Classic Movies

“The appalling thing about fascism is that you’ve got to use fascist methods to get rid of it.”

After the retreat of the British armed forces from Dunkirk, Britain was invaded by Germany in July of 1940…and though the Brits initially put up a stiff struggle, the Hun eventually stymied The Resistance and restored law and order to Old Blighty.  In 1944, World War II is still in progress but with German troops… Continue reading “The appalling thing about fascism is that you’ve got to use fascist methods to get rid of it.”

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Buried Treasures: French Quarter (1978)

You’ll no doubt recall that in my Hopalong Cassidy post from last week I mentioned that the quality of the movies I downloaded from Epix’s “Vault on Demand” were a crapshoot at best.  Several of the Hoppy westerns, though watchable, were from prints beaten up for their lunch money (two of them in truncated 54-minute versions), and… Continue reading Buried Treasures: French Quarter (1978)

Classic Movies

Grey Market Cinema: The Undead (1957)

In my formative movie nut years, one of the activities that I looked forward to the most was when the ‘rents did a little stepping out at Saturday night dances at the country club (yes, we belonged to a country club—believe me, it wasn’t as hoity-toity as it sounds since there wasn’t anything else going… Continue reading Grey Market Cinema: The Undead (1957)

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From the DVR: The Town That Dreaded Sundown (1976)

In the annals of “unsolved mysteries,” one of the most celebrated murder cases that still invites speculation years after the unfolding of its events (because although a suspect was eventually incarcerated, his guilt was never officially established) is the “Texarkana Moonlight Murders”—a series of killings that took place in the titular border town (straddled between Texas… Continue reading From the DVR: The Town That Dreaded Sundown (1976)

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The passings parade

Because I had already covered the deaths of legendary comedy scribes Sherwood Schwartz and Sam Denoff in a post this week, I gambled that what I sometimes refer to (and I’m not proud of this, but honesty is the best policy) the “celebrity death parade” would be a little shorter and quicker to accomplish.  However, if we… Continue reading The passings parade

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The passings parade

In putting together this week’s memoriam to certain celebrity notables from the world of film, TV, music and other areas of interest I was convinced (at first) that we seemed to be bidding a fond farewell to a few individuals who made noise in the acting profession…but upon checking their dates of death realized that… Continue reading The passings parade

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Roger Corman Blogathon: A Bucket of Blood (1959)

This essay is Thrilling Days of Yesteryear’s contribution to the Roger Corman Blogathon, which is being sponsored by and is currently underway at Nathanael Hood’s Forgotten Classics of Yesteryear from June 17-19. When writer-director-producer Roger Corman—known to film buffs and fanatics as “The Pope of Pop Cinema”—was paid tribute with honorary recognition at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and… Continue reading Roger Corman Blogathon: A Bucket of Blood (1959)