1959 was a good year.....but NOT for movies titled Santa Claus! This K. Gordon Murray mess was un-leashed on the world as a Happy Kiddie Film. In truth, it was bought cheap from it's Mexican Film Maker and dubbed into english that features a battle of wits between Santa and a minion of Satan!Enjoy the re-stored poster.
Michael Landon & Guy Williams starred in this Blockbuster for American International Pictures. This one film, started the Teen Craze in movies. A great 22X28 poster with artwork by the eternally talented Reynold Brown.
Here is an article from a now defunct Movie Fanzine, covering the make-up from the now classic SON OF FRANKENSTEIN (1939). This was the last time theatrically, that Boris Karloff would be the monster. Bela as Igor, would make one more appearance. Enjoy.
Johnny Sheffield who played Boy in the Johnny Weismuller Tarzan series has died. As a young adult, he also starred in 12 films as Bomba the Jungle Boy. He fell off a ladder at his home in Chula Vista (Not far from me). He was 79. Here is the restored poster to one of the Bomba series.
Christopher Lee became the Count for the first time in 1958. Known in the UK as simply Dracula, here it was released by Universal under the title HORROR OF DRACULA. 6 Sequels followed, but none approached the quality of the first. the Hammer studios would entertain the world for years to come. Here is the creepy Lobby Card Title Card to this Horror Great
Perennial favorite Boris Karloff stars as a scientist who has created a helmet then when placed on the head of a subject can transfer their brainwaves onto a graph. Kind of like a lie detector graph. He discovers that women have stronger waves of brain energy then men. He demonstrates this to a room full of fellow scientists and friends, by using his wife an an example. Her brain waves are indeed stronger and much to the amazement of his skeptical friends the graph on the wall jumps up and down! Later after his wife dies in a car accident, Boris returns to his lab and angrily throws switches and discovers that his wife's energy has returned to the lab! He now joins up with a spiritualist and a brutish Igor type to further his experiments and try and contact his beloved wife from beyond the grave. Holds up quite well today. The seance table surrounded by corpses, the swirling spirits appearing as a funnel of energy and King Karloff in all his maniacal glory. My only complaint is the short running time of only 65 min. The last 5 minutes look rushed but still the movie wraps up nicely. And here is the Great one sheet.
In the good ol days, Theaters made a BIG deal out of Halloween. They would do live stage shows, project questionably themed "Spook" movies and basically have a great time entertaining their audience. Here is one such poster to a Halloween Spectacular of long ago. Restored and presented here. Oh, btw, So Young So Bad is a prison reform movie and The Cobra Strikes is a Murder Mystery. Weird choices for sure!
Take a dash of NIGHT OF THE BLOOD BEAST '58 Where an Astronaut returns to Earth with Alien fetuses in his body. Mix in a Little of THE THING '51 where an Alien Vegetable needs human blood to feed his "Children". Top it off with IT! THE TERROR FROM BEYOND SPACE '58 where a really pissed off Alien boards a Spaceship before it's return trip to Earth. And starts killing the Astronauts one by one. Oh yeah, and is killed by having the air leave the ship, which changes the atmosphere on board and..... And you have the Inspiration for ALIEN '79! Here is the Ultra-Cool 30X40 Poster, fully restored for you to enjoy.
Boris Karloff returned as not the creature (or did he?) but as Baron Frankenstein who is renting his castle for use by a film maker and his crew. He needs the money to further his experiments. Great fun. Here is the three sheet, restored for your enjoyment.
Not only does this "Beast" have one gorgeous babe in his arms, there is another at his feet! How many vixens does this guy need?! Notice that this film was released (?) by a company calling itself SOPHISTICATED FILMS! And I must ad, a very "Sophisticated" poster!
Return of the APE MAN (1944) Produced by Monogram. While on an Arctic expedition, two scientists (Bela Lugosi & John Carradine) find the frozen body of a prehistoric Caveman. They bring him home to their laboratory. Once in the lab, the Caveman-sicle encased in Ice, is thawed out by Bela with a blow torch and a heat lamp!. Once reanimated, he is placed in a cage. The gruesome twosome decide that in order to fully utilize (and control) him, they must transplant a more developed brain into the caveman. WOW! How entertaining can a bad/good movie be?! Almost as good as this restored poster.
Cashing in on the horror craze of the 70s, comes Blacula (1972)!- Dracula's Soul Brother! Or so the poster hype says. William Marshall who 5 years before, played the Computer Genius Dr. Daystrom on Star Trek, stepped into the shoes of filmdom's most famous Vampire. He did such a great campy acting job, he returned in SCREAM, BLACULA SCREAM! In that opus, his favorite victim was Pam Grier (Can you blame him?!). Here is the half sheet.
Here is an example of a movie with the same name as it's much better predecessor. All classic horror fans know the Bela Lugosi & Boris Karloff great, The Black Cat 1934. But did you know that a Horror/Kind of Comedy with the same title and from the same studio, came years later in 1941? The only thing they had in common was that Bela Lugosi was in both in very different roles.
I really Love the performances in various films of Peter Lorre. In High School we were shown M (1930) in my film appreciation class. I was immediately hooked! The Bulging Eyes, the Frantic Looks, everything that separates a "Star" from an Actor. Much to my pleasure, TCM recently showed THE FACE BEHIND THE MASK (1941). This little B programmer is one of the fastest paced and throughly entertaining films I have seen in a long time. Lorre plays Janos Szaby, an immigrant who arrives in New York with hopes and dreams made possible only in the U.S. In his tiny apartment building, a fire starts and Janos is horribly disfigured. When Society shuns him, he turns to Crime and becomes a Feared and Respected Boss. Then......but why ruin it. See it when you can.A very effective poster is displayed here for your viewing pleasure. I spent a LOT of time restoring this one. Enjoy!
W.C. Fields made many of his best films at Universal, while in his Sixties! The Bank Dick (1940) works on many levels. It has great dialogue, slapstick and a very sarcastic look at authority. This wonderful Lobby Card features W.C. as Egbert Sousè and Franklin Pangborn as J.Pinkerton Snoopington It has my highest recommendation.
No one can imagine the thrill that goes through a 10 year old's mind, when at the end of his weekly t.v. guide perusal, he finds a movie listed like HOUSE OF DRACULA (1945). Not one, not two but several of his favorite Movie Monsters in one film! Draculaplayed byJohn Carradine(Yes, it should have been Bela), Lon Chaney Jr. as the Wolfman (Who is actually cured of Lycanthropy before fade out), The Frankenstein monster played by fan favorite Glenn Strange, a lovely female hunchback nurse and a kindly Doctor who turns quite Mad! WOW!
Why is that woman so happy to be touching a Gigantic Sea Snail? Worse yet, when it grabs you underwater, It sucks out all of your vital juices and leaves a shriveled up husk in your place! It's on Dvd and is a very fun sci-fi 50s gem!
When Lon Chaney Jr. starred in his first Sci Fi/Horror based film, he could finally breathe a sigh of relief that soon, very soon he could make the audiences of the 40s say, "That is Lon's Son!" He eventually would play Dracula, Frankenstein's Monster and his greatest perfomance of Horror, THE WOLF MAN. Here is the Lobby card Title card to MAN MADE MONSTER. Here re-titled ATOMIC MONSTER to cash in on the then current Atomic Bomb craze!
No doubt about it, Ray Harryhausen owned the 50s as far as Giant Creatures on the Loose Movies go. From THE BEAST FROM 20,000 FATHOMS (1953) on. But, that didn't stop other stop motion animators from practicing their craft. One of the lesser seen epics Is THE GIANT BEHEMOTH (1959). Like the film that was it's "Inspiration", Beast, Atomic Tests disturb a long dormant creature who rises from the Ocean Floor to cause havoc all over London. Makes a great poster. Even greater with artwork by Reynold Brown.
Donald 'O Connor starred opposite a Talking Mule in 6 (Yes, 6!) very successful series o comedies. When Mr. O'Connor got tired of seeing the Mule get more fan mail then he did, he called it quits. To the rescue (?!) came Mickey Rooney as the new owner pal of Francis. Gone was the actor who supplied the voice of Francis Chill Wills. In his place, came voice master Paul Frees. Who did a very good job of approximating the original voice. Un-fortunately, the audiences of the time did not like the changes and this was the last of the classic series made.
Two weeks ago, one of my Childhood heroes reached 90. Ray Harryhausen, who created the very Special, Special effects for several Fantastic Films, reached this Ripe Ol Age.I Salute Mr. Harryhausen and am quite jealous that Ray has through his films, become Immortal. Several hundred years from now, someone will marvel at the adventures of Sinbad. Journey to Venus and bring a Ymir back to Earth. Search for the Golden Fleece with Jason etc.And as a thank you to Mr. Harryhausen, I restored this poster and present one of my favorite Earth getting Attacked films. The British Quad to EARTH VS. THE FLYING SAUCERS (1957). Oh, by the way Ray, next time I see you, say the word and I will do a perfect impersonation of Paul Frees providing the Alien voice from the film. John
I know why they leave, I want to know how to get them to stay! Interesting that this film was Nominated for an Academy Award for musical scoring! I don't know of many, bottom of the barrel studios like PRC could boast that.
M.G.M. never had a firm grasp on making Comedies. And when the Marx Brothers lost their biggest supporter in Irving Thalberg, the comedy suffered quite a bit. Still, in this movie, there is some Comedy gold to be found among the Fools Gold. A very colorful Lobby Card indeed.
After the release of Dracula (1931) starring our fan fav Bela Lugosi, it wasn't until 1957 when a Mexican Film Studio released this Dracula-like thriller starring German Robles as Count Lavud. A creepy Vampire that just loves those sexy Senorita's necks. Here is the painstakingly restored one sheet for your enjoyment. El Vampiro is on Dvd and looks great!
Made in 1931, this film really got the egg roll, I mean ball rolling at the then Fox Studios. Soon to be 20th Century Fox. Warner Oland was a terrific Chan, and it's a shame this is not part of those Great DVD sets. The problem? Charlie Chan Carries on is a LOST film! No prints have ever been found since it's original release. We can enjoy this simple, yet effective poster thou.
Tied up in a legal morass (Since it was released in 1956) , this is one of the best versions of this George Orwell novel ever brought to the screen. Due in no small part to it's star Edmond O'Brien.I sure hope we get a dvd release some day.