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Eucalpytus P. Millstone

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  1. 13 hours ago, Eucalpytus P. Millstone said:

         "Given that Bakersfield sound artists often recorded in L.A., it developed a reputation as 'the California sound,' and influenced the music of The Flying Burrito Brothers, Poco,
           the Eagles, Emmylou Harris, Gram Parsons, and Creedence Clearwater Revival, to name a few. Chances are any kind of California country rock group was likely influenced by
           the Bakersfield sound." -- About the Bakersfield Sound

    A Good Feelin' to Know doesn't really strike me as sounding like "Country Rock"  (à la "hard" Country Rock songs by The Allman Brothers or The Marshall Tucker Band). But then, I'm not a Country Rock fan, scholar, or connoisseur.


  2. 22 hours ago, Allhallowsday said:

    My favorite type of country... you can hear how it's like the FLYING BURRITO BROS... who BTW recorded in LA...

         "Given that Bakersfield sound artists often recorded in L.A., it developed a reputation as 'the California sound,' and influenced the music of The Flying Burrito Brothers, Poco,
           the Eagles, Emmylou Harris, Gram Parsons, and Creedence Clearwater Revival, to name a few. Chances are any kind of California country rock group was likely influenced by
           the Bakersfield sound." -- About the Bakersfield Sound

    Say "California," and many (most?) people might conjure southern California beaches, blondes (and bleached blondes), Hollywood, and Beverly Hills 90210 and/or northern California free-spirited, flamboyant drag queens glittering the streets of San Francisco and inspiring Tales of the City. And some critics will respond with a sneer and snarl, "#@*$%?+!! wacko-hippie-h0m0-left-wing-Pinko-Socialist-LIB-BRULLS!"

    But, there's a whole 'nother Golden State territory, Virginia. Populated by God-fearin', gun-totin', gospel-spoutin', flag-wavin' Red (emphasis on the Red), White (double emphasis on the White), and Blue (but NOT politically, Gotdammit!) REAL 'MURRIKINS, it is "a middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition, [lying] between the pit of Man's fears and the summit of his knowledge."

    I call it "The California Heartland." It includes Bakersfield (to which I've never been) located in Kern County (to which I have been, specifically Kernville). And this is all I will say about that:

    When I die, I know that I will go to Heaven because I've already been to Hell.

    Hit it, Merle!


    Suggested Reading

    History of the Bakersfield Sound

    That Bakersfield Sound

    The Bakersfield Sound

    The Bakersfield Sound: A Guide to California Country Music

  3. On 9/23/2021 at 4:45 AM, UMO1982 said:


    Presented in a 4K restoration from Universal Pictures, 13 Washington Square is a romantic comedy in which a meddling aristocratic mother tries to stop her son from eloping with a grocer’s daughter. So Mrs. De Peyster (Alice Joyce) dons a working class disguise and goes on a mission with her maid (an uproarious Zasu Pitts) to track down the lovers and block their illicit vows. But instead she crosses paths with a charismatic thief named Pyecroft (Jean Hersholt) who has plans to rob De Peyster’s home. All of them end up at her home on 13 Washington Square where their lies hilariously come to light.


    Thank you for creating this discussion section.

    Did you get a review copy of 13 Washington Square? According  to the Kino Lorber site, the Blu-ray won't street until Tuesday, September 28.


    I recently acquired the Kino Lorber Blu-ray Disc of The Web, starring Edmond O'Brien. For me, the selling point of this disc is the sterling commentary by "Professor and Film Scholar" Jason A. Ney.  He reports that this 1947 Universal-International production is considered a mediocre movie by Victoria Price (daughter of Vincent, who appears in The Web) and (I think) Vincent Price biographer Lucy Chase Williams. I'm inclined to agree.

    Nonetheless, Ney's engaging delivery of fascinating facts regarding the movie and its stars greatly contributes to elevating the appeal of this Film Noir thriller. He entertainingly treats listeners to a bio on star O'Brien, who was (to me, amazingly) hugely popular with American audiences and erotically exciting to (some) women.* I found Ney's enthusiasm infectious and rewarding. To wit, he made me satisfied -- indeed, delighted! -- with my purchase**.

    * "Edmund O'Brien's magnetic appearance and personality most fully stir women's imaginative impulses. We're all agreed that he has more male magnetism than any of the 60,000,000 men in the United States today." -- Young Women's League of America in 1949.

    ** By contrast, the derisive and derogatory commentaries by Emma Westwood and Cerise Howard on the Arrow Films Blu-ray Disc of The Giant Claw strikes me as a real drag.


  4. IMO, Ray Davies artfully and consummately crafted the most witty double entendre in Rock 'n Roll*:

    Well, I'm not the world's most masculine man
    But I know what I am and I'm glad I'm a man
    And so is Lola


    * RANT ALERT! Some of the lyrics to Lola that I found on the Web are blatantly, annoyingly, and idiotically w-r-o-n-g! Not an isolated case, alas. I just "love" how some schmendrick inaccurately transcribes lyrics, which are subsequently copied and virulently spread all over The Web --  à la the pandemic  -- to become the "definitive" lyrics. Bah!

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  5. 3 hours ago, cigarjoe said:

     I  can't believe after all these years how everybody's missed a crucial part of this Horror Noir and that's the nature of the psychotronic femme fatale Justine played by Allison Hayes. The reason everybody mentions the unexplained relationship between Justine and Desmond is because they didn't get it. 

    It is Justine who is the master hypnotist. She has Desmond hypnotized. It is she that has made him Desmond the Great. Justine is the one with the jealous vendetta against beautiful women.

    Desmond is her suave pawn. It's easy to imagine, after watching the opening theater demonstration of the power of hypnotic suggestion, that Justine, could have even given Desmond, if that is even his real name, his French accent. He could be a cabby, her grease monkey, or a plumber who came over to unlog her pipes, wink, wink.

    Remember that during the act it is Justine who is picking out her victims. She, signaling through probably pre determined eye gestures, or facial expressions, like a lift of an eyebrow etc., etc., her audience choices to Desmond. Desmond is her lure. He wines and dines and sexually excites Justine's victims so that it is they who invite Desmond to their place. 

    So, like, uhh . . . where were you when the police needed your help, Sherlock?

    How can you live with yourself after letting all those poor, hypnotized dames be cruelly and horribly disfigured?  Especially doll-baby Dodie Wilson?! Or . . .

    Did you too succumb to the power of THE HYPNOTIC EYE?!

    If you didn't, I think someone needs to take a class in Civic Duty.

  6. 12 hours ago, Swithin said:

    I've always felt that The Hypnotic Eye should be shown back-to-back with She Demons.  In the former, the evil Justine throws down her mask, saying, "If you like my face so much you can have it!" In She Demons, the good Mona, says, "Would you go, if you looked like THIS?!!"


    Justine after she throws her mask down

    One of the makeup artists on The Hypnotic Eye was  Emile LaVigne who also disfigured Laurie Mitchell in Queen of Outer Space.



    PHOTO LIFE report on Allison Hayes'  transformation for The Hypnotic Eye

    "It takes more work to become ugly than it does to become beautiful." -- words to live by from Allison Hayes.






  7. 5 hours ago, Twokeets said:

    Possible Spolier--


    This movie may not have received a wide viewing, but I taped it and enjoyed it. Very oddball! A Mad Men Era horror film with cool decor, cars and music. What I didn't understand, however, was the motivation of the 2 evil-doers. Does anyone understand why these crimes against the young women were being committed? It was made clear that the assistant of the great Desmond was angry and jealous, but I missed how she became this way, and what she might hope to gain. The ending looked effectively shocking, but made no sense. I really liked watching this unusual horror film, though, and am glad TCM showed it.

    First, thank you, TCM, for enabling me to revisit The Hypnotic Eye, which was frequently shown on Chiller (a TV horror film showcase in Los Angeles) during the 1960s. In hindsight, I am amazed that it was easily available on the telly to kiddies -- it is one seriously twisted flick! Its fiery introduction rivals the grisly beginning of Horrors of the Black Museum for setting the sadistic tone with a jaw-dropping, squirm-inducing shock.

    Co-screenwriter William Read Woodfield wanted Pedro Armendariz as the sinister hypnotist. Star Jacques Bergerac, to me, was a perfectly suitable substitute. His Gallic inflection as he challenges,


    "And now . . . if you dare -- Look into the hypnotic eye!"

    . . . enhances the otherwise prosaic line with a seductive musicality, imparting it with an immortality on par with "Listen to them. Children of the night. What music they make."

    Regarding your curiosity about the motive behind the mutilations, you are not the only viewer who has questions. Consider making up a motive as an added "attraction" of The Hypnotic Eye.


  8. 3 hours ago, Swithin said:

    I don't know Nothing But the Night at all, but what a cast! In addition to the leads, it has Diana Dors, Georgia Brown, Kathleen Byron, Michael Gambon, and Duncan Lamont! In Quatermass and the Pit, Lamont has one of the great OTT scenes in any horror film:


    Duncan Lamont as Sladden in Quatermass and the Pit



    Yes, Duncan Lamont definitely made his brief appearance in Quatermass and the Pit count! Lamont's histrionics might, arguably, be the most indelible performance in that Hammer Films classic.

    In the 1953 BBC serial The Quatermass Experiment, Lamont was Victor Carroon, the doomed astronaut memorably portrayed by Richard Wordsworth in the Exclusive (Hammer) Films version.

  9. 5 hours ago, Swithin said:

    Another film from that great year 1957 film which features a school/detention home for young ladies is The Man Who Turned to Stone.  The old folks who run the school (Victor Jory, Ann Doran) extract the youth juices from the young ladies so that they (Jory, Doran, et. al.) can live for hundreds of years.



    Yes, Youth, pay heed and beware of iniquitous Old Folks! They'll send you off to war, will you oppressive and burdensome debt, and dump on you a ravaged, polluted, and increasingly combustible planet Earth! Yea verily, the sins of thy fathers -- and mothers -- shall be visited upon thee!

    But, that doesn't mean you can't have a good time!

    . . . such as watching Nothing But the Night (the sole production by Christopher Lee's production company Charlemagne), in which the geezers are at it again -- preying upon tender, young chillun for their own selfish, nefarious benefit!


  10. 3 minutes ago, Swithin said:

    Nice to see the Horrors of the Black Museum trailer. It features Graham Curnow as Michael Gough's young assistant. Graham was a friend of mine, a dear, sweet man who was the partner of Victor Spinetti.  Gough turns Curnow into a monster in the film.



    Interesting, I didn't know that Victor Spinetti was gay. I've seen only a few of the movies he was in -- the most memorable, for me, was A Hard Day's Night.

  11. 7 hours ago, JamesJazGuitar said:

    What film are you referencing?      I ask because others are discussing Blood of Dracula,  the film for this Saturday,  which was released in 1957 and the above photo is dated 1974.   Also I don't see a link between Blood of Dracula and Nicholson-Arkoff.

    Blood of Dracula is an AIP flick, hence the Nicholson-Arkoff connection.

    Furthermore, Blood of Dracula is a Herman Cohen production, screenplay by Aben Kandel. It continues a common leitmotif in Cohen-Kandel horror movies: unwary "innocent" youth preyed upon, corrupted, and destroyed by sinister elders. Also see:

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