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Updated: 2018-04-06T19:08:01.779-07:00

 



Also Victor Argo as El Presidente. It was a treat ...

2018-04-06T18:58:27.526-07:00

Also Victor Argo as El Presidente. It was a treat to see him in this role but would not expect him to play a ruthless dictator.



Oh I love the McBain cast to no end. I guess its m...

2018-04-06T18:44:20.028-07:00

Oh I love the McBain cast to no end. I guess its more along the lines of actors not doing what I expected. Like Ironside being a comparably low-key money man and Walken as a fairly normal war hero/revolutionary leader.



"There are lots of miscast actors in McBAIN&q...

2018-04-06T11:21:35.500-07:00

"There are lots of miscast actors in McBAIN" ?! The team-up of both Michael Ironside and Steve James aiding Christopher Walken in his mission to take out a corrupt South American dictator and his army seems pretty much like a solid casting idea to me,since I'm still patiently waiting for James Glickenhaus' actioneer to receive an official U.S. DVD/Blu Ray release. Otherwise,there are lots of excellent film titles choices on Spenser's list.



Great list. I discovered THE BLADE at a New Beverl...

2018-03-29T13:19:22.531-07:00

Great list. I discovered THE BLADE at a New Beverly screening a while back, and it absolutely floored me. A terrific story, and some of the most graceful and beautifully composed action scenes I've ever witnessed.



I absolutely adore "The Wizard of Speed and T...

2018-03-19T09:42:06.492-07:00

I absolutely adore "The Wizard of Speed and Time." It's impossible to explain it to people today, because they assume CGI was used. When you explain that he rode a bicycle on the wall of an alley and it wasn't a fake set turned 90 degrees and wasn't CGI, but stop-motion, that he got on a bike, threw himself into position for a split second, hundreds of times, lining up the wheels each time, it's unbelievable.

And Angelique Pettyjohn has a cameo.



Always love a list with good Western recommendatio...

2018-03-16T22:21:05.057-07:00

Always love a list with good Western recommendations! A GIRL NAMED TAMIKO sounds interesting. Thanks, Hal!

Best wishes,
Laura



The Joe Banana Thing is the coolest unknown band e...

2018-03-13T21:16:25.561-07:00

The Joe Banana Thing is the coolest unknown band ever. I wish someone could track down Joe Banana and release a soundtrack album. The music in Road Of Death is hilarious. And it has Thora Birch's parents in it.



Enjoyed your list, Andy! That climactic "sho...

2018-03-09T16:07:07.276-08:00

Enjoyed your list, Andy! That climactic "shootout" with the harpoon in TERROR IN A TEXAS TOWN was sure unique.

I'll second that about Hillyer, some of his work with Buck Jones and Johnny Mack Brown was unexpectedly creative and interesting within the "B" genre.

Best wishes,
Laura



The Black Cauldron is the only one I've seen, ...

2018-03-09T04:58:14.306-08:00

The Black Cauldron is the only one I've seen, and I only saw it once when I was a child. It's something I'd like to watch again, as I barely remember it now.



Hillyer directed more than 100 westerns, but his h...

2018-03-03T08:34:45.400-08:00

Hillyer directed more than 100 westerns, but his horror films The Invisible Ray and Dracula's Daughter are what he's best known for now. Few of his films lack some interesting shot you wouldn't expect given the film's budget.



Black Narcissus was shot in England with painted b...

2018-03-02T11:43:25.166-08:00

Black Narcissus was shot in England with painted backdrops!



What an interesting list, KC! I've only seen ...

2018-03-01T14:44:06.866-08:00

What an interesting list, KC! I've only seen ESCAPE IN THE FOG, at a Noir City Fest. I agree, it wasn't especially memorable and yet I enjoy the memory of seeing it and Nina Foch walking on that foggy bridge. :)

I have copies of MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT and A PATCH OF BLUE I really need to get to! Given my enjoyment of Chester Morris I sure wish I'd seen COCK OF THE AIR -- I hope it becomes more easily available to see at some point!

Always fun to see these lists!

Best wishes,
Laura



Michael, what a fun story! I envy you having had ...

2018-03-01T14:40:02.345-08:00

Michael, what a fun story! I envy you having had the chance to meet Mr. Everson -- his PICTORIAL HISTORY OF THE WESTERN FILM and Pyramid Illustrated History of the Movies book on Claudette Colbert were some of the earliest titles in my film book library.

Thank you, Walter, I appreciate you adding your endorsement to the list and hope more film fans will check out some of the titles! I have to thank Brian for being the one to choose that wonderful photo at the top of my list -- he always does a wonderful job digging up illustrations for these posts! Hope you get to see ROAR OF THE DRAGON soon -- it's a good deal from Warner Archive as it's part of a 2-film set with William Boyd in MEN OF AMERICA. Fun movie -- especially for me as I was able to visit that film's Iverson Ranch shooting locations!

Best wishes,
Laura



Laura, I think you have real good taste in Classic...

2018-03-01T13:37:29.189-08:00

Laura, I think you have real good taste in Classic Movies. I've seen five of your ten picks and I couldn't agree more. I would like to see Edward Everett Horton as an action hero. The photo you used of Horton and Gwili Andre to head off your list is priceless.



So years ago William K Everson showed Wild Money, ...

2018-03-01T09:43:43.987-08:00

So years ago William K Everson showed Wild Money, in which Edward Everett Horton fires a few (comedic) shots at some gangsters. And I asked him after the show, did Horton star in any other two-fisted he-man pictures? He laughed and said no... plainly forgetting Roar of the Dragon!



"A Patch of Blue" has one of my all-time...

2018-03-01T08:55:24.512-08:00

"A Patch of Blue" has one of my all-time favorite performances, and it's not Poitier or Winters, but Elizabeth Hartman - I was so impressed that I then watched every film she was in (sadly ending with "Walking Tall, Part 2").



That is so true, John! Can't see 'em all ...

2018-03-01T08:11:25.432-08:00

That is so true, John! Can't see 'em all but that's a great thing, always more great movies ahead to look forward to. :)

The ANY NUMBER CAN PLAY cast also has Frank Morgan, Lewis Stone, Leon Ames, Edgar Buchanan...so many great actors in one movie!! Hope you can catch that and some of the others at some point! THE MAN WHO CHEATED HIMSELF will be out from Flicker Alley later in the year so you'll have an opportunity to see that one eventually!

Best wishes,
Laura



A doozy of a list Laura...such variety. I've o...

2018-03-01T06:10:27.576-08:00

A doozy of a list Laura...such variety.
I've only seen ROAR OF THE DRAGON,SPLIT SECOND and CHARLEY VARRICK.
Never knew Gable made a film with Alexis Smith and as you say what a supporting cast!
I've certainly some catching up to do here but then that's always the case there
are just so many fine movies out there awaiting discovery.



Colin, thank you so much for checking out my list!...

2018-02-28T21:53:09.488-08:00

Colin, thank you so much for checking out my list! Glad to know you're also a fan of CHARLEY VARRICK and SPLIT SECOND. I'd love to know what you think of THE ACCUSED when you get to it.

Brittaney, how interesting that you felt the same reticence toward LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA and then also ended up loving it as I did! It was such a special movie. I hope you adding your endorsement will help encourage those unfamiliar with the movie to try it.

Jerry, I absolutely love that story. What fun you all made it to that tiny, amazing ghost town in the High Sierras all those years later! I can guarantee you that having been there, HELL'S HEROES will kind of blow your mind, seeing it "alive."

Michael, ROAR OF THE DRAGON is a lot of fun, I hope you will enjoy it as I did. Delighted you enjoyed the list!

Best wishes,
Laura



Edward Everett Horton as an action hero? I'm s...

2018-02-28T15:26:48.800-08:00

Edward Everett Horton as an action hero? I'm sold! Thanks for this great list, Laura!



You have a good memory, Laura! When I was 10 I fo...

2018-02-28T14:10:39.768-08:00

You have a good memory, Laura! When I was 10 I found under our Christmas tree the Western Film Annual for 1958 and it contained a story with photo about the history of Bodie. Little could I have imagined that I would go there 40 years later with my wife and three kids. I found it to be a great fun adventure.



Light in the Piazza was also one of my favorite fi...

2018-02-28T14:09:44.791-08:00

Light in the Piazza was also one of my favorite film discoveries of 2017. I had the same reservations you did about the film, but simply fell in love with the story and the setting. I found it a beautiful depiction of a mother's love.



That's an interesting list, Laura, with plenty...

2018-02-28T12:23:50.904-08:00

That's an interesting list, Laura, with plenty that's new to me. Charley Varrick is marvelous and I like Split Second too. You've also reminded me that I need to get round to watching The Accused.
Colin



Thanks for your comment, Jerry! Wasn't THE MA...

2018-02-28T10:32:45.886-08:00

Thanks for your comment, Jerry! Wasn't THE MAN WHO CHEATED HIMSELF fun? Really looking forward to a nice Blu-ray/DVD print coming out in a few months. Definitely want to watch it again -- including for another look at the San Francisco locations I was able to visit last summer!

If you like Bickford and Hatton I think you will really like HELL'S HEROES. Plus as I recall you have visited Bodie yourself? Highly recommend the film (and Bodie!).

Hope you and anyone else who may check out this list will enjoy some of the other titles!

Best wishes,
Laura



A very varied and interesting selection of discove...

2018-02-28T07:16:26.716-08:00

A very varied and interesting selection of discoveries, Laura!

I have not seen about half of those films so your recommendation is especially helpful. Having so enjoyed the 1936 filming of the Three Godfathers story it would be terrific to see the earlier version. Charles Bickford and Raymond Hatton are actors I enjoy a lot.

As for "THE MAN WHO CHEATED HIMSELF", that film would go down as one of my own Discoveries of 2017 easily. A humdinger!