Lionel Atwill – Authority Figure to Accused Sex Fiend

Lionel Atwill

Lionel Atwill was born March 1, 1885, in Croydon, United Kingdom. He studied architecture before his stage debut at the Garrick Theatre, London, in 1904 and soon after made his screen debut. He performed stage work in Australia before arriving in the US. Atwill came to America in 1915 and starred with Lily Langtry in “Mrs. Thompson.” He was in 25 productions on Broadway before beginning major film work in 1932. He had a deep voice and bullying manner which severed him well in his roles as noblemen, mad doctors, military, and policemen. He usually wore a trademark thin mustache. His roles include Captain Blood (1935) and To Be or Not to Be (1942). He was well adept at horror with roles like the crazed sculptor in Mystery of the Wax Museum (1933), and as Inspector Krogh in Son of Frankenstein (1939). His other roles include The Wrong Road (1937) for RKO and Dr. James Mortimer in 20th Century Fox’s film version of The Hound of the Baskervilles (1939), and…

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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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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 were first discussed in…

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Mark of the Vampire (1935) – Episode 64

Carroll Borland - Mark of the Vampire (1935)

Welcome to today’s show, Mark of the Vampire (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. Mark of the Vampire (1935) is a great movie. Bela Lugosi is great as always but the stand out performance of this movie is really Carroll Borland as the vampiress Luna. We will get to her in a bit but first I want to briefly touch on the four actors were have seen before. This movie is a remake of the silent London After Midnight (1927) starring Lon Chaney Sr. ACTORS Lionel Barrymore played the role of investigator Professor Zelin. We introduced Barrymore in Episode 25 – Key Largo (1948). Of course Bela Lugosi played the vampire…

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Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man (1943) – Episode 10

Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man

I wanted to get one more show out in October and boy is it a Duesy. I haven’t seen this movie in a couple of decades but man does it age well. This movie not only closes the October 2014 Frankenstein line, it intersects with the Patric Knowles line and puts us back on course for mid-November. Today’s film is Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man (1943). Lon Chaney, Jr. played the role of Lawrence Talbot and the Wolf Man. I don’t know if Chaney Jr. was the greatest actor ever or that was real pain that he shows in every scene. Chaney was the son of legendary actor Lon Chaney, of such films as The Phantom of the Opera (1925), The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923) and about another 160 movies. Juniors is perhaps best known for playing the role of Lennie in Of Mice and Men (1939). Patric Knowles played Dr. Mannering. Knowles has 127 credits from 1932 to 1973. Knowles was cast as Frank Andrews in The Wolf…

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Son of Frankenstein (1939) – Episode 9

Boris Karloff on set taking a tea and toast break

Son of Frankenstein (1939) had some of the biggest stars of their time – Basil Rathbone, Bela Lugosi, and Boris Karloff. Son of Frankenstein (1939) Hello, today we are going to continue with the October 2014 Frankenstein line. Today’s film is Son of Frankenstein (1939). It is the last of the three Universal Pictures Frankenstein’s and in many ways may be the best of the three. Basil Rathbone was a much better actor than many of the others cast in this role. Bela Lugosi was amazing as Ygor both frightening and enthralling. His hands did half of his acting. Also, Karloff was able to spend more time upright as the monster and showed more of his range of emotions. They covered many of the problems like the exploding castle but fell short on the forgiveness of Dr. F. Today’s first character is Basil Rathbone who played Baron Wolf von Frankenstein the son of Henry. Rathbone was born in South Africa, in 1892, but left as a forthcoming Boer War. In…

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