Thursday, April 30, 2015

The Accused (1949)

"Everything points to The Accused."

Director: William Dieterle
Script: Ketti Frings
Cast: Loretta Young, Robert Cummings, Wendell Corey,
Sam Jaffe, Douglas Dick, Suzanne Dalbert

Despite its all-star cast, and its reputation as a true film-noir classic, The Accused proves to be a rare gem that is difficult to locate for viewing. Although not a horror movie, this suspenseful feature film from 1949 was one of the first thrillers to be presented on television by a horror movie host. 

Back in the early days of horror hosting, fright flicks were difficult to obtain, and programs, such as Murder Before Midnight, Lady of Horrors, Terror! Theatre, and Vampira, often acquired mystery and suspense films as fillers. The Accused was one such feature, and appeared on Murder Before Midnight in nightly half-hour installments.



Friday, April 17, 2015

The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939)

Variant posters and stills for The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939)

Italian poster


French poster


Danish poster

Italian poster

Italian poster art

Maureen O'Hara &  Edmond O'Brien

Dutch poster

O'Hara & Alan Marshal 

Friday, April 10, 2015

Surviving Footage of Lon Chaney: Alas and Alack (1913)

Evil Fairy destroys the love between a Prince and a Fishermaid

The summoning of the Hunchback Fate (Lon Chaney)

The Fishermaid (Cleo Madison) imprisoned inside a shell

Screenshot of Chaney in surviving footage of Alas and Alack (1913)

Arthur Shirley, Mary Kierman, and Madison  

Lon Chaney also plays The Fisherman