Archive for December, 2013

Signs of the Season :: From Over the Rainbow and the Fantasy World, Santa, Stinky and Merlin Save Christmas (November, 1964)

Posted in 1960-1969, Movie Ads with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on December 24, 2013 by WB Kelso

 

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After the box-office success of his completely demented Mexican matinee-only import, Santa Claus — where Rene Cardona apparently read a book about Salvador Dali, ate some bad Figgy Pudding, and then downed about  nine pints of Mad Dog before hammering out a script and rolling the camera — kiddie matinee king K. Gordon Murray quickly commissioned three more holiday features and imported several other Cardona-lensed Fairy Tales. Santa Claus and His Helpers was only a one reel short, where Santa has to abandon his orbiting space station to arbitrate a dispute between his bickering elves to make sure all the toys are ready for Christmas.
 

Video courtesy of MrRootRot.

The second feature, The Queen’s Swordsman, follows the further adventures of Stinky Skunk and the Big Bad Wolf, culled from Cardona’s lavish Little Red Riding Hood series in an attempt at some form of continuity with the first feature.

Santa Claus and His Helpers (1964) K. Gordon Murray Productions / P: K. Gordon Murray / D: Manuel San Fernando / C: Gene Gropper / E: Jack Remy

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The Magical New Entertainment System that Plays Sound and Pictures Through You Own TV … On Records! (March, 1981)

Posted in 1980-1989, Vintage Ads with tags , , , , , , , on December 21, 2013 by WB Kelso

 

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Only $499. Now who remembers these things? I sure do, and they weren’t kidding on the record analogy. Those vintage laser discs were the size of an old LP. And if memory serves, you jammed them in the slot still inside the plastic case like an 8-Track, the machine would extract the disc, and then it would play. And best of all, if the movie was over X-amount of minutes, you had to flip it over to finish it. We never owned one, but we rented one several times and it took us awhile to figure out how to finish The Magnificent Seven. (I believe my mom had to call the Video Kingdom for the all too obvious an answer in hindsight.) Of course, sticking with the 8-Track analogy, the laser discs quickly faced extinction with the advent of the VCR. There was sort of a mini-revival of the format in the 1990’s, which introduced the notion of original aspect ratios and commentaries on the releases but this, too, soon fell victim to rise of DVD.

These Pure-Bred Designs are Absolute Champions When it Comes to Glamour (November, 1960)

Posted in 1950-1959, Movie Ads with tags , , , , , , on December 21, 2013 by WB Kelso

 

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Thunderball Fists? We Can Have Such Things?! (March, 1979)

Posted in 1970-1979, Movie Ads with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on December 21, 2013 by WB Kelso

 

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The Star of the Wars?
Forget it. He’s rolling.

Infra-Man (1975) Shaw Brothers :: Joseph Brenner Associates / P: Runme Shaw / D: Shan Hua / W: Kuang Ni / C: Tadashi Nishimoto / M: Yung-Yu Chen / S: Danny Lee, Terry Liu, Hsieh Wang, Hsieh Wang, Man-Tzu Yuan

You Get Better Looking in a ’57 Chevrolet! (December, 1956)

Posted in 1950-1959, Vintage Ads with tags , , on December 21, 2013 by WB Kelso

 

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Sassy hood. Hah!

No Purchase Necessary (March, 1981)

Posted in 1980-1989, Vintage Ads with tags , , , , , on December 21, 2013 by WB Kelso

 

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Surging Spectacle and Savagery Overwhelms the Screen with Passion and Violence! (October, 1958)

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

 

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Along with Hercules and Godzilla: King of the Monsters, Attila was part of the first wave of imports that helped establish Joseph E. Levine and his Embassy Pictures from regional distributor to mini-movie mogul.

Attila (1954) Compagnie Cinématographique de France :: Lux Film :: Producciones Ponti-de Laurentiis :: Embassy Pictures / EP: Antonio Altoviti / P: Dino De Laurentiis, Carlo Ponti / D: Pietro Francisci / W: Ennio De Concini, Richard C. Sarafian, Primo Zeglio / C: Aldo Tonti / E: Leo Cattozzo, Helene Turner / M: Raoul Kraushaar, Enzo Masetti / S: Anthony Quinn, Sophia Loren, Henri Vidal, Claude Laydu, Irene Papas

Second Run Showcase :: 3 Smash Horror Pictures! One Complete Show! (November, 1958)

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

 
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As the 1940’s rolled into the 1950’s, The Island Theater, a much smaller venue than the Grand and Capitol show palaces, became an exclusively second run outfit, a grindhouse in the truest sense, where the turnover was an exhausting two day whirlwind of interchangeable flicks, leading to some outstanding ad combinations and campaigns that needed a proper category to show them off properly. And so, here ya go.

Make it Motion Makers! (November, 1969)

Posted in 1960-1969, Vintage Ads with tags , , , , on December 10, 2013 by WB Kelso

 

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Giant Man-Thing 50FT HIGH! Blood-Hungry Spawn of the Arch-Fiend (April, 1958)

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

 

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The Cyclops (1957) B&H Productions Inc. :: Allied Artists Pictures / P: Bert I. Gordon / AP: Flora M. Gordon, Henry Schrage / D: Bert I. Gordon / W: Bert I. Gordon / C: Ira H. Morgan / E: Carlo Lodato / M: Albert Glasser / S: James Craig, Gloria Talbott, Lon Chaney Jr., Tom Drake, Duncan Parkin

Daughter of Dr. Jekyll (1957) Film Venturers :: Allied Artists Pictures / P: Jack Pollexfen / AP: Ilse Lahn / D: Edgar G. Ulmer / W: Jack Pollexfe / C: John F. Warren / E: Holbrook N. Todd / M: Melvyn Lenard / S: John Agar, Gloria Talbott, Arthur Shields, John Dierkes, Molly McCart