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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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    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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    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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    I Was A Male War Bride Next--The Last Voyage
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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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    Double Feature

    Night and Day Next--The Spoilers
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    *A to Z of actresses and actors*:)

    Wynn, Keenan
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    *A to Z of Movies*

    Our Hospitality (1923)
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    I Cannot Figure Out ...

    Belianis-- There is also a very small button marked "submit reply" that works. It is located near the bottom of the page directly under the box marked "Notify me of replies."

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