Archive for Harry Essex

Killers on a Furlough from Hell! Trigger Happy Teen-Age Hoodlums Living for Kicks! (April, 1956)

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Crashout (1955) Standard Productions :: Filmakers Releasing Orginazation / EP: Irving H. Levin / P: Hal E. Chester / D: Lewis R. Foster / W: Hal E. Chester, Lewis R. Foster, Cy Endfield / C: Russell Metty / E: Robert Swink / M: Leith Stevens / S: William Bendix, Arthur Kennedy, Gene Evans, William Talman, Marshall Thompson, Gloria Talbott

Mad at the World (1955) Filmakers Releasing Orginazation / P: Collier Young / AP: James H. Anderson / D: Harry Essex / W: Harry Essex / C: William E. Snyder / E: Stanford Tischler / M: Leith Stevens / S: Frank Lovejoy, Keefe Brasselle, Cathy O’Donnell, Karen Sharpe, Joe Turkel, Aaron Spelling

Entering the 3rd Dimension :: Pent-Up Passion from the Devonian Age Unleashed! (April, 1954)

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As the legend goes, it was while working for Orson Wells, back in the Mercury Theater days, that producer William Alland first heard the tales of a legendary fish-man that lived somewhere way upstream in the backwaters of the Amazon river. And these tales, told by famed Mexican cinematographer Gabriel Figueroa, eventually germinated into one of the most iconic cinematic monsters ever conceived and executed on film. And though it’s usually one of the first things that come to mind while thinking about 3-D pictures, but truthfully, Creature from the Black Lagoon was one of the last big features to use the already rapidly waning process.

I’ve been lucky enough to see a 3-D print of both Creature and its sequel, Revenge of the Creature, and the differences between seeing them flat and seeing them topographical is like the difference between how long Ben Chapman and Riccou Browning can hold their breath underwater. And now, with advances in home video technology, we all can see the Gill-Man unrequited quest for love in all it’s Stereo-Scopic glory!

Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954) Universal International / P: William Alland / D: Jack Arnold / W: Harry Essex, Arthur A. Ross / C: William E. Snyder / E: Ted J. Kent / M: Joseph Gershenson, Henry Mancini, Hans J. Salter, Herman Stein / S: Richard Carlson, Julie Adams, Richard Denning, Antonio Moreno, Whit Bissell, Nestor Paiva

Project M7 (1953) Two Cities Films :: Universal Pictures / EP: Earl St. John / P: Antony Darnborough / D: Antony Darnborough / W: William Fairchild, John Pudney (novel) / C: Desmond Dickinson / E: Frederick Wilson / M: Benjamin Frankel / S: Phyllis Calvert, James Donald, Robert Beatty, Herbert Lom, Muriel Pavlow

Entering the 3rd Dimension :: A White Hot Movie that Throws Every Savage Thrill in the Book Right at You! (November, 1953)

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After an old war-time buddy meets a violent end, a brutish, tough as nails detective is soon neck-deep in a violent vendetta to repay an old debt to said friend, who saved his life during the war, by tracking down his killer and making them pay! Okay, when I think on the adapted adventures of that hard-boiled dick Mike Hammer, probably the last person I think of is Biff Elliot. But, he was the first to portray Mickey Spillane’s iconic private-eye in a movie that, alas, has never been released to home video in any format. I know I’m curious to see it, as it’s one of the few onscreen appearances of Margaret Sheridan as Hammer’s trusted secretary, Velda; and another B-Movie fave in Peggie Castle, who portrays the conniving psycho-analyst, Charlotte Manning. And, for the record, as much as I love Ralph Meeker in Kiss Me Deadly, my all time favorite version of Mike Hammer was Darren McGavin’s take in the old Mike Hammer TV show, something else that desperately needs a release for home-viewing as soon as possible.

I the Jury (1953) Parklane Pictures Inc. :: United Artists / P: Victor Saville / D: Harry Essex / W: Harry Essex, Mickey Spillane (novel) / C: John Alton / E: Fredrick Y. Smith / M: Franz Waxman / S: Biff Elliot, Preston Foster, Peggie Castle, Alan Reed, Margaret Sheridan