Thursday, November 20, 2014

DID NICHOLS & MAY RECORD A SUPERMAN ROUTINE?


Every media outlet has mentioned the passing of Mike Nichols. Most focused on his work as a movie director, but only mentioned his comedy LPs with Elaine May. In their time, they were extremely popular, even appearing in commercials for General Electric. Above is a cover from a Lois Lane comic book from that era. I'm wondering if there was in fact a Nichols & May comedy record featuring a Superman routine. Several comedians did Superman routines, notably Bob Newhart and Bill Cosby. I cannot find a verification of this existing. Maybe someone at DC comics thought this would be a funny idea for a story (For some of the crazy stories in Lois Lane comics, check out this post on Flashbak by Yeoman Lowbrow).

To give younger people an example of Nichols & May's comedy, here is a bit about, ironically, funerals. Jack Parr introduces this skit. Notice, Mike Nichols is trying to cover the fact that he is laughing, by pretending to cry.


R. I. P. JIMMY RUFFIN



Saturday, November 1, 2014

DESDINOVA'S FAVORITE TRICK OR TREAT CANDY

1. KIT KAT BAR
2. NESTLE CRUNCH OR HERSHEY KRACKLE BAR
3. REESE CUP
4. SNICKER BAR
5. M & Ms
6. MARY JANE PEANUT BUTTER KISSES (I must be the only person who likes these)
7. ANY FRITO-LAY SNACK PACK CHIPS (A neighbor of ours in Lebanon worked for Frito-Lay)
8. HERSHEY BAR
9. TOOTSIE POP - TOOTSIE ROLL (Tie)
10. CHARMS BLOW POP

And my least favorites:

1. CIRCUS PEANUTS
2. TWIZLERS
3. CANDY CORN
4. JUNIOR MINTS
5. CHERRY MASH

I actually like candy corn, but my mother always bought a big bag, as did my grandma, so it was everywhere. I didn't want to get it for trick or treat.


THE THINGS THAT CAME FROM DESDINOVA'S LAIR

Trying out an new camera by taking photos of some things in my apartment for Halloween/monster kids.
When the batteries were good, this little guy would say, "Boo! Did I scare you?"

An original Shadow novel from the 30s.







Speaking of shadows, an original copy of the Dark Shadows soundtrack LP with the poster included.

The Eerie 1972 Annual

This is a mangled library copy of the Crestwood Frankenstein book. I bought this at a Friends of the Library sale. I believe it was in the Springfield R-12 Public Schools library system. To answer you Seinfeld fans out there, there were no "pee-pees or wee-wee" drawn on the monster, but I believe one page is missing. Below is what the book looked like in good condition.






And I leave you with a selfie of me.







 

Friday, October 31, 2014

THE OTHERS - LESSER KNOWN HORROR FILM STARS

Let's face it there are iconic of horror film actors that people of any age can name and recognize. Karloff, Lugosi, Chaney, Price, Lorre, Christopher Lee, and Peter Cushing. You might even add Jack Nicholson into the mix.

And then there are some horror film actors, who were utility players or the farm team. They may not have worked for the big studios, may have labored in the shadow of the big stars, worked in other countries or their lives were tragically cut short, however, no self-respecting monster kid would say they don't know who they are. Even casual fans see them and go "Oh yeah, THAT GUY!" So, I decided to pay homage to those individual who were the stars of some lesser know films, but defiantly should be remembered.

LIONEL ATWILL

Lionel Atwill worked both in horror films for Warner Brother and Universal. Usually played a mad scientist.


LESLIE BANKS
Stared in CHAMBER OF HORRORS and THE MOST DANGEROUS GAME.

JOHN CARRADINE
I really don't have room to list every horror film John Carradine was in, but I also don't have room to list every Western John Carradine was in. Second to Christopher Lee for playing Dracula the most times.

TOD SLAUGHTER
I wrote about his turn as Sweeney Todd in another post. He also was in the overlooked werewolf film, THE FACE AT THE WINDOW, as well as HORROR MANIACS, THE MURDER IN THE RED BARN, and THE CRIMES AT THE DARK HOUSE.

J. CARROLL NASH
Among his horror credits include DRACULA VS FRANKENSTEIN, THE BEAST WITH FIVE FINGERS, THE MONSTER MAKER, HOUSE OF FRANKENSTEIN, and DR. RENAULT'S SECRET.

GEORGE ZUCCO
Appeared in THE MUMMY'S HAND, THE MONSTER & THE GIRL,THE MAD MONSTER, DR. RENAULT'S SECRET, THE MUMMY'S TOMB, DEAD MEN WALK, THE MAD GHOUL, VOODOO MAN, FOG ISLAND, and RETURN OF THE APE MAN, and several others.

LARID CREGAR
Stared in the sound version of THE LODGER and HANGOVER SQUARE. Died from excessive weight loss on a crash diet.
ANTON DIFFRING
The perfect Aryan villain. Appeared in THE MAN WHO COULD CHEAT DEATH, CIRCUS OF HORRORS, FAHRENHEIT 451, THE BEAST MUST DIE, and played Dr. Frankenstein in a famous Hammer/Universal TV pilot, The Tales of Frankenstein.

MICHAEL GOUGH
Appeared in THE HORRORS OF THE BLACK MUSEUM, THE SKULL, KONGA, BLACK ZOO, DR. TERROR'S HOUSE OF HORRORS, CURSE OF THE CRIMSON ALTAR, and many others. Also played Alfred the Butler in the Batman movie series.

GERMAN ROBLES
Starred in THE VAMPIRE, THE VAMPIRE'S COFFIN, THE CURSE OF NOSTRADAMUS, THE CASTLE OF MONSTERS, THE BLOOD OF NOSTRADAMUS, NOSTRADAMUS AND THE DESTROYER OF MONSTER, and THE BRAINIAC. He also dubbed the Spanish voices of Dr. Tom Horton on Days of Our Lives, KITT on Knight Rider and both Col. Henry Blake & Col. Sherman Potter on M*A*S*H.
PAUL NASCHY
The King of Spanish horror films. Best known as the cursed werewolf, Waldermar Daninsky. Here is his IMDB listing.
ROBERT QUARY
He was Count Yorga. Nuff said.

DAVID HESS
Best known as Krug in THE LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT, he also appeared in HOUSE ON THE EDGE OF THE PARK, SWAMP THING, BODY COUNT, and ZOMBIE NATION. Also wrote the songs "Start Movin" for Sal Mineo, "I Got Stung" for Elvis and "Speedy Gonzales" for Pat Boone.

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