Archive for Allied Artists

The Thundering Clash of Trooper and Savage! (July, 1953)

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Fort Vengeance (1953) Walter Wanger Productions :: Allied Artists Pictures / P: Walter Wanger / AP: William A. Calihan Jr. / D: Lesley Selander / W: Daniel B. Ullman / C: Harry Neumann / E: Walter Hannemann / M: Paul Dunlap / S: James Craig, Rita Moreno, Keith Larsen, Morris Ankrum, Charles Irwin

We’re Not Married (1952) Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation / P: Nunnally Johnson / D: Edmund Goulding / W: Nunnally Johnson, Dwight Taylor, Gina Kaus, Jay Dratler / C: Leo Tover / E: Louis R. Loeffler / M: Cyril J. Mockridge / S: Ginger Rogers, Marilyn Monroe, Victor Moore, Fred Allen, Eve Arden

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Told in Blood! Cosa Nostra Story in 2 Shocking Motion Pictures! (November, 1963)

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Al Capone (1959) Allied Artists Pictures / P: Leonard Ackerman, John H. Burrows / D: Richard Wilson / W: Malvin Wald, Henry F. Greenberg / C: Lucien Ballard / E: Walter Hannemann / M: David Raksin / S: Rod Steiger, Martin Balsam, Fay Spain, James Gregory, Nehemiah Persoff

Pay or Die! (1960) Allied Artists / P: Richard Wilson / D: Richard Wilson / W: Richard Collins, Bertram Millhauser / C: Lucien Ballard / E: Walter Hannemann / M: David Raksin / S: Ernest Borgnine, Zohra Lampert, Alan Austin, Vito Scotti, John Marley

A Hoodlum Paradise of Sin and Crime! (January, 1956)

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The Phenix City Story (1955) Allied Artists Pictures / EP: Walter Mirisch / P: Samuel Bischoff, David Diamond / D: Phil Karlson / W: Crane Wilbur, Daniel Mainwaring / C: Harry Neumann / E: George White / M: Harry Sukman / S: John McIntire, Richard Kiley, Kathryn Grant, Edward Andrews, Lenka Peterson, Biff McGuire

The Bongo Beat! And the Big Heat! Jet-Fueled! Rhythm-Wild! (September, 1957)

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‘The Slick Chicks Who Fire Up the Big Wheels!’ Wow. Hard to believe but the were certain folks who believed that Rock ‘n’ Roll was a passing fad and Calypso music was forever. Weird, right?
 
Hot Rod Rumble (1957) Nacirema Productions :: Allied Artists / EP: David T. Yokozeki / P: Norman T. Herman / D: Leslie H. Martinson / W: Meyer Dolinsky / C: Lester Shorr / E: Richard C. Meyer / M: Alexander Courage / S: Leigh Snowden, Richard Hartunian, Wright King, Joey Forman, Brett Halsey

Calypso Joe (1957) Allied Artists / P: William F. Broidy / AP: Lonnie D’Orsa / D: Edward Dein / W: Edward Dein, Mildred Dein / C: Stuart Thompson / E: Thor L. Brooks / M: Richard Hazard, Herb Jeffries / S: Herb Jeffries, Angie Dickinson, Ed Kemmer, Laurie Mitchell, Claudia Drake

A Fascinating Adventure Into the Unknown! Moment by Moment the Terror Mounts! (April, 1957)

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Albert Zugsmith steps in for Bill Alland for Universal International’s latest thinking-man’s fright-fest, which author Richard Matheson adapted from his own novel. The second feature is an Allied Artist crime programmer from Ben Schwalb, with Bill Elliot returning for the fifth and last time as L.A. detective Andy Doyle, who is on the lookout for a murderer when the prime suspect proves too pat.

The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957) Universal International :: Universal Pictures / P: Albert Zugsmith / D: Jack Arnold / W: Jack Arnold / C: Ellis W. Carter / E: AAlbrecht Joseph / M: Irving Gertz, Earl E. Lawrence, Hans J. Salter, Herman Stein / S: Grant Williams, Randy Stuart, April Kent, Paul Langton, William Schallert

Footsteps in the Night (1957) Allied Artists / P: Ben Schwalb / D: Jean Yarbrough / W: Albert Band, Elwood Ullman / C: Harry Neumann / E: Neil Brunnenkant / M: Marlin Skiles / S: Bill Elliott, Don Haggerty, Eleanore Tanin

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

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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

The William Castle Blogathon :: Not Valid for People with Known Heart or Nervous Conditions! (May, 1958)

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Sometimes the gutter giveth…

 

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… and sometimes the gutter taketh away. Pfeh.

 

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Other Points of Interest:

The poster campaign for Macabre at the Archive.

 
And now, finally, we get to the meat. The ballyhoo. The bullshit. The Castle raison d’etre. By no means great, but, when considering it’s lackluster reputation, even among William Castle’s fans, Macabre wasn’t nearly as bad as I’d anticipated. In fact, I found it to be pretty good. (Who knew Jim Backus had that kind of a heavy in him?) A bit clumsy, structurally, sure (–there might have been a flashback inside a flashback), and though this tale of kidnapping and buried secrets threatens to derail itself, the ending twist works and those closing credits are simply ADOREABLE! You’ll never get to cash in your Fright Insurance policy, but definitely worth a spin.
 

An official Beneficiary Agreement for Macabre:

And as a public service announcement for the IMDB, who list Macabre’s release as October, 1958, for the sake of accuracy, it played in the Island in May, 1958:

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This post is part of Goregirl’s Dungeon and The Last Drive-In’s The William Castle Blogathan, a week long tribute to the King of Schlock. Follow the linkage, Boils & Ghouls. It’s gonna be a great week. And stick around, as we’ll be showcasing Castle’s film career from its fairly normal beginnings through it psychotronic glory days. Stay tuned!

Macabre (1958) William Castle Productions :: Allied Artists / P: William Castle, Howard W. Koch, Aubrey Schenck / D: William Castle / W: Robb White, Anthony Boucher (novel) / C: Carl E. Guthrie / E: John F. Schreyer / M: Les Baxter / S: William Prince, Jim Backus, Christine White, Jacqueline Scott, Susan Morrow, Ellen Corby

Hell’s Five Hours (1958) Muriel Corporation :: Allied Artists / P: Jack L. Copeland / AP: Walter Hannemann / D: Jack L. Copeland / W: Jack L. Copeland / C: Ernest Haller / E: Walter Hannemann / M: Nicholas Carras / S: Stephen McNally, Coleen Gray, Vic Morrow, Maurice Manson, Robert Foulk

A Double-Jolt of Excitement! (November, 1963)

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Shock Corridor (1963) F & F Productions :: Allied Artists / EP: Sam Firks, Leon Fromkess / P: Samuel Fuller / D: Samuel Fuller / W: Samuel Fuller / C: Stanley Cortez / E: Jerome Thoms / M: Paul Dunlap / S: Peter Breck, Constance Towers, Gene Evans, James Best, Hari Rhodes

Day of the Triffids (1962) Security Pictures Ltd. Production :: Allied Artists / EP: Philip Yordan / P: George Pitcher / D: Steve Sekely / W: Bernard Gordon, John Wyndham (novel) / C: Ted Moore / E: Bill Lewthwaite / M: Ron Goodwin / S: Howard Keel, Nicole Maurey, Janina Faye, Janette Scott, Kieron Moore

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

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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

Tomorrow’s Battle to Save the World Today! Daring! Shocking! True to Life! (July, 1960)

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And here’s another oddly mismatched double-feature from 1960 courtesy of Allied Artists. First up, a look at racial injustice, where a fair-skinned African American manages to pass herself off as Caucasian and marries into a rich family. Keeping her secret was hard enough, but when she becomes pregnant she fears the truth will finally come out when the baby does the same. Next, we chuck the social commentary right out the window as we head under the arctic ice with the crew of the Tiger Shark, to battle some mono-optical blob aliens and their deadly UFO in an absolute hair-brained gonzoidal classic.

I Passed for White (1960) Allied Artists / P: Fred M. Wilcox / D: Fred M. Wilcox / W: Fred M. Wilcox / C: George J. Folsey / E: George White / M: Jerry Irvin, John Williams / S: Sonya Wilde, James Franciscus, Patricia Michon, Isabel Cooley, Lon Ballantyne

Atomic Submarine (1960) Allied Artists / P: Alex Gordon, Henry Schrage / AP: Irving Block, Orville H. Hampton, Jack Rabin / D: Spencer G. Bennet / W: Orville H. Hampton / C: Gilbert Warrenton / E: William Austin / M: Neil Brunnenkant, Alexander Laszlo / S: Arthur Franz, Dick Foran, Brett Halsey, Tom Conway, Paul Dubov, Bob Steele