Old Time Radio Thursdays – #041: Boris Karloff On The Radio – A Spotlight Feature

The short intro: For those who are unfamiliar with the concept, Old Time Radio is the phrase generally used to refer to the time when radio was (mostly) live, and was full of a variety of different shows, as opposed to simply being a means for record labels to use robots to promote the top records of the day. Old Time Radio Thursdays is my chance to explore some of those old radio shows, their connections (both old and new) to movies, and hopefully to encourage some of the rest of you to take a look at a probably unfamiliar source of entertainment that I truly love. If you want more info on OTR, and some examples of the variety of shows that were made, be sure to check out this introductory post.

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There are certain voices that stand out pretty much no matter what the context. One of those voices belonged to today’s spotlight star, Boris Karloff. No matter what role he was playing, from urbane gentleman to mad scientist to his most famous role as The creation of Victor Frankenstein, Mr Karloff’s voice always stood out.

Well, okay, maybe it wasn’t quite as identifiable when he was playing Frankenstein’s monster, but in all fairness, he really didn’t get a whole lot of lines to work with there, either.

Nonetheless, it was this voice that made him a welcome presence not only in movie theaters, but in many diverse roles throughout the Golden Age of Radio. Therefor, I thought that today, instead of focusing on a particular show, we’d turn the spotlight on Mr. Karloff and sample a number of his roles in a variety of shows over the years. So just sit back and enjoy this visit with the always wonderful Mr. Boris Karloff.

Until next time, as always, Happy Listening!

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31 Days of Halloween – 001: Edison’s Frankenstein (1910)

Yep, it’s October which means it’s time for the usual countdown to All Hallows Eve. This year, rather than trying to do a full 31 film reviews or something truly time-consuming like that, most of what I’m going to be posting are favorite trailers, short films, some full-length movies, and other items just to kind of help get everyone in the spirit of what really is one of my favorite holidays.

So what say we begin the celebration by reaching way back in time to the earliest days of film and checking out what is purported to be the first adaptation of Mary Shelly’s novel Frankenstein, created by the Edison Studios, and restored in 2010 for its 100th anniversary?

Okay, we’re on our way. if you’ve got any comments on this, or any ideas for other scary bits an bobs that you’d like to see featured in the countdown, let me know either in the comments below, or over on the Durnmoose Movies Facebook page which can be found here.

The Dump Bin: 14 Links To Help You Pass Your Sunday

It’s Sunday again, which means it’s time to close some tabs. Time to point you to some interesting stuff I’ve run across on the interwebs the past week or so. Yep, it’s time for another trip to the Link-Dump bin.

1) Let’s get things started this morning by breaking the fourth wall. Here’s a great compilation of scenes from 54 different movies that in various ways acknowledge the fact that they are actually in a movie or otherwise acknowledge that there is an audience “out there” watching their actions:

2) From Cinephilia and Beyond – a roundup of free and open-source software for aspiring film makers that includes things to take you all the way from screenwriting through editing, working on sound, to distributing your final product.

3) Film School Rejects has a new podcast up discussing exactly what is going on with SFX houses – more specifically why, when movies seem to be becoming more-and-more dependent on them, so many seem to be failing and/or filing for bankruptcy.

4) Want another look at the upcoming Star Trek movie? Ok, here’s the latest teaser trailer. just for you:

5) Speaking of upcoming movies, one of the ones I’m most looking forward to is the new Evil Dead remake. It premiered this past weekend at SXSW in Austin, and the early reviews are starting to come in, which means it’s time for me to stop reading about it, because I want to go into it relatively cold. I will, however, go ahead and point you to this one from the guys over at Criterioncast. The bottom line? “…this film will be just what the doctor ordered for a generation of horror fans who have become fed up with CGI blood and those looking for something that is simply genuinely frightening. Aggressive, brutally unflinching, and with a mix of fan service and a fresh tone, Evil Dead is simply the horror film that we have all been waiting for.” Yeah, that’s all I need to know.

film-twilight-zone6) Dangerous Minds presents this “lost” interview with television pioneer, screenwriter, and Twilight Zone creator and host Rod Serling.

7) Here’s a red-band trailer for those of you who don’t think vampires should sparkle in the sun or spend their time pining over barely legal high schoolers. Kiss of the Damned is supposed to hit theaters in early May of this year, but I suspect you’ll probably have to search it out, as it probably won’t hit many screens.

ap_edward_burns_tyler_perry_jp_121017_wblog8) In the guise of a review of Tyler Perry’s 2012 movie Alex Cross, Daily Grindhouse’s jonnyabomb takes a look at the phenomenon that IS Tyler Perry and asks a question that only his fans can really answer: why and how does he keep “crapping out” 2-3 movies a year, and why can theaters expect full houses for them? I don’t know the answers, but I do know it’s true.

9) All the Boys Love Mandy Lane is actually a pretty good slasher film with a neat little twist or two in the post-Scream tradition. At least it was when it was first made seven years ago, and when I first saw it about five years or so ago. Here’s a look at the trailer for it that was made “way back when”:

So why is it only now getting a US release? Bleeding Cool has the skinny.

10) San Diego’s KPBS has a report on what sounds like a very interesting experiment: Drive-By-Cinema.

11) For sale: one slightly-used, but VERY special lion costume.

12) For your amusement, here’s a “Bad Lip Reading” cut featuring Peter Parker and Gwen Stacy from last year’s Amazing Spider-Man:

goreywaroftheworlds113) 20th Century Fox is prepping a new version of Frankenstein which will apparently be told from the perspective of the hunchbacked Igor. No word yet on who’s playing the doctor or the monster, but according to Geek Tyrant, a certain wizard has been lined up to put on the hump.

14)  Finally, why am I including this link to Brain Pickings’ article on Edward Gorey’s illustrations for H.G. Wells’ The War of the Worlds? First, because I find the concept fascinating, and second, because of my love for this: