Monday, April 21, 2014

YOU'LL FIND OUT / RKO Radio Pictures - 1940

It's Monsterous Monday with Tabonga, here at The Dungeon!.. Here's a rare movie that's the only time Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi and Peter Lorre appeared together on the screen! There's plenty of fun to be had, and, the fun never lets up with a hefty budget of $353,000!

Eegah!! sent over a musical soundclip from the beginning of the show, sooooo, you can push the big red 'GO' button there by the ghost mask assortment, NOW, Ralphie The Tarantula! Here's our audio offering for... YOU'LL FIND OUT!

And, there's a special second soundclip at the end you'll definitely want to check out.

Kay Kayser was a popular Radio personality along with his talented band members, and, he starred in 12 movies between 1939-45. Here he is asking audience members silly questions related to music.

Kay's band manager books them for a birthday party bash for an heiress at a spooky old mansion! There's always plenty of clowning around going on, as you can well imagine.

Here's Boris as Judge Mainwaring, this is the look of disdain he exhibits throughout the flick! Blogger the Gremlin is still up to it's same old mischief, tinting cretain photos sepia, or washing them out, so, it's not our fault...

Then, Bela pops in, he plays Prince Saliano, mystic!

The first time we see Peter is at the window, he's Fenninger!

Kay and the band do their act for the guests, which includes lots of get-ups and Ish Kabibble as the sad ice cream man. The droll Ish was also Kay's real band manager.

I just had to show another wonderful photo of Boris, boy, if looks could kill!

One of the guests gets a near death experience when the chandelier (with a giant metal spike) nearly makes her a dish-kabob!

Kay goes exploring and finds all kinds of interesting things!

Classic shot of the wrecking crew, first and only film appearance together!

Here's our hero, he blows up the bad guys with dynamite and doesn't even get a damn credit, c'mon man, what gives?!!

Okay, it's 1940, look at how far ahead of it's time this voice enhancing gadget was, check out this amazing soundclip!.. Harry On The SONAVOX Machine...

Saturday, April 19, 2014

PICTURE MOMMY DEAD - Mr. B.I.G. - "Flaming Passion" (1966)

We've paid homage multiple times to Mr. B.I.G and his colossal body of work before, and tonight's feature film is just another notch in that championship belt of his! I hate being redundant, but just in case you don't know who Bert I. Gordon is, he's the man responsible for one of the greatest runs of monster movies of all time with movies like KING DINOSAUR,  BEGINNING OF THE END, THE CYCLOPS, THE AMAZING COLOSSAL MAN, ATTACK OF THE PUPPET PEOPLE, WAR OF THE COLOSSAL BEAST, EARTH Vs. THE SPIDER, THE MAGIC SWORD, and VILLAGE OF THE GIANTS!

"Picture Mommy Dead" might not be the best movie in the world, but it is interesting, entertaining, and jam packed with talent!

But basically, it's just a vehicle to showcase Bert's daughter Susan's talents, so much, that the first line spoken in the film is "Daddy!" What's kind of funny is that Susan was tired of the whole gig, and gave it up after this movie, except for appearing on a couple of episodes of "My Three Sons!" Susan was about 13 years old when she appeared as Jenny in the "Twilight Zone" episode titled "The Fugitive!"

Susan's disengaged Father and step Mom are played by the always suave Don Ameche and the always gorgeous Martha Hyer! They've come to pick her up from the looney bin she's been in ever since the night her Mother died! They never came to visit her because they were too busy traveling around the world and partying!

The music in "Picture Mommy Dead" was written by Robert Drasnin who appears to have written the music for about half the TV shows of the 70's!! Here's "The worms crawl in, the worms crawl out..!" as just a taste! Now it's time to go back to the place where it all happened, the restored family estate!

It's explained to Susan by a lawyer that as long as she is of sound mind, then it all belongs to her!

The always entertaining Wendell ( AGENT FOR H.A.R.M., CYBORG 2087, THE ASTRO-ZOMBIES) Corey is that lawyer! He's asks Susan questions like, "Do you think it's right to get rewarded if you kill someone!"

Except for occasional flashbacks, Susan has blocked the whole night of her Mother's death out of her mind, and seems perplexed by the whole situation! "What do you mean?"

Since there are no giant monsters of any kind in this movie, Mr. B.I.G. resorts to super closeups of stuffed animals in one of Susan's first meltdown scenes! Personally, I find the stuffed bird toy to be kind of creepy!

During Susan's next implosion, she scratches her Mother's portrait and it bleeds, or was it just a dream?

The square root of all evil can always be found in some weird-ass doll like this!

Susan's deceased Mother was played by none other than Zsa Zsa (QUEEN OF OUTER SPACE) Gabor! I'm pretty sure she's not in the greatest of health these days, but Zsa Zsa just turned 97 a couple of months ago! Wow!

Maxwell Reed is Susan's Mom's cousin, former lover of her step Mom and third in line on the inheritance list! His face is scarred from pulling Susan's Mom from the raging inferno! Martha Heyer's character is a cheap slut who plans on following the money, no matter which way it goes, and she's really good at it! I find it intriguing that two years earlier Martha was in another fiery epic, "Fuego," or "Pyro, The Thing Without A Face," whatever you want to call it! Martha was also marvelous in "First Men In The Moon," and "House Of 1,000 Dolls!

Susan has another bad instance, and goes running screaming from the house followed by her Dad! It's causes enough commotion that these two totally forgot what they were doing! Oops!!

Martha Hyer dons the dress that Susan's Mom was wearing the night of her death! Now she just wants to find the jeweled necklace she was wearing that same fateful evening!

Things go awry and Martha is able to finally reveal her true nasty bitch character!

She decides she needs to have a talk with Susan, and a pair of scissors just might come in handy!

Luckily Susan's Dad shows back up, and it's revealed that maybe he's not as easy going as originally assumed, but then why should he be? Both his first and second wife totally disrespected him, and it turns out that both were going out on him too! Why shouldn't they deserve the same fate?

In The End, we find out that maybe Father and daughter aren't so different from each other after all!! In real life, Susan Gordon passed away in 2011 at the age of 62, but unbelievably, after 24 years of inactivity, Bert I. Gordon has got a movie in post production right now called "Secrets Of A Psychopath" that he wrote, directed, and produced at the age of 92!! Go Bert!!

Friday, April 18, 2014

WAY OUT ~ William And Mary / Talent Associates - 1961

It's Way Out Friday with Tabonga, here at The Dungeon!.. I recently scored a disc with five episodes of WAY OUT, a program I saw way back in 1961. They're great! Unfortunately, nine of the original episodes are apparently lost. A few photos from the program showed up in the pages of FAMOUS MONSTERS. And, for the next four Fridays, I'll be posting the rest of the existing episodes.

The story's about a brilliant, bullying husband who's dying, he decides to allow his brain to be kept alive after his death. Stars Henry Jones, Mildred Dunnock and Fritz Weaver.

Here's Roald Dahl, host and writer of this story, he starts each episode with a twisted little intro to set the scene, while, he smokes a cigarette. In fact, a big part of the program has to do with smoking!

Eegah!! sent over a soundclip from this great TV series for our earjoyment, sooooo, you can push the big red 'GO' button there by the atomic brain machine and empty pack of smokes, NOW, Rufus The Gnat! Here's a taste of... WILLIAM AND MARY!

William Pearl is a dying man, but, still has time to be extra rude to his wife, Mary.

The doctor finally sells William, a professor of philosophy, on the idea of transferring his brain into a machine after he dies, but, basically, in order to keep on irritating his wife!

Swirling spots simulate the magic of modern medicine, like, you know, putting a brain and eyeball into a machine for the first time!

Mary's playing her records when the doctor calls about the operation, as heard in the rockin' part of the soundclip.

Mary goes to see the new William for the first time.

William's oscilloscope registers normal, until...

Mary bends down to let William see who's come to visit him!!

Mary gets the doctor on a technicality and insistes that William come home with her, because, she's still married to him! William is freaking out with fear!

William doesn't like Mary to smoke, soooo...

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