The writer of “Silver Screen Reflections” commemorates Turner Classic Movies and the network’s 25th anniversary! Happy 25th and here’s to many more years of classic features, cult features and rarely-seen classics on the network! -C.H.
The 1953 Warner Bros. horror-thriller masterpiece was directed by actor-turned-director Andre de Toth. He later directed several television series for Warners, including one episode of “Maverick” (1960, w/James Garner), several episodes of “77 Sunset Strip” (1959–60), “Hawaiian Eye” (1959–60) and an episode of “Bronco” (1960, w/ Ty Hardin). “House of Wax” was produced by veteran producer Bryan Foy, who was part of the original “Seven Little Foys” family vaudeville troupe with his father, Eddie Foy. The screenplay for “House of Wax” was written by Crane Wilbur and was based off of a story by Charles S. Belden.
Who was in “House of Wax” (1953)?
The Players who appeared in “House of Wax” were Vincent Price (as Prof. Henry Jarrod), Phyllis Kirk (as Sue Allen) Frank Lovejoy (as Det. Lt. Tom Brennan), Carolyn Jones (as Cathy Gray), Paul Picerni (as Scott Andrews), Angela Clarke (as Mrs. Andrews), a young Charles Bronson (as Igor, Bronson was credited under his original name of Charles Buchinsky), Roy Roberts (as Matthew Burke), Dabbs Greer (as Sgt. Jim Shane), Paul Cavanagh (as Sidney Wallace) and Reggie Rymal (as a Barker).
A happy/safe Fourth of July and happy Independence Day to all from the management of “Silver Screen Reflections!”
Turner Classic Movies will be airing “Yankee Doodle Dandy” (1942) this evening at 8 p.m. Eastern/7 p.m. Central! The film is also available from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on Blu-Ray (as part of the studio’s “Warner Archive” series), DVD and through participating digital streaming providers!
One of the definitive cinematic comedies of 1940 with several legends of the silver screen will be returning to select cinemas this month for a limited time.
Turner Classic Movies, in association with Fathom Events and Warner Bros. Pictures (as part of the Turner Entertainment/pre-1986 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer holdings) will present the revival screening of “The Philadelphia Story” (1940).
The re-release of “The Philadelphia Story” (1940) will take place in participating cinema locations from coast-to-coast on Sun., Feb. 18 and Wed., Feb. 21 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. local time. The re-issue will feature special pre-recorded introduction and concluding statements by TCM host Ben Mankiewicz.
Directed by George Cukor, the players who appeared in “The Philadelphia Story” were Cary Grant (as C.K. Dexter Haven), Katherine Hepburn (as Tracy Lord), James Stewart (as Macaulay Connor), Ruth Hussey (as Elizabeth Imbrie), Roland Young (as Uncle Willie), John Howard (as George Kittredge), Virginia Weidler (as Dinah Lord), Mary Nash (as Margaret Lord), John Halliday (as Seth Lord), Henry Daniell (as Sidney Kidd), Lionel Pape (as Edward) and Rex Evans (as Thomas).
One of cinema’s legendary features of 1948 will be returning to the big screen for its 70th anniversary.
The revival presentation of the 1948 screen adaptation of B. Traven’s novel will take place in participating cinema venues from coast-to-coast on Sun., Jan. 14 and Tue., Jan. 16* at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. local time.
The TCM “Big Screen Classics” 70th anniversary showcase of “The Treasure of the Sierra Madre” (1948) will also feature pre-recorded opening introduction and closing conclusion segments by TCM host Ben Mankiewicz.
Directed by John Huston, the players who appeared in “The Treasure of the Sierra Madre” were Humphrey Bogart (as Dobbs), Walter Huston (as Howard), Tim Holt (as Curtin), Bruce Bennett (as Cody), Barton MacLane (as McCormick), Alfonso Bedoya (as Gold Hat), A. Soto Rangel (as Presidente), Robert Blake (in an uncredited role as a boy selling lottery tickets), a pre-“Lone Ranger” Jay Silverheels (in an uncredited role as a pier Indian guide) and Jack Holt (in an uncredited role as a flophouse bum). John Huston also made an uncredited bit cameo appearance in the film as an American tourist in Tampico.
Latter official highlight trailer for “Godzilla Raids Again” (originally released in Japan in 1955, released in the United States as “Gigantis: the Fire Monster” in 1959).
The legendary Berwyn/Chicago-based horror/sci-fi film host will be presenting “Godzilla Raids Again” (1955, a.k.a. “Gigantis: the Fire Monster”) this Sat., Jan. 13 at 8 p.m. Eastern/7 p.m. Central on Me-TV (as part of Sven’s Jan. festival of classic Toho Studios “Godzilla” kaiju creature features).
There will be two more “Godzilla” films in Sven’s showcase for Jan., with “Mothra vs. Godzilla” (1964, a.k.a. “Godzilla vs. The Thing”) on Jan. 20 and “Godzilla’s Revenge” (1969, a.k.a. “All Monsters Attack”) on Jan. 27.
The U.S. edition of the feature was produced by Paul Schreibman. Warner Bros. Pictures released the film for the North American market in 1958, under the title of “Gigantis: the Fire Monster” (according to Turner Classic Movies).
This will mark Sven’s second showcase of the 1955/59 “Godzilla” sequel on Me-TV. He had previously shown “Godzilla Raids Again”/”Gigantis: The Fire Monster” during his Feb. 2017 Godzilla film salute.
Who was in “Godzilla Raids Again” (1955)/”Gigantis: the Fire Monster” (1959)?
The players who appeared in “Godzilla Raids Again” were Hiroshi Koizumi (as Shoichi Tsukioka), Setsuko Wakayama (as Hidemi Yamaji), Takashi Shimura (as Dr. Yamane), Minoru Chiaki (as Kobyashi), Ren Yamamoto (as the landing craft commander), Masao Shimizu (as Dr. Tadokoro), stunt actor Haruo Nakajima (in the “Godzilla/”Gojira” suit), stunt actor Katsumi Tezuka (in the “Anguirus” suit), a pre-“Star Trek” George Takei (in an uncredited role for the English dubbing of Ren Yamamoto’s character), character actor Keye Luke (in an uncredited role for the English dubbing of Hiroshi Koizumi’s character), voice-over artist Paul Frees (in an uncredited voice role) and Marvin Miller (of “The Millionaire,” in an uncredited role as the narrator).
Season’s Greetings, Happy (belated) Hanukkah, Happy (belated) Winter Solstice, Happy (belated) Festivus, Merry Christmas, Happy Kwanzaa and Happy Holidays to all fellow classic/cult cinema enthusiasts/aficionados , fellow Svengoolie SvenPals and fellow MSTies of MST3K from-coast-to-coast (from the writer of “Silver Screen Reflections”)! Peace! -C.H.