Captain Blood (1935) – Episode 75

Captain Blood (1935)

Welcome to today’s show, Captain Blood (1935), 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. You can also go to snarkymoviereviews.com to read notes, bios, and other random movie thoughts. Remember this show is completely free and independent. All I ask is that you jump over to iTunes and give me a review.

I love this movie. It is an epic swashbuckling adventure starring one of the two greatest swashbuckling actors, Errol Flynn with the other of course being Douglas Fairbanks. Today’s movie is Captain Blood (1935). This movie features royal intrigue, revolution, slavery, pirating, revenge, treachery, patriotism, and reward. This movie features an abundance of great actors. Many of these actors we have previously covered so I will jump right into the biographies.

ACTORS

Lionel Atwill played a fairly typical role as the mean slave-owning supporter of King James II, Colonel Bishop. Atwill and his authoritarian roles … Continue reading

Angel and the Badman (1947) – Episode 74

Angel and the Badman (1947) John Wayne and Gail Russell

Welcome to today’s show, Angel and the Badman (1947), 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. You can also go to snarkymoviereviews.com to read notes, bios, and other random movie thoughts. Remember this show is completely free and independent. All I ask is that you jump over to iTunes and give me a review.

Today’s movie is Angel and the Badman (1947) staring John Wayne, Gail Russell, and Harry Carey.

ACTORS

I have “known” about this movie for a long time but I honestly don’t think I had ever watched it before. Perhaps I did on one of those lazy Sunday afternoon watching westerns with Dad. I am glad I took the time to watch Angel and the Badman (1947). The story was not the most original but it had enough turns to make it work. I enjoyed the role that Harry Carry played and the … Continue reading

Three lessons from King Kong (1933)

King Kong (1933)

Three lessons from King Kong (1933)

I love King Kong (1933) it is a wonderful stop-motion monster movie that set the standards for all future monster movies. The movie has been remade in 1976 And 2005.

There are three lessons from King Kong (1933) that can be learned from watching this movie. The first of these is to realistically access your place in the world. Kong was clearly the King of his island. He had dancing fans that regularly sacrificed to him. In New York City he was just another chump. Let me put it another way. If you are a blowfish and Hootie wants to make a country album, you make a country album. Now King Kong never made the choice to leave his island, but he became the classic small fish in a big pond in New York City. Lesson – Make a realistic assessment of yourself.

When Kong broke free he focused on finding the woman that he was in love with and not getting back … Continue reading

Billy Jack (1971) – Episode 73

Billy Jack (1971)

Welcome to today’s show, Billy Jack (1971), 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. You can also go to snarkymoviereviews.com to read notes, bios, and other random movie thoughts. Remember this show is completely free and independent. All I ask is that you jump over to iTunes and give me a review.

Today’s movie is the second in the Billy Jack series, the title character named Billy Jack (1971). This movie, though now dated, taps into the anti-establishment vibes of the late 60s and early 70s. Billy Jack was setup as the protector of the meek but in reality he was as cavalier with use of force as the people he railed against.

ACTORS

We have several actors that we have covered before and most of them were from Episode 72 – The Born Losers (1967). These include Tom Laughlin playing the lead role as Billy Jack, … Continue reading

The Born Losers (1967) – Episode 72

The Born Losers (1967)

Welcome to today’s show, my name is John. As always you can subscribe to the show on iTunes or follows the links to social media in the podcast show notes. Today’s movie is in the badassery genera and 60-70 youthful rebellion. So let’s jump right in to the first of the three released Billy Jack movies, The Born Losers (1967). Tom Laughlin, who played the role of Billy Jack also co-wrote, and directed and produced under another name. I would say he was “invested.”

Tom Laughlin was born in Wisconsin in 1931. He played football in college and was later trained in Hapkido karate. Laughlin’s first movie role was as a beaten football player on a plane with James Cagney in the These Wilder Years (1956). He was a moderately successful actor appearing in such films as South Pacific (1958) and Gidget (1959). He really made a mark when he started producing his own movies in the Billy Jack series. The character, Billy Jack, was first introduced in … Continue reading

Cat Ballou (1965) – Episode 71

Cat Ballou (1965)

Welcome to today’s show, Cat Ballou (1965), 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. You can also go to snarkymoviereviews.com to read notes, bios, and other random movie thoughts. Remember this show is completely free and independent. All I ask is that you jump over to iTunes and give me a review.

Today’s movie is Cat Ballou (1965) a wonderful comedy western staring Jane Fonda and Lee Marvin.

Actors

Lee Marvin plays two roles, that of gunfighters Kid Shelleen and Tim Strawn. Marvin won the Oscar for Best Actor in a Leading Role. Marvin was covered in Episode 66 – The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962)

Bruce Cabot played the small role of Sheriff Maledon who escorted Clay on the train. Cabot was covered in Episode 1 – King Kong (1933)

Jane Fonda played the title role of Cat Ballou. Fonda was born … Continue reading

Whit Bissell – This Guys is in Everything

Whit Bissell

Whit Bissell was born in New York City in 1909. Whit Bissell came to Hollywood in the 1940s, and by the time he retired he had appeared in over 300 movies and TV series. Sometimes it seems like he is in every movie. Just there moving steadily along and never standing out. However, his performance was always solid. He may be best known for playing the mad scientist who turned Michael Landon into a monster in the 1957 cult classic film I Was a Teenage Werewolf (1957). He was also in I Was a Teenage Frankenstein (1967). Whit Bissell specialized in playing authority figures such as doctors, military officers, and other authority figures. One of his standout roles was as a lovesick convict in the harsh film noir movie Brute Force (1947).  He was familiar on television in “Bachelor Father” 1957-1960 and “The Time Tunnel” 1966-1967. He was in only in one “Star Trek” episode but it was  “The Trouble with Tribbles” 1967.

Whit Bissell served on the Screen … Continue reading

The Mask of Fu Manchu (1932) – Episode 70

The Mask of Fu Manchu (1932) - Myrna Loy

Welcome to today’s show, The Mask of Fu Manchu (1932), 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. You can also go to snarkymoviereviews.com to read notes, bios, and other random movie thoughts. Remember this show is completely free and independent. All I ask is that you jump over to iTunes and give me a review.

Today’s movie is The Mask of Fu Manchu (1932). It features many European actors with taped-backed eyes but I going to go with “that’s how it was done back then” and move on. Boris Karloff and Jean Hersholt were amazing in their roles. Myrna Loy was fantastic playing an evil sex crazed fiend. I used to seeing her in roles like The Thin Man (1934) and The Best Years of Our Lives (1946). Of course this movie has archeologists which always draws me in.

ACTORS

Boris Karloff was up to the … Continue reading

Werewolf of London (1935) – Episode 69

Werewolf of London (1935)

 

Welcome to today’s show, Werewolf of London (1935), 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. You can also go to snarkymoviereviews.com to read notes, bios, and other random movie thoughts. Remember this show is completely free and independent. All I ask is that you jump over to iTunes and give me a review.

Today’s movie is Werewolf of London (1935). I believe it is the first sound werewolf movie.

ACTORS

Henry Hull played the role of Dr. Glendon and one of the werewolves, the werewolf of London. We recently covered the great actor Henry Hull in Episode 67 – The Buccaneer (1958). Hull refused to use the heavy werewolf makeup in Werewolf of London (1935) that became the standard for later werewolf films.

Warner Oland played the role of Dr. Yogami and was the other werewolf. Born is Sweden in 1879, he moved to the US in 1892. In … Continue reading

The Buccaneer (1958) – Episode 68

The Buccaneer (1958)

Welcome to today’s show, The Buccaneer (1958), 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. You can also go to snarkymoviereviews.com to read notes, bios, and other random movie thoughts. Remember this show is completely free and independent. All I ask is that you jump over to iTunes and give me a review.

This movie has so many great actors it can’t help but be good. This movie is a remake of the The Buccaneer (1938) which I will refer to simple as the original. The original was directed by Cecil B. DeMille and had Anthony Quinn in the role of Boluche. This movie had Anthony Quinn as the director and Cecil B. DeMille as the producers. Both movies tell basically the same story with only minor variations and they are both great.

I don’t really know if I mentioned it before but the Battle of New Orleans … Continue reading

Strother Martin – Character Actor with Profound Impact

Strother Martin in Cool Hand Luke (1967)

Strother Martin Short Biography

Strother Martin while famous for that line and many others, he was a springboard champion, taught swimming in the Navy during WWII, and missed the 1948 Olympic team by one place. He moved to Hollywood and among other things, was a swimming instructor to Charles Chaplin’s children. After meeting Sam Peckinpah he began to get roles like Cool Hand Luke (1967), Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969), Slap Shot (1977), and The Wild Bunch (1969).

Strother Douglas Martin, Jr. (March 26, 1919 – August 1, 1980) was a character actor who often worked with John Wayne and Paul Newman. Many of his memorable western films were directed by John Ford and Sam Peckinpah. He is no doubt best known as the prison “captain” in Cool Hand Luke (1967), where he utters the famous line “What we’ve got here is failure to communicate.” This line is ranked number 11 on the American Film Institute list 100 Years…100 Movie Quotes.

As a youth, he was very … Continue reading

The Buccaneer (1938) – Episode 67

The Buccaneer (1938)

Welcome to today’s show, The Buccaneer (1938), 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. You can also go to snarkymoviereviews.com to read notes, bios, and other random movie thoughts. Remember this show is completely free and independent. All I ask is that you jump over to iTunes and give me a review.

This movie is The Buccaneer (1938), directed by Cecil B. DeMille.

ACTORS

I will go over the actors we have seen before first.

Anthony Quinn played the role of Beluche, one of Lafitte’s go to pirates. Quinn was first seen in Episode 31 – Warlock (1959).

Beulah Bondi played the role of Aunt Charlotte. Bondi was covered in Episode 53 – It’s a Wonderful Life (1946).

Evelyn Keyes had a very small role as Madeleine. This movie was Keyes first film. Keyes was introduced in Episode 38 – 99 River Street.

Paul … Continue reading

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962) – Episode 66

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valence (1962)

Welcome to today’s show, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962), 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. You can also go to snarkymoviereviews.com to read notes, bios, and other random movie thoughts. Remember this show is completely free and independent. All I ask is that you jump over to iTunes and give me a review.

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962) is a great western movie. It shows the struggle between the open range cattle barons and the new town folks looking to have a quiet life. The cast for this movie is outstanding in terms of modern western. But it is an amazing cast by any standard.

I’ll run through the actors we have seen before first. These include:

John Wayne played the role of a tough western rancher named Tom Doniphon. John Wayne was first featured in Episode 2 –ChisumContinue reading