1932’s SINISTER HANDS is an “old, dark house” murder mystery influenced by the horror cycle of the early talkie era, complete with a sinister swami conducting spooky séances. Former silent film matinee idol Jack Mulhall stars as the detective, with Mischa Auer the swami, Western ingenue Gertrude Messenger the damsel in distress, and the ubiquitous Bess Flowers! Sit back, grab some popcorn, and enjoy watching SINISTER HANDS:
October is usually reserved for all things Halloween, but today just happens to be Friday the 13th! Originally considered a day to avoid bad luck, the superstition has been superceded by Jason Vorhees and the FRIDAY THE 13TH series of slasher films. ‘Triskaidiskaphobia’ runs rampant in the 1946 cartoon THE STUPIDSTITIOUS CAT, a Paramount entry starring Buzzy the Crow, voiced by Jackson Beck as an Eddie ‘Rochester’ Anderson parody and directed by Seymour Kneitel. Toss some salt over your shoulder and enjoy THE STUPIDSTITIOUS CAT!:
What do you think of that, Jason?
Not all religious-based films are Hollywood epics. In 1951, an outfit named Cathedral Films, determined to create inspirational movies for the masses, made a 12-part series titled THE LIVING CHRIST SERIES, each about a half hour in length. Part 12 covers the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ, played by Robert Wilson. There are a couple actors you my recognize, but most you won’t. The narrator is Art Gilmore, voice of a thousand classic trailers. In honor of Good Friday, here’s a blast from filmmaking of the past, CRUCIFXION AND RESURRECTION: