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Key Genre Films 1940s


The forties got off to a cracking start with Paramount’s Technicolor production of Doctor Cyclops (1940) starring Albert Dekker as a crazed scientist who discovers the secret of miniaturisation deep in the South American jungles. The film contains superb special effects sequences which required the construction of gigantic sets and props of everyday articles, including books, chairs, pot-plants and scientific ...

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Film Review: Phantom Of The Opera (1943)

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SYNOPSIS: “Pit violinist Claudin hopelessly loves rising operatic soprano Christine Dubois (as do baritone Anatole and police inspector Raoul) and secretly aids her career. But Erique Claudin loses both his touch and his job, murders a rascally music publisher in a fit of madness, and has his face etched with acid. Soon, mysterious crimes plague the Paris Opera House, blamed ...

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A Couple New Posters Hearld The Arrival Of DRACULA UNTOLD


As we have discussed in the past DRACULA UNTOLD is Universal Studios attempt at reviving their decades long fascination with Bram Stokers ultimate evil doer. A lot of other studios have attempted to resurrect the good old count but for the most part Universal’s original franchise is still the standard by which all others are judged so it would only ...

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Film Review: The Phantom Of The Opera (1925)


SYNOPSIS: “At the Opera of Paris, a mysterious phantom threatens a famous lyric singer, Carlotta and thus forces her to give up her role (Marguerite in Faust) for unknown Christine Daae. Christine meets this phantom (a masked man) in the catacombs, where he lives. What’s his goal? What’s his secret?” (courtesy IMDB) REVIEW: This week I’m extremely pleased to discuss ...

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Film Review: Sherlock Holmes And The Voice Of Terror (1942)

SYNOPSIS: “When Nazi saboteurs jeeringly predict to the nation of new depredations via their radio Voice of Terror, the Intelligence Inner Council summons Sherlock Holmes (Basil Rathbone) to help in the crisis. Holmes and his companion, Doctor Watson (Nigel Bruce), are visited the first night of their investigation – a man falls dying from a knife wound on their doorstep. ...

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Film Review: Frankenstein (1931)

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SYNOPSIS: “Henry Frankenstein is a brilliant scientist who has been conducting experiments on the re-animation of lifeless bodies. He has conducted experiments on small animals and is now ready to create life in a man he has assembled from body parts he has been collecting from various sites such as graveyards or the gallows. His fiancΓ©e Elizabeth and friend Victor ...

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Film Review: Creature From The Black Lagoon (1954)

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SYNOPSIS: “A scientific expedition searching for fossils along the Amazon River discover a prehistoric Gill-Man in the legendary Black Lagoon. The explorers capture the mysterious creature, but it breaks free. The Gill-Man returns to kidnap the lovely Kay, fiancΓ©e of one of the expedition, with whom it has fallen in love.” (courtesy IMDB) REVIEW: The Thing From Another World (1951) ...

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