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Archive 382 - September 2017

Raquel Welch, Joan Blondell, Gloria Blondell, The Twonky, The Big Store, James Cagney, Anita Ekberg, Fred Astaire


Raquel Welch

Raquel Welch

Fred Astaire

1942 Fred Astaire as Robert Davis in You Were Never Lovelier

You Were Never Lovelier, 1942

Anita Ekberg

Anita Ekberg

Three Musketeers - 1974

Three Musketeers 1974

Three Musketeers - Released March 29, 1974 (a few releases in Dec 1973 in Europe). Directed by Richard Lester

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The Twonky - 1953

The Twonky 1953

The Twonky - Released June 10, 1953. Directed by Arch Oboler

A living television set takes over the life of a University Professor (Hans Conried) when his wife leaves on a trip and he is left alone to care for himself, which never exactly happens as the TV takes over these duties and increasingly consumes the decisions and actions of the frightened man.

Laced with a lot of humor and a Twilight Zone sense of unreality, The Twonky is a very early jab at describing the totalitarian results from lighted electronic devices (the TV set in The Twonky marches about listening to martial music, generates money when needed, fights away distracting people from the professor's life, and believes itself entitled to rule everything within its reach). A low budget and a lack of cinematic structure hurts the film, but Hans Conried and the rest of the cast (including William Lynn, Janet Warren and Gloria Blondell) make it work (usually) well with their funny character portraits. The writing is the high point of this film, and though it is sometimes like a comedy sketch that goes on a bit too long, there is an actual horror and sci-fi mentality down among the words about a future in which technology runs amok.

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