Archive for tag: Arch Oboler

What Ever Happened to the Laughs in ‘Oboler Comedy Theatre’?

18 November, 2013 (07:04) | Essays, Guest Contributor, Television | By: guest

By Matthew Rovner [Note: The UCLA kindly let me view the entire available copies of Oboler Comedy Theatre; however, I was not allowed to take pictures of any of the episodes. Therefore, this article will not have pictures from the program. I could not view one episode called Dog’s Eye View, because the kinescope negative […]

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Night of the Auk

18 March, 2013 (08:31) | Essays, Guest Contributor, Television | By: guest

By Matthew Rovner [Note: The television production of Night of the Auk is not available on home video in any format. The UCLA film library kindly let me view a video cassette of the production. However, I was not allowed to take any photos; nonetheless, there are pre-existing photos of the TV production, on the […]

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Arch Oboler’s ‘Bewitched’ and its Alter Egos

18 February, 2013 (06:14) | Essays, Guest Contributor | By: guest

Matthew Rovner follows up his career overview of radio pioneer and film director Arch Oboler, published in 2009 on Parallax View, with this study of his 1945 film Bewitched. By Matthew Rovner Arch Oboler’s intriguing noir, Bewitched (1945), is a dark thriller about a woman with multiple personality disorder, now termed dissociative identity disorder (DID). […]

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What Ever Happened to Arch Oboler? (Part Two – 3D)

4 February, 2009 (19:48) | Directors, Essays, Guest Contributor | By: guest

[Part One of Matthew Rovner's overview of Arch Oboler's films career ran on Parallax View here. Part Two covers Oboler's efforts as a pioneer in 3D cinema.] SYMPATHY FOR BWANA DEVIL While in Kenya, Oboler became fascinated with The Man-Eaters of Tsavo (1907), written by adventurer and Zionist J.H. Patterson. The story was based on […]

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“Gumshoe,” “Five,” “Our Man in Havana” and Martini Movies – DVDs for the Week 2/3/09

2 February, 2009 (20:18) | by Sean Axmaker, DVD, Film Reviews | By: Sean Axmaker

What exactly is a “Martini Movie”? Sony hasn’t really explained the meaning behind the moniker it’s used to brand a collection of otherwise unrelated films from the Columbia Pictures catalogue. But based on the promotional featurettes the Sony has whipped up for each of the now ten DVDs released that imprint, a “Martini Movie” is […]

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What Ever Happened to Arch Oboler? (Part One)

30 January, 2009 (00:21) | Directors, Essays, Guest Contributor | By: guest

[Arch Oboler's Five makes its home video debut on Tuesday, February 3. To mark the occasion, Oboler expert Matthew Rovner has contributed a brief history his film career. Part One covers his earliest films. ] Arch Oboler came to Hollywood out of the radio tube, but he never showed the visual flair of Orson Welles. […]

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