Celebrity Portraits

Ingrid Pitt

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"I hope I am not making it in this business on my sexy looks. I really don't think it's that important. But evidently the masses are looking for sex in every picture. And if they want it, I think they should have it. Cinema is meant to entertain." -- Ingrid Pitt (Bizarre Los Angeles)

“I hope I am not making it in this business on my sexy looks. I really don’t think it’s that important. But evidently the masses are looking for sex in every picture. And if they want it, I think they should have it. Cinema is meant to entertain, and producers should strive to make the […]

Hollywood Horror

Horror Films of the 1940s

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"The vampire can assume many, many forms at will. Sometimes it appears as a bat..." -- line from Son of Dracula (1943) Bizarre Los Angeles

“The vampire can assume many, many forms at will. Sometimes it appears as a bat…” — line from Son of Dracula (1943)     Lucky Ghost (1942) with Mantan Moreland.     –“What you gonna do?” –“Perform a very interesting experiment.” — Lines from The Jungle Captive (1945)

Forgotten Stars

Lupita Tovar

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Lupita Tovar (Bizarre Los Angeles)

The Mexican film legend was the mother of ‘Imitation of Life’ star Susan Kohner and grandmother of screenwriters Chris and Paul Weitz. Hollywood Reporter,  Nov. 13, 2016 by Mike Barnes Lupita Tovar, the Mexican actress who starred in the 1931 Spanish-language version of Dracula that was shot concurrently with the famed Bela Lugosi version, has died. She was […]

Directors/Producers

James Whale

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"A director must be pretty bad if he can't get a thrill out of war, murder, robbery." -- James Whale (Bizarre Los Angeles)

“A director must be pretty bad if he can’t get a thrill out of war, murder, robbery.” — James Whale   “He influenced every director that came after him in the genre, and his films aren’t relics…That’s quite an achievement.” — biographer James Curtis With director Boris Karloff.   The Bride of Frankenstein (1935). With […]

Forgotten Stars

Caroll Borland

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"It is not only the male you must fear. There is, it is said, at the castle, that which is worse: a woman -- for a woman should give life, not take it -- and when a woman is of the Devil, that is worse than the Devil himself." -- Carroll Borland from her book, Countess Dracula (published in 1994). Bizarre Los Angeles

“It is not only the male you must fear. There is, it is said, at the castle, that which is worse: a woman — for a woman should give life, not take it — and when a woman is of the Devil, that is worse than the Devil himself.” — Caroll Borland from her book, […]

Character Actors

Ernest Thesiger

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Ernest Thesiger

“Anyone with a modicum of intelligence and the right kind of physique ought to make a film actor, if they are lucky enough to be told exactly what to do, and I cannot see that the actor for the screen deserves any more credit than a schoolboy who is good at dictation should have for […]

Forgotten Stars

Zita Johann – photos and quotes

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Zita Johann

“I am terrible the first week or so, until I begin to synthesize the character. It takes me longer than most, I’m afraid.” — Zita Johann   Feisty Johann is most fondly remembered as the reincarnated Princess Ankhesenamón in The Mummy (1932). She probably would have been a bigger star if not for her combative […]