Archive for Michael Ansara

Multiplex Mash-Up :: Evil Does Not Die, It Waits to Be Reborn! (June, 1978)

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And now, Boils and Ghouls, I give you William Girdler’s completely demented The Manitou, whose plot of an ancient Indian shaman being reborn from a tumorous growth on the back of Susan Strasberg’s neck — that’s more malignant than benign, and the fruitless efforts of her boyfriend, in the form of Tony Curtis, and a modern medicine man, in the from of Michael Ansara, to stop him until the patient manages to channel the inner-spirits of technology to send the massacring midget-man back to hell in a laser-disco light-show finale for the ages will definitely leave you boggling. For more on Girdler, The Manitou, and the rest of his catalog, I strongly suggest you check out this wonderful tribute site.

The Manitou (1978) Mid-America Pictures :: Simon Productions :: Manitou Productions Ltd. :: AVCO Embassy / EP: Melvin G. Gordy, David Sheldon, Melvin Simon, Herman Weist / P: William Girdler / AP: Jon Cedar, Scott M. Siegler, Gilles de Turenne / D: William Girdler / W: William Girdler, Jon Cedar, Thomas Pope, Graham Masterton (novel) / C: Michel Hugo / E: Bub Asman / M: Lalo Schifrin S: Tony Curtis, Susan Strasberg, Michael Ansara, Stella Stevens, Burgess Meredith

The William Castle Blogathon :: Savage! Sinful! A Panorama of Passions and Violence! (June, 1954)

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And here we have Cecil B. Demille on a Sam Katzman budget. E’yup, Slaves of Babylon is William Castle’s one and only biblical epic (– unless you count Rosemary’s Baby, but we’re getting ahead of ourselves just a bit), with his take on the tale of Daniel in the lion’s den mixed in with a plot to overthrow king Nebuchadnezzar as told in the book of No Not Really: Chapter 2: Verses 1-5.
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!

Slaves of Babylon (1953) Columbia Pictures / P: Sam Katzman / D: William Castle / W: DeVallon Scott / C: Henry Freulich / E: William A. Lyon / M: Henry Vars / S: Richard Conte, Linda Christian, Maurice Schwartz, Michael Ansara, Terry Kilburn

Paris Model (1953) American Pictures Company :: Columbia Pictures / P: Albert Zugsmith / D: Alfred E. Green / W: Robert Smith / C: William Bradford / E: W. Donn Hayes / M: Albert Glasser / S: Marilyn Maxwell, Paulette Goddard, Eva Gabor, Barbara Lawrence, Cecil Kellaway

It’s All A-Go-Go with Those Hep-Harum Babes! (October, 1965)

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Hail! And Happy Birthday to the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll!

And once more the IMDB seems to have their wires crossed a bit, saying the premiere for Harum Scarum wasn’t until December, 1965, which is false, and made finding these a pain the patootie but, in the end, the hunt was well worth it. Also of note, the ads call Harum Scarum a comical spoof but it was not originally intended to be. As the legend goes, when Colonel Parker saw a rough print he went absolutely apocalyptic and berated producer Sam Katzman, perhaps the only person in the world cheaper than Parker, that they needed to add a talking camel to the picture as the only means of salvaging it. Well, the camel never made it into the picture but it did make it into the adverts.

Other Points of Interest:

Full film review of Harum Scarum at 3B Theater.

Poster campaign for Harum Scarum at the Archive.

Harum Scarum (1965) Four-Leaf Productions :: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) / P: Sam Katzman / D: Gene Nelson / W: Gerald Drayson Adams / C: Fred Jackman Jr. / E: Ben Lewis / M: Fred Karger / S: Elvis Presley, Mary Ann Mobley, Fran Jeffries, Michael Ansara, Jay Novello, Theodore Marcuse, Billy Barty

Entering the 3rd Dimension :: The Story of a Great Betrayal that Bathed the West in Blood! (November, 1953)

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The Nebraskan (1953) Columbia Pictures / P: Wallace MacDonald / D: Fred F. Sears / W: David Lang, Martin Berkeley / C: Henry Freulich / E: Al Clark, James Sweeney / M: Ross DiMaggio / S: Philip Carey, Roberta Haynes, Wallace Ford, Richard Webb, Lee Van Cleef, Jay Silverheels

Serpent of the Nile (1953) Columbia Pictures / P: Sam Katzman / D: William Castle / W: Robert E. Kent / C: Henry Freulich / E: Gene Havlick / M: Mischa Bakaleinikoff / S: Rhonda Fleming, William Lundigan, Raymond Burr, Jean Byron, Michael Ansara