The Beast with Five Fingers (1946)

I watched this 1946 mystery/horror, Warner Bros., film “The Beast With Five Fingers” on Svengoolie. It is about pianist, Francis Ingram, played by Victor Francen (career in French cinema and Hollywood, Madame Curie, A Farewell to Arms) who is in a wheelchair and only has the use of one hand. He plays the piano, with this hand, extremely well , with music written by Bruce Conrad played by Robert Alda (Alan Alda’s dad, The Devil’s Hand, M*A*S*H, The Girl Who Knew Too Much)

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Night of the Lepus (1972)

Definition of Lepus
1a genus (the type of the family Leporidae) comprising the typical hares

I watched this 1972 waskily wabbit horror film, based on the science fiction novel “The Year of the Angry Rabbit” (1964) by Russell Braddon, on Svengoolie. The film was produced by A.C.Lyles and directed by William F. Claxton (Bonanza, Little House on the Prairie) who both had been working only on Westerns.

The movie was originally called Rabbits but Metro Goldwyn-Mayer changed the title and avoided keeping the word rabbit from any of the promotional material although some rabbit feet promotional items did come out pre-release. They also used ketchup for blood which is very noticeable. When the rabbits are roaring it is really just them yawning – awe cute.

The movie stars Stuart Whitman (Barbed Wire, Cimarron Strip, The F.B.I., Under Siege, The A-Team, Murder She Wrote) , Janet Leigh (Psycho-killed in the shower, she married Tony Curtis and her daughter is Jamie Lee Curtis),

DeForest Kelley (Bones on Star Trek and lots of westerns) and Rory Calhoun (he also was in lots of westerns including The Texan -78 episodes). The movie is not that great so I’ll give it 1.8 out of 5. Check out Wikipedia, IMDB and Rotten Tomatoes for more information on this movie.

The Blob (1958)

I watched the 1958 horror movie The Blob on Svengoolie. A meteor crashes to earth and this old man, Olin Howland (appeared in about 200 movies from 1918-1958), finds it and the blob, which was inside, attaches to his hand. Steven McQueen (would be known as Steve from here on) and Aneta Corsaut (Helen Krump from the Andy Griffith Show) try to help him and horror ensues. The theme song is written by Burt Bacharach and Mack David and performed by The Five Blobs. Steve McQueen was offered $2500 dollars or 10% of the movie profits. He took the $2500 and ran but to his surprise the movie grossed over 4 million dollars. Soon he got a big break starring in the TV western “Dead or Alive“. I like this movie and will give it 3.8 out of 5 stars. To read more check out Wikipedia, IMDb and Rotten Tomatoes.

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