Archive for André De Toth

Bold and Brutal! (January, 1958)

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Monkey on My Back (1957) Edward Small Productions :: United Artists / P: Edward Small / AP: Robert E. Kent / D: André De Toth / W: Paul Dudley, Anthony Veiller, Crane Wilbur, Ivan Bunny (novel), Barney Ross (novel) / C: Maury Gertsman / E: Grant Whytock / M: Paul Sawtell, Bert Shefter / M: Cameron Mitchell, Dianne Foster, Paul Richards, Jack Albertson, Kathy Garver

Bayou (1957) American National Films :: United Artists / P: M.A. Ripps / D: Harold Daniels / W: Edward I. Fessler / C: Ted Saizis, Vincent Saizis / E: Maurice Wright / M: Gerald Fried / S: Peter Graves, Lita Milan, Douglas Fowley, Jonathan Haze, Ed Nelson, Timothy Carey

For the Love of Film Noir :: Was Love or Madness to Be Her Fate? (March, 1945)

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This post is part of my rehash and continuation of the For the Love of Film Noir Blogathon originally held back in February of 2011. Thus and so, we will be heading down the rain-soaked streets and neon-drenched back alleys of Noirville again for the entire month of March. And along with all the old material migrating over from the old site, we’ll also be scattering around a lot of new stuff as well. Also of note, we’ll be posting them in chronological order to show how the genre evolved and progressed from the 1940′s through the late ’50s. And as an added bonus, I’ll be posting some vintage adverts to stuff I’ve always associated with the genre — cigarettes, booze and fashionable ladies.

Dark Waters (1944) Benedict Bogeaus Production :: United Artists / EP: James Nasser / P: Benedict Bogeaus / D: André De Toth / W: Francis M. Cockrell, Marian B. Cockrell, Joan Harrison, Arthur T. Horman / C: John J. Mescall, Archie Stout / E: James Smith / M: Miklós Rózsa / S: Merle Oberon, Franchot Tone, Thomas Mitchell, Fay Bainter, Elisha Cook Jr., John Qualen, Rex Ingram, Nina Mae McKinney

Entering the 3rd Dimension :: For Men with a Killing Coming to Them! (October, 1953)

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After the brutal massacre at Lawrence, Kansas, one of Quantrill’s lead scouts sours on all the killing and flees to the Arizona territories. Alas, old habits are hard to break as he falls in with another bad bunch of stagecoach bandits. But once again, a senseless killing triggers a long dormant conscience, and payback with lead interest has finally come due! Based on John Cunningham’s novel Yankee Gold, this was director Andre de Toth’s 3-D follow up to House of Wax. And this was also only one of about a half-dozen oaters that de Toth made with star Randolph Scott. Now. There were some conflicting reports that The Stranger Wore a Gun was never released in 3-D, but these ads kinda skewer that notion, don’t ya think?

The Stranger Wore a Gun (1953) Scott-Brown Productions :: Columbia Pictures / P: Harry Joe Brown / AP: Randolph Scott / D: André De Toth / W: Kenneth Gamet, John W. Cunningham (novel) / C: Lester White / E: Gene Havlick, James Sweeney / M: Mischa Bakaleinikoff / S: Randolph Scott, Claire Trevor, Joan Weldon, George Macready, Lee Marvin, Ernest Borgnine

Entering the 3rd Dimension :: Beauty and Terror Meet in Your Seat as Every Thrill Comes Off the Screen Right at You! (June, 1953)

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After his unscrupulous business partner leaves him for dead inside their burning waxworks to collect on some insurance money, several years later, the sculptor resurfaces with a new identity and a new venue, including a ghastly chamber of horrors. Also of note, a recent rash of grisly murders have plagued the same city, and in a strange coincidence — too much of a coincidence for the nosy girlfriend of the sculptor’s new assistant — a lot of the new wax figures resemble all of those homicide victims. Will she be able to convince the authorities of her theories before she winds up on display herself? Who am I to ruin a good chase scene. Now. Despite what the ads proclaim, Columbia Pictures’ Man in the Dark managed to beat House of Wax out of the gate by a couple of days, making it the second major studio 3-D effort. However, it should be noted that House of Wax was the first film to use stereo-phonic sound. Based on their earlier film, Mystery of the Wax Museum, Warner’s lucked out when star Vincent Price decided to stay and do the picture instead of heading to London, where the stage was waiting, providing a much needed anchor in a fairly obvious plot. Still, I think director Andre de Toth’s stalk-n-chase sequence through the foggy streets has yet to be topped by any other 3-D film. Don’t believe me? Break out your 3-D glasses and take a look:

Told ya!

Other Points of Interest:

2-D Poster campaign for House of Wax at the Archive.

3-D Poster Campaign for House of Wax at the Archive.

House of Wax (1953) Bryan Foy Productions :: Warner Bros. / P: Bryan Foy / D: André De Toth / W: Crane Wilbur / C: Bert Glennon / E: Rudi Fehr / M: David Buttolph / S: Vincent Price, Phyllis Kirk, Frank Lovejoy, Carolyn Jones, Dabbs Greer, Charles Bronson

So Brutally Frank! So Shocking! So True! It Sears the Screen with its Life Shattering Story (March, 1944)

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None Shall Escape (1944) Columbia Pictures / P: Samuel Bischoff / AP: Burt Kelly / D: André De Toth / W: Lester Cole, Alfred Neumann, Joseph Than / C: Lee Garmes / E: Charles Nelson / M: Ernst Toch / S: Marsha Hunt, Alexander Knox, Henry Travers, Erik Rolf, Ruth Nelson