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Hoaxes and Imposters and Imitators

Worst Art-house Movie Ever?



The site where I found this clip explains:

"The now-infamous 'cup and sea' sequence from director Turge Babonet's 1968 film, THE HORRIBLE HORROR -- which prompted writer Cleveland Amory (TV Guide. May 12, 1968) to comment on the state of European cinema, 'You have to be on LSD to understand it'. Babonet's Dutch-language drama was ambitiously rescored and subtitled for US distribution, but its story of tragically depressed cod fishermen held no appeal for American audiences."

However, many folks believe Turge is a hoax.

Look at this purported list of Turge's films, and tell me what you think.

Posted By: Paul - Wed Jul 07, 2010 - Comments (0)
Category: Eccentrics, Conspiracy Theories and Theorists, Hoaxes and Imposters and Imitators, Movies, Performance Art, 1960s, Europe

Hell’s Belles



An all-female AC/DC tribute band? Why not!

Posted By: Paul - Sun Jul 26, 2009 - Comments (4)
Category: Hoaxes and Imposters and Imitators, Music, Women

John Kelly

Take yer pick!

Joni Mitchell - Blue




Posted By: Paul - Fri May 15, 2009 - Comments (1)
Category: Hoaxes and Imposters and Imitators, Music

Bigfoot Prefers Garlic Cloves, Not Powdered

I could expect this on certain channels, or in tabloids. But not The National Geographic Channel! The interesting part starts at about 0:43 and goes to 6:00.

Posted By: qualityleashdog - Fri May 15, 2009 - Comments (5)
Category: Cryptozoology, Hoaxes and Imposters and Imitators, Anthropology

The Baron of Arizona

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Bernie Madoff was a piker.

He stole a few score billion dollars.

But how much is a whole state worth? All the land, natural resources, and structures?

That's what James Addison Reavis stole--almost getting away with the theft too.

Last night I watched THE BARON OF ARIZONA, a 1950 film by Samuel Fuller and starring Vincent Price. It tells the true story of Reavis, who cooked up an incredible con job to lay claim to the entire territory of Arizona in the year 1883.

You can read a fascinating essay about it here.

This is one film definitely worth renting for those with a taste for weird history.

Posted By: Paul - Wed Apr 29, 2009 - Comments (3)
Category: Frauds, Cons and Scams, History, Historical Figure, Wild West and US Frontier, Hoaxes and Imposters and Imitators, Movies, Nineteenth Century

Marvin Hewitt, Imposter

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Sometimes it seems as if credentials-faking imposters are a wholly recent phenomenon, due to our contemporary insistence on the all-important documentation needed to get ahead. But of course, the human race has churned out imposters ever since the days of Baron Munchausen and prior, giving our pal Alex plenty of material for his Museum of Hoaxes.

I ran across a fifty-year-old case recently in Life magazine from April 12, 1954. The perp was one Marvin Hewitt, and he managed to masquerade as a college-level physics professor, among other positions!

You can read most of the article here. The ending, unfortunately, was missing from my issue of the zine.

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More in extended >>

Posted By: Paul - Mon Sep 15, 2008 - Comments (0)
Category: Celebrities, Crime, Education, Hoaxes and Imposters and Imitators, Magazines, 1950s

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