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Everything posted by nightwalker

  1. Although I do have a nice copy of Sea Spoilers. I also would come down on the side of not pre-empting scheduled films when a star dies.
  2. Thanks, TopBilled. My understanding is that when Wright died, he left behind a novella that was indeed intended as a vehicle for Sonja Henie, however, that novella was The Winter Murder Case, which, while available, I haven't read. I'm not aware, though, of any connection between it and Sun Valley Serenade, and IMDB, while listing seven writers in connection with SVS, does not include Wright among them. Still, stranger things have happened... Edited by: nightwalker on Feb 1, 2014 11:53 AM to correct the number of writers involved with Sun Valley Serenade!
  3. Thank you for your kind comments, one and all. I agree with you, willbefree25, when you say "Even a bad day of Vance pictures is better than a day of very bad post-1960 films on TCM."
  4. Thanks. There's also a Spanish language version of The Benson Murder Case from 1930 with Ramon Pereda as Vance and, interestingly, an Italian miniseries in 1974!
  5. Here's a little something I once posted on another forum in answer to the same question (as to why there were so many different Philo Vances): The answer to your question about why so many different actors portrayed Philo Vance lies, among other things, in the fact that the movies were produced at differing studios. The first Vance pictures to be produced were 1929's THE CANARY MURDER CASE, 1930's THE GREENE MURDER CASE, and THE BENSON MURDER CASE, all by Paramount and starring William Powell (and Eugene Pallette as Sgt. Heath). Between GREENE and BENSON, MGM, which had acquired fr
  6. I never thought it was all that bad, but the fact that it ends before any dinosaurs get to run amuck in London (as in the 1925 original) was a bit of a disappointment. I also have always thought that Jill St. John should have won some kind of award for the phoniest "movie-fall" ever when she and David Hedison are being pursued by dinosaurs.
  7. In Summer of '42 (1971), the opening sequence has the three young protagonists watching Now, Voyager (1942) in a movie house, although that film actually was not released until October of 1942. And in Weird Science (1985), the two teenagers who "create" Kelly LeBrock have the 1931 Frankenstein on television at the time.
  8. The OP noted a couple of Johnson's sci-fi credits from the fifties: Attack of the Crab Monsters and It Came From Outer Space, but the one you're probably thinking of is This Island Earth from 1955. This film was given the MST3K treatment in Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie from 1996.
  9. This sounds like Unconquered, 1947, with Gary Cooper and Paulette Goddard.
  10. Yes, although it's slow in spots I like it and feel it's miles ahead of many of the films it inspired/influenced in terms of shock value. The nightmare scene could serve as a primer on how to be scary without being gory.
  11. Good choices, all. I'd also mention Jim Hutton in The Green Berets.
  12. I believe the film you're looking for is from 1976 and it exists in two versions. The one you probably saw is the American re-edit entitled Dracula and Son. The original is in French and is titled Dracula Pere et Fils. The French version is generally held to be the superior of the two, but since I haven't seen it, I can't comment on that. The film stars Christopher Lee and has sequences which seem to match what you have described
  13. It's probably The Magic Face, from 1951, with Luther Adler.
  14. Except for the time frame in which you saw it, the film you're describing sounds like *The Vulture* from 1967, starring Robert Hutton and Akim Tamiroff as the winged one, however, in that film, the man with canes has mingled his atoms with those of a vulture, not a bat. Edited by: nightwalker on May 17, 2013 11:07 AM to add more info
  15. > {quote:title=Hibi wrote:}{quote}Yeah, you'd think the sea floor would be a bit muddy. Guess God took care of that........ From Exodus 14: ^21^ Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and all that night the Lord drove the sea back with a strong east wind and turned it into dry land. The waters were divided, ^22^ and the Israelites went through the sea on dry ground, with a wall of water on their right and on their left.
  16. MGM did a series of "Historical Miniature" shorts as well as "John Nesbitt's Passing Parade." Your second question may have to do with one of these series.
  17. I believe you're thinking of Mysterious Intruder, a 1946 entry in Columbia's "Whistler" series of films starring Richard Dix. It has been shown on TCM.
  18. This sounds like an episode of Boris Karloff's Thriller series from 1961 entitled "Mr. George."
  19. I believe you're thinking of HOUSE ON GREENAPPLE ROAD, a 1970 Made-For-TV Movie with Janet Leigh and Christopher George.
  20. > {quote:title=slaytonf wrote:}{quote}And you made many good points, VX, that would have been worth making had FredCDobbs been interested in serious discussion, rather than mere provocation. Well, I guess we can all see now who's interested in serious discussion and who's interested in mere provocation.
  21. And, even more accurately, it wasn't a concentration camp.
  22. > {quote:title=Sprocket_Man wrote: > > }{quote} > Frankly, I firmly believe that tolerating that of which one disapproves is ennobling: it makes us better than we would otherwise be (it's actually the moral -- there's that word again -- behind the tale of Jesus's words to the mob who were about to stone Mary Magdalene to death for being an adulteress: "Who among you is without sin, let him cast the first stone"). Unlike those self-appointed guardians of morality, I believe I can still improve myself as a human being. > > > It's kind of like the debate over abortio
  23. Okay, I'll bite: THE BEAST FROM 20,000 FATHOMS, 1953, the movie which ushered in a whole new era of "Giant-monster-on-the-loose" films.
  24. > {quote:title=finance wrote:}{quote}The plural of "house" isn't "hice" either, so what's the big deal? No "big deal," finance, just some humor. Ever hear of it?
  25. > {quote:title=scsu1975 wrote:}{quote} > > {quote:title=BetteDavis19 wrote:}{quote}This thread is a free space, a blank slate. Anyone post any miscellaneous. Post arguements, thoughts, concerns, interests, random questions, anything! > Can we argue over how to correctly spell arguments? And how about how not to split infinitives? A few random musings: Why is it called a mobile home, when it isn't? How can "fat chance" and "slim chance" mean the same thing? And, if the plural of "louse" is "lice" and the plural of "mouse " is "mice," how come the plural of "
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