Monthly Archives: July 2011

The Absent-Minded Professor (1961)

Charming Disney fantasy about Professor Ned Brainard (Fred MacMurry) and his revolutionary invention, Flubber (short for flying rubber).  For a film that’s 50 years old, it holds up beautifully, with the majority of the special effects still special.  I remember … Continue reading

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The Abominable Snowman of the Himalayas (1957)

For those who only think of Hammer films as period pieces featuring low-cut blouses, this should come as an atypical surprise.  Peter Cushing and Forrest Tucker star as a scientist and a Frank Buck-like adventurer in search of the Yeti … Continue reading

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The Abominable Dr. Phibes (1971)

I first saw The Abominable Dr. Phibes when I was 9 years old, in the theater in its original run.  As soon as it was over, I had a new favorite movie.  I had had a favorite movie before—Snow White … Continue reading

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Abby (1974)

The first of the Exorcist rip-offs to hit American theaters, Abby was released by American International Pictures (AIP) late in 1974 and, according to anecdotal evidence, did boffo box-office business right out of the gate.  Unfortunately, Warner Brothers, the company … Continue reading

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Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy (1955)

In this, their penultimate film (and last for Universal), Bud and Lou play…well, it’s a little tricky, as the end credits of the film list Bud as playing “Peter Patterson” and Lou as playing “Freddie Franklin,” but I never heard … Continue reading

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Abbott and Costello Meet the Killer, Boris Karloff (1949)

Abbott and Costello vs. Truth in Advertising, Part III: The Final Chapter—once again, the boys play fast and loose with the truth, as Boris Karloff is NOT the killer, either in the film or in society in general, as far … Continue reading

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Abbott and Costello Meet the Invisible Man (1951)

After the box-office bonanza that Universal reaped by pitting Bud and Lou against Frankenstein’s Monster, Dracula, and the Wolf Man in Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein, it was only natural that the comedy team be allowed to take a whack … Continue reading

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