Spoilers of the North (1947, Richard Sale)
I found SPOILERS OF THE NORTH on archive.org; I discovered their PD movies in the mid-aughts. I’ve never kept good bookmarks; I went through the movie section of archive many times. Back when they it was full-size DVD images. SPOILERS I wanted to see because it was Evelyn Ankers, after she was out of her Universal contract, doing 40s poverty row stuff. For an obscure, poverty row movie set in Alaska without any notable stars, the SPOILERS post actually doesn’t do too bad at all.
Bugsy (1991, Barry Levinson), the extended cut
I first saw BUGSY in college. A friend and I would rent (on VHS) various things we hadn’t seen. So BUGSY. I liked it so much from that first viewing, I think I bought the theatrical release on DVD but never got around to watching it. Instead, I watched the extended cut back when Sony was releasing everything in an extended edition (usually without director input). The BUGSY post gets a steady, in unimpressive, amount of readers year-to-year. Very few people seem to remember the film these days.
Taxi 3 (2003, Gérard Krawczyk)
It’s not going to be easy to talk about TAXI 3, just because I barely remember it. It was amusing? I think? It did not have Marion Cotillard–I remember her not being in it, but have no idea how they explained her absence in the film. I think Nicheflix had all the TAXI movies so I was gradually working my way through them–I might have started because of TAXI 4. I don’t think the Taxi franchise has ever gotten R1 release. I suppose I could Google. Nah. The readership is steady, very steady.
Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man (1943, Roy William Neill)
So FRANKENSTEIN MEETS THE WOLF MAN was one of my favorites as a kid. Until I was in middle school, I think. I never had it on purchased VHS–we had recorded it off some airing; it might have even been from a Svengoolie (off FOX 32). This viewing was from the DVD, years after I had last seen it. I fell off the Universal monster movies in my late teens with AMC. And, even though I always think of the Universal monsters falling off in popularity, the readership is sturdy. Never outstanding.
Free and Easy (1931, Roy Mack)
FREE AND EASY is the short with the ventriloquist. I cheated and looked–had to. Title’s way too general. Warner Archive released a bunch of Vitaphone shorts–I think in multiple sets–and I assumed they’d be better than they turned out. FREE AND EASY is easily the least ambitious of the Vitaphone shorts I saw, which I wanted to fill out the site’s year deficiencies. The FREE AND EASY post barely gets any readership. I’m not sure how if people are even familiar with Charlie McCarthy’s name anymore.
Frankenstein (1931, James Whale), the digest version
I got a bunch of the Castle Films digest versions of Universal monster movies but quickly lost interest. The concept of editing a feature to short intrigues me, sort of a “licensed fan edit.” But the FRANKENSTEIN was ineptly done. It’s too bad Universal didn’t license the Castle digests for the DVDs. It’s more unfortunate Castle didn’t credit their editors. The FRANKENSTEIN digest post—not surprisingly—barely gets any readers. I guess any Castle Films digest fans already know about it.