Elvira: Mistress of the Dark (1988)

1988-Elviramistressofthedarkposter-WikipediaElvira, Mistress of the Dark is an American comedy horror film. Cassandra Peterson plays the role of horror hostess Elvira in the character’s feature film debut.

Elvira makes her Big Scream Debut in her Hot New Comedy.

Released September 30, 1988 (US)

When a chauvinist millionaire buys the television network where the sexy Elvira is the horror hostess of a late show, she quits her job with the intention of producing her own show in Las Vegas. However, the producers demand $50,000 from her and Elvira does not have the money. Out of the blue, she receives a telegram informing that her great-aunt Morgana died and she has an inheritance to receive. Elvira drives to the uptight town of Fallwell, Massachusetts, where her convertible breaks down. While repairing her convertible, Elvira inherits an archaic mansion, a recipe book and a poodle. Her great-uncle Vincent Talbot proposes to buy her book, but the poodle hides it in the sofa. Meanwhile, the conservative council of Fallwell feels uncomfortable with Elvira’s clothes and behavior and does not let her find a job. But cinema owner Bob Redding and the local teenagers help Elvira. When she decides to cook a dinner to impress Bob, she uses Morgana’s recipe and finds that it is indeed a spell book that belonged to her mother Divana. Further, Morgana has protected her from the warlock Vincent that wants the book to take over the world and destroy Elvira, who is a powerful witch. When Elvira refuses to sell the spell book to Vincent, he convinces the council that she is a witch that must be burned at the stake. How will Elvira stop the evil warlock Vincent? [IMDb*]

Notable Cast

  • Cassandra Peterson, “Elvira” / “Aunt Morgana Talbot”
  • W. Morgan Sheppard, “Great-Uncle Vincent Talbot”
  • Edie McClurg , “Chastity Pariah”
  • Kurt Fuller, “Mr. Glotter”
  • Jeff Conaway, “Travis”
  • William Duell, “Lesley Meeker”
  • Frank Welker, voice of “Algonquin”

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Room Service (1938)

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Room Service (1938), lobby card

Room Service is an RKO film comedy, based on the 1937 play of the same name. The film stars the Marx Brothers and also features Lucille Ball and Ann Miller.

This is the only Marx Bros. film that was not written especially for the team. Less frenetic and more physically contained than their other movies, the plot revolves around the shenanigans of getting a stage play produced and funded by mysterious backer Zachary Fisk, while evading paying a large hotel bill.

Better . . . Battier . . . Funnier Than Ever !

Released September 30, 1938 (US)

Notable Cast

  • Harpo Marx, “Faker Englund”
  • Groucho Marx, “Gordon Miller”
  • Chico Marx, “Harry Binelli”
  • Lucille Ball, “Christine Marlowe”
  • Ann Miller, “Hilda Manney”

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There’s Something About Mary (1998) released in UK cinemas

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There’s Something About Mary (1998), theatrical poster

There’s Something About Mary is an American romantic comedy film starring Cameron Diaz as the titular character with Matt Dillon, Ben Stiller, Lee Evans and Chris Elliott all playing men who are in love with Mary and vying for her affections.

Warning: The guys who did ‘Dumb & Dumber’ and ‘Kingpin’ bring you a love story.

Released July 15, 1998 (US); September 25, 1998 (UK)

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Will Smith

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Will Smith (1968-), pictured in 2016

Will Smith (born September 25, 1968) is an American actor, producer, comedian, rapper and songwriter. Smith has been nominated for five Golden Globe Awards and two Academy Awards, and has won four Grammy Awards.

In the late 1980s, Smith achieved modest fame as a rapper under the name The Fresh Prince. In 1990, his popularity increased dramatically when he starred in the NBC television series The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, which ran for six seasons until 1996. After the series ended, Smith transitioned from television to film, and has gone on to star in numerous blockbuster films. He is the only actor to have eight consecutive films gross over $100 million in the domestic box office, eleven consecutive films gross over $150 million internationally, and eight consecutive films in which he starred, open at the number one spot in the domestic box office tally.

20th Century Highlights

  • The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (TV, 1990-1996)
  • “Summertime” (1991), DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince, UK#8
  • “Boom! Shake the Room” (1993), DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince, UK#1
  • Six Degrees of Separation (1993), “Paul”
  • Bad Boys (1995), “Mike Lowrey”
  • Independence Day (1996), “Capt. Steven Hiller”
  • Men in Black (1997), “Agent J”
  • “Men in Black” (1997), UK #1
  • Big Willie Style (1997), UK #9
  • “Gettin’ Jiggy With It” (1997), UK #3
  • “Just The Two Of Us” (1998), UK #2
  • “Enemy of the State” (1998), “Robert Clayton Dean”
  • “Miami” (1998), UK #3
  • Wild Wild West (1999), “James West”
  • “Wild Wild West” (1999), UK #2
  • Will 2K (1999), UK #2
  • Willennium (1999), UK #10

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September 24, 1969: The Blood of Fu Manchu flowed into US cinemas

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The Blood of Fu Manchu (1968)

The Blood of Fu Manchu, also known as Fu Manchu and the Kiss of Death, Kiss of Death, Kiss and Kill (US title) and Against All Odds (original US video title), is a British adventure crime film based on the fictional Asian villain Fu Manchu created by Sax Rohmer. It was the fourth film in a series.

LUSCIOUS LIPS – Lethal in their biting sting of death!

September 18, 1968: Salt & Pepper released in cinemas

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Salt & Pepper (1968)

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Salt and Pepper is a comedy film starring Sammy Davis, Jr., Peter Lawford, Michael Bates, Ilona Rodgers and John Le Mesurier. The film was directed by Richard Donner, who later would direct the films Superman and Lethal Weapon.

It was written by the brother of Doctor Who‘s Jon Pertwee, Michael Pertwee and the music written by jazz saxophonist John Dankworth.

There was a 1970 sequel, One More Time, directed by Jerry Lewis.

Chris Pepper (Lawford) and Charlie Salt (Davis) own a nightclub in Swinging London, operating under the suspicious eye of the intrepid Inspector Crabbe (Bates).

One night, Pepper finds an Asian girl on the floor of the club. Assuming she’s drunk or high, he makes a date with her and thinks she responds. It turns out the girl is dying, and her death sets off a chain of events that puts the unlucky Salt and Pepper onto a plot to overthrow the British government, with the girl’s dying words the key.

Also starring Graham Stark, Robertson Hare and Jeremy Lloyd.

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September 18, 1958: Actress & former glamour model, Linda Lusardi born

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Linda Lusardi (1958-), pictured in 2005

Linda Lusardi is an English actress, television presenter and former glamour model.

In 1976, she began her modelling career in The Sun at the age of 18. She has appeared in Doctor Who spin-off The Zero Imperative (1994) and was magician Wayne Dobson‘s assistant for two series of A Kind of Magic (1990-1991) on ITV.

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