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Milton Berle’s Paradise Lost

Posted in FILM with tags , , , , , , on April 16, 2020 by dcairns

In a fit of madness I have written about two Milton Berle star vehicles (picture collapsing clown cars and you won’t be far wrong). I have done this for Forgotten By Fox over at Mubi and it did give me fresh appreciation for Uncle Milty’s talent, though only when I looked at his live TV work.

Not the movies.

Not the movies.

OVER MY DEAD BODY stars Mad Man Mooney; Rose Mapen; Frank Crawley; Duffy; The Chump; Wonderful; the voice of Col. Hathi the Elephant; Ed Sipple; and Toto.

WHISPERING GHOSTS stars Mad Man Mooney; Jane; Gaston Morel; Second Idea Man; Charles Haskell Jr; Ed Sipple; Og Oggilby; Dr. A. Tomic; Chota; and Bim.

A Gentleman’s Gentleman

Posted in FILM, literature with tags , , , , on April 7, 2020 by dcairns

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Once again I’m inviting my students to comment on a film on MUBI — this time it’s Losey and Pinter’s THE SERVANT (from a novel by Robin Maugham). I only sprang this on them yesterday so I don’t know if they will.

QUITE an interesting piece of work, with some of the most marvelously louche casting, composition, design, music, performance and movement (of actors and camera). It’s the point where Losey’s films start to become real objets d’art.

I got very nostalgic for the era, one I never inhabited, though I note that the plumbing is always leaky.

I will be sticking posts up about this movie throughout the day, but this is the main one for general comments.

Skin Games

Posted in FILM, Politics with tags , , , , , on April 2, 2020 by dcairns

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A gruesome twosome from what one departing filmmaker referred to as Sixteenth Century Fox, if I recall correctly. Here, at The Notebook.

HUMAN CARGO stars Dallas; Quatermass McGinty; Professor Marvel’s brother; Elsa Bannister; and Beard #1

SLAVE SHIP stars The Cisco Kid; Pancho Villa; Mrs. Copperfield; Mr. Yunioshi; Addison DeWitt; Ma Joad; Capt. Alfred Dreyfus; Leuwen Grayle; Victor Radin; Mimi Wynant Jorgenson; Uncle Arn; ‘Sourpuss’; Queen Tika; Emperor Ming; Snug – The Joiner; Dr. John Lanyon; Stymie; Gimpy Lamb; and Laurence Talbot.