Friday, December 21, 2012

Now Playing: DEC. 21, 1962.

Holiday releases continue at a festive pace this weekend. Here's a movie page from the Milwaukee Journal to give you some idea of the big pictures in play.

And here's some of the advertising close-up.

I should count Taras Bulba among the big holiday wide releases along with Billy Rose's Jumbo, Gypsy, In Search of the Castaways and It's Only Money. It's definitely the one I'd most likely see of the five, if I didn't live within reach of Lawrence of Arabia. I'm not saying Taras is a good movie -- just that it's my type of movie. Let's take a closer look thanks to soapbxprod.

Also in Milwaukee:

Disney made Jules Verne a viable movie brand with 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea in 1954. That film arguably started the whole trend of classics-illustrated movies, if you will, that resulted in Roger Corman's Poe cycle and some H. G. Wells pictures as well. I don't recall Castaways making as big an impression as 20,000 Leagues, however.

Here are the musicals I've mentioned this week, one in Cape Girardeau, MO.

And in Miami:

Not everyplace is limited to these choices. Here are some alternatives opening today in Schenectady.

Tale as old as time? Song as old as...? No, I suppose not.

Why popular prices for a Cinerama attraction? Probably because it's actually a blown-up re-release of the legendary Scent of Mystery, the one and only feature made in the equally legendary Smell-O-Vision process. Yes, that's what they called it. So what format would you rather see it in???...

Meanwhile, what's opening in the biggest showcase of all? Here's three new attractions in New York City.

This is one is sure to sway the sophisticates!

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