Bela! Bela! Bela!

Unlike his rival Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi starred in and / or provided supporting appearances in relative few good movies.* On Sunday, January 22, 2012 TCM is showing three of his better efforts:

Murders In The Rue Morgue

The Black Cat

Island Of Lost Souls

(That's Bela in the middle on the left; he really doesn't have an awful lot to do in this movie.)

They're all tons o'fun -- The Black Cat especially -- and film buffs / aspiring screenwriters might want to look at this article that speculates on what Murders was originally meant to look like & how it ended up.  None of them are widely shown but Island Of Lost Souls is especially hard to come by nowadays, so I suggest marking your calendar / setting your TiVo.

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*  For the record:

Dracula

Murders In The Rue Morgue

Chandu The Magician (plays the villain)

White Zombie

The Black Cat (co-stars w / Karloff)

The Return Of Chandu (plays the hero!)

The Raven (co-stars w / Karloff)

The Invisible Ray (co-stars w / Karloff)

Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein

International House (supporting George Burns, Gracie Allen & W.C. Fields)

Island Of Lost Souls (supporting Charles Laughton)

Son Of Frankenstein (supporting Karloff & Basil Rathbone)

The Wolfman (supporting Lon Chaney Jr.)

Ninotchka (supporting Greta Garbo [!])

The Body Snatcher (supporting Karloff)

The other 100 or so movies he made are all varying degrees of suckalicious.

 

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