Stacks o' Wax #24

Alfred Hitchcock
Music to Be Murdered By
(Imperial Records #9052; 1958)

Sadly, I'm still on the lookout for a decent copy of this one (I believe there is a CD, but I'd rather have trusty old vinyl), but from what I understand it's largely a collection of vaguely menacing mood music. Hitchcock does wry intros for each track, and I've tracked down a couple of those.

Side 1 intro
Side 2 intro

From the liner notes: "These days a murder is amusing for the onlookers and the murderer but no one thinks of making things pleasant for the victim. He may be a tiresome bore but he is still rather essential and is entitled to some consideration. Music, I feel, will heighten his appreciation and make his own murder the truly ennobling experience it should be."

When Legends Gather #557
The Gunslinger Guide to Sophia Loren #2

Peter Lorre kisses the hand of Ms. Loren.

Artists in Action #537

Lon Chaney Sr. shows off the world's smallest makeup kit.

The Art of Cinema #420

Abbott and Costello Meet the Killer, Boris Karloff
(Charles Barton; 1949)

Great Madmen of the 20th Century #37

Dwight Frye

Before the Age of Multiplexes #7

The Fox Alcazar Theater, California, 1946

Treading the Boards #3

Photos of Bela Lugosi (then Bela Lugossy) in The Passion Play, 1909.

Artists in Action #536

Boris Karloff smiles for the camera

Seminal Image Friday #7: Middle Shots, I

The following images were extracted from the middle three minutes of the films they each represent.

Truth and Illusion: An Introduction to Metaphysics
(King Vidor; 1964)

(David Mamet; 2008)

Il Bidone
(The Swindle)
(Federico Fellini; 1955)

(Frank Tashlin; 1960)

La classe operaia va in paradiso
(The Working Class Go to Heaven)
(Elio Petri; 1971)

Joan of Arc
(Victor Fleming; 1948)

(Dorothy Arzner; 1934)

Wholly Communion
(Peter Whitehead; 1965)

The Wishing Ring: An Idyll of Old England
(Maurice Tourneur; 1914)

Liberi armati pericolosi
(Young, Violent, Dangerous)
(Romolo Guerrieri; 1976)

Toute la mémoire du monde
(Alain Resnais; 1956)

Double Nickels
(Jack Vacek; 1977)

Satan's Bed
(Michael Findlay; 1965)

(Max Ophuls; 1948)

British Sounds
(Jean-Luc Godard and Jean-Henri Roger; 1970)

George Dumpson's Place
(Ed Emshwiller; 1965)

Leo the Last
(John Boorman; 1970)

A Modern Musketeer
(Allan Dwan; 1917)

Day of the Outlaw
(André De Toth; 1959)

Tôkyô nagaremono
(Tokyo Drifter)
(Seijun Suzuki; 1966)

Doctor X (B&W version)
(Michael Curtiz; 1932)

Kiss the Blood Off My Hands
(Norman Foster; 1948)

La Révolution n'est qu'un début. Continuons.
(The Revolution Begins. Let Us Continue)
(Pierre Clementi; 1968)

Young America
(Frank Borzage; 1932)

The Sandpiper
(Vincente Minnelli; 1965)

Great Moments in Marketing #22
The Gunslinger Guide to Julie Christie #12

Julie Christie models Foster Grant sunglasses (1967)

Where the Boys Are #14

Jean-Paul Belmondo

The Gunslinger Guide to Sophia Loren #1

This Week's Weegee #69

The Art of the Big Top #26

The Children of Lewis Hine #11

Mary Malchade, 9 years old; sells newspapers near the Brooklyn Bridge (1910)

Seminal Image #972

Sweet Charity
(Bob Fosse; 1969)

When Legends Gather #556

Walt Disney welcomes Max Fleischer and his son Richard Fleischer.

Poets are both clean and warm
And most are far above the norm
Whether here or on the roam
Have a poet in every home! #45

George Sterling

The Art of the Panel: Charlton #1

from The Scorpion
(by Joe Gill, Bill Fraccio and Tony Tallarico)
(Blue Beetle #50; July, 1965)

Faces of Science #8

Dr. Herbert T. Kalmus

Norman Rockwell Saved from Drowning #15

New Kids in the Neighborhood (1967)

Artists in Action #535

Vladimir Nabokov contemplates his next move

The Art of the Girlie Mag #13

Glamour Girl Photography (September, 1959)