Friday, February 4, 2011

Forgotten Horrors Vol. 5 Titles through 1952

And herewith, Part No. 1 of a listing of titles covered in Forgotten Horrors Vol. 5, through 1952. Balance to follow, in due course, of course...

Come On, Cowboy! • Mantan Moreland bunks up at a haunted (yeah, right) ranch.
She’s Too Mean for Me • Mantan Moreland’s horrors of matrimony.
Souls of Sin • A raw jewel of a noir from the legendary Tyler, Texas, Black Film Collection
Siren of Atlantis • Last of Maria Montez’ exotic Hollywood costume fantasies.
The Judge • Ida Lupino turns producer with one of the crueler films noirs.
Highway 13 • Phantom wrecker on a haunted highway.
State Department File 649 • Foreign intrigues take a terrifying turn toward the Red Scare.
Daughter of the Jungle • Republic’s Third World unit scores again
Bomba, the Jungle Boy Et Seq. • Johnny Sheffield takes a sustained star turn.
Daughter of the West • And you thought A Man Called Horse had the market cornered on tribal tortures…
Amazon Quest • Steve Sekely (Revenge of the Zombies) tackles an unauthorized sequel to a Nazi-banned German picture.
Rimfire • In which Reed Hadley regales his lynch mob with a promise of ghostly vengeance: Western noir.
Harbor of Missing Men • George Zucco, working off-genre.
The Crooked Way • Low-rent noir from Robert Florey — a foreshadowing of Cronenberg’s A History of Violence.
Arson, Inc. • Firebug thriller, in emulation of Dark Eyes of London.
“C”–Man • John Carradine as a mob doctor.
The Devil’s Sleep (Hopped Up) • Dope-racketeers at large from exploitation ace George Weiss.
Africa Screams • Abbott & Costello, Shemp Howard and Joe Besser and (briefly) a gigantic ape
Omoo Omoo the Shark God • Tribal superstitions in a takeoff on Herman Melville
Reign of Terror (The Black Book) • Robert Cummings vs. the guillotine — a bridge between Tower of London and the Corman Poe entries.
Rim of the Canyon • Gothic Western (star player Gene Autry) involving a purported haunting.
Too Late for Tears (Killer Bait) • One of the finer lethal-lady noirs.
Sky Liner • Another entry in the subgenre of Murder by Unconventional Gizmo.
Down Memory Lane • Surreal tomfoolery, with a present-day Steve Allen interacting with a bunch of Old Hollywood comedy footage.
Black Magic • Orson Wells as Cagliostro.
Zamba • Ray Corrigan wears the gorilla suit.
Angels in Disguise • An unusually violent crime yarn in the Bowery Boys series.
Project X • Presumably lost crime/S-F entry, anticipating Ivan Tors’ slightly later in the scientist-as-hero image.
Master Minds • Bowery Boys vs. Atlas the Monster.
I Married a Savage (Naked and the Savage) • Third World striptease hokum, with madness and murder and a consecrated snake-dance ritual.
Oriental Evil (Unmei) • Asian noir from George Breakston.
The Flying Saucer • Mikel Conrad claimed to have photographed actual UFOs — and built this Red Scare picture around the idea.
Guilty Bystander • Zachary Scott in one of the more cynical noirs to be found.
Bells of Coronado • Roy Rogers vs. Mad Doctor. A musical Western, and more.
Gun Crazy (Deadly Is the Female) • Joseph H. Lewis’ classic noir — pure human-monster terrors.
Got, Mentsch, un Tajbl (God, Man, and the Devil) • A modern-dress Yiddish Faust.
Forbidden Jungle • Not as forbidding as the title might suggest, but a respectable tense entry.
The Baron of Arizona • Vincent Price, off-genre, in a con-man role that reflects Dragonwyck and anticipates his Corman/Poe pictures.
Julius Caesar • Ghostly Shakespeare, with a pre-stardom Charlton Heston.
The Great Plane Robbery • Strangler-at-large tensions aboard an airliner.
Killer Shark • Roddy McDowall’s seafaring thriller, directed by tough-guy filmmaker Budd Boetticher.
The Great Rupert (A Christmas Wish) • George Pal’s first animated feature. Wholesome fun for the entire family.
House by the River • Novelist Louis Hayward cannot write unless he has committed murder. Fritz Lang directs.
Kill or Be Killed • Lawrence Tierney at large in a Third World hell-hole.
Jiggs and Maggie Out West • Ghostly shenanigans from a long-running comedy series.
Johnny One–Eye • One of Damon Runyon’s meaner underworld yarns.
Congolaise (Savage Africa) • Primitive customs and a ritualistic hunt for gorillas.
Rocketship X–M (Expedition Moon) • Calculated to beat Destination Moon to the box office, Kurt Neumann’s down-and-dirty little ambush turned out rather well.
Sideshow • A seedy carnival setting — all that’s missing is Tod Browning.
Destination Moon • George Pal’s pocket-epic production, in detailed perspective
It’s a Small World • William Castle breaks out as a maverick artist with the tale of a dwarf’s quest for acceptance.
Motor Patrol • Vehicular homicide as serial murder.
Once a Thief • An off-genre effort from Lon Chaney, Jr.
Jungle Stampede • Third World filmmaker George Breakston brings his documentarylike style to Republic Pictures.
Holiday Rhythm • An offbeat musical with science-fictional interludes.
Prehistoric Women (The Virgin Goddess) • A pageant of mock-militant feminism, undermined by a manly captive’s discovery of fire.
Two Lost Worlds • James Arness fights pirates and dinosaurs.
Ghost Chasers • The Bowery Boys crack a fortunetelling racket.
Skipalong Rosenbloom (The Square Shooter) • Maxie Rosenbloom spoofs the Western genre, with plenty of rubber-reality surrealism.
The Man from Planet X • Pioneering space-invasion entry from low-budget noir master Edgar Ulmer.
Five • Arch Oboler’s thoughtful and influential end-of-civilization drama, a foreshadowing of On the Beach.
Tokyo File 212 • Red Peril weirdness and intrigue, from George Breakston.
The Lost Continent • Do the dinosaurs on view here represent the surviving evidence of an abandoned 1930s project called The Lost Atlantis?
Bride of the Gorilla • In which Curt Siodmak refers to his work on both The Wolf Man and I Walked with a Zombie.
Unknown World • All aboard for the Earth’s Core.
Chained for Life • The Hilton Sisters, conjoined twins, take a pitiable last stab at movie stardom.
Flight to Mars • Monogram Pictures takes a timid shot at the rocket-movie craze. He who hesitates is lost in space.
Superman and the Mole Men • First big-screen spinoff of the TV franchise, by striking comparison with its two-chapter small-screen version.
Wild Women (Bowanga Bowanga) • FX pioneer Norman J. Dawn tackles a genre beneath him.
Aladdin and His Lamp • Monogram takes on the Arabian Nights, with a particularly ominous Genie.
Geisha Girl • George Breakston attempts a Red Menace comedy, with S-F overtones.
Red Planet Mars • Peter Graves intercepts purportedly spiritual messages from space.
Rocky Jones, Space Ranger • Most FX-oriented of the TV spaceman programs, with a history of its TV-movie spinoffs.
The Jungle (Kaadu) • Documentarylike expeditionary fiction, with Cesar Romero as a heroic Sikh.
Untamed Women • Return of the One Million BC stock footage.
Bela Lugosi Meets a Brooklyn Gorilla • Notoriously unfunny comedy, pitting a self-caricatured Lugosi against a Martin & Lewis knockoff team.
Captive Women • Post-apocalyptic anxieties; not to be confused with Arch Oboler’s Five.
Bwana Devil • And speaking of Arch Oboler… his 3-D breakthrough film.
… to be continued…

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