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Eucalpytus P. Millstone

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  1. "I was talking to Lou Reed the other day, and he said that the first Velvet Underground record sold only 30,000 copies in its first five years. Yet, that was an enormously important record for so many people. I think everyone who bought one of those 30,000 copies started a band!” -- Brian Eno* * Whether or not this quote is accurate, only Brian Eno can say. The Web -- as usual, as always -- is an unreliable source of accurate and complete information.
  2. Thank you, _Broadway_ (any relation to the "Broadway" on The Damon Runyon Theatre?)! Interesting that Alan Ladd produced the radio show. Too bad the cast (except for John Brown) for Hold 'Em Yale was not credited. Runyon's characters had a very distinctive patois, elocution, and rhythm. I could not help but conjure Sheldon Leonard while listening to Hold 'Em Yale. "Veteran dialecticians Gerald Mohr, Herb Vigran, Sheldon Leonard, Luis Van Rooten, Alan Reed and Lionel Stander gave every program of the run an authenticity and indelible flavor that were imitated in both Radio and Televisio
  3. I wouldn't call myself a fan of The Velvet Underground, but I'm keen to see Haynes' documentary. I also am not a fan of "Soul" music, but I immensely enjoyed Ahmir Khalib Thompson's (Questlove's) documentary Summer of Soul. OTOH, I never dug Sparks and skipped Edgar Wright's doc. Being almost entirely clueless about The Velvet Underground, I sampled some of its music. "One of the most influential musical acts of all time"? Meh. That's a matter of (hyperbolic) opinion. Of the few tracks I listened to, I dug Sunday Morning. And although I usually prefer studio recordings to live
  4. Crackerjack reviewer, cigarjoe! That Diane Moore was Jan Murray's real-life daughter, for me, adds one more uncomfortable element of creepiness to Who Killed Teddy Bear. According to info on the Web, Moore was born in 1948, which means she was 16 (at the time of filming)! Either the report of her birthday is wrong or Moore was a "late bloomer" development-wise. The proliferation of screen captures in your review for me evoked the Film Classics Library books by Richard Anobile. Suggested Viewing Blogger Ken Anderson lists and describes scenes in the 94-minute uncut version of
  5. A friend of mine and I went to see The Klansman at The World theatre in Hollywood, California. Located on the seedier, east end of Hollywood Boulevard near the X Theaters porno house, it attracted, by this stage in its existence, a rough, "colorful" clientele. Among the cast of The Klansman is O.J. Simpson who, during the course of the incendiary melodrama (released during the "Blaxploitation" era), takes on the Ku Klux Klan. Every time "The Juice" picked up a shotgun to open up a can of Whoop-@$$, the predominantly Black audience would whoop 'n holler and stamp their feet so enthusiast
  6. Incongruously blended into a grim and gruesome tale of madness, depravity, cannibalism, psychotic vengeance, and bloody murder is this lovely ode to inspirational feminine beauty.
  7. The music in that collection by Pax41 Music Time Machine, IMO, is timeless "Music for the Ages" -- unlike the popular Music of Its Time that defines my g-g-g-generation. To me, old folks (by which I mean "Boomers") creakily "rockin' out" to groovy hits they (okay, we) grew up on is just . . . sad and not a little bit pathetic. By contrast, my parents and grandparents could "trip the light fantastic" to the music from their youth -- music from The Jazz Age and Big Band era -- and retain and maintain their . . . well, dignity*. For me, the selections in this YouTube clip -- their lyrics,
  8. What band should The Graveyard Five have been the opening act for? Indubitably, The Grateful Dead! The rap on The Marble Orchard
  9. Love it! L-O-V-E it! Especially the cover art by the great Jack Davis! Another track on Monster Rally, "(I'm in Love with) The Creature from the Black Lagoon," prefigures The Shape of Water. Why didn't Guillermo Del Toro use it in his fantasy flick -- a lamentable missed opportunity! Hans Conreid's inimitable, bravura rendition of "Do Mi Do Duds" in The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T is, for me, an eagerly anticipated highlight in that subversive Suessical. His effervescent elocution of Ted Geisel's loony lyrics -- such as "undulating undies" and "cutie chamois booties" -- is supremely skil
  10. To me, Grayson Hall was no beauty -- certainly not sexy. But, that pic you shared, LornaHansonForbes, demonstrates that the "right" clothes, coiffure, photographer, camera angle, and attitude can work miracles. Très étourdissant! Très séduisant! Très . . . sexy!
  11. Thank you for your sacrifice (reading the entire epic so others won't have to). I bailed when the script-writing party began (although I did notice that one participant also made a reference to Manos: The Hands of Fate). Man. I hope that I'm never trapped in an elevator with any of those fanatics. Yeah, Night of Dark Shadows is a disappointment following on the heels of House of Dark Shadows. After reading Mr. Horn's (the blogger's) history of the production, seems to me NoDS was doomed right from Jump Street. Nonetheless, it's in my movie library, and I regard it with an unabashed f
  12. In 1962, Bobby "Boris" Pickett followed up (milked) Monster Mash with Monsters' Holiday. Two years later, Lon Chaney, Jr. decided to get in on the act with his version.
  13. The original Monster Mash performed by Bobby "Boris" Pickett. Although I am a monster movie buff and Boris Karloff fan, Pickett's undying hit -- seemingly a cornerstone of Halloween -- never grabbed me.
  14. Thank you for posting those YouTube clips. One of the "Tales of the Frightened" is an extended version of W. Somerset Maugham's The Appointment in Samarra. In what should have been his cinematic valedictory performance in Targets, Boris Karloff memorably performs Maugham's short story.
  15. Here's another spoken word record that I also still have. It was released on Decca Records in 1967, about one year or slightly more before Boris Karloff's death. I acquired the lp several years after its initial release -- another mail order via Famous Monsters of Filmland and Captain Company. According to a photo in (if I correctly remember) FMoF, the album was promoted with a relatively lavish storefront display in Wallich's Music City in Hollywood, California. A newer version with different music is available. The original recording was taken off the market because of a lawsuit filed b
  16. Zacherley was before my time. But, the host of a (movie, TV, Broadway) soundtrack show, on a local college radio station, routinely plays this ditty by "The Cool Ghoul."
  17. I also still have my vinyl record of Famous Monster Speak, ordered from Famous Monsters of Filmland (probably from its mail-order offshoot Captain Company). From rival monster mag Castle of Frankenstein, I ordered (and had a devil of a time receiving*) Dracula, an lp (which I also still own) recorded by Christopher Lee. The images accompanying Lee's narration in this YouTube clip are from a 1966 paperback produced by editor Russ Jones, adapted by Otto Binder and Craig Tennis, and exquisitely illustrated by Alden McWilliams. * A common experience I subsequently learned. CoF publisher and
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