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History of Mr Polly [Import]
History of Mr Polly [Import]
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4.0 out of 5 stars "The History of Mr. Polly (1949) ... John Mills ... Anthony Pélissier (Director) (2011)", Oct. 18 2011
This review is from: History of Mr Polly [Import] (DVD)
VCI Entertainment and The Rank Collection presents "THE HISTORY OF MR. POLLY" (1949 96 min/B&W) -- Starring: John Mills, Betty Ann Davies, Megs Jenkins, Finlay Currie, Gladys Henson, Diana Churchill, Shelagh Fraser, Edward Chapman, Dandy Nichols, Sally Ann Howes, Juliet Mills, Laurence Baskcomb

Directed by: Anthony Pélissier

VCI has restored and brought from their vaults another great film from the British Invasion.

A masterpiece of acting. John Mills one of the best actors to come out of England with his superb acting skills.

The film is being directed by the author of the screenplay, Anthony Pelissier with warmth and a kind wit, and produced by its leading player John Mills.

It is difficult to imagine a better actor for the title role. John Mills gives Mr Polly just the right amount of lightness, never once veering into pathos or overstating Polly's 'feebleness', as his wife later calls it.

One would ask the questions of do we like Mr. Polly? Do we wish him to succeed? That is the jest of the plot and story line. Will we be like most and lose patience with him, or root for his final adventure and sharing what comes may.

The funeral of his father, which was more like a wedding party than a wake, with young women circling the newly rich innocent like sharks round a seal. Really enjoy the scene where Mr Polly tries his hand at punting, struggling with his passenger and throwing them both in to the water.

The music here was brilliantly compsed for the wind of the orchestra and played by a team of virtuosos with an outstanding clarinettist The composer William Alwyn was probably the most prolific film composer of his or any generation. His work here gave the film a well meanning lift. The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Leader David McCallum and Conducted by Muir Mathieson.

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* Special Footnote: -- An earlier Hollywood version starring Charles Laughton was in production but was cancelled following the outbreak of the Second World War.

1. Chapters
2. English Subtitles
3. Restoration (Before & After)

1. Anthony Pélissier (Director)
Date of Birth: 27 July 1912 - Barnet, Hertfordshire, England, UK
Date of Death: 2 April 1988 - Eastbourne, England, UK

2. John Mills [aka: Lewis Ernest Watts Mills]
Date of Birth: 22 February 1908 - The Watts Naval Training College, North Elmham, Norfolk, England, UK
Date of Death: 23 April 2005 - Denham, Buckinghamshire, England, UK

3. Betty Ann Davies
Date of Birth: 24 December 1910 - London, England, UK
Date of Death: 14 May 14 1955 - Manchester, England, UK

4. Sally Ann Howes
Date of Birth: 20 July 1930 - St. John's Wood, London, England, UK
Date of Death: Unknown

5. Juliet Mills [aka: Juliet Maryon Mills]
Date of Birth: 21 November 1941 - London, England, UK
Date of Death: Unknown

Mr. Jim's Ratings:
Quality of Picture & Sound: 5 Stars
Performance: 4 Stars
Story & Screenplay: 4 Stars
Overall: 4 Stars [Original Music, Cinematography & Film Editing]

Total Time: 96 min on DVD ~ VCI Entertainment #8747 ~ (October 18, 2011)

Fringe: The Complete Third Season [Blu-ray]
Fringe: The Complete Third Season [Blu-ray]
DVD ~ Anna Torv
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5.0 out of 5 stars "Complete Third Season ... FRINGE ... Torv/Jackson/Reddick/Brown/Nicole/Noble ... (Fox) (2011)", Oct. 17 2011
Fox Broadcasting Co. presents "FRINGE: THE COMPLETE THIRD SEASON" [Blu-ray] (2010) - (1012 min/Color) -- Starring: Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson, Lance Reddick, Blair Brown, Jasika Nicole, John Noble

Created by J.J. Abrams, Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci

Have Fringe seasons one and two on DVD, but this is the first season I purchased on Blu-ray. And it's outstanding!

Seasons are getting better (if you can believe that), because it was great from the first get-go. Love the supernatural incidents, and our cast as the special task force are the one and only people who can deal with it. Also the high tech, supernatural and experimenting is a draw for the sci-fi and mystery fans.

Each episode brings you closer to what the mystery of alternate worlds is about, but don't think you've found the answer - you haven't. That's what keeps you coming back, week after week. The cast grows every week, with one or the other taking the lead, and our alternate beings from the other side, are like us but not quite, there is that slight difference, that's the beauty of it - tense and downright chilling at times.

Our lead characters handle their alternates in a meticulous way with strong acting in every step of the way. Watching the special features on the Discs gives you the challenges the cast, special effects and stunt people deal with in each episode every week- great stuff, they keep pushing the envelope.

As one reviewer has requested and encouraged as many folks to start viewing 'Fringe' live on Fridays. In closing ... please watch.

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1. Animating the Lysergic Acid Diethylamide Episode.
2. Duality of Worlds:The Psychology of Duality, The Other You,
Visualizing an Alternate Worlds and A Machine of Destiny
3. Constructing on Extra-Sensory Soundscape
4. Unusual Side Effects, Gag Reel
5. Secrets of Fringe, The First People
6. Network Promos: The Day We Died, Entrada & The Journey Home

1. Anna Torv
Date of Birth: 15 June 1978 - Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Date of Death: Still Living

2. Joshua Jackson [aka: Joshua Browning Jackson Carter]
Date of Birth: 11 June 1978 - Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Date of Death: Still Living

3. Lance Reddick
Date of Birth: 31 December 1969 - Baltimore, Maryland
Date of Death: Still Living

4. Blair Brown
Date of Birth: 23 April 1946 - Washington, District of Columbia
Date of Death: Still Living

5. Jasika Nicole [aka: Jasika Nicole Pruitt]
Date of Birth: Alabama, USA
Date of Death: Still Living

6. John Noble
Date of Birth: 20 August 1948 - Port Pirie, South Australia, Australia
Date of Death: Still Living

* Special footnote: -- BLU-RAY EXCLUSIVE: Glimmer to the Other Side, Experience Os Episode
Mode with Pop-Up Commentaries.

Mr. Jim's Ratings:
Quality of Picture & Sound: 5 Stars
Performance: 5 Stars
Story & Screenplay: 5 Stars
Overall: 5 Stars [Original Music, Cinematography & Film Editing]

Total Time: 1012 min on DVD ~ Fox Broadcasting Co. ~ (September 6, 2011)

Eerie Archives Volume 1
Eerie Archives Volume 1
by Various
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars "Archives Vol. One ... Eerie ... Horroriffic Happenings ... (Dark Horse) (2009)", Oct. 17 2011
Dark Horse Comics presents "EERIE ARCHIVES VOL.1 HC" [Hardcover], Have collected the 'Creepy' Archives from Dark Horse, am now getting into the 'EERIE' zone of the Warren Publishing phenomena of the 1960s.

Take note as one reviewer commented the first Eerie is simply a reprint of three stories that previously appeared in a Creepy magazine, those who have purchased 'Creepy Archives Vol. 2' may not care for this, Dark Horse wanted to keep this accurate and clean, I'm not disappointed in their decision. The stories and artwork are fabulous. Archie Goodwin has to be one of the most talented writers on the planet, and Warren Publishing, don't ever lose him, he's your ticket to some of the success you've been having.

Cousin Eerie doesn't disappoint with at the helm, James Warren (publisher), Archie Goodwin (editor), Frank Frazetta (covers), Ben Oda (lettering), Eando Binder, E. Nelson Bridwell, Eugene Colan, Reed Crandall, Jack Davis, Steve Ditko, Frank Frazetta, Archie Goodwin, Roy G. Krenkel, Larry Ivie, Rocco Mastroserio, Gray Morrow, Joe Orlando, John Severin, Jay Taycee, Angelo Torres, Alex Toth, Al Williamson and Wally Wood (staff) - an all-star line up sure to hit a home run every time.

The bull-pen above is only a hint at the kind of HORRORIFFIC HAPPENINGS in the first and future issues of this GHOULISH GAZETTE, hosted by COUSIN EERIE. He's taken the CREEPY COLLECTION of artists and writers, and brewed a monstrous mixture of TERROR TALES to keep you on the edge of your seat (if you're not hiding under it). FEAR FANCIERS will want to avoid missing the future fright in sight, by surfing the Amazon sites for EERIE the CREEPY HOME COMPANION.

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* Special footnote: -- One of the top Eerie artists is Reed Crandall, who has worked for most of the top names in comics. He achieved recognition for his art on Quality Comics "Blackhawk" series and his many more contributions for EC COMICS. He has been a major artist in the early years for Warren Publishing, creating some of their most moody and dramatic tales. His accomplished use of fine line shading gave these stories an almost Gothic quality. The feeling of studied realism he's created gives his horror stories believability. They are both frightening and memorable.

Superb, terrific, fabulous, magnificent, excellent, gorgeous, sumptuous, beautiful, stunning, and even GOOD! These are the words in describing this Eerie release, only because I can't find other words to fill in the gaps. The writers keep you horrified and they dream up some of the best plots ever put on paper.

In closing -- Here is a poem from the "poison pen" letter section:

"Eerie, Eerie, kind of dreary,
What is your monsters' food?
With ghouls and vampires, werewolves and witches,
All in a killing mood"!

Highly recommend, to bring back those memories, you never really forgot....

Total Page: 240 Pages ~ Dark Horse Comics #ISBN-13: 978-1595822451 ~ (March 10, 2009)

Creepy Archives Volume 1
Creepy Archives Volume 1
by Various
Edition: Hardcover
Price: CDN$ 49.22
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5.0 out of 5 stars "Archives Vol.1 ... Creepy ... Vampires, Werewolves & Zombies (Dark Horse) (2008)", Oct. 16 2011
Dark Horse Comics presents "CREEPY ARCHIVES VOL.1 HC" [Hardcover], Now it all comes back to me. I was already collecting 'Famous Monsters of Filmland' magazines, saw the ads of coming attractions. A new title on the horizon 'Creepy Magazine' gathered some of the best on their debut outing - Jim Warren (publisher), Russ Jones (editor), Archie Goodwin, Joe Orlando (story ideas), Ben Oda (lettering), many of the previous EC Comics team brought their talents to the forefront with embellisher's such as - Reed Crandall, Jack Davis, George Evans, Frank Frazetta, Roy Krenkel, Bob Lubbers, Gray Morrow, Joe Orlando, Alex Toth, Maurice Whitman, Al McWilliams, Al Williamson, and Angelo Torres, illustrations and storyline within 6 - 8 pages in length for your perverted enjoyment.

Remember when our host Uncle Creepy came into the lives of all the comic book fans, not since ECs horror years had we been this excited. This first installment brings on vampires, werewolves and zombies - just the perfect ingredients for scaring the pants off of you, all the time craving for more and the next issues to follow.

Nothing like this was on the newsstands to compete, Jim Warren and his staff had outdone themselves, as the pages of the first five stories will attest, but not to worry it even gets better in the coming issues. Dark Horse has maintained the magazines size as to the original with perfection, left in the original ads and letters for your reading pleasure.

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Special footnote: -- The greatest comic artists in the world bring you...tales of suspense, horror, mystery, the unknown and the weird. As mentioned by several other reviewers. The reproductions are outstanding, the artwork and stories are at the top of their game. The Frazetta covers are mesmerizing - Now that Dark Horse has our attention, open the doors and let the issues flow, in chronological order, please!

In closing - It is only natural to associate 'Creepy' with EC Comic group, definitely feel the artwork is better than EC's, with Creepy's own Gray Morrow, Angelo Torres and Bob Lubbers - What is considerably more important is the fact that the stories are in black and white, allowing an amount of shading undreamed of with colors, Frank Frazetta, Joe Orlando and Gray Morrow take full advantage and give class to their work...Here's to the success of Dark Horse and Creepy, may they keep the fans in complete horror!

Total Page: 240 Pages ~ Dark Horse Comics #ISBN-13: 978-1593079734 ~ (August 19, 2008)

A Man Alone
A Man Alone

4.0 out of 5 stars "A Man Alone (1955) ... Milland/Murphy/Bond/Burr/Space/Van Cleef ... Ray Milland (Director) (1998)", Oct. 16 2011
This review is from: A Man Alone (VHS Tape)
Republic Pictures presents "A MAN ALONE" (1955) - (96 min/Color) -- Starring: Ray Milland, Mary Murphy, Ward Bond, Raymond Burr, Arthur Space & Lee Van Cleef

Directed Ray Milland

Fugitive gunslinger Wes Steele (Ray Milland), while escaping a lynch mob, stumbles onto an Arizona ranch that has been quarantined due to Yellow Fever. During his enforced stay, he falls in love with sheriff's daughter Nadine Corrigan (Mary Murphy), who is as much a "lost soul" as Steele. The only hope the lovers have for a happy future is Steele's exoneration, but this won't happen so long as crooked town banker Stanley (Raymond Burr) holds all the cards.

Special footnote: -- Ray Milland made his directorial debut with this Republic western and it did well enough to encourage future directorial efforts - which included the well-paced espionages Lisbon (1956) & The Safecracker (1958) and the above average sci-fi exercise Panic in the Year Zero! (1962)

1. Ray Milland Director)
Date of Birth: 3 January 1905 - Neath, Glamorgan, Wales, UK
Date of Death: 10 March 1986 - Torrance, California

2. Mary Murphy
Date of Birth: 26 January 1931 - Washington, District of Columbia
Date of Death: 4 May 2011 - Beverly Hills, California

3. Ward Bond [aka: Wardell E. Bond]
Date of Birth: 9 April 1903 - Benkelman, Nebraska
Date of Death: 5 November 1960 - Dallas, Texas

4. Raymond Burr
Date of Birth: 21 May 1917 - New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada
Date of Death: 12 September 1993 - Sonoma, California

5. Arthur Space
Date of Birth: 12 October 1908 - New Brunswick, New Jersey
Date of Death: 13 January 1983 - Hollywood, California

6. Lee Van Cleef
Date of Birth: 9 January 1925 - Somerville, New Jersey
Date of Death: 16 December 1989 - Oxnard, California

Mr. Jim's Ratings:
Quality of Picture & Sound: 4 Stars
Performance: 4 Stars
Story & Screenplay: 4 Stars
Overall: 4 Stars [Original Music, Cinematography & Film Editing]

Total Time: 96 min on DVD/VHS ~ Republic Pictures ~ (January 1, 1998)

Prisoner Of Shark Island '36 [Import]
Prisoner Of Shark Island '36 [Import]
DVD ~ Warner Baxter
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4.0 out of 5 stars "The Prisoner of Shark Island (1936) ... Warner Baxter ... John Ford (Director) (2007)", Oct. 15 2011
20th Century Fox presents "THE PRISONER OF SHARK ISLAND" (1936) - (96 min/B&W) -- Starring: Warner Baxter, Gloria Stuart, Claude Gillingwater, Arthur Byron, John Carradine & Harry Carey

Directed by John Ford

In 1865 Dr. Samuel Mudd (Warner Baxter), a known Confederate sympathizer, sets the broken leg of a mud-caked stranger who stumbles into his home. The injured man turns out to be John Wilkes Booth (Francis McDonald), and Mudd is accused of conspiring to murder President Lincoln. Sentenced to hang with the genuine conspirators, Mudd finds his sentence commuted to life imprisonment at the very last moment. He is shipped to Shark Island, a brutal penal colony. Subject to the cruelties of a guard Sgt. Rankin (John Carradine) who hates Mudd because of his "complicity" in Lincoln's death, the doctor suffers the torments of the damned, while back home his wife, Peggy (Gloria Stuart) campaigns desperately to get her husband pardoned. During a Yellow Fever breakout on Shark Island, Dr. Mudd performs heroically to save the survivors. For his humanitarian efforts, Mudd is finally released and reunited with his wife.

An almost unbelievable but true story ... well told by the maestro John Ford

Dr. Samuel Mudd's story was retold in the Hellgate (1952), with Sterling Hayden as the (fictional) doctor. Also worth a view.

1. John Ford [aka: John Martin Feeney] Director)
Date of Birth: 1 February 1894, Cape Elizabeth, Maine, USA
Date of Death: 31 August 1973, Palm Desert, California, USA (stomach cancer)

2. Warner Baxter
Date of Birth: 29 March 1889 - Columbus, Ohio
Date of Death: 7 May 1951 - Beverly Hills, California

3. Gloria Stuart
Date of Birth: 4 July 1910, Santa Monica, California
Date of Death: 26 September 2010, Los Angeles, California

4. Claude Gillingwater
Date of Birth: 2 August 1870 - Louisiana, Missouri
Date of Death: 2 November 1939 - Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California

5. Harry Carey
Date of Birth: 16 January 1878 - The Bronx, New York
Date of Death: 21 September 1947 - Brentwood, California

6. John Carradine
Date of Birth: 5 February 1906 - New York City, New York, USA
Date of Death: 27 November 1988 - Milan, Italy

Mr. Jim's Ratings:
Quality of Picture & Sound: 4 Stars
Performance: 4 Stars
Story & Screenplay: 4 Stars
Overall: 4 Stars [Original Music, Cinematography & Film Editing]

Total Time: 96 min on DVD ~ 20th Century Fox ~ (December 4, 2007)

Vampirella Archives Volume 1
Vampirella Archives Volume 1
by Various
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars "Archives Vol.1 ... Vampirella ... Horror & Sex is the Formula (Dynamite Ent) (2011)", Oct. 15 2011
Dynamite Entertainment presents "VAMPIRELLA ARCHIVES VOL.1 HC" [Hardcover], Back in the day we had James Warren (publisher), Bill Parente (editor), Frank Frazetta (cover), Neal Adams, Ernie Colon, Reed Crandall, Billy Graham, Mike Royer, Tom Sutton, Tony Tallarico (appearing artists), Nicoli Cuti, Forrest J. Ackerman, Don Glut (appearing writers) - those are just some of the personnel from the first issue of Vampirella.

Warren Publishing ran into a bad period in the late 60s. Badly in need of a hit, Jim Warren struck gold in 1969, with the advent of their most popular character, VAMPIRELLA. Warren had an idea of a woman character in mind, with sketches on my notebook met with Frank Frazetta, Forry Ackerman, and Trina Robbins in my office and enough energy left for a game winning home run. Chose Forry as my writer, his first love was science fiction, we both had seen BARBARELLA and loved it ... Warren carefully outlined what he wanted done, a modern day setting but something mystique of vampires, Transylvania and something legendary - and VAMPIRELLA was born.

The formula was horror and sex! Good American sex, there it is a sexy babe on the first cover...standing there with a modern setting, Sexy, but not naked or bare breasted, her colors were bright red for excitement and pitch black for mystery ... along with great writing and outstanding illustrations, Warren had another winner.

Reading the advertisement in the Warren issues of 'CREEPY' and 'EERIE' and the coming of captivating comics about fantastic females - "Look Out! She's waiting inside this first collector's edition ... for you!!" Illustrated tales to bewitch & bedevil you.

On the inside cover as she stands before you with a red backdrop - "Hi, there! Welcome to the coolest girl-meets-ghoul mag on the market. My name's VAMPIRELLA! I'm the newest thing in comic magazines! And if you take me home with you, YOU can call me...VAMPI (that's if I don't call you first). I've put out the call to all the Creepiest Eeriest artists in the country (and you know what country:TRANSYLVANIA... And it'll be a BLOODY pity if anyone in the whole wide world doesn't get the word about this way-out mag of fantastic females! My AMAZING ADVENTURES explode here exclusively every issue and in addition you get half a dozen other sock-it-to-you SHOCKERS for gals and guys who're wise to the best in BEWITCHING COMICS! What more do you want - BLOOD? You got it!...COME WITH ME....

Special footnote: -- As mentioned by several other reviewers. There are seven issues instead of five, the quality seems good enough.
The reproductions are at most adequate, the artwork and stories are not up to the later issues, its gets better, trust me. The Frazetta cover of our favorite heroine is still a classic. Now that Dynamite has tested the waters, it's show time for the additional issues in chronicle order, please.
In closing - Vampirella initially appeared in Warren Publishing's black-and-white horror-comics magazine Vampirella #1 (Sept. 1969), running to issue #112 (March 1983). Highly recommend - this first volume is a WINNER!!

Total Page: 232 Pages ~ Dynamite Entertainment #ISBN-13: 978-1606901755 ~ (January 4, 2011)

Stagecoach (Sous-titres français) [Import]
Stagecoach (Sous-titres français) [Import]
DVD ~ John Wayne
Offered by 5A/30 Entertainment
Price: CDN$ 64.49
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5.0 out of 5 stars "Stagecoach (1939) ... Trevor/Wayne/Devine/Carradine/Mitchell ... John Ford (Director) (1997)", Oct. 14 2011
United Artists presents "STAGECOACH" (1939) - (96 min/B&W) -- Starring: Claire Trevor, John Wayne, Andy Devine, John Carradine & Thomas Mitchell

Directed by John Ford

Director John Ford combined action, drama, humor, and well-drawn characters in the story of a stagecoach set to leave Tonto, New Mexico for a distant settlement in Lordsburg, with a diverse group of passengers on board. Dallas is a woman with a scandalous past who has been driven out of town by the high-minded ladies of the community. Lucy Mallory (Louise Platt) is the wife of a cavalry officer stationed in Lordsburg, and she's determined to be with him. Hatfield (John Carradine) is a smooth-talking cardsharp who claims to be along to "protect" Lucy, although he seems to have romantic intentions. Dr. Boone (Thomas Mitchell) is a self-styled philosopher, a drunkard, and a physician who's been stripped of his license. Mr. Peacock (Donald Meek) is a slightly nervous whiskey salesman. Gatewood (Berton Churchill) is a crooked banker who needs to get out of town. Buck (Andy Devine) is the hayseed stage driver, and Sheriff Curley Wilcox (George Bancroft) is along to offer protection and keep an eye peeled for the Ringo Kid (John Wayne), a well-known outlaw who has just broken out of jail. While Wilcox does find Ringo, a principled man who gives himself up without a fight, the real danger lies farther down the trail, where a band of Apaches, led by Geronimo, could attack at any time.

Stagecoach offers plenty of cowboys, Indians, shootouts, and chases, aided by Yakima Canutt's remarkable stunt work and Bert Glennon's majestic photography of Ford's beloved Monument Valley. It also offers a strong screenplay by Dudley Nichols with plenty of room for the cast to show its stuff. John Wayne's performance made him a star after years as a B-Western leading man, and Thomas Mitchell won an Oscar for what could have been just another comic relief role. Thousands of films have followed Stagecoach's path, but none have ever improved on its formula.

Although there were Westerns before it, Stagecoach quickly became a template for all movie Westerns to shoot for.

Oscar Winner for Best Supporting Actor (Thomas Mitchell) & Best Music Scoring.

Oscar Nominations for Best Picture, Best Director (John Ford), Best Cinematography (Black & White), Art Direction & Editing

John Wayne: The Duke - one of the most recognizable people on the planet - a true mega-star in film

* Special footnote: -- John Ford's first sound Western, and his first in that genre in 13 years. Westerns had fallen out favor with the coming of sound, as it was tricky to record on location. This was the first of many films that John Ford filmed in Monument Valley, Arizona. Others were: My Darling Clementine, Fort Apache, She Wore a Yellow Ribbon, Wagon Master, Rio Grande, The Searchers, Sergeant Rutledge and his last western, Cheyenne Autumn.

** Asked why, in the climactic chase scene, the Indians didn't simply shoot the horses to stop the stagecoach, director John Ford replied, "Because that would have been the end of the movie."

1. John Ford [aka: John Martin Feeney] Director)
Date of Birth: 1 February 1894, Cape Elizabeth, Maine
Date of Death: 31 August 1973, Palm Desert, California

2. Claire Trevor
Date of Birth: 8 March 1910 - New York City, New York
Date of Death: 8 April 2000 - Newport Beach, California

3. John Wayne aka: Marion Robert Morrison)
Date of Birth: 26 May 1907 - Winterset, Iowa
Date of Death: 11 June 1979 - Los Angeles, California

4. Andy Devine
Date of Birth: 7 October 1905 - Flagstaff, Arizona
Date of Death: 18 February 1977 - Orange, California

5. John Carradine
Date of Birth: 5 February 1906 - New York City, New York, USA
Date of Death: 27 November 1988 - Milan, Italy

6. Thomas Mitchell
Date of Birth: 11 July 1892, Elizabeth, New Jersey
Date of Death: 17 December 1962, Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California

7. Louise Platt
Date of Birth: 3 August 1915 - Stamford, Connecticut
Date of Death: 6 September 2003 - Greenport, New York

8. George Bancroft
Date of Birth: 30 September 1882 - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Date of Death: 2 October 1956 - Santa Monica, California

9. Donald Meek
Date of Birth: 14 July 1878 - Glasgow, Scotland, UK
Date of Death: 18 November 1946 - Los Angeles, California

10.Berton Churchill
Date of Birth: 9 December 1876 - Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Date of Death: 10 October 1940 - New York City, New York

11.Tim Holt
Date of Birth: 5 February 1919 - Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California
Date of Death: 15 February 1973 - Shawnee, Oklahoma

12.Tom Tyler [aka: Vincent Markowski]
Date of Birth: 9 August 1903 - Port Henry, New York
Date of Death: 3 May 1954 - Hamtramck, Michigan

13. Yakima Canutt [aka: Enos Edward Canutt]
Date of Birth: 29 November 1895 - Colfax, Washington
Date of Death: 24 May 1986 - North Hollywood, California

Mr. Jim's Ratings:
Quality of Picture & Sound: 5 Stars
Performance: 5 Stars
Story & Screenplay: 5 Stars
Overall: 5 Stars [Original Music, Cinematography & Film Editing]

Total Time: 96 min on DVD ~ United Artists ~ (October 29, 1997)

Warren Companion Limited Edition
Warren Companion Limited Edition
by Jon B. Cooke
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars "The Warren Companion (Hardcover) (Deluxe Edition) ... The Ultimate Book on this wonderful 20 Year Craze", Oct. 14 2011
TwoMorrows Publishing presents "THE WARREN COMPANION" [Hardcover] [Deluxe Edition], edited by Welsh comics artists and historian David A. Roach and CBA editor Jon B. Cooke, this is the definitive and fully authorized book celebrating and examining the underrated Warren Publications, a must have for any serious comic book fan.

Was quite young when the legendary horror movie magazine 'Famous Monsters of Filmland' hit the newsstands, Warren Publications suddenly took the comic world by storm. Six years later in 1965 CREEPY #1 stunned, delighted and terrified its young readers. They were filled with compelling tales of terror exquisitely illustrated by many of the best artists of the day. The magazine proved to be just the tip of the iceberg of horror.

As Warren Publishing went on to produce some of the finest comic book stories in the history of the genre. In the pages of CREEPY, EERIE, VAMPIRELLA, BLAZING COMBAT, HELP!, THE SPIRIT, COMIX INTERNATIONAL, 1984, THE ROOK and many more, readers discovered extraordinary artists and writers coming together to create more extraordinary work. Sadly to say in 1983 the company suddenly disappeared from the planet.

In 1999, Comic Book Artist magazine published the most comprehensive history of the oft-neglected company to date in its Eisner Award winning fourth issue. But, until now, the riveting story of Warren Publishing was incomplete.

In addition to reprinting the contents of CBA #4, this volume contains many new interviews, features, articles, and the most comprehensive and exhaustive checklist ever complied on Warren Publishing's incredible output.

For product description and editorial review check this out on the Amazon site above my review.

1. JAMES WARREN and his Empire of Horror
2. NEAL ADAMS takes aim on "ThrillKill"
4. Bravo for adventurous ace artist ALEX TOTH
5. A "Spirited" conversation with WILL EISNER
6. The Muck Monster-maker BERNIE WRIGHTSON
7. AL WILLIAMSON reveals his "Success Story"
8. HARVEY KURTZMAN offers up some "Help!"
9. Lots of "Give and Take" with RUSS HEATH
10.The Weezie Way with LOUISE JONES SIMONSON
11,JIM STENSTRUM spins his Nuclear Hit Parade
12.The years of 1984 & beyond with WILLIAM DUBAY
13.JOHN R. COCHRAN gets "Disenfranchised"
14."Captain" FLO STEINBERG, A.M.(After Marvel)
15.DAN ADKINS is "Overworked" and underpaid
17.Thumb's Up: ANNE T. MURPHY on ARCHIE's comics
18.ANGELO TORRES' "Howling Success" - and MORE!

Highly recommend - if you love comics, adore horror, or just interested in the career of a true American original - with an inclusive most comprehensive detailed check list on the entire 20 year comic output of Warren Publications - complete with artist/writer cross reference and character /serial index - Great read for the over the top fan, who wanted to know everything about Warren Magazine Empire.

Total Page: 288 Pages ~ TwoMorrows Publishing #ISBN-13: 978-1893905092 ~ (July 1, 2001)

The Television Scripts of Philip Rapp
The Television Scripts of Philip Rapp
by Philip Rapp
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 26.11
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5.0 out of 5 stars "The Television Scripts ... Philip Rapp ... Ben Ohmart (editor) BearManor Media (2007)", Oct. 13 2011
BearManor Media presents "THE TELEVISION SCRIPTS OF PHILIP RAPP" (Paperback), by Philip Rapp (Author) editor's note by Ben Ohmart.

Editor Ohmart is somewhat an authority on the brilliant writings of Philip Rapp, mostly THE BICKERSONS, which also is a love of mine. But as Ohmart remarks - "Rapp was a deeply funny and prolific writer who deserves to be remembered as more than the creator of THE BICKERSONS --- This book should do".

Within the pages of this little gem, 'Deputy Seraph' (1959) featuring the Marx Brothers with Chico and Harpo as a pair of angels and Groucho as Deputy Seraph. About the same time, 'Joan of Arkansas', starring Joan Davis (was as funny as Lucille Ball) who is featured in an interesting role of a 'dental assistant', which didn't fly, wish it would have made it, sounds like a winner for todays sitcom reruns. Now we have the final entry as the pilot 'Squeegee' which the great comedian Ben Blue was the star, never saw the light of day, and did not make it.

Very reasonable and a good value for the price --- For product description and editorial review check this out on the Amazon site above my review.

TABLE OF CONTENTS: (Chapter, Title and Page Numbers)

Editor's Note --- 1
Deputy Seraph (starring the Marx Brothers) --- 3
Joan of Arkansas (starring Joan Davis) --- 61
Squeegee (starring Ben Blue) --- 115

Big thank you to Ben Ohmart and his staff at BearManor Media, a small press that publishes BIG books. They pride themselves on publishing quality entertainment biographies, so they often put out the first book on unique subjects -- plus specializing in books with nostalgic themes and keeping classic Hollywood alive not only thru his publishing house, but thru his own books.

If you want your funny bone tickled, this is the one.

Highly recommend - a good read! Perfect coffee-table book.

Total Page: 176 Pages ~ BearManor Media #ISBN-13: 978-1593930707 ~ (April 1, 2007)

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