Movies – A

Abbott and Costello Go To Mars (1953)

Having run out of exotic backgrounds on Earth, the duo board a spaceship and think they’ve landed on Mars when they’re in the middle of the New Orleans Mardi Gras. Hijacked by a couple of bank robbers, they escape to Venus (not Mars!), which is populated solely by former Miss Universe contestants under Mari Blanchard(…)

Abbott and Costello In The Foreign Legion (1950)

Between meeting Dracula and the Invisible Man, Abbott and Costello took time out to cavort on existing sets on Universal’s backlot, but they could well have done with some scriptwriting help. The duo were also beginning to show their age physically, and Lou, in particular, was starting to look a little grotesque. The title says(…)

Abbott and Costello Meet Captain Kidd (1952)

Swashbuckling nonsense as Abbott and Costello go in search of the titular pirate’s secret treasure when, as two waiters on the pirate island of Tortuga, they are accidentally given a treasure map. In between the comedy and songs of the two stars, Charles Laughton chews the scenery with wild abandon as the fearsome Captain Kidd. Rocky Stonebridge Bud(…)

Abbott and Costello Meet Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (1952)

Robert Louis Stevenson probably spun wildly in his grave over this production as Bud and Lou (as 18th Century American detectives) chase down the monster that has been terrorising Victorian London (played by Boris Karloff). It sounds like the double date from hell, but this is one of Bud and Lou’s livelier outings. The boys(…)

Abbott and Costello Meet The Invisible Man (1951)

When an innocent boxer (Arthur Franz) is set up and charged for killing his manager, he takes a serum to make himself invisible and escape the police. A couple of bumbling private investigators (guess who!) step into the ring to try to add visibility to the situation. There is a modicum of mystery beneath the thin(…)

Abbott and Costello Meet The Keystone Kops (1955)

Two goofy innocents are tricked into buying a bottom-of-the-barrel movie studio. Mack Sennett (father of the Keystone Kops comedies) makes a cameo appearance. Bud Abbott Lou Costello Fred Clark Lynn Bari Mack Sennett Sam Flint Director Charles Lamont

Abbott and Costello Meet The Mummy (1955)

When Abbott and Costello go hunting for lost Egyptian treasures, they get involved with live crooks and a mummy returned from the dead. The comic duo team up with a life-like mummy to search for the jewels from Princess Ara’s tomb. But they find themselves heading for trouble when the mummy turns on them. Abbott(…)

Abductors, The (1972)

Abductors, The (1972)

Ginger Cheri Caffaro Ken Stanton Richard Smedley Carter Winston Jennifer Brooks Jason Varone William Grannell Jablon Patrick Wright Abductors Anthony Barone Rudy Hornish Mary Lou Gerie Bronson Mr. Aronson Stan Franklin Mr. Stuart Eli Levine Jane Jeramie Rain Director Don Schain

Abigail’s Party (1977)

Abigail’s Party (1977)

The best British television comedy of 1977 was not exactly written. Abigail’s Party was the BBC’s first full-length play where much of the dialogue was improvised. The Mike Leigh production, screened as part of Play For Today, starred Leigh’s then-wife Alison Steadman as Beverly, nouveau riche Queen Bee in a ghastly orange dress alternately stinging and sweetening her neighbours while(…)

Abominable Dr Phibes, The (1971)

Abominable Dr Phibes, The (1971)

The Abominable Dr Phibes stars Vincent Price as a living corpse, seeking revenge on the nine medics who were in attendance when his wife (Caroline Munro) died during routine surgery. He concocts his revenge based on the ten biblical plagues of ancient Egypt, from the Old Testament. So we see a nurse having her head covered in(…)

Abominable Snowman, The (1957)

  This Hammer production was released in the US as The Abominable Snowman of the Himalayas and featured ‘token’ American actor Forrest Tucker, whose value to the film proved minimal. Peter Cushing, on the other hand, comes across splendidly as the sensitive botanist, Dr John Rollason. The doctor agrees to join an expedition led by Tom Friend(…)

About Last Night (1986)

“It’s about men, women, choices, sex, ambition, moving in, no sex, risk, underwear, friendship, career moves, strategy, commitment, love, fun, breaking up, making up, bedtime, last night…” This adaptation of David Mamet’s 1974 play Sexual Perversity in Chicago suffers from a colourless performance from Rob Lowe and too little human chemistry. The result is a(…)

Absence of Malice (1981)

Sally Field plays Megan Carter – a Miami reporter who has been working for the city’s leading newspaper for three years. She needs a scoop and nothing much is happening, so she decides to check into the latest developments on a case involving the mysterious disappearance of a local union boss. Overhearing some gossip about(…)

Absent Minded Professor, The (1961)

Ned Brainard (Fred MacMurray) is an eccentric Medfield College professor who is so engrossed in conducting experiments in his garage/lab, he misses his own wedding – three times. Tiring of this, Ned’s lovely fiancée Betsy starts seeing nerdy Professor Ashton, and to make matters worse, local tycoon Alonzo Hawk threatens to turn beloved Medfield into(…)

Absolute Beginners (1986)

This highly stylised musical adaptation of Colin MacInnes’ novel celebrates the rise teen culture in late 50s London with a mish-mash of pop fashions and political and racial overtones. There are ample energetic song and dance numbers, at times reminiscent of West Side Story (1961). There are also violent confrontations, and all in all, it’s a dazzling(…)

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