Saturday, May 30, 2020

Door-To-Door Maniac (1961)

Ron Howard took a break from playing Opie on the Andy Griffith Show to be in this movie.
He plays the son of a woman held hostage by Johnny Cash!
Johnny also sings the theme, Five Minutes To Live, which is the movie's alternate title.

Before playing Richie on Happy Days, Ron starred in the only movie directed by Darren McGavin.
It's called Happy Mother's Day, Love George AKA Run Stranger, Run (1973)

He plays an adopted teen who finds his biological family in a small town.
Including his aunt and crazy cousin, played by Patricia Neal and Tessa Dahl.
(Who are mother and daughter in real life.)
And discovers they're all keeping a dark secret.

You can watch both movies free on YouTube!

This is my second/last post for the Month of Mayberry. Check out my first here.

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Dracula Has Risen From The Grave (1968)

This is the third Dracula movie starring Christopher Lee, whose birthday is today.
He celebrated his 46th birthday while filming it.
So the leading lady, Veronica Carlson, gave him this cake:

She also gave him her character Maria's cake:

That's director Freddie Frances watching.

There was another celebration on the set two days later.
Hammer Films was presented with the Queen's Award to Industry.
Peter Cushing, whose birthday was yesterday, accepted the award:

Here he is admiring it with Christopher, Veronica, and Barbara Ewing:

Peter and Veronica were also in Christopher's episode of This Is Your Life from 1974.
Along with Vincent Price, whose birthday is today too:

You can watch the episode here.

Monday, May 25, 2020

Dr. Terror's House of Horrors (1965)

This is the first Amicus anthology movie.
Dr. Schreck (Terror in German) is played by Peter Cushing, whose birthday is tomorrow.
I want this figure of him made by Distinctive Dummies:

His house of horrors is a deck of tarot cards.
He uses them to tell the fortunes of five men on a train.
One man is Christopher Lee, whose birthday is Wednesday.
Another is Roy Castle, whose segment features this mask:

You can listen to the Voodoo tune he plays with Tubby Hayes in that scene here.
Roy also recorded an unrelated song called Dr. Terror's House Of Horrors.
You can listen to it here and his song Voodoo Girl here.

That mask is in another Amicus movie starring Peter Cushing.
The Skull (1965), which also stars Christopher Lee, as you can see:

Sunday, May 10, 2020

Man In The Attic (1953)

I'm celebrating the Month of Mayberry with MeTV by sharing this movie featuring Frances Bavier, who plays Aunt Bee on The Andy Griffith Show.

Man In The Attic is the third remake of The Lodger (1927) directed by Alfred Hitchcock.

Frances plays the landlady who suspects her lodger (Jack Palance) is Jack The Ripper.

You can watch it, the original and the other remakes on YouTube.
The other remakes are The Phantom Fiend (1932) and The Lodger (1944).
They're all good and differ slightly, including the endings.

Thursday, April 30, 2020

Gorillas and Munsters

Before playing Lily Munster, Yvonne De Carlo was in a burlesque show with this gorilla:

He was played by Emil Van Horn, who's in two of the movies I posted about here.
You can read all about Emil and the wild show here.

Eddie Munster was going to get a pet gorilla in season three of The Munsters.
Butch Patrick as Eddie and Bob Burns as the gorilla even made a public appearance.

Speaking of Butch, I saw him in Scary Movie (1991) recently.
You can watch the scene with him and Eddie's Woof Woof doll below.

Saturday, April 25, 2020

Sons Of Kong DVD Set

I posted about The Ape (1940) and The Ape Man (1943) here.

The rest of the movies were new to me. Here's my synopses of them:

Two entertainers meet a mad scientist in Bela Lugosi Meets a Brooklyn Gorilla (1952).
Bela is the scientist who turns the Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis wannabes into monkeys.

The Gorilla (1939) features Lionel Atwill as a wealthy man and Bela Lugosi as his butler.
The Ritz Brothers hog the spotlight as bumbling investigators though.
They search Lionel's mansion for a killer called The Gorilla and a real one shows up.

The White Gorilla (1945) and White Pongo (1945) are very similar.
Both star a white gorilla who fights a black gorilla and grabs a girl.
White Pongo is better though.
The White Gorilla is mostly footage from Perils of the Jungle (1927).

Bride of the Gorilla (1951) stars a hairy Perry Mason. Well, his portrayer, Raymond Burr.
He's turned into a gorilla by a witch, to the dismay of his new wife played by Barbara Payton.
 I liked it, but wish Lon Chaney Jr played the gorilla instead of the police commissioner.

The Savage Girl (1932) and Nabonga (1943) are both about a jungle girl with a gorilla protector.
Rochelle Hudson in The Savage Girl and Julie London in Nabonga.
Nabonga is better though. Buster Crabbe (Flash Gordon!) is in it.

A singer joins a scientist on a safari to escape enemies in Law of the Jungle (1942).
Mantan Moreland steals the show as the scientist's scared servant.
The gorilla played by Emil Van Horn is only in it for a minute, sadly.
Emil also played the gorilla in The Ape Man.
I'll be posting more about him soon.

Sunday, April 12, 2020

Disney Easter Treats

You can watch Trick or Treat (1952) here,
listen to audio adaptations here,
and read the comic here.

Nine pages cut from the original were added to the reprint in this book here:

Those pages feature this cool creature:

There's other Donald Duck holiday comics in the book.
Including an Easter one where Donald's cousin is quarantined like us.
It works out well for him though, as you can see:

Speaking of monkey business, you can watch Donald Duck and the Gorilla (1944) for Ape-ril here.

You can also watch The Gorilla Mystery (1930) here.
It stars Mickey Mouse, just like these treats I got from