Wednesday, July 19, 2017

SODA SQUIRT - UB I Werks - "A Flip Cartoon" (1933)

A couple of months ago I did a post called Over a 100 Years of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde,
but it seems I neglected this cartoon from 1933, so it's time to fix that and have a Way-out Wednesday at the same time, cause once you get over the hump, the rest of the downhill trip is gravy!

Flip the Frog's here to serve it up to you, in  a strange little U B I, and I be you Werks tale called "Soda Squirt!"

Flip's having a grand opening for his all new joint!

All the big name celebrities of the day show up like Laurel and Hardy....

....And that oh so mad monk, Rasputin (Lionel Barrymore!)

Groucho, Chico, Harpo, and even Zeppo Marx show up too!

Buster Keaton and Jimmy Duranted come along too, probably to enjoy the "Grilled Lamb Kidneys with Bacon!"  Gotta be better than the frog legs!!

It's never mentioned, but by the looks of it, there's got to be booze in that drink!

Mae West comes by and heats the place up a bit!

Known for his big mouth, Joe E. Brown eats everything but one piece!

Then, an unknown, but extremely effeminate man makes the scene!

Flip is so taken with Mae West, he makes the man a kitchen sink drink rhat even includes tacks!

What can I say? It's an amazing transformation scene!!

And out pops the Frederic March version of Mr. HYde!

Flip has to get everything back in order the way it used to be, so he literally kicks Mr. Hyde's ass!

After a great start, it really turned into a big zero of a day!

Monday, July 17, 2017

SHE / Associated British Picture Corporation - 1965

Here's an updated version of RKO's 1935 version starring Helen Gahagan and Randolph Scott, this time, after doing military service in the Middle East, a British archaeologist, Major Holly, his valet and his young friend, Leo, are spotted in Palestine and is approached by a mysterious oriental who identified Leo by his uncanny likeness to the portrait on an ancient coin! An adventurous search for the lost Pharaonic city of Kuma proceeds relying on a recently acquired map. Their hasty expedition reaches a hidden city where the Hellenistic age is still alive. It's ruled by the supernatural Ayesha, who believes Leo is is the reincarnation of Callicrates, who she waited for all those centuries, a companion of Alexander the Great. She offers him immortality and to share the throne as her eternal love, but it all goes tragically wrong...

The movie stars Ursula (CASINO ROYALE) Andress as Ayesha, Peter (ISLAND OF TERROR) Cushing as Major Holly, John (ONE MILLION YEARS B.C.) Richardson as Leo and Christopher (I, MONSTER) Lee as bad guy, Billali.

From left to right, valet Job, handsome Leo and Major Holly, they are on the trail of the lost Pharaonic city of Kuma, where, they obtain a map of the city's location...

On their way through the desert, they lose the men leading them and the camels and have to continue on foot. At a water hole, Loe sees a vision of Ayesha, beconing him to come to her hidden city.

After Leo falls ill, the three finally locate the hidden city of Kuma.

Once they are taken inside, Ayesha heals Leo with her unearthly powers...

Our trio find a civilization of warriors with sacrifice in mind, the way they keep their Queen Ayesha young, forever!

Their captives are all simply tossed into the big pit of fire that keeps her alive...

But, when Leo falls for one of the harem girls, Ayesha gets jealous and is prepared to have her dropped into the pit of fire for revenge!

Leo is then forced to join Ayesha in her unearthly plan to keep her and Leo young and in love forever and a day, and, the harem girl is saved!

Then, all the slaves revolt against their oppressors and a huge battle ensues. Major Holly and Job join in on the fun!

Ayesha and Leo are prepared to step into the fire when Billali joins the ordeal, he thinks he's the chosen one to become SHE's mate. Him and Leo fight it out with swords until...

Ayesha jabs a lance into Billali's back and he goes down for the count!

Our lovers step into the blue flames of life but something is wrong, Ayesha starts turning old and the jig is up!

SHE falls to the floor and turns into a heap of dust and our trio flees from the mayhem... Goodnight sweet Queenie! So, that's that, join us again on Wednesday when we will have another interesating post, jus' fer y'all... YEE-HAW!!

Saturday, July 15, 2017

FINAL CURTAIN - Edward D. Wood, Jr. (1957)

 Tonight's Saturday Night Special was supposed to be a pilot episode for a projected anthology series titled "Portraits in Terror." It didn't happen!

 "Final Curtain" is a 20 minute Ed Wood film that was all but lost forever before being unearthed and restored by Jason Insalaco and Jonathan Harris in 2012!

 "Final Curtain" is an vaguely interesting piece of work! There are two actors with no speaking parts and a narrator, the IMDB describes the plot thusly......and I quote...
"After a horror play's final performance, The Vampire roams the theater." Yep, that's about it, but it's a must see for any real fans of  Ed Wood or film history in general!

 "Final Curtain" was filmed in it's entirety at Ocean Park Pier in Santa Monica, Ca.

 There's never a whole lot going on in Ed Wood's full length features, so you just can't expect a lot out of 20 minutes, and that's just about what you'll get!

 Here's the "Final Curtain" itself!

 This is the "Final Curtain's" cousin, the always welcoming water cooler!

 James "Duke" Moore shows a lot of depth of character as 'The Actor!'
"Final Curtain" was the Dukester's first film with Eddie. He would go on to work with Ed in five more films including "Plan 9 From Outer Space," and "Night Of The Ghouls," 

 At first you think 'The Vampire" is a mannequin............

 .............Until she smiles!
Jeannie Stevens ( she used her stage name Jenny in this role) was only ever in one more movie, and that was Ed's "Night Of The Ghouls" as 'The Black Ghost!'

 The rest of the 20 minutes is padded with shots like this!!

Narrator Dudley Manlove, (What a great freakin' name) was also in "Plan 9" and was the only one of the three who branched out from Ed's troupe to be in two episodes of "Alfred Hitchcock Presents," "Creation Of The Humanoids," and a few other things!
Whether you are a big fan of Ed's or you can't stand his work really doesn't matter! The fact of the matter is that he did it, and has his place in history no matter what, and for that, he will always be a Dungeon hero!

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