On TCM 10/30/16 – Three for the price of one special–In Bud Abbott and Lou Costello meet Frankenstein (1948) we are faced with the ultimate horror trinity of all 3 famous movie horrors- Dracula (Bela Lugosi), the Frankenstein Monster (Glenn Strange), and the Wolf Man (Lon Chaney Jr.). There is even a bonus of Vincent Price as the Voice of the Invisible Man. It was even a better deal for me viewing this comedy/horror classic at the Saturday Children Matinee of a neighborhood local Brooklyn theatre in the 1950’s for 35 cents and to boot there was a second feature. I could still hear the kids laughing and screaming!
24/7 21th Century WIFI comes to Canter’s Deli on Fairfax-You can now surf the Web while enjoying your pastrami on rye!
The Killing (1956) – Observing the diversion created by Kola Kwariani while the great Sterling Hayden as John Clay sneaks in the back door to the loot is: Rodney Dangerfield in his first screen role as a racetrack patron onlooker! Even Stanley Kubrick gave Rodney no respect or credit!
On TCM 11/17/16- Something of Value (1957) written/directed by Richard Brooks is a powerful well-acted film about how the close since childhood friendship between Rock Hudson and Sidney Poitier is challenged in revolution torn Kenya. Great supporting cast with the beautiful Dana Wynter, screen great Wendy Hiller, Ivan Dixon, and the underrated Juano Hernandez with Michael Pate convincing as a hateful farmer. The perfect soundtrack by Miklos Rozsa intensifies the love, friendship and tragic conflict and adds even more dramatic impact.
The Lusty Men (1952)- A modern western where brilliant director Nick Ray’s sensitive camera tells us the unspoken thoughts of both Robert Mitchum as rodeo star Jeff McCloud and Susan Haywood as ranch housewife Louise via their introspective facial expressions. Love the scene towards the beginning where Mitch as Jeff McCloud seeking meaning about his past returns to his decaying boyhood home presently owned by familiar face old timer Burt Mustin- memories are written all over Mitch’s face!