Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Poni Express



She's the aid to this flaky old gent
And to Hades he'll make his descent
He is way out of line
She's astray at her spine
Though the lady's not breaking, she's bent.



Jane "Poni" Adams (real name Betty Jane Bierce) plays the hunchback Nina in House Of Dracula (1945); Onslow Steven is Dr. Franz Edelmann, who becomes infected by the blood of Dracula.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Ramsay's the Second



She's the dreamboat ol' Kharis would marry
But it seems as a partner he's scary
Before late Nefertiti,
This hot date was his sweetie
Now she screams! It's her carcass he'll carry.



Lovely Ramsay Ames plays Amina Mansori, the reincarnated Princess Ananka, and Lon Chaney Jr. is Kharis, the undying Mummy, in Universal's The Mummy's Ghost (1944). Title by second fiddler David Cairns.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Ill Window



When Kong through the curtains comes peeping
The wrong blonde in a nightshirt starts weeping
Though she's plucked from her room
And then chucked to her doom
Soon he's gone with a skirt who's worth keeping.

David Cairns

Kong grabs the wrong blond before he finds Fay Wray: a production drawing for King Kong (1933).  More on King Kong after we finish our feature on Scream Queens.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Peeping Kong



Their pairing is certainly queer
She's the fair little squirt he holds dear
She'll escape to her room
But the ape soon will loom
So beware! Through the curtains he'll peer.



Kong spies Jack Driscoll and Ann Darrow in a hotel room: Bruce Cabot and scream queen Fay Wray can't escape the hairy paw of King Kong (1933).

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Vast Embrace



Burly men he just bashes or bites
But this gender his passion ignites 
With lace underthings showing
This Eighth Wonder gets going
'Til he ends, his hopes dashed from great heights.

'Scream queen' Fay Wray is in the clutches of King Kong (1933).

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

King Leer



At her drawers he will gape, poke and prod
He explores the svelte shape of her bod
Though this Kong's jungle Rex,
He still longs for some sex
'Cause he's more of an ape than a god.



Fay Wray is quite a handful for King Kong (1933).

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Heavy Petting Zoo



On a mountain the shape of a skull
The chance of escape's nearly null
The King tries to get tactile
And in flies pterodactyl...
This romance with an ape's never dull.

David Cairns

Scream Queen Fay Wray has plenty to shout about in King Kong (1933).

Monday, August 25, 2014

Shoo! The Winged Serpent



In his paw, like a prize, Kong will scoop her
She's in awe at his size, but a trouper
Pterodactyls may swoop
But, when smacked, they all droop
Jungle law sends those guys down the pooper.

A model of Fay Wray wriggles in the grip of King Kong (1933). Title by serpentine David Cairns.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Lunge Lizard



Can't gorilla find peace with his girlie?
And just chill, free from beasts big and burly?
Gettin' busy, Kong's foiled
When by lizard he's coiled,
Reptilian, squeezing and curly.

David Cairns and Surly Hack



When danger threatens, delicate love interest Fay Wray is set aside by King Kong (1933).

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Fay Wray on the Tree-Top



She is perched on a twig looking vexed
Cause the birch gets all jiggled and flexed
She can pine all she likes
While the dinosaur strikes
In the lurch while big ape gets T-rexed

David Cairns



Scream queen Fay Wray has a ringside seat at the monster battles in King Kong (1933).

Friday, August 22, 2014

Una Ticks



Poor Una was made for a gag
She'd swoon when afraid, then she'd sag
And she'd carp and she'd screech
Features sharp, and no peach
All too soon, Una played the old bag.



Una O'Connor (1880 -1959) was comic relief in James Whale's The Invisible Man (1933) and Bride of Frankenstein (1935). In the latter she plays Minnie, the Baron's housekeeper. The monster, of course, is Karloff.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Dire Walk with Me



This unfortunate soul, in her keeping,
Out the door takes a stroll while still sleeping 
Though she's nursed, won't recover 
She's been cursed, like her lover
On this torrid atoll all is weeping.



The lovely Frances Dee starred in at least one moody masterpiece, I Walked With a Zombie (Jacques Tourneur; 1943). In it she plays nurse Betsy Connell, in charge of zombie Jessica Holland (Christine Gordon). Dee was married to actor Joel McCrea.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Feline, Fo, Fum



In despair, she complains of a curse
Of a terror profane and perverse
And their honeymoon bed
She will shun, full of dread
To their marriage Irena's averse.

Will Oliver and Irena find happiness? Will the poor guy he ever get to second base? Kent Smith and Simone Simon in Cat People (Jacques Tourneur; 1942).