Archive for Jim Backus

Neither Hell nor High Heels Could Stop Them! (October, 1963)

Posted in 1960-1969, Movie Ads with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 11, 2016 by WB Kelso

 
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Operation: Bikini (1963) American International Pictures / EP: Samuel Z. Arkoff / P: James H. Nicholson, Lou Rusoff / D: Anthony Carras / W: John Tomerlin / C: Gilbert Warrenton / E: Anthony Carras, Homer Powell / M: Les Baxter / S: Tab Hunter, Frankie Avalon, Scott Brady, Jim Backus, Gary Crosby, Jody McCrea, Eva Six

The Mind Benders (1963) Michael Relph Productions :: American International Pictures / P: Michael Relph / D: Basil Dearden / W: James Kennaway / C: Denys N. Coop / E: John D. Guthridge / M: Georges Auric / S: Dirk Bogarde, Mary Ure, John Clements, Michael Bryant, Wendy Craig

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 :: Not Valid for People with Known Heart or Nervous Conditions! (May, 1958)

Posted in 1950-1959, Movie Ads with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 31, 2013 by WB Kelso

 

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Sometimes the gutter giveth…

 

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… and sometimes the gutter taketh away. Pfeh.

 

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Other Points of Interest:

The poster campaign for Macabre at the Archive.

 
And now, finally, we get to the meat. The ballyhoo. The bullshit. The Castle raison d’etre. By no means great, but, when considering it’s lackluster reputation, even among William Castle’s fans, Macabre wasn’t nearly as bad as I’d anticipated. In fact, I found it to be pretty good. (Who knew Jim Backus had that kind of a heavy in him?) A bit clumsy, structurally, sure (–there might have been a flashback inside a flashback), and though this tale of kidnapping and buried secrets threatens to derail itself, the ending twist works and those closing credits are simply ADOREABLE! You’ll never get to cash in your Fright Insurance policy, but definitely worth a spin.
 

An official Beneficiary Agreement for Macabre:

And as a public service announcement for the IMDB, who list Macabre’s release as October, 1958, for the sake of accuracy, it played in the Island in May, 1958:

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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!

Macabre (1958) William Castle Productions :: Allied Artists / P: William Castle, Howard W. Koch, Aubrey Schenck / D: William Castle / W: Robb White, Anthony Boucher (novel) / C: Carl E. Guthrie / E: John F. Schreyer / M: Les Baxter / S: William Prince, Jim Backus, Christine White, Jacqueline Scott, Susan Morrow, Ellen Corby

Hell’s Five Hours (1958) Muriel Corporation :: Allied Artists / P: Jack L. Copeland / AP: Walter Hannemann / D: Jack L. Copeland / W: Jack L. Copeland / C: Ernest Haller / E: Walter Hannemann / M: Nicholas Carras / S: Stephen McNally, Coleen Gray, Vic Morrow, Maurice Manson, Robert Foulk

Wild Excitement! Tempestuous Romance! Wholesale Slaughter! (May, 1964)

Posted in 1960-1969, Movie Ads with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 20, 2012 by WB Kelso

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
A Distant Trumpet (1963) A First National Picture :: Warner Bros. / P: William H. Wright / D: Raoul Walsh / W: John Twist, Richard Fielder, Albert Beich, Paul Horgan (novel) / C: William H. Clothier / E: David Wages / M: Max Steiner / S: Troy Donahue, Suzanne Pleshette, Diane McBain, James Gregory, Claude Akins

Johnny Cool (1963) Chrislaw Productions :: United Artists / EP: Peter Lawford / P: William Asher / AP: Milton Ebbins / D: William Asher / W: Joseph Landon, John McPartland (novel) / C: Sam Leavitt / E: Otto Ludwig / M: Billy May / S: Henry Silva, Elizabeth Montgomery, Richard Anderson, Jim Backus, Joey Bishop, Telly Savalas