Monthly Archives: October 2014

Frankenstein’s Hunchbacks

It’s been suggested to me that, with Halloween fast approaching, this would be a good time to do for Doctor Frankenstein’s hunchbacked lab assistants what I did earlier for mummy-masters. Why not, eh? To begin with, in Mary Shelley’s novel, … Continue reading

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The World of Andy Doyle

The Andy Doyle police thrillers really aren’t a series as such. They are really more in the nature of unrelated episodes. Five stories released between 1955 and 1957. There is no real development of the character beyond a name change … Continue reading

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Happy Endings–Bah!

Sometimes those DVD commentaries and bonus features can be really worthwhile. On Fox’s DVD of F.W. Murnau’s remarkable “Sunrise,” there is bonus material concerning his follow-up effort for Fox, the circus drama “The 4 Devils.” Now William Fox was apparently … Continue reading

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Outlaw Romanzas

“Jesse James” was a big hit for 20th Century-Fox in 1939. It’s ultra-romantic depiction of the life and death of the celebrated badman obviously struck a chord with Depression-Era audiences. The professional moralists had succeeded in emasculating the gangster film, … Continue reading

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