Thursday, July 25, 2013

The Mountain (1956) - (Spencer Tracy)

The Mountain (1956) - (Spencer Tracy) US one-sheet

This is a beautiful poster for a film by Edward Dmytryk about a criminal enterprise in which two brothers (played by Spencer Tracy and Robert Wagner) climb a mountain to reach the site of a plane crash so they can rob the dead passengers. Cast and crew: Edward Dmytryk, Henry Troyat, Ranald MacDougall, Spencer Tracy, Robert Wagner, Claire Trevor, William Demarest, Barbara Darrow, Richard Arlen, E.G. Marshall, Anna Kashfi, Richard Garrick, Harry Townes, Stacy Harris, Yves Brainville

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Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid (1973) - (James Coburn)

Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid (1973) - (James Coburn) US one-sheet

My all-time favorite western directed by Sam Peckinpah, with one of the greatest western movie themes by Bob Dylan. There are a lot of different versions of this film and not all of them have the riverside scene with Slim Pickins dying while Katy Jurado watches with "Knock Knock Knockin' on Heaven's Door" playing. I thought Dylan's role in this was weak, but not his song. Cast and crew: Sam Peckinpah, rudy Wurlitzer, James Coburn, Kris Kristofferson, Richard Jaeckel, Katy Jurado, Chill Wills, Barry Sullivan, Jason Robards, Bob Dylan, R. G. Armstrong, Luke Askew, John Beck, Richard Bright, Matt Clark, Rita Coolidge, Jack Dodson

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Pretty in Pink (1986) - (Molly Ringwald)

Pretty in Pink (1986) - (Molly Ringwald) US one-sheet

This is a US one-sheet for the 1986 classic Howard Deutch film. Molly Ringwald is at her best ever as the poor girl with guts and character, but this film has quite a few great performances. James Spader and Andrew McCarthy are superb as Molly's good and bad guy rival suitors. Harry Dean Stanton and Jon Cryer also give this film some essential personality. Cast and Crew: Howard Deutch, John Hughes, Molly Ringwald, Harry Dean Stanton, Jon Cryer, Annie Potts, James Spader, Andrew McCarthy, Jim Haynie, Alexa Haynie, Alexa Kenin, Kate Vernon, Andrew Dice Clay, Emily Longstreth, Margaret Colin, Jamie Anders, Gina Gershon, Bader Gowar

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Monday, July 22, 2013

St. Helens (1981) - (Art Carney)

St. Helens (1981) - (Art Carney) Egyptian film poster

This is an Egyptian poster for the 1981 Ernst Pintoff film St. Helens, which dramatizes the March 1980 eruption. I haven't seen the film, but I saw the eruption when it happened from downtown Portland Oregon, as did everyone else in most of Oregon. It stopped traffic and people stood on the sidewalks and stared at that giant column of ash reaching way, way up into the distant skies. Then for days afterwards they were collecting little ash samples from the pavement. It was a real show-stopper. It didn't really disrupt much of anything in Portland, but it did keep most people from concentrating on what they were supposed to be doing.

Cast and crew: Ernest Pintoff, Michael T. Murphy, Larry Sturholm, Art Carney, David Huffman, Cassie Yates,Albert Salmi, Ron O'Nearl, Tim Thomerson, Bill McKinney, Redmond Gleeson, Nehemiah Persoff, Brendan Burns, Henry Darrow, Dan Chambers, Van Hurst, Biff Manard, Joseph Benti, Clark Christiansen

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The Yin and Yang of Mr. Go (1970) - (James Mason) Egyptian one-sheet

The Yin and Yang of Mr. Go (1970) - (James Mason) Egyptian one-sheet poster

I get a lot of ideas what films to watch from these old Egyptian posters. This film (AKA The Third Eye) can still be had on DVD at very cheap prices because it seems to be considered virtually worthless by the people who have it for sale. There are some interesting things. It was the acting debut for Jeff Bridges and the first and only directing attempt by Burgess Meredith. The combination of extreme badness in plot, music and direction plus an outstanding cast (also including Broderick Crawford and James Mason) inspired over 20 people to write reviews of it on IMDB. The premise is that there is a living Buddha out there somewhere (the Buddha is also the film's narrator) who decides to enlighten the evil Mr. Go (played by James Mason) with a beam of light from his belly. This benevolent act is something the Buddha is able to do once every 50 years in the 5th month. Once this has been done, the evil Mr. Go is infused with the virtues of enlightenment and decides to make available to suffering humanity a miracle laser beam that neutralizes all nuclear weapons and makes nuclear war impossible! The poster art was by Ahmed Fouad, printing by Anwar printers.

Cast and crew: Burgess Meredith, James Mason, Jack MacGowan, Irene Tsu, Jeff Bridges, Peter Lind Hayes, Clarissa Kaye-Mason, Alvin Osteroff, Gigo Tevzadze, King Hu, Broderick Crawford, Jay Adler, June Sampson, Robert Cabot, Live Lindeland



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Saturday, July 20, 2013

There's Always Tomorrow (1956) - (Barbara Stanwyck)

There's Always Tomorrow (1956) - (Barbara Stanwyck) US one-sheet

This is a US one-sheet poster for the 1956 Douglas Sirk film There's Always Tomorrow starring Barbara Stanwyck and Fred McMurray. The film tells the story of a married man with children (Fred McMurray) caught in the daily grind of a manufacturing job, who falls in love with a former employee (Barbara Stanwyck) who seems to be in a less restricted situation but who is also attracted to him. Nothing is resolved by his fanciful escape attempt and all the dramatis personae are unfulfilled and frustrated.

Cast and crew: Douglas Sirk, Bernard C. Schoenfeld, Ursula Parrott, Barbara Stanwyck, Fred MacMurray, Joan Bennett, William reynolds, Pat Crowley, Gigi Perreau, Jane Darwell, Race Gentry, Myrna Hansen, Judy Nugent, Paul Smith, Helen Kleeb, Jane Howard, Frances Mercer, Sheila Bromley

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Magic Man (1976) - (Cuneyt Arkin) Egyptian film poater

Magic Man (1976) - (Cuneyt Arkin) Egyptian one-sheet

This is an Egyptian poster for the 1976 Natuk Baytan and Ernst Hofbauer Turkish film Magic Man [Karamurat] starring Cuneyt Arkin. The poster was printed by Anwar Printers with art by Ahmed Fouad. Uncle Hugo from the Czech Republic wrote a nice review of the film for IMDB: The main benefit of this adventure movie with plentiful kung-fu fights is the eponymous hero's way of kicking and beating as many villains as possible. Kara Murat uses an unusual martial art to accomplish his mission- to defeat an evil governor of certain district of Turkey,whose assassins kidnapped Kara Murat's brother and killed brother's wife. Although there is very little blood or gore present in all fight scenes, some techniques employed by Kara Murat bring a new perspective to the genre of kung-fu films. Our action hero seems to be capable of levitation as his whole body in horizontal position hits villains and puts them to sleep. Karat Murat also possesses extraordinary strength that allows him to throw enemies around and a specific sense of humor resulting in various comedic action scenes such as a villain's pants falling down and revealing the naked truth after the stroke of Kara Murat's sword, Kara Murat using vegetables as weapons or a bad guy having his set of false teeth removed during a confrontation.Another thing worth mentioning is a character entitled "Angel Face", an incredibly tall and ugly villain who eventually becomes Kara Murat's ally. All in all, despite some technical shortcomings and a cameraman's shadow clearly visible on one occasion, the creators succeeded in putting together an enjoyable action-adventure with a dash of comedy, kung-fu and Ali Baba's Forty Thieves.

Cast and crew: Natuk Baytan, Ernst Hofbauer, Cuneyt Arkin, Daniela Giordano, Pasquale Basile, Yavuz Selekman, Huseyin Alp, Kadir Savun, Turgut Ozatay, Atilla Ergun, Erdogan Tunas, Fuad Ozluer, Bora Ayanoglu, Arab Celal, Aktar Durukan, Suheyl Egriboz,Mumtaz Ener, Ihsan Gedik

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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Alienator (1989) - (Jan-Michael Vincent) Egyptian film poster

Alienator (1989) - (Jan-Michael Vincent) Egyptian one-sheet

This is an Egyptian poster for the 1989 Fred Olen Ray film Alienator starring Jan-Michael Vincent. It was printed by Hassan Mazhar Gasour's Arabic Cinema Printers company with art by Anise. Plot summary: Kol (Ross Hagen) is an evil man about to be executed on a distant spaceship. He manages to escape on a shuttle and make his way to a forested area in America. The commander of the spaceship (Jan-Michael Vincent) decides to send out The Alienator (Teagan Clive) to execute Kol at all costs. Kol meets a few teens and Ward Armstrong (John Phillip Law); together they all try to keep from being killed by the pursuing Woman of Death - The Alienator. Tagline: In deep space, the deadliest animal is still woman

Cast and crew: Jan-Michael Vincent, John Phillip Law, Ross Hagen, Dyana Ortelli, Jesse Dabson, Fred Olen Ray, Dwan Wildsmith, P.J. Soles, Robert Clarke, Richard Wiley, Leo Gordon, Robert Quarry, Fox Harris, Hoke Howell, Jay Richardson, Dan Golden, Joe Zimmerman, Kathy Brett, Joseph Pilato, Jeffrey C. Hogue, Grant Austin Waldman, Teagan Clive





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Sunday, July 14, 2013

Island of the Fishmen (1979) - (Barbara Bach) Lebanese Poster

Island of the Fishmen (1979) - (Barbara Bach) Lebanese film poster

This is a Lebanese poster for a B horror movie directed by Sergio Martino about a prison barge whose occupants become marooned on a strange island inhabited by menacing aquatic creatures. It has the perfect crappy ambiance for a midnight film on a 12" TV screen. Cast and crew: Barbara Bach, Claudio Cassinelli, Richard Johnson, Joseph Cotten, Sergio Martino, Sergio Donati, Cesare Frugoni, Luciano Martino, Beryl Cunningham, Franco Iavarone, Roberto Posse, Giuseppe Castellano, Franco Mazzieri, Jim Alquist, Enice Bolt, Tom J. Delaney, Mel Ferrer, Cameron Mitchell

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Project Shadowchaser II (1995) - (Frank Zagarino)

Project Shadowchaser II Egyptian film poster

This is an Egyptian poster for a 1995 science fiction thriller directed by John Eyres about an android (played by Frank Zagarino) who is leading a gang of terrorists in an attempt to steal a devastating nuclear weapon. Cast and crew: John Eyres, Frank Zagarino, Nick Davis, Bryan Genesse, Beth Toussaint, Daniel Bonjour, Todd Jensen, Danny Keogh, Jeff Fannell, Hal Orlandini, Gavin Hood, Robin Smith, James Whyle, Laura Steed, Frank Opperman, Wilson Dunster, Kimberleigh Stark

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Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Pyar Ka Sapna [Dream of Love] (1969) - (Biswajeet)

Pyar Ka Sapna [Dream of Love] (1969) Indian film poster

This is a 30x40 Indian film poster for the 1969 Hrishikesh Mukerjee film Pyar Ka Sapna [Dream of Love] starring Biswajeet as Ramesh. Imdb plot summary by rAjOo (Gunwanti): Ramesh marries an illiterate village girl Sudha at the behest of his parents so that he can go abroad to Great Britain for furthering his studies. In short, he does not love her nor ever want to see her again. Sudha is heartbroken and devastated and tries to kill herself. Shankernath rescues her from an accident with his car, and brings her to his house. There he learns her tragic story. He coaches her etiquette, and also teaches her English, so that she can go abroad and try to win her husband back. Shankernath's plan pays off, and shortly after in Britain, Sudha does win the heart of her husband. Shankernath's scheme undergoes a change in plan, when Shankernath finds out that his very daughter Jenny is in love with Ramesh. Cast and crew: Hrishikesh Mukherjee, Rajendra Krishan, S.K. Prabhakar, Ashok Kumar, Mala Sinha, Biswajeet, Helen, Rajan Haksar, Naina, Durga Khote, Bipin Gupta, Mridula Rani, Kundan

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Monday, July 8, 2013

Mothra vs. Godzilla (R1980) Japanese B2

Mothra vs. Godzilla (R1980) - (dir: Ishiro Honda) Japanese B2 film poster

This is a Japanese B2 poster for a 1980 Japanese rerelease of a film made in 1964 by Ishiro Honda about another rampage in Tokyo by the big angry lizard. This time he is opposed by Mothra, a benevolent giant moth that desires to save Tokyo from destruction. I've been wondering what Mothra's diet was. Sweaters? Rugs?

Cast and crew: Ishiro Honda, Shin'ichi Sekizawa, Akira Takarada, Yuriko Hoshi, Hiroshi Koizumi, Yu Fujiki, Emi Ito, Yumi Ito, Yoshifumi Tajima, Kenji Sahara, Jun Tazaki, Kenzo Tabu, Yutaka Sada, Akira Tani, Susumu Fujita, Ikio Sawamura, Ren Yamamoto

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Sunday, July 7, 2013

Brave Young Girls (1990) - (Yukari Oshima)

Brave Young Girls [Hei hai wang hua] (1988) - (Yukari Oshima) Egyptian film poster

This is an Egyptian poster for a low-budget Hong Kong girls-with-guns movie about a Chinese girl who goes to Hong Kong illegally looking for work then ends up as a prostitute. She later becomes part of an unlikely partnership with a Japanese female cop in an armed fight against bad guys. Judging from the kinds of posters one finds lying around in various places, his type of dime-a-dozen film was regular box office fare in Cairo at one time, not just from Hong Kong but also from Pakistan, Turkey, India and mainland China. Reminds me of my early teenage years when I'd go see anything showing at the only theater in my town if the advertising looked exciting. The film was directed by Bong Luk, with poster art by Anise, an artist who designed many posters in Cairo for foreign films. It was printed by Hassan Mazhar Gasour's company Arab Cinema Printers, and the art was probably also commissioned by Mr. Gasour. Cast and crew: Bong Luk, Kam Bo Luk, Daniel Mintz, Yukari Oshima, Kara Hui, Tien-Lang Li, Chi Chun Ha, Jo-Jo Ngan, Pui-Kei Chan, Kwok Kuen Chan, Hsi Chang, Chu-Fung Cheung, Tao Chiang, Kit Fong, Biu Gam, James Ha, Chiang Han, Pak-Kwong Ho

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Thursday, July 4, 2013

Target Eagle (1982)

Target Eagle (1982) - (Jorge Rivero) Egyptian film poster

This Egyptian poster is for the a film made in Spain in 1982 directed by Jose Antonio de la Loma called Jugando con la muerte with the two English titles Target Eagle or Hit Man. A police undercover agent infiltrates a gang of heroin smugglers and then discovers the heroin smuggling is a front for smuggling uranium to Libya for the manufacture of nuclear weapons. The poster art was done by Moaty wiht printing by al-Nasr printers. Cast and crew: Robert Avard Miller, Carlos Vasallo, Jose Antonio de la Loma, Jorge Rivero, Chuck Connors, George Peppard, Max von Sydow, Aldo Piras, Maud Adams, Susana Dosamantes, Jose Maria Blanco, Jose Antonio Ceinos, Aldo Piras, Jose Maria Canete, Frances Ondiviela, Roser Ferrer, Riad Abdul Macuid, Kamel S. Monsour

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