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Three for the Long Shadows

This is the Weekend of Long Shadows, as we celebrate the birthdays of Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee and Vincent Price.


I will not bore you explaining how much these three gentlemen kept me company as a kid. There was a time when their movies were everywhere and at least once a week you’d be able to catch on of their works on the TV.

To celebrate these old friends, I’ll be re-watching three of their movies today.

First, The Abominable Snowman of the Himalayas, featuring Peter Cushing.

Then, The Mummy, featuring both Cushing and Christopher Lee.

And finally, The Raven, with Vincent Price (and Boris Karloff, and Peter Lorre, and Jack Nicholson…)

It’s going to be a good day.


The Agnes Moorehead Blogathon: The Bat, 1959

For many, if not most members of the public, Agnes Moorehead will be the flamboyant and evil (or should we rather say “bitchy”?) Eudora from Bewitched. And it’s a pity, really, because Moorehead was a great character actress and had along and distinguished, and varied, career.
Indeed, such were her achievements, that now we are having an Agnes Moorehed Blogathon, thanks to the blog In the Good Old Days of Classic Hollywood.


So please follow the link to check out the many, many fine blogs being involved, and then come back here as we’ve got a mysterious serial killer, a lot of embezzled money and an old dark house. And rabies-carrying bats.
Plus Agnes Moorehead and Vincent Price.
Because Karavansara is doing The Bat from 1959. Continue reading


Tits & Sand Movies: Bagdad (1949)

bagdadpstrAnd so I went and watched again Bagdad, the 1949 Maureen O’Hara movie that was at the origin of the Tits & Sand movie genre1, at least according to the fiery-headed star.

But despite the risque definition, this is a romantic adventure, featuring exotic locales, a meringue-light plot and the required amount of chases, swordplay and Arabian Nights clichés – despite pretending (without any conviction) to be a historical film.

Anyway – reader, I watched it.
Was it any good?

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Bagdad (1949)

Today, in loving memory of Maureen O’Hara, the trailer of a movie of hers she was not particularly fond of – the highly pulpy 1949 adventure Bagdad: a Bedouin princess returns home after being schooled in Britain, and has to unravel the intrigues surrounding the death of her father.
Nice and smooth.


The movie features a wonderful bad guy played with gusto by Vincent Price, as a bonus.

Talking about this feature, O’Hara coined the category of Tits & Sand movies – and I find it just wonderful.
We’ll have to talk about them, and maybe do a series of posts reviewing a few of these… ehm, lost classics.