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  1. nightwalker

    The Mad Magician

    To quote John Wayne: "I'd hate to have to live on the difference."
  2. That would be the 1941 version of THE BLACK CAT. Hugh Herbert was the li'l ole antique maker. The film also starred BRODERICK CRAWFORD, BASIL RATHBONE and BELA LUGOSI.
  3. "Vitus! You are mad!" Karloff to Lugosi in response to hearing the preceding quote by spazhoward.
  4. Sounds like it could be 1959's ASK ANY GIRL, with Shirley MacLaine as "the girl", David Niven as "more serious" and Gig Young as "playboy."
  5. Sounds like 1934's THE BLACK CAT, co-starring Bela Lugosi.
  6. You're quite welcome. And welcome to the boards.
  7. You might also want to check out BLITHE SPIRIT, from 1945 with Rex Harrison. Although the movie was in color, it features an ending similar to the one you describe.
  8. It sounds like BRADY'S ESCAPE from 1984, with John Savage.
  9. Sounds like it could be 1945's LEAVE HER TO HEAVEN (which was in color, by the way). SPOILER ALERT In the film, Gene Tierney is psychotically jealous of her husband (Cornel Wilde), allowing his crippled younger brother to drown in a lake and even killing herself and her unborn child in an attempt to keep him "all to herself" for always. Her sister was played by Jeanne Crain. Message was edited by: nightwalker
  10. THE WEREWOLF has just been released (as of yesterday!) as part of a 4-movie set entitled "Sam Katzman: Icons of Horror Collection." The set includes, in addition to THE WEREWOLF, THE GIANT CLAW, ZOMBIES OF MORA TAU and CREATURE WITH THE ATOM BRAIN, some pretty enjoyable 50s low budgeters. The set is put out by Columbia TriStar and you should be able to find it at a decent retailer.
  11. Actually, you're not as off as you might think concerning the title of 14 HOURS. When it was redone as an hour drama as part of the TWENTIETH CENTURY-FOX HOUR for TV in 1955, it was called "Man On the Ledge." Cameron Mitchell was the star. No, according to IMDB, FOOTSTEPS IN THE DARK was based on a play called "Blondie White" by Ladislas Fodor, Bernard Merivale & Jeffrey Dell, not a novel by Georgette Heyer.
  12. But then, there's Jean Arthur: "You're not wiping it off, you're rubbing it in!"
  13. Sorry you were somewhat disappointed in the film, Bronxie. I've always liked it. I will agree that the picture's mix of comedy and the mystery, even horrific, elements was a bit uneasy in spots, but I did not find this as off-putting as you seem to have. I would be more likely to say that the "double life" aspect prefigures such pictures as TENSION, in which the protagonist creates his "double life" in order to provide himself with a new identity to disappear into after he murders his wife. It can also be seen in AFTER THE THIN MAN, in which one of the main suspects in the murder sne
  14. It is "I never drink...wine." Gloria Holden repeated it 5 years later in DRACULA'S DAUGHTER. I also like THE DEVIL BAT as Lugosi bids farewell to his victims after having them rub his new shaving lotion on "the tender part of" their necks. "Good....bye."
  15. I would place Carradine in that special class of actor whose presence could always be counted on to uplift an otherwise total piece of schlock. As is true of Lionel & John Barrymore, Carradine was a special breed of "Ham", in the best sense of that word. I've read that in the mid-forties, he could often be seen strolling the sidewalks of Hollywood of an evening in his black cape quoting Shakespeare! What a town that must have been then. As to the varying quality of his films, Carradine was always trying to raise funds for his own Shakespearean theatre group, and in order to do
  16. You're in for a treat! Best line: "Clang! Clang! Clang!"
  17. Greetings, ladies. Re Lon Chaney: I've read Evelyn Ankers' comments in her introduction to the book The Golden Age of B Movies by Doug McClelland and it is true that she does make there some of the negative statements the princess reports, but I've also read interviews with other co-stars of his, including Patricia Morison, Elena Verdugo, and Virginia Christine who spoke favorably of their experiences and impressions of Chaney as an actor and as a person. I guess, as with so many reminiscences of this type, it depends on who is speaking. As to SON OF DRACULA, my judgment may
  18. One reason MURDERS IN THE ZOO or ISLAND OF LOST SOULS might not have been included is that both of these aren't really Universal pictures. They were released by Paramount. I understand there was some fallout when these pictures (along with SUPERNATURAL and THE MONSTER AND THE GIRL) were released back in the 90s as part of MCA's Universal Classics series on VHS. They're good movies, and it was good to see them out, but they're not "Universal classics."
  19. Yes, you are correct about the three FLASH GORDON serials you list. It probably would be best to watch them in their original production order. The first serial, for instance, tells how Flash met Dale Arden and Dr. Zarkov, and it recounts his first battle with the evil Emperor Ming, who reappears in the others. My opinion is that the first is the best, but they're all pretty good. Happy viewing!
  20. Actually, Leo G. Carroll and Joan Bennett are the homeowners, and Gloria Talbott is their daughter. Rathbone owns the business that Carroll runs, whose impending visit means big trouble for Carroll, since bookkeeping isn't one of his skills.
  21. Nice post, Princess. I think that probably some of these pictures' appeal comes from the fact that most of us saw them for the first time when we were kids. Even though there might be some deaths, these movies were "safe" because good triumphed and the monster would be banished until the next sequel. Agree with you about NIGHT MONSTER. I put a few comments down about it under the "Movies I'd pick to watch for Halloween" thread under General Discussions. FRANKENSTEIN MEETS THE WOLF MAN has so much going for it: a great cast, including Lon Chaney at the top of his form as Larry Tal
  22. My copy was put out by Interglobal Home Video which, according to the box, was based in Canada. Although the tape is in LP speed, the quality of the print they used is pretty good. I'm not sure when Interglobal actually released the tape, but I bought it in 1990.
  23. Agree about the fact that this is indeed a "hard" question, since I enjoy all the Universal classics and all three of the actors mentioned. I guess it would depend on what I'm in the mood to see. All three were capable of portraying characters which, at first glance, might not seem to be very sympathetic, but which, on further reflection, actually are: Lugosi in DRACULA, Karloff in FRANKENSTEIN, Chaney as THE WOLF MAN They also excelled at playing unsympathetic characters: Lugosi in THE RAVEN, Karloff in BLACK FRIDAY, Chaney in SON OF DRACULA, even managing on occasion to evoke a
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