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Attack of the 50 Foot Woman (1950’s Sci-Fi & Horror)”

In this enduring classic of 1950s science fiction, a beautiful, wealthy young woman (Alison Hayes)–trapped in a loveless marriage to a philandering husband (William Hudson) who only wants her money–exacts a terrible vengeance when exposure to radiation from an alien UFO causes her to grow into a 50-foot-tall monster.

Exactly what the title says. I tried to make it as realistic as possible: starts off with the studio logo, a tag line, then all this music pours in as the story is explained by movie clips. Then there’s some action and quotes, more action and this quick swap between the initial growth and the “pool bath” scene which doesn’t look that well in retrospect.

Attack of the 50 Foot Woman is a 1958 independent American black-and-white science fiction film, produced by Bernard Woolner, directed by Nathan H. Juran (credited as Nathan Hertz), and stars Allison Hayes, William Hudson and Yvette Vickers. The screenplay was written by Mark Hanna, and the original music score was composed by Ronald Stein. The film was distributed in the United States by Allied Artists as a double feature with War of the Satellites. source

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 The Man with the X-Ray Eyes”

 The Man with the X-Ray Eyes”

The Man with the X-ray Eyes is a 1963 science-fiction horror film written by Ray Russell and Robert Dillon and directed by Roger Corman. The film stars Ray Milland as Dr. James Xavier, a world-renowned scientist, whose experiments with X-ray vision go awry. While most of the cast are relatively unknown, Don Rickles is notable in an uncharacteristically dramatic role.


Dr. Xavier develops eyedrops intended to increase the range of human vision, allowing one to see beyond the “visible” spectrum into the ultraviolet and x-raywavelengths and beyond. Believing that testing on animals and volunteers will produce uselessly subjective observations, he tests the drops on himself.

Initially, Xavier discovers that he can see through people’s clothing, and he uses his vision to save a young girl whose medical problem was misdiagnosed. Over time and with continued use of the drops, Xavier’s visual capacity increases and his ability to control it decreases. Eventually he can no longer see the world in human terms, but only in forms of lights and textures that his brain is unable to fully comprehend. Even closing his eyes brings no relief from the darkness in his frightening world, as he can see through his eyelids.

After accidentally killing a friend, Xavier goes on the run, using his x-ray vision first to work in a carnival, and then to win at gambling in a Las Vegas casino. Xavier’s eyes are altered along with his vision: first they become black and gold, and then entirely black. To hide his startling appearance, he wears dark wrap-around sunglasses at all times.

Leaving Las Vegas, Xavier drives out into the desert and wanders into a religious tent revival. He tells the evangelist that he is beginning to see things at the edges of the universe, including an “eye that sees us all” in the center of the universe. The pastor replies that what he sees is “sin and the devil” and quotes the Biblical verse, “If thine eye offends thee… pluck it out!” Xavier chooses to blind himself rather than see anything more.


  • Ray Milland – Dr. James Xavier
  • Diana Van der Vlis – Dr. Diane Fairfax
  • Harold J. Stone – Dr. Sam Brant
  • John Hoyt – Dr. Willard Benson
  • Don Rickles – Crane
  • Barboura Morris – Nurse with young patient (uncredited)

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“The Elephant Man” starring John Hurt and Anthony Hopkins

The Elephant Man is a 1980 American historical drama film about Joseph Merrick (whom the script calls John Merrick), a severely deformed man in late 19th century London. The film was directed by David Lynch and stars John Hurt, Anthony Hopkins, Anne Bancroft, John Gielgud, Wendy Hiller, Michael Elphick, Hannah Gordon, and Freddie Jones. It was produced by Jonathan Sanger and Mel Brooks, the latter of whom was intentionally left uncredited to avoid confusion from audiences who possibly would have expected a comedy.

.The screenplay was adapted by Lynch, Christopher De Vore, and Eric Bergren from Frederick Treves’s The Elephant Man and Other Reminiscences (1923) and Ashley Montagu’s The Elephant Man: A Study in Human Dignity (1971). It was shot in black-and-white and featured make-up work by Christopher Tucker.

The Elephant Man was a critical and commercial success with eight Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Actor. After receiving widespread criticism for failing to honor the film’s make-up effects, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences was prompted to create the Academy Award for Best Makeup and Hairstyling the following year. The film also won the BAFTA Awards for Best Film, Best Actor, and Best Production Design and was nominated for Golden Globe awards. It also won a French César Award for Best Foreign Film.

Frederick Treves, a surgeon at the London Hospital, finds John Merrick in a Victorian freak show in London’s East End, where he is kept by Mr. Bytes, an alcoholic and sadistic showman. His head is kept hooded, and his “owner,” who views him as intellectually disabled, is paid by Treves to bring him to the hospital for examination. Treves presents Merrick to his colleagues and highlights his monstrous skull, which forces him to sleep with his head on his knees, since if he were to lie down, he would asphyxiate. On Merrick’s return, he is beaten so badly by Bytes that he has to call Treves for medical help. Treves brings him back to the hospital.

John is tended to by Mrs. Mothershead, the formidable matron, as the other nurses are too frightened of him. Mr Carr-Gomm, the hospital’s Governor, is against housing Merrick, as the hospital does not accept “incurables.” To prove that Merrick can make progress, Treves trains him to say a few conversational sentences. Carr-Gomm sees through this ruse, but as he is leaving, Merrick begins to recite the 23rd Psalm, and continues past the part of the Psalm that Treves taught him. Merrick tells the doctors that he knows how to read, and has memorized the 23rd Psalm because it is his favourite. Carr-Gomm permits him to stay, and Merrick spends his time practising conversation with Treves and building a model of a cathedral he sees from his window.

Merrick has tea with Treves and his wife, and is so overwhelmed by their kindness, he shows them his mother’s picture. He believes he must have been a “disappointment” to his mother, but hopes she would be proud to see him with his “lovely friends”. Merrick begins to take guests in his rooms, including the actress Madge Kendal, who introduces him to the work of Shakespeare. Merrick quickly becomes an object of curiosity to high society, and Mrs. Mothershead expresses concerns that he is still being put on display as a freak. Treves begins to question the morality of his actions. Meanwhile, a night porter named Jim starts selling tickets to locals, who come at night to gawk at the “Elephant Man.”

The issue of Merrick’s residence is challenged at a hospital council meeting, but he is guaranteed permanent residence by command of the hospital’s royal patron, Queen Victoria, who sends word with her daughter-in-law Alexandra. However, Merrick is soon kidnapped by Bytes during one of Jim’s raucous late-night showings. Bytes leaves England and takes Merrick on the road as a circus attraction once again. Treves confronts Jim about what he has done, and Mothershead fires him.

Merrick is forced to be an ‘attraction’ again, but during a ‘show’ in Belgium, Merrick, who is weak and dying, collapses, causing a drunken Bytes to lock him in a cage and leave him to die. Merrick manages to escape from Bytes with the help of his fellow freakshow attractions. Upon returning to London, he is harassed through Liverpool Street station by several young boys and accidentally knocks down a young girl. Merrick is chased, unmasked, and cornered by an angry mob. He cries, “I am not an elephant! I am not an animal! I am a human being! I … am … a … man!” before collapsing. Policemen return Merrick to the hospital and Treves. He recovers some of his health, but is dying of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Treves and Mothershead take Merrick to see one of Mrs Kendal’s shows at the theatre, and Kendal dedicates the performance to him. A proud Merrick receives a standing ovation from the audience. Back at the hospital, Merrick thanks Treves for all he has done, and completes his church model. He lies down on his back in bed, imitating a sleeping child in a picture on his wall, and dies in his sleep. Merrick is consoled by a vision of his mother, who quotes Lord Tennyson’s “Nothing Will Die.”



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“Movie Memories and the Dawning of a Drama Queen”

Movie magazines, did me an honor by keeping me abreast of my own stardom.

Every guy at Norwood High knew that I was no paperdoll, but a gorgeous pin up. I was their cheerleading heartbeat whom they could only imagine at lovers lane. And, I was destined to become the 1958 Prom Queen at Norwood High.

Watching my favorite movie was always a raincheck on my fabulous 50s style. A rainy day, front row seat, a box of buttered popcorn, Jujubes, a hanky, with a box of Bonbons. That was me.

The Saturday movie matinee–(Ahhh!) was my perfect place.

It was my own world, an escape from my weekend household chores. And, from the phone mouthpiece. This would be one of those Saturdays that my girlfriends Lydia, Violet and Agnes would have to gossip without me.

The gossip was only going to be about my breakup with my boyfriend Robert. The scoop was– that I gave Robert back his class ring and sweater.

Me, Noreen Mayer, a well-known epitome of Doris Day and Tuesday Weld with the chemistry of Annette Funicello. Even though I watched the same old romantic movies over and over again, I always cried. Somtimes I would get my roles mixed up. Oh no! I am not talking about an on-screen mixup, but my real-life character-role. (Sigh) That is the reason why I broke it off with Robert. While I was on my Tuesday Weld spill, Robert was behaving like Frankie Avalon. I was hoping he would be more brisk just as James Dean or even Paul Anka.

So here I am now… sitting here crying. And No, I am not crying about my breakup with Robert!! This is my first time seeing the movie “Trapeze” starring Burt Reynolds and Tony Curtis with Gina Lollobrigida.

Oh, oh… There is so much love and jealousy in this movie.

Well, It is no secret. You guessed right. I am “The” Drama Queen. And now that I am Gina Lollobrigida, Robert will have to be Tony Curtis. But in order to create a love triangle (the battle for me), I must find the other leading man, ‘a Burt Reynolds’.

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Rebel Without A Cause (1955)

As his parents bicker in a police station, teenager Jim Stark, played by James Dean, screws his face into a knot of frustrated rage and screams, “You’re tearing me apart!” At that moment, Rebel Without a Cause changed the rules for the portrayal of teenagers on screen; Jim is neither a goofy-but-good-natured Andy Hardy type nor a Bowery Boys-style juvenile delinquent, but something resembling a real adolescent, awkwardly stumbling through young adulthood. We meet him lying in a gutter, drunkenly playing with a toy monkey before he’s picked up by the police. We learn that his parents have moved more than once because Jim has gotten into trouble; between his Milquetoast father and bossy, unaffectionate mother, he has no one to turn to at home and no healthy role model. While waiting at the police station, he meets two other kids from the neighborhood: a troubled young man named Plato (Sal Mineo), who shot a litter of puppies in a fit of rage, and a pretty girl named Judy (Natalie Wood), who runs with a rough crowd to get the sense of belonging that she doesn’t have at home. The three teenagers become an odd sort of family, until an unpleasant revelation sends Plato on a rampage.


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Man In The Vault (1956)

Originally posted on Vintage 45.

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The world keeps alive America’s Little sweethearts by reproducing the little rascal characters, themes and plots, over and over again.



The Little Rascals Christmas Special is an animated Christmas special based on the Our Gang comedies of the 1920s, 1930s, and early 1940s.


Spanky (Philip Tanzini) and Porky (Robby Kiger)’s mother (Darla Hood) is a single mother during the Depression. Money is tight with very little left over to buy anything nice. When the boys overhear Mom talking on the phone about a Blue Comet, they think she is ordering for them the Blue Comet train set for the holidays. However, Mom wasn’t talking about the train, but rather a vacuum cleaner. Realizing that she confused her sons, she exchanges a coat she had ordered for the train. When she gets sick and the boys realize the truth, they enlist the help of the gang to raise the money to get the coat back. Meanwhile, two neighborhood bullies steal the train set so now there are no gifts for the boys or their mom. A grouchy Salvation Army Santa (Jack Somack) arrives to spread cheer.

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