“Forgotten Hollywood”- Halloween’s Connection…

Posted on October 14, 2009 by raideoman1 | No Comments

Manny P. here…

   Halloween is a great holiday to enjoy some of the actors I feature in Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History. Gary Lycan of The Orange County Register reminded me in a chat we had the other day that my book signing at Mr. B’s is close to the holiday date (Tuesday, October 27th), and it got me thinking about some of the movies made by the stars in my book. So, I decided to provide a guide of films to watch on October 31st!Boris_Karloff_as_The_Monster_in_Bride_of_Frankenstein_film_trailer

Walter Brennan – Bride of Frankenstein (yes, he has a bit part in this movie)

John CarradineBride of Frankenstein, The Black Cat, House of Frankenstein, House of Dracula, The Mummy’s Ghost, The Invisible Man’s Revenge, The Howling (among others).

Eddie “Rochester” AndersonTopper Returns

Donald CrispDr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1941)

Basil Rathbone Son of Frankenstein, The Black CatTower of London, The Mad Doctor, Tales of Terror, Comedy of Terror

   I think the best three films to watch on a Halloween evening is Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein, Mighty Joe Young (with Terry Moore and Ben Johnson), and Them! (with James Whitmore, James Arness and Edmund Gwenn

   Back in the early seventies, a teen neighbor of ours took my sister and me to a “Fright Fest” at Universal Studios for an evening of scary movies. The lineup was Frankenstein, Dracula, The Wolf Man, The Invisible Manand Dr. Cyclops. Everyone at the outdoor venue had a ball.

   A good horror film is really a “black comedy“, and the performances in many of these (mostly Universal) motion pictures are hilarious and over the top. With today’s emphasis on blood and gore in cinema, I recommend these pictures as an attractive alternative for the whole family to watch and enjoy.  Here is another reason to love black and white movies.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

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