Friday, September 23, 2022

Week of September 24 - 30, 2022


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Brain Teasers:

What reason did James Mason give for making BAD MAN'S RIVER?
Reportedly he wanted to spend some time with Gina Lollobrigida and figured that this cheap Western would get only minor distribution.

To what fear did Lee Van Cleef admit before performing his first bed scene with an actress?
No one has answered this one yet.

What Dino DeLaurentiis production was shooting in Almeria, Spain, while Tony Anthony was making COMIN' AT YA!?
George Grimes knew that it was CONAN THE BARBARIAN.

For what movie was the fort used in MASSACRE AT FORT HOLMAN, aka UNA RAGIONE PER VIVERE E UNA PER MORIRE, originally constructed?
Tom Betts and George Grimes knew that it was EL CONDOR.

Why was Giuliano Gemma billed as "Montgomery Wood" for his first Western?
Tom Betts knew that producer Alfonso Balcazar had a big success with Robert Wood (misspelling Woods) in LOS PISTOLEROS DE ARIZONA, so he thought hiding the Italian name behind an anglicized name which was reminiscent of his successful star was a good idea.

And now for some new brain teasers:

By what name is Jack Stuart better known?
VIVA CARRANCHO! was a sequel to what film?
German actress Barbara Frey was married to what American actor?

Name the movies from which these images came.

No one has identified the above photo.
Can you name from what movie it came?

George Grimes, Angel Rivera and Charles Gilbert identified last week's photo of Christopher Lee and Raf Baldassarre in ERCOLE AL CENTRO DELLA TERRA, aka HERCULES AT THE CENTER OF THE EARTH, 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 photo of Arturo Dominici in LA MASCHERA DEL DEMONIO, aka THE MASK OF SATAN, aka BLACK SUNDAY.
Above is a new photo.
Can you name from what movie it came?

George Grimes and Angel Rivera identified last week's frame grab from THE STREET FIGHTER (1974).
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:

Highly enjoyed:



Bosch Legacy season one (2022) - I really enjoyed this show except for two things: Freevee doesn't remember where I left off watching and the season ends with a cliff hanger.


Red Election season one episode 7 (2012)

She-Hulk Attorney At Law episode six (2022)

Mr. and Mrs. Murder episode 13 (2013)

The U.S. and the Holocaust episode one (2022) - Though "enjoy" seems inappropriate.

Mildly enjoyed:

The Saint "The Old Treasure Story" (1965) - I'll watch anything featuring Frank Wolff, so I watched this episode though I don't much like the TV series. Hammer alumni Jack Hedley, Reg Lye and Joby Blanshard also appeared in this episode directed by star Roger Moore. Reportedly this was the last episode of the series to be shot in black & white.

THE SPIRAL STAIRCASE (1946) - Robert Siodmak directed this version of the 1933 novel by Ethel Lina White and captured a lot of beautiful black & white visuals reminiscent of the German expressionist movies. Dorothy McGuire makes a lovely heroine and even got the film over some of the bumpy melodramatic bits. Ethel Barrymore beat out Elsa Lanchester in the female character sweepstakes, getting an Academy Award nomination for her effort. Rhonda Fleming also made a positive impression.


Charles Gilbert watched:

Adventures of Superman S3E11 'Flight to the North' .Hayseed Sylvester J. Superman (Chuck Connors in bibbed overalls and leading a mule around) responds to a classified ad for the 'real' superman to grant a favor to a young lady. She wants a lemon meringue pie to be delivered pronto to her fiance (Richard Garland) stationed near the North Pole. Mobster Leftover Louie Lyman (Ben Weldon) needs the pie to win a wager.

THE WILD WORLD OF BATWOMAN (1966) B&W. The burlesque female crime fighting crusader, with rat"s nest hair-do, fish net stockings, and bat tattoo across her upper chest, leads a bevy of figuresome feminine cohorts armed with wrist phones for dispatch, against dastardly arch enemy megalomaniac Rat Fink. Plenty of interludes for the gang to shimmy.

REIGN OF TERROR (1949) B&W. Anthony Mann directed this story about the interdiction of tyranny during the French Revolution. Slimy magistrate Maximillian Robespierre (Richard Basehart in dusted wig) seeks a black book with the list of dissidents to his rise at dictatorship. Patriot Charles D'Aubigny (Robert Cummings) poses to help him but is double agent in league with former love Madolen (Arlene Dahl). Masterful cinematography not to mention her famous beauty mark.


David Deal Enjoyed:

THE GREAT IMPERSONATION (35) - Edmund Lowe plays an English sot in Africa AND the evil European who will replace him and use his high position to sway the first World War. Some consider this the best adaptation of Oppenheim's classic novel. I enjoyed it.


HAUSER'S MEMORY (70) - Scientist David McCallum injects the RNA of a German scientist into himself in order to retrieve information for the US government. However, the memories of the scientist take over and he goes revenging for his torture by Nazis. TV movie shot in Europe and released to theaters there. McCallum does a good job of being "possessed" by the scientist but this cuts a lot of corners to keep things moving. Susan Strasberg is McCallum's wife. Leslie Nielsen and Robert Webber fill out a thin cast.


HEAT WAVE (53) - AKA The House Across the Lake. Struggling writer Alex Nicol rents a house on a lake to do some writing. Soon he falls in with his rich, dysfunctional neighbors, including the unfaithful, unhappy wife (Hilary Brooke), and her murderous intentions. Brit film noir has a sharp script and Nicol is quite good as the man whose fate seems inescapable. Sid James is the lonely husband. I liked it.



HAIL! MAFIA (65) - For Henry Silva



Mildly enjoyed:


GUILTY HANDS (31) - Lionel Barrymore kills the scoundrel who intends to marry his daughter. He had set up a perfect crime but didn't plan on an ironical end. Fun crime thriller that gets bogged down a little but still satisfies.


HONEYMOON WITH A STRANGER (69) - Janet Leigh's whirlwind romance takes a strange turn when she wakes up after her wedding night and her husband is missing. After contacting policeman Rossano Brazzi about it, a man claiming to be her husband shows up. Twisty, fun, and ultimately unconvincing mystery. This TV movie (filmed in Spain) takes a couple of nice turns, and the likes of Barbara Steele, Eric Braeden, and Cesare Danova spice things up.


Angel Rivera Watched and Enjoyed:

"The Neighborhood"--Season Premiere

"Abbot Elementary"--Season Premiere;

"Home Economics"--Season Premiere


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