Friday, October 24, 2014

Pan and Scandal

His hilarious nickname was "Pinky"
He played characters sicko and stinky
And his rowdy soiree
Was too loud and too gay,
An affair filled with kicks rather kinky.

Supercilious staple of horror movies Lionel Atwill in The Ghost Of Frankenstein (1942). From Brian's Drive-In Theater: Atwill's career nearly came to a halt in 1941, following a Christmas party he hosted in late 1940 that allegedly involved an orgy, a minor, naked guests, and pornographic films. Read our previous limericks on Atwill and the scandal here and here.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Fire Atwill

Should this pervert be kicked from the flickers?
He's deserving of brickbats and snickers
Our gorges will rise
At his orgies, outsize
He unnerves, getting wicked in knickers.

David Cairns

From David Cairns: This is somewhat imaginatively contrived from stories of "Pinky" Atwill's sex scandal. Images: Lionel Atwill and Kathleen Burke in Murders in the Zoo (1932) ; Atwill in Mad Doctor of Market Street (Joseph H.Lewis; 1942). More on Atwill and that scandal here.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

It Was a Dark and Stormy Rite

Raging storm, uncontrollable science
An abnormal, unholy alliance
When a monster's created
The mad doctor's elated
Though the former's a soul-torn appliance.

The Baron and Fritz (Colin Clive and Dwight Frye) charge the Monster (Boris Karloff): Frankenstein (James Whale; 1931). Tile by bright and sunny David Cairns.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

The X-Philes

No portrait in text can describe 
The horrors Doc X will prescribe
This uncanny, weird chiller
Has a cannibal killer,
And a sordidly sexual vibe.

Poster for the decidedly pre-code Doctor X (Michael Curtiz, 1932). Title by cinephile David Cairns.

Monday, October 20, 2014

The Doctor Will Seize You Now

There's a pest who likes gore and wrings necks
He's ingesting each corpse he dissects
To the touch he's synthetic
And his clutch is prosthetic
Film in question? The warped Doctor X.

Lionel Atwill and Preston Foster in Doctor X (Michael Curtiz, 1932), a twisted pre-code horror gem, eerily hued in two-strip Technicolor. Title by David Cairns, who laments that his favorite line in the film, "An empty sleeve is abhorrent to most men," doesn't scan as a limerick.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Belly-Flophouse of Wax

His dastardly plans falling flat,
They at last trap the squalid old rat
And resolving the plot,
By revolver he's shot,
And the bastard will scald in a vat. 

Surly Hack and David Cairns

Mad sculptor Ivan Igor (Lionel Atwill) takes a hot wax bath in Mystery of the Wax Museum (Michael Curtiz; 1933).

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Birthday Suitor

Take a peep at this jewel at rest 
While asleep, by a ghoul she's undressed
She's adorably pink
He's a horrible fink
One more creep who's unduly obsessed.

Lionel Atwill strips Fay Wray for a waxing in the chiller shot in two-strip Technicolor, Mystery of the Wax Museum (Michael Curtiz; 1933). Title by David Cairns, well suited to horror.

Friday, October 17, 2014


Some artists mold clay, some play sax
Some carpe the day, some are hacks
This wise guy devises
A guise that surprises
And startles his prey with hot wax.

Two-strip Technicolor Lionel Atwill (as crazed sculptor Ivan Igor), and Fay Wray in Mystery of the Wax Museum (Michael Curtiz; 1933). Title and assist by David Cairns, waxing eloquently.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Death and Waxes

He's a horrible blot of a freak
Into morgues he cannot help but sneak
There a body he'll snatch
As a model, to match
When he pours on hot wax technique.

Surly Hack with David Cairns

Lionel Atwill's scarred sculptor stalks Mystery of the Wax Museum (Michael Curtiz; 1933). Assist by David Cairns, the man in black at Shadowplay. One more down in the Countdown to Halloween.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Wax of Vengeance

Going slack, they look queer as they melt
They're facsimiles, zero is felt
But Fay, who is real
On display, sure will feel
The hot wax on her rear, oh so svelte

Surly Hack and David Cairns

There's nothing quite like a nude and nubile Fay Wray in the pink two-strip Technicolor of Mystery of the Wax Museum (Michael Curtiz; 1933). This also started out as a comment on an earlier rhyme. The Countdown to Halloween continues.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Vat's All, Folks!

He was burned, his dreams dashed, turned to rubble
But returned from the ashes for trouble
If your face does resemble
His creation, then tremble:
You've earned a hot splash and a bubble.

Lionel Atwill is that mad sculptor of wax, Ivan Igor, in Mystery of the Wax Museum (Michael Curtiz; 1933). Filmed in glorious two-strip Technicolor, Museum features superb art direction by Anton Grot.

Monday, October 13, 2014

A Sight at the Museum

With Fay stripped of slacks and apparel,
He's dripping hot wax from a barrel
This fiery plight,
Sees her frying tonight--
Unless gripped by hot hack Glenda Farrell.
David Cairns

Fay Wray, Lionel Atwill (as the alliteratively named "Ivan Igor") and Glenda Farrell, wisecracking reporter in Mystery of the Wax Museum (Michael Curtiz; 1933). This limerick was originally a comment on another post, The Wax of Life. Has Farrell (below) ever looked lovelier than in the pinks and greens of two-strip Technicolor?

Sunday, October 12, 2014

The Wray of All Flesh

Who'd relax at this sinister show?
There's a max of pink skin, all aglow
You can't beat Fay Wray stripping
But with heating and dripping,
Hot wax is beginning to flow.

Actress and 'scream queen' Fay Wray is in the pink in 2-strip Technicolor, in the classic pre-code chiller Mystery of the Wax Museum (Michael Curtiz; 1933).