Saturday, July 13, 2013

THE VAMPIRE'S GHOST - Republic Pictures (1945)

That was an awful little side trip Tabonga took us on, but now it's time to get back to the reel thing, but before we go any further, it's my sad duty to report that a lot of the cool olde classic films that Netflix was offering streaming are now kaput!! I guess it wasn't lucrative enough for them, so a lot of titles they had available a mere few months ago, have now expired!! I'm talking titles like COUNTESS DRACULA, GODZILLA RAIDS AGAIN, BLOOD AND ROSES, HANDS OF THE RIPPER, THE PIT AND THE PENDULUM, FACE OF MARBLE, LADY AND THE MONSTER, THE CATMAN OF PARIS, CRACK IN THE WORLD, AT THE EARTH'S CORE, WITCHFINDER GENERAL, and TALES THAT WITNESS MADNESS, just to name a few!! Yes, indeed, interest in the past is waning, without a doubt!

"The Vampire's Ghost" is a cool little film from 1945 that clocks in at just under an hour! Like all those other movies I just mentioned it will be streaming on Netflix for just a day or two longer! Luckily, sites like Amazon seem to be picking up the slack!

There have been several suspicious murders of late, and the incessant sound of drums is making all the locals uptight! The ignorant might just think it's another Iron Butterfly drum solo, but for those who understand the drums, it spells trouble!!

Charles (Swamp Fire) Gordon and Peggy (The Ghost Goes Wild) Stewart are the happy lovers whose life is just about to go into turmoil! Charles was only in 9 films, but Peggy has like 123 titles to her credit, and was in the "Twilight Zone" episode titled "The Shelter," and not that long ago was in one of my favourite modern day shows, "Weeds," in the episode titled "Su-Su-Sucio!"

Man, back in 1945, people understood entertainment! What a four piece band we have here, jungle kettle drums, squeeze box, fiddle, and flute, and one hot gal doing the dancing, and Here's what it sounds like!!!

Dude, maybe you need to get some of those dollars changed into quarters, and get directions to the local laundromat!

The owner of the club is Webb Fallon, a rather strange and mysterious fellow played by John (The Gorilla Man) Abbott! It might just be hearsay, but it's rumored that the internet is named after him!

Webb's been around for 400 years, but he still looks pretty good as long as he keeps his casket dirt with him!

Martin (Voodoo Woman) Wilkins as Simon Peter is the first person to think there's something suspicious about Webb! Here he's looking at a mirror that doesn't show Webb's reflection!

There are so many different variations on what a vampire can and cannot do! Unlike Dracula, Webb can go out into the sun, but he has to wear shades!!

Weird racist concepts abound, all the white people get top billing in the movie, but the black guys are the only ones who understand what is going on! I'm pretty sure that's Floyd (King Kong) Shackleford as the other native. One of the greatest athletes of all time, Native American Jim Thorpe, also had a role as one of the other natives!

Dumbass white guy removes the silver arrow that Simon Peter used to try and kill the vampire with, and now he's totally under Webb Fallon's control! I guess he's gonna get what he's got coming to him!

Nice shot of what used to be a state of the art music player!

So Dirty and Dancing try and cheat Webb out of some cash using marked cards! It's going to be safe to assume that that's not a good idea!! Dude's 400 years old, he's seen every trick in the book and then some!

Roy (Radar Men From The Moon) Barcroft had some 376 acting credits to his name! He was born in Crab Orchard, Nebraska, (Great name for a town), and he's about to meet his maker! Moral of the story, never try and cheat a vampire!

Arlyn (The Phantom Speaks) Roberts as the dancer, is just about to meet the same fate!!

Who is going to win this battle? Vampire or Voodoo??

Got a little time to kill, so Peggy decides to go out on a nice zombiefied stroll!

Finally Webb entrances Peggy to go back to his roots spot, Charles snaps out of it, follows along and burns the whole place to Hell! Bam, just like that, 400 years worth of work gone in 55 minutes!


Eegah!! and Tabonga! said...

Randall, I deleted your comment by mistake, please repost it!

Randall Landers said...

I don't remember what I said. :) I'm sure it was how surprised I was by John Abbott being the vampire in this film. He was also Ayelbourne, temporary head of the Council of Elders on Organia in Star Trek's "Errand of Mercy." Abbott had quite a career, and always, ALWAYS gave a top notch performance.

Eegah!! and Tabonga! said...

That was pretty close to your original comment Randall, Thanx!

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