Friday, January 18, 2008

THE DEVIL'S MESSENGER - Alfred Gwynn - "Don Freaks Out" (1961)

After that break, seemed like a good time to do something simple, unfortunately for me this is no simple tale. In the movie "The Devil's Messenger," you have a small series of vignettes hosted by Satan himself in the guise of Lon Chaney Jr. This piece starts off with the title music composed by Alfred Gwynn. The sound quality in Hell is not that great!

Lon looks pretty happy in this role as Satan!

Here you have the character of Don Powell contemplating strange happenings.

Cinematography by Artie Shotz!

This is the only film that composer Alfred Gwynn ever worked on, but the two guys in this scene have an unbelievable history! Ralph Brown (with the glasses) as Charlie, started his career playing himself as a tap dancer in a 1946 film called "Jivin' In Be-Bop", starring, for all you jazz buffs, none other than Mr. Dizzy Gillespie, with James Moody, Milt Jackson, Ray Brown, Helen Humes, and Benny Carter. John Crawford (not to get mixed up with The Rifleman's son Johnny Crawford) had a TV and movie history they should make a movie about! His way amazing career started off in 1933, in a small film called "King Kong," as a 'native dancer'. The rest of his career is like opening up a TV Guide from the 60's to the 80's. It will leave you breathless. Probably in the 70's, if this guy showed up at your house for dinner, you'd think he was part of your family because his face would be more familiar than a lot of your cousins! Hey John, Cheers!!

Man, I love this scene, Don & his best friend for 15 years, Charlie, are having a discussion about Don's mental behavior. Don asks for Charlie's help, and when Charlie offers to help him, Don punches him in the face! What a pal!

Don and Charlie

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2 comments:

Greg Goodsell said...

The bit with the girl frozen in the ice block is pretty creepy.

tabonga!! said...

Tabonga like block of ice gurl too, she nekkid!!

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