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THE WIZARD OF OZ (1939)
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  "B" movies have long been considered to be thesecond tier of movies (or worse!) but sometimes . . . these are just seldom seen . . . or forgotten . . . or . . . just plain need to be seen to be believed!
Of course . . . there are also
and
 
. . . .  Aw, heck!  Whatever!
 
Coke Cola, hot dogs, Jordan Almonds 
and/or  popcorn for everybody!*

*You can also check the recipe page here at
for other goodies while you watch!

Maven has just come across an entry

at www.retrovisiontv.com

that has four – count them four – of

Douglas Fairbank, Sr.’s movies!

 

The Mark of Zorro

The Black Pirate

The Thief of Bagdad

The Iron Mask

 

All for free at one stop!:

http://retrovision.tv/freevideo/douglas-fairbanks-4-silent-films-1924-28

James Arness as The Thing from Outer Space (1951)
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Or, as Maven calls it, his Veggieburger Role

The Atomic Submarine (1959) - This is one of the nifty fifties' gems that looks into the future . . . all the way to 1968 when men have begun crossing the North Pole by ship and plane to haul people AND cargo. . . .   Santa Claus must be in danger because all of a sudden several ships and submarines are mysteriously disappearing  . . . either that or they should have used Santa's reindeer in their off-season?!:

http://www.archive.org/details>/TheAtomicSubmarine

 

Attack of the Crab Monsters (1957) - All Maven can say is that this is one of those movies so bad that you'll have to see it to believe it.  Just be sure you keep your sense of humor because Maven doesn't want you getting crabby on her account!:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fPoZeeOuY5w&feature=related

 

Attack of the Giant Leeches (1959) - Maven saw this as a little girl, unfortunately when she was sick and a brother come home and made Poptarts.  She's never been able to be in the same room with the treats since!:

http://retrovision.tv/freevideo/attack-of-the-giant-leeches-1959

 

The Amazing Transparent Man (1960) – This is the description from www.archive.org:  “An ex-major breaks a safe-cracker out of jail to use as a guinea pig for an invisibility ray with hopes of eventually building an invisible army. Things go awry though when the safe-cracker develops his own plans. . . .”  Is there no honor among thieves?!  And why not use the ray to get the guy out to begin with?!  And how do they know the guy will do as he’s told?!  Or is Maven asking too much?!

(NOTE TO FELLOW TEXANS - This movie was supposedly filmed in part at the State Fair and the "United National Studios" in Dallas.  The only movies that Maven can find out that were made at that studio were this movie and Beyond the Time Barrier, both made in 1960.  Great pedigrees, huh?!:

http://www.archive.org/details/The_Amazing_Transparent_Man

 

The Bat (1959) – This is the fourth version of a Mary Roberts Rinehart story made into a movie (if you count D.W. Griffith’s bootleg version of One Exciting Night [1922]).  The weakest version in Maven’s mind but it does have Vincent Price, Agnes Moorehead and an older Darla Hood of the Our Gang (aka the Little Rascals) series.  You’ll never guess who gets knocked off first.:

http://www.archive.org/details/The_Bat_Vincent_Price

 

The Blue Bird (1940) with Shirley Temple – This isn’t your run-of-the-mill Shirley Temple movie.  She plays against type through most of the movie as a whiny little . . . witch so you almost want to hit her upside the head with a really hard lollipop!:

Part 1:    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mQB9rQFnICI

Part 2:    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SvP2xls39lA&feature=related

Part 3:    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MGs2TAkRPQQ&feature=related

Part 4:    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IlK7jXWGe6Y&feature=related

Part 5:    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WkjzFs39HWI&feature=related

Part 6:    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aVIB0EraXlQ&feature=related

Part 7:    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0qay8xiziLE&feature=related

Part 8:    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PqWBNt7hVEw&feature=related

Part 9:    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fWlKBULKN4I&feature=related

Part 10:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OugSgeUMPoU&feature=related

 

The Black Raven (1943) - Another jewel with George  Zucco and Wanda McKay who worked together the next year in "Voodoo Man" with Bela Lugosi and John Carradine.  Maven hopes the pay was good for these movies because you certainly have to love ‘em to watch them!:

http://retrovision.tv/freevideo/black-raven-the-1943

 

The Brain from Planet Arous (1951) - This is a fun movie to watch but you get the feeling that John Agar had to check HIS brain at the door to do it!:

http://retrovision.tv/freevideo/brain-from-planet-arous-the-1951

                                                            

The Corpse Vanishes (1943) – Another Bela Lugosi movie.  This one has brides being kidnapped for use in sustaining Lagosi’s wife.  It’ll make you wonder though . . . .  If it vanished . . . why didn’t they just leave it that way?!:

http://www.archive.org/details/TheCorpseVanishes

 

Creature with the Atom Brain (1955) – Imagine Richard Denning, good guys being knocked off, dead guys running around with Frankenstein scars on their foreheads, funny blood . . . did Maven mention radioactivity traces to boot?!:

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=5576047193114090422#

 

La Cucaracha (1934) - You have to love a Hollywood short with a Spanish name that translates into the English "cockroach"!  It's also a footnote in the career of Lloyd Corrigan, who has writing and director credits to this short!:

http://www.archive.org/details/La_Cucaracha_1934

 

The Death Kiss (1932) - A behind-the-scenes look at movie-making . . . Adrienne Ames (from Maven’s hometown) is filming a scene where she walks up to a guy, kisses him and walks off.  Thirty seconds later and he’s shot down but . . . surprise! surprise! surprise! . . . somebody really did shoot him!  And dead to boot!  And it was all done on a movie set because this is a movie-made-in-a-movie!  And if that doesn’t intrigue you enough just remember that Ames’ costars are David Manners (as a strong lead for a change!), Bela Lugosi and Edward Sloan!  Maven would want bodyguards when they're around!:

http://retrovision.tv/freevideo/death-kiss-the-1932

 

Delightfully Dangerous (1945) – A musical with Jane Powell (Surprise!) as a teenager who becomes embarrassed that the other students at school might find out her sister (Constance Moore) is a burlesque star.  Throw in Ralph Bellamy and you might enjoy this musical-within-a-musical.  Just be prepared for how well Jane Powell does angst at that age!:

http://www.archive.org/details/delightfully_dangerous

 

Devil Bat (1940) – This little goody has Bela Lugosi developing an aftershave . . . but not for commercial use.  No.  He develops it to give to those people on whom he wants to exact revenge.  How?!  Whoever uses this stuff attracts a bat (Surprise!  Surprise!  Surprise!) who does what bats have done ever since Lugosi said hi to Dwight Frye in Dracula!  A body has to be a wee bit batty to watch it!:

http://www.archive.org/details/Devil_Bat_movie

 

Devil Girl From Mars (1954) – It's basically a remake of Day the Earth Stood Still (1951) - not to mention with a feminist bent - and English-made at that - but . . . .  – Maven must warn you that the intergalactic gal is a lot better looking than her robot assistant.  HE is the one false note of an otherwise good b-movie. . . .  He does have an "atomic space modulator" of sorts so don't make fun of him!:

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-8579550586227567092#

http://www.imdb.com/video/amazon/vi3249904153/

 

Doll Face (1945) – Perry Como . . .  you’ll have to see it to believe it . . . he’s singing Hubba Hubba Hubba.  The choreography is so dated, not to mention the lyrics, that baby boomers and their kids and grandkids will be hard-pressed to keep from laughing at what www.archive.org describes as [a] former burlesque queen needs to acquire some culture to give herself some legitimacy. How about getting some clothes to look decent in the bargain?!:

http://www.archive.org/details/dollface

 

Eyes in the Night (1942) - Edward Arnold as the blind detective Duncan MacLain. . . .  Yes, a blind detective.  He's aided by his seeing eye dog, Friday, who ain't too shabby.  Mantan Moreland fans will enjoy seeing this great comedian as the butler in an all too small a role.  All in all, a fun mystery!:

http://www.archive.org/details/EYES.IN.THE.NIGHT

 

The Fat Man (1951) – J. Scott Smart . . . don’t you love his name?! . . . plays Brad Runyon in Dashiell Hammett’s companion character to his Thin Man character.  The movie may be little known but several of the actors might be:  a very young Rock Hudson, Julie London, Jayne Meadows (Mrs. Steve Allen), and . . . believe it or not . . . Emmett Kelly, the circus clown.  This copy isn’t the greatest but . . . fat or not, this man is worth watching, especially when he's dancing with Julie London about 25 minutes into the movie!:

http://www.archive.org/details/TheFatMan1951

 

The Flying Serpent (1945) – This remake of Bela Lugosi’s Devil Bat (1940) has George Zucco geting the bird down in Mexico:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fPoZeeOuY5s&feature=related

 

Fog Island (1945) - What could be better?!  George Zucco, Lionel Atwill, fog on a remote island and . . . revenge!:

http://www.archive.org/details/Fog_island_1945

 

The Ghost Walks (1934) - Watch this and you'll wonder why he didn't run!:

http://www.archive.org/details/the_ghost_walks

 

The Ghoul (1933) – The copy that Maven originally saw was difficult to watch because the print was dark all over plus it has Boris Karloff carving an ankh into his chest.  Don’t even mention his makeup . . . for starters, it looks like somebody knocked out a pair of caterpillers and glued them over Karloff’s own and goes downhill from there!:

http://www.archive.org/details/TheGhoul

 

The Haunted House (1921) – Buster Keaton is falsely accused of theft at his bank job.  He manages gets away to a local haunted house – Surprise! – that seems to be haunted by not one ghost but . . . a whole mess of them?!:

http://www.archive.org/details/TheHauntedHouse

 

The Incredible Petrified World (1957) - This movie is like Attack of the Crab Monster, it's that bad.  It does have John Carradine and Robert Clarke but you may spend most of the time wondering . . . Why?!:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fPoZeeOuY5s&feature=related

 

Iron Mask (1929 - 1952) - This is a Douglas Fairbanks movie . . . the 1929 version is as delightful as only Doug, Sr., could make it but with an added twist:  It's released again in 1952 with Doug, Jr., doing the narration.  Some scenes are difficult to watch with very light patches but still worth watching.:

http://www.archive.org/details/iron_mask_ipod

 

Killers from Space (1954) - Peter Graves in a B-movie was such a low-budget film that the illegal aliens were humans running around in Muppet puppet type eyeballs . . . .  Think tennis balls!:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fPoZeeOuY5s&feature=related

 

King of the Zombies (1941) - “Blood-chilling revelations of the weird cult that practices its black magic in the impenetrable jungles of Central America!

HUMAN SACRIFICES! SAVAGE TORTURE! VOODOO RITES!

ARE YOU A ZOMBIE? If you can sit through this spine-tingling carnival of shrieks and howls without getting the thrill of a lifetime…you must belong to the living dead!

Don’t miss this shock-crammed punch-packed double thriller-chiller terror program!

Mantan Moreland steals the show with this one.”:

http://retrovision.tv/freevideo/king-of-the-zombies-1941/

 

Little House of Horrors (1960) – Yes!  The original Roger Corman version from 1960!  Ever wonder where he got his ideas?!  Maven always seems to smell home-made fertilizer for some reason!:

http://retrovision.tv/freevideo/the-little-shop-of-horrors-1960

 

Little Lord Fauntleroy (1936) - This is the David O. Selznick version with Mickey Rooney in a secondary role before he hit it big with Andy Hardy.  Can you remember who the child star was who DID have the lead?!:

http://www.archive.org/details/little_lord_fauntleroy

Lon Chaney and Polly Moran in
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"London After Midnight" (1927)

London After Midnight (1927) - This is the famous lost film so many in the world of movies would love to get our hot little fists on . . . except THIS is the reconstruction of London After Midnight because the original is STILL lost.

This reconstruction was done in association with Turner Classic Movie Cable Channel and was put together from the production stills. . . .

Is it as satisfying as the original?  No, especially since it only runs some 45 minutes.

Not to Maven's satisfaction but this will do until the original film turns up!:  Just click on the picture!

 

The Lost World (1925) - This is the silent version of Edgar Wallace's novel with Wallace Beery, Lewis Stone and Billie Dove.  The film was tinted frame by frame and well done over all.  It's not perfect.  The dinosaurs were rather primitive but Willis O'Brien And Marcel Delgado's stop motion photography for King Kong (1933) was still several years away but a fun movie to watch with the right attitude . . . if for no other reason than to see if they can pull it off!:

http://www.archive.org/details/lost_world

 

The Mad Doctor (1942) – Another great horror movie from George Zucco!  He’s a nut case who wants to get revenge on his doubters . . . .  Ready for this?! . . . .  He injects wolf blood into Glenn Strange who is better-known to old horror movie lovers as the Frankenstein Monster in House of Frankenstein (1944), House of Dracula (1945) and Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948).  Watch this movie and you’ll see why!:

http://www.archive.org/details/mad_monster

 

The Man Who Changed His Mind (1936) – An intriguing film with Boris Karloff and Anna Lee.  Karloff brought new meaning to changing your mind . . . AND his!:

http://retrovision.tv/freevideo/man-who-changed-his-mind-1936

  

Mark of the Vampire (1935) - This is Tod Browning's remake of his own London After Midnight (1927) with Lon Chaney, Sr.  It also stars Lionel Barrymore, Lionel Atwill, Jean Hersholt and Bela Lugosi as a suspiciously familiar character. . . .  Hmmm . . . who could he be?!:

http://www.archive.org/details/PhantasmagoriaTheater-MarkOfTheVampire1935578

 

Mr. Moto's Last Warning (1939) - This entry in the Moto series has Peter Lorre as the Japanese detective going to Egypt to foil the plan to literally "blow up" the relations between England and France.  Last Warning is the movie that Fox paid tribute to their Charlie Chan after Warner Oland died. Viewers can catch mention of Charlie Chan in Honolulu in both the program and the poster outside.:

http://www.archive.org/details/mr_motos_last_warning

 

The Monster (1903 - 2:51 minutes) - A very early movie by Georges Méliès, aka Le Monstre and short to boot.:

http://www.archive.org/details/TheMonster1903 

 

The Monster Walks (1932) - This movie has Martha Mattox who played "Mammy" in the 1927 The Cat and the Canary.  One look at this old dark house mystery and you'll wonder if she OR the monster walked far enough.:

http://www.archive.org/details/monster_walks

 

The Mysterious Mr. Wong (1934) - Bela Lugosi is Mr. Wong.  Ironically, this movie is frequently confused with Boris Karloff's James Lee Wong Series. Also stars Lotus Wong, Luke Chan and Richard Loo.:

http://www.archive.org/details/mysterious_mr_wong

 

Northwest Trail (1945) - Bob Steele is a Royal Canadian Mounted Policeman who is assigned to escort Joan Woodbury on a trip that gets sidetracked by illegal activities.  Steele finds the solution in spite of being called off the job.  It was either that or collect unemployment insurance!:

http://www.archive.org/details/northwest_trail_ipod

 

Nosferatu, Eine Symphonie Des Grauens (1922) - An early knock-off . . . er, unlicensed version of Bram Stroker's Dracula. . . . .  Watch it long enough and you may want to run out and get some really BBBBIIIIIIIGGG rat traps!:

http://www.archive.org/details/nosferatu

 

One Body Too Many (1944):  Jack Haley (the Tinman in Wizard of Oz [1939]) makes an appointment to sell insurance to an incredibly rich man.  Unfortunately he arrives AFTER the guy is dead and coffined and the relatives are wondering how to get AAAAAAALLLLLLLL that money for themselves!:

http://retrovision.tv/freevideo/one-body-too-many-1944/

 

An Orphan (1929 - Chinese):  A 1929 Shanghai movie, about a woman's hard life and subsequent heroic rescue. Silent, B&W, with original Chinese and English intertitles.:

http://www.archive.org/details/anorphan

 

The Phantom Empire (1935) - Who knew Gene Autry could mix it up in a movie with elements of the western, musicals and science fiction . . . and complete with an inner-world (as in WWWAAAYYY underground) country of pre-Robbie robots?!:

http://retrovision.tv/freevideo/phantom-empire-1935

 

Phantom Express (1932) - A train engineer causes a train wreck because he knows a train was speeding toward his even though the signals say the track is clear.  Can he clear his name AND the train tracks?:

http://www.archive.org/details/PhantomExpress

 

The Phantom Fiend (1932) - This is the second movie based on the novel The Lodger.  Alfred Hitchcock had already made it in 1927.  With Ivor Novello, Elizabeth Allan and Jack Hawkins. (See also The Lodger [1925]).:

http://retrovision.tv/freevideo/phantom-fiend-the-1932/

 

The Phantom of 42nd Street (1945) - A Broadway-backstage mystery with a critic coming to the defense of the leading lady, whom he loves, when she's suspected of murder . . . a play-within-a-play with a difference.  Dave O'Brien, who plays the critic, also had a staring role in the infamous Reefer Madness (1936 - aka Tell Your Children).:

http://www.archive.org/details/phantom_of_42nd_st

 

Phantom from Outer Space (1953) . . . Imagine!  A naked alien! . . .  Except that we never get to see anything interesting since this was 1953!:

http://www.ovguide.com/movies_tv/phantom_from_space.htm

 

Phantom of the Opera (1925) - Lon Chaney, Sr.'s classic tale from the 1909 French novel by Gaston Leroux (free at http://www.gutenberg.org/files/175/175-h/175-h.htm) . . . and what a novel actor he was!:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FgiPXFVY0T8

Plan Nine from Outer Space
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Click on the Picture to Watch

Plan Nine from Outer Space (1959) - This movie is so bad . . . .  So how bad is it?!  It's so bad that Maven has never watched it from start to finish in one sitting.  It's so bad that only recently did Maven start wondering . . . if Plan Nine is so bad, think how horrible must the first eight have been!!:

http://www.archive.org/details/Plan_9_from_Outer_Space_1959

 

The Poor Little Rich Girl (1917) - One of Mary Pickford's little girl roles, which she did so well!  For those who aren’t familiar with the story and/or the Shirley Temple version . . . the daughter, an only child, of rich parents is basically left to the staff to take care of and they don’t do such a hotsy-totsy job either.  The difference in Pickford’s version is that she becomes ill and hallucinates that everyone around her take literal form . . . like being two-faced.  Maven knows a few people like this in real life!:

http://www.archive.org/details/ThePoorLittleRichGirl

 

Quatermass 2 (1957, aka Enemies from Space) - A sequel to Hammer Studio's Quatermass Xperiment.  Brian Donlevy is again Professor Quatermass who is investigating some funny meteorites that struck the English countryside.  Val Guest was also returning as the director.:

http://www.archive.org/details/PhotosbyHaroldQuatermassIIAllSixPartsCompiledintoOneFile

 

Queen of Outer Space (1958) - This is so bad it's fun!  Zsa Zsa Gabor was the star albeit a scientist - yes, you read right! - named Tallaeh and not the queen who is played deliciously well by Laurie Mitchell.  There are shots borrowed from World without End (1956) like the dorky giant spider that's as scary as a four-year-old child with jam all over his face.  Most of the cast seems to be made up of various beauty queens running around in skirts halfway up their thighs and a fair amount of cleavage.  A great movie to watch, especially if you need one that doesn't engage your critical thinking!:

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=5510971057255940730#

 

The Return of Dr. X (1939) – This was the “sequel” to Lionel Atwill’s Dr. X With Lee Tracy and Fay Wray . . . not to mention Atwill’s weird group of staff physicians and “scalpeels” that you’d ever want to encounter!! This movie not only doesn’t have anything to do with Dr. X it’s the role Humphrey Bogart hated the most between the makeup and the way the role was written!:  http://www.archive.org/details/PhantasmagoriaTheater-TheReturnOfDoctorX1939603-2

 

The Return of the Vampire (1944) - A Dracula wannabee, this movie not only has Bela Lugosi who has a stake in a family in 1918 . . . just to reappear during World War II . . . and with a werewolf pet at that!  Woof!  Woof!:

http://www.archive.org/details/PhantasmagoriaTheater-TheReturnOfTheVampire1944433

 

The Revolt of the Zombies (1936) - This movie is set during the First World War in Cambodia with a sect of Zombies  . . . .   You'll have to see it to believe it because Maven didn't either!  And please no jokes about how revolting it is!: 

http://retrovision.tv/freevideo/revolt-of-the-zombies-1936/

 

The Scarlet Pimpernel (1934) - Leslie Howard as an English aristocrat who pretends to be foppish dilettante to mask his identity as the Scarlet Pimpernel who tries to save all the French noblemen he can.  Howard in a great part in a great story . . . .  Of course, having an incredible supporting cast starting with Merle Oberon doesn't hurt!:

http://www.archive.org/details/TheScarletPimpernel

 

A Shot in the Dark (1935) - This movie is another old dark house mystery . . . .  The mystery being why didn’t anybody take a shot AT it and put it out of its misery?!:

http://www.archive.org/details/AShotInTheDarkIPOD

 

Sin Takes a Holiday (1930) - "This is a pre-code film about some frivolous rich people, a young secretary, and the weird goings on in 1930. It stars Basil Rathbone and Constance Bennett."  Sounds like they should have used Basil Rathbone’s wife, “Ouida.”  She sounds like she's always trying to contact the spirit world.:

http://retrovision.tv/freevideo/sin-takes-a-holiday-1930/

 

Slander House (1938) - This story is so involved, with a woman torn between love and social position, a reporter nosing for news, society matrons hiding their fat . . . er, their overly-plump sides . . . the questions is just who is going to end up suing whom for slander?!:

http://www.archive.org/details/slander_house

 

Spider Baby; or, The Maddest Story Ever Told (1964/1968) - This interesting little film had Lon Chaney, Jr. (The Wolf Man), Mantan Moreland (the Monogram Charlie Chans), and Carol Ohmart (The House on Haunted Hill -1959) and Maven frankly didn't hear about it until lately!  Now she wishes she hadn't at all!:

http://www.archive.org/details/SPIDERBABY1964_0

 

Spooky Hooky (1936) – Our Gang, aka the Little Rascals, make a big booboo.  They plot to leave a note for the teacher after she leaves the school so they can cut class and see a traveling circus the next day.  Spanky and Alfalfa find out that she has tickets for the whole class as Buckwheat and Porky leave the note in the school and lock the door behind them.  So . . . they come back after dark in a rainstorm and get scared out of their . . . schoolhouse as well as the circus!:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gt_LiMC5eBk

 

The Sunset Murder Case (1938) - The producers hired none other than Sally Rand, she of the beautiful balloon dances, to be the heroine of this mystery.  The mystery at this late date is how they managed to find a copy of the movie that anybody can still watch!:

http://retrovision.tv/freevideo/sunset-murder-case-the-1938/

 

Svengali (1931) - John Barrymore as a man who can telepathically hypnotize people to do what he wants them to do . . . hard to believe that any woman would need it with Barrymore.  However, both Barrymore and Laurence Olivier both had a thing about changing their looks for each new role and Svengali was such for Barrymore . . . .  Trust Maven that the way Barrymore looks in this role that he needs all the help he can give himself!:

http://www.archive.org/details/SvengaliJohnBarrymoreBKCap1931

 

Tarantula (1955) - Leo G. Carroll is a scientist who is trying to develop cheap food to save millions of people from starving to death in the future.  Clint Eastwood has a small part as a jet pilot towards the end.  Part of the fun is trying to find him!:

http://retrovision.tv/freevideo/tarantula-1955/

 

The Terror from the Year 5000 (1958):  This is something of an experiment for Maven . . . it is a link to the page showing the movie . . . in links.  Sounds confusing, doesn’t it?  Maven hasn’t figured out how to get the direct links to each clip (in either six parts or ten parts) so this is the best that Maven can do for the time being.:

http://www.ovguide.com/movies_tv/terror_from_the_year_5000.htm

 

THEM! (1954) – The future Matt Dillon (James Arness) goes to the mat with a bunch of ants with overblown egos after they’d already put Daniel Boone (Fess Parker) in the nut house. . . .  This is the only movie that Maven can remember where both Arness and Parker had taller costars . . . by thirty foot tall ants.  The horror of it!:

http://www.archive.org/details/PhantasmagoriaTheater-Them1954176-3

Things to Come (1936(
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H. G. Wells Story with Raymond Massey

Things to Come (1936) with Raymond Massey – Watch this and wonder, as Maven has, why “things” never arrived!:

http://www.archive.org/details/ClaCinOnl_ThingsToCome

 

The Tingler (1959) - Vincent Price in one of his nifty fifties roles as a research scientist trying to uncover what scares people . . . and somehow LSD helps! . . .   At least Price is a good enough actor to make it look good!:

http://www.archive.org/details/PhantasmagoriaTheater-TheTingler1959246-2

 

Time of Your Life (1948) - James Cagney plays Joe, a guy who seems to have nothing to do with his time than to sit in Nick's Bar and have the world swirl into the bar and around him.  Cagney heads a cast that includes like Chester Norris, William Bendix, and Cagney's own sister Jeanne.

This 100 minute version was based on William Saroyan's hit play . . . and that's about how it comes across.:

http://www.archive.org/details/TheTimeofyourLife

 

Tom Brown’s School Days (1940) – An interesting little gem with Sir Cedricke Hardwicke, Freddie Bartholomew and Jimmy Lydon (who had his own schoolboy series as Henry Aldrich).:

http://www.archive.org/details/TomBrownsSchoolDays_461

 

Topper Returns (1941) - Roland Young plays Cosmo Topper, a banker who ends up seeing ghosts.  In this one, he runs into Joan Blondell who's trying to solve her own murder while trying to save a friend's life plus Cosmo's wife, Billie Burke, and maid, Patsy Kelly, and chauffeur, Eddie "Rochester" Anderson . . . .  Aw, heck!  Go straight to the movie!:

http://retrovision.tv/freevideo/topper-returns/

 

The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948) - The Humphrey Bogart classic with TIm Holt and Walter Huston. Huston's son co-wrote the screenplay with P. Traven from Traven's novel.  Who is P. Traven?  Do you really care when you could be watching the movie?!:

http://vids.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=vids.individual&videoid=43543003

 

Voodoo Man (1944) – Another great B-movie with Bela Lugosi using a mixture of voodoo and hypnosis to control the inevitable sweet young things so he can harness their life force since his wife seems to have run out of hers. . . .  What a novel idea!  Even better with George Zucco and John Carradine in the mix!:

http://www.archive.org/details/VoodooMan1944

 

The Wasp Woman (1959) - With Susan Cabot as a White Anglo-Saxon Pest of the first water . . . get the Raid out!:

http://www.archive.org/details/The_Wasp_Women

 

Waxworks (1924) with Conrad Veidt (1/9):

Part 1:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iNTuHjq64RA&feature=related

Part 2:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8uf-b2Q_cR4&feature=related

Part 3:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mfr37tHze_Y&feature=related

Part 4:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LcWqC56JUTg&feature=related

Part 5:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=28bT9V1RE04&feature=related

Part 6:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=28bT9V1RE04&feature=related

Part 7:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MSbmfrNn3hE&feature=related

Part 8:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_enqNJW8uqo&feature=related

Part 9:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v4ZH4ubd3Ek&feature=related

 

Whispering Shadow (1933) - Theatrical version of a 12-chapter serial with Bela Lugosi:

http://www.archive.org/details/PhotosbyHaroldWhisperingShadowCompilationofAll12Chapters 

 

WIZARD OF OZ - His Majesty the Scarecrow of Oz (1914 - from OZ Film Manufacturing Co.) - Some scenes aren't that clear to see but would YOURS be after almost a hundred years?!:

http://www.archive.org/details/His_Maj_Scarecrow_OZ

 

Voodoo Man (1944) – Another great B-movie with Bela Lugosi using a mixture of voodoo and hypnosis to control the inevitable sweet young things so he can harness their life force since his wife seems to have run out of hers. . . .  What a novel idea!  Even better with George Zucco and John Carradine in the mix!:

http://www.archive.org/details/VoodooMan1944

 

The Wasp Woman (1959) - With Susan Cabot as a White Anglo-Saxon Pest of the first water . . . get the Raid out!:

http://www.archive.org/details/The_Wasp_Women

 

Waxworks (1924) with Conrad Veidt (1/9):

Part 1:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iNTuHjq64RA&feature=related

Part 2:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8uf-b2Q_cR4&feature=related

Part 3:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mfr37tHze_Y&feature=related

Part 4:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LcWqC56JUTg&feature=related

Part 5:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=28bT9V1RE04&feature=related

Part 6:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=28bT9V1RE04&feature=related

Part 7:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MSbmfrNn3hE&feature=related

Part 8:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_enqNJW8uqo&feature=related

Part 9:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v4ZH4ubd3Ek&feature=related

 

Whispering Shadow (1933) - Theatrical version of a 12-chapter serial with Bela Lugosi:

http://www.archive.org/details/PhotosbyHaroldWhisperingShadowCompilationofAll12Chapters 

 

WIZARD OF OZ - His Majesty the Scarecrow of Oz (1914 - from OZ Film Manufacturing Co.) - Some scenes aren't that clear to see but would YOURS be after almost a hundred years?!:

http://www.archive.org/details/His_Maj_Scarecrow_OZ

RUDOLPH VALENTINO:

 

A website devoted to the first Latin Lover in Hollywood:

http://www.rudolph-valentino.com/

 

Valentino doing the tango:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b_sG5vRKcB0  

 

BLOOD AND SAND (1922): 

The version with Rudolph Valentino . . . who still looks like hot stuff to Maven, even in a condesed version:

http://www.archive.org/details/blood_and_sand_digest

  

THE FOUR HORSEMEN OF THE APOCALYPSE  (1921): 

http://www.archive.org/details/The_Four_Horsemen_of_the_Apocalypse

 

THE SHEIK (1921):

http://www.archive.org/details/TheSheik

     A childhood classic for many was Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm . . . but which version depended on your age . . . .  Just for the heck of it Maven is posting two versions:  The first with Mary Pickford and then the one with Shirley Temple . . . .
 

REBECCA OF SUNNYBROOK FARM (1917) with Mary Pickford

 

Part 1:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vKt38793pFM&feature=related

 

Part 2:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nDE3iUF9K6s&feature=related

 

Part 3:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mub-B8Bxg1Q&feature=related

 

Part 4:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HM9qskbU2fI&feature=related

 

Part 5:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TTMCAhltF2E&feature=related

 

Part 6:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lj1SYM2nNx8&feature=related

 

Part 7:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iURy31lyC5I&feature=related

 

 

REBECCA OF SUNNYBROOK FARM (1938) with Shirley Temple

 

Part 1:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SnEz55CRLMg&feature=related

 

Part 2:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p_vxRgfOJN8&feature=related

 

Part 3:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UUMZoqLYqCQ&feature=related

 

Part 4:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DZ6QNcR4MCw&feature=related

 

Part 5:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qp60Z9JDbZg&feature=related

 

Part 6:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jo8sV3bVowU&feature=related

 

Part 7:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ez-KiwJhmbI&feature=related

 

Part 8:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RM1ZB9ARxt0&feature=related