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THE KING AND THE CHORUS GIRL

The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog Posted by Dan Day, Jr. on Jul 15, 2024

 THE KING AND THE CHORUS GIRL is a 1937 romantic comedy from Warner Bros., directed by Mervyn LeRoy and starring Fernand Gravet & Joan Blondell. The movie was written by Norman Krasna and none other than Groucho Marx. Alfred (Fernand Gravet) is an ex-king of an unnamed European country read more

TOO HOT TO HANDLE (AKA PLAYGIRL AFTER DARK)

The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog Posted by Dan Day, Jr. on Jul 14, 2024

 In August of 1959 Christopher Lee worked on two different films with very similar plots. Both movies dealt with the tawdry world of London strip joints. The first, BEAT GIRL, is a picture I wrote a blog post about a couple years ago. The second, TOO HOT TO HANDLE (titled PLAYGIRL AFTER DARK in read more

The Eric Taylor Script For THE GHOST OF FRANKENSTEIN

The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog Posted by Dan Day, Jr. on Jul 13, 2024

 One of the many impressive things about the SCRIPTS FOR THE CRYPT: THE GHOST OF FRANKENSTEIN book is that it contains a reproduction of an entire early script for the film, written by Eric Taylor. (Taylor is credited on THE GHOST OF FRANKENSTEIN for the original story.) This script is signific read more

DESTINATION INNER SPACE

The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog Posted by Dan Day, Jr. on Jul 4, 2024

Included on Kino's SCI-FI CHILLERS Blu-ray release is the 1966 underwater adventure DESTINATION INNER SPACE. The story takes place in a sea lab resting on the ocean floor, crewed by scientists and civilians. The lab has picked up a strange underwater signal, and a Naval Commander named Wayne (S read more

Book Review--SCRIPTS FROM THE CRYPT: THE GHOST OF FRANKENSTEIN

The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog Posted by Dan Day, Jr. on Jun 30, 2024

 The 16th volume in the SCRIPTS FROM THE CRYPT series from Bear Manor Media focuses on THE GHOST OF FRANKENSTEIN, Universal's 1942 follow-up to SON OF FRANKENSTEIN. What makes this book particularly noteworthy is that it's nearly 400 pages, a treasure trove of facts, trivia, commentary, analysi read more

THE UNKNOWN TERROR

The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog Posted by Dan Day, Jr. on Jun 22, 2024

 THE UNKNOWN TERROR (1957) was previously unknown to me. The movie is included in Kino's SCI-FI CHILLERS COLLECTION, a two-disc set containing three films. Rich explorer Dan Matthews (John Howard) intends to go searching for the mysterious "Cave of Death", a place where his wife's brother read more

THE BENSON MURDER CASE On Blu-ray From Kino

The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog Posted by Dan Day, Jr. on Jun 16, 2024

 The final film in the Kino Philo Vance Collection Blu-ray release is THE BENSON MURDER CASE (1930). It was the third Vance film made by Paramount starring William Powell, but it was based on the very first Vance novel written by S.S. Van Dine. After the Wall Street crash of 1929, plenty o read more

DEATH ON THE DIAMOND

The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog Posted by Dan Day, Jr. on Jun 15, 2024

 DEATH ON THE DIAMOND is a 1934 MGM mystery-comedy that stands out for mixing murder with Major League Baseball. The story follows the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team, which is fighting for the National League pennant. The team's fortunes are of great concern to the manager/owner, Pop Cl read more

LONG LIVE YOUR DEATH!

The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog Posted by Dan Day, Jr. on Jun 9, 2024

 LONG LIVE YOUR DEATH! is a 1971 Euro Western starring Franco Nero and Eli Wallach, and directed by Duccio Tessari, the man behind the original Ringo films. The movie's Italian title is VIVA LA MUERTE...TUA! and it is also known as DON"T TURN THE OTHER CHEEK! The movie is part of a sub-gen read more

THE PHANTOM SPEAKS

The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog Posted by Dan Day, Jr. on Jun 8, 2024

 THE PHANTOM SPEAKS (1945) is one of four films included in Kino's two-disc Blu-ray REPUBLIC PICTURES HORROR COLLECTION set. Two of the films--THE LADY AND THE MONSTER and VALLEY OF THE ZOMBIES--I've written blog posts about in the past few years. I covered THE CATMAN OF PARIS a few days ago.&n read more

THE CATMAN OF PARIS

The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog Posted by Dan Day, Jr. on Jun 5, 2024

 THE CATMAN OF PARIS (1946) is included on Kino's REPUBLIC PICTURES HORROR COLLECTION Blu-ray set. I plan on eventually writing a blog on the overall set, but as of right now I'm just going to focus on this particular movie, one I had never seen before. The most notable thing about THE CAT read more

PLANET OF THE VAMPIRES On Blu-ray From Radiance

The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog Posted by Dan Day, Jr. on Jun 2, 2024

 About ten years ago, Kino Lorber came out with a special edition of one of my favorite movies, Mario Bava's PLANET OF THE VAMPIRES. I thought so much of this release that I believe I even put it on my Top 5 Blu-rays of the Year list. So why did I buy PLANET OF THE VAMPIRES on Blu-ray agai read more

THE COLOSSUS OF NEW YORK On Blu-ray From Kino

The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog Posted by Dan Day, Jr. on Jun 1, 2024

 THE COLOSSUS OF NEW YORK (1958) is included in a three-film Blu-ray set from Kino entitled SCI-FI CHILLERS. The black & white movie produced by Paramount involves many genre veterans: Otto Kruger (DRACULA'S DAUGHTER), Robert Hutton (THEY CAME FROM BEYOND SPACE), Ross Martin (THE WILD, WILD read more

THE GREENE MURDER CASE On Blu-ray From Kino

The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog Posted by Dan Day, Jr. on May 27, 2024

 The second film on Kino's PHILO VANCE COLLECTION Blu-ray is THE GREENE MURDER CASE, made in 1929. THE GREENE MURDER CASE was the third Vance novel written by S. S. Van Dine (I have not read this one). The film adaptation is a combination of an old dark house thriller and a serial killer c read more

THE SQUEEZE (1978)

The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog Posted by Dan Day, Jr. on May 26, 2024

 There have been a number of films titled THE SQUEEZE. This one is an Italian-German co-production, made in 1978 and filmed mostly in America. The movie was directed by the prolific Antonio Margheriti, under his pen name Anthony M. Dawson. Lee Van Cleef plays Chris Gretchko, an expert safe read more

THE CANARY MURDER CASE On Blu-ray From Kino

The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog Posted by Dan Day, Jr. on May 25, 2024

 Kino Lorber has released on a single Blu-ray disc all three of the Philo Vance movies William Powell starred in for Paramount during the early sound era of Hollywood. Today I'll be discussing the first film made and released of the group, 1929's THE CANARY MURDER CASE. THE CANARY MURDER C read more

MUTINY IN OUTER SPACE

The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog Posted by Dan Day, Jr. on May 19, 2024

 This is another Tubi discovery, a very low-budget 1960s sci-fi film that I had never heard of. It was written & directed by Hugo Grimaldi & Arthur C. Pierce, and executive produced by the Woolner Brothers. (Grimaldi, Pierce, and the Woolners were involved in plenty of cheap sci-fi/horr read more

ENTER THE CLONES OF BRUCE

The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog Posted by Dan Day, Jr. on May 18, 2024

 ENTER THE CLONES OF BRUCE, a documentary from Severin Films, is a fun, fast-paced look at one of the weirdest and wildest cinematic sub-genres. One of the saddest things about Bruce Lee's shocking death in 1973 was that it happened right when the martial arts master was on the verge of be read more

THE MASK OF FU MANCHU On Blu-ray From Warner Archive

The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog Posted by Dan Day, Jr. on May 11, 2024

 The Warner Archive unleashes on Blu-ray one of the wildest, wickedest Pre-Code thrillers--the 1932 MGM production of THE MASK OF FU MANCHU. During the heady days of classic Hollywood, MGM was considered the studio of class and distinction, but in the early 1930s they made some of the more read more

LET IT BE

The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog Posted by Dan Day, Jr. on May 9, 2024

 The 1970 documentary LET IT BE is now available, in a restored edition, on the Disney+ streaming channel. The film covers the Beatles' attempts to record a brand new album and plan a concert around it in early 1969--but as fans of The Fab Four know all too well, things got complicated, and the read more
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