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The Mummy’s Tomb (1942) – 128

The Mummy’s Tomb (1942)

 

Welcome to today’s show, my name is John. As always you can subscribe to the show on iTunes or follow the links to social media in the podcast show notes. So please subscribe when you are finished listening. You can also go to snarkymoviereviews.com to read notes, bios, and other random movie thoughts.

Today’s movie is The Mummy’s Tomb (1942). The Mummy’s Tomb (1942) continues the story of The Mummy’s Hand (1940) some thirty years later. There’s not much of a story here and a large portion of the movie is clips from The Mummy (1932) and The Mummy’s Hand (1940). While sporting only a 29% rating on Rotten Tomatoes[1], it is fun late night classic horror fare.

So, let’s jump into the show veterans and clip veterans.

Actors

Returning

Lon Chaney Jr. assumed the role of Kharis/The Mummy. Chaney was first covered in Episode 5 – Of Mice and Men (1939).

Wallace Ford returned as Babe, but …

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The Mummy’s Hand (1940) -127

The Mummy’s Hand (1940)

 

Welcome to today’s show, my name is John. As always you can subscribe to the show on iTunes or follow the links to social media in the podcast show notes. So please subscribe when you are finished listening. You can also go to snarkymoviereviews.com to read notes, bios, and other random movie thoughts.

Today’s movie is The Mummy’s Hand (1940). This movie is sometimes called the sequel to The Mummy (1932). However, it doesn’t as much continue the story, as it uses clips from the earlier film woven into another story to save money.

This movie is not too bad as early horror films go. Any movie that has three archeologists can’t be all bad. Of course, one of the three is evil, which I find to be pretty consistent with my life experience.

This movie is rated 67% on Rotten Tomatoes.[1] At the time of release, the New York Times film critic Bosley Crowther wrote “Once or twice Miss Moran makes …

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The Horse Soldiers (1959) – 126

The Horse Soldiers (1959)

 

Welcome to today’s show, my name is John. As always you can subscribe to the show on iTunes or follow the links to social media in the podcast show notes. So please subscribe when you are finished listening. You can also go to snarkymoviereviews.com to read notes, bios, and other random movie thoughts.

Today’s movie is The Horse Soldiers (1959). This movie was directed by John Ford and features his visual styling. The story is military, but the real issue is between, the mission-oriented commander, played by John Wayne and a doctor, more concerned with lifesaving, played by William Holden. The movie is based on a real Civil War raid that took place as a part of General Grant’s campaign to capture Vicksburg and control the Mississippi River.

There are a lot of show veterans, so, let’s jump right in.

Actors

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The single-minded Union Commander Col. John Marlowe was played by John Wayne. John Wayne was first covered way back in …

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Blood Money (1933) – 125

Blood Money (1933)

 

Welcome to today’s show, my name is John. As always you can subscribe to the show on iTunes or follow the links to social media in the podcast show notes. So please subscribe when you are finished listening. You can also go to snarkymoviereviews.com to read notes, bios, and other random movie thoughts. Today’s movie is Blood Money (1933). This is my first go at an honest to goodness pre-code movie. I was telling one of my co-workers about this film and after a bit, she said when do the rabbits come in? I was pretty confused until she told me she thought the title was Blood Bunny.

I am pretty excited to record this podcast for two reasons: 1) We all survived Hurricane Irma, and 2) I have wanted to do it ever since I was researching Episode 42 – I Walked With a Zombie (1943) and I heard Frances Dee’s quote about a friend admonished her for playing a prostitute in Blood …

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Nuclear Attack Scenarios from WarGames 1983

All Nuclear Attack Senarios from WarGames 1983

Nuclear Attack Scenarios from WarGames 1983

I just finished listening to Ready Player One 2011 and it was great. It reminded me of one of my favorite movies, WarGame (1983). Of course, I began to wonder about all Nuclear Attack Scenarios from WarGames 1983 in the famous last scene. I had never taken the time to watch it all in slo-mo to get the names. But plenty of people have. So, I collected the list so you could remember this great movie. If you want to see a list of all of the movies mentioned in Ready Player One, take a look here.

  • U.S. First Strike
  • USSR First Strike
  • NATO / Warsaw Pact
  • Far East Strategy
  • U.S. USSR Escalation
  • Middle East War
  • USSR China Attack
  • India Pakistan War
  • Mediterranean War
  • Hongkong Variant
  • SEATO Decapitating
  • Cuban Provocation
  • Atlantic Heavy
  • Cuban Paramilitary
  • Nicaraguan Preemptive
  • Pacific Territorial
  • Burmese Theaterwide
  • Turkish Decoy
  • Argentina Escalation
  • Iceland Maximum
  • Arabian Theaterwide
  • S. Subversion
  • Australian Maneuver
  • Sudan Surprise
  • Nato Territorial
  • Zaire Alliance
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Shield for Murder (1954) – 124

Shield for Murder (1954)

 

Welcome to today’s show, my name is John. As always you can subscribe to the show on iTunes or follow the links to social media in the podcast show notes. So please subscribe when you are finished listening. You can also go to snarkymoviereviews.com to read notes, bios, and other random movie thoughts.

Today’s movie is Shield for Murder (1954) and it is badass. Edmond O’Brien is amazing as a bad guy. Director Howard W. Koch managed a bunch of really tough guys and beautiful dolls in this late Film Noir. I was amazed that movies this good are just floating around out in the inter-webs.

I’ll stop gushing. We have quite a few show veterans so I’ll get going with them.

Actors

Returning

As I have already mentioned, the great actor Edmond O’Brien plays Detective Lt. Barney Nolan. O’Brien was first mentioned in Episode 30 – Birdman of Alcatraz (1962).

John Agar, a part of the John Wayne group was cast …

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Crime of Passion (1957) – 123

Crime of Passion (1957)

 

 

Welcome to today’s show, Crime of Passion (1957), my name is John. As always you can subscribe to the show on iTunes or follow the links to social media in the podcast show notes. So please subscribe when you are finished listening. You can also go to snarkymoviereviews.com to read notes, bios, and other random movie thoughts.
Today’s movie is Crime of Passion (1957). This classic Film Noir was directed by Gerd Oswald. It has an amazing cast featuring Barbara Stanwyck, Raymond Burr, Sterling Hayden, and King Kong’s love interest Fay Wray.

Eddie Muller in his intro to this film for Noir City called it a proto-feminist film where boredom drives a housewife to murder. But I think it was more blind ambition.

One of my favorite things about this movie is that it is a very different story. The plot is different and takes the viewer down an unexpected path. Okay, let’s jump right into the veteran actors.

Actors

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Barbara Stanwyck …

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Ready Player One (2018) Movies

Ready Player One (2018)

I just finished reading, well really listing to “Ready Player One” by Ernest Cline and I must say I found it very enjoyable. While I didn’t quite grow up in 1980’s I did go to college then and I spent a lot of time watching TV and movies. I wanted to see how many of these movies I had reviewed and sadly not many. I will have to correct that.

I downloaded a list of movies mentioned in “Ready Player One” and have it in a table below with links to iMDB or my site as appropriate. Take a look at the list and remember a fun time. Also, read the book while we wait for the movie to come out in 2018.

Amazon describes the book as follows:

At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut – part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where …

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Battle for the Planet of the Apes (1973) – 122

Battle for the Planet of the Apes (1973)

 

 

Welcome to today’s show, my name is John. As always you can subscribe to the show on iTunes or follow the links to social media in the podcast show notes. So please subscribe when you are finished listening. You can also go to snarkymoviereviews.com to read notes, bios, and other random movie thoughts.

Today’s movie is Battle for the Planet of the Apes (1973). It is the fifth and final of the original PoA series. And in my humble opinion, it is by far the worst.

We have a number of show veterans and a couple of big stars to report on. So, let’s get going.

Actors

Returning

Roddy McDowall continued his role as Caesar from the previous movie and was shown as Cornelius in clips from earlier movies. McDowall was first covered in Episode 118 – Planet of the Apes (1968).

Natalie Trundy reprised her role as chimp Lisa from the previous movie. Trundy was covered in Episode 119 – Beneath …

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Conquest of the Planet of the Apes (1972) – 121

Conquest of the Planet of the Apes (1972)

 

 

Welcome to today’s show, my name is John. As always you can subscribe to the show on iTunes or follow the links to social media in the podcast show notes. So please subscribe when you are finished listening. You can also go to snarkymoviereviews.com to read notes, bios, and other random movie thoughts.

Today’s movie is Conquest of the Planet of the Apes (1972). This movie is the fourth in original series and by my rating is 3rd out of the original 5. The mask quality continued to go down and I expected to see apes with plastic Halloween masks with the white elastic string in the back. This movie, in fact, had the lowest budget of any of the original five films.

This movie played heavily on the Civil Rights struggle that was still in full swing at the time of the movie. The movie has a strong anti-slavery message. It was also the most violent of the five movies with about …

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Escape from the Planet of the Apes (1971) – 120

Escape from the Planet of the Apes (1971)

 

Welcome to today’s show, my name is John. As always you can subscribe to the show on iTunes or follow the links to social media in the podcast show notes. So please subscribe when you are finished listening. You can also go to snarkymoviereviews.com to read notes, bios, and other random movie thoughts.

Today’s movie is Escape from the Planet of the Apes (1971). This movie is the third of the original series and in my opinion, it is the second best preceded by the original. This movie didn’t receive any big awards or feature prominently on any lists. So, with that, let’s jump into the actors, many of whom are show veterans.

Actors

Returning

Roddy McDowall returned as Cornelius. McDowall was covered in Episode 118 – Planet of the Apes (1968).

Kim Hunter also returned as Zira. Hunter was covered in Episode 118 – Planet of the Apes (1968).

M. Emmet Walsh played a military aide and actually got a few laughs. …

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Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1970) – 119

 

Welcome to today’s show, my name is John. As always you can subscribe to the show on iTunes or follow the links to social media in the podcast show notes. So please subscribe when you are finished listening. You can also go to snarkymoviereviews.com to read notes, bios, and other random movie thoughts.

Today’s movie is Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1970). This movie followed the original two years later. Based on my youthful remembrances, this movie should rank four out of the original five. Fox studios gave this movie 2.5 million, which is half the amount paid for the original. Director Tom Post, with his television background, was able to cut the cost. However, the ape masks suffered.

Actors

Returning

Kim Hunter as chimpanzee doctor Zira, Maurice Evans as orangutan religious leader Dr. Zaius, and mute human Linda Harrison as Nova all returned for this movie and all three were covered in Episode 118 – Planet of the Apes (1968).

Charlton Heston …

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