Wednesday, May 30, 2018

INTIMATE INTERVIEWS - "Bela Lugosi" (1931)

It's a Welcome Wagon Wednesday down in The Dungeon, and I've got a special little gift for you called "Intimate Interviews" that was a series of three short films made in 1931. Each of them lasted about six minutes, and beside this one, there was an interview with James Cagney, and one with Walter Huston!

A short casual interview with Bela Lugosi is just about as cool as you would expect it to be!

The interviewer was a New York gal named Dorothy West.

Bela explains to Dorothy that he is from Hungary, and that he liked becoming an American citizen, because "It's nice to live in a country where people mind their own business."

He also tells her that he's working on learning American slang, like the word "Baloney!"

When she asks him if he goes to a lot of parties, he tells her "No, because I don't know how to play the ukulele!"

He shows her a picture of himself as Dracula on stage!

Then after being this warm and friendly guy..........

................Bela starts talking and looking weird!

Dorothy gets spooked, and turns and runs away!

Bela cracks up, and it's just cool to watch him laugh!
It's just a short interview, so whenever you need a shot of six minutes of feel good, just follow this link!
Bela Lugosi Interview
And while you're there at The Archive, go check out the latest radio show offerings from Lord Litter, since he was the guy who found this interview for me and you in the first place!

Monday, May 28, 2018

THE WITCH'S MIRROR / Cinematográfica S.A., Producciones ABSA - 1962

I had this DVD up for sale and realized that we had not done this title yet!! So, here we go... A husband murders his wife, and years later, her ghost emerges from a witch's mirror to take her revenge on him and his new wife! Now, that's one tasty double bill poster, eyeball poppin'...


This is Sara, she's a real bitch.. err.. witch! Her powers are lethal.

She sets this hexagram (?) on fire with her devil dust to prove her point!

And, she has a mirror, but, not just any mirror... A Witch's Mirror!! You go girl.

Edwardo (the dude that killed his wife) and his new wife Deborah, show up to his place (where Sara lives) after the wedding. Freaky shit is happening with the mirror and Edwardo sees his dead wife in it, and, he's starting to come unglued!

He gets so upset with the situation that he throws a wine bottle into the mirror! Then, Deborah becomes engulfed in flames!!! (huh?) That's her there before Edwardo eventually puts her out. What's a little weird is that when they show her burned face and hands, her hair is untouched by the fire!.. It looks great! Just look at those goddamn flames, what the HELL!!!

So, who knew Edwardo was an artistic genius?! He starts with a skull and ends up with a new face for Deborah using skin grafts from imprisoned women in the basement!

Deborah just wanders around the place, Edwardo promises he will restore her beauty...

I love old neon signs, like this one for a funeral home, so cool! But, I remember going with a friend (not Eegah!!) to a small town near where we lived and we'd shoot out neon signs with BB guns, stupid fucking teenagers!

Here's a weird shot of Edwardo's basement lab... Does that woman in the closet even have a head?.. Or, is that her head on the left?! I'm confused! What's with the fridge, got any sodas?

Sara wants to crow like an old bat, she's causing so much trouble for Edwardo that she can't control her emotions, revenge for his dead wife is so damn sweet you know!..

Edwardo grafts new hands on Deborah, later, he unveils his successful operations, she's now fully recovered from the burns! So, what could go wrong?..

Well, just about everything!! First, Deborah stabs Edwardo in the back while embracing him! He dies... Then, Deborah's grafted hands fall off and start crawling around, leaving her with her burned ones! Her face eventually falls off, revealing her ugly burned mug. And, she can't believe she just killed her husband... Rickyyy!..

Of course, the cops finally show up! Man, what a cool shot.

One of Deborah's crawling hands pulls the knife out of Edwardo's back and actually commits another murder before this wild story ends! We're back Wednesday with another post selected just for you'se all, so, check it out, or...

Saturday, May 26, 2018

MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE - "The Pilot Episode" (1966)

Tonight's Saturday Night Special is the pilot episode from the 1960's TV show, and one of my favourites, "Mission Impossible!" 

And why wouldn't it be one of my faves, "Mission: Impossible" is almost perfect! "Mission: Impossible" was good enough that it was on TV for seven years, and by now there have been at least seven or eight movies made too! The weird thing is I don't remember the series when Steven Hill had the lead role and not Peter Graves, but that's the way it was for the whole first season, and I've never seen any of the movies, except maybe the 1969 feature "Mission Impossible Versus The Mob!"

In the beginning of this pilot episode, Steven Hill as Daniel Briggs receives his first set of instructions via this 33 1/3 Record!

There's some obscure third world island nation in the Caribbean with some nuclear warheads stashed in a bank safe deposit box, and the mission is to get to get them the Hell out of there!

As would happen later with many a tape, the record self destructs after the message has been delivered!

A man of faith and principles, Steven Hill quit the show after the first season, because the production schedule required him to work on Saturday, the Jewish Sabbath, and as an Orthodox Jew, it was just something he couldn't, or wouldn't do!

But for this first episode he has to gather up some team members that include smokey Barbara (Space:1999) Bain as Cinnamon Carter! Barbara Bain was born Midred Fogel and should be having her 87th birthday party in September!

When you need a gadget man, it's time to call Barney Collier! Barney was played by one of the first black TV stars, Greg Morris. Greg was in everything from "Captain Kangaroo" to "Vega$!" He was in the "Twilight Zone" Episode called "The 7th Is Made Up Of Phantoms," and also 161 episodes of "Mission: Impossible!" Unfortunately, Greg was a heavy smoker and died from cancer at the age of 62.

You gotta have a strong man, and the only other person beside Greg Norris on all 161 episodes of "Mission: Impossible" was Peter (aka Rock Stevens) Lupus as Will Armitage! Peter has many crowns to his name, and holds the Guinness world record for oldest person to bench press over 300 pounds. He'll turn turn 86 next month, and probably can still kick your ass!

Barbara Bain's husband and "Space: 1999" co-star was Martin Landau as Rollin Hand! At this point Martin was only a guest star, but would go on to be a regular cast member in 76 episodes, because they needed a guy who could disguise himself as almost anybody! Martin Landau has the distinguished honor of being in not one, but two "Twilight Zone" episodes, "Mr. Denton On Doomsday," and "The Jeopardy Room," and two episodes of "The Outer Limits," "The Man Who Was Never Born," and "The Bellero Shield!"

This was actually my favourite part of this episode, another guest star, the voice of "Underdog," Wally Cox as the bank robber Terry Targo! Wally starred in two TV shows in the 50's, one called "Mister Peepers," and another called "The Adventures Of Hiram Holliday!" He was also in a "Twilight Zone" episode titled "From Agnes - With Love."

One of  Cinnamon's jobs is to always be a distraction, and she's real good at it!

This story is one big cat and mouse game!

Wally looks pretty freaky all up close and sweaty!

Rollin Hand's job is to impersonate General Rio Dominguez, the leader of this sovereign land. Here he's watching a film, and trying to mimic his gestures!

Hey, is that he..................?

........Or am I me??

 When things get totally out of control, Cinnamon has to be extra distracting!!

The freakin' General slams the door and breaks all of Terry Targo's fingers in the process! That's it, Wally Cox is never in another episode of "Mission: Impossible!"

This was one of three episodes of "Mission: Impossible" directed by the honourable Bernard L. Kowalksi! I got lucky, and not because of anything I did, I was able to meet Bernie a couple of times. He was the nicest guy in the world, and when I gave him a copy of "The Creep," he was kind enough to write that "He loved it!" (I think that's what it says, it's kind of hard to read) and that was good enough for me! We might not ever have got rich or famous but at least Bernie Kowalksi, one of the greatest directors of all time, signed my copy of "Attack Of The Giant Leeches!" What more could a person want from life?

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