Roller Boogie

Everyone knows that Linda Blair played the girl who was possessed in “The Exorcist.”  She managed to move past the whole pea soup thing and become quite a teenage dreamgirl for many young men in the 70’s.  She also ended up starring in many more horror films, but there was the occasional departure.  In 1979,…

Tell it to a Star

When most folks think of “B-movies” they think of films featuring giant monsters and UFO’s.  Truth is, B-movies cover pretty much every genre of film.  As I’ve dug deeper into movies of the past, it’s been interesting to discover some of the forgotten B-musicals.  We tend to think of musicals of Hollywood’s golden age as…

Captain Nemo and the Underwater City

A few years ago, I read Jules Verne’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea…sort of. I’ve never been a big reader, after all, I spend a lot more time watching movies.  But, at the time, I had a bit of a “books on tape” habit…so technically I listened to the Jules Verne classic. I admit, I…

The Phantom

Warner Brothers hit it in big in the summer of 1989 with Tim Burton’s “Batman.” Superheroes were big box office again and every studio in Hollywood wanted in on the action. Problem was, there weren’t enough heroes available. Warner Brothers controlled all the DC heroes, and other than Batman, they weren’t doing much with them.…

Spooks Run Wild

In 1937, Samuel Goldwyn brought to the screen the popular Broadway play “Dead End.”  The play featured a group of young actors in supporting roles, many of whom were brought to Hollywood appear in the film.  The group, dubbed “The Dead End Kids,” proved to be very popular and more movies followed.  The group changed…

Invisible Invaders

When Charlie Chaplin, Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks, and D.W. Griffith founded United Artists in 1919 with dreams of greater creative control, I doubt any of them imagined that the likes of “Invisible Invaders” would one day be released under that company banner. I guess you could make a case that this 1959 sci-fi cheapie displays…