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 Posted:   Mar 3, 2015 - 12:34 AM   
 By:   Preston Neal Jones   (Member)

Arthur, I'm pretty sure the answer to your composer query exists, but at the moment off the top of my head I'm afraid I can't remember their names or where I saw them.

Based mostly on that MUMMY scene, Bramwell Fletcher is one of my favorite under-used actors. And I have a reel to reel audiotape somewhere of a tab version of his one-man-show he did for CBS TV's Camera Three program, in which he read a big chunk of one of my favorite books, Don Marquis' ARCHY AND MEHITABEL. (Another reason why he's a favorite.)

 Posted:   Mar 3, 2015 - 3:10 AM   
 By:   Francis   (Member)

Please tell me you at least liked the brilliant opening scene in THE MUMMY.

Yes, most definitely! I pointed that out in the "What's the last movie you watched? Part deux!" thread. The opening was very atmospheric and to my surprise unscored.

As for Wolf Man scares, you may get a chill out of the very first scene in the sequel, FRANKENSTEIN MEETS THE WOLF MAN. It seems to have been influenced by the Val Lewton rival productions at RKO…

In any event, I hope you liked the music in THE WOLF MAN, and perhaps will be moved to get the Morgan/Stromberg re-recordings of the great Salter/Skinner scores.

I liked the music for Wolfman and will check out the sequel after I've seen Frankenstein. I also got the 1959 "The Mummy" lined up, figure I might as well go through the other incarnations as well. smile

 Posted:   Mar 3, 2015 - 3:58 AM   
 By:   Warlok   (Member)

The Andersonville Trial. George C. Scott directing a great cast.

 Posted:   Mar 3, 2015 - 11:23 AM   
 By:   riotengine   (Member)

ps how about you stick to scribblin' and I will stick to reviewing Don Siegel movies?

pss I didn't say I didn't like it _ I did _ I just didn't think it that great (btw neither did Walter Matthau who refused to promote I,t according to A SIEGEL FILM)

Matthau was wrong. wink

Greg Espinoza

 Posted:   Mar 3, 2015 - 2:22 PM   
 By:   Mr. Marshall   (Member)

I was disappointed in VARRICK esp. after hearing how great it .
Minor Siegel unlike the first two above


El bruco
Varrick is all about Joe don baker. And to a lesser degree andy robinson.

Yeah, that's the problem, dummy!

 Posted:   Mar 3, 2015 - 2:44 PM   
 By:   BillCarson   (Member)

Dummy?! Nice.

 Posted:   Mar 3, 2015 - 3:01 PM   
 By:   Doug Raynes   (Member)

Been watching Fritz Lang's MINISTRY OF FEAR (1944) which curiously I've not seen before. Interesting Nazi spy film which starts promisingly - very atmospheric and mysterious, although toward the end it lapses into the routine. Good directional touches by Lang and a fine performance by Ray Milland. I get the impression that the film may have been heavily cut post production, given events which are not seen but spoken about.

 Posted:   Mar 3, 2015 - 3:53 PM   
 By:   Mr. Marshall   (Member)

Dummy?! Nice.

I meant to say dead man.

 Posted:   Mar 4, 2015 - 12:00 AM   
 By:   BillCarson   (Member)

"i allow few men to talk to me in that tone..."

"Wheres Varrick? Wheres the money? "

 Posted:   Mar 6, 2015 - 2:08 PM   
 By:   Francis   (Member)

After having seen the Wolfman and the Mummy, it's on to Frankenstein. smile

The 1931 version of Frankenstein is also very iconic, what impressed me most about this one were the beautiful sets and the creature itself. The 'creation of life' scene is classic and the buildup to it very entertaining; The Fritz 'dwarf' and Frankenstein make a great team and there was plenty of good drama throughout with some comical touches. What was unintentionally funny about this one were the riots, with angry mobs with torches going after the monster (and almost setting fire to the backdrop curtain). big grin

The sequel "Bride of Frankenstein" begins interestingly from the perspective of the story's writer Mary Shelley, as she imagines how her story would continue. And it does pick up where the first one ends with a slightly different cast. I found this one to be more of a mixed bag, with standout scenes (the blind man, giving life to the bride via kites) but also a lot of farcical moments (the tiny people in jars). Still entertaining and making lots of use of superimposition, I enjoyed but not as much as the first one. What also sets it aside from the first is the musical score by Waxman, which adds more to the whimsical nature of the movie with the creature's theme very effective.

I have "Son of Frankenstein", "Ghost of Frankenstein" lined up for this weekend.

 Posted:   Mar 6, 2015 - 2:45 PM   
 By:   Graham Watt   (Member)

Francis - glad you seem to be getting into those old Universal films... for the first time? I gather so from your comments. A lot of the older people around here grew up with them, so it's really interesting to hear positive, or at least "untarnished" comments from someone younger who is coming into them for the first time. Or am I reading you wrongly?

Anyway, I'm looking forward to hearing what you think about the ones you have lined up. I'll just say that I love them all - for very different reasons - and hope that we can have a chat here about the ongoing series.

It's probably a good idea to try to follow them chronologically. They don't quite follow a logical order once the monsters start meeting each other, but there is an attempt at continuity which you won't get if you watch them completely out of order. Oh, don't you have SON OF FRANKENSTEIN? Forgive me if you mentioned that one.

EDITADO POR SATÉLITE A TRAVÉS DEL APARATO ESPÍA SECRETO::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::///////////
Doh! Forgive me! You mentioned it!

 Posted:   Mar 6, 2015 - 3:55 PM   
 By:   Francis   (Member)

Francis - glad you seem to be getting into those old Universal films... for the first time? I gather so from your comments. A lot of the older people around here grew up with them, so it's really interesting to hear positive, or at least "untarnished" comments from someone younger who is coming into them for the first time. Or am I reading you wrongly?

You are correct in the assumption that I am a newbie when it comes to classic horror; OK, I've seem titles like the original Blob, The Thing from another world, Nosferatu, ... but I recently acquired the Universal Classic Monsters set and am using that as a start off point. It's amazing how well preserved the movies are I've seen so far. I was expecting more damage to the prints, but aside from the occasional missing frame they look stunning.

And yes, I'm trying to watch them chronologically and for some of the characters will even venture into hammer territory as well.

BTW, is the "Abbott and Costello meet Frankenstein" movie worth watching? wink

 Posted:   Mar 6, 2015 - 7:22 PM   
 By:   SOSAYWEALL   (Member)

A Matter of Life And Death (1946), I caught this the other day on cable, I don't generally like older films but this one was quite good, good cast, terrific sets & cinematography. I did not even notice the changes from b&w to color at first, well done.

 Posted:   Mar 7, 2015 - 7:34 AM   
 By:   Graham Watt   (Member)

Francis, I'd say that ABBOTT AND COSTELLO MEET FRANKENSTEIN is most definitely worth watching. I'm no fan of the duo, but for horror movie aficionados it has a lot going for it. The monster bits are played straight and are every bit as atmospheric as the best of the previous entries.

I don't suppose I'm spoiling things for you by saying that after SON OF FRANKENSTEIN, the series is generally considered to have gone rapidly downhill. Well, I know what the experts mean, but I think they are ALL splendid entertainment - even the last two "serious" ones (HOUSE OF FRANKENSTEIN and HOUSE OF DRACULA), which most people consider garbage. I think I actually enjoy them more than BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN (in my opinion one of the most overrated films of all time) and even THE WOLF MAN (which has a kind of numbing "big budget gloss" to it, as if trying to appeal to not only monster fans, but also to their spinster aunts - though it's nowhere near as insufferable as PHANTOM OF THE OPERA).

Forgive me, I felt a rabbit coming on. I'll stifle it for now and let it loose later. Watch those films, Francis! Looking forward to hearing your views on them, unfettered by nostalgia.

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