Friday, February 14, 2020

Week of February 15 - 21, 2020

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Brain Teasers:

Which Spanish actor who did Sword & Sandal and Westerns in Spain died in Mexico City at the age of 51?
No one has answered this question yet.

Charles Gilbert asks, "Which two American bodybuilders, who headlined Italian Sword and Sandal movies, had uncredited parts in an American film comedy with Barbara Eden the female lead?"
George Grimes knew that they were Reg Lewis and Rock Stevens.

Which Italian actor made six movies with Tony Anthony?
George Grimes and Tom Betts knew that it was Raf Baldassarre.

Which Italian Western directed by Antonio Margheriti was unofficially remade by director Amerigo Anton?
George Grimes knew that it was JOKO INVOCA DIO... E MUORI, aka VENGEANCE.

And now for some new brain teasers:

What movie featured Barbara Eden, Reg Lewis and Rock Stevens?
What was the unofficial remake of JOKO INVOCA DIO... E MUORI?
Which actor born in Tocuyito, Venezuela, went on to appear in both Italian Sword & Sandal flicks and Westerns?

Name the movies from which these images came.

Tom Betts, Charles Gilbert, Rick Garibaldi and George Grimes identified last week's photo of Claude Akins, Dennis Weaver and James Garner in A MAN CALLED SLEDGE.
Above is a new photo.
Can you name from what movie it came?

George Grimes identified last week's frame grab of Ida Galli in ERCOLE AL CENTRO DELLA TERRA, aka HERCULES AT THE CENTER OF THE WORLD, aka HERCULES IN THE HAUNTED WORLD.
Above is a new photo.
Can you name from what movie it came? 

George Grimes identified last week's frame grab of Alessandro Momo and Laura Antonelli in PECCATO VENIALE, aka LOVERS AND OTHER RELATIVES.
Above is a new photo.
Can you name from what movie it came?

George Grimes identified last week's photo of Sammo Hung and Casanova Wong in WARRIORS TWO.
Above is a new photo.
Can you name from what movie it came?

I am interested in knowing what movies you have watched and what you enjoyed or not. So please send me an email at if you'd like to share. Here's what I watched last week:


Country Music "Don't Get Above Your Raisin'" (2019)

American Masters "Raul Julia: The World's A Stage" (2019)

American Masters "Loretta Lynn: Still A Mountain Girl" (2016)


Mildly enjoyed:


Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates, Jr. "Harold Varmus, Francis Collins and Shirley Ann Jackson" (2020)

Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates, Jr. "Sigourney Weaver, Justina Machado and Amy Ryan" (2020)

American Masters "Charlie Pride: I'm Just Me" (2019)

2020 Motion Picture Academy of Arts and Sciences Awards (2020)

BATMAN (1966)


Az én XX. századom, aka MY TWENTIETH CENTURY (1989)

MAMA CUMPLE 100 ANOS, aka MAMA TURNS 100 (1979)

Did not enjoy:






THE PAINTED DESERT (1931) - This film was known for Clark Gable's first screen appearance, but Bill Boyd was the star - before he became Hopalong Cassidy in 1935. Even though he's not Hopalong, Boyd was riding a beautiful white horse, but he didn't show up until 20 minutes into the flick. Cash Holbrook, played by William Farnum, and Jeff Cameron, played by J. Farrell Mac Donald, came upon a deserted camp and find an abandoned baby boy. Soon they came upon a water hole, which Cameron refused to leave. Taking the baby and the horses, Holbrook left his former partner behind in search of grazing land. Years later, Cameron won't allow Holbrook to water his herd on his land. The grown up baby Bill, played by Bill (not yet William) Boyd, decided that it was time to end the feud between the former friends. Bill found a rice mineral vein on Cameron's land and wanted his adopted father to bankroll the mining operation. Holbrook refused, so Bill took the scheme to Cameron, and he agreed to partner because he knew that it will anger Holbrook. The deadline on the bank loan was coming, and the mining operation had to deliver several tons of ore to the railroad. Was it the bank or Holbrook trying to ruin everything? No, it was Rance Brett, played by Clark Gable, who was jealous that Mary Ellen Cameron, played by Helen Twelvetrees, had fallen in love with Bill. Being a 1931 production, the filmmaking was rather crude and the script rather mundane, but it was very obvious that Clark Gable was the most impressive element of the movie.


David Deal enjoyed:



Did not enjoy:

THE CORRUPTION OF CHRIS MILLER (73) - A cocky drifter stumbles into the unhappy life of Jean Seberg and her stepdaughter (former child star, Marisol).  Meanwhile, a mysterious killer is on the loose.  JA Bardem's schizophrenic giallo is a mix of psychological and physical terrors that hangs its hat on a couple of great set pieces.  The lesser known cast barely holds its own, and vague improprieties amongst the characters just muddle the situation.

THE CATS (68) - AKA I Bastardi.

THE DARK SLEEP (12) - An annoying woman moves into a house that contains a portal to another dimension.  Brett Piper's Lovecraftian horror film contains inventive worlds in the other dimension with low-tech, effective CGI and the ever-welcome stop-motion animation.


Charles Gilbert watched:

SON OF KONG (1933) B&W. Cheesy sequel (by Willis O'Brien's own word) to his classic was rushed into production. During this time his estranged wife shot their two boys to death (one of them had been completely blind), and turned the gun on herself, but she lived another year.

One Step Beyond B&W S02E24 'The Mask'. A downed flyer near a shrine in the Sahara desert during WWII afterwards finds himself in the hospital bandaged about the face. Occasionally he makes sententious quotes out of character puzzling nurse and doctor. Removal of his 'mask' reveals an altered countenance that he's the reincarnation of ancient Egyptian royalty.


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