Sunday, January 21, 2018
He's a hooligan, bear-like, a slob
With unruly black hair round his gob
But to bop Bluto's bean
For ol' Popeye's routine
Then the fool's tossed away with one lob.
Bluto and Popeye square off in Bridge Ahoy! (1936). Title by Donald "B is for Bluto" Benson.
Friday, January 19, 2018
Why the focus on Frye? 'Cause he's hip!
As a jokester, the guy is a pip
He'll act nuts, play the fool
Here a klutz, there a tool
Holy smokes! There's a fly! Watch him flip!
Dwight Frye as Renfield and Edward Van Sloan as Van Helsing in Dracula (Tod Browning; 1931). Title by the unreasoning Donald B. Benson.
Thursday, January 18, 2018
A poor child met big game, it was chilling!
Is the wild cat to blame for this killing?
Or has Jack-off the Ripper
Dressed in black, with no zipper
And, thus styled, quite untamed, gone blood-spilling?
Dr. Galbraith (James Bell) and Kiki (Jean Brooks).in The Leopard Man (Jacques Tourneur; 1943). Apparently the same black leopard (named "Dynamite") used in Cat People, another Val Lewton production, was brought back for this film.
Wednesday, January 17, 2018
The suit of the ace that you picked
The future you face does predict
Can't take your new fate?
Don't awaken a hate --
A brute will give chase, and...you're licked.
Clo-Clo (Margo) visits Maria the Fortune Teller (Isabel Jewell) in The Leopard Man (Jacques Tourneur; 1943).
Tuesday, January 16, 2018
You sit in the boneyard and stew
Just crypts of cold stone and poor you
Your date never shows
Cruel fate, you see, blows
It's the pits all alone, and then...BOO!
Consuelo (Tula Parma) is locked inside a cemetery with The Leopard Man (Jacques Tourneur; 1943).
Monday, January 15, 2018
You're sent shopping in spite of the hour
Your heart stopping from fright as you cower
Get as far as the door
There's a snarl! Then there's gore!
Get a mop! What a sight! All that flour!
The Leopard Man (Jacques Tourneur; 1943); The mother of Teresa Delgado ( Margaret Landry) forces her to go out at night to buy corn flour for tortillas. Title by Donald Benson, in drag.
Sunday, January 14, 2018
This here mate, big of chin, unrefined,
A debate cannot win...with his mind
But prevails in all tussles
By upscaling his muscles
Which inflate when on spinach he's dined.
That mate, of course, is Popeye the Sailor (Dave Fleischer; 1933).
Saturday, January 13, 2018
With a lout in the White House we're trapped
By the out there Alt-Right he's held rapt
Words he spews, late night tweets,
Just fake news he repeats
All he spouts is pure shite someone crapped.
Title by David Cairns, who also suggested the titles TURD REICH, PRESIDENT EVIL, and OVAL ORIFICE. Painting by Joe Simko (after Tom Bunk) for the Garbage Pail Kids.
Friday, January 12, 2018
While the storm is the pits, cold and rainy,
True to form, hunchback Fritz plays it zany
When the creature restarts
It lacks speech and all smarts
It's abnormally witless, bad-brainy.
Dwight Frye, Colin Clive, and the monster of Frankenstein (James Whale; 1931).
Thursday, January 11, 2018
A leopard is loose in the streets
There's jeopardy: pussycat eats!
It stalks and it slaughters
Please lock up your daughters
This hepcat craves juicy red meats!
Margaret Landry as Teresa Delgado makes a fateful trip to the bodega in The Leopard Man (Jacques Tourneur; 1943).
Wednesday, January 10, 2018
Rat-tat-tat! Clo-Clo clicks castanets
Scares a cat, giving chicks the cold sweats
Something's stirred, on the prowl
Commits murder most foul
When she's scratched Clo-Clo quickly regrets.
Nightclub entertainer Clo-Clo (Margo) stirs up trouble in The Leopard Man (Jacques Tourneur; 1943). Title by no-it-all Donald Benson.
Tuesday, January 9, 2018
Skelton Knaggs plays a mute who's a mate
Looking haggard, ill-suited, third-rate
But though lacking a tongue
This man-jack, venting lung
Quite ungagged, will astutely narrate.
Skelton Knaggs is "Finn the Mute," who narrates the Val Lewton production, The Ghost Ship (Mark Robson; 1943).
Monday, January 8, 2018
Up on deck, when you think you're alone
What the heck! in the drink you are thrown
Seems your captain, despotic,
Went and snapped, turned psychotic
As expected, you sink like a stone.
Something is amiss, afoot, and possibly awash on The Ghost Ship (Mark Robson; 1943). Title by ship-shapely Donald Benson.