Thursday, December 15, 2011

Tuesday's Overlooked Films and/or Other A/V: the links

Thanks as always to all contributors and all readers of this weekly collection of reviews and citations of insufficiently remembered (and occasionally insufficiently notorious) films, television, radio, stage presentations and other largely narrative performing arts...there might be a few stragglers this week. Please let me know if I've missed yours or someone else's citations in comments, and thanks again...

Bill Crider: A Rage in Harlem

Brian Arnold: "Christmas in July" (Punky Brewster animated); "Miracle on 34th Street" (The Twentieth Century Fox Hour, 1955)

Chuck Esola: Stop Me Before I Kill!

Eric Peterson: Off Beat (1986)

Evan Lewis: The Sign of Four (1932)

Iba Dawson: Away We Go (2009)

Jack Seabrook: Robert Bloch on TV: "The Changing Heart" (Alfred Hitchcock Presents:)

James Reasoner: Time Again

Jerry House: Tuba Christmas

John Charles: Terror Circus (aka Barn of the Naked Dead; aka Nightmare Circus)

Juri Nummelin: Dracula vs. Frankenstein

Kate Laity: The Long Kiss Goodnight

Mike Toomey: "Back for Christmas" (Alfred Hitchcock Presents:)

Patti Abbott: The Knack...and how to get it

Philip Schweier: I Wake Up Screaming; I Walk Alone

Randy Johnson: Two Flags West

Ron Scheer: High Plains Drifter

Scott Cupp: Supergirl

Sergio Angelini: Maniac (1963; aka The Maniac)

Stacia Jones: Nana (1926)

Steve Lewis: Black Moon (1934); Illegal Entry; Offbeat (1963)

Todd Mason: Why Do You Write Horror Fiction? Gahan Wilson, Joseph Payne Brennan, Robert Bloch, Frank Belknap Long and Manly Wade Wellman at the First World Fantasy Convention, 1975 A convention panel (paired with one on fantasy publishing featuring Bloch, Wilson, Donald A. Wollheim, Elsie Wollheim, and [I think] Lester del Rey) that allows us to hear these worthies...all but Wilson now deceased...discussing what drew them into the field, how they think the literature should be marketed and how it is marketed, and basically how they came to be at the first World Fantasy Convention. Unfortunately, the recording stops abruptly on the first his First World Fantasy Awards volume, Wilson recalls Wellman eventually deciding that why he wrote horror fiction was simply...he enjoys the thought of his audience's eyes bugging out. (Wilson also mangles Vonnegut's urinal metaphor in the KV essay "On Science Fiction," where Vonnegut mentioned that the "drawer" labeled sf is too often mistaken for a urinal, particularly by uninformed critics and readers.) While Frank Belknap Long can be a bit windy, and Joseph Payne Brennan a little less so since also feeling a bit timid, it's still a good piece to hear, as is the marketing discussion which follows. (Recording uploaded to from a cassette supplement to fanzine Myrddin 3, 1975)

Walter Albert: Nightmare (1956)

William I. Lengeman III: Mr. and Mrs. North (1942)

Yvette Banek: The March of the Wooden Soldiers

Related Matters:

Dan Stumpf: Jackie Chan: 5 Films

Frederik Pohl: Harlan Ellison (and Long John Nebel)

George Kelley: Jackie Chan: 4 Films; John Le Carre narrates his Absolute Friends

Jackie Kashian interviews actor/Planet of the Apes superfan/collector Brian Peck

Paula Guran (courtesy Ed Gorman): Behind the Bates Motel: Robert Bloch

Prashant Trikannad: World War II movies


pattinase (abbott) said...

Juri seems to have snagged Kate.

Todd Mason said...

Thanks! Internet Explorer is particularly good for that...

George said...

Another eclectic mix!

Prashant C. Trikannad said...

Fine films, Todd, many I haven't heard and seen.

Walker Martin said...

I see Todd has chosen the horror panel at the First World Fantasy Convention in 1975. I was at this show in Providence RI and while in a drunken stupor one night, I suggested visiting Lovecraft's grave and digging him up as a sort of surprise guest.

Fortunately no one thought this was a good idea, otherwise I'd be typing this from Trenton Psychiatric Hospital.

Todd Mason said...

Well, Walker, at least that might've saved you from the death from avalanching SEWANEE REVIEWs (see Walker's piece in the recent MYSTERY*FILE posts)...but, all told, it does sound like saner voices prevailed, all to the good.

Todd Mason said...

And, thanks for your contributions, George and Prashant (and Patti and Kate)!

Bill said...

Tuesday’s Overlooked Films: Mr. and Mrs. North

Todd Mason said...

Added! Welcome, Bill.