Boris Karloff (William Henry Pratt)
(23 November 1887 – 2 February 1969)
Here’s a perfect way to celebrate the great Boris Karloff — stay up all night watching a slew of his movies.
Back in 1965, Young Dillinger (1965) played as a twin-bill with Mario Bava’s Blood And Black Lace (1964). This ad’s for the opening in L.A., but they played everywhere this way — even drive-ins not far from where I’m sitting here in North Carolina. Man, what a “blazing double-blast of thrills and shocks” this must’ve been.
One’s in gorgeous black and white, the other in eye-popping Technicolor. One is a cinematic love letter to the Tommy Gun, while the other favors all sorts of things with blades. Both are lurid, violent masterpieces — the stuff that makes early 60s genre movies so wonderful.
Incidentally, and the reason I came across this, both of these pictures have seen some recent video activity. Young Dillinger was just made available on DVD by our friends at Warner Archive (the movie’s terrific and the disc looks great), and VCI is prepping Blood And Black Lace for a Blu-Ray due in October.
So, with a little coordinated eCommerce, you can recreate June 9, 1965 in the privacy of your own home.
Directed by Terry Morse
Starring Nick Adams, Mary Ann Mobley, Robert Conrad, John Ashley, Victor Buono, John Hoyt
So many great things have been making their way to DVD and Blu-Ray lately, some stuff’s gonna go unnoiced around here. Case in Point: Young Dillinger (1965) from Warner Archive.
This thing’s got plenty to recommend it. You’ve got the severely-underrated Nick Adams as John Dillinger. Then there’s Robert Conrad, just as he was about to do The Wild Wild West, as Pretty Boy Floyd and AIP heart-throb John Ashley as Baby Face Nelson (he was fresh off of Beach Blanket Bingo). Mary Ann Mobley (Miss America, 1959) is always good — she’d follow this with the Elvis Presley/Sam Katzman picture Harum Scarum (1965). Terry Morse is the guy who directed the American scenes with Raymond Burr for the US release of Godzilla, King Of The Monsters (1956).
And if all that’s not enough, Young Dillinger was widely criticized for its excessive violence. Sign me up!
It’s now available on DVD from Warner Archive.
Directed by Don Siegel
Starring Steve McQueen, Bobby Darin, Fess Parker, Harry Guardino, James Coburn, Bob Newhart, L.Q. Jones and Nick Adams
Don Siegel directed it. It’s got Steve McQueen, James Coburn, Fess Parker, L.Q. Jones, Nick Adams and Bob Newhart in it. Harold Lipstein’s black and white cinematography is perfect. Newhart does a GI version of his telephone routine. And Bobby Darin has a flamethrower.
It’s got everything going for it, everything but a Blu-Ray release, that is. It’s a Paramount, Olive, why don’t you license it?