June 23, 2013
When once and future cowboy star Dick Foran tapped out of the Mummy series, another cowboy actor jumped in. Dennis Moore was the star of numerous westerns including Land Of Hunted Men and Raiders Of Ghost City.
And, of course, Lon Chaney Jr was already there.
Mummy’s Hand – Dick Foran for the Win!
Mummy’s Tomb – LC JR is victorious!
Mummy’s Curse – Dennis Moore, onlooker.
June 14, 2013
The first twelve minutes of the one-hour running time of “The Mummy’s Tomb”, Stephen Banning (our friend Dick) sits in a comfortable chair and tells us the whole story of “The Mummy’s Hand.”
But once and future cowboy star, Lon Chaney, Jr., is the star of this film. When they meet, it’s like De Niro and Pacino in “Heat” –Dick and Lon together at last!
June 12, 2013
April 29, 2013
From 1958 to 1960, Rory Calhoun took up residence in “The Texan.” Lots of cool folks dropped by.
And, in case you didn’t catch the spelling on Calhoun’s character’s name, it’s the one on the bottom.
April 27, 2013
For this 1932 RKO serial, Lon Chaney Jr has a secret identity. In town, he’s the smiling if righteous newspaper editor. On the plain, he’s The Black Ghost. He wears all black and a little disguise. And he has an over-the-top accent.
Like the Durango kid would a half-dozen years later, he has a make-shift hide-out for changing on the run.
The plot involves illegal guns, General Custer and stampeding cattle. The Black Ghost must persist!
Chaney is as good as he is in most stuff. He’s an adequate cowboy hero — can convincingly throw a punch, smile at girls and kids, and ride. He looks appropriately corny and honest in his town-folk get-up. He looks jaunty and mysterious as the Black Ghost.
I love a good serial. This one is okay. But it has it’s moments.
And Yakima’s in it somewhere. (I couldn’t find him.) (No, I didn’t watch all 12 episodes, running time nearly 4 hours.)