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MEET GOGO LOMO-DAVID

  Gogo Lomo-David. Don’t forget that name! SMEF predicts you’ll be hearing a lot from this talented young actor in the near future. You can see Gogo on the big screen starting this weekend in the major motion picture F...
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Lugosi gives British journalists a scare as he arrives in England during the 1950s to make the film, My Son, the Vampire. This production was also known under the titles Vampire Over London, King Robot and several other incarnations.

A MOST HAPPY BELA

  LUGOSI LIVES ETERNAL There’s not much new that can be said about horror film icon Bela Lugosi that hasn’t already been said before. He became ever-identified as Count Dracula. He turned down the role of Frank...
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This image is from the first season of Fresh Prince in 1990. From left to right is Will Smith, Tatyana M. Ali, Janet Hubert and James Avery. The series lasted until 1996. (c) NBC

GOOD-BYE TO JAMES AVERY

  JAMES AVERY The Funhouse has been delivering way too many obituaries as of late. And it’s our sad duty to add two more tho the list. Actor JAMES AVERY, “Uncle Phil” Banks, passed away on December 31 fro...
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This glamorous portrait still of actress Jean Arthur is from another 1935 picture, Public Hero No. 1. A penciled note scrawled on the back of the photo remarks that the World Premiere of this film is to take place May 30 at Loew's State Theater in St. Louis. The old movie palace has been long-gone. I wonder if Miss Arthur and co-star Lionel Barrymore were in attendance? (c) Columbia Pictures

THESE JUST IN….

  Folks often ask, “Where do you find all those great old stills you run in your posts?” My answer is always–“Everywhere!” I find them at estate sales, flea markets, private individuals, ebay,...
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Fields indulges in his penchant for playing the ponies. This candid, unretouched photograph dramatically shows the ravages of alcohol on the comedian's face.

THE GREAT MAN

    William Claude Dukenfield, aka W.C. Fields, was one of the cinema’s greatest comedians. He left a relatively small, but impressive body of work that still delights his many fans. Fields was a big star in vau...
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NEVER FEAR, SMITH IS HERE!

  I’ve certainly met a lot of colorful characters in my 40-plus years as an entertainment writer, but none was more memorable than actor Jonathan Harris. Today we remember his passing on this date in 2002. He was 87....
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FAREWELL JUANITA MOORE

JUANITA MOORE Actress Juanita Moore died in her Los Angeles home  on Tuesday, December 31. She was 99. Ms. Moore began her theatrical career after graduation from Los Angeles Junior College. She was a chorus girl at a number o...
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY, JOAN CRAWFORD!

Today is Joan Crawford’s birthday! While the year is much-disputed, this great star is generally acknowledged to have been born today in 1904. Much has been written about actress Joan Crawford over the years–some go...
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Maybe not such a rare image, but I haven't seen it around. Here's a funkadelic publicity shot from the beginning of Season 3. Dig that far-out background!

BATMAN ’66 RARITIES!

The iconic Batman TV series (known as ‘Batman ’66’) is hotter than ever now! There are current comic-books featuring sixties versions of the Dynamic Duo, a whole line of action figures, high-priced statues, an...
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An actor rarely has a chance to portray one iconic characters in their career---let alone two--but Karloff accomplished that feat. Not only will he be forever identified with the Frankenstein monster, but also as The Grinch Who Stole Christmas. This holiday special has run for years---and will most likely continue to run for decades more. (c) CBS

KAROFF THE UNCANNY

OUR FAVORITE MONSTER Mention ‘horror films’ to any fan, and more than likely he’ll automatically respond ‘Boris Karloff’. The British actor was the quintisesential terror film star. He started it a...
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THE LOST WORLD SILENT

PREHISTORIC HALLOWEEN MONSTERS

  This past weekend I came across this fantastically rare still from the silent film ‘The Lost World,’ made in 1925. This was one of model animator Willis O’Brien’s earliest screen assignments, and ...
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Harold Ramis (l) confers with former hair-bender-turned-producer Jon Peters on the set of the 1980 mega-hit Caddyshack. (c) Warner Brothers

Harold Ramis, 1944-2014

Film fans mourn the loss today of Director/Writer/Producer/Actor Harold Ramis. He was 69. Ramis was born in Chicago, where his creative flair for comedy brought him into the orbit of other avante garde comedians.  He connected...
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Jane's pictured with some horror-film royalty! To her left is Lon Chaney, Jr. and Onslow Stevens. The chap strapped to the table is Glen Strange as the Frankenstein monster. (c) Universal Studios

FAREWELL, JANE ADAMS (1921-2014)

  Unfortunately, the passing of some of the ‘lesser’ Hollywood performers gets unreported in the mainstream press. It’s only recently that word has come that lovely actress Jane Adams passed away May 21, ...
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HAYWARD

SEEN BETWEEN SCENES

Studio publicists call these ‘production shots’. They’re the candid photos of moviemakers in-between actual shooting of a film. Usually they are corny shots of stars visting with each other between takes, enjo...
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This autographed still is unidentified, but methinks it is probably from one of his 'El Hombre Lobo' series of films.

THE SPANISH ‘LON CHANEY’–PAUL NASCHY

    Only die-hard horror movie fans will recognize the name of actor Paul Naschy (1934-2009). But this Spanish filmmaker has produced, directed, written and starred in literally dozens of foreign terror films. For dec...
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