Monthly Archives: May 2016

The Rains Came to Contention

CAUTION: CONTAINS “SPOILERS” One thing that I’ve always admired about Delmer Daves’ “The 3:10 to Yuma” (1957) is the effortless way in which it rises above its literary source as a pulp Western adventure yarn and its cinematic antecedent–that would … Continue reading

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When Science Makes Monsters

CAUTION: CONTAINS “SPOILERS.” I have earlier written about Paul Landres’ very traditional vampire opus “The Return of Dracula,” now I want to discuss his other vampire opus–1957’s “The Vampire.” Working with the same script writer Pat Fielder, he tried putting … Continue reading

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The Travails of Col. Jonas

CAUTION: CONTAINS “SPOILERS” Sergio Corbucci’s 1967 film “Hellbenders” (“I crudeli”) is a bit less visually flamboyant than some of his better-known westerns and unfortunately less well-known. The title refers to a regiment of Confederate cavalrymen led by the ruthless Col. … Continue reading

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Unreal World

CAUTION: Contains “Spoilers.” It has been pointed out before by others that Gordon Wiles’ 1947 film “The Gangster” is more like a play on film than a movie about a crime boss’ downfall. Some would even suggest that it should … Continue reading

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