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Hear what’s coming in October from Classic Movie Reviews with Snark on the October 2014 Frankenstein Bumper. Spoiler – It’s four Frankenstein reviews.

October 2014 Frankenstein

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Young Frankenstein (1974) – Episode 8

Marty Feldmann as Igor in Young Frankenstein (1974)

Young Frankenstein 1974 a snarky movie review of this Mel Brooks classic.

Rough Script

Today I am continuing the October 2014 Frankenstein line with a real laugh out loud comedy. This movie that follows the Mary Shelly story in largely a parody of The Bride of Frankenstein (1935).

Young Frankenstein (1974). Directed by Mel Brooks and the screenplay written by Brooks and Wilder. Should I stop here? Have you heard enough to know it’s funny? If not you might not be familiar with Brooks and Wilder.

I guess I start with Brooks but I will never be able to do him justice. Brooks came up the late 50s/60s television writers rooms. The contacts and collaborations he experienced during this time help lay the foundations for his later directorial success. In 1982 Brooks’ production company created My Favorite Year which was loosely based on a meeting between Brooks and an aging Errol Flynn. The movie is pretty funny and Peter O’Toole is quite good as a has-been alcoholic actor. My Favorite …

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Bride of Frankenstein (1935) – Episode 7

Bride of Frankenstein (1935)

 

Today I am continuing with the second of the Franks which I believe to be the greatest of the three films made in the 1930s. The Bride of Frankenstein (1935) introduced us to the lighting haired mate of the monster and many other elements that will be clear to any fan of Young Frankenstein (1974).

The Bride of Frankenstein (1935) was directed by James Whale. Whale was born in England and began producing plays while he was in a German POW camp during WWI. Whale had 23 directing credits including The Man in the Iron Mask (1939), Show Boat (1936),  The Invisible Man (1933), Frankenstein (1931), Hell’s Angels (1930) (uncredited) working with Howard Hughes. A great quote of Whales is “A director must be pretty bad if he can’t get a thrill out of war, murder, robbery.”

Actors

The first actor that will discuss is Boris Karloff. Boris Karloff who was billed in this movie as just Karloff. I don’t think I will get much argument if …

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The Wolf Man (1941) – Episode 6

Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man

 

To get back to this classic horror flick I am creating a new line from Patric Knowles who was in Chisum (1970) to The Wolf Man (1941). There are a few biggies down this line that I want to get to.

Even a man who is pure at heart, and says his prayers by night, may become a wolf when the wolfbane blooms and the autumn moon is bright.

Even a man who is pure at heart, and says his prayers by night, may become a wolf when the wolfbane…

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This beautiful little poem recited several times in The Wolf Man (1941) is said to have Eastern European folk roots. However, Curt Siodmak wrote it for this film and has joined the werewolf lore along with many other elements from this movie. The poem, be it somewhat change was quoted in Van Helsing (2004) as well as in every Universal film Wolf Man appearances.

I’m going to Patric Knowles line …

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Of Mice and Men (1939) – Episode 5

Of Mice and Men Lon Chaney Jr. and Burgess Meredith

I am starting a new line today based on Burgess Meredith from In Harm’s Way (1965). Today’s movie is Of Mice and Men (1939).

The original story was written by John Steinbeck and was set during the Great Depression. One of the interesting things about this movie is that it is not carried by a major star. Many of the actors had fine and long careers but they were not the blockbuster leading types.

The title of the movie comes from a Robert Burns’ poem titled “To a Mouse” and states – “The best laid schemes o’ mice an’ men / Gang aft agley.” (Or as translated “The best laid schemes of mice and men / Often go awry.”

The Great Depression kicked off in the United States on October 29, 1929, when the stock market crashed and is now as Black Tuesday. I can’t remember the name of the play but one line states that paraphrase – “he was part of gentle rain of stock …

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In Harm’s Way (1965) – Episode 4

In Harm's Way (1965)

For In Harm’s Way (1965) we are still continuing the Bruce Cabot line from King Kong (1933).

I love this movie. It’s all about redemption and second chances. It also shows how important getting breaks from friends are. The title of this film comes from a quote by Revolutionary War captain John Paul Jones: “I wish to have no connection with any ship that does not sail fast, for I intend to go in harm’s way.”

This movie follows a group of people starting the night before the attack on Pearl Harbor and follows them through the turning tide where the American Navy starts winning the war. It is loosely based on the Battle of Guadalcanal during WWII.

As each character falls from grace they are given a reprieve often with the help of a friend. In the same way, the USA is given a second chance after they failed to prepare for the coming war. For clarification, I will use a system made famous by …

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McLintock! (1963) – Episode 3

McLintock! (1963)

 

 

Today’s movie McLintock! (1963) continues the Bruce Cabot line from King Kong (1933) with a review of the McLintock! (1963) which is a classic John Wayne cowboy flick. This review goes over the major characters and give a plot summary with SPOILERS. It also give a final summary of the movie.

I could switch to the John Wayne stream but I’m going to stick with Bruce Cabot for a while since he is in a number of Wayne movies that I want to cover anyway. I just didn’t think I would get here this soon. Eventually I will make it back to classic black and white horror films and other assorted genres.

Today I going to talk about the 1963 John Wayne movie that, on the surface, seems like just a simple western comedy. But the truth is a little stranger.

Marion Robert Morrison–known to most of us as John Wayne–AKA …

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Chisum (1970) – Episode 2

Chisum (1970) John Wayne and Ben Johnson

Chisum (1970) continues the Bruce Cabot line from King Kong (1933). Chisum (1970) is a classic John Wayne cowboy flick. Like all of the other reviews, this one gives my own special take on the movie, historical notes, and my world famous short summary. After reviewing the major characters this review goes over the plot point by point.

This movie generally covers the Lincoln County War and the rise of Billy the Kid.

John Simpson Chisum: [lighting the sergeant’s cigar] Sergeant, there’s one thing I oughtta tell you; if you lay a hand on White Buffalo again, I’ll kill ya’.

I am connecting from King Kong (1933) to Chisum (1970) because Bruce Cabot was in both movies.

What can I say about the star of this movie that hasn’t been said before? Marion Robert Morrison starred as John Chisum but of course, you know the actor as John Wayne. 181 acting credits spanning 50 years …

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King Kong (1933) – Episode 1

King Kong (1933)

 

We take on the king of them all – King Kong (1933). This is the king (see what I did there) of all monster movies and set the bar for what was to come. But has anyone done it better?

Today I’m going to talk about the movie King Kong (1933). If you just thought about the 1976 or the 2005 version, or even the 207 version, this ain’t it. I’m talking about the 1933 real King Kong (1933)  movie. This is the one with bi-planes and Fay Wray.

This is an American-made film in the monster/adventure genre. It was never nominated for an Oscar. Oddly this film had two directors both of which were uncredited. The first, Merian C. Cooper, is better known as a producer for at least 5 John Wayne films, with one of the most interesting being The Searchers (1956) which is loosely based on the search for Cynthia Parker, a kidnapped white woman who became the mother of the last Comanche chief, Quanah …

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Intro to Classic Movie Reviews with Snark – Episode 0

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Welcome.

I wanted to take a minute to let you know what Classic Movie Reviews with Snark podcast is all about. I give very general snarky reviews of classic movies that all contain SPOILERS. So if that matters to you please don’t listen. I have my own unique slant on movies, remember it’s snarky, and I will add in some history and other interesting facts.

But since I love puzzles I’m going to make it a little harder. I will begin my movie reviews with the King Kong (1933). Following that review, I will not be able to produce the next review unless I can reference one of the people mentioned in the previous movie reviews. Note – After about 10 movies this got a lot easier.

For example in the King Kong (1933) review I mention Ray Harryhausen which allows me to jump to Jason and the Argonauts (1963). I also mentioned John Wayne in the King Kong review so if I wanted to review Big Wednesday …

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