The Oscar (1966) – The Movies About Movies Blogathon

Today’s entry is my contribution to goatdogblog‘s Movies About Movies Blogathon. Thanks to Operator_99 of Allure for pointing me to the Blogathon, the first one I’ve participated in. Very exciting! I highly recommend visiting goatdogblog’s Blogathon entry and reading the terrific blogs that participated – just click on the picture to take you to the list. There are some wonderful movies being blogged about! *** Unfortunately, “The Oscar” (1966) is not one of those wonderful movies. It’s a tepid melodrama that fails to reach full-on camp, and thus becomes a thin soup of bad acting and false fables. There is a punchline at the end, however, that almost makes the whole thing worthwhile. As always, there are spoilers — there is no way I could blog about this without telling you the punchline. No way. The film opens at the Oscar ceremonies where actor Frankie Fane (Stephen Boyd) is walking the red carpet. He’s been nominated for the Best Actor award, and you can hardly hear him talk to the interviewer because of the screeching girls behind him. They sound like they are in pain. I’ll skip the obvious joke. The opening credits are footage from actual Oscar ceremonies, and since you can see what appears to be “37th” on the sign, it is probably the ceremony held in 1965 for films of 1964. The actual Santa Monica Civic Auditorium is used for indoor shots — the Oscars didn’t move to Dorothy Chandler Pavilion until 1969 — and Bob Hope … Continue reading

Follow Up to "London After Midnight" (1927) (lost)

Update May, 2012: Due to moving photos from one host to another, the photos on this blog entry will be removed, including the screen captures of the Horror Drunx thread that they deleted. If time permits, I will eventually add these back in. Meanwhile, try for an old version of this post to see all the photos and screen grabs. Thank you. — This is an update to my recent post regarding the false claim that “London After Midnight” (1927) had been found. Since my post, some other information has come to my attention. Sid Terror claims to be the great-grandson of silent screen legend Max Schreck. Max Schreck had no children. It’s not just unlikely that Mr. Terror is the great-grandson of Max Schreck, it is biologically impossible. No, Max Schreck didn’t adopt any children, either. Mr. Terror now claims that some “legitimate” people have come forward to help him with his quest. Well, several days ago I contacted one of these legitimate people, Mr. Michael F. Blake, make-up artist and Lon Chaney scholar. He wrote the definitive book on Lon Chaney, The Man Behind the Thousand Faces and appeared on the 2000 Lon Chaney bio “Lon Chaney: A Thousand Faces”. He has confirmed that he and one other person in the industry offered to help Mr. Terror get in touch with Warner Bros regarding this claim, yet Mr. Terror refused to reply. When Mr. Blake’s offer was posted on the Horror Drunx message board, it was deleted … Continue reading