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WIVES UNDER SUSPICION

The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog Posted by Dan Day, Jr. on May 2, 2021

 In February I wrote a blog post on Kino's Blu-ray of James Whale's THE KISS BEFORE THE MIRROR. That 1933 film was remade by Whale, and Universal, in 1938 under the title WIVES UNDER SUSPICION, which I saw for the first time last night. THE KISS BEFORE THE MIRROR is a tale about a defense read more

LOVE BEFORE BREAKFAST

The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog Posted by Dan Day, Jr. on May 1, 2021

 The next film I will be examining from Kino's new "Carole Lombard Collection II" Blu-ray set is LOVE BEFORE BREAKFAST, a 1936 romantic comedy that is not one of the actress's better movies. LOVE BEFORE BREAKFAST was made at Universal, and it was directed by Walter Lang, who would soon mar read more

THE PRINCESS COMES ACROSS

The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog Posted by Dan Day, Jr. on Apr 26, 2021

 Kino has released the "Carol Lombard Collection II", a Blu-ray set containing three of the great lady's films. As in the first set, released last summer, each movie gets its own disc case. I have to start off by saying that all three films in this second collection have been released on h read more

THE HIGH COMMAND

The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog Posted by Dan Day, Jr. on Apr 25, 2021

 One great thing about having a Roku device is all the free movie channels one has access to from it. I've found plenty of obscure, rare films on these channels--titles that I think are far more interesting than the brand-name stuff on HBO Max or Netflix. I recently discovered THE HIGH COM read more

DOCTOR X On Blu-ray From Warner Archive

The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog Posted by Dan Day, Jr. on Apr 24, 2021

 Following last year's magnificent release of MYSTERY OF THE WAX MUSEUM, Warner Archive gives us another restored horror film classic on home video--the 1932 film DOCTOR X. This movie is a gloriously insane example of a Pre-Code thriller, and it is historically important as well. It was the fir read more

Book Review: THE BODY SNATCHER--Cold-Blooded Murder, Robert Louis Stevenson, And The Making Of A Horror Film Classic

The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog Posted by Dan Day, Jr. on Apr 14, 2021

 Of all the movie thrillers Val Lewton produced for RKO in the 1940s, THE BODY SNATCHER, based on a story by Robert Louis Stevenson, is by far my favorite. It contains what I feel is one of Boris Karloff's greatest screen performances, along with a beautifully written script and atmospheric dir read more

CROSSED SWORDS On Blu-ray From Kino

The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog Posted by Dan Day, Jr. on Apr 13, 2021

 CROSSED SWORDS is a 1977 film adaptation of Mark Twain's story THE PRINCE AND THE PAUPER. The movie was produced by the Salkind family, who were behind such films as the 1970s Three Musketeer series and SUPERMAN: THE MOVIE. This is a title I had very little knowledge of, and it doesn't se read more

GODZILLA VS. KONG

The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog Posted by Dan Day, Jr. on Apr 12, 2021

 I know what you are thinking--"Dan, there's no way you're going to like this movie. Why even write a blog post on it??" Well, it's what I do. The latest installment of the "Monsterverse"--or the "Monarchverse", or whatever you want to call it--pits Godzilla vs. King Kong. But there's a th read more

WHAT A CARVE UP! (AKA NO PLACE LIKE HOMICIDE!)

The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog Posted by Dan Day, Jr. on Apr 3, 2021

 The 1961 film WHAT A CARVE UP! (released in America as NO PLACE LIKE HOMICIDE!) belongs in a small mini-genre of British thriller spoofs made in the early 1960s. The other titles in this group are the 1962 THE OLD DARK HOUSE (made by Hammer, directed by William Castle) and THE HORROR OF IT ALL read more

PHANTOM OF THE RUE MORGUE

The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog Posted by Dan Day, Jr. on Mar 28, 2021

 PHANTOM OF THE RUE MORGUE (1954) is Warner Bros.' 3-D follow up to their hit HOUSE OF WAX. The film is based on Poe's famous tale "The Murders in the Rue Morgue", but, as expected, several liberties are taken with the source material. In 1890s Paris, a mysterious fiend is brutally murderi read more

ZACH SNYDER'S JUSTICE LEAGUE

The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog Posted by Dan Day, Jr. on Mar 27, 2021

 Do we really need a four-hour alternate version of a two-hour comic book movie, that, in my original estimation, was just okay? Well, we have one with ZACH SNYDER'S JUSTICE LEAGUE. Thanks to my dear brother Robert, I was able to view this elephantine mass of clickbait. I'm not going to go read more

THE BRIDES OF DRACULA Novelization

The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog Posted by Dan Day, Jr. on Mar 23, 2021

 I've been a fan of Hammer horror films for a long time....but until recently I had never read any of the various novelizations based on the company's movies. These books were released in the 1960s and 70s, and some of the original paperback copies fetch a high price on the internet. A few read more

JUGGERNAUT (1936)

The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog Posted by Dan Day, Jr. on Mar 20, 2021

 This is a film that was new to me. It is one of Boris Karloff's most obscure films, and for good reason. In his fine book ENGLISH GOTHIC author Jonathan Rigby describes the movie as a "ho-hum melodrama", and he's right on the mark. Boris Karloff spent most of the year 1936 in his native E read more

Book Review: THE 100 GREATEST LOONEY TUNES CARTOONS

The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog Posted by Dan Day, Jr. on Mar 14, 2021

 One of the major reasons I am such a classic film buff is that I watched the cartoons made at Warner Bros. from the 1930s to the 1950s every day as a kid for years. I watched plenty of other cartoons then--Tom & Jerry, the various Hanna Barbera series, Disney--but Looney Tunes and Merrie M read more

My Favorite Movie Actor And Actress Voices

The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog Posted by Dan Day, Jr. on Mar 13, 2021

 Yesterday on Facebook, my friend, prolific audio commentator Troy Howarth, posted a list of his favorite movie actor voices. I thought it was an intriguing idea for a movie list, so of course I appropriated it for my own use. The question is, how does one define the parameters of who make read more

FOOL"S PARADE

The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog Posted by Dan Day, Jr. on Mar 12, 2021

 James Stewart is one of my favorite all-time actors, and I've seen nearly all of his films. One I had not seen until last night was FOOL'S PARADE, a 1971 picture produced and directed by Andrew V. McLaglen, who had worked with Stewart a number of times in the 1960s. FOOL'S PARADE is a str read more

THE DARK HOUR (1936)

The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog Posted by Dan Day, Jr. on Mar 8, 2021

 THE DARK HOUR (1936) is another one of those hour-long low-budget B movie mysteries. This one was produced by the Chesterfield company, and directed by future Abbott & Costello veteran Charles Lamont. The most notable thing about this movie (in my mind at least) is that it features three U read more

KELLY THE SECOND

The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog Posted by Dan Day, Jr. on Mar 4, 2021

 KELLY THE SECOND (1936) is a comedy produced by Hal Roach, and released by MGM. As someone who has watched Hal Roach product since I was a kid, I had to take the opportunity to watch this for the first time when it was shown recently on TCM. The movie tells the story of Molly (Patsy Kelly read more

ZARABANDA BING BING

The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog Posted by Dan Day, Jr. on Mar 1, 2021

 What in the heck is ZARABANDA BING BING?? It's a 1966 Spanish-Italian-French production, with Daniela Bianchi (FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE) and Harold Sakata (GOLDFINGER). One would expect with those two in the cast, that the movie would be one of those Europsy 007 imitations. It's actually a lighth read more

THE DIRTY HEROES

The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog Posted by Dan Day, Jr. on Feb 27, 2021

 THE DIRTY HEROES is a 1968 Italian-made WWII adventure story. In a review of the film I found on the internet, it was referred to as a "macaroni combat" movie--I assume this was the equivalent of a Spaghetti Western. In 1945 Holland, three Americans escape from a German POW camp. The grou read more
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