32 Days of Halloween X, Day 6: The Amazing Transparent Man!

Amazing Transparent Man

 

Day 6 of 32 Days of Halloween is upon us. Soon, we shall confront The Amazing Transparent Man.  But before then…it’s time for a Peter Lorre twofer.

First up, a bit from the Disneyland TV show where Walt Disney introduces Kirk Douglas to introduce Peter Lorre to talk about working with a giant squid.  That’s of course from 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea…and this is apparently a bonus bit from the DVD entitled “Monsters of the Deep.”  This is not only gold because you get to see the subtle humor that Lorre can bring to the table, but you also see the now-centenarian Douglas back when he was just a lad.

Then we head over to What’s My Line for a bit showcasing how one has to get around having an extremely recognizable voice.

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32 Days of Halloween Part VIII, Day 14: The Horla!

Horla

For today’s kickoff, let’s go back to 1887, and a well-known short story by Guy de Maupassant, The Horla. The title character or being or thing is imagined to be an invisible creature not unlike a vampire that can possess and control the minds of men. Our protagonist falls prey to either its sway or the sway of its idea, one or the other. I was not aware until I looked it up on Wikipedia (which is always right), that “Horla” “…is not French, and is a neologism. Charlotte Mandell, who has translated ‘The Horla’ for publisher Melville House, suggests in an afterword that the word ‘horla’ is a portmanteau of the French words hors (‘outside’), and là (‘there’) and that ‘le horla’ sounds like ‘the Outsider, the outer, the one Out There.'”

We have two interpretations of the story for your perusal. The first is recent and is from BBC Radio, read by David Tennant. It’s from the series A Night With a Vampire, originally broadcast in 2010, when Tennant probably felt in advance he had to do something to make up for the Fright Night remake. I put it first because the idea of following Peter Lorre‘s version from Mystery in the Air…well, that would be cruel. Nobody does histrionics like Lorre. Enjoy.

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32 Days of Halloween VII, Day 15: Caltiki, The Immortal Monster!

Caltiki, the Immortal Monster!

In a short while, we’ll be going to schlocksville to do battle with a blob. To sort of offset this, let’s aim for some culture. Previously, I did a recording of Macbeth for 32 Days, and looking back over the archives I was reminded of this: the Patrick Stewart as Macbeth production which aired on PBS. This is freaking fantastic, Halloween aside, but watch until about three minutes in and see some of the best transition work I’ve witnessed in a while. The PBS player won’t let you skip ahead. But trust me, it’s worth it.

It’s available on DVD but hey, if you’re an Amazon Prime member, it’s free streaming. You know, in case you want to see it on a bigger screen. (And you can sign up for a free 30-day trial of Prime here. I’m a member–I recommend it.)

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32 Days of Halloween VI, Movie Night No. 16: The Lodger (1927)

Lodger (1927)

So it’s silent movie night here at 32 Days of Halloween. And, hey, we’re at the halfway mark right now. Holy crap. Time flies when you’re trying to horrify yourself. Anyway, we’ve looked at a number of silent films over the five-plus years that we’ve been doing this. Now it’s time to go to the early days of one of the masters: it’s Alfred Hitchcock‘s third film, the 1927 silent flick The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog.

You might think the plot is familiar to you: a serial killer stalks the streets of London while a new and eccentric tenant is raising eyebrows in a family’s home. Could they be the same person? The original novel by Marie Belloc Lowndes has been adapted six ways from Sunday…it’s been a feature film five times, this being the first. Most recently it was adapted in 2009 with Simon Baker and Alfred Molina. I’m most familiar with it as a radio play: it’s been done on the air at least three times, with Vincent Price starring once and Peter Lorre once.

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32 Days of Halloween V, Day 32: Paul Frees Sings!

Paul Frees

If there’s one thing I love, it’s the voice of Paul Frees. He handled everything from the Haunted Mansion to Hardware Wars to Earth vs. the Flying Saucers. But somehow I missed this. And it’s shown up in time to make the cut–and it’s fitting it closes out our short form stuff for 32 Days this year.

It’s his album, Paul Frees and the Poster People. I didn’t even know it existed, but it’s him singing in many of the voices he was known for doing impersonations of. I’ve snagged four for you to peruse: Peter Lorre, Bela Lugosi, Boris Karloff and Sydney Greenstreet. The latter one made Rox chortle wildly, so there you have it.

This album is woefully out of print…which blows my mind, honestly. If you can find it for less than $20 on vinyl, snag it without thinking twice.
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By | 2017-09-24T22:35:50+00:00 October 31st, 2011|32 Days of Halloween|1 Comment

32 Days of Halloween V, Day 16: Vincent Price and The Horror Hall of Fame

Vincent Price: Horror Hall of Fame

Day 16 of 32 Days of Halloween has just sort of fallen to Vincent Price…and I realize I’m posting a longer bit of something that we posted a snippet of earlier. But we didn’t know the thing was online in this form, thanks to the folks at Zombie Popcorn. The Horror Hall of Fame special is here from 1974, hosted by Price. And it glories in its corny awfulness. But amidst all the cheese you get some great moments–like Carradine from before and also Frank Gorshin showing up to provide impersonations. Silly and fun and it no doubt gave Mr. Price a check. Three things we always appreciated. Enjoy.
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By | 2017-09-24T22:36:30+00:00 October 15th, 2011|32 Days of Halloween|0 Comments

32 Days of Halloween V, Day 15: Abbott, Costello and Peter Lorre!

Peter Lorre with microphone

Day 15 of 32 Days of Halloween has been all about Abbott and Costello and their antics when confronted with the weird and the spooky for some time now. This year we’ve opted to give you the episode of their radio show where they visited “Dr. Peter Lorre‘s” sanitarium. Classic radio nonsense and Lorre is just a consummate voice actor. Bonus: Listen closely for Mel Blanc to make an appearance.

The embeddable piece we have below is only about ten minutes worth. However, the good news is this: the full show is available via Spotify here.
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