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Monday, August 26, 2019

John Wayne's Coolest Scenes #47: Horse Trading, "The Undefeated" (1969) (video)

John Wayne is an ex-Union officer who's gone into the horse business.

Ben Johnson, another Civil War veteran, is his partner.

When two slick U.S. Army buyers try to cheat them out of ten dollars a head...

...Duke shows them what horse trading's all about.

I neither own nor claim any rights to this material.  Just having some fun with it. Thanks for watching!


Sunday, August 25, 2019

Joan Crawford Meets The Three Stooges ("Dancing Lady", 1933) (video)

Joan is an aspiring dancer in this backstage musical.
Larry plays piano. Ted Healy is a producer's assistant.
Moe and Larry are stagehands.

Clark Gable's character interacts with Healy, but not his stooges.

Larry seems to be the best actor of the Stooges...
...with the biggest role and most lines.

Moe and Curly perform their usual slapstick, mostly as a duo.

I neither own nor claim any rights to this material.  Just having some fun with it. Thanks for watching!


Saturday, August 24, 2019

Great 3 Stooges Running Gag: "There's A Spring In Your Seat!" (video)

The third Stooge unknowingly gets a spring from a couch caught on his behind.

The end of the spring gets caught on something else, causing the third Stooge... get repeatedly pulled back into it as he tries to move forward.

Hilarity ensues!


I neither own nor claim any rights to this material.  Just having some fun with it. Thanks for watching!


Friday, August 23, 2019

FIRST LOOK: Solstice Studios' "UNHINGED" starring Academy Award Winner Russell Crowe and Caren Pistorius


Starring Academy Award Winner Russell Crowe and Caren Pistorius

Directed by Derrick Borte (American Dreamer)

Synopsis: This psychological thriller takes an ordinary, everyday incident to its most terrifying conclusion in telling the story of Rachel (Pistorius), a mother who leans on her horn at the wrong time, to the wrong guy (Crowe). Road rage doesn't begin to describe what he is about to do to her and everyone she knows.

Director Derrick Borte said: "The mark of a great film is one that both entertains and sparks conversation.  I believe, in a very terrifying way, Unhinged does exactly that."

Written by Carl Ellsworth (Disturbia, Red Eye)
Starring Russell Crowe and Caren Pistorius
Co-starring Gabriel Bateman and Jimmi Simpson
Produced by Lisa Ellzey (Warrior, Kingdom of Heaven)

About Unhinged
Production on the film wraps on Sunday in New Orleans.  This film marks Solstice Studios’ first production since launching last October.  Solstice is targeting a third quarter 2020 wide U.S. theatrical release.

About Solstice Studios

Solstice Studios is an independent movie company based in Los Angeles which develops, fully finances, produces, sells internationally and distributes feature films in the U.S. on a wide-release basis.  Solstice plans to produce 3-5 movies per year for a global audience—generally in the $20-80M budget range.  It also plans to co-finance or acquire another 2-3 films per year for wide US distribution.  The company has a partnership with Ingenious Media.

The Solstice team has a $5 billion production track record and is expected to grow to 65 people in its first year. The company’s founders are: President & CEO Mark Gill, Production Heads Andrew Gunn and Guy Botham, and Marketing/Strategy Head Vincent Bruzzese. The senior team also includes Acquisitions & International Head Crystal Bourbeau; Business & Legal Affairs Head Karen Barna, and Chief Financial Officer Shaun Williams.

Photo Credit: Skip Bolden


Joan Crawford In Pre-Code Striptease Scene ("Dancing Lady", 1933) (video)

Joan plays a hoofer who wants to make it in showbiz...

...but her talent is currently confined to the burlesque stage.

And when the place is raided...

...the party's over for Joan and her fellow performers.

I neither own nor claim any rights to this material.  Just having some fun with it. Thanks for watching!


Thursday, August 22, 2019

Saban Films Takes Horror/Thriller "DEATH OF ME" From Darren Lynn Bousman


Maggie Q and Luke Hemsworth Starrer To Be Released Theatrically Next Year

LOS ANGELES (August 22, 2019) – Saban Films announced today that they have acquired North American rights to Darren Lynn Bousman’s (Saw franchise, Repo! The Genetic Opera) Death of Me.  Starring Maggie Q (“Nikita,” Divergent franchise) and Luke Hemsworth (Thor: Ragnarok, “Westworld”) and from a script penned by Ari Margolis (Black Days) & James Morley III (Black Days, Intrepid) and David Tish (Blood Money).

Death of Me centers on a couple on an exotic holiday who awaken one morning with a hangover and no recollection of what transpired. When playing back the video of their previous night, they learn they participated in a ritual that somehow ended with the husband murdering the wife — though she’s actually very much alive.

“Darren has been a staple in the horror genre from early on with the Saw franchise, and we are thrilled to be partnering with him on his latest film,” said Saban Films’ Bill Bromiley.  “The suspense and chemistry that Maggie and Luke bring to the screen will keep audiences enraptured through this wild ride.”

Ness Saban negotiated the deal for Saban Films along with Nate Bolotin and Pip Ngo from XYZ Films on behalf of the filmmakers.

Death of Me is produced by Envision Media Arts’ Lee Nelson and David Tish, and Samuel Marshall Production’s Charlie Dorfman. Executive Producers for the film’s financier Media Finance Capital are CEO David Gilbery and Marlon Vogelgesang, alongside Tannaz Anisi and Greg Schenz for 13 Films.

"We’re thrilled to be working with Saban again,” said EMA’s Lee Nelson. “They’ve proven to be a great destination for producers like us who are interested in bringing quality concept driven material to the marketplace.”

13 Films represents the foreign rights and will be presenting the film to buyers at the upcoming Toronto Film Festival having already inked a number of key deals for the film including : Italy and Poland (Sun Films), Russia (Parakeet), Middle East (Eagle), South Korea (Mobydick), Vietnam (Galaxy), Philippines (Pioneer), Yugoslavia (Discovery) and Malaysia (Westec).

Saban Films continues to grow its presence in the industry, remaining active in the acquisition, production and distribution space. The company’s successes have run the gamut from critically acclaimed theatrical films such as The Homesman starring Hilary Swank, to one of the biggest Fathom events in 2016 with Rob Zombie’s horror thriller 31.   Its upcoming slate includes: Kevin Smith’s highly-anticipated Jay and Silent Bob Reboot, the sequel to the 2001 comedy Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back which the company is partnering on after coming onboard at script stage; horror icon and heavy metal mastermind Rob Zombie’s 3 From Hell; Cannes hit Vivarium starring Imogen Poots and Jesse Eisenberg; the heartfelt baseball drama Bottom of the 9th starring Joe Manganiello and Sofía Vergara; Casey Affleck’s directorial debut Light of My Life; and Derrick Borte’s American Dreamer starring Jim Gaffigan.

About Saban Films
Saban Films, an affiliate of Saban Capital Group (“SCG”), is a film acquisition and distribution company which acquires high-quality, feature films to distribute in North America.  Focusing on commercial, talent driven films, the company looks at projects in all stages of production for release across multiple platforms, including a day and date theatrical/VOD release strategy. Based in Los Angeles, Saban Films was established by Haim Saban, SCG Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, and is led by Bill Bromiley who serves as President, Shanan Becker, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer and Ness Saban, Vice President of Business Development.

About Envision Media Arts
Founded by Lee Nelson in 2002, Envision Media Arts (“EMA”) is an award-winning production company based in Hollywood, California. With an eye for concept and character-driven stories, EMA finances and produces independent films for a mainstream audience. EMA productions include the Sundance hit Celeste & Jesse Forever starring Rashida Jones and Andy Samberg and the Eddie Murphy Drama Mr. Church. EMA is currently in production on the Bella Thorne thriller Girl, is prepping the high octane action film The Ice Road directed by Jonathan Hensleigh and is developing Dissonance a YA Sci-fi love story with Catherine Hardwicke attached to direct.


Official Trailer & Poster Launch: "VILLAINS" starring Bill Skarsgård and Maika Monroe | In Theaters Nationwide September 20th

A Gunpower & Sky Company


Mickey and Jules are lovers on the run, headed southbound for a fresh start in the Sunshine State. When their car dies after a gas station robbery, they break into a nearby house looking for a new set of wheels. What they find instead is a dark secret and a sweet-as-pie pair of homeowners who will do anything to keep it from getting out.


Written & Directed by | Dan Berk & Robert Olsen

Starring | Bill Skarsgård, Maika Monroe, Jeffrey Donovan & Kyra Sedgwick

Co-Produced by | BRON Studios, Star Thrower Entertainment, Creative Wealth Media Finance & The Realm Films

Runtime: 89 Minutes

The film is Rated R by the MPAA

Follow us:

Facebook | @VillainsFilm

Instagram | @VillainsFilm

Twitter | @Villains_Film


ALTER is Gunpowder & Sky’s horror brand that explores the human condition through warped perspectives.

Having just launched in Q3 2018, the growing library of exclusive ALTER content includes more than 200 films and series from the most innovative minds in the genre. With nearly 2M fans/subscribers across social platforms, ALTER’s community is rapidly growing.

Recent feature film releases include Summer of 84(Sundance 2018); Cam (Netflix), winner of multiple awards at Fantasia Fest 2018 and produced in partnership with Blumhouse; Family Blood (Netflix); Like Share Follow and Totem for HBO; and BAFTA-nominated short The Blue Door, now in development at Steven Spielberg’s Amblin. Other favorites include: Hounds of Love (Hulu) andTragedy Girls (Hulu).

Upcoming studio projects include the series “50 States of Fear” with Jeffrey Katzenberg’s Quibi, executive produced by genre legend Sam Raimi.

Key strategies in 2019 include: releasing multiple series and films on key networks and in theaters, accelerating our ALTER content offering, and increasing the community of ALTER fans – including established and emerging creators - globally.


Adrenaline-Fueled Jason Bourne-esque Action Thriller "ART OF DECEPTION" Arrives On DVD/VOD This October 8th


Philadelphia, PA, August 22, 2019--Breaking Glass Pictures has acquired North American rights to Jason Bourne-esque CIA thriller ART OF DECEPTION. Breaking Glass acquired rights to the film in August in a deal negotiated between Breaking Glass Pictures CEO Rich Wolff and Sophie Tilson from Cardinal XD.

The film will arrive on DVD & VOD on October 8, platforms including iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, Google Play, PlayStation, Xbox, Vudu, and FandangoNOW.

From writer/director Richard Ryan and producer Jackie Nova, ART OF DECEPTION held its world premiere at the Los Angeles Film Awards, and went on to play the Miami International Science Fiction Film Festival, Milan’s International Filmmaker Festival of World Cinema, and has competed in numerous awards competitions including the International Independent Film Awards and the Depth of Field International Film Festival Competition, taking home awards for Best Original Score at both.

“Writer/Director Richard Ryan has crafted a taut entertaining thriller” said Richard Ross, Co-President of Breaking Glass Pictures. “This CIA infused "man vs. world domination" story delivers kick-ass action with a cool and satisfying retro-tinged finale.”

After uncovering the CIA’s ruthless master plan for world domination by gaining complete mind control over the entire population, top scientist Joseph Markham is ultimately left with a choice: save the lives of billions…or the life of his wife, who has been kidnapped, interrogated, and brutally tortured as she viciously fights for her life.

As a nationwide manhunt ensues, deadly assassins pursue, and one man’s decision will determine the fate of the world, Art of Deception is about a fight for life, love and world dominance.

“Jackie Nova and I are very appreciative that our movie is being played all over the world, and will soon be available to everyone in the US this Fall”, said Ryan. “We, along with the rest of our team, have worked diligently and persistently over long hours to get "Art of Deception" where it is today.

We are grateful for everyone who has contributed and showed support for our movie, and we are very happy to continue to share the journey with every single one of them. We send our love to our family, friends, fans and everyone across the globe.”


Dark Star Pictures Acquires all North American rights to Johannes Nyholm's "KOKO-DI KOKO-DA"



"...plays like the bastard offspring of Groundhog Day and The Babadook." - The Hollywood Reporter

"A gorgeous film that has a nightmarish quality to it."  - Film Threat

August 22, 2019 (Los Angeles, CA) - Dark Star Pictures has announced today that it has acquired North American rights to Johannes Nyholm’s KOKO-DI KOKO-DA. The company is planning a November theatrical release followed by VOD and DVD release.

The film has excited audiences and critics at festivals including: Sundance Film Festival, Rotterdam Film Festival, Seattle Film Festival, Karlovy Vary Film Festival and most recently Fantasia Film Festival 2019 (WINNER! AQCC-Camera Lucida Prize)  and will soon screen at Fantastic Fest 2019 and Brooklyn Horror Film Festival 2019.

Critically acclaimed fantasy horror film KOKO-DI KOKO-DA comes from writer/director Johannes Nyholm, who helmed genre festival hit THE GIANT.

Elin (Katarina Jakobson) and Tobias (Leif Edlund)  are a happily married couple who regularly vacation with their young daughter. The family is on a dreamy holiday when an innocuous case of food poisoning derails their plans and forever alters the course of their lives. Three years later, the once loving couple is on the road again to go camping, looking for one last chance to go back to the way things used to be.

But what once was is lost, and our characters instead find themselves having to relive the same nightmarish events, as that day and the horrors it brings repeat themselves infinitely. Together, they must overcome their trauma, reconcile with their past and fight for their lives. Over, and over, and over again.

Theatrical openings will include Los Angeles, New York, and more to be announced. The deal was negotiated by Dark Star President Michael Repsch and Stray Dogs Managing Director Nathan Fischer on behalf of the filmmakers.

“Koko-di Koko-da is a brilliantly crafted view on how we handle grief, encapsulated in a unique horror plot with some of the most memorable villains we have seen in a long time. Dark Star is ecstatic to be bringing audiences what we feel is the most unique and haunting genre film of 2019,” commented Repsch.


Director - Johannes Nyholm (THE GIANT)

Cast - Peter Belli, Leif Edlund, Ylva Gallon, Katarina Jackobson, Brandy Litmanen

RT: 86 minutes; Color; Language: Swedish with English subtitles; Rating: Not Rated

Distributed by LA-based Dark Star Pictures.


Dark Star Pictures is a new-age North American distribution company, focused on bringing unique and targeted content to audiences across the country. The company is committed to releasing auteur-driven, original cinema in the theatrical, digital and home video space. Dark Star’s goal is to create original marketing campaigns directly catered to audiences who will embrace our brand of thought-provoking cinema. The company also services distribution companies and producers in the theatrical, digital, and festival space.



PHOTO 1Scene in Johannes Nyholm’s KOKO-DI KOKO-DA (Credit: Dark Star Pictures)
PHOTO 2Peter Belli, Brandy Litmanen and Morad Baloo Khatchadorian in Johannes Nyholm’s KOKO-DI KOKO-DA (Credit: Dark Star Pictures)
PHOTO 3Leif Edlund in Johannes Nyholm’s KOKO-DI KOKO-DA (Credit: Dark Star Pictures)


Great 3 Stooges Running Gag: "Hold Still, I'll Get It!" (video)

A Stooge has an animal on his back of his head...

...for whatever reason...

...and and either he or another Stooge tries to hit or shoot it.

Unsuccessfully, of course.



I neither own nor claim any rights to this material.  Just having some fun with it. Thanks for watching!


Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Break Out The Mistletoe As Your Holidays Just Got Merrier With "A CINDERELLA STORY: CHRISTMAS WISH" -- See Trailer HERE!

Relive the Beloved Timeless Tale of Cinderella with a Modern-Day, Holiday Twist


Bring Home the Music & Magic
October 15 on Digital, October 29 on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack & DVD

BURBANK, CA (August 14, 2019) – Break out the mistletoe and holly and get ready to sing and dance as Warner Bros. Home Entertainment releases A Cinderella Story: Christmas Wish on Digital beginning October 15, and on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack and DVD on October 29. The enchanting all-new original movie stars Laura Marano (Disney’s Austin and Ally) as Kat Decker, Gregg Sulkin (Marvel’s Runaways, Faking It, Wizards of Waverly Place) as Dominic Wintergarden, Barclay Hope (Riverdale) as Terrence Wintergarden, three-time Leo® Award winner and Hallmark Channel favorite Johannah Newmarch (When Calls The Heart, Garage Sale Mystery franchise) as the cruel stepmother Deirdra Decker, Isabella Gomez (One Day at a Time) as Kat’s best friend Isla, and evil-stepsisters Joy and Grace are played, respectively, by Lillian Doucet-Roche (The Miracle Season) and Chanelle Peloso (Syfy’s Deadly Class).


A Cinderella Story: Christmas Wish will be available on Blu-Ray™ Combo Pack for $24.98 SRP ($34.97 in Canada) and DVD for $19.98 SRP ($24.99 in Canada) as well as on Digital for $19.99 SRP. The Blu-ray Combo Pack (and Blu-ray in Canada) include a digital version of the film.

Brimming with overtones from the classic fairytale, this contemporary musical follows Katherine “Kat” Decker dreaming of becoming a famous singer-songwriter. Her reality, however, is suffocated by her conniving and cruel stepfamily and a demoralizing job working as a singing elf at billionaire Terrence Wintergarden’s Santa Land. When she starts to fall for Nick, the handsome new Santa at the tree lot, things begin to look up. Unfortunately, when her stepmother and stepsisters realize Kat has been invited to the prestigious Wintergarden Christmas Gala, they’ll stop at nothing to procure their own invitation and keep Kat from attending. With the help of her attentive dog, a true friend, and a little bit of holiday magic, Kat may just make it to the gala, discover the true identity of Nick, and experience the true meaning of Christmas.

“The Cinderella fairytale is iconic and has captivated audiences for many generations," said Mary Ellen Thomas, WBHE, Vice President, TV Marketing, Family & Animation. ”We are delighted to bring a fresh, new spin to this timeless fairytale just in time for holiday gift giving!”

This is the fifth installment in the A Cinderella Story movie series, and first one with a Christmas theme. Other titles include A Cinderella Story (Hilary Duff), Another Cinderella Story (Selena Gomez), A Cinderella Story: Once Upon a Song (Lucy Hale) and A Cinderella Story: If the Shoe Fits (Sofia Carson). A Cinderella Story: Christmas Wish is written and directed by Michelle Johnston (Nickelodeon’s Blurt), who directed the last installment of A Cinderella Story after choreographing the first four and serving as a producer on the past three. Dylan Sellers (The Giver, St. Vincent, both Agent Cody Banks films), keeper of the A Cinderella Story franchise, returns for his fifth turn as producer. Trygge Toven (Captain Marvel, Avengers: Infinity War, Trolls) and Toko Nagata (Shaft, The Predator, Pitch Perfect 3) serve as the music supervisors. Production Services were provided by Front Street Pictures Inc. The film is produced in association with Blue Ribbon Content for Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.


    The Look and Costumes of ‘A Christmas Wish’ (New Featurette)
    The Mic and The Stage (New Featurette)

On October 15, 2019, A Cinderella Story: Christmas Wish will be available to own in high definition and standard definition from select digital retailers including Amazon, the Apple TV app, FandangoNOW, PlayStation, Vudu, Xbox and others. On October 15, 2019, A Cinderella Story: Christmas Wish will be made available digitally on Video On Demand services from cable and satellite providers, and on select gaming consoles.

Movies Anywhere is a digital movie platform that enables movie fans to discover, access, and watch their favorite digital movies in one place. Movies Anywhere brings together a library of nearly 7,500 digital movies from Sony Pictures, Twentieth Century Fox Film, The Walt Disney Studios (including Disney, Pixar, Marvel Studios and Lucasfilm), Universal Pictures (including DreamWorks and Illumination Entertainment) and Warner Bros., and will continue to expand the consumer experience as more content providers, digital retailers and platforms are added. By connecting participating digital retailers that include Amazon Prime Video, the Apple TV app, FandangoNOW, Google Play, and Vudu, movie fans can now bring together their digital movie collections (whether purchased or redeemed) in one place and enjoy them from the comfort of their living rooms, and across multiple devices and platforms, including Amazon Fire devices; Android devices and Android TV; Apple TV, iPhone, iPad and iPod touch; Chromecast; Roku® devices and popular browsers. Movie fans can also redeem digital codes found in eligible Blu-ray and DVD disc packages from participating studios and enjoy them through Movies Anywhere. Movies Anywhere – your movies, together at last.

Digital movies or TV episodes allow fans to watch a digital version of their movie or TV show anywhere, on their favorite devices. Digital movies or TV episodes are included with the purchase of specially marked Blu-ray discs. With digital, consumers are able to instantly stream and download movies and TV shows to TVs, computers, tablets and smartphones through retail services. For more information on compatible devices and services go to Consult a digital retailer for details and requirements and for a list of digital-compatible devices.

Street Date: October 29, 2019
Order Due Date: September 24, 2019
BD and DVD Presented in 16x9 widescreen format
Running Time: Feature: Approx 93 min
Enhanced Content: Approx 33 min

Price: $19.98 SRP
Audio – English (5.1), French, Latin-Spanish, German
Subtitles – French, German, Danish, Finnish, Norwegian, Swedish, Romanian

BLU-RAY Combo Pack
Price: $24.98 SRP
1 BD and 1 DVD
Audio –DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 – English, French, Latin-Spanish
Subtitles – French

About Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Inc.

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (WBHE) brings together Warner Bros. Entertainment's home video, digital distribution and interactive entertainment businesses in order to maximize current and next-generation distribution scenarios. An industry leader since its inception, WBHE oversees the global distribution of content through packaged goods (Blu-ray Disc™ and DVD) and digital media in the form of electronic sell-through and video-on-demand via cable, satellite, online and mobile channels, and is a significant developer and publisher for console and online video game titles worldwide. WBHE distributes its product through third party retail partners and licensees.

About Blue Ribbon Content
Formed in 2014, Warner Bros. Television Group’s Blue Ribbon Content (BRC) develops and produces live-action series for digital platforms, tapping the creative talent already working at the Studio while also identifying opportunities for collaboration with new writers and producers. In addition to live-action programming, BRC produces animated content and also experiments with emerging platforms such as virtual reality. Live-action BRC programs include the movies Daphne and Velma for Warner Bros. Home Entertainment and The Banana Splits for Warner Bros. Home Entertainment and SYFY, comedy series Beerfest: Thirst for Victory for CW Seed, horror/comedy series Critters: A New Binge for Shudder, SpringHill Entertainment’s basketball documentary series Best Shot for YouTube Red, and the following upcoming projects: the second season of the UNINTERRUPTED comedy series Now We’re Talking, comedy series Golden Revenge and the feature-length comedy Good Girls Get High. Animated BRC programs include Constantine: City of Demons and Freedom Fighters: The Ray for CW Seed, as well as Ginger Snaps for ABC Digital.


What Did The "Daughter Of Dr. Jekyll" Look Like? (video)

In this Edgar Ulmer thriller, Janet (Gloria Talbott)...

...and her fiance George (John Agar) come to claim her inheritance.

But she discovers that her father was the notorious Dr. Jekyll.

And Janet fears that she has inherited his curse.

She dreams of killing. But are they only dreams?

I neither own nor claim any rights to this material.  Just having some fun with it. Thanks for watching!


Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Rare and Iconic Film & TV Memorabilia To Be Auctioned In The UK Next Month










    Film & TV memorabilia worth in excess of £6million ($7.5 million) will be auctioned by Prop Store in a two-day auction on Monday 30th September & Tuesday 1st October 2019 at London’s BFI IMAX

    Bids can be placed online from anywhere in the world, by phone or in person

    A free to enter preview exhibition will be open to the public ahead of the Prop Store auction at London’s BFI IMAX, proudly presented by ODEON, from Wednesday 18th September 2019

    Last year’s auction saw Indiana Jones' (Harrison Ford) Signature Fedora from INDIANA JONES AND THE RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK (1981) sell for an astonishing £393,600 ($492,650)

Prop Store – one of the world’s leading film and TV memorabilia companies has today announced it is to hold the UK’s largest annual live auction of film and TV memorabilia for the sixth consecutive year this September, with the items on offer expected to fetch in excess of £6 million ($7.5 million). The auction is to be held at London’s BFI IMAX proudly presented by ODEON, Europe’s largest cinema group.

900 rare and iconic lots will be sold during Prop Store’s unique Entertainment Memorabilia Live Auction over two days on Monday 30th September and Tuesday 1st October 2019 in Waterloo, London.

The auction will be live-streamed online for fans to track the bidding on auction days. A free preview exhibition will be open to the public in the run up to the auction, opening on Wednesday 18th September - Tuesday 1st October 2019 at the BFI IMAX and showcasing over 250 lots from the upcoming auction.

Top items to be sold at the Prop Store auction (with estimated sale prices) include:


    Maximus’ Screen-Matched Roman General Armour (Russell Crowe) from GLADIATOR (2000) est: £30,000-50,000
    Jack Torrance's Hero Axe (Jack Nicholson) from THE SHINING (1980) est: £40,000-60,000
    William Wallace's Hero Claymore Sword (Mel Gibson) from BRAVEHEART (1995) est: £30,000-50,000
    Mace Windu's Lightsaber (Samuel L. Jackson) from STAR WARS: REVENGE OF THE SITH (2005) est: £50,000-100,000
    Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch from MONTY PYTHON AND THE HOLY GRAIL (1975) est: £50,000-100,000
    Screen-Matched Tantive IV Stormtrooper Helmet from STAR WARS: A NEW HOPE (1977) est: £120,000-180,000
    Batman's Complete Batsuit (Michael Keaton) from BATMAN (1989) est: £80,000-120,000
    Radio-Controlled Hero Ghost Trap and Pedal from GHOSTBUSTERS (1984) est: £80,000-120,000
    Light-Up Remote Control R2-BHD Droid from STAR WARS: ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY (2016) est: £60,000-80,000
    Special Effects Facehugger from ALIEN (1979) est: £50,000-70,000
    Spock's Screen-Matched Science Officer Costume (Leonard Nimoy) from STAR TREK: THE ULTIMATE COMPUTER & THE OMEGA GLORY (TV series 1966-1969) est: £50,000-70,000
    James Bond's Hero Walther PPK Pistol with Silencer and Holster (Pierce Brosnan) from JAMES BOND: GOLDENEYE (1995) est: £40,000-60,000
    Freddy Kruger's Glove (Robert Englund) from FREDDY VS. JASON (2003) est: £20,000-30,000
    Storm's X-Suit (Halle Berry) from X-MEN (2000) est: £20,000-30,000
    John Hammond's Costume (Richard Attenborough) from JURASSIC PARK (1993) est: £15,000-25,000
    Riddler's Costume (Jim Carrey) from BATMAN FOREVER (1995) est: £10,000-15,000
    Vito Corleone's Screen-Matched Brown Pea Coat (Robert De Niro) from THE GODFATHER: PART II (1974) est: £10,000-15,000
    Tony Stark's Desert Costume Display (Robert Downey Jr.) from IRON MAN (2008) est: £10,000-15,000
    Forrest Gump's Screen-Matched Bus Stop Nikes and Socks (Tom Hanks) from FORREST GUMP (1994) est: £8,000-10,000
    The Terminator's Autographed Motorcycle Jacket (Arnold Schwarzenegger) from TERMINATOR 2: JUDGMENT DAY (1991) est: £8,000-10,000
    From Julie Dawn Cole’s (Veruca Salt) personal collection: Scrumdidlyumptious Wrapper from WILLY WONKA AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY (1971) est: £6,000-8,000

The Prop Store auction is suitable for fans with a variety of budgets. Some of the least expensive lots in the auction include a Willy Wonka Golden Ticket Announcement Poster from Tim Burton’s CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY (2005) estimated at £300, and a Mr DNA Animation Cel Autographed By Steven Spielberg from JURASSIC PARK (1993) estimated to sell for £600.

Registration is now open at Online proxy bids can be submitted from Monday 2nd September 2019.

Stephen Lane, Prop Store CEO commented on the upcoming auction: “After breaking more records with last year’s sale, Prop Store are thrilled to announce our sixth live auction in London and pleased to be partnering with ODEON again. This year sees us bring 900 lots to the auction, now held over two days, allowing us to present even more of these incredible artefacts to a global audience of film fans and collectors to London’s BFI IMAX, who can visit the free exhibition and place bids in our auction to secure original pieces of film and TV history.”

Chris Bates, Commercial Director at ODEON UK & Ireland said: “We are delighted to welcome back the iconic Prop Store exhibition to London’s BFI IMAX. ODEON is proud to present the UK’s largest annual live auction of film and TV memorabilia for the sixth year running. There is an incredible collection of items up for auction this year and we very much look forward to welcoming film fans through our doors to see some of the world’s most well-known props and cinema moments. ”

Auction items will be on display at a free exhibition open to the public at the BFI IMAX, Waterloo, London, England SE1 8XR from 10:00am to 9:30pm, 18th September – 1st October 2019. Prop Store’s Entertainment Memorabilia Live Auction, in partnership with the BFI IMAX proudly presented by ODEON, will take place at the BFI IMAX Waterloo (1 Charlie Chaplin Walk, London SE1 8XR) over two days on Monday 30th September and Tuesday 1st October 2019 from 1:00pm.


Great 3 Stooges Running Gag: "Gentlemen! Who Came In?" (video)

Somebody refers to the Stooges as gentlemen...

...and the Stooges respond by looking around...

...and asking "Who came in?"


SPOOKS! (1953)

I neither own nor claim any rights to this material.  Just having some fun with it. Thanks for watching!


Monday, August 19, 2019

70s Grindhouse Homage "MOMO: THE MISSOURI MONSTER" Arrives September 20th on DVD and VOD from Small Town Monsters

Small Town Monsters Unleashes
"MOMO: The Missouri Monster" 

DVD and VOD Release Announced for September 20th

Narrative Horror/Documentary Hybrid

Wadsworth, OH -- Small Town Monsters has announced the September 20th DVD and VOD release of Seth Breedlove's docudrama MOMO: The Missouri Monster.  The latest title to crawl forth from the production powerhouse behind last year's best-selling documentary On the Trail of Bigfoot, MOMO: The Missouri Monster seeks to tell the true, and truly strange story of the Missouri Monster.

The hair-covered, three-toed monstrosity was said to have prowled the forests of Star Hill, near Louisiana, Missouri during the summer of 1972 where it was spotted by terrified citizens for weeks.  The film will be available nationwide on DVD, as well as Vimeo OnDemand, Amazon Instant Video, and VIDI Space.

The case gained national media attention during the '70s and remains one of the largest tourist draws for the tiny town on the banks of the Mississippi River. The latest release from Small Town Monsters and director Seth Breedlove, MOMO: The Missouri Monster is told in both narrative and documentary form. The narrative sections appear as a lost b-movie from the 1970s, inspired by Breedlove's lifelong fascination with grindhouse movies and creature features. The horror film depicts the widely accepted details of the MOMO legend and is eventually contradicted and corrected by the actual survivors who lived through the events. 

Breedlove describes MOMO: The Missouri Monster as "Rashomon meets Creature from Black Lake or The Legend of Boggy Creek". The film stars Adam Duggan and Sara Heddleston, as well as Animal Planet's Cliff Barackman and James "Bobo" Fay with special appearances by Janet Jay and Elizabeth Saint (Ghosts of Shepherdstown). 

Ahead of the national video release, a midnight premiere is scheduled at the Kentucky Theater in Lexington, Kentucky on Friday, September 6th with cast and crew in attendance. The premiere will coincide with Cryptid-Con, a cryptozoology and paranormal convention celebrating its third year and featuring a number of renowned authors, television personalities, and speakers. 

On Friday, September 13th, the Canton Palace Theatre in Canton, OH will play host to the Ohio Premiere of MOMO with cast and crew in attendance. Finally, on September 20th, as MOMO hits audiences nationwide, the Missouri Monster will storm the State Theater in Point Pleasant, WV as part of the kickoff for the annual Mothman Festival.

The year was 1972 and the place was a tiny, quaint, riverfront town called Louisiana, Missouri. On a warm summer evening, two local kids saw a creature in their own backyard holding a dead dog. Before you could say the word "Bigfoot", local media and police officials had pounced on the story.

Overnight Louisiana became "monster central" with creature seekers and monster hunters combing the woods to look for "the thing" that the newspapers had dubbed "MOMO". One particular family was at the center of this whirlwind of activity and as the Missouri Monster sightings began to increase, so did the negative impact on the Harrisons.

In 1975, a film crew set out to tell an over-the-top, filmic version of the MOMO sightings. Due to one reason or another, this should-have-been-cult-classic was never released. Until now.


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The DVD release of MOMO: The Missouri Monster (SRP $14.99) will exclusively include a 51 minute behind-the-scenes featurette.

 MOMO: The Missouri Monster: USA / 81 min / English


Bizarre Opening To "Daughter Of Dr. Jekyll" (1957) (video)

This Allied Artists film starring Gloria Talbott and John Agar...

...which was directed by Edgar G. Ulmer...

...begins with an exceedingly unusual pre-titles scene...

...that is creepy yet amusing at the same time.

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Sunday, August 18, 2019

Great 3 Stooges Running Gag: "I'll Do It When I'm Ready!" (video)

Moe orders one of the other Stooges to do something...

...but they bravely yell back "I'll do it when I'm ready!"

Moe then asks "Are ya ready?"

And then the Stooge meekly says "Yeah, I'm ready..."


3 DUMB CLUCKS (1937)
WHO DONE IT? (1949)

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Saturday, August 17, 2019

Strangest & Most Violent Mummy Film? "The Mummy's Curse" (1944) (video)


"The Mummy's Curse" is the final film in Universal's "Mummy" series.

And despite some lighter moments than the two previous films... may also be the most violent, if judging by body count alone.

The Mummy (Lon Chaney) makes the most of his ample screen time in this one.

The film also contains perhaps the single strangest scene in any "Mummy" movie...
...the mud-caked resurrection of Kharis' beloved Princess Ananka (Virginia Christine).

Ananka struggles stiffly out of her earthen tomb, then staggers toward the light.

The film is a lively swan song for Kharis--one of vintage horror's weirdest monsters.  

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Friday, August 16, 2019

"DON'T LET GO" Starring Storm Reid and David Oyelowo Opens Aug. 30th -- See Trailer HERE!




Starring David Oyelowo (Selma) and Storm Reid (A Wrinkle in Time)
Directed by Jacob Estes (Mean Creek)

Opening Nationwide on August 30th


In ​Don’t Let Go,​ detective Jack Radcliff (Oyelowo) gets a shocking phone call from his recently-murdered niece Ashley (Reid). Working together across time, they race to solve her murder before it can happen.

Distributors: Blumhouse Tilt, Universal’s OTL Releasing and Briarcliff Entertainment
Starring: David Oyelowo, Storm Reid, Mykelti Williamson, Brian Tyree Henry, Shinelle Azoroh, Byron Mann, April Grace and Alfred Molina
Directed By: Jacob Estes
Screenplay By: Jacob Estes
Story By: Jacob Estes and Drew Daywalt
Producers: Jason Blum, Bobby Cohen and David Oyelowo
Release Date: August 30, 2019

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Great 3 Stooges Running Gag: "The Bystander Gets Slapped" (video)

Moe and another Stooge slap each other back and forth several times.

Suddenly Moe stops, shrugs...

... then turns to the other Stooge, who's just watching, and slaps him.



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Thursday, August 15, 2019

Gripping Sci-Fi Drama "AUGGIE" Opens in Theaters on September 20 -- See Trailer HERE!



Starring Legendary Character and Voice Actor Richard Kind
With Susan Blackwell, Christen Harper and Larisa Oleynik


Samuel Goldwyn Films is set to release Matt Kane and Marc Underhill's sci-fi drama AUGGIE in theaters and on VOD beginning September 20, 2019. The film stars Richard Kind (ARGO, A SERIOUS MAN, Red Oaks, INSIDE OUT) along with Larisa Oleynik (ATLAS, 10 THINGS I HATE ABOUT YOU) Susan Blackwell (MARGIN CALL, Master of None) and newcomer Christen Harper.

In AUGGIE, Felix Greystone (Richard Kind) is forced into early retirement and falls in love with an augmented reality companion, to the detriment of his relationship with his wife and daughter. At his “early retirement” party, Felix is given a pre-release version of an AUGGIE, a pair of augmented reality smart glasses that project a perfectly human companion onto his world. When Felix’s wife Anne gets a promotion and his daughter Grace gets serious with her boyfriend, Felix suddenly feels very alone.

He opens up to his new companion, AUGGIE, and is recognized and appreciated by her. He feels the ache of loneliness dissipate. AUGGIE reawakens a passion in Felix, and to his own surprise, he begins to fall for her. In a world that feels too good to be true, it’s difficult for Felix to recognize his increasing addiction to the technology, losing sight of what truly matters.

Release Date:                      September 20, 2019 - Opening in theaters and on VOD
Directed/Written by:            Matt Kane, Marc Underhill         
Cast:                                     Richard Kind, Larisa Oleynik, Susan Blackwell, Christen Harper
Genre:                                  Sci-Fi, Drama
Specs:                                  81 min
Distributor:                          Samuel Goldwyn Films


Jimmy Durante As Adam, The First Man ("Hollywood Party", 1934) (video)

"Hollywood Party" was a screwball comedy with a gaggle of guest stars...

...featuring Jimmy Durante in some downright surreal sketches.

Not the least of which being his riff on reincarnation.

This segment casts him not only as the first man, Adam...

...but also as America's most famous horse.

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Wednesday, August 14, 2019

INFERNUM -- Movie Review by Porfle

After seeing so many big-budget horror flicks that depend on gore, flashy effects, and sudden loud noises to try and get scares, it's nice to see someone who can take a low budget and some real talent and make a movie that's genuinely old-school scary.

Which is what writer-director Dutch Marich (MISERABLE SINNERS, HUNTING, BLEED OUT) does with his new film, INFERNUM (Indican Pictures, 2019). Great locations, limited interiors, and pretty much no special effects combine with a capable cast and imaginative script (and yes, one or two well-earned jump scares) to fashion a tale that chills the blood in a way you don't see very often anymore.

In the opening, a little girl's parents leave their camping tent one night to investigate a roaring noise in the woods (later described as a "paranormal rift" through which one may hear the hellish sound of "wailing and gnashing of teeth") and disappear. 

Twenty-five years later, Camille (Suziey Block, DUDE BRO PARTY MASSACRE III, MEANING OF VIOLENCE) is still dealing with her terror and loss by interviewing people with similar experiences as part of an art-school graduation project.

When she misses an anniversary dinner with her boyfriend Hunter (Michael Barbuto, HUNTING, HAPPY CAMP, BLEED OUT), he loses it and goes off on how she embarrasses him with her "a loud noise ate my parents" obsession.

Hunter also chafes at how much time she spends with young James (Clinton Roper Elledge, RUSH), a gawky film student making a movie about Camille and helping with her project's audio-visuals.

This part of INFERNUM is fairly well-done, but it only becomes apparent later how director Marich is setting us up with this borderline-tiresome "lovers' spat" routine just so he can spring the scary on us later.

This comes when Camille and James hear of a mysterious loud noise in a forest in Nevada and drive there right away to investigate, although Camille insists on not getting too close. 

When the road to their destination is closed due to an avalanche, they must instead take an antique museum train that has been pressed into service to transport people to their homes. 

Hunter, it turns out, has followed them and ends up on the train, too.  The three of them are in the middle of an awkward situation in the caboose as we wait for the train to reach its destination so things can finally pick up. (Meanwhile, the night shots of the train traveling through the darkness are beautiful.)

INFERNUM goes from "okay" to "masterful" when they wake up from a brief nap to find that the train has stopped in the middle of a dark tunnel, with no one else aboard except for a woman named Rita (Sarah Schoofs, GUT, BLACK WAKE, THEATER OF TERROR) who has lost her husband.  The engineer, the conductor, and the other passengers are all gone. 

The acting gets better and more natural as the characters go from wandering hesitantly through this unknown situation into flailing about in sheer terror when all the lights go out and that familiar roaring noise starts rushing over the exterior of the train.

One really gets the feeling of being isolated and alone in a very dark, very spooky place, thanks to skillful staging and direction, with shots that are stark clashes of darkness and light conveying eerie, oppressive gloom. 

In fact, this film has more atmosphere and suspense than ten average horror flicks smashed together.  And as is so often the case, it's what we don't see but are forced to imagine that is the scariest.

Of course, not all filmmakers can pull off such a thing, but here our imaginations are working overtime to help conjure up whatever awful force is menacing the poor souls on that train as the fear factor continues to rise.

INFERNUM manages to evoke the immediacy of the best "found footage" films, with all the breathless suspense and creeping terror but without the awkward contrivances.  It would make a hell of an extended "Twilight Zone" episode.


"A BUCKET OF BLOOD" Comes To Blu-ray From Olive Signature Films 9/24/19

Olive Films is proud to announce the following September 2019​ release:

"A BUCKET OF BLOOD" -- Olive Signature


PREBOOK:          8/27/19
STREET:             9/24/19

CAT:                 OS019
UPC:       887090601900
SRP:                 $39.95


(Gremlins, The Trip, The Wild Angels)
(Semi-Tough, Hero at Large, Susan Slade)
(The Trip, The Haunted Palace, The Wasp Woman)
(Extreme Close-Up, Pit and the Pendulum, Last Woman on Earth)
(Airport 1975, Runaway Jury, TV’s Peyton Place)

Directed by
(The Trip, The Wild Angels, Gas-s-s-s)

In honor of its 60th anniversary, this Olive Signature edition of A Bucket of Blood celebrates the film’s enduring legacy. Shot in five days on a shoestring budget of $50,000, A Bucket of Blood remains one of the most iconic collaborations between Roger Corman and Dick Miller, and has rightfully earned its “cult classic” status.

YEAR: 1959
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH (with optional English subtitles)
VIDEO: 1.85:1 Aspect Ratio; B&W


    Mastered from new 4K scan
    “Creation Is. All Else is Not” – Roger Corman on A Bucket of Blood
    “Call Me Paisley” – Dick and Lainie Miller on A Bucket of Blood
    Audio commentary by Elijah Drenner, director of That Guy Dick Miller
    Archival audio interview with screenwriter Charles B. Griffith
    “Bits of Bucket” – Visual essay comparing the original script to the finished film
    Essay by Caelum Vatnsdal, author of You Don't Know Me, But You Love Me: The Lives of Dick Miller
    Rare prologue from German release
    Super 8 “digest” version
    Theatrical trailer
    German theatrical trailer
    Gallery of newly-discovered on-set photography

With A Bucket of Blood, the multi-talented Roger Corman singlehandedly created his own genre hyphenate: the black-comedy-beatnik-culture-horror film. Dick Miller (Gremlins, The Trip) stars as Walter, a busboy at the hep-cat hangout the Yellow Door Café who dreams of artistic greatness. Inspired by the scribes and artists who surround him, Walter is introduced to the world of sculpture quite literally by accident – thanks to thin walls and a sharp steak knife. From his very first piece – the aptly titled “Dead Cat” – Walter is hailed a genius by the art snob set, a wunderkind who, unbeknownst to his doting devotees, has raised murder to the level of high art. But when the tortured artist turns his creativity towards the human form, he’s sure to make their blood run cold.

Rounding out the cast are Barboura Morris (The Trip, The Haunted Palace) as Carla, the woman of Walter’s dreams; Bert Convy (Semi-Tough) as undercover cop Lou Raby; Antony Carbone (Pit and the Pendulum) as Leonard, owner of the Yellow Door; and Julian Burton (The Masque of the Red Death) as Maxwell, the Yellow Door’s resident poet-philosopher.

A Bucket of Blood is written by Charles B. Griffith (Death Race 2000), photographed by Jacques R. Marquette (Burnt Offerings), edited by Anthony Carras (The Comedy of Terrors), with music by Fred Katz (The Little Shop of Horrors), and art direction by Daniel Haller (Pit and the Pendulum).

Buy it at Olive Films


Saucy Pre-Code Banter In "Mystery Of the Wax Museum" (1933) (video)

Glenda Farrell is a delight as wisecracking girl reporter Florence Dempsey.

Frank McHugh is her long-suffering editor, who fires her at least once a day.

Fay Wray is Florence's beautiful roommate, a hopeless romantic.

And sometimes they get up to things that are just a bit, well, pre-code.

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Tuesday, August 13, 2019

PERFECT SKIN -- DVD Review by Porfle

A darkly voluptuous visual sense pervades director and co-writer Kevin Chicken's disturbing horror thriller PERFECT SKIN (Indican Pictures, 2018). It's so richly, perversely eye-pleasing, in fact, that it makes the equally entrancing story and performances even more compelling and almost seductive.

Not to say, however, that much of what we see isn't utterly hideous. Late in the story we're shocked by scenes of gore which, while not prolonged or overly gratuitous, still wield a potent gut-punch. And some of the images are so bizarre as to weave a strange fascination like something out of a fever dream.

But before we descend to that level of dizzying horror, we first meet Polish immigrant Katia (THE SHADOWS, THE LOOKING GLASS), recently ousted from her job as an au pair and currently out on the streets of London without a pence or a place to stay.

She manages to move in with her friend Lucy (Jo Woodcock, DORIAN GRAY, MONOCHROME), who introduces her to tattoo artist Bob Reid (Richard Brake, THOR: THE DARK WORLD, BATMAN BEGINS, HANNIBAL RISING, "Game of Thrones").   

Three things happen: (1) Lucy is called back to her native Australia due to an emergency and leaves the rent money with Katia, (2) Katia runs out to a nightclub and goes on a drunken bender with the rent money (no wonder she lost her job as an au pair), and (3) we discover that Bob's a weirdly-disturbed dude who's into extreme body modification and has a disease that's robbing him of his skills as a fine tattoo artist.

Long story short--Bob covets Katia's untarnished skin as the perfect canvas for his final tattoo masterpiece, so he kidnaps her and locks her in the basement of his tattoo parlor. The rest of the film shows Katia's long, agonizing descent into body modification hell as an increasingly bugged-out Bob has his way with her.

Meanwhile, the director has his way with the camera and with us, making all of this look somehow darkly beautiful and fervidly horrific at the same time. It reminds me of how Bruce Timm's animated "Batman" cartoons from the 1990s were drawn using black paper instead of white, as most of these shots seems as though they've been drawn out of the darkness itself and finely etched into haunting, modern Gothic images.

Various plot threads include a missing person police investigation, the return of Lucy and her very unfortunate involvement in the ongoing situation, and the sight of Bob being a divorced dad trying to work out visitation with his kids. (The latter almost, but not quite, humanizes him.) 

Most of all, of course, is the continuing evolution of Katia into an unwilling work of demented art that's ultimately both hideous and fascinating.  Surrounded by death and horror in busy Bob's basement, she seems to be giving in to him as her will seeps away.

But is it Stockholm Syndrome, or simply her attempt to lull him into a false sense of complacency before trying a daring escape?  Either way, her transformation is riveting, and we wonder just what kind of monstrous human artwork she's destined to become at the hands of this enigmatic madman.

To reveal any more would lessen the deeply suspenseful narrative that PERFECT SKIN so deftly weaves. With an excellent cast and outstanding production values, it's an experience both viscerally repellent and strangely, disturbingly captivating.

Buy it at Indican Pictures

Runtime: 80 minutes
Format: 2:35 HD
Sound: Dolby SR
Rating: R
Language: English
Captions: English
Extras: Trailers



Great 3 Stooges Running Gag: "Toupee Or Not Toupee?" (video)

A man's toupee gets removed somehow...

...sometimes by a shooting bullet...

...or by some other comical means...

...which is usually Stooge-related.



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Monday, August 12, 2019


Writer-director Alan Byron (BILLY FURY: THE SOUND OF FURY, PUNK '76) opens his 2018 documentary THE BEATLES: MADE ON MERSEYSIDE (Film Classics) with the familiar strains of "Twist and Shout." But it's the Isley Brothers version we hear, not the Beatles' celebrated cover.

This is typical of the entire film, which features not one note of actual Beatles' music (much as the documentary JIMI HENDRIX: THE GUITAR HERO had no actual Hendrix songs save for a public domain version of "Hey, Joe") and not that many images or film clips. It's a bit like making a documentary about the Apollo space program and not including any footage of the first moon landing. 

What compensation there is consists of ample interview footage of people either directly or indirectly involved with the Beatles during their five-year rise from obscurity to stardom, including their tour manager, a business associate of Brian Epstein, Epstein's secretary, and Pete Best's brother.

Best of all (pun intended), the Beatles' initial drummer Pete Best is on hand to offer his quiet, thoughtful reminiscences from a very first-hand point of view, and it's his segments that are the most welcome ray of sunshine in the whole presentation.

What makes it most worth watching, in fact, is finding out at the end that he's enjoying a happy life, both personally and professionally, including ample compensation for "The Beatles Anthology" and a new band which makes terrific music (I've heard them--they're really good).

There are also a couple of original members of the Quarrymen giving us their equally first-hand accounts of what went down on and offstage when John, Paul, and the rest were whooping it up at the Kaiserkeller and Star Club in Hamburg or electrifying local Liverpool kids at the Cavern and Casbah clubs.

Mona Best herself turns up in old footage with son Pete, which is of interest.  And last but certainly not least, Cynthia Lennon appears briefly a few times to share her own intimately personal perspective.

Most of the other interviewees relate familiar stories while the few film clips of the Beatles are augmented by lots of B-roll footage of Liverpool and Hamburg and various locations where the Beatles lived or performed.

When we're told the old story of how young Paul and John acquired American rock and roll records from sailors down at the docks, we're shown a lengthy montage of freighters unloading their cargo at those docks.

Say they liked Elvis and we see a minute or two of Elvis performing; say they covered "Long Tall Sally" and we hear Little Richard singing it. Snatches of other songs later covered by the Beatles turn up in their original form as well.

The Beatles, it turns out, are in the periphery of their own documentary. There are some nice clips of Ringo near the end, talking about joining the band, being in the hospital, etc.  But again, no actual Beatle music.  The effect is ultimately a bit dull and, needless to say, disappointing.

The DVD from Film Movement is in 1.78:1 widescreen with 2.0 stereo sound. No subtitles or extras.

If THE BEATLES: MADE ON MERSEYSIDE were chosen to be enclosed in a time capsule, future archeologists would learn the usual pre-fame history of the group, and get brief samples of their images and speaking voices, but would have no idea what their legendary music sounded like.

Pre-order the DVD from Film Movement

Release date: 8/20/19


Totally Unnecessary Subplot In "The Mummy's Ghost" (Universal, 1944) (video)

At barely an hour long, "The Mummy's Ghost" is a lean, fast-moving tale that wastes no time.

Except, that is, for one lengthy detour which turns out to be a total dead end.

Earlier, an Egyptology professor experiments with tanna leaves, and gets an unexpected guest.

Later, the police enlist another professor to duplicate the experiment.
They hope to lure the Mummy into a large pit they've dug in the yard.

Not only is this unlikely to work, but after all of their tedious preparations...
...which we've followed for a good part of the movie...

...the Mummy never shows up.
He's across town, moving the actual plot along.

Meanwhile, the Mummy pit almost succeeds--in capturing a frantic old lady.

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Sunday, August 11, 2019

"Mystery of the Wax Museum" Unmasking Scene: Fay Wray, Lionel Atwill (1933) (video)


This two-strip Technicolor classic was directed by Michael Curtiz...

...and was lost for many years before being rediscovered.

Lionel Atwill plays a madman who runs a wax museum...

...with figures made from dead bodies encased in wax.

The beautiful Fay Wray is his ideal Marie Antoinette... he plans to give her the same treatment.

But not before she discovers his terrible secret.

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Saturday, August 10, 2019

Great 3 Stooges Running Gag: "Knee-Elbow-Chin Bonk" (video)

Moe sets another Stooge up in the knee-elbow-chin position...

...then he kicks that Stooge's knee up...

...causing him to punch himself in the chin. (


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Friday, August 9, 2019

THE LUMBER BARON -- Movie Review by Porfle

The patriarch of a 1910 Wisconsin lumber dynasty dies, leaving his family to deal with a failing business and debts that threaten to put them out of their luxurious mansion. 

Not exactly the kind of peril that I can relate to, but THE LUMBER BARON (2018) is fantasy stuff for those of us who wish their problems were so well-appointed. 

The son, Daniel Rimsdale, Jr. (Joseph Bezenek), a disappointment to his father because he's a so-so medical student with no head for business, must quit school and try to save his family. 

In doing so, he uses the journal of his grandfather, the company's founder, as a guide, as well as seeking support from his mother, two sisters, and younger brother.

Most importantly, Daniel assumes a fake identity and goes to work as a lumberjack for his own company, thus not only learning what hardships his employees face but also digging up evidence of corruption that involves his father's main competitor, the vile, two-faced Silas Lynch (Charles Hubbell).

The early part of THE LUMBER BARON shows us the opulent high-society lifestyle of the rather spoiled Rimsdales so we'll know what they're in danger of losing. Fortunately, most of these characters are likable enough not to be as insufferably snooty as they might have been. 

The film's outdoorsy midsection is all about Daniel's lumberjacking adventure, during which he meets Lynch's murderous mole, Doyles (Benjamin Madrid), who receives orders to kill the nosey new employee, and befriends some of the hardworking souls who deserve to be treated like more than galley slaves.

Daniel's return to the family mansion brings on a series of events in which he puts his newfound information and growing business skills to work in setting things right and pulling his family out of debt. 

This means delving into the dark web of deception and foul play surrounding the ever-scheming Lynch, who has his hooks deep in the Rimsdale's affairs and will stop at nothing to take everything they have, even if it means ordering his son to court the oldest Rimsdale daughter who is heir to the estate.

Despite a relatively modest budget, THE LUMBER BARON is elegantly mounted, with authentic locations adding greatly to its production values as well as a stately pace and formal direction by Barry Andersson (EDGE OF INSANITY).

The script by Karen R. Hurd doesn't try to dazzle us with contrived wit--the dialogue is realistically mundane for the most part--nor does it generate edge-of-the-seat suspense or heartpounding drama.

In fact, there are few real surprises (none that we don't see coming anyway) and the plot elements pretty much fall comfortingly into place like an easy jigsaw puzzle, forming a final picture that's pleasing to behold. 

THE LUMBER BARON doesn't try to blast us out of our seats, but is content to offer a calming, balming entertainment that leaves us feeling like we just took a brisk Autumn stroll or a refreshing nap. Which, after some of the depressing downers I've seen lately, is a nice change of pace.

Find out more about this film at Indican Pictures

Runtime: 109 minutes
Format: 2:39:1
Sound: Dolby SR
Country: USA
Rating: PG-13
Language: English