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Monthly Archives: May, 2015

The Real HORROR OF PARTY BEACH Is the Actual Movie

The Horror of Party Beach! Hey, what classic monster movie doesn’t begin with bongo music? Cruisin’ down the highway to the beat of those groovy tom-toms are Hank (James Franciscus wannabe John Scott) and Tina (Marilyn Clarke), who may be the most mismatched couple since Ethel Merman and Ernest Borgnine. When they arrive at the beach, Hank warns his booze-swilling …

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JOURNEY’S END: A War Film Made by Those Who Lived It

The most powerful war movie I ever saw was the least bloody—perhaps because the writer and director had barely escaped the battlefield themselves. After penning a few drawing-room dramas during the 1920s, playwright R.C. Sherriff decided it was finally time to face down his memories of The Great War. He’d just about made it home in one piece after …

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Buster and Fatty Vamp and Camp It Up in THE COOK

The fabulous Fritzi over at Movies Silently is hosting A Shorts Blogathon! You can find all the entries here. I’m doing Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle’s The Cook, co-starring Buster Keaton. But somehow writing about a short felt kind of, well, short. So just like in the movies, here’s a short before the feature: Macys Parade 1930s …

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