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Monday, May 16, 2011

MOvie Monday! THE WOLFMAN!

The WOLFMAN (1941) is being shown on TURNER CLASSIC MOVIES this Wednesday at 8pm.  Lon Chaney Jr effectively went after his famous father's role of King of Universal Horror films beginning with Man Made Monster in 1940 but this movie cemented his reputation-- he went on to play Frankenstein's Monster, Dracula and The Mummy in the next two years-- the only actor to ever play all four classic horror film icons.

The movie itself is a strictly B-Movie with an A cast including Ralph Bellamy, Claude Rains and Patric Knowles--all of whom were big name actors during the filming of this one.  Worth checking out.

On Thursday at 9:15am is Robert Siodmak (brother of Curt Siodmak who wrote the Wolfman!) delivers one of the most powerful Film Noir's with 1946's THE KILLERS featuring Burt Lancaster.  Then at 2:15pm is possibly my favorite movie of all time-- 1946's THE BIG SLEEP with Humphrey Bogart and his new wife Lauren Bacall in Raymond Chandler's convoluted but it doesn't matter hard boiled detective story.
While on Saturday you'll want to hope for rain so you can stay in and watch a great lineup of films including:

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1939) which I mentioned last month as a great Rathbone Holmes film-- if you missed it you can catch it Saturday at 8am.  At 9:30am is SON OF KONG (1933) which is a pale sequel to the original classic but very watchable nonetheless.  Following that is TARZAN'S DESERT MYSTERY (1943) which features Tarzan battling Nazi's and giant spiders!

Take a walk outside but be back at 6:15pm for NIGHT OF THE HUNTER (1955) which features Robert Mitchum as one of the most sinister serial killers in cinema history.
Then at 8pm on THE ESSENTIALS is 1942's THE CAT PEOPLE, Val Lewton's first of several moody horror films for intellectuals.

Great week for great movies!