Friday, December 2, 2016

You're Going the Kong Way

The bog you flee through seems familiar
Dark, foggy, all gloom, getting hillier
You're off track by a mile,
Wind up smack on Skull Isle
As some dogs and a loon try to kill yer.

 David Cairns

Fay Wray and Joel McCrea flee in The Most Dangerous Game (Irving Pichel, Ernest B. Schoedsack, 1932). The familiarity for Miss Wray is that the film was shot on the jungle sets of Skull Island and King Kong.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Cull Island

You're shipwrecked! A storm blew your mast away
What a gyp! You're now formally castaway
On a fateful, star-crossed isle
Where natives are hostile
Like this pipsqueak, abnormal, who'll blast away.

David Cairns

Fay Wray, Joel McCrea and Leslie Banks play The Most Dangerous Game (Irving Pichel, Ernest B. Schoedsack, 1932).

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Unwelcome Matt

In this gruesome and moody film shocker
These two must elude a loon stalker
At their plight they're surprised
Though they might have surmised
They were screwed when they viewed his big knocker.

Top: Oscar 'Dutch' Hendrian, Leslie Banks, Noble Johnson, Fay Wray and Joel McCrea in The Most Dangerous Game (Irving Pichel, Ernest B. Schoedsack; 1932). Noble Johnson plays Ivan, henchman to Count Zaroff. From the IMDb: African-American movie actor and producer Noble Johnson was born on April 18, 1881, in Marshall, Missouri. In 1916 he founded his own studio to produce what would be called "race films", movies made for the African-American audience, which were ignored by the "mainstream" film industry. The Lincoln Motion Picture Co., which was in existence until 1921, was an all-black company, the first to produce movies portraying African-Americans as real people instead of as racist caricatures.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

A Total Count

A marvel at raising an eyebrow,
The scarred one's amazed you don't die now
Though you're chased and pursued
He shows taste, never crude
Chez Zaroff it pays to be highbrow.

David Cairns

Count Zaroff (Leslie Banks) hunts The Most Dangerous Game (Irving Pichel, Ernest B. Schoedsack, 1932).

Monday, November 28, 2016


He keeps on caressing his scar
The creep's an obsessive-bizarre
He seeks human prey
(He's freakish that way),
And steeps heads of guests in a jar.

Leslie Banks and Fay Wray in The Most Dangerous Game (Irving Pichel, Ernest B. Schoedsack, 1932). The head is being marinated for mounting as a hunting trophy. During WW1, Banks sustained an actual facial scar, here covered by his beard.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Little Bela to Go See

At terror they're swell and endearing
Their pairing fans welcome with cheering
Though on posters he's pasted,
Here Lugosi is wasted
She's just scared because Bela keeps leering.

Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi get top billing in Black Friday (Arthur Lubin; 1940). However, when Karloff decided to switch leads, Lugosi lost a starring role, and was given a small, thankless part as a gangster. Title by our go-to guy, Donald B. Benson.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Gobble 'Til You Wobble

A meal that is fit for a witch
Like veal, but a little more rich
The main course, McGuffin,
Has brains for the stuffin'
She'll squeal for a bit of baked Hitch.

The Man You Chew Too Much? William Castle, Jean Arless and friend celebrate Thanksgiving.

Who Wants Stuffing?

With a bow he stalks ol' Joel McCrea
For his oh-so-sick goal's human prey
Then this man-hunting Count
Is planning to mount
Both his trophy and doe-eyed Fay Wray.

Donald B. Benson

As Count Zaroff, Leslie Banks hunts Fay Wray and Joel McCrea in The Most Dangerous Game (Irving Pichel, Ernest B. Schoedsack; 1932). Happy Thanksgiving from the movie-mad gang at LimerWrecks!

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

The Moist Dangerous Game

 Zaroff's gunning, with dogs big and feral
You keep running through bogs at your peril
Seems you'll never get dry
But if ever you die
You'll look stunning in soggy apparel.

In The Most Dangerous Game (Irving Pichel, Ernest B. Schoedsack, 1932), Fay Wray and Joel McCrea are chased through the lush -- and damp -- jungle sets of King Kong.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Most Dangerous Dame

It's no fun when, as man, you're the prey
You can run but you can't get away
It's not just about you
Mister lust is here, too
And the hunter has plans for Fay Wray.

Fay Wray and Joel McCrea run for their lives in The Most Dangerous Game (Irving Pichel, Ernest B. Schoedsack; 1932).

Monday, November 21, 2016

Huntin', Shootin' and Russian'

He bags the most dangerous game
The gag's quite deranged, more's the shame
When threatened by Zaroff
You better get far off
Those who lag make his strange wall of fame.

David Cairns and Surly Hack

Leslie Banks plays the hunting obsessed Count Zaroff in The Most Dangerous Game (Irving Pichel, Ernest B. Schoedsack, 1932).

Friday, November 18, 2016

Meet My Little Friend

Though Miggles may call it a prick,
It's really an optical trick.
Not what you'd expect
It stands up erect
And figures in comedy schtick.

Donald B. Benson

Chandu the Magician (William Cameron Menzies, Marcel Varnel; 1932): Chandu hypnotizes alcoholic Miggles (Herbert Mundin), so that every time he drinks, he sees this mini-version of himself who will take him to task for it. Donald Benson says of the mini-Miggles, "It's pre-code if you view it as a metaphor."

Thursday, November 17, 2016

The Snark Crystal

In the crystal Frank Chandler is peering 
At the villain, who's nasty and sneering
But this hero and yogi
Is a zero, no Bogie
So it's him, not the bad guy we're jeering.

Dull Edmund Lowe's heroic Chandler/Chandu pales before the colorful villainy of Bela Lugosi's Roxor. Chandu the Magician (William Cameron Menzies, Marcel Varnel; 1932). That's Nigel De Brulier as Chandu's yogi/teacher.