Archive for March, 2012

In Son Of Paleface (1952), Junior Potter (Bob Hope) downs a fiendish concoction called a Horse’s Neck at the Dirty Shame Saloon — as Jane Russell and Roy Rogers look on.

Not sure what Roy had. Maybe it was the mocktail named in his honor.

Roy Rogers

Ingredients: Ice, 8 ounces cola, 1/2 ounce grenadine, 2 maraschino cherries

Instructions: Fill a 12-ounce highball glass with ice and add the cola and grenadine. Stir gently with a cocktail spoon or straw to combine. Garnish with the maraschino cherries and serve.

It’s not much more than a fancy cherry Coke. But it sure is good.

While we’re on the subject of Son Of Paleface, here’s another photo. And as Ivan over at Thrilling Days Of Yesteryear knows, that H don’t stand for Harvard.

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Jack Arnold didn’t make many Westerns, but when he did, the results were terrific (Red Sundown, No Name On The Bullet). The Man From Bitter Ridge (1955) was his first. It’s got one of those great mid-50s Universal-International casts: Lex Barker, Mara Corday, Stephen McNally, John Dehner, Ray Teal and Warren Stevens.

It’s coming to DVD from Koch in Germany — a company that thankfully avoids those forced English subtitles we’re always complaining about. Who knows when Universal will get around to releasing this in the States, making this well worth tracking down through whatever international source your prefer. Oh, and it’s “spectacular in Eastman Color.”

Also coming is Untamed Frontier (1952), a Hugo Fregonese picture starring Joseph Cotton. (Fregonese was married to Faith Domergue when he made this.)

Thanks to John Knight for the news.

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John Wayne’s riding tall on Blu-ray. June 5th will see Hondo (1953) make its high-definition debut. The list of features is a carryover from the standard DVD. No mention (at least in the stuff I’ve seen) of 3-D.

Can we can assume that The High And The Mighty (1954) is also in the works? And is Seven Men From Now (1956) too much to ask?

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Here comes another Walmat exclusive Blu-ray — Raoul Walsh’s The Big Trail (1930), the picture that gave some guy named John Wayne his first part in a big picture. It was an early experiment in 70mm widescreen cinematography. The process was called Grandeur — and it is breathtaking at times.

All of which make it a perfect Blu-ray release.

Hitting your local Walmart that same day (May 8th) is another Wayne Blu-ray, John Houston’s The Barbarian And The Geisha (1957) — a picture I can’t make myself like, no matter how hard I try.


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