Wednesday, 13 June 2018


Directed by Curtis Bernhardt, 1946

Starring Ida Lupino as Emily Brontë, Paul Henreid as Rev. Arthur Nicholls, Olivia de Havilland as Charlotte Brontë, Sydney Greenstreet as William Makepeace Thackeray, Nancy Coleman as Anne Brontë and Arthur Kennedy as Branwell Brontë.

Genius authors Emily and Charlotte Bronte fall in love with their curate as they seek to get their work published.



Saturday, 9 June 2018

The Dark Mirror

American film noir psychological thriller written by Vladimir Pozner and directed by Robert Siodmak, 1946.

An outstanding performance by Olivia de Havilland as Terry and Ruth Collins.

Lew Ayres is their psychiatrist Dr. Scott Elliott

A man is found murdered, with witnesses convinced about the woman they saw leaving his apartment. However, it becomes apparent that the woman has a twin, and finding out which one is the killer seems impossible.


Wednesday, 6 June 2018

Look Out There's a Monster Coming

La Nave de los Monstruos (1960)

Lonely, unmarried, looking for love,
Life was passing me by.
So I sent off my photo, hobbies and age;
Magazine marriage I tried.
They say for centuries lovely Japanese girls
Have been trained in the art of pleasing men.
Be lonely no more, open destiny's door.
For one dollar they arrange a meeting.

My image was wrong, I didn't like me,
So I changed my personality.
I bought a delux Merseybeat wig
But it was a size too big.
What confidence in my new built-up shoes,
So smart for winter or summer.
Undetectable in normal everyday use.

Look out there's a monster coming!

Bye-bye binoculars and macintosh,
Everything is just great.
I take elocution, learn to speak posh
But still I can't find a mate.
Be popular, learn to play the guitar,
In seven days you could be strumming.
Be sociable, learn kissing technique.

Look out there's a monster coming!

Carnaby clothes, I reshaped my nose,
Plastic surgery's best.
To cut down my weight off comes my left leg.
I pass a swimming costume test.
Are my sideboards too long,
Don't my aftershave pong?
I know my new nose ain't runnin'.
What's wrong with my tie?
Am I getting too high?

Look out there's a monster coming!

Disfiguring and ugly, my facial hair
I had removed electrically.
I rejuvenated my energy cells
And regained my virility (grunt grunt).
(He put my hand on my heart?),
(I am changing the part?).
He had a machine for a mummy.
Please be gentle with me:
I come to pieces literally.

Look out there's a monster coming!
Look out there's a monster coming!
Look out there's a monster coming!

Written by Vivian Stanshall

© Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band - 'Canyons Of Your Mind' on Colour Me Pop, 1968


Death Cab For Cutie

The Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band

From the Album Gorilla, 1967

Wolfgang Eichlerax

That night Cutie called a cab
-Baby don't do it
She left her East Side drum so drab
-Baby don't do it
She went out on the town
Knowing it would make her lover frown
-Death cab for Cutie
-Death cab for Cutie
Someone's going to make you pay your fare

The cab was racing through the night
-Baby don't do it
His eyes in the mirror, keeping Cutie in sight
-Baby don't do it
When he saw Cutie it gave him a thrill
Don't you know Baby, curves can kill
-Death cab for Cutie
-Death cab for Cutie
Someone's going to make you pay your fare

Cutie, don't you play with fate
Don't leave your lover alone
If you go out on this date
His heart will turn to stone

Bad girl Cutie, what have you done
-Baby don't do it
Slipping sliding down Highway 31
-Baby don't do it
The traffic lights changed from green to red
They tried to stop but they both wound up dead
-Death cab for Cutie
-Death cab for Cutie
Someone's going to make you pay your fare
Someone's going to make you pay your fare
Someone's going to make you pay your fare
Someone's going to make you pay your fare

Photo by Stephen Perry



The Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band famously performed 'Death Cab for Cutie' at the end of The Beatles' 1967 Magical Mystery Tour film. The Bonzos were asked personally by Paul McCartney to be in the film as they were gaining popularity in Britain at the time.

Written by the group's singer Vivian Stanshall, the initial inspiration for this song was the title of an old American pulp fiction crime magazine he once came across.

The origin of the phrase 'Death Cab for Cutie' can be traced to a book by British Academic Richard Hoggart. In 1957, Hoggart published a book called The Uses of Literacy which discussed British popular culture and cultural studies. The phrase appears in Chapter 8, part C which is titled 'Sex and Violence Novels.'

The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band singer Vivian Stanshall wanted to sing this as a comedic send-up of Elvis Presley. Stanshall sang the song in the style of teenage tragedy songs, such as 'Teen Angel' by Mark Dinning.

The Bellingham, Washington indie rockers Death Cab for Cutie named their band after this song. Lead singer Ben Gibbord says that if he knew his band would still be popular 15 years after they formed, he would've picked "something more obvious" for a band name.

The '80s group Culture Club referenced this track in their song 'Crime Time,' which appeared on Culture Club's 1984 album Waking Up with the House on Fire. The Bonzos singer Vivian Stanshall later died in an unfortunate house fire in 1995.

In 1975, Alex Chilton of the influential American rock band Big Star performed a cover of 'Death Cab for Cutie' on Memphis radio station WLYX.