May 2020 In Review

With the amount of down time I’ve had at the office during this era of a world pandemic my movie count is still running at a high number though I […]

Highway 301

If Steve Cochran learned anything playing opposite James Cagney’s Cody Jarrett in the 1949 gangster classic, White Heat, it’s how to kill indiscriminately and in a cold blooded fashion on […]

The Texan (1930)

Serving as a fine follow-up to his 1929 success The Virginian, Gary Cooper, once again takes center stage in an all talking motion picture. Joining him under John Cromwell’s excellent […]

Pier 5, Havana (1959)

Lesser known “B” titles need love to so when I see the names Cameron Mitchell and Allison Hayes starring in a low budget effort from Edward L. Cahn, I’ve just […]

Bait (1954)

As if borrowing a page from Hitchcock’s television show or Karloff’s Thriller, this black and white “B” predates the intros to those shows with Sir Cedric Hardwicke delivering a tongue […]

The Passage (1979)

Just prior to becoming a house director for Cannon Films, J. Lee Thompson, reunited with his Guns of Navarone leading man of 1961, Anthony Quinn, for another WW2 thriller. It’s […]

Universal Horror Collection Volume 3

This third offering from Scream Factory offers up the names classic horror fans can never get enough of. Karloff, Lugosi, Chaney, Rathbone, Price, Atwill and Alan Ladd. No seriously, Alan […]

Doomwatch (1972)

For years I’d seen images of this Peter Sasdy directed production for Tigon Productions in Famous Monsters magazine or old hard cover books on the history of horror films I’d […]

April 2020 In Review

The lock down continues and I hope and pray each and every one of my guests who drop by Mike’s Take On the Movies remain safe and sound laying as […]

Flat Top (1952)

A number of years before producer Walter Mirisch began to bring major “A” budget projects to movie screens including The Magnificent Seven, The Great Escape and In the Heat of […]

Dr. Phibes Rises Again (1972)

When Vincent Price scored a bullseye along with director Robert Fuest in 1971’s The Abominable Dr. Phibes for AIP, one thing was a given. If you said a sequel, then […]

Conflict (1936)

“Let’s get ready to Rumble!” “Ladies and Gentlemen. Introducing the challenger weighing in at an estimate of 200 pounds, John Wayne! And in this corner the champion with the KO […]

Best Seller (1987)

Just two days prior to the death of actor, Brian Denney, I cracked the seal on the blu ray edition of this 1987 feature that I’ve enjoyed numerous times since […]

Chosen Survivors (1974)

When a nuclear holocaust is upon us the United States sends select individuals to self contained bunkers in twelve key locations throughout the country. The idea is to keep the […]