Dr. Strange (1978)

Dr. Strange (1978)
Article 6060 by Dave Sindelar
Date: 7-2-2022
Directed by Philip DeGuere Jr.
Featuring Peter Hooten, Clyde Kusatsu, Jessica Walters
Country: USA
What it is: Failed series pilot, comic book subgenre

Ancient sorceress Morgan LeFey is sent to Earth by the forces of evil to prevent a sorcerer from passing his powers to his successor, thereby making sure an origin story doesn’t take place.

If the trivia section of IMDB is correct, this was one of Stan Lee’s favorites among the comic book adaptations he worked on during the seventies. It’s definitely a failed pilot; the movie makes all the moves you’d expect from something intended to launch one. However, the movie failed to garner much attention from an audience probably watching “ROOTS” at the time. Still, I do wonder if it would have flown as a series. In my own estimation, if they found a different score and were careful with the special effects, they might have pulled it off. In my own opinion, it’s okay at best, and I personally felt it was the type of story for which it would have been better to save for an era when the special effects had reached a higher level.

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G-Men Never Forget (1948)

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Gabriel Over the White House (1933)

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Games (1967)

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Gammera the Invincible (1966)

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Gang Busters (1942)

Ganja & Hess (1973)

Die Gansehirtin am Brunnen (1979)

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Gargoyles (1972)

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Gaslight (1940)

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Geisha Girl (1952)

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Les generations comiques (1909)

Genesis II (1973)

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The Genii of Darkness (1962)

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Genius at Work (1946)

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Genuine (1920)

Georges Melies, Cinema Magician (1978)

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Der gestiefelte Kater (1955)

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Graduation Day (1981)

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La guerra il sogno di Momi (1917)

Guess What Happened to Count Dracula (1970)

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Guru, the Mad Monk (1970)

A Guy Named Joe (1943)

Gypsy Life (1945)

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The Devil’s Rain (1975)

The Devil’s Rain (1975)
Article 6059 by Dave Sindelar
Date: 6-13-2022
Directed by Robert Fuest
Featuring Ernest Borgnine, Eddie Albert, Ida Lupino
Country: Mexico / United States
What it is: A 64-pack of Crayola crayons left in the sun.

A family in possession of a book of evil do battle with a Satanic cult.

With Robert Fuest’s name in the credits, I expected there would be some interesting stylistic touches to the movie, and there are. In fact, the movie’s vibe works pretty well for me during the first third of the movie. At that point the movie starts to wander, and once we reach the sequence in which we find out about the burning of a sorcerer three hundred years ago, it shows it’s not averse to traversing the path of well-worn cliches. The movie seems mostly remembered nowadays for two things. One is the presence of John Travolta in an early role, but I certainly wouldn’t recommend it to his fans as anything but a curiosity. The other is the extended meltathon that ends the movie, and since we get a taste of the effect in the opening scenes of the movie, it’s a bit like enjoying a hamburger in the beginning and then having to eat the whole cow at the end. It’s a shame; I like some of the aspects of the movie so well (especially the desolate locations) that I wish a decent story had been attached to the movie.

Let’s Ring Doorbells (1935)

Let’s Ring Doorbells (1935)
Article 6058 by Dave Sindelar
Date: 6-8-2022
Directed by Arthur Davis and Sid Marcus
Voice cast unknown
Country: USA
What it is: Another forgotten Columbia cartoon

Scrappy and his baby brother get bored and decide to entertain themselves by going around ringing other people’s doorbells.

As might be expected from a setup like this, Scrappy and his brother have a lesson to learn, so they end up in a spooky with a ghostly old man who tells them they can’t leave the house until they press the right doorbell. This sequence is like a mild version of BIMBO’S INITIATION, but it still makes it as one of the better Scrappy cartoons out there. Many of the doors turn out to be booby traps, as you might expect. I wish there were a few more laughs, but it’s one of the higher points in Columbia’s cartoon catalog.

The Sad Little Guinea Pigs (1938)

The Sad Little Guinea Pigs (1938)
Article 6057 by Dave Sindelar
Date: 6-5-2022
Directed by Manny Gould and Ben Harrison
No voice actors
Country: USA
What it is: More than a little unsettling

A mad scientist tries out his new tonics on three terrified guinea pigs.

Heaven knows what this nightmarish cartoon’s reputation would be if it were better known and not a forgotten Columbia cartoon. Certainly, animal activists would be appalled, though it would certainly be useful to them from a propagandistic standpoint. It’s basically a mad scientist subjecting his guinea pigs to his various sick-looking tonics (each of which seem to contain a mutant creature) and watching their bodies mutate and contort. No, it’s not whimsically amusing; it’s sheer nightmare, and the fact that the scientist gets a comeuppance at the end doesn’t quite make up for the nastiness. And, lest we forget, this is a children’s cartoon, and no doubt someone somewhere considered it a funny idea. Perhaps obscurity is the best place for this one.

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F.P.1 Antwortet nicht (1932)

F.P.1 Doesn’t Answer (1933)

The Fabulous Joe (1947)

The Fabulous World of Jules Verne (1958)

The Face at the Window (1939)

The Face Behind the Mask (1941)

A Face in the Fog (1936)

The Face of Another (1966)

Face of Fire (1959)

The Face of Fu Manchu (1965)

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Face of the Screaming Werewolf (1964)

Fahrenheit 451 (1966)

Fahrmann Maria (1936)

Fail-Safe (1964)

The Fairy of the Black Rocks (1907)

Fairy Tales (1978)

The Falcon in Mexico (1944)

The Fall of the House of Usher (1928)

The Fall of the House of Usher (1928)

The Fall of the House of Usher (1949)

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The Fall of the House of Usher (1982)

Falling Hare (1943)

Fame and the Devil (1949)

The Famous Box Trick (1908)

Fangs (1974)

Fangs of the Living Dead (1969)

Fantasia (1940)

Fantasies (1982)

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Fantasmagorie (1908)

Los fantasmas burlones (1965)

Fantasmas en Buenos Aires (1946)

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The Fantastic Animation Festival (1977)

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Fantastic Planet (1973)

Fantastic Voyage (1966)

The Fantastic World of D.C. Collins (1984)

A Fantastical Meal (1900)

I fantastici 3 $upermen (1967)

Fantasy Island (1977)

Fantomas (1932)

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Fantomas – A l’ombre de la guillotine (1913)

Fantomas contre Fantomas (1914)

Fantomas Strikes Back (1965)

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Farewell to Space Battleship Yamato: In the Name of Love (1978)

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Fat and Lean Wrestling Match (1901)

The Fat Spy (1966)

Fata / Morgana (1965)

Fatal Footsteps (1926)

Fatal Games (1984)

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Faust (1910)

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Faust and Marguerite (1900)

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Fear in the Night (1947)

Fear in the Night (1972)

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Fear No Evil (1981)

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The Fearless Vampire Killers (1967)

Feast of Flesh (1967)

The Feast of Satan (1971)

Federal Agents vs Underworld, Inc. (1949)

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Felix Finds Out (1924)

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A Few Quick Facts about Fear (1945)

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The Fiendish Plot of Dr. Fu Manchu (1980)

Fifth Column Mouse (1943)

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Fifty Million Years Ago (1925)

The 50 Worst Movies Ever Made (2004)

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Figures de cire (1914)

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La fille de Dracula (1972)

Film Exercise # 4 (1944)

Filmgore (1983)

Filmstudie (1926)

The Final Conflict (1981)

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Final Exam (1981)

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Finian’s Rainbow (1968)

Fingers at the Window (1942)

Fire and Ice (1983)

A Fire in the Sky (1978)

Fire Maidens from Outer Space (1956)

Fire Monsters Against the Son of Hercules (1962)

Firebird 2015 A.D. (1981)

Firefox (1982)

Fireman, Save My Child (1921)

Fireside Reminiscences (1908)

Fireworks (1947)

First Man Into Space (1959)

First Men in the Moon (1964)

The First Snow (1947)

First Spaceship on Venus (1960)

Five (1951)

Five Minutes to Live (1961)

The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T (1953)

Flagpole Jitters (1956)

The Flame Barrier (1958)

Flash Gordon (1936)

Flash Gordon (1980)

Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe (1940)

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Flesh and Fantasy (1943)

Flesh and Spirit (1922)

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Der fliegende Koffer (1922)

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Follow Me Quietly (1949)

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Foney Fables (1942)

The Food of the Gods (1976)

Football Now and Then (1953)

For Heaven’s Sake (1950)

For Love or Murder (1970)

For Your Eyes Only (1981)

Forbidden Jungle (1950)

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Forever, Darling (1956)

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Fortune Hunters (1946)

48 Hours to Live (1959)

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4D Man (1959)

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Frankenstein – 1970 (1958)

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Frankestein, el vampiro, y compania (1962)

Freaks (1932)

Freaky Friday (1976)

Free for All (1949)

Freitag, der 13 (1949)

Frenzy (1946)

Frenzy (1972)

Les freres corses (1962)

Fricot a bu le remede du cheval (1910)

Friday the 13th (1980)

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Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter (1984)

The Friendly Ghost (1945)

Fright (1956)

Fright (1971)

Fright to the Finish (1954)

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Frightmare (1983)

Frigid Hare (1949)

The Frog (1908)

The Frog and the Princess (1944)

Frogs (1972)

From Beyond the Grave (1973)

From Hell It Came (1957)

From Morn to Midnight (1920)

From Russia with Love (1963)

From the Earth to the Moon (1958)

Frozen Alive (1964)

The Frozen Dead (1966)

The Frozen Ghost (1945)

The Frozen North (1922)

Frozen Scream (1975)

Fugitive Apparitions (1904)

The Fugitive Futurist (1924)

Full Moon High (1981)

Fun in a Butcher Shop (1901)

Funeral Home (1980)

The Funhouse (1981)

The Furies (1934)

The Fury (1978)

The Fury of Achilles (1962)

The Fury of Hercules (1961)

Fury of the Congo (1951)

The Fury of the Wolfman (1972)

Fury on the Bosphorus (1965)

Futurama: The Beast With a Billion Backs (2008)

Future Cop (1976)

Future Woman (1969)

Futureworld (1976)

Futz! (1969)

FX 18 (1964)

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One Little Indian (1954)

One Little Indian (1954)
Article 6055 by Dave Sindelar
Date: 4-30-2022
Directed by Grant Munro
Voice cast unknown
Country: Canada
What it is: Animated puppet safety short.

An Indian boy magician arrives in the big city as part of a rodeo. Though he proves to be an adept magician, will he be able deal with dangerous traffic in the big city?

Though now the company is the province of making available old sex and porn footage, there was a time when Something Weird Video dealt with other films as well. One interesting thing that they did was to throw in extras at the end of their VHS releases; my copy of the Mexican LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD tape ended with a variety of kiddie movie trailers and this rather obscure Canadian safety short; there’s very little info about it on IMDB. The only reason this one qualifies is that the boy is a magician (the short opens with him performing his act); had his profession been something else, I wouldn’t be covering it. As it is, it’s a pretty ordinary affair; the animation is so-so at best and the messages are pretty obvious. Nevertheless, it is a pleasure to discover that you have a hidden obscurity on the edges of your collection that you might have never found if you had struck out to look for it on your own.

The Cat from Outer Space (1978)

The Cat from Outer Space (1978)
Article 6054 by Dave Sindelar
Date: 4-29-2022
Directed by Ted Key
Featuring Ken Barry, Sandy Duncan, Harry Morgan
Country: USA
What it is: Shopping Cart movie

A space alien who looks like a cat makes an emergency landing on Earth, but his saucer is carried off by the military. The alien befriends some scientists to help him regain his saucer and return to space.

First, a little personal history. I’d been hearing about and seeing the ads for the various Disney shopping cart movies for years before this one came out, and frankly, they looked like they’d be tremendous fun. However, I’d never found the time or opportunity to see any until this one showed up at my local drive-in when I was 19 and had access to the family car. And…. I was underwhelmed. The hilarious humor I expected turned out to be tepid and forced, and the sense of wonder was also left empty-handed. I left the drive-in crestfallen and a little depressed.

That was forty-four years ago, and since then I started this movie-watching project and found the time to see many of the earlier Disney movies of this ilk (some of which I found delightful) and revisiting this one after all that time makes me feel like I’m closing the circle on the genre. Since then this movie has gained a certain amount of fame due partly to the fact there are a few striking similarities between it and Spielberg’s E.T.: THE EXTRATERRESTRIAL. Me, I was interested in seeing if I felt any differently about it than when I saw it the first time. Well, I will admit to liking it a hair better this time, largely because I’ve come to appreciate the comfort of seeing a bunch of familiar faces, and there are plenty here. But the laughs still aren’t there; I rarely cracked a smile in watching this, and that’s especially true for the final third of the movie. Where other shopping cart movies would go for the big wild laughs at this point, this one just tries to be a thriller, but just falls flat.

As far as I know, this one marks the end of the era of the original run of Disney shopping cart movies; feel free to correct me if I’m wrong. Still, I will say this in the movie’s defense; as disappointing as it was, it was still far better than an ersatz Disney shopping cart movie from 1981 called EARTHBOUND. The less said about that one, the better.

E Movies

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E piu facile che un cammello… (1950)

E.T.: The Extraterrestrial (1982)

L’ecrin du rajah (1906)

Eagle of the Night (1928)

Earth Bound (1981)

The Earth Dies Screaming (1965)

Earth II (1971)

Earth vs the Flying Saucers (1956)

Earth vs the Spider (1958)

Earthbound (1940)

Earthquake (1974)

Easy Street (1917)

Eaten Alive (1977)

Eaten Alive! (1980)

Eating Raoul (1982)

An Eccentric Burglary (1905)

Echoes (1982)

The Eclipse: Courtship of the Sun and the Moon (1907)

Edgar Allan Poe (1909)

Education for Death: The Making of a Nazi (1943)

Eegah! (1962)

The Eerie Midnight Horror Show (1974)

Egghead’s Robot (1970)

Ego zvali Robert (1967)

The Egyptian Mummy (1914)

8 1/2 (1963)

Eight Girls in a Barrel (1900)

El que murio de amor (1945)

Electric Dreams (1984)

Electric Earthquake (1942)

Electric Eskimo (1979)

The Electric Grandmother (1982)

The Electric Hotel (1908)

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Electric Transformation (1909)

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The Fly in the OIntment (1943)

The Fly in the Ointment (1943)
Article 6053 by Dave Sindelar
Date: 4-24-2022
Directed by Paul Sommer
Featuring the voices of Hans Conried and Frank Graham
Country: USA
What it is: Columbia cartoon

A spider does battle with a tough fly.

It’s not the plot here that pushes this one into the realm of the fantastic; it’s the fact that it’s set up as a scene from a horror film; it opens with bats flying out of a spooky castle followed by two bats discussing how all horror movies have to start that way. The spider is played as if he were the Phantom of the Opera and the fly as if he were an East End Kid. I wish this one were more fun, but it’s very talky and short on action; it’s also distinctly short of laughs, and outside of the opening and closing scenes, it’s short on atmosphere as well.