off to Vienna to study. The film follows a well-worn, mostly predictable path from here. The picture has elements that had to be intentional parody. There's a team of husband-wife grave-robbers (Dennis Price and Joan Rice) who do battle while they dig into graves, and complain they aren't getting paid enough. Alys (O'Mara), who is maid and bed partner for the father and later his son, is made to be a dreadful cook who all the characters complain about in the course of the movie. But then there are things like characters who live in the castle forgetting where Frankenstein's laboratory is (upstairs); the maid refers to it being upstairs and downstairs. The creditors of a victim's father refers to her owing "about $12,000 bucks" . The victims are all predictable; just listen to their lines. For those in the audience who needed more help, the women with the lowest cut dresses in the thinnest material are sure to die. Director Sangster makes sure there are plentiful bosom shots. The Monster's (David Prowse) appearance is unique. He's blond, is wearing only what looks like a iron dog collar around his neck and white underwear, has stitches all over and looks like he's spent all his time working out at the local gym. Was he Mel Brooks' inspiration for the Monster in 1974's "Young Frankenstein" and the inspiration for the Monster in "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" (1976)?? Bates, O'Mara, and Carlson deliver professional performances, although Carlson seems to be fighting a case of the giggles. Price and Rice are the intentional delights of the film as the bickering grave-robbers. Film still has the expected Hammer elements, and looks good. This Should be a terrible film, but it's more entertaining than it has any right to be. I laughed more at this than at some so-called comedies. 2.3/4. Source--YouTube.
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    I Just Watched...

    "Five Dolls for an August Moon" (1970)--Starring William Berger, Ira von Furstenberg, and Edwige Fenech. Directed by Mario Bava. Handsomely photographed film from Bava, with striking set pieces, sets, and color schemes. A pity the plot is not more original. But Bava's morbid sense of humor permeates the film. The plot; Five couples come to an island for rest and relaxation. There is a maid and manservant. One of the guests tries a sacrifice--to whom, what or why isn't explained. The lights go out. The sacrifice is dead when the lights come back on--or is she? One of the guests is an inventor with an invention worth millions. After turning down three financial offers for the formula to it, people start dying. The boats that are an avenue of escape are stolen and the only telephone line is cut. The list of suspects dwindles. Will anyone survive the movie? The cinematography was done by Antonio Rinaldi. Bava himself did the quick, jumpy editing, which contributes to the viewers' sense of unease. The dominant color schemes in this film are dark blue and purple, especially at night; in three scenes, the only colors used are black, white, and red. The actors are adequate. The plot isn't exactly logical, the ending comes close to breaking the bounds of disbelief, and the details of the epilogue are whispered and lost, so I had to check imdb's full plot summary to make sure I had heard right. The epilogue beggars belief. It's like Bava gave up on everything but the visuals. The plot may become unbelievable, but the film's a visual feast and Bava keeps things moving so I didn't have time to get bored. Film's worth a look. 2.7/4 Source--A very good print on YouTube. Print's so good I gave it a higher score than originally intended. Search "Five Dolls For An August Moon 1970 (Toto films & clips)".
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    LEAST & MOST FAVORITE of the week...

    I saw five films for the first time last week: "Kwaidan" (1964)--Marvelous Japanese anthology of four ghost stories, all set in Japan's past., They are--The Black Hair, The Woman in the Snow, Hoichi the Earless, and In a Cup of Tea. All revolve around unwanted visits from spirits. Hoichi... is the most ambitious, with its' echoes of Kabuki theatre, anime, mixed with live action. This part is overlong, but the most memorable one of the film. In a Cup of Tea is only 20 odd minutes long, and feels rushed, compared to the first 3 parts of the film. An effective closing doesn't keep this from being the only disappointment of the four parts. Still, film is one of my Finds for October. Highly recommended. "The Scarlet Empress" (1934)--Excellent Josef von Sternberg/Marlene Dietrich collaboration about the life of Catherine the Great of Russia, from early childhood to her days at the court of Russia. Von Sternberg described the film as "a relentless excursion into style", but that shouldn't overshadow the fine performances of Dietrich whose Catherine learns to play sexual politics as a means of survival in the Russian court. Louise Dresser is fine as the half-mad Empress Elizabeth of Russia, who is obsessed with getting a sane Princess to marry her half-wit, crazy son Peter (Sam Jaffe). The knockout cinematography is by Bert Glennon. The fantastical, Byzantine Art Direction is by Hans Dreier. The extravagant costumes are by Travis Banton. This is maybe the best von Sternberg/Dietrich collaboration. Highest recommendation, "Night of the Comet" (1984)--Neat little spoof on disaster films/horror movies takes off from the premise that a comet passing over Earth turns all spectators watching it into handfuls of dust. Only a few random survivors are left, and some of them were turned into ghouls by the comet or are army bad guys. Parody turns all expectations for the two genres upside down and gets a fair amount of laughs. Sequence where the two surviving sisters go shopping in a deserted Los Angeles department store with "Girls Just Want To Have Fun" as background music is a highlight. No masterpiece, but an amusing watch. Recommended. "I Was A Teenage Frankenstein" (1957)--Whit Bissell is Dr. Frankenstein this time, come to America from England to lecture at universities. He has his own laboratory, complete with morgue, And body disposal system. Gary Conway is the title result of Frankensteins' experiments, and Phyllis Coates is the perfect secretary/fiancee, who overlooks all flaws in her intended husband. Not as much fun as it sounds like. "Dracula A.D. 1972" (1972)--Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing act rings around the rest of the cast. Hammer was down to reusing props and ideas from other films. Anyone else remember "Alucard"? It's used as the bad guys' last name in this film. The script has had Peter Cushing, as Van Helsing, lose I.Q. points since his last appearance. Still, Cushing, Lee, and Beacham, give this film the old college try, but the formula's showing its' age. Favorite--"The Scarlet Empress" (1934). Least Favorite--"I Was a Teenage Frankenstein" (1957).
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    *A to Z of Movies*

    The Ghost Goes West

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