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Everything posted by nightwalker

  1. Bogart goes to Lizabeth Scott's place to recuperate from the shellacking given to him by Marvin Miller in DEAD RECKONING.
  2. LOL! Well, whatever else you can say about this movie, at least it isn't dull!
  3. LOL! You should see my brother & I when we're on a roll!
  4. "Tor Johnson -- the Swedish Ralph Richardson. (notice I didn't say "Olivier" because frankly I think he's overrated)." I think "Swedish Richard Burton" might be more to the point...
  5. No, not at all. In fact, the first time I saw this, I quite enjoyed that ending as something a bit different from the ordinary!
  6. True, but you've got to give him a little credit: he always seemed to maintain an affection for that movie since it did give his career a boost and did lead to his being cast as "Little Joe" Cartwright on BONANZA. He never treated it as an embarrassment. Agree about the scariness of the scene in the gym! And the film has another great turn by Whit Bissell as the mad scientist, to boot!
  7. Yet another indication of my misspent youth!!
  8. And time after time - they almost all, when they have the chance, prove they're not.
  9. Or "Prince Sirki claims Fredric March!"
  10. Bronxie wrote (re TARGET EARTH): "I'd sure love to see it. Aliens invading Shy-town!" If you crave excitement in that setting, Bronxie, you should check out Bert I. Gordon's 1957 opus BEGINNING OF THE END, in which giant grasshoppers attack the windy city. It stars Peter Graves & Peggie Castle. At one point, to show the creatures wreaking havoc, ol' Bert photographed some grasshoppers walking on photos of buildings in downtown Chicago! If you get the chance, it's not to be missed!
  11. Sounds like it might be SMASH-UP: THE STORY OF A WOMAN, 1947, with Susan Hayward & Lee Bowman.
  12. Re: THE GIANT CLAW, Joe Filmone wrote: "They had no idea what the monster was going to look like!" In his massive Keep Watching the Skies!, about science fiction movies of the 1950s, Bill Warren confirms this and relates that Jeff Morrow, who was something of a celebrity in his home town, would often attend the local premiers of his films and afterwards, sign autographs and meet with his fans, etc. When THE GIANT CLAW came to town, poor Morrow actually slunk out of the theater in the dark while it was still on!
  13. I agree that Lewis' best films are those in which he did not exercise absolute, total creative control over every detail. When held somewhat in check, he can be very, very funny, but when there's no restraint, he's too over the top for me.
  14. Actually, Uncle Forry's been in dozens of movies in uncredited cameos!
  15. "Is Aurora even around any more?" No, sadly, they are not. But, a company called POLAR LIGHTS recreated the original molds (which were destroyed) and now sells reproductions of many of the classic Aurora models from the sixties. At about $15 to $20 apiece (or more), they're a bit pricey, but I couldn't tell the difference between ones I built then and ones I've built now. You can usually find them in hobby shops that sell model kits or advertised in the backs of some of the new crop of monster magazines such as SCARY MONSTERS.
  16. True Stories channel (in the Starz/Encore package) is now Drama. I guess there weren't enough interesting true stories for them!
  17. Hi, Miss G: Thought I'd add my 2 cents' worth here. I don't want to go into too many details (which would spoil it for you), but "fate" does still play a part in the goings on in THE BLACK BOOK, and there's a nice (historically true) ironic ending involving Basehart as well. As to the "noir in color" question, yes, LEAVE HER TO HEAVEN would definitely qualify as noir. As noted, SLIGHTLY SCARLET does as well The whole idea of a "period" film qualifying as noir has been widely (& hotly debated). Some folks feel that in order to be truly noir, a film must be limited basicall
  18. Actually, THE MONOLITH MONSTERS was not directed by Jack Arnold, it was directed by a protege of his, John Sherwood. Arnold did co-write the original story, though. THIS ISLAND EARTH was also "officially" directed Joseph M. Newman, however, Arnold did do some re-shoots uncredited. He was also very busy in television during the sixties and seventies, directing episodes of perennial faves GILLIGAN'S ISLAND and THE BRADY BUNCH, among many others.
  19. As these kinds of movies go, it wasn't bad. (And some of them can be quite good!) Dunne was okay. I've enjoyed her more in other things, such as THEODORA GOES WILD, PENNY SERENADE and I REMEMBER MAMA. For me, the real draw here was Lionel Atwill. We had a thread on him for a while under "horror", in which we discussed some of his more well-known horror roles, but this is from his more "mainstream" period (prior to his career-destroying perjury scandal in the early forties) and he's terrific as the father-in-law, who decides at first glance what kind of girl Dunne is just because she'
  20. Greetings, Princess. I went on IMDB & they don't seem to have much information there about Miss Helm. They don't list her as being in COURAGE OF LASSIE, although she was in SON OF LASSIE in 1945. Her last picture (according to them, anyway) was THAT BRENNAN GIRL from Republic in 1946. Her career spanned the ten years from 1936 - 1946. After that, she seems to have retired. Her spouse is listed as Albert O. Farmer, but no birth or death date is listed for him (or any other information). The couple seems to have had one child, but again, there is no further information (not e
  21. UP GOES MAISIE, (1946), with Ann Sothern.
  22. You might check out FROM NOON TILL THREE (1976) with Charles Bronson and Jill Ireland. The details you mention are not an exact match, but this may be the film you're looking for.
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