I dare you to keep a straight face after reading "Set of 30 alluring, patron pulling 8x10 stills featuring Girls, Girls, Girls." Sure, I might burn in hell for posting pressbooks like this, but I know I'll have a lot of company ;)
More bizarre than peanut butter and Jiffy Lube (wait, I got that right?), comes El Monstruo De Marte, or Robot Monster for short. A movie even Ed Wood would be stymied by. It simply defies description. Imagine a movie beyond bad, beyond logic, and beyond any common sense you care to throw at it. You must see it. You must! The power of trashy, hilarious cinema compels you! And yes, even more bizarre, is the lobby card that someone actually had to, just had to, pencil in the outline of the beast shown in the scene photo. Mind you, this was done before the card went to print. You've got a gorilla-suited guy with a skull for a head (in the illustration anyway) wearing a diving-like helmet with rabbit ears. Who the *F* cares about the lizard in the photo?
Okay, look, I know it's not an adventure on the planet of pennies, but I'm trying a few new ways to either scan or photograph my lobby cards. I prefer scanning, (you can see the actual texture of the paper) but some cards can't be stitched back together after scanning both halves on a ledger-sized scanner, so photography is the next best thing I can do. And it is faster. Unless you have a 24 x 36 inches scanner located close to Westbury, New York, I think photography is the way to go. But if you do have a commercial scanner like that, call me, I'm coming over.
This is the Mexican lobby card for The Lost Planet (but not one called pennies), a 15 chapters, Columbia serial. Wikipedia says it's the last sound serial made, so that makes it worth seeing (along with the helmets).
This is one of those movies that scared me back in the 1960s. Watching it on my old black and white cathode ray tube television helped lessen my fright, but those robots really creeped me out. Here's the Mexican lobby card with colorful artwork and a suitable scene of frightened people. And then there's Richard Denning. Gasping again. We've seen that look of fear before. He's a master at it. This one is a budget entry but worth watching on a Saturday, even if just for the robots. The actors aren't too shabby either.
Here's an interesting play bill for Arsenic and Old Lace, from the Marquee Theater, starring Jonathan Frid and Larry Storch (with an impressive cast). Very interesting is the typo on page 13. My gut is telling me that Larry Storch had a hand in it. I kept in the adverts to keep this a complete historical item for your edification pleasure.
Here's a little peplum for your Tuesday, the handsome and sculpted Steve Reeves. Loved watching his Hercules movies every Sunday (along with the Abbott and Costello movies) on television. Reeves was born in Montana. Here's a quote attributed to him from IMDb:
Filmmaking in Europe was a little different from working in the United States. There's a scene in 'Hercules' where I'm in chains -- they looked like steel, but they were actually made of wood -- and I had to swing these chains at my supposed enemies who were advancing towards me. Well, I didn't want to really strike someone so I kind of held back with my motions. The director yelled, 'Swing those chains! Swing them hard!' I said, 'I don't want to hurt someone.' And the director yelled back, 'If they don't get hurt, they don't get paid!'
Here's the Mexican lobby card for Stranger from Venus (1954), Venus Nos Ataca. A little rough in its transition from left to right, the card's illustration elements are a bit confusing as to what this movie is about. The movie is also known as Immediate Disaster.