The countdown of horror comedies continues with…

(1932,James Whale)

Whale’s bizarre marriage of the creepy mansion thriller with a jaundiced take on the comedy of manners, this parade of grotesques and eccentrics is perhaps the ultimate distillation of the director’s fey sense of humor – droller and campier than even The Bride of Frankenstein. Ernest Thesiger wafts through the film, stealing every scene from a top-notch collection of scenery chewers so flamboyant that Boris Karloff’s performance as a brutal mute with rape on his mind seems downright conventional in comparison.

Deathless Prose:

“Have a potato.”

October 21, 2011 · Posted in Legends  

Some choice links to blogs and articles posted this month for lovers of classic Hollywood films:

Legendary talk show host Dick Cavett provides a straight-shooting reminiscence about a star-struck afternoon spent with John Wayne on the set of the Duke’s last movie, The Shootist.
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January 24, 2010 · Posted in Legends