Archive for Charles Bronson

A Fistful of Spaghetti! (June, 1969)

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I could argue which is Leone’s best, this or The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. But, lets just sit back and enjoy the art of Frank McCarthy instead.

Once Upon a Time in the West (1968) A Rafran-San Marco Production :: Paramount Pictures EP: Bino Cicogna / P: Fulvio Morsella / D: Sergio Leone / W: Sergio Leone, Sergio Donati, Bernardo Bertolucci / C: Tonino Delli Colli / E: Nino Baragli / M: Ennio Morricone / S: Henry Fonda, Charles Bronson, Claudia Cardinale, Jason Robards, Gabriele Ferzetti

Stalk ‘n’ SlashCinema :: Proto-Slashers :: If This Picture Doesn’t Make Your Skin Crawl, It’s On Too Tight! (November, 1975)

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This lurid and highly provocative art for Black Christmas was a revelation to me, as I had never seen it before until unearthing these ads. I was only familiar with the iconic image of the dead girl in the attack that was featured in the poster campaign, but this is amazing. However, they only got away with that ad once, and only once. (Once more, your local censors at work.) Known by many names before it found any cinematic footing, Bob Clark’s seminal Proto-Slasher has grown on me over the years. Yeah, the first time through I found it too slow and too deliberate, and that obtuse ending had me winging the rental case at the TV. (I guess my skin was on too tight back then, ‘natch.) Now, some 25 years later, one can truly appreciate this Creepy McMoody effort that helped secure a beachhead for a whole new species of cinematic thriller.

 Other Points of Interest:

Full film review of Black Christmas at the Brewery.

Poster campaign for Black Christmas at the Archive.



Black Christmas(1974) Film Funding Ltd. of Canada :: Vision IV :: Canadian Film Development Corporation (CFDC) :: Famous Players :: Warner Bros. / EP: Findlay Quinn / P: Bob Clark, Gerry Arbeid / AP: Richard Schouten / D: Bob CLark / W: Roy Moore / C: Reg Morris / E: Stan Cole / M: Carl Zittrer / S: Olivia Hussey, Keir Dullea, John Saxon, Margot Kidder, Andrea Martin, Art Hindle, Lynne Griffin

The Double Scorch! Jet-Fueled to Top Any Show on Record! (January, 1959)

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The Hot Angel (1958) Paragon Productions :: Paramount Pictures / P: Stanley Kallis / AP: Kendrick Sweet / D: Joe Parker / W: Stanley Kallis / C: Karl Struss / E: Leon Selditz, Eda Warren / M: Richard Markowitz / S: Jackie Loughery, Ed Kemmer, Mason Alan Dinehart, Lyle Talbot, Heather Ames

When Hell Broke Loose (1958) Dolworth Productions :: Paramount Pictures / P: Oscar Brodney, Sol Dolgin / D: Kenneth G. Crane / W: Oscar Brodney, Ib Melchior / C: Hal McAlpin / E: Asa Boyd Clark, Kenneth G. Crane / M: Albert Glasser / S: Charles Bronson, Violet Rensing, Richard Jaeckel, Arvid Nelson, Robert Easton

A Rebel’s Hate, A Woman’s Undying Love! (August, 1957)

Posted in 1950-1959, Movie Ads with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 8, 2013 by WB Kelso











I first saw Samuel Fuller’s Run of the Arrow under the alternate title, The Last Bullet, on the late-late show many moons ago. Kind of a nastier, edgier version of Dances with Wolves (that final massacre is just brutal), this was my introduction to both Fuller and Rod Steiger and it needs to be seen by a lot more folks.

Run of the Arrow (1957) Globe Enterprises :: RKO Radio Pictures / P: Samuel Fuller / D: Samuel Fuller / W: Samuel Fuller / C: Joseph F. Biroc / E: Gene Fowler Jr. / M: Victor Young / S: Rod Steiger, Sara Montiel, Brian Keith, Ralph Meeker, Jay C. Flippen, Olive Carey, Charles Bronson

Entering the 3rd Dimension :: Spontaneous Combustion in a Satin Gown! The Only Dame with a Kiss of Flame! (March, 1954)

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And after a glut of 3-D releases in late 1953, it wasn’t until March of 1954 before the Island saw another 3-D release hit the Grand. And with the advent of the more user friendly Cinemascope, the writing was already on the wall for Stereo-Scopic films, especially when you consider that last ad, where the theater dumped the gimmick, despite the ballyhoo’d new and improved glasses, to polish off the run after the weekend.

Miss Sadie Thompson (1953) The Beckworth Corporation :: Columbia Pictures Corporation / P: Jerry Wald / D: Curtis Bernhardt / W: Harry Kleiner, W. Somerset Maugham (novel) / C: Charles Lawton Jr. / E: Viola Lawrence / M: Morris Stoloff / S: Rita Hayworth, José Ferrer, Aldo Ray, Russell Collins, Charles Bronson

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

Remake Comes Up Sevens (November, 1960)

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The Magnificent Seven (1960) Mirisch Company :: Alpha Productions :: United Artists / EP: Walter Mirisch / P: John Sturges / AP: Lou Morheim / D: John Sturges / W: William Roberts / C: Charles Lang Jr. / E: Charles Lang Jr. / M: Elmer Bernstein / S: Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, Robert Vaughn, James Coburn, Brad Dexter, Horst Bucholz, Eli Wallach

The Nazis Never Bargained For This (July, 1967)

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The Dirty Dozen (1967) MGM :: Seven Arts Productions / P: Kenneth Hyman / AP: Raymond Anzarut / D: Robert Aldrich / W: Nunnally Johnson, Lukas Heller / C: Edward Scaife / E: Michael Luciano / M: Frank De Vol / S: Lee Marvin, Charles Bronson, John Cassavetes, Jim Brown, Ralph Meeker, Donald Sutherland, Telly Savalas, Clint Walker