Sunday, November 17, 2019

GOODBYE, STEVE MARLO...


Trekkies know you best from one of the classic series' best, as Zabo from "A Piece of the Action", but you covered the bases on a number of exciting platforms, adapting all styles with stunning, rough-edged grace.


For further television endeavors, you visited "Future Cop"; "Dragnet"; "The F.B.I."; "Columbo"; "Ironside"; "Mannix"; "Quincy"; "Ben Casey"; "The Rifleman"; "Branded"; "Bonanza"; "Gunsmoke"; "Hondo"; "Death Valley Days"; "The Rebel"; "Johnny Ringo"; "Wanted: Dead or Alive"; "The Lucy Show"; "Swiss Family Robinson"; "The Streets of San Francisco"; "Highway Patrol"; "Emergency!"; "Combat!"; "Mission: Impossible"; "Land of the Giants"; and "Kolchak: the Night Stalker". 


For larger stretches, you fueled the tension in "Terror in the Wax Museum" (as the Quasimodo inspired Karkoff/Karkov); "The Buccaneer"; "The Swarm"; "The Hanged Man"; "Hondo and the Apaches"; "Stakeout on Dope Street"; "Mayday at 40,000 Feet!"; "Sky Heist"; "The Towering Inferno"; "When Time Ran Out"; "The Mask of Alexander Cross"; "Adventures of the Queen"; "Voyage of the Yes"; "They Only Come Out at Night"; "The Hostage Heart"; "The Young Captives"; "Hanging by a Thread"; and "The Slender Thread".


You choose a behind-the-scenes life in later years, but your contributions continued to sound loud and clear. No one who's seen you will likely forget you. When it's come to projecting just the right scowl, you've always been--and always will be--perfection personified. 

Saturday, November 16, 2019

Collection Recommendation: Mr. Lobo's Cinema Insomnia (Set 3) on Alpha DVD


Alpha Video (oldies.com) has released another tip-top set of "Mr. Lobo's Cinema Insomnia" DVD releases.


Roger Corman/Jack Hill's "The Wasp Woman" is hands down the greatest "misunderstood" feminist flick of all time, with tragic starlet Susan Cabot playing a former model/cosmetic exec whose procurement of a Fountain of Youth formula exudes stinging side effects. The monstrous results at least empower her to challenge her male detractors, one of whom is portrayed by fantastic-film veteran, Anthony "Fred" Eisley.  Mr. Lobo's buzzing bridges give this drive-in classic a nestful of linking levity. 


In addition to "Wasp Woman", Mr. Lobo hosts a chunk of re-edited Soviet footage (from "Planeta Bur") for "Voyage to the Prehistoric Planet", which includes substantial visits by Basil Rathbone and Faith Domergue, thanks to Curtis Harrington's inserts.


Not only is "Voyage" a quasi-Soviet counterpart to "Forbidden Planet", it spews a steady stream of off-the-cuff psychedelia. Indeed, one needn't pop any strange pills to get into the far-out, Venusian vibe.  Mr. Lobo's riotous reflections and related delights (abetted by cohost Robot 74) rocket this UHF staple to comical, cosmic heights.


Add these must-have "Mr. Lobo's Cinema Insomnia" submissions to your home library today:
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Thursday, November 14, 2019

GODSPEED, LUCIANO MARIN...


You may not have always occupied the leads, Mr. Marin, but your dashing presence was always felt in a barrage of action/adventure films. 


Among your virile girth, there is "Goliath and the Barbarians"; "Giants of Thessaly"; "Fury of the Pagans"; "Hercules and the Captive Women"; "Samson and the Mighty Challenge"; "Duel of the Champions"; "Suleiman the Conqueror"; "Colossus of the Stone Age"; "War Gods of Babylon"; "Cavalier in Devil's Castle"; "Fire Over Rome"; Son of Red Cosair"; and many more.


You rubbed elbows with peplum giants, which in turn made you a giant of equal stature.

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May your spirited sprees continue to bring ample zest and inspiration wherever the gods and goddesses may roam. 

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

SO LONG, MEG MYLES...


You were "Satan in High Heels", a sultry siren designed to raise temperatures, as well as libidos. 


You did much the same in "The Phenix City Story", "Calypso Heat Wave"; "Delinquent" and "Coogan's Bluff", for which so many of us remain damn grateful.


However, it was in the soap-opera arena that you reigned supreme with ongoing roles on  "The Edge of Night"; "The Doctors"; "Where the Heart Is"; "All My Children" and "Search for Tomorrow". 


You also proved yourself one helluva singer, in addition to acting as a recurring vision on a splurge of men's magazines.


Goddesses of your stature never die; they just continue to enchant. Thanks for the memories, Ms. Myles, and for those yet to ferment.

RIP VIRGINIA LEITH...


You beguiled and enchanted as Jan Compton in the super-splatter classic, "The Brain That Wouldn't Die", but you were also a familiar face in other memorable submissions, including "One Step Beyond" ("The Bride Possessed": the very first episode, no less); "Great Ghost Tales"; "The Millionaire"; "Starsky and Hutch"; "Baretta"; "Black Widow"; "On the Threshold of Space"; "White Feather"; "Fear and Desire"; "Toward the Unknown"; "Violent Saturday"; and the ultra thrilling "A Kiss Before Dying '56".


In addition to your exemplary acting, you were a beauty of the highest caliber, glamorous on all counts, even when the role called for chills.  


You meant more to your fans that you might realize, Ms. Leith: a legend, an icon and an eternal beacon who'll long delight our brightest and darkest dreams. 

Monday, November 11, 2019

Collectible Time: Walking Dead 10" Daryl Dixon #2


My wife, Donna surprised me with an early Christmas present: an item that I had a tough time finding and figured I'd have to live without. 


It's another in the McFarlane 10" "Walking Dead" series and the second Daryl Dixon representation in the prestigious line. 


The resemblance to Norman Reedus is as exceptional and comparable to the previous, "poncho" release. When the figure is viewed from the back, one can appreciate Dixon's angel-wings, vest design.  

Dixon also comes equipped with his trusty bow, a knife and a handy rocket launcher. 


I don't know how I got along without this dandy, zombie-slayer piece for as long as I did. Thank you, Donna for remedying a big gap in my "Walking Dead" collection. 

Saturday, November 9, 2019

FAREWELL, MARIA PEREGO...


You injected laughs and sweetness into "The Ed Sullivan Show" with your little creation with a big heart, Topo Gigio.


Topo's charming exchanges with "Eddie" were the highlight of his "really big show", to the point that your wee, Italian mouse became a pop-cultural sensation. 


My parents bought me a Topo toy a result, which I played with and adored to no end. Ah, what winsome memories!


For making my childhood ever-so-brighter, Ms. Perego, I give you great thanks. Beyond a shadow of a doubt, you and Topo will live on in my heart, as well in the collective consciousness of a baby-booming generation of grateful fans.