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The Old Dark House — 1932

It’s a genuine Universal horror classic that to my knowledge has never been available in a decent presentation — but The Cohen Group has come through with a nigh-perfect Blu-ray, both image and sound. Karloff is creepy, Gloria Stuart lovely and Ernest Thesiger is at his most delightfully fruity. And the potato lobby should be pleased, too.

The Old Dark House (1932)

Blu-ray

The Cohen Group

1932 / B&W / 1:37 flat full frame / 72 min. / Street Date October 24, 2017 / 25.99

Starring: Boris Karloff, Melvyn Douglas, Charles Laughton, Lilian Bond, Ernest Thesiger, Rebecca Femm, Raymond Massey, Gloria Stuart, John (actually Elspeth) Dudgeon, Brember Wills.

Cinematography: Arthur Edeson

Film Editor: Clarence Kolster

Special Makeup: Jack Pierce

Written by Benn W. Levy, from the novel by J. B. Priestley

Produced by Carl Laemmle Jr.

Directed by James Whale

I suppose fans of horror films will forever hope that some pristine copy of the lost 1927 London After Midnight will someday appear.
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The Bob Newhart Show: Conan O'Brien & Stars Celebrate 45th Anniversary

The Bob Newhart Show premiered on CBS on September 16, 1972, starring Newhart as psychologist Dr. Robert Hartley, with Suzanne Pleshette playing his wife, Emily Hartley. It ran for six seasons, and ended on April 1, 1978, with its 142nd episode. Bill Daily, Peter Bonerz, and Marcia Wallace also starred. The CBS sitcom also featured a large recurring cast, including Jack Riley, Tom Poston, and Howard Hesseman. To commemorate The Bob Newhart Show's 45th anniversary, the Television Academy threw a celebration Tuesday night, at the Wolf Theatre in North Hollywood, hosted by Conan O'Brien and featuring Newhart, himself. Check out the photos at the end of this
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Newhart: Legendary Last Episode Finally Released on DVD

This isn't a dream. The final season of Newhart has finally been released on DVD.The classic CBS sitcom starred Bob Newhart and Mary Frann as a married couple who own and operate an inn in a small Vermont town. The cast also included Jennifer Holmes, Julia Duffy, Tom Poston, Steven Kampmann, and Peter Scolari. The series ran for eight seasons before ending in 1990.Read More…
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Jon Stewart Joins Roster of Most Influential Late-Night Hosts

Jon Stewart Joins Roster of Most Influential Late-Night Hosts
When Jon Stewart exits “The Daily Show,” he will join a small group of elite hosts who changed the tone and importance of talkshows. Here are a dozen others (in chronological order) whose influence was long-lasting.

Steve Allen

He created the template for late-night talk with “Tonight Starring Steve Allen,” which ran from 1954-57 on NBC. There was a desk, chatter with multiple guests, comedy, and music guests, including Elvis Presley — even though Allen hated rock ‘n’ roll. Allen did man-on-the-street interviews and had a gallery of comic players, including Tom Poston and Don Knotts.

Jack Paar

As more TV sets were sold in the 1950s, more people tuned in for late-night TV. Jack Paar put late-night on the map when he took over “Tonight,” partly because he generated more publicity than anyone else at the time. He wept on the show, he broadcast from the new Berlin Wall, and
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William Castle & Hammer DVD Collections Announced, The Incredible Two-headed Transplant Coming to Blu-ray

Hammer horror fans are in for a treat, as respective collections of five William Castle films and five Hammer horror movies are coming out on Blu-ray in August, and The Incredible Two-Headed Transplant has been set to come out on Blu-ray.

The William Castle and Hammer horror collections will respectively come out on DVD August 18th from Mill Creek. The Incredible Two-Headed Transplant, meanwhile, is slated for release later this year by Kino Lorber. Stay tuned to Daily Dead for further updates.

From Mill Creek: "Iconic horror director William Castle created a simple, but winning formula for his films: a little comedy, a lot of scares, a preposterous gimmick, and a clear sense that fright films should be fun. This even meant Castle would, like Alfred Hitchcock, appear in his trailers and even the movies themselves. Though his career spanned 35 years and included everything from westerns to crime thrillers, he'll
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Television that Home Video Forgot: Committed (2005)

Committed

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Created by Eileen Heisler and DeAnne Heline

Produced by Blackie and Blondie productions, NBC Television

Aired on NBC for 1 season (13 episodes) from Jan 4 – March 15, 2005

Cast

Josh Cooke as Nate Solomon

Jennifer Finnegan as Marni Fliss

Darius McCrary as Bowie James

Tammy Lynne Michaels as Tess

Tom Poston as Dying Clown

RonReaco Lee as Todd

Show Premise

Meet Nate and Marni, two complete opposites that have one thing in common: they are both eccentrically unable to find someone that they believe is “The One.” That is, until they mistakenly meet on a blind date that they go on together instead of with the dates they were set up with. After establishing a connection with each other that neither has felt before, they defy logic and reason to date one another even after sharing quirks that would normally send any sane person running for the hills. Now, together they
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Joy Saunders, Actress on Stage, TV, Dies at 89

Joy Saunders, Actress on Stage, TV, Dies at 89
Joy Silver died at home in Scarborough, N.Y. on October 24, 2014, after a long battle with Alzheimer’s. She was 89.

Under the stage name Joy Saunders, she made her Broadway debut in the controversial and short-lived “A Pin to See the Peepshow” with Roger Moore, and appeared Off Broadway, in film, TV, and radio. Along with Tom Poston and Jason Robards, Joy was a founding member of the Greenwich Mews Theatre, a pioneer experiment in nontraditional casting. She was directed by Lloyd Richards and Morton da Costa.

She took a break from acting to raise her family.

Later television appearances included seven episodes of “Kate and Allie” and a role as a member of the cooking class on “Working It Out” with Jane Curtin and Stephen Collins. Staged readings included “Sisters of Sisters” by Cynthia L. Cooper, and a workshop production of “Waiting for Godot” under the direction of her son,
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DVD Review: "The Old Dark House" (1963) Starring Tom Poston, Robert Morley And Janette Scott

  • CinemaRetro
By Lee Pfeiffer

Sony has released the 1963 remake of the 1932 James Whale horror film The Old Dark House as a burn-to-order DVD. The difference between the versions is supposedly night and day (I haven't seen the original). The remake is a broad, comedic take on the horror genre that keeps only the basic premise of the story, which was based on a novel by J.B. Priestly. Tom Poston, in a rare leading role, plays Tom Pendrel, an American living in London where he works as a car dealer. His flatmate Caspar Femm (Peter Bull) is a strange man who he hardly ever sees. Nevertheless, Caspar induces Tom to deliver his new car to the family's estate in the British countryside. When Tom arrives, he finds Caspar dead, supposedly from an accidental fall. He's already laid out in his coffin in a parlor. Tom then finds himself among a strange group of other Femms,
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Joshua Reviews Ralph Nelson’s Soldier In The Rain [Warner Archive DVD Review]

When one thinks of Steve McQueen, the last thing that pops into that person’s mind is the iconic actor acting like a loveable oaf, opposite someone like Jackie Gleason. However, that’s exactly the case when it comes to the underrated gem of a comedy, Soldier In The Rain.

A 1963 film produced by Pink Panther helmer and comedy giant Blake Edwwards, Soldier stars Gleason and McQueen, and is based on the William Goldman novel of the same name. Helmed by Ralph Nelson (best known for films like Requiem For A Heavyweight, also starring Gleason), the film itself is arguably better known for being released during the same week as the assassination of John F. Kennedy, but it’s also an absolutely wonderful comedy, that still garners laugh after laugh to this day.

Seeing a proper DVD release thanks to the Warner Archive, Soldier in the Rain follows the friendship
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Fred Willard Honors Bob Newhart

In this world of Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon, it seems thatalmost any two celebrities can be connected. But you might not instantly linkBob Newhart to Fred Willard. You’ll need to reach back into the recesses ofyour pop culture minds a bit for this one.

The first stop on our journey is the third season of The BobNewhart Show, when Fred played Bob’s sister Ellen’s ex-fiancé John Tobin. Inthe episode Tobin’s Back in Town, Willard plays a leather-clad swinger andreveals early signs of his emerging comic genius.

Next Bob and Fred co-starred in the Buck Henry movie FirstFamily. Newhart, of course, played President Manfred Link to Willard’sPresidential Assistant Feebleman. This star-studded film is an underrated gemof a movie worth revisiting if you haven’t seen it in a long time – especiallyif you miss Gilda Radner and Madeline Kahn as much as we do.

And when
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Newhart: The Memorable Series Finale Aired 20 Years Ago, Watch the Reunion

It's hard to believe that it's been 20 years since Bob Hartley (Bob Newhart) woke up next to his wife Emily (Suzanne Pleshette) after a really strange dream. This was of course the conclusion of Newhart's second very successful sitcom, Newhart. TV Guide called it the most unexpected moment in TV history. You can watch it here.

Newhart revolves around "how-to" author Dick Loudon (Newhart) and his wife Joanna (Mary Frann) after they move to a small town in Vermont to run a historic inn. The strange locals include heiress and maid Stephanie Vanderkellen (Julia Duffy), handyman George Utley (Tom Poston), TV producer Michael Harris (Peter Scolari) and three strange woodsmen brothers named Larry, Darryl and Darryl (William Sanderson, Tony Papenfuss, and John Voldstad).

Newhart's wife, Ginny, came up with the idea for the memorable series finale and Pleshette was only too happy to
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Boris Karloff's 'Thriller' Finally Making its Way to DVD

Karloff's classic horror television series "Thriller" is finally making its way to DVD courtesy of Image Entertainment and we couldn't be happier. All 67 episodes will be transferred to a 14 DVD box set due out August 3rd...

Below is the press release and DVD box artwork for the series.

For two seasons and over sixty episodes, horror icon Boris Karloff invited television audiences to enjoy captivating tales of suspense, murder, and relentless terror as host of the 1960s anthology series “Thriller.” Featuring stories from such master storytellers as Edgar Allan Poe, Robert Bloch, Cornell Woolrich and starring a galaxy of classic television stars from the 1960s and 1970s, “Thriller” was dubbed by Stephen King as “the best horror series ever put on TV.”

Now, Image Entertainment proudly announces a tribute to a television legend with the August 31st release of “Thriller: The Complete Series” 14-dvd Deluxe Box Set. All 67 unforgettable episodes have been remastered,
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Boris Karloff Fans Rejoice! Image Entertainment is Finally Bringing Home Thriller!

Now this is the way we love to end a Friday. Fans of Boris Karloff and classic horror television shows have long sought after the series "Thriller". It was available on VHS way back when and of course almost every bootlegger has peddled a copy online at one point or another, but now thanks to Image Entertainment the wait and the search are officially over!

From the Press Release

For two seasons and over sixty episodes, horror icon Boris Karloff invited television audiences to enjoy captivating tales of suspense, murder, and relentless terror as host of the 1960s anthology series “Thriller.” Featuring stories from such master storytellers as Edgar Allan Poe, Robert Bloch, Cornell Woolrich and starring a galaxy of classic television stars from the 1960s and 1970s, “Thriller” was dubbed by Stephen King as “the best horror series ever put on TV.”

Now, Image Entertainment proudly announces a tribute
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George & Leo: 19 Cameos from Past Bob Newhart and Judd Hirsch Sitcoms!

Bob Newhart and Judd Hirsch are two of the most enduring and recognizable stars in TV history. Between them, they've had five very successful series (The Bob Newhart Show, Newhart, Taxi, Dear John, and Numb3rs).

Back in 1997, they teamed up for a CBS sitcom called George & Leo with Jason Bateman, Bess Meyer, Darryl Thierse, and Robyn Lively.

The series barely lasted a season but one episode featured cameos by 19 actors from previous Newhart and Hirsch shows -- Peter Bonerz, Oliver Clark, Bill Daily, John Fiedler, Jack Riley, and Marcia Wallace from The Bob Newhart Show; Billie Bird, Jane Carr, Harry Groener, and Tom Willett from Dear John; Julia Duffy, Tony Papenfuss, Tom Poston, William Sanderson, Peter Scolari, Todd Susman, and John Voldstad from Newhart; and Jeff Conaway and Marilu Henner from Taxi.

The eighth episode of George & Leo,
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Talent agent Jeannine Cosden dies

Jeannine Cosden, an actress turned talent agent, died Jan. 1 in Ojai, Calif., after suffering a stroke on Christmas Eve. She was 79.

As Jeannine Ann Cole, she performed onstage with Efrem Zimbalist Jr. in "The Pleasure of His Company," Bob Cummings in "The Marriage Go Round," Ken Berry and Ed Ames in "I Do, I Do," "California Suite" with Tom Poston, "The Max Factor" with Cesar Romero and "Showboat" with Forrest Tucker.

She also appeared in the 1985 Robert Altman film "O.C. and Stiggs."

After acting, Cosden joined her husband, talent agent Robert Cosden, as co-owner of the Cosden Agency in Los Angeles, and expanded their theater clientele to include film and television. The firm represented two-time Academy Award nominee Djimon Hounsou.

Shortly after moving to Ojai in 2000, the Chicago native opened Cole Management and specialized in guiding the careers of young actors. Clients included "Hannah Montana" regular Jason Earles.

In addition to her husband,
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The William Castle Film Collection—The DVD Review, Part II

  • Starlog
The William Castle Film Collection (Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, $80.95) includes eight pictures produced and directed by master showman Castle. In Part One of this lengthy DVD review, I dissected four of them—13 Ghosts, Homicidal and the two best, The Tingler and Mr. Sardonicus. Believe you me, it was a ghastly business! As Sardonicus would say, “I have known a ghoul—a disgusting creature that opens graves and feeds on corpses.” Like a DVD reviewer. See here.

In this epic conclusion, I am fitted out with a Strait-jacket (about time!) and also chronicle Zotz!, 13 Frightened Girls and The Old Dark House, the three Castle entries new to DVD (which lack the short, individual “making of” documentaries accompanying the other five). Only two of these eight flicks were shot in color (Girls, House); theatrical trailers are included with all of the movies. And that’s all you need to know as we continue—in amazing Screamarama,
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The William Castle Film Collection—The DVD Review, Part I

  • Starlog
The William Castle Film Collection (Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, $80.95) assembles the master showman’s eight Columbia Pictures features in one set. Three (Zotz!, 13 Frightened Girls, The Old Dark House) are new to DVD. Only two are in color (Girls, House), but black and white works far better here to evoke film fear anyhow. Castle produced and directed them all (though he shares a producing credit with Hammer Films’ Anthony Hinds on the House remake). Three were scripted by Robb White (who also wrote Castle’s earlier gimmicky genre hits MacAbre and House On Haunted Hill) while Ray Russell and Robert Dillon racked up two scripts each and Starlog contributor Robert Bloch penned one.

The films (fantasies, thrillers, comedies) are grouped sort of by theme, two per disc. So, 13 Frightened Girls (a.k.a. The Candy Web) is teamed with 13 Ghosts for the triskaidekaphobia entry. Homicidal and Strait-jacket represent the murder,
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William Castle Film Collection Comes To DVD October 20th!

Eight Classic Shockers from the Legendary Master Showman in One Chilling DVD Collection October 20 - William Castle Film Collection, Five-Disc Set Includes Three Films Making Their DVD Debuts: Zotz!, The Old Dark House, and 13 Frightened Girls!Plus The Tingler, 13 Ghosts, Homicidal, Mr. Sardonicus, and Strait-Jacket. Bonus Features Include the Award-Winning Documentary Spine Tingler! The William Castle Story!

Culver City, Calif. (August 17, 2009) – The master of ballyhoo who became a brand name in movie horror with his outrageous audience participation gimmicks will be remembered on October 20 when the William Castle Film Collection debuts from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (Sphe). The set features eight of the legendary producer/director’s most notable films, including The Tingler (1959), 13 Ghosts (1960), Homicidal (1961), Mr. Sardonicus (1961), and Strait-Jacket (1964). Also included in the collection are Zotz! (1962), The Old Dark House (1963), and 13 Frightened Girls (1963), each making their DVD debuts. The extensive bonus materials include original theatrical openings, alternate sequences, vintage footage and original theatrical trailers,
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Stacked William Castle Box Set on the Way

William Castle is a hero around the Dread Central offices. The man was a true showman in every sense of the word and knew how to deliver laughs, chills, and lunacy like no other! Come this October fans will be getting a box set to scream about courtesy of Sony Pictures Home Entertainment -- The William Castle Film Collection!

From the Press Release

The master of ballyhoo who became a brand name in movie horror with his outrageous audience participation gimmicks will be remembered on October 20 when the William Castle Film Collection debuts from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. The set features eight of the legendary producer/director’s most notable films, including The Tingler (1959), 13 Ghosts (1960), Homicidal (1961), Mr. Sardonicus (1961), and Strait-Jacket (1964). Also included in the collection are Zotz! (1962), The Old Dark House (1963), and 13 Frightened Girls (1963), each making their DVD debuts. The extensive bonus materials include original theatrical openings, alternate sequences, vintage footage,
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Warner Archive Releases "Soldier In The Rain" Starring Steve McQueen And Jackie Gleason

  • CinemaRetro
By Lee Pfeiffer

The Warner Archive, which offers a treasure trove of burn-to-order DVDs for consumers, has made available Soldier in the Rain, the 1963 comedy starring the oddball pairing of Steve McQueen and Jackie Gleason as two U.S. Army con men who live the easy life on a military base by swindling virtually everyone they encounter. Gleason is the top sergeant and the brains of the operation, while McQueen, playing against type, is his doofy Gomer Pyle-like right hand man. The two manage to connive their way out of doing any heavy lifting during their work day, and in the evening find ways to seduce impressionable women. The film was not well-reviewed in its day and was considered rather racy, with its abundance of sex jokes. However, I've always found it very enjoyable, even though McQueen is miscast. The centerpiece of the film is really Gleason, who is in
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