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La Bruja

I regret that I cannot find a subtitled-in-English version of this Mexican film, where a mad scientist creates a formula that turns an extremely ugly woman into a beauty, as in the before-and-after pix below. But those of you who know Spanish--or who just want visuals--can enjoy the full movie.

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Opel Rocket Vehicles

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Original pic here.

Opel-RAK were a series of rocket vehicles produced by Fritz von Opel, of the Opel car company, in association with others, including Max Valier and Friedrich Wilhelm Sander largely as publicity stunts.

The Lippisch Ente a rocket-powered glider was produced on June 11, 1928, piloted by Fritz Stamer, but is not usually considered part of the series.

Opel RAK.1 - a rocket car that achieved 75 km/h (47 mph) on March 15, 1928[2]
Opel RAK.2 - rocket car May 23, 1928 reached a speed of 230 km/h (143 mph) driven by 24 solid-fuel rockets[2]
Opel RAK.3 rocket train (quoted speed is variously 254 or 290 km/h. See: [3], [4], [5], [6], [7]) On the second run the train jumps the track and is destroyed.
Opel Rak IV rocket train, destroyed when a solid rocket explodes on the track, exploding all the other rockets. Railway authorities prohibit further runs.[3]
Opel RAK.1 rocket glider September 30, 1929


Some stock footage of some of the rocket vehicles was incorporated into this early SF film.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Jan 25, 2016 | Comments (4)
Category: Flight, Movies, Spaceflight, Astronautics, and Astronomy, Technology, Science Fiction, 1920's, Europe, Cars

The Huntress

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I would love to see this 1923 film starring Colleen Moore remade today. A white actress playing a Native American, who is so desperate for a husband she kidnaps a stranger? Uncontroversial box-office gold!

Original ad here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Jan 03, 2016 | Comments (8)
Category: Movies, Stereotypes and Cliches, 1920's, Native Americans

Fighting Tigers





Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Dec 24, 2015 | Comments (3)
Category: Animals, Daredevils, Stuntpeople and Thrillseekers, Movies, Asia

Uncle Wiggly vs. DONNIE DARKO Rabbit

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Equally creepy? The earlier guy the inspiration for the later one?

Original ad here.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Dec 20, 2015 | Comments (7)
Category: Animals, Anthropomorphism, Games, Movies, 2000's, 1920's, Fictional Monsters

John Q Public, Movie Mogul



Wow, imagine if you had to go thru all this to create a cat video for YouTube!
Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri Oct 30, 2015 | Comments (3)
Category: Hobbies and DIY, Movies, 1950's

Soviets Eat Bambi

In 1985, a Soviet production of a live-action film about Bambi (Bambi's Childhood) had to be halted when three of the deer who were playing Bambi and his friends disappeared. Turned out they had been stolen, then butchered and served as the main course at a birthday celebration. The culprits were sent to a labor camp as punishment for their crime.

The news was reported in a lot of papers, but the Weekly World News (below) had the best coverage of it.

Spartanburg Herald-Journal - Feb 7, 1985



Weekly World News - Mar 12, 1985

Posted By: Alex | Date: Thu Oct 22, 2015 | Comments (6)
Category: Animals, Movies, 1980's

2-Star Review

Truth in advertising. A poster for the new movie Legend, starring Tom Hardy, prominently displays the fact that the reviewer for the Guardian gave it only a two-star review.



The reviewer reacts on Twitter:

Posted By: Alex | Date: Wed Sep 09, 2015 | Comments (5)
Category: Movies, Advertising
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