The Terror (1963)

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I usually review movies made before 1950.  However, my interest in the Roger Corman-Boris Karloff collaboration was piqued by listening to the You Must Remember This podcast.  I recommend Karina Longworth’s podcast to any classic film fans. Roger Corman released The Terror during the summer of 1963.  Set in the early 1800s, French Lt. Andre Duvalier, played by Jack Nicholson,

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Was Battleship Potemkin (1925) Popular?

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Many critics and academics have examined and written about the work of Sergei Eisenstein in Battleship Potemkin (Bronenosets Potyomkin, 1925).  The bulk of the writing concentrates on the aesthetic quality, cinematic technique, and most importantly, Eisenstein’s use of montage to create meaning in this exemplary film.  Few writers focus on the commercial success or failure of the film. The film

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Seymour Hicks in Scrooge (1935)

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Scrooge (1935) is Twickenham Studios version of the Charles Dickens’ classic, A Christmas Carol.  Seymour Hicks plays Ebenezer Scrooge, the miserly owner of a London business.  He employs an assistant named Bob Cratchit.  Scrooge will eventually meet three ghosts on Christmas Eve, who will cause a miraculous change in Scrooge’s attitude towards Christmas and his assistant. Seymour Hicks was born

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Appointment with Danger (1950)

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I’m continuing with watching some old Alan Ladd movies that I first saw thirty years ago on American Movie Classics (AMC), when they showed classic movies.  I recently watched Appointment with Danger (1950), which was as entertaining as I remembered it. Paramount Pictures released Appointment with Danger in London in 1950 but didn’t release it in the United States until

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Lum and Abner Come to Film

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From 1931 to 1954, Lum and Abner occupied a spot among the most popular shows during the Old Time Radio era.  Chester Lauck and Norris Goff attended the University of Arkansas together.  Lauck and Goff later developed their show Lum and Abner based on life in Arkansas.  The show struck a cord with many listeners. My wife’s grandmother once told

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What Are “B” Films?

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“B” films resulted from Hollywood distribution companies implementing a double bill or two movies screening strategy at theaters they owned.  When the Great Depression led movie goers to start forgoing films between 1930 and 1932, Hollywood studios, which still controlled production and distribution, came up with the idea of showing two films back-to-back to give customers more bang for their buck.

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Island of Doomed Men (1940)

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I recently stumbled across Island of Doomed Men (1940), a rare Peter Lorre film that I had not seen.  While I’ve written about Lorre in the Mr. Moto series over the last year, Lorre was more well-known for playing criminals and killers in thrillers such as M (1931) and Stranger on the Third Floor (1940). In Island of Doomed Men,

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