Archive for Elisha Cook Jr.

You’ve Never Met Her Type Before! (October, 1952)

Posted in 1950-1959, Movie Ads with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on August 6, 2016 by WB Kelso

 
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Don’t Bother to Knock (1952) 20th Century Fox Film Corporation / P: Julian Blaustein / D: Roy Ward Baker / W: Daniel Taradash, Charlotte Armstrong (novel) / C: Lucien Ballard / E: George A. Gittens / M: Lionel Newman / S: Richard Widmark, Marilyn Monroe, Anne Bancroft, Donna Corcoran, Jim Backus, Elisha Cook Jr.

The William Castle Blogathon :: The Dead Girl … The Neighbors … The Nightmare … The Doctor … The Truth … The Baby … Whose Baby? (July, 1968)

Posted in 1960-1969, Movie Ads with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 1, 2013 by WB Kelso

 

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I believe I was born with a defective gene that explains away my preference for the Tottenham stomp  of the Dave Clark Five over the Mersey beat of the Beatles. Perhaps this same mental defect explains my complete and total indifference to Rosemary’s Baby. Now, now. I don’t hate the movie. It has merit. It just, I don’t know, never really clicked for me. (My lifelong aversion to Mia Farrow probably isn’t helping matters, here, either. The old Beelzefudds were a hoot, though.) That’s me shrugging right now.
 
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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!

Rosemary’s Baby (1968) William Castle Productions :: Paramount Pictures / P: William Castle / AP: Dona Holloway / D: Roman Polanski / W: Roman Polanski, Ira Levin (novel) / C: William A. Fraker / E: Sam O’Steen, Bob Wyman / M: Krzysztof Komeda / S: Mia Farrow, John Cassavetes, Ruth Gordon, Maurice Evans, Ralph Bellamy, Patsy Kelly, Elisha Cook Jr.

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

For the Love of Film Noir :: This is the Love that Had to Be! (November, 1946)

Posted in 1940-1949, Movie Ads with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 26, 2013 by WB Kelso

 

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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.

The Big Sleep (1946)  First National Pictures Inc. :: Warner Bros. / EP: Jack L. Warner / P: Howard Hawks / D: Howard Hawks / W: William Faulkner, Leigh Brackett, Jules Furthman, Raymond Chandler (novel) / C: Sid Hickox / E: Christian Nyby / M: Max Steiner / S: Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, John Ridgely, Martha Vickers, Dorothy Malone, Elisha Cook Jr.

For the Love of Film Noir :: Unmatched Heights in Daredevil Ruthlessness! (June, 1945)

Posted in 1940-1949, Movie Ads with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 24, 2013 by WB Kelso

 
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FTLOF - Film Noir 01Reduced Size with Titles

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.

Dillinger (1945) King Brothers Productions :: Monogram Pictures / P: Frank King, Maurice King / D: Max Nosseck / W: Philip Yordan, William Castle / C: Jackson Rose / E: Edward Mann / M: Dimitri Tiomkin / S: Lawrence Tierney, Edmund Lowe, Anne Jeffreys, Marc Lawrence, Elisha Cook Jr.

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

Posted in 1940-1949, Movie Ads with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 20, 2013 by WB Kelso

 

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FTLOF - Film Noir 01Reduced Size with Titles

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

For the Love of Film Noir :: Unique Suspense! Unique Mystery! Unique Drama! (September, 1944)

Posted in 1940-1949, Movie Ads with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 15, 2013 by WB Kelso

 

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FTLOF - Film Noir 01Reduced Size with Titles

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.

Phantom Lady (1944) Universal Pictures / P: Joan Harrison / D: Robert Siodmak / W: Bernard C. Schoenfeld, Cornell Woolrich (novel) / C: Elwood Bredell / E: Arthur Hilton / M: Hans J. Salter / S: Franchot Tone, Ella Raines, Alan Curtis, Aurora Miranda, Thomas Gomez, Fay Helm, Elisha Cook Jr.

For the Love of Film Noir :: A Most Sensational Murder Story! (May, 1942)

Posted in 1940-1949, Movie Ads with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 7, 2013 by WB Kelso

 

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FTLOF - Film Noir 01Reduced Size with Titles

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.

The Maltese Falcon (1941) Warner Bros. Pictures :: A First National Picture / P: Hal B. Wallis / AP: Henry Blanke / D: John Huston / W: John Huston, Dashiell Hammett (novel) / C: Arthur Edeson / E: Thomas Richards / M: Adolph Deutsch / S: Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor, Sydney Greenstreet, Peter Lorre, Elisha Cook Jr., Lee Patrick, Gladys George, Barton MacLane, Ward Bond

For the Love of Film Noir :: LOOK OUT! There’s a Great Shock Coming! (January, 1942)

Posted in 1940-1949, Movie Ads with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 7, 2013 by WB Kelso

 

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FTLOF - Film Noir 01Reduced Size with Titles
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.

I Wake Up Screaming (1941) Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation / P: Milton Sperling / D: H. Bruce Humberstone / W: Dwight Taylor, Steve Fisher (novel) / C: Edward Cronjager / E: Robert L. Simpson / M: Cyril J. Mockridge / S: Betty Grable, Victor Mature, Carole Landis, Laird Cregar, William Gargan, Elisha Cook Jr.