Category Archives: Film

Sinister Cinema: Karloff

Autograph Hound Super-Sunday — what signature could Brian Leno possibly offer on the altar of Movie Titans Past for the John Hancock Ritual? Especially after his tour de force rollout yesterday. I think he’s got it covered. Here’s Brian: Nobody will … Continue reading

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Sinister Cinema: Dracula’s Daughter

And Brian Leno rings the knell on today’s Autograph Hound Saturday: We can’t have Halloween without some mention of Dracula and that brings us to an often overlooked horror movie. Gloria Holden, best known for Dracula’s Daughter (1936), is a … Continue reading

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Sinister Cinema: Beverly Garland, The Alligator People

In preparation for Halloween, Brian Leno needs to get in the mood by showcasing some signatures from his vault:  The signed card of Beverly Garland being mishandled in The Alligator People (1959) is a real keeper for me. I remember watching … Continue reading

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Sinister Cinema: Barbara Payton, Bride of the Gorilla

You can’t fool Brian Leno. He knows it’s October, and that means Halloween horror — so he dug up some cinematic Jane Hancocks to fill in his Autograph Hound Saturday crypt-keeper duties. Enjoy — if you dare! Halloween is one … Continue reading

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Sinister Cinema: Perley Poore Sheehan

For his next Autograph Hound Saturday offering, Kevin Cook turns to the pulpster and film-writer Perley Poore Sheehan — let’s proceed, with Kevin at the wheel: “Perley Poore Sheehan is an unacknowledged master of fantastic fiction. “After serving as Munsey’s … Continue reading

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Sinister Cinema: Warren “Spider” Hull

For Autograph Hound Super-Sunday Brian Leno reports: “As an added bonus I’ve included a scan of the signature of Warren Hull, who played the Spider in the two serials, The Spider’s Web (1938) and The Spider Returns (1941). “Hull was … Continue reading

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Rediscovered: A Woolrich Slugfest

Weekend after autograph weekend, I like to think of my two main Autograph Hounds — Brian Leno and Kevin Cook — as a pair of boxers, circling each other in the ring. Bursting out with sudden bruising jabs. A Seabury Quinn … Continue reading

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Sinister Cinema: The Boss Digs Cockfighter

Michael Chong keeps an eye peeled for any online mention of Willeford, and reports in that “The Boss has good taste!” Yes, Cockfighter makes the short list of Springsteen’s fave movies — or, maybe the dude is just another one of us … Continue reading

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Rediscovered: Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Last Autograph?

For yesterday’s Autograph Hound Saturday, Kevin Cook unleashed a colorful cluster of Munsey cheques all endorsed by George Allan England. I thought they might completely cover England’s most famous work, but he tells me, “I actually do not have all the checks for … Continue reading

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Sinister Cinema: Burnt Orange to “Close Venice”

Kent Harrington, who watches the media scene more closely than I do (which means he follows Variety) just popped me a link to an article which reports that the film of Charles Willeford’s novel The Burnt Orange Hersey apparently got … Continue reading

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