UNION DEPOT (1932) aka Gentleman for a Day

https://i.imgur.com/0AFqB32.jpg  When I see the Warner Brothers/ Vitaphone title card at the beginning of a picture I foresee a delightful excursion into early sound film making, often with delightful evil or good characters.  Camera movement will either be minimal or have some new process in miniatures along with a tracking shot through a window.  UNION... Continue Reading →

THE WIT AND WISDOM OF BIG DEAL ON MADONNA STREET (1958)

https://i.imgur.com/OFxXQdo.jpg   Most of today’s comedies lack style, and instead substitute clever dialogue, and a joke set up with a punchline with idiotic base situations done by actors who have no clue of timing or delivery. Style and ideas came from Europe and that remains true to a point.  The world was different in 1958... Continue Reading →

LA PARISIENNE (1957)

The name Brigitte Bardot conjurors up contrasting images of blonde hair for some and animal activism for others.  Bardot was ahead of her time in the sixties:  a time filled with blondes, including Marilyn Munroe.  Unlike Munroe, Bardot was not at the mercy of a system that did not know what to do with her.... Continue Reading →

HELEN CHANDLER- LITTLE GIRL LOST

The eternal California sun high in the sky. The beaches, the surf. All offering variations of the lifestyle made famous in the Sixties. The climate of Hollywood has not changed much from when film was younger.  The idealism of the dream may have changed for some, but the allure remains strong.  Actors, technicians and writers... Continue Reading →

DIE BRUCKE (The Bridge) (1959)

  These days do seem like a war, or the closest we may ever get to a similar condition.  One gives up things, can’t do things we normally do as we all know. To some, it seems futile or they don’t understand why we need to do certain things for the greater good. I am... Continue Reading →

THE TOP TEN SCARES OF PETER CUSHING

Lists like this - no matter the subject - always seem to leave something out. How do you pick the “best” of someone who has a body of work like Peter Cushing and be fair to him?  Viewing the works from North America, I was only accessing versions of films whose titles may be different;... Continue Reading →

BORIS KARLOFF’S CANADIAN ADVENTURE

Vampires, werewolves, mummies that come back to life after three thousand years, can such thing be?’ That was the opening phrase that Boris Karloff spoke to you as you played AN EVENING WITH BORIS KARLOFF and FRIENDS  LP record.   English born William Henry Pratt made a startlingly long and varied career of playing men of... Continue Reading →

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