Dead Weight – Columbo season 1, originally aired October 27, 1971, starring Peter Falk, Eddie Albert, Suzanne Pleshette
In Dead Weight, an unreliable witness, along with the absence of a body and murder weapon, complicate a case against an American war hero (guest star Eddie Albert).Read More »Dead Weight [Columbo]
The Million Dollar Duck (1971) starring Dean Jones, Sandy Duncan, Joe Flynn
In The Million Dollar Duck, a lab worker (Dean Jones) takes home a laboratory animal (Charlie the duck) to prevent it from being destroyed, as a pet for his son. However, the duck’s exposure to radiation has mutated it. And it now literally lays golden eggs when the family dog barks. At first, the scientist, this ditzy wife (Sandy Duncan) think this is a Godsend. Until they begin to get greedy, and their neighbor (Joe Flynn) begins to get suspicious.Read More »Million Dollar Duck
Hands of the Ripper (1971) starring Angharad Rees, Eric Porter
Hammers Hands of the Ripper deals with the fictional story of the daughter of Jack the Ripper. Orphaned at a young age, at the age of 17 starts to be influenced by the spirit of her dead father. While a kindly psychiatrist tries to help her with tragic results for his household.Read More »Hands of the Ripper
Dracula vs Frankenstein (1971) starring J. Carrol Naish, Lon Chaney Jr.
Before talking about Dracula vs Frankenstein itself, I would like to point out that it was the final appearance by two excellent actors: J. Carrol Naish (Sahara, Annie Get Your Gun) and Lon Chaney Jr. (The Wolf Man, The Defiant Ones) — and both frankly deserved better. Lon Chaney Jr. was mute in the film, due to the damage done by throat cancer. Although I doubt that it would have improved the film very much if he had been able to speak. Yes, Dracula vs Frankenstein is that bad.
The plot is …
The basic plot for Dracula vs Frankenstein, such as it is, is as follows: the lovely and successful Judith Fontaine (Regina Carrol) is looking for her missing sister, Joan (Maria Lease, St. Elsewhere) who has disappeared into the hippie community of Venice, California. However, Joan has become the victim of Groton (Lon Chaney Jr.), a mute, axe-wielding homicidal maniac who alternates with playing with little puppies. Groton, in turn, is working for Dr. Durea (J. Carrol Naish), a wheelchair-bound mad scientist who is experimenting with re-attaching decapitated heads and resuscitating the victims. Dr. Durea is secretly the last descendant of Dr. Frankenstein and is running a house of horrors by the beach as a cover, assisted by Grazbo the Evil Dwarf (yes, that’s the character’s name, portrayed by Angelo Rossitto).Read More »Dracula vs Frankenstein