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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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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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HAPPY 82, PEPPER! Actress Angie Dickinson turns the Big 8-2 today. She's a Hollywood survivor, starting out as cinema eye-candy and ultimately morphing into a very popular TV star. Her 1970's series, Police Woman, was a huge hit at the time. Many more birthdays to you, Angie! (c) NBC

BIRTHDAY BONANZA!

SEPTEMBER 30, 2013 We’ve got bunch of birthday wishes to distribute today. Let’s wish a happy natal day to the following celebs.                         &n...
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Screen actress Loretta Young had become a huge TV hit in the 1950s, swinging through those french doors with a flourish! She worked very little after that; she didn't need the money. But she was coaxed out of retirement for a couple of TV-movies in the 1980's. Here she is from the 1986 holiday tearjerker, Christmas Eve. She's flanked on her right by Trevor Howard, and left by Arthur Hill. c) NBC

ONE MORE TIME…

Once a Legend, always a Legend…Many a screen superstar were content to rest on their laurels and enjoy retirement. But many TV producers saw the value of adding many of these iconic players to dress up their TV movies and...
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CONVENTION BLUES

We’re now nearing the final gasp of the convention season. The behemoth known as Comicon San Diego has come and gone. Wizard World Chicago and Dragon Con Atlanta are coming up fast and promise to be huge fan conclaves. Th...
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PASSAGES

On August 10 we lost singer Eydie Gorme, a mainstay since the early ’50s. Like Tony Bennett, who is still going strong, Gorme never succumbed to the onset of rock and roll, and reveled in the fact that she was a singer of...
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