King of the Roaring Twenties (1961) starring David Janssen, Mickey Rooney, Dianne Foster

King of the Roaring Twenties

King of the Roaring ’20s: The Story of Arnold Rothstein (1961) starring David Janssen, Mickey Rooney, Dianne Foster

King of the Roaring Twenties. Moving from one scam to another Arnold Rothstein quickly becomes rich, and settles into the life of owning big-town gambling joints. Along the way he falls in loves and marries, makes a life-long enemy of a cop on the take, and gradually becomes hardened even to his closest friends.

Valley of the Dragons (1961) starring Cesare Danova, Sean McClory, Joan Staley, Danielle De Metz

Valley of the Dragons

Valley of the Dragons (1961) starring Cesare Danova, Sean McClory, Joan Staley, Danielle De Metz

Synopsis of Valley of the Dragons

In Valley of the Dragons, two dueling human men are transported to a different world, when a giant comet flies too close to Earth. Once there, they have to deal with prehistoric animals, feuding cave men and … love!

Werewolf in a Girl's Dormitory (1961) starring Barbara Lass

Werewolf in a Girl’s Dormitory

Werewolf in a Girl’s Dormitory (1961) starring Barbara Lass

Synopsis of Werewolf in a Girl’s Dormitory

Despite the lurid title, Werewolf in a Girl’s Dormitory isn’t as bad as you might expect. It’s an Italian horror/thriller movie, where … something … is murdering your women in a girls reformatory school. It mixes comely, overage reform school girls with a murderous werewolf, and possible murder suspects.

Mr. Sardonicus (1961) starring Guy Rolfe, Ronald Lewis, Oskar Homolka, Audrey Dalton by William Castle

Mr. Sardonicus

Mr. Sardonicus (1961) starring Guy Rolfe, Ronald Lewis, Oskar Homolka, Audrey Dalton by William Castle

Synopsis of Mr. Sardonicus

In Mr. Sardonicus, Sir Robert Cargrave is an eminent surgeon who has developed a new technique for muscle relaxation. He is summoned by his one-time love, Maude, who is now married to Baron Sardonicus. When he arrives, he finds villagers who live in fear. The Baron is a strange man, not the least because he covers his face with a mask. Eventually, he tells Sir Robert the story of how he acquired his current affliction.  His face is frozen and hideously disfigured. Despite Sir Robert’s best efforts, he can’t return the face to normal. The Baron, however, forces him to keep trying, threatening to harm Maude if he refuses. …

Jules Verne's Mysterious Island - Ray Harryhausen

Mysterious Island

Jules Verne’s Mysterious Island (1961)

Jules Verne's Mysterious Island - Ray HarryhausenMany people consider the 1961 version of Jules Verne’s  Mysterious Island to be no more than an excuse for Ray Harryhausen to do his special effects magic.  And the special effects are wonderful, but there’s actually more that makes the movie very enjoyable.

Babes in Toyland (1961) starring Ray Bolger, Annette Funicello, Tommy Kirk, Ed Wynn

Babes in Toyland [Annette Funiceello]

Babes in Toyland (1961) starring Ray Bolger, Annette Funicello, Tommy Sands, Ed Wynn

Babes in Toyland (1961) starring Ray Bolger, Annette Funicello, Tommy Kirk, Ed Wynn

Buy Babes in Toyland from Amazon.com I am a large fan of Laurel and Hardy’s  March of the Wooden Soldier. It’s a wonderful children’s story for adults. Which, among other things, had a live-action version of Mickey Mouse appear. This was done with Walt Disney’s permission, since he and producer Hal Roach were close friends. In the same way, Walt Disney’s version of the story, Babes in Toyland had a comedy team impersonating Laurel and Hardy. And although I saw it many years ago as a child, I was eager to see it again as an adult.

Konga (1961) starring Michael Gough, Margo Johns

Konga

Konga (1961) starring Michael Gough, Margo Johns

Konga (1961) starring Michael Gough, Margo JohnsIn Konga  – a doctor returns from Uganda with a carnivorous plant that he can use to enlarge animals – Konga, the chimpanzee, that he turns into a gorilla — and his own personal tool for murder.