Fallen Angel (1945) -132

Fallen Angel (1945)

  Welcome to today’s show, Fallen Angel (1945), 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. This Film Noir is rated 7.2 by iMDB.com1 and 80 percent by Rotten Tomatoes2. This film was directed by Otto Preminger. I really liked it, as Dana Andrews is great as a tough guy. Linda Darnell is beautiful and elusive. The supporting players, Charles Bickford, John Carradine, Percy Kilbride, Anne Revere, Alice Faye, and to a lesser degree even Bruce Cabot were all great at weaving this whodunit. The critics of the era seemed to be looking for another Laura (1944), but how often can director Otto Preminger or any director pull one of those off. Bosley Crowther, of The New York Times, thought the acting and story was below par.3 Today’s movie is…

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The Mummy’s Ghost (1944) – 129

The Mummy's Ghost (1944)

  Welcome to today’s show, The Mummy’s Ghost (1944), my name is John. As always you can subscribe to the show on Apple Podcast formally known as 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. This movie is similar to The Mummy’s Tomb (1942) with a couple of better actors like John Carradine and Barton MacLane. The movie has a 33 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes.[1] However, the plot has a Mack truck size hole in it. Did they even watch the earlier movies before they slapped this together? Anyway, it is a fun watch and I really enjoyed seeing the young John Carradine. So, I’ll jump right into the show veterans, of which there are a few. Actors Returning Lon Chaney Jr. is returning in the role of Kharis AKA the mummy. Chaney was first covered in Episode 5 – Of…

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John Carradine – Second Best Dracula

John Carradine

John Carradine is a fantastic American actor that had 321 television and film credits. He was very tall and slim and had a wonderfully deep voice that made him ideal playing horror roles. John Carradine was born on February 5, 1906, in New York City. When Carradine was two years old his father died. When his mother remarried they moved to Philidelphia. Apparently, his new stepfather treated him brutally. Carradine ran away from home when he was 14 but later returned. For a time he attended Philadelphia’s Graphic Arts Institute. Later he moved to New York and lived with his uncle Peter Richmond. At some point, he studied under a sculptor in Richmond, Virgina. For a time he worked as painter and sketch artist. He eventually ended up in New Orleans in 1925. Remember Lugosi showed up there in late 1920. I believe this is where you go to learn to be a vampire and I think I turned into on one Maudlin Monday night myself. During this travel period,…

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House of Frankenstein (1944) – Episode 76

House of Frankenstein (1944)

Welcome to today’s show, House of Frankenstein (1944), 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 campy good House of Frankenstein (1944). This movie brings together so many good actors and the monsters they played it can’t help but be entertaining. Also, this movie has some interesting lore about stake pulling and who can shot you with a silver bullet. ACTORS I’m going to jump right in with the actors were have previously discussed. The greatest of these is the wonderful Boris Karloff played the role of the evil want to be Frankenstein Doctor Gustav Niemann. Karloff was first introduced in Episode 7 – Bride of Frankenstein (1935). Lon Chaney…

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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 –Chisum (1970) and yes in this movie he…

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Stagecoach (1939) – Episode 61

Stagecoach (1939)

  Welcome to today’s show, Stagecoach (1939), 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 am continuing the series about people trying to go somewhere or get somethings done and there are obstacles in the way. Stagecoach (1939) was the first sound western and the first of many times that director John Ford used Monument Valley as the setting for a film. This movie was meant a vehicle to launch two stars. For one it took, and for the other not so much. Dallas, was a woman of shall we say low moral values or in another word Awesome. The church ladies of the town loaded her up on the stage. You know…

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Billy the Kidd Versus Dracula (1966) – Episode 12

Billy the Kidd Versus Dracula (1966)

Remember that I mention stuntman Chuck Courtney in The Green Berets (1968), well here’s why. Today’s film is one of those film titles that just make you say wow. Billy the Kid Versus Dracula (1966). Unfortunately this episode may be a little short due to the limited star power in this film. Other than John Carradine, who I could talk about for days, Mrs. Folgers, and a few cameos there is not much to say. John Carradine played the role of Count Dracula / posing as James Underhill. Carradine was the partiarch of the Carradine clan – you know David from Kung Fu and the Kill Bill films and Robert from The Big Red One (1980) and the Nerd films, and Keith from Southern Comfort (1981) and Cowboys & Aliens (2011). John was born in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village in 1906. For a time he worked as painter and sketch artist. He eventually ended up in New Orleans in 1925. Remember Lugosi showed up there in late 1920. I believe this…

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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 I say he was the greatest Frank…

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