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The 13 Greatest Shocks of All Time! See It with Someone with Warm Hands! (April, 1959)

Posted in 1950-1959, Movie Ads with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 28, 2013 by WB Kelso

 

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When Bill Schloss got into showbiz, he decided a name change was in order to give the old nom-de-plume a little more punch to get noticed; and thus, William Castle was born. And after cutting his teeth on a ton of B-features in the 1940s and ’50s, the director was intrigued by the huge success of Henri-Georges Clouzot’s imported thriller, Diabolique — especially it’s twist ending, and the promotional efforts that not only teased the frightful climax but at the same stroke worked very hard to keep that final shock / reveal a secret. But most important of all, Castle was keenly interested in the massive lines forming around the block wherever it played! With that as an inspiration the director decided to try his hand at producing his own fright flick and an industry legend was born — ready, willing and able to cash in on the bally-ho and the bullshit in a string of gimmick-driven pictures for over a decade, including this fantastic feature from the spring of 1959, House on Haunted Hill; an awesome Vincent Price-fueled spook-show teamed up with a standard police procedural, where a couple of hard-nosed cops try to track down a firebug before he strikes again. And with this latest feature, Castle also unleashed a new process called Emergo:

Video courtesy of brutallodotcom.

 
Seems an inflatable skeleton was trolled out over the audience during the film’s climax, but, alas, I fear the Capitol Theater might have opted out of using it since there is no mention of Emergo in the ads, meaning their patrons had to settle for just watching it with someone with warm hands — whatever the heck that means?!
 

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With or without the gimmicks, the King of Schlock — or the Poor Man’s Hitchcock, call him what you will — the one thing you can say about any of Castle’s films was they were seldom — if ever — boring, and always a wonky good time.

 

Other Points of Interest:

Poster campaign for House on Haunted Hill at the Archive.

House on Haunted Hill (1959) William Castle Productions :: Allied Artists / P: William Castle / AP: Robb White / D: William Castle / W: Robb White / C: Carl E. Guthrie / E: Roy Livingston / M: Von Dexter / S: Vincent Price, Carol Ohmart, Richard Long, Alan Marshal, Carolyn Craig, Elisha Cook Jr.

Arson for Hire (1959) Broidy Pictures Corporation :: Allied Artists / P: William F. Broidy / AP: Erwin Yessin / D: Thor Brook / W: Tom Hubbard / C: William Margulies / E: Herbert R. Hoffman / S: Steve Brodie, Lyn Thomas, Tom Hubbard, Wendy Wilde

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The Price of Uncovering the Secret of this Film Comes High — Your Life! (July, 1965)

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The Satan Bug (1965) The Mirisch Corporation :: United Artists / P: John Sturges / D: John Sturges / W: James Clavell, Edward Anhalt, Alistair MacLean (novel) / C: Robert Surtees / E: Ferris Webster / M: Jerry Goldsmith / S: George Maharis, Richard Basehart, Anne Francis, Dana Andrews, Edward Asner, Simon Oakland, John Anderson

Topkapi (1964) Filmways Pictures :: United Artists / P: Jules Dassin / AP: Roger Dwyre, Lee Katz / D: Jules Dassin / W: Monja Danischewsky, Eric Ambler (novel) / C: Henri Alekan / E: Roger Dwyre / M: Manos Hatzidakis / S: Melina Mercouri, Peter Ustinov, Maximilian Schell, Robert Morley, Akim Tamiroff

How Bad Can a Good Girl Get? Reefer Rehash! (September, 1975)

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She Should Have Said No (1949) Roadshow Attractions :: Hallmark Productions :: Modern Film Distributors / P: Richard Kay / D: Sam Newfield / W: Richard H. Landau, Arthur Hoerl / C: Jack Greenhalgh / E: Richard C. Currier, Seth B. Larsen / M: Raoul Kraushaar / S: Lila Leeds, Alan Baxter, Lyle Talbot, Michael Whalen, Jack Elam

Reefer Madness (1936) G&H Productions :: Motion Picture Ventures / P: George A. Hirliman, Dwain Esper / AP: Samuel Diege / D: Louis J. Gasnier / W: Lawrence Meade, Arthur Hoerl, Paul Franklin / C: Jack Greenhalgh / E: Carl Pierson / M: Abe Meyer / S: Dorothy Short, Kenneth Craig, Lillian Miles, Dave O’Brien, Thelma White

This Coming Weekend! Boiled Shrimp! (June, 1977)

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Thief Proof ! (June, 1977)

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Remembering Ray :: Where Were You in ’78? (June, 1978)

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And we’ll wrap up this week long tribute to Ray Harryhausen where it began for me. E’yup. It was here, in a similar matinee setting back in the 1970’s, that I saw my first Harryhausen film, Jason and the Argonauts, and got my first taste of Dynamic Dynamation. Already enchanted and mesmerized by what I had seen, I clearly remember the climax, when the Children of the Hydra (the skeleton army) first broke out of the ground and assembled, I had edged so far forward in my seat, pulled along as gravity asserted itself on my lower jaw, I almost toppled over into the row ahead of us. And though my dream of being a stop-motion monster animator this encounter inspired never came to pass, I have been living vicariously through Harryhausen’s films ever since and enjoying the hell out of every minute of them. And for that I would like to say, thanks.

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Ray Harryhausen
(1920-2013)

Remembering Ray :: Baby Gorilla Reared by Girl Becomes Powder-Keg Pet of Society! (October, 1949)

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“I’m another snowball. Willis H. O’Brien started the snowball, then I picked it up, then ILM picked it up and now the computer generation is picking it up. Where it will end, I don’t know.”

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Ray Harryhausen
(1920-2013)

Mighty Joe Young (1949) Argosy Pictures :: RKO Radio Pictures / EP: John Ford / P: Merian C. Cooper / D: Ernest B. Schoedsack / W: Ruth Rose, Merian C. Cooper / C: J. Roy Hunt / E: Ted Cheesman / M: Roy Webb / S: Terry Moore, Ben Johnson, Robert Armstrong, Frank McHugh, Douglas Fowley

Close-Up (1948) Harry Brandt Productions :: Eagle-Lion Films / P: Frank Satenstein / AP: Robert L. Joseph / D: Jack Donohue / W: John Bright, James Poe, Martin Rackin, Max Wilk / C: William Miller / E: Robert Klager / M: Jerome Moross / S: Alan Baxter, Virginia Gilmore, Richard Kollmar, Loring Smith, Phillip Huston

Remembering Ray :: Excitement High as the Sky! Mystery Deep as the Sea! (January, 1962)

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“They were considered B pictures because they were made on a tight budget. But we outlived many of the A pictures made at the same time.”
 

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Ray Harryhausen
(1920-2013)

Mysterious Island (1961) Ameran Films :: Columbia Pictures / P: Charles H. Schneer / D: Cy Endfield / W: John Prebble, Daniel B. Ullman, Crane Wilbur, Jules Verne (novel) / C: Wilkie Cooper / E: Frederick Wilson / M: Bernard Herrmann / S: Michael Craig, Joan Greenwood, Michael Callan, Gary Merrill, Beth Rogan, Percy Herbert, Dan Jackson, Herbert Lom

The Long Rope (1961) Associated Producers (API) 20th Century Fox Film Corporation / P: Margia Dean, Robert Hamner / D: William Witney / W: Robert Hamner / C: Kay Norton / E: Peter Rolfe Johnson / M: Paul Sawtell, Bert Shefter / S: Hugh Marlowe, Alan Hale Jr., Robert J. Wilke, Lisa Montell, William Kerwin, Chris Robinson

Remembering Ray :: Out of the Age of Wonders — One of the Most Wonderful Motion Pictures of Our Time! (December, 1958)

Posted in 1950-1959, Movie Ads with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 10, 2013 by WB Kelso

 

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“I think it’s the thought of trying to bring something to life, an inanimate object to life. Maybe it’s a Frankenstein complex.”

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Ray Harryhausen
(1920-2013)

The 7th Voyage of Sinbad (1958) Morningside Productions :: Columbia Pictures / P: Charles H. Schneer / AP: Ray Harryhausen / D: Nathan Juran / W: Ken Kolb / C: Wilkie Cooper / E: Edwin H. Bryant, Jerome Thoms / M: Bernard Herrmann / S: Kerwin Mathews, Kathryn Grant, Richard Eyer, Torin Thatcher, Nana DeHerrera

Remembering Ray :: Travel Back Through Time and Space to the Edge of Man’s Beginnings … Discover a Savage World Whose Only Law Was Lust! (July, 1967)

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“I’m very happy that so many young fans have told me that my films have changed their lives. That’s a great compliment. It means I did more than just make entertaining films. I actually touched people’s lives — and, I hope, changed them for the better.”

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Ray Harryhausen
(1920-2013)

Other Points of Interest:

More ads for Harryhausen’s films.

One Million Years B.C. (1966) Associated British-Pathé :: Hammer Films :: Seven Arts Productions :: 20th Century Fox / P: Michael Carreras / AP: Aida Young / D: Don Chaffey / W: Michael Carreras / C: Wilkie Cooper / E: Tom Simpson / M: Mario Nascimbene / S: Raquel Welch, John Richardson, Percy Herbert, Robert Brown, Martine Beswick, Lisa Thomas

The Devil’s Own a/k/a The Witches (1966) Hammer Films :: 20th Century Fox / P: Anthony Nelson Keys / D: Cyril Frankel / W: Nigel Kneale, Norah Lofts (novel) / C: Arthur Grant / E: Chris Barnes, James Needs / M: Richard Rodney Bennett / S: Joan Fontaine, Kay Walsh, Alec McCowen, Ann Bell, Ingrid Boulting