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  1. Doctor Omega

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    I know that he was also never too happy with the whole Abbott and Costello thing either. I think that MEET FRANKENSTEIN is a classic in it's own right though. :emoji_alien:
     
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    Thing is, Bela had real acting talent. He could do more than just horror. I don't think he had the range that Karloff had, but he didn't have to be typecast to playing ghouls and mad men. Lon, on the other hand, I never saw as more than a character actor. He could play cowboys or wolfmen, but I don't know that he could have ever had the career that his father had had. True, his father usually got typed for monsters or heavies, but he could have gone on to do more substantial roles. Maybe I'm wrong, and Lon could have gone on to play in better movies, but he never seemed to have the real acting chops. Alas, typecasting was even worse in those days.
     
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    Lon Chaney Senior Speaks - in His Only Talkie......



    The Unholy Three
    is a 1930 American Pre-Code melodrama involving a crime spree, directed by Jack Conway and starring Lon Chaney. The film is a remake of the 1925 film of the same name, with both films based on the novel The Unholy Three, by Clarence Aaron "Tod" Robbins.

    In both versions, the roles of Professor Echo and Tweedledee are played by Lon Chaney and Harry Earles respectively. This film is notable for the fact that it was Chaney's last film, as well as his only talkie. Chaney died from throat cancer one month after the film's release.








    Plot

    A sideshow is closed by the police after Tweedledee (Harry Earles), the embittered "Twenty Inch Man", kicks a young boy, starting a riot. Echo, the ventriloquist, proposes that Tweedledee, the strongman Hercules (Ivan Linow), and he leave and, as "The Unholy Three", use their talents to commit crimes. Echo also takes along his pickpocket girlfriend Rosie (Lila Lee) and his gorilla, whom Hercules fears.

    Echo disguises himself as Mrs. O'Grady, a kindly old grandmother who runs a pet shop. Tweedledee pretends to be her baby grandson, and Hercules her son-in-law. They use the information they gain from their wealthier patrons to rob them. Echo is the leader and brains behind the outfit, but his bossy ways leave the other two resentful. Meanwhile, the shop's clerk, Hector McDonald (Elliott Nugent), falls in love with Rosie.

    The gang is ready to pull off a theft on Christmas Eve. When Echo decides to postpone it, Tweedledee and Hercules go ahead without him. Afterwards, Tweedledee gleefully recounts how they not only robbed but also killed the wealthy Mr. Arlington, despite his pleas for mercy. Worried about the police, they decide to frame Hector by planting a stolen necklace in his closet.

    That same night, Hector asks Rosie to marry him. Ashamed of her past, she pretends she was only leading him on for a laugh. After he leaves, she starts crying; he returns, sees that she really does love him, and they become engaged.

    However, Hector is arrested for murder. Still frightened, the Unholy Trio hide out in an isolated cabin in the country, forcibly taking Rosie with them. Rosie pleads with Echo to exonerate Hector somehow in exchange for her returning to him. Tweedledee tries to persuade Hercules to shoot them both, but the strongman refuses.

    Echo, as "Grandma" O'Grady, shows up at the trial and tries to provide an alibi, but slips up and his disguise is discovered. He makes a full confession and receives a sentence of one to five years. Back at the cabin, Tweedledee overhears Hercules offering Rosie a chance to run away with him (and the loot), so he lets loose the gorilla; Hercules murders Tweedledee before he himself is killed by the ape. Rosie escapes.

    As Echo is being taken to prison, Rosie promises to wait for him, honoring their agreement. Realizing she loves Hector, he generously tells her not to.
     
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    Bubblegum cards.....

    with a lame joke on the back......


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    They look similar to a set of bubble gum cards that I used to collect as a kid back in the seventies! Universal black and white photos from the 1931-45 films plus a few 50s and even Curse of The Werewolf but strangely enough not Brides of Dracula!
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    I had a few random ones too such as CURSE OF THE WEREWOLF....

    It was this photo used....

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    But am not sure if they are the same card range exactly though. Maybe we had a UK reprint looking slightly different or something. Am really not sure.
     
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    Could be, there was one with him in the prison cell and grimacing with blood dripping down his fangs!
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    This advert was always popping up in American comics, as I recall....


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    Boy, does that advert take me back.
     
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    Dracula vs. Frankenstein
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    Theatrical release poster
    Directed by Al Adamson
    Produced by Al Adamson
    Mardi Rustam
    Mohammed Rustam
    Samuel M. Sherman
    John Van Horne
    Written by William Pugsley
    Samuel M. Sherman
    Starring J. Carrol Naish
    Lon Chaney Jr.
    Anthony Eisley
    Regina Carrol
    Greydon Clark
    Music by William Lava
    Cinematography Paul Glickman
    Gary Graver
    Edited by Irwin Cadden
    Distributed by Independent-International Pictures
    Release date
    • December 1971
    Running time
    90 minutes
    Country United States
    Language English
    Dracula vs. Frankenstein is a 1971 American horror film directed by Al Adamson. It was released as Blood of Frankenstein in the UK and was retitled The Revenge of Dracula on early VHS releases in the US. Other US re-release titles are Teenage Dracula and They're Coming to Get You.


    Plot

    Wheelchair-bound mad scientist Dr. Durea (J. Carrol Naish), the last descendant of the original Dr. Frankenstein, takes to murdering young girls for experimentation in hopes of perfecting a serum of his own creation with help from his mute assistant Groton (Lon Chaney, Jr.). Count Dracula (played by Roger Engel under the pseudonym "Zandor Vorkov") comes to the scientist, promising to help him revive Frankenstein's monster (which he has exhumed from its secret grave in Oakmoor Cemetery) in return for Durea's serum which he hopes will grant him immunity to sunlight.

    As a cover, the duo work out of the Creature Emporium, a throwback to the old side show days located on the boardwalk amusement park in Venice, California. They bring the Monster (John Bloom) back to life and send him out to exact revenge on the man who discredited and crippled Durea, Dr. Beaumont (Forrest J. Ackerman). Las Vegas showgirl Judith Fontaine has also arrived, looking for her missing sister Joanie who was last seen hanging out with a group of hippies led by Strange (Greydon Clark). Judith has gotten no satisfaction from Sgt. Martin (Jim Davis). She says she is going to investigate on her own and does so, attracting the attention of biker Rico (Russ Tamblyn) and his gang. Rico slips her some LSD at a dive bar and Judith, while on a trip, is taken by Strange and his girlfriend Samantha (Anne Morrell) to the home of aging hippie Mike Howard (Anthony Eisley) who agrees to help her find Joanie. Judith, Mike, Samantha and Strange go to the Creature Emporium and show Durea a picture of Joanie, but he says he has never seen her.

    More girls turn up missing, the Monster kills a couple of police officers and Groton takes to the beach with an ax and kills Rico and his gang who were attacking Samantha, then Groton takes her inside the Creature Emporium. Judith and Mike go to the Emporium and confront Durea who explains that the girls (including Joanie) were frightened before their deaths and this created an enzyme in their blood which is the main ingredient for his serum. He also tells Judith that, after he has Mike (with whom she has fallen in love and he with her) killed, her fear will help him complete the serum at last. Durea sends Groton and the dwarf Grazbo (Angelo Rossitto), the ticket taker at the Creature Emporium, after them (Durea's original reason for creating the serum in the first place was to heal his damaged legs and to make Groton and Grazbo into normal people). Grazbo falls through a trap door in the laboratory which leads to the beach below the Emporium and onto an ax he had dropped, which kills him, and Groton goes after Judith. Sgt. Martin and Strange arrive with the police and Martin shoots Groton from the rooftop of the building from which he falls to his death, while Durea falls from his wheelchair into a guillotine in the Emporium while attempting to escape and is beheaded in it.

    Dracula confronts Mike, who sticks a lit car flare in the Monster's face, forcing him to briefly turn on Dracula in his pain. As Mike is running away with Judith, Dracula blasts him with fire shot from his demon-headed ring, burning him to ashes.

    Judith faints and awakens to find herself tied up in an abandoned church outside of Venice where Dracula's coffin is located. Dracula is about to make her his vampire bride, but the Monster (who has fallen for her beauty) wants none of it and forces Dracula out of the church and into the woods (but not before removing Dracula's ring from his finger), where a fierce battle ensues between the two monsters. Dracula literally rips off the Monster's arms and head, but gets caught in the rays of the sun before he can make it back to his coffin and crumbles to dust. Judith manages to free herself and picks up Dracula's ring, but drops it and leaves in fear.

    Cast

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    Lon Chaney, Jr. as Groton
    Production

    This was Lon Chaney, Jr.'s final horror film role and J. Carrol Naish's last film. Chaney filmed his part in mid-1969 when the film was titled The Blood Seekers. Naish filmed additional footage in 1970 when Dracula and the Frankenstein Monster were added to the story (in his confrontation scene with Dracula, he appears noticeably older).[1] Director Adamson's wife, Regina Carrol, appears in the film as Judith Fontaine, one of the people who discover the two title monsters. The film was released on DVD by Troma Entertainment[2] and later by Media Blasters under its Shriek Show imprint in widescreen and HD for the first time. Cheezy Flicks also released it on DVD as well.

    Two other films titled Dracula vs. Frankenstein were made around the same time as Adamson's film. In 1969, Spanish horror film icon Paul Naschy starred in Los Monstruos del Terror which was later released on VHS as Dracula vs. Frankenstein. Meanwhile, in 1972, famed Spanish schlock film director Jesus Franco turned out his Dracula vs. Frankenstein(also released as Dracula, Prisoner of Frankenstein), apparently unaware that Al Adamson was already using that title.

    Reception

    The film was met with negative reception from critics, with the most prominent critique being the overwhelming amount of darkness in the movie, making it hard to see the action.



     
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    So sad to see Daniel the hunchback from HOUSE OF FRANKENSTEIN and Lon forced to star in this film that is trading off their past glories, as it attempts to pass itself off as a legitimate entry in the Universal Monster saga.
     
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    From what I've read it sounded like a disaster!
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    The decades go by - and still that flat-topped, bolt-necked image of the Karloff Frankenstein persists....
     
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