I wanted to mention some stuff I overlooked on my Oct. 1st posting about Turner Classic Movies. Set your timers, tonight TCM is showing a Tod Browning double feature (see older posts: Oct 1st for a nice snapshot of Browning and pals). Midnight tonight (or 12 AM Monday EST) is The Blackbird (1926)with Lon Chaney, which I’ve never seen. Following that at 1:30 AM Monday is The Unknown (1927) with Chaney and Joan Crawford in one of her first roles. Like many of Browning’s best films it’s set in a carnival side show and is both twisted and beautiful. Chaney plays an armless knife thrower. It’s one of my favorites. If you’re still up at 2:30 AM you can catch Carl Theodor Dreyer’s Vampyr (1932) a beautiful, atmospheric vampire flick that’s not quite as good as Nosferatu but well worth watching. Two Boris Karloff vehicles follow that with Roy Williams Nell’s The Black Room (1935) at 3:45 and Nick Grinde’s Before I Hang (1940) at 5 AM. The latter is particularly good. That’s five in a row! Nice work who ever is programming this trash. It’s a great way to get in the Halloween spirit. Tivo (or DVR or whatever the hell your cable company calls it) really does make life easier.
I’ll be posting some Halloween theme rock’n’roll and R&B tunes this week so be sure and check back.