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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Does Anyone Say "Play It Again, Sam" In "Casablanca"? (Warner Brothers, 1942) (video)

Most of us have heard the quote "Play it again, Sam" in association with the classic film "Casablanca."

But is that line really ever spoken, verbatim, in the film?

Answer: Ilsa and Rick both come close, but nobody ever actually says "Play it again, Sam."

Listen for yourself...

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Return to the Hallowed Halls of Bayside High with "SAVED BY THE BELL: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION" On 10/2 from Shout! Factory



Relive the laughter, lessons and love with Zack and his friends in this 16-disc collector's set, featuring every episode from 'Good Morning, Miss Bliss' to 'The College Years', and it's available today for pre-order, at!

Missing your favorite pals from Bayside High? It's alright, 'cause you're SAVED BY THE BELL! On October 2nd, 2018, Shout! Factory invites TV aficionados to a very special class reunion with the 16-disc collector's release of Saved by the Bell: The Complete Collection, a "Max-ed" out, completist's DVD set of the iconic and addictive '90s Saturday morning sitcom.

Set in the fictional town of Palisades, California and in the hallways of Bayside High, the breezy adventures of Zack Morris (Mark-Paul Gosselaar) and his friends -- Kelly Kapowski (Tiffani-Amber Thiessen), A.C. Slater (Mario Lopez), Jessie Myrtle Spano (Elizabeth Berkley), Lisa Turtle (Lark Voorhies), and Samuel "Screech" Powers (Dustin Diamond) -- were a cultural touchstone for a generation of teens, changing teen programming forever and launching the careers of its break-out stars.

Now, home audiences can relive the laughter, lessons, and love all over again with this loaded set containing more than 46 incredible hours of Bayside bliss, including every episode from 1988's "Good Morning, Miss Bliss" which became "Saved By the Bell: The Junior High Years" and the fan-favorite "Saved by the Bell" to "Saved By the Bell: The College Years" and the two feature-length TV movies that followed. The TV DVD archivists at Shout! Factory are hard at work on exclusive bonus features, and they will be announced at a future date.

From 1989 to 1993, for a generation of TV viewers, "Saved by the Bell" was the show that perfectly echoed their lives in middle school and high school. Originally titled "Good Morning, Miss Bliss" with Hayley Mills in the title role, the first thirteen episodes of the series featured Zack, Screech, Lisa and Mr. Belding, and was based at John F. Kennedy Junior High in Indianapolis. Following its cancellation, NBC retooled the show as "Saved by the Bell" and the rest is history...and math, and science, and... And, across 86 glorious episodes, audiences followed the memorable experiences and adventures of Zack and the gang.

And, following graduation, Zack, Kelly, Slater and Screech enrolled at California University where the successful franchise could matriculate with the prime-time sitcom, "Saved by the Bell: The College Years". The series finally wrapped with two feature-length, prime time TV movies, "Hawaiian Style", which brought the Bayside bunch to the Big Island for a wacky Waikiki adventure and "Wedding in Las Vegas", which saw the on-again, off-again lovebirds Zack and Kelly make their relationship official on a day the gang will never forget.

From JFK Junior High to Cal U, Miss Bliss to Mr. Belding, Malibu Sands to Hawaii, and dance contests to "dearly beloved", the Saved by the Bell megaset immortalizes a landmark teen TV show that still resonates with its die-hard fans around the world. Fans, friends, jocks, and nerds --ask not for whom The Bell tolls ... it tolls for thee!

About Shout! Factory
Shout! Factory, LLC is a diversified multi-platform media company devoted to producing, uncovering, preserving and revitalizing the very best of pop culture. Founders Richard Foos, Bob Emmer and Garson Foos have spent their entire careers sharing their music, television and film favorites with discerning consumers the world over. Shout! Factory's entertainment offerings serve up feature films, classic and contemporary TV series, animation, live music and comedy specials. In addition, Shout! Factory maintains a vast entertainment distribution network which delivers culturally relevant programming, movie and audio content to all the leading digital service providers in North America and across multiple platforms. Shout! Factory owns and operates Shout! Studios, Scream Factory, Shout! Factory Kids, Mystery Science Theater 3000, Timeless Media Group and Shout! Factory TV. These riches are the result of a creative acquisition mandate that has established the company as a hotbed of cultural preservation and commercial reinvention. Shout! Factory is based in Los Angeles, California. For more on Shout! Factory, visit


Monday, July 16, 2018

John Wayne's Only Horror Film: "Haunted Gold" (Warner Brothers, 1932) (video)

A small sub-genre of the western is the "horror western."

They're usually "old, dark house"-type mysteries with faux supernatural elements.

The young John Wayne made a single foray into this territory with 1932's HAUNTED GOLD.

His romantic interest is played by Sheila Terry.

The most badly-dated element is the stereotypical black character "Clarence", played by Blue Washington.

Standard horror film tropes include an old dark house with secret passageways...

...a graveyard...

...and a mysterious phantom.

But despite the spooky trappings, things are wrapped up in usual B-western style.

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Sunday, July 15, 2018

Dwight Frye's 5 Most Unhinged Horror Movie Creeps (video)

Dwight Frye dreamt of someday returning to musical comedy, which he'd performed for years on the Broadway stage.

But this was not to be once he became typecast as one of the screen's leading loons.

Here's are five examples of this...

Dracula (1931)
Frankenstein (1931)
Vampire Bat (1933)
Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
Dead Men Walk (1943)

Dwight Frye died shortly after being cast in a screen biography of Woodrow Wilson.

At the time, he was working as a draftsman for the Lockheed Aircraft Company.

On the death certificate, his profession was listed as "tool designer."

But it is in the horror film where he is truly immortalized.

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Saturday, July 14, 2018

Was Billy Barty in "Bride of Frankenstein" (1935)? (video)

In "Bride of Frankenstein", the mad Dr. Pretorius shows off his strange miniature creations to Henry Frankenstein.

There's a queen, a king, an archbishop, a devil, a ballerina, and a mermaid.

But he didn't stop there...not originally, anyway.

Because director James Whale also filmed a bit with famed 3-foot 9-inch "little person" Billy Barty… a tiny artificially-created baby in a high chair.

And in a wide shot of all of Dr. Pretorius' creations... can see Billy in his high chair from behind, waving happily. 

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Friday, July 13, 2018

Did Superman Really Duck When An Empty Gun Was Thrown At Him? (video)

In "The Mind Machine" (S1/E8) bullets don't faze Superman.

But when the bad guy throws his gun...

Later, though, in "Czar of the Underworld" (S1/E22), not only does he NOT duck...

...he even seems to enjoy it!

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Thursday, July 12, 2018

"GOOSEBUMPS 2: HAUNTED HALLOWEEN" Teaser Trailer and Photos Here!

October 12, 2018

Columbia Pictures: A Sony Company
Sony Pictures Animation

Halloween comes to life in a brand-new comedy adventure based on R.L. Stine’s 400-million-selling series of books.


Directed by: Ari Sandel
Written by:     Rob Lieber 
Based on the Goosebumps Books
Written by:      R. L. Stine

Produced by: Deborah Forte
Neal H. Moritz
Executive Producers: Timothy M. Bourne
Tania Landau

Cast:       Wendi McLendon-Covey
Madison Iseman
Jeremy Ray Taylor
Caleel Harris
Chris Parnell
Ken Jeong

This film is not yet rated by the Motion Picture Association of America.  For future rating information, please visit  Credits not final

GOOSEBUMPS and associated logos are trademarks of Scholastic Inc.  All Rights Reserved.


The Frankenstein Monster's Mysterious Beauty Mark (Universal, 1931-1948) (video)

When Karloff played the Frankenstein monster in the 1930s, makeup maestro Jack Pierce emphasized his cadaverous appearance.

To this end, Karloff would remove a dental bridge on the right side of his mouth and suck in his cheek.
This created a sunken indentation in his face that added to his gaunt look.

With his third Monster appearance in "Son of Frankenstein", Karloff was looking a bit more well-fed.
The indentation is almost gone, replaced by a faint black dot, or "beauty mark."

Subsequent actors in the Monster role also had considerably fuller faces, with no cheek indentation.
The black dot returns, faintly, when Lon Chaney stars in "Ghost of Frankenstein."

It's more pronounced on Bela Lugosi in "Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man."
And on Glenn Strange in "House of Frankenstein."

But in "House of Dracula" and "Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein"...
...the Monster's mysterious "beauty mark" finally seems to be fading away for good.

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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

The Creature Shrinks in "The Creature Walks Among Us" (Universal-International, 1956) (video)

In the "Creature" movies, two actors played the Creature.

A larger actor played him on land, while lithe swimmer Ricou Browning performed the underwater scenes.

For the surgically-altered monster in "The Creature Walks Among Us"...

...a much bulkier padded suit was made, and covered with baggy clothing.

Underwater, the whole get-up clung to Ricou Browning's much smaller frame.

Not only did this make the Creature look smaller, but the head tended to fill up with air.

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Tuesday, July 10, 2018

"THE SUFFERING OF NINKO", an Offbeat Blend of Japanese Erotica, Folklore and Animation, on DVD + Digital on 8/14 from IndiePix



Street Date: August 14, 2018
DVD SRP: $19.95

"Extraordinarly imaginative... a tongue-in-cheek attitude,
and the seriously bizarre plot stand to make this a cult favorite
" -- Variety

"A wild, jaw-dropping fever dream of a film that must be seen to be believed." -- Indiewire

Norihiro Niwatsukino Makes His Directorial Debut with This Surreal
Festival Favorite Which Captured the "Dragons and Tigers Award"
at the Vancouver International Film Festival; it Will Also be
Available on Digital and IndiePix Unlimited

Ninko, a young, diligent Edo period Buddhist monk, has one serious problem: women can't seem to resist him. They pester him so much that he can't even ask for alms in town. Since sexual indulgence is considered a sin, he blames himself for not being virtuous enough. One day, he runs into a masked woman in the forest who tries to seduce him. Running away from her, his problem only gets worse.

Nearly driven mad, he escapes deep into the mountains to be alone. There, he finds a deserted village, victimized by a rapacious mountain goddess, Yama-onna, who seduces and kills the men of the valley. When a samurai claims that he can kill the goddess, Ninko follows him, hoping that he'll rid him of his curse in this unique Japanese mash-up about which says "for lovers of the truly bizarre, this is a must-see" and Otaku No calls "a surreal delight...intoxicating".

In his festival favorite directorial debut, which captured the Dragons and Tigers Award for Young Cinema at the Vancouver International Film Festival, Niwatsukino, who multi-tasked as writer-director, producer, editor, animator, and visual effects supervisor, merges often fantastical live action with animation, representing various style of traditional Japanese art -- from Buddhist mandala drawings to ukiyoe woodblock prints to shunga erotic drawings, as well as mixing in "Hyakumonogatari," a collection of ghost stories evolved from a parlor game, to highly original effect.

Along with its DVD and Digital HD debut, THE SUFFERING OF NINKO will also be available on IndiePix Unlimited, the signature streaming subscription service of IndiePix Films.  For $5.99 per month at either or on Amazon Channels, passionate cinephiles get 24/7 access to a highly-curated catalog of cinematic gems from both international auteurs and visionary new voices alike, joins other contemporary classics of world cinema including 2009 Cannes Camera D'Or winner, SAMSON & DELILAH, Iranian artist Shirin Neshat's feature-length debut, the Golden Lion-nominated WOMEN WITHOUT MEN and Noaz Deshe's powerful WHITE SHADOW.


Running Time: 70 mins.
Genre: Drama/Comedy
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Audio: Stereo
Language: Japanese w/English Subtitles


Cheapest Movie Set Ever? Cockpit Scene From "Plan 9 From Outer Space" (1959) (video)

In Tim Burton's "Ed Wood" (1994), the actor hired to play an airline pilot is dismayed by the sparse cockpit set.

In the actual film "Plan 9 From Outer Space", we find this to be no exaggeration.

Gregory Walcott (right) and co-pilot are sitting on chairs in front of a blank wall.

There appears to be a shower curtain hanging over the doorway.

Not sure what that is they're "steering" with.

Listen to those chairs creak.

It's an impressionistic set, to say the least.

Walcott, bless his heart, went on to have a fairly successful acting career.

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Monday, July 9, 2018

BLUE DESERT -- DVD Review by Porfle

I watched the Brazilian New Age sci-fi flick BLUE DESERT, aka "Deserto Azul" (Indiepix Films, 2013), twice, which is fitting since it's partly about repetition and deja vu. I didn't understand very much of it, which is also fitting since its young protagonist, Ele (Odilon Esteves), doesn't understand much about his own life or life in general.

Also, since the story is partly based on the works of Yoko Ono, not understanding it would seem to be deliberately, intentionally built in.

Ele goes through his life in a terminally detached, impersonal future world that seems to discourage meaningful human contact or an individual's active involvement in any kind of physical or spiritual pursuits.

He frequents the gym and smoke bar with a buddy who seems to be his only link to the human race until he meets a man in the desert whose goal in life, with the help of a spray gun and a large tank of blue paint, is to paint the desert blue.

The film is beautiful in its exquisitely-shot outdoor locations and eyepleasing futuristic cityscapes.  Ele's life, however, is shown as simply a more advanced form of daily grind that finds him on a commuter airship with a robotic hostess who spouts the same fake-smile spiel every day.

It's during these daily jaunts, however, that he meets fellow passenger Alma (which means "soul"), a kindred spirit who will bring out Ele's humanity while deepening his endless desire to achieve some kind of spiritual transcendence.

Toward this end, BLUE DESERT is endlessly talky and bafflingly philosophical.  I don't even think the screenplay knows what it's talking about most of the time, but this movie does love to hear itself talk while indulging in crisply-directed and attractively shot images (many of them inside a sort of renegade nightclub where society's fringe element comes to seek some kind of mental stimulation) that help to redeem some of the story's frustratingly opaque rambling.

Ele's scenes with Alma achieve a modiucum of warmth but this is dissipated by their difficulty to decipher in any meaningful way.  The same goes for our views of Ele going about his daily life showering, mirror-gazing, tinkering with a machine that receives strange images from the ether which he can't figure out, and spending hours floating in a large swimming pool that's like a vast sensory deprivation tank, or perhaps a womb from which to be reborn.

He believes the cessation of thought will bring transcendence, hence the pool and the desert where he seeks solitude. Finding the blue painter, he's entranced by the man's endless philosophizing and learns that the journey toward one's goal can mean more than actually reaching it (in other words, the guy knows he's never going to paint that whole desert blue, but he loves the process).

Later, Ele will find himself in sort of a hospital bed with what looks like a large shrubbery suspended over him (don't look at me) next to a man who claims to share his soul.  This sets them off on a prolonged exchange of shaggy dog profundities and switched-around flashbacks that kept me properly confused until the deliberately anticlimactic ending that not only didn't answer anything but didn't really ask anything, either.

I really liked BLUE DESERT visually--there's a sort of everyday wonder to its futuristic wonders--but found its endless wallowing in dogged existential nonsense ultimately tiresome.  On the other hand, people who actually appreciate the writings of Yoko Ono may want to dig a hole in their garden to put this movie in.

Buy it from Indiepix


Little Girl Extra Freaks Out In "The Adventures of Superman: The Monkey Mystery" (1952) (video)

Check out the little girl extra in this scene. 

She's going NUTS!

Let's hope we all live long enough to get that excited about something!

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Sunday, July 8, 2018

Karloff's Only Mummy Closeup in "The Mummy" (Universal, 1932)

The Mummy, Im-Ho-Tep, is first seen in the background in wide shots.

This is not Boris Karloff, but a full-length dummy.

Not counting the mummification flashback, this closeup is the one time we see Karloff in the actual mummy wrappings.

The closeup continues as Karloff slowly opens his eyes and lowers his arms.
It's the last time we'll see him in the gauze wrappings. 
It may, in fact, be the only time he was made up in them.

Filming this closeup and publicity stills may have been done in one day.

For the rest of the film Karloff poses as the mysterious (and unwrapped) Ardeth Bay...
...with an entirely different wardrobe and makeup.

Years later, the "Mummy" sequels would involve a new character, Kharis...
...who remains wrapped from beginning to end. 

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Saturday, July 7, 2018

Sci-Fi Thriller "THE 5TH PASSENGER" Available on VOD July 10, Starring Morgan Lariah, Tim Russ, Marina Sirtis, Doug Jones

Sci-Fi Thriller THE 5TH PASSENGER Available on VOD July 10

In addition to co-writing and co-producing THE 5TH PASSENGER, Morgan Lariah also stars in the feature length sci-fi film. Coming off a successful theatrical run, the film will be available on all major digital platforms on July 10.

Available for iTunes pre-order:

The year:  2151.  After the Yellowstone Volcano erupts, throwing the Earth into chaos and class struggle, a pregnant officer, Miller (Morgan Lariah), and her crew struggle to survive in an escape pod with limited resources as they try to reach a new home planet.  Running low on air, the team must work together when a vicious alien boards their ship and hunts them down, determined to become the dominant species.  But the key to survival may be the secret that is buried deep within Miller’s own mind.

Directed by Morgan’s co-writer, Scott Baker, THE 5TH PASSENGER also stars an all-star Star Trek crew of its own, including Doug Jones (The Shape of Water, Star Trek: Discovery, Pan’s Labyrinth, Hellboy) Tim Russ (Star Trek: Voyager, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine), Marina Sirtis (Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: First Contact, Star Trek: Generations), and Armin Shimerman (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, The Hitcher and Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time).

A successful crowdfunding campaign helped bring this project to life. It debuted at the Artemis Women in Action Film Festival where they “celebrate powerful women taking action on the silver screen.”

Morgan Lariah graduated from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and Antioch University Los Angeles with a BA in Film Studies. Always seeking roles that are challenging and enriching married with a deep desire to help shift the way women are often portrayed in the media, she began to write and produce her own works.

Her first short film, 2-Star, premiered at the East End Film Festival in London and went on to screen at festivals around the world. 5 Passenger marks her first feature film as co-writer, producer and actress.

5 Passenger had a limited theatrical run in Los Angeles and was picked up for distribution by Epic Pictures. It will be available on most VOD platforms and Redbox on July 10.  Her current script, Full Take, was a semi-finalist for the 2017 Sundance/YouTube New Voices lab. The teaser trailer created for Full Take is an official selection of the 2018 Women in Film Mini Upfronts program and screened at Netflix with sixteen other female filmmakers.



Munchkin Dubs Auntie Em's Voice In "Wizard Of Oz" (MGM, 1939) (video)

"Little person" Mickey Carroll (1919-2009) played multiple roles as Munchkins in 1939's "The Wizard of Oz"...

...including the town crier character...

...and the second fiddler from the left as Dorothy sets off on the yellow brick road.

He also dubbed some of the Munchkins' voices.

During the tornado sequence, the director didn't think Clara Blandick was shouting loud enough for Dorothy, so...

...he got Mickey to dub in Auntie Em's voice for the scene.

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Friday, July 6, 2018

Jackie Chan's "BLEEDING STEEL" - Now Playing In Theaters, On Demand, on iTunes and Amazon! See Trailer Here!

Jackie Chan in

In an action-packed drama reminiscent of ‘80s techno-sci-fi thrillers, Jackie Chan stars as Lin, a police inspector in modern Hong Kong. While tracking down a deranged, mecha-enhanced villain, Lin discovers that a geneticist’s lost bio-chemical invention has been surgically implanted into his missing daughter.

With the help of a young hacker, Lin connects the dots between the device that haunts his daughter, his enemy’s sinister army, and a strange cultural phenomenon called “Bleeding Steel.”


BLEEDING STEEL is an action thriller featuring memorable battle sequences with martial arts legend Jackie Chan. The film will be released in theaters and on demand by Lionsgate Premiere on July 6th, 2018.

Hashtag: #BleedingSteel

Genre:     Action Thriller
Rating:  R for violence and some language
U.S. Release Date:   July 6th, 2018 (In Theaters and On Demand)
Run Time:   TBC

Cast:  Jackie Chan, Show Lo, Nana Ou-yang, Erica Xia-hou, Callan Mulvey, and Tess Haubrich
Written and Directed by: Leo Zhang
Screenplay by:  Erica Xia-hou and Cui Siwei
Executive Producer: Murray Lipnik


Tor Johnson Trusted With Dialogue In "Plan 9 From Outer Space"! (1959) (video)

Swedish wrestler-turned-actor Tor Johnson was not known for his dialogue skills.

In fact, he was rarely given any dialogue besides "AAA! AAA!"

But in "Plan 9 From Outer Space", director Ed Wood needed to establish him as a police inspector...

...before killing him off and turning him into a zombie.

Hence, we get Tor squeezed into a suit and hat, and engaging in the following deathless exchange...

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Thursday, July 5, 2018

Una O'Connor Meets Hopalong Cassidy In "The Unexpected Guest" (1947) (video)

Eccentric British character actress Una O'Connor...

...was best known for her endearingly oddball performances in two James Whale classics, "The Invisible Man" (1933) and "Bride of Frankenstein" (1935).

But in 1947 she met Hopalong Cassidy (William Boyd) in one of his rare forays into chiller territory, "The Unexpected Guest."

It was quite a change seeing the quintessentially British actress as an Old West frontier woman.
But, as usual, her character was superstitious and prone to fits of hysteria.

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Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Footprint Blooper in "The Invisible Man" (Universal, 1933) (video)

In order to remain invisible, Jack Griffin (Claude Rains) must run around stark naked at all times...

...even when the weather outside is frightful.

But in a climactic scene, the footprints he leaves in the snow...

...are clearly those of a man wearing shoes.


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Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Fake Bullet Bounces Off Creature's Butt in "Revenge of the Creature" (1955) (video)

Watch a fake bullet bounce off the Creature's scaly posterior... "Revenge of the Creature" (Universal-International Pictures, 1955)!

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Monday, July 2, 2018

What Renfield Really Wants in "DRACULA" (1931, English/Spanish) (video)

In both the English language version of "Dracula" (1931) and its Spanish counterpart...

...Renfield's insane laughter causes a hapless sanitarium nurse to faint dead away.

As the deranged fly eater slowly advances on her prone body...

...we fear his intentions.

The English version leaves the rest to our imaginations.

But in the Spanish version...

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Sunday, July 1, 2018

Bunny Breckinridge in "Plan 9 From Outer Space" (1959) (video)

John Cabell "Bunny" Breckinridge (1903-1996)…

...was an independently wealthy Shakespearean actor and drag queen with a highly unorthodox lifestyle.

In 1959, he was cast by his friend Edward D. Wood, Jr... alien leader "The Ruler" in Wood's film "Plan 9 From Outer Space."

(He would later be portrayed by Bill Murray in the Tim Burton film "Ed Wood.")

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