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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Halloween Horror with Boris Karloff Friday on TCM

Turner Classic Movies starts its pre-Halloween programming with 14 hours of Boris Karloff on Friday.  Beginning at 5:00 a.m. Central, TCM will air 11 movies featuring the well-spoken master of spooky in classic Hollywood horror style.  I have not seen any of these, but the descriptions alone are enough to get you in the spirit.  Watch for Myrna Loy of The Thin Man movies in The Mask of Fu Manchu, in which she played Fah Lo See. 

Friday, October 30, 2009 All times Central
5:00am Behind the Mask (1932) A Federal Agent goes undercover in prison to break up a drug syndicate.  Cast: Jack Holt, Constance Cummings, Boris Karloff, Claude King Dir: John Francis Dillon BW-68 mins, TV-PG

6:15am The Mask Of Fu Manchu (1932) A Chinese warlord threatens explorers in search of the key to global power.  Cast: Boris Karloff, Lewis Stone, Karen Morley, Charles Starrett Dir: Charles Vidor BW-68 mins, TV-PG

7:30am The Ghoul (1933) An ancient Egyptian returns to punish those who violated his tomb.  Cast: Boris Karloff, Cedric Hardwicke, Ernest Thesiger, Dorothy Hyson Dir: T. Hayes Hunter BW-81 mins, TV-G

9:00am The Black Room (1935) An evil twin brother disposes of his enemies in a secret death chamber on his estate.  Cast: Boris Karloff, Marian Marsh, Robert Allen, Thurston Hall Dir: R. William Neill BW-68 mins, TV-G

10:15am The Walking Dead (1936) A framed man comes back from the dead to seek revenge.  Cast: Boris Karloff, Ricardo Cortez, Edmund Gwenn, Marguerite Churchill Dir: Michael Curtiz BW-65 mins, TV-PG

11:30am The Man They Could Not Hang (1939) A mad scientist uses an artificial heart pump he invented to seek revenge after he is executed.  Cast: Boris Karloff, Lorna Gray, Robert Wilcox, Roger Pryor Dir: Nick Grinde BW-64 mins, TV-14

12:45pm The Man With Nine Lives (1940) A doctor's attempts to cure cancer lead to a series of grisly murders.  Cast: Boris Karloff, Roger Pryor, Jo Ann Sayers, Stanley Brown Dir: Nick Grinde BW-74 mins, TV-PG

2:00pm Before I Hang (1940) A mad scientist experiments with a serum tainted with a psychopath's blood.  Cast: Boris Karloff, Evelyn Keyes, Bruce Bennett, Edward Van Sloan Dir: Nick Grinde BW-62 mins, TV-PG

3:15pm The Ape (1940) A mad doctor dresses as an ape to kill victims for their spinal fluid.  Cast: Boris Karloff, Maris Wrixon, Gertrude W. Hoffman, Henry Hall Dir: William Nigh BW-62 mins, TV-PG

4:30pm The Devil Commands (1941) A scientist kills innocent victims in his efforts to communicate with his late wife.  Cast: Boris Karloff, Richard Fiske, Amanda Duff, Anne Revere Dir: Edward Dmytryk BW-64 mins, TV-14

5:45pm Isle Of The Dead (1945) The inhabitants of a Balkans island under quarantine fear that one of their number is a vampire.  Cast: Boris Karloff, Ellen Drew, Marc Cramer, Katherine Emery Dir: Mark Robson BW-72 mins, TV-PG

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