Manny P. here…
Halloween is a great holiday to enjoy some of the actors I feature in Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History. Gary Lycan of The Orange County Register reminded me in a chat we had the other day that my book signing at Mr. B’s is close to the holiday date (Tuesday, October 27th), and it got me thinking about some of the movies made by the stars in my book. So I decided to provide a guide of films to watch on October 31st!
Walter Brennan - Bride of Frankenstein (yes, he has a bit part in this movie)
John Carradine – Bride of Frankenstein, The Black Cat, House of Frankenstein, House of Dracula, The Mummy’s Ghost, The Invisible Man’s Revenge, The Howling (among others).
Eddie “Rochester” Anderson – Topper Returns
Donald Crisp – Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1941)
Basil Rathbone – The Black Cat, Tower of London, The Mad Doctor, Son of Frankenstein, Tales of Terror, Comedy of Terror
I personally think the best three films to watch on a Halloween evening is Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein, Mighty Joe Young (with Terry Moore and Ben Johnson), and Them! (with James Whitmore, James Arness and Edmund Gwenn
Back in the early seventies, a teen neighbor of ours took my sister and me to a “Fright Fest” at Universal Studios for an evening of scary movies. The lineup was Frankenstein, Dracula, The Wolf Man, The Invisible Man, and Dr. Cyclops. Everyone at the outdoor venue had a ball.
A good horror film is really a “black comedy”, and the performances in many of these (mostly Universal) motion pictures are hilarious and over the top. With today’s emphasis on blood and gore in cinema, I recommend these pictures as an attractive alternative for the whole family to watch and enjoy. Here is another reason to love black and white movies.
Until next time> “never forget”