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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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How better to launch Halloween Month here at the Funhouse than with the Big G himself. Here we have Godzilla giving the beat-down to King Kong in gay Paree. Notice how the still artist has pasted in an image of Kong from the 1933 RKO classic film? This scene is from the iconic 1960s epic, King Kong vs. Godzilla. (c) Universal Studios.

FROM TOKYO–WITH LOVE

  Godzilla, the King of the Monsters, made his US debut in 1954 and was a tremendous hit. The Tokyo-made thriller was ‘americanized’ by inserting scenes shot in Hollywood to make the movie more palatable for do...
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ROBERT WISE

  A belated birthday wish to the late film director Robert Wise. Wise was best known for his big-budget musicals like West Side Story, The Sound of Music and Star. But this blogger credits the filmmaker for helming one of ...
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THE INCREDIBLE SHRINKING MAN

In 1956 Universal-International Studios released another in what was an assembly line of modestly-budgeted science-fiction films. The Incredible Shrinking Man, despite its lurid title, was actually a well-made picture that hand...
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THE DEVIL AND MISS JONES

  I just saw a teriffic movie yesterday. The Devil and Miss Jones is a 1941 comedy starring Jean Arthur, Charles Coburn, Spring Byington and Robert Cummings. Briefly, the plot involves the curmudgeonly owner of a departmen...
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A TITANNIC TRIO!

  Talk about star-power! Here’s Spencer Tracy, Clark Gable and Charles Boyer all together! The caption on this photo is dated August 12, 1948. This troika of cinema royalty had just arrived in New York, having sailed...
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BORIS KARLOFF was not the first Fu--actually that was Swedish actor Warner Oland--but he is the first Englishman and the one most remembered. This 1932 MGM film, The Mask of Fu Manchu, came right after Frankenstein. The studio hoped to spark a horror cycle of their own, but the dismal results of this movie put an end to those plans. (c) MGM

A FEW FU-MANCHUS

CASTING AGAINST TYPE…. It must be irresistable for producers to want to cast horror stars in the role of Sax Rohmer’s insidious Eastern foe, the diabolical Dr. Fu-Manchu. But really—! Why choose two dyed-in-th...
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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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