Friday, August 17, 2018

Captain Scarface (1953) Barton MacLane

Director: Paul Guilfoyle
Stars: Barton MacLane, Virginia Grey, Leif Erickson
This is a story about a dude that likes the ladies, in fact he needs to get outa town fast because he was messing around with a married woman.  Leif Erickson plays Sam, and Sam needs a passport, he obtains one in a most unusual way. Assuming a dead mans name he boards a ship, a ship on a suicide mission. Will Sam get the girl? Will Sam save the day? Or will Captain Scarface send them all to their doom? Find out in this cold war spy thriller. Barton MacLane plays Captain Scarface, you may remember him as General Peterson on I Dream of Jeannie. The beautiful Virginia Grey plays the love interest. Grey had a long career in both film and television. Leif Erickson is remembered as Big John Cannon on The High Chaparral. Erickson served in WWII as a combat photographer, his aircraft was shot down twice, both times he was wounded. And Paul Brinegar plays Clegg, a low life, that just wants his money. Brinegar can be seen as Wishbone, the lovable cook, in reruns of Rawhide.★★★
Leif Erickson

Monday, August 6, 2018

Confidential (1935) Donald Cook

Director: Edward L. Cahn
Stars: Donald Cook, Evalyn Knapp, Warren Hymer 

G man Dave Elliott (Donald Cook) goes undercover to get the "Big Guy" in a numbers racket mob. Naturally he finds love along the way in the form of the lovely Evalyn Knapp, who was a leading lady in many "B" movies and serials of the 30s and 40s. Warren Hymer plays Midget a not very bright numbers runner. Hymer was fun to watch in this film and funny too, Hymer had a real life drinking problem and showed up for work drunk at a picture, Columbia chief Harry Cohn had him thrown off the lot. Hymer got his revenge though by urinating on Cohn's desk. Hymer died in 1948 at the age of 42. A great "B" list cast, and some clever dialog make Confidential a must see for fans of this era in film.   ★★★

Donald Cook

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Betty Brosmer Video Birthday Tribute

The Wild and Wicked (1956)

Driector: W. Merle Connell
Stars: Joy Reynolds, Geri Moffatt, Marko Perri
The Wild and Wicked (AKA The Flesh Merchant) is the story of two very attractive sisters on a collision course with destiny. The younger sibling looks up to the older and sees a beautiful apartment, fine clothes and furs, but not all is as it seems. This film could easily be a guide on how to become a real working girl, or is it all just an illusion?  Find out in this supposedly true story. Men look out for brief nudity, very brief. ★★

Monday, July 23, 2018

The Corpse Vanishes (1942) Bela Lugosi

Director: Wallace Fox
Stars: Bela Lugosi, Luana Walters, Tristram Coffin
Beautiful young girls have been getting married and dropping dead at their own wedding. Everyone is baffled until a reporter stumbles upon a clue, a rare orchid. In order to keep his wife alive a scientist perfects a way to keep her young and beautiful. The only drawback is he has to kill in order to do it. I liked this old Monogram thriller, the only thing I did not understand is why he wanted to keep her young, after all, they slept in separate coffins. Bela Lugosi is the unhinged doctor trying to keep his unsympathetic wife alive. The doctors favorite pastime is playing Ave Maria on the organ to her, isn't love grand? The Corpse Vanishes is a great Saturday afternoon diversion. ★★★