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“You don’t like me much, huh?”

When the Warner Archive announced that they were releasing all sixty-three Joe McDoakes one-reelers in one honkin’ big box set back in October, I put up a little blurb about this on Facebook…and while the reaction was mostly positive, there was a bit of dissension in the ranks. Author James Neibaur, who will forget more… Continue reading “You don’t like me much, huh?”

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Boris Karloff Blogathon, Day 7: “You know what they call my films today? Camp! High camp!”

Thrilling Days of Yesteryear has devoted the past week to participating in the Boris Karloff Blogathon sponsored by Frankensteinia—and I’d just like to say that I can’t recall having a more entertaining time in recent memory. I lament the fact that I still had a post or two in me but for various and sundry reasons could not… Continue reading Boris Karloff Blogathon, Day 7: “You know what they call my films today? Camp! High camp!”

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Boris Karloff Blogathon, Day 6: “Thank you so much…”

The scene quickly establishes itself as nighttime in an insane asylum, and we witness a solo figure (Boris Karloff) seated at a piano playing a tune. One of the sanitarium’s guards enters the man’s sanctorum to hand the patient his evening newspaper, and when the man sees a picture of opera diva Lilli Rochelle (Margaret Irving)… Continue reading Boris Karloff Blogathon, Day 6: “Thank you so much…”

Blogathons · Television

Boris Karloff Blogathon, Day 5: “As sure as my name is Boris Karloff…”

No less a horror authority than author Stephen King—in his reference book on horror in pop culture, Danse Macabre—described NBC-TV’s horror anthology series Thriller (1960-62) as “the greatest horror series ever to air on television.” Though the series’ overall run was lamentably brief, many of its episodes to this day remain classic examples of the horror genre—and also transformed… Continue reading Boris Karloff Blogathon, Day 5: “As sure as my name is Boris Karloff…”

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Boris Karloff Blogathon, Day 4: “Lights out…everybody!”

One of my favorite sequences in Targets (1968), the celebrated cult film classic that stars Boris Karloff as an actor/horror icon who decides to quit the movie business when he feels his “old-fashioned” horror can’t compete with the terror that runs rampant in modern society, occurs when his character, Byron Orlok, is preparing for an appearance at… Continue reading Boris Karloff Blogathon, Day 4: “Lights out…everybody!”

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Boris Karloff Blogathon, Day 3: “If it can happen to the gerenuk, it can happen to you.”

No one can deny the enormous impact that Boris Karloff made on the silver screen throughout his amazing career—but I believe that not mentioning his many memorable appearances on the small screen would be giving him short shrift as well. In fact, Karloff was one of the earliest performers to be attracted to the new medium—at… Continue reading Boris Karloff Blogathon, Day 3: “If it can happen to the gerenuk, it can happen to you.”

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Boris Karloff Blogathon, Day 2: “There’s a curtain, a wall I can’t get through…”

Day 2 of Frankensteinia’s Boris Blogathon continues from where we left off yesterday—the remaining two features from the Boris Karloff: Icons of Horror collection… Before I Hang (1940) – This Columbia “Mad Doctor” entry only runs 62 minutes—and as such, doesn’t waste any time getting started. Boris plays Dr. John Garth, yet another in a long line of Karloff scientists who’s stumbled… Continue reading Boris Karloff Blogathon, Day 2: “There’s a curtain, a wall I can’t get through…”

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Boris Karloff Blogathon, Day 1: “I end as I began!”

Good day to Karloff fans one and all! For those of you who have never visited Thrilling Days of Yesteryear (and confidentially, I don’t blame you for staying away—my mother was always singling out which neighborhood kids I could associate with, too) let me take a quick moment to introduce myself. My name is Ivan G. Shreve, Jr., and… Continue reading Boris Karloff Blogathon, Day 1: “I end as I began!”

Classic Movies

Buried Treasures: Come to the Stable (1949)/Mister 880 (1950)

I had originally planned to title this post “Movies I’ve stared at recently that were not on TCM” but I decided that might be pushing it a bit. But that part is true; I watched these two 20th Century-Fox sleepers online, courtesy of Hulu.com. As always, there may be a spoiler or two…so don’t say you weren’t warned. Come to the Stable (1949)… Continue reading Buried Treasures: Come to the Stable (1949)/Mister 880 (1950)

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Movies I’ve stared at recently on TCM #46 (Johnny Mercer, Tunesmith edition)

Turner Classic Movies has been devoting each Wednesday in the month of November to celebrating the genius that is songwriter Johnny Mercer with both a wonderful special (Johnny Mercer: The Dream’s on Me) and movies with songs written by Savannah’s favorite native son. This past Wednesday (November 18) was particularly noteworthy in that it was the… Continue reading Movies I’ve stared at recently on TCM #46 (Johnny Mercer, Tunesmith edition)