Monday, November 30, 2009
B. Wolverton's artwork is aces
It features the freakiest faces
contorting and bending
like pre-plastic surgery cases
All art by the late, great, Basil Wolverton.
Be sure to click on the image above to enlarge.
It's Wolverton Week at Limerwrecks.
Sunday, November 29, 2009
Saturday, November 28, 2009
Friday, November 27, 2009
Thursday, November 26, 2009
For vegans, whose tastes are quite quirky
Thanksgiving means basting tofurkey
Denying a hamThe meal tastes like paste--it's a turkey
they dye pink a yam
they dye pink a yam
Happy thanksgiving! Image: Starlet Showcase.
We now resume Noir City, already in progress.
Your killers are hot on your trail
You'd fight but you know that you'd fail
With ice picks and gats
they're swarming like rats
Fate's sharpened your coffin's last nail
Image: Killer's Kiss (Stanley Kubrick, 1955), from The Bleat.
This is Noir City, part 4 of 5.
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
You walk through the streets of the city
It's dark and it's sleazy and gritty
The sidewalks are cracked
the decks are all stacked
with "taps" the official town ditty
This is Noir City, part 2 of 5. Pic: A frame from Black Friday
(Arthur Lubin, 1940), from Six Martinis and the Seventh Art.
Monday, November 23, 2009
Sunday, November 22, 2009
Seems his kind of woman was she
and her kind of he-man was he
Their repartee snappy
the two were quite happy
till ham Vincent Price made it three
As gloriously hammy actor Mark Cardigan, Vincent
Price steals the show from Robert Mitchum, Jane Russell
and Raymond Burr in His Kind of Woman (John Farrow
[and Richard Fleischer, uncredited], 1952).
Saturday, November 21, 2009
Friday, November 20, 2009
A movie that's set in reverse
is marketing move that's perverse
"The end" at the start?!?
Were they making "Art"?
Did actors, ass backwards, rehearse?
We're kidding, of course. Whether the movie is backward or not is a matter of opinion. Giant radioactive grasshoppers attack Chicago in Beginning of the End (Bert L. Gordon, 1957), as we back out of Sci-Fi Drive-In Week.
Thursday, November 19, 2009
At Earth the Venusians take aim
and so to Chicago they came
The city, alerted
was mostly deserted
except for a good looking dame
She wanders the now vacant streets
till traveling salesman she meets
Then drunks and a killer--
Is this a noir thriller?
A robot! Hang on to your seats
Richard Denning and Kathleen Crowley star
in Target Earth (Sherman A. Rose, 1954).
Though set in Chicago, Target was shot in LA.
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
When meteors rained from the skies
all vision was stricken from eyes
was fate less-than-kind:
carnivorous plants' food supplies
Janette Scott tries to avoid being planted in Day of the Triffids (Steve Sekely, Freddie Francis, 1962)
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
The planet is angry and red!
Perhaps it was something I said?
Are aliens commies
who hate pie and mommies?
Or mad 'cause they haven't been fed?
Gerald Mohr and Nora Hayden star in Angry Red Planet
(Ib Melchior, 1960), which was written by a guy named Sid Pink.
Mucho gracias to Monster Movie Music and BADMOVIES.ORG
Gerald Mohr's film career might not have have been something
to shout about, but his sonorous baritone spoke volumes on radio.
It was there that Mohr worked in Orson Welles' Mercury Theatre
and played detective Phillip Marlowe. For more Mohr, click here
Monday, November 16, 2009
Watch bomb tests and you'll pay the piper
get shot at by crack army sniper
The growing will strain
your normal-sized brain
You'll crap in your giant-size diaper
The Amazing Collossal Man (Bert L. Gordon, 1957)
Welcome to Sci-Fi Drive-in Week at Limerwrecks.
Sunday, November 15, 2009
Today's generation is lost
seeks pleasure no matter the cost
For Mamie Van Doren
the hotrods are roarin'
Her heater does more than defrost
She couldn't be more than a child
but nothing about her is mild
She's tempting and tough
and likes her crowd rough
Miss Mamie Van Doren runs wild
Mamie joins a car theft ring in Running Wild
(Abner Biberman, 1955). We just ran out of
Mamie Van Doren Week at Limerwrecks.
By the way, Miss Van Doren is still going strong,
and even hosts an adults only homepage.
Saturday, November 14, 2009
Friday, November 13, 2009
The vice squad conducted a raid
and learned for what "models" were paid
The B-girls who posed
by cops were exposed
as working the world's oldest trade
Mamie Van Doren displays her talents in Vice Raid
(Edward L. Cahn, 1960) while dancing in a swimsuit.
Thursday, November 12, 2009
was not really stepping, but pourin'
She filled out a skirt
and spilled from her shirt
Her headlights so sharp they were goring
All photos from Untamed Youth (Howard W. Koch, 1957),
starring Mamie Van Doren, Lori Nelson and John Russell.
Photo source: Film Noir Photos, and Do You Speak English?
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
At teenagers movies were aimed
with promise of passions inflamed
With ads, titillating
the kids they were baiting
but never delivered as claimed
Untamed Youth (Howard W. Koch, 1957) and Girls Town (Charles Haas, 1959)
Juvenile delinquent exploitation films from the 1950s
were typically more mild than wild. But here's a scene
from Girls Town that proved too racy for censors:
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
In high school the students confide
and drag-racers go for a ride
There's beatniks and drugs
a nympho and thugs
and sweaters with nothing to hide
Russ Tamblyn, Jan Sterling, Mamie Van Doren, and Diane
Jergens in High Scool Confidential! (Jack Arnold, 1957).
Monday, November 9, 2009
If starring Miss Mamie Van Doren
a movie could never cause snorin'
Her shirts were so tight
she'd always excite
Unless you find pulchritude borin'
Welcome to Mamie Van Doren Week, big boy.
Sorry, mom! Photos: Doctor Macro
Their mouths like a long gaping gash
With voices that make your teeth gnash
They're cuddly and cute
and colored like fruit
with unibrowed heads set to bash
A giant who's floppy and yellow
all feathery fluffy and mellow
Too bad his I.Q.
is lacking a few
His bird brain contains lemon jello
He's green and he's grouchy and brash
and lives in a can with the trash
Below the can's rim
where it's smelly and dim
he's hiding a horrible rash
Sesame Street has turned forty.
Sunday, November 8, 2009
Saturday, November 7, 2009
Friday, November 6, 2009
MacMurray was not always nice
He dabbled in murder and vice
He'd lie and he'd cheat
both sides of the street
till the Code made ol' Fred pay the price
Fred MacMurray plays a cop gone wrong in Pushover
(Richard Quine, 1954), with Kim Novak (top), Phillip Carey
(middle), and Dorothy Malone (above). Photos: Noir of the
Week, If Charlie Parker was a Gunslinger, Film Noir Photos.