Cinema #22: Marquees and More

I know I've visited this topic before, but when you've been posting every day for three years, it's hard not to repeat yourself now and then.  I thought this time around I'd give you the marquee and the corresponding movie poster(s) and newspaper clippings related to the films.  

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 Although, the marquee is interesting in and of itself, I've never heard of a lot of these movies so adding a little background gives it context and makes it come alive. Having these extra elements gives me a little insight as to what was actually playing at that theater.  Sound good? Let's look at a few...

Diary of a Nudist (1961) and Nudes of All Nations (1961)

Strange Bedfellows (1965)

Bwana Devil (1952)

Make Them Die Slowly (1981)

Girl Gang (1954)

(sorry, no newspaper clip available)

Weird Wicked World (1967)

Mountaintop Motel Massacre (1986)

Evidently this film didn't have a wide release.  I can't find anything other than TV listings where it's playing in the early morning hours that very same year!

Note: If you'd like to see more posts like this, let me know.  I've got plenty more if you'd like to see 'em.


  1. Yeah, post some more!!;-D

  2. Yes Please. . . Also look up 42nd street forever dvds series for some excellent info on exploiation, light porn and gore movies from the 70's

  3. This is awesome, thanks for going the extra mile here Gilligan--yes, please post more of these cinematic time-trips!

    Hmm...that's interesting about Pittsburgh banning Jayne Mansfield & "Diary of a Nudist". When these movies were released, we had a couple 'art cinemas' on Liberty Avenue, and at the time that entire street was a neon hodge-podge of adult theaters, adult bookstores, massage parlors, strip shows and prostitutes.

    Now it's all gone and very, very boring :)

  4. Now this is a great post!
    Just excellent.

  5. At first glance it looks as if there was a long line for "Weird Wicked World", but apparently there was a protest going on that day.

  6. I actually liked the color photos of the streets from the 60s, like the one here with Weird Wicked World; you see everything: fashion, cars, buildings, lanterns, etc. I think it could be a good topic to cover if you come across a lot of similar zeitgeist pictures.

  7. From IMDB:

    Mountaintop Motel Massacre (1986)

    After several years in an insane asylum, Evelyn, the keeper of the Mountaintop Motel, is released and resumes doing business. She kills her young charge out of anger, but convinces the police it was an accident - and pushed into insanity, she then proceeds to target her guests, first by releasing vermin into their rooms, but then by using her trusty sickle...

  8. Mountaintop Motel Massacre (1986)

  9. What was the "Johnston Office"?

    The Bwana Devil clip said the film was not approved by the Johnson office becasue the 3D effect made the "love scenes" too intimate.

    I have heard of the Hays Code but never the Johnston Office.

    Good post. I have actually seen a few of these.

  10. Excellent post! Interesting to see the juxtaposition of the local exhibitor's take on promotion vs. the ad copy from the Hollywood office.