Archive for George Macready

Drive-In Mash-Up :: Out of Pollution’s Depths It Slithers! A Deathmaster Back from Beyond the Grave! (May, 1972)

Posted in 1970-1979, Movie Ads with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 15, 2013 by WB Kelso







When head Godzilla guru, producer Tomoyuki Tanaka, took one look at Yoshimitsu Banno’s finished film he declared the first time kaiju director would never work for Toho again, decrying he had ruined the franchise. That’s being a little harsh, as I find Godzilla vs the Smog Monster to be a trippy, surreal mess of awesome — you will believe a monster can fly, folks. But! The lack of the “Save the Earth” American International dub on Sony’s otherwise fantastic DVD is a crime, and that’s why I will never, ever part with my old VHS copy. Also of note, I did not know that actor Kenpachiro Satsuma, who played Hedorah, the Smog Monster, had to have an emergency appendectomy during the production — while still strapped into the rubber suit! Wow. As for our sequel to Count Yorga, despite the fact that the villain died in the last installment, with no explanation for his resurrection, and the fact that it’s basically the exact same movie as the first, the brass at AIP were bound and determined to groom Robert Quarry as a replacement for Vincent Price as their reigning King of Horror. And, well, we all know how that turned out, don’t we?
Godzilla vs. the Smog Monster (1971) Toho Company :: American International Pictures / P: Tomoyuki Tanaka, Samuel Z. Arkoff / D: Yoshimitsu Banno / W: Yoshimitsu Banno, Takeshi Kimura / C: Yoichi Manoda / E: Yoshitami Kuroiwa / M: Riichirô Manabe / S: Akira Yamauchi, Toshie Kimura, Hiroyuki Kawase

The Return of Count Yorga (1971) Peppertree Productions Inc. :: American International Pictures / P: Michael Macready / D: Bob Kelljan / W: Bob Kelljan, Yvonne Wilder / C: Bill Butler / E: Laurette Odney / M: Bill Marx / S: Robert Quarry, Mariette Hartley, Roger Perry, George Macready, Craig T. Nelson

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

Posted in 1950-1959, Movie Ads with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 23, 2012 by WB Kelso







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

And in the Center Ring, Spectacular Feats of Life and Death — But Mostly Death! (September, 1960)

Posted in 1960-1969, Movie Ads with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 22, 2012 by WB Kelso





Circus of Horrors (1960) Lynx Films Ltd. :: American International Pictures / EP: James H. Nicholson, Samuel Z. Arkoff / P: Leslie Parkyn, Julian Wintle / AP: Norman Priggen / D: Sidney Hayers / W: George Baxt / C: Douglas Slocombe / E: Reginald Mills / M: Muir Mathieson, Franz Reizenstein / S: Anton Diffring, Erika Remberg, Yvonne Monlaur, Donald Pleasance, Jane Hylton

Jet Over the Atlantic (1959) Benedict Bogeaus Production :: Inter-Continent Film / P: Benedict Bogeaus / D: Byron Haskin / W: Irving H. Cooper / C: Jorge Stahl Jr. / E: James Leicester, Thomas Pratt / M: Louis Forbes / S: Guy Madison, Virginia Mayo, Ilona Massey, George Raft, George Macready