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Sunday, February 26, 2017

BACK PAGE 1934 (KINO) BLU-RAY

Neat little drama with Peggy Shannon.

This film is on the Blu-ray disc with "DELUGE" also starring Shannon.

In this little outing Peggy is a reporter on a paper who is fired from her job and then seeks employment on a small town California paper.

She encounters a few problems such as people not understanding a woman wanting to run a paper and advertisers who have the same feelings.

Finally, as she starts to get everything under control and the paper starts to grow people become more accepting. She uncovers another dark conspiracy concerning two prominent businessmen and once again everything is at stake.

This is not too bad of a time waster, and I found myself enjoying the story a hell of a lot. Give this little movie a try and I am sure you'll enjoy it like I did.

The Blu-ray presentation is beautiful from KIno.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO....

Michele Carey is 74, Marta Kristen is 72, and Fats Domino is 89.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

DELUGE 1933 (KINO) BLU-RAY

A long lost classic finally resurfaces and comes to Blu-ray.

This has got to be one of the five best releases of the entire year!. I had waited since 1974 when I first read about this film to finally see it. Well, the 43 year wait was worth it. Sometimes long lost films disappoint, but this one did not.

This 1933 sci-fi gem opens with unexplained droppage in the barometric pressure and strange storms going on everywhere. There is no explanation for what is happening, it just is.

Soon there is a series of earthquakes that wipe out the west coast followed by a bizarre eclipse of the sun. Finally the east coast is wiped out by massive earthquakes and huge floods. Millions die as the world comes to an apparent end.

Sidney Blackmer is a man who survives the ordeal, but looses his wife and children. Gorgeous Peggy Shannon is a champion swimmer who also survives. She happens along two men living in a shack. They take her in, but their intentions are far from kind. She escapes and swims away.

Martin Webster (Blackmer) finds her and the two become very close and depend on each other for survival. Trouble soon surfaces as a group of men try to steal Webster's supplies and take Shannon's character of Claire along with them. the two are rescued by another group of survivors who are slowly trying to rebuild what is left of civilization.

It is this small encampment that Webster finds his wife and children and Claire realizes she is loosing Webster back to his wife. The film has one of the most downbeat endings I have seen this side of film noir.

This is a truly great little film and it has a lot going for it. The two leads are perfect together and the special effects for the time are magnificent. Felix Feist directed this gem and he does an excellent job.

There are a lot of not so subtle hints at women being used only for sexual needs by the men and Peggy Shannon is always the target for the thugs, of course.

This film was thought lost for many decades until a print was finally unearthed in France in 1988. The English track has been restored and Kino has done a wonderful job bringing this long lost classic back for people to see.

If you get a chance to see this film...DO IT!!! I can safely say you will not be disappointed. It's what I would call a procurer to such films as "Panic In Year Zero" and many others like it in the years to come.

Peggy Shannon is a very, very beautiful woman and it is sad to know she died a mere 8 years after this film was made at the age of 34.

A great Blu-ray release that looks fantastic for it's age and one I can HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO....

Ric Flair is 68, and Maria Kanellis is 35.

Friday, February 24, 2017

THE SHOP AT SLY CORNER 1947 (MILL CREEK)

This nifty little gem is also known as CODE OF SCOTLAND YARD.

Oskar Homolka steals the show as Desius, a former Devil's Island inmate who has two loves in life, a love for antiques and his beautiful daughter.

He will do anything for his daughter who is on her way to becoming a top violinist. Meanwhile Desius is being blackmailed by a former employee in his shop named Archie Fellows (Kenneth Griffith).

Fellows is a lazy, good for nothing sloth who sponges money out of Desius often. When Fellows goes too far in his blackmailing Desius has him killed and then soon finds his old friend at Scotland Yard investigating the crime.

Desius plays it real calm and collected, but he is aware that time is running out. He is trying to hide all this from his daughter who has a huge London concert hall performance coming up.

In fine film noir fashion this movie has a tragic end for Desius and a bittersweet one for his daughter Margaret (Muriel Pavlow).

This is a very well made thriller that keeps your attention to the very end, and as I said at the beginning, Homolka steals the show. A great example of film noir.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

THE BLACK DAKOTAS 1954 (MILL CREEK)

Fine 50's western.

An emissary from Abe Lincoln is sent to the Sioux Indians with a peace treaty and a gift of $130,000 in Gold.

The emissary is killed in a hold up and replaced by Brock Marsh (Gary Merrill) who is helping the South to steal the money and keep the Civil War going. Brock arrives in town and starts his plan in motion.

Wandra Hendrix is Ruth Lawrence, a young woman who discovers that Marsh isn't what he says he is and this of course puts her life in danger.

There are a lot of twists and turns in this film and director Ray Nazarro handles it all very well. The action is hot and heavy and the cast handles their roles very well. it is odd to see Merrill in this kind of role, but he is very good.

Noah Beery, Jr. is "Gimpy" Joe Woods and he adds a lot of depth and change to a typical western character. This is included in the Mill Creek "7 Western Showdown" collection. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO....

Peter Fonda is 77, and Linda Cristal is 83.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

GUN FURY 1953 (MILL CREEK)

One of the best westerns I have seen in a long time.

Philip Carey is Frank Slayton who hijacks a stagecoach and in the process manages to kidnap a young woman named Jennifer Ballard (Donna Reed). Slayton leaves her fiancee Ben Warren (Rock Hudson) for dead as he and his gang take off.

Slayton hates everyone and the members of his gang are reluctant to have a woman along, but Slayton has other ideas. Tom Burgess (Leo Gordon) is so against the idea that he and Slayton split up and Burgess is left for dead as the gang again takes off on the run.

Ben turns up alive and is in hot pursuit of the kidnappers. The only one he can find to help him is the near dead Burgess whom he helps get better and then both men are driven to kill Slayton.

The action in this film never lets up, but it is the excellent acting ability that carries the film. Hudson is great as Warren, a man who doesn't like to use guns, but ends up using them for just abut everything.

Top acting kudos goes to Phil Carey as Slayton. Carey imbues real hatred into the role and you almost get the idea he is like this is real life. Donna Reed is very good as the woman who must always fight off Slayton's unwanted advances.

The rest of the cast for this top notch film includes Neville Brand, Lee Marvin, Roberta Haynes, and Forrest Lewis. This is a highly recommended film for any western fan!!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO....

James Hong is 88, and Karin Dor is 80.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

ONE MILLION YEARS B.C. 1966 (KINO) BLU-RAY

A simply amazing release!

The prehistoric classic with special effects by Ray Harryhausen finally makes it to blu-ray and what a great presentation it is.

Raquel Welch is Luana, probably the sexiest cavewoman on the entire planet who befriends a brutish caveman named Tumak played by John Richardson.

He is kicked out of his tribe and wonders the desert until he runs into Raquel's tribe and after a bit his behavior leads him to be kicked out of that tribe as well, but this time Luana goes with him.

The many dinosaurs except a lizard and a huge spider are the work of Harryhausen. The Allosaurus is his best creation for this film and the scene where it attacks Luana's tribe is a standout in film history.

What is really great about this release is it is a 2 disc set which also contain the International Version of the film which runs about 10 minutes longer than any version we have seen so far. Both the US Version and the International version are remastered and look beautiful.

There are plenty of extras including a poster gallery, interviews with Raquel Welch (which is interesting and amusing), Martine Beswick (who plays Nupondi) and then an archive interview with Harryhausen himself. And just wait until you see the reversible sleeve for this one!!

A huge thanks to Kino for putting out one of the best releases of the year so far.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO...

William Petersen is 64, and Gary Lockwood is 80. Today Sam Peckinpah would be 92. Sam was a very good friend and my mothers employer for many years. Miss you Sam.

Monday, February 20, 2017

GUEST IN THE HOUSE 1944 (MILL CREEK)

Rather interesting character study of insanity.

Anne Baxter is Evelyn Heath, a mentally unstable woman who moves in with her fiances family and slowly but surely things start to spiral out of control.

She is almost immediately smitten with Doug Proctor (Ralph Bellamy) the brother of her intended. Doug's career and marriage are both pushed to the limit and almost ruined by the sly and sometimes very cruel Anne, who even uses a little girl to get her ways with the family.

This story takes a while to start, but once it does it just gets darker and darker. For some reason I had never heard of this film before.

It's an excellent film noir that is extremely well acted by a great cast. The print is fairly good from Mill Creek, and I don't know if there is a better one out there.

Anyway, the film is very well made and the idea of an entire happy family being turned on itself by one evil woman is clever and handled well by director John Brahm. If you get a chance to see this little gem, you won't be disappointed. It's rather hard to find, even though it is in the public domain.

The rest of the cast includes Percy Kilbride, Margaret Hamilton, Marie McDonald, and Ruth Warrick.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO....

Jennifer O'Neill is 69, and Gail Kim is 41.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

J.W.COOP 1971 (MILL CREEK)

Interesting and off beat modern western.

Cliff Robertson directed and stars as J.W. Coop, a man recently released from nine years in prison who tries to again get on top of the rodeo world one last time.

He finds that the world has changed a lot in those nine years and he is determined to be number one in the sport he loves. He manages to climb to number 2 behind a young man who jets from arena to arena and barely works hard to keep his number one spot.

Coop also meets a young woman named Bean (Cristina Ferrare) and they have a short but rewarding relationship. Geraldine Page is Coop's mentally unhinged mother.

The rodeo sequences were shot at many actual rodeos and some of the actors are greats from the sport such as Larry Mahan. Robertson handles the directing chores just fine and he manages to get solid performances out of the entire cast.

This is an interesting character study of a man who tries to regain what he has missed in his life and all I can say is it was a good film and the ending is brutal and somewhat sad.

The cast is rounded out by R.G. Armstrong, John Crawford and Wade Crosby.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

RIP IVAN KOLOFF 1942-2017

One of the classic wrestling villains ever to step into the squared circle has died.

Ivan was a Canadian wrestler who hit the big time in the 1980's as one of a team of Russian wrestlers who were here to take out every American they could.

I watched "The Russian Bear" and his tag team partner Ole Anderson rule Georgia wrestling in the 70's and 80's. Koloff was involved in one of the greatest swerves in wrestling history against Dusty "The American Dream" Rhodes.

Koloff was 74 and died from Liver cancer. This news came one day after the news of George Steele made headlines. Damn, my wrestling past in falling rapidly.