The Panther Womane

Posted in Horror, Miscellania, Old School with tags , , on March 19, 2018 by MONSTERMINIONS

Along with Murders in the Zoo (1933), Paramount’s Island of Lost Souls (1932) are probably the most gruesome horror films from the pre-code Golden era of Hollywood. Both films feature the exotic-looking Kathleen Burke, who appeared in at least 22 features from 1932 to 1938.

Recently I came across additional information on Burke’s life.

This summary is taken from a thread posted on the Northwest Indiana History Facebook Page, from member Steven Shook (used with permission):

[Kathleen Burke is] A distant relative on mine. She’s seen in this photograph [below] as the woman with the black belt. The second woman from the left standing (arms on shoulders of young girl) is Kathleen’s mother Eulalia.

Kathleen was born September 5, 1913, in Hammond, the daughter of Cullen Dean Burke and Eulalia E. (Duff) Burke. She attended Waller High School (now Lincoln Park High School) in Chicago.

On September 29, 1932, it was officially announced by Paramount Studios that Kathleen B. Burke had won their contest to find the Panther Woman for their upcoming film “Island of Lost Souls.” Burke was chosen by Cecil B. DeMille, Ernst Lubitsch, Rouben Mamoulian, and others, from four finalists and a total of 60,000 contest entrants. Burke’s photographs for the Paramount Pictures contest were taken by her future husband, Glen Rardin.

She married Glen Nelson Rardin on February 25, 1933, at the Old San Fernando Mission in Mission Hills, California. Glen and Kathleen would divorce on November 8, 1934. She then married Jose Torres Fernandez at Hollywood on March 8, 1936, and they’d have one daughter, Antonia. Kathleen and Jose divorced – probably in 1942. Kathleen’s third marriage was to Forrest L. Smith and from 1965 to 1980 she’s resided in the New Town area of Chicago. Kathleen died April 11, 1980, at Chicago’s Columbus Hospital and she was buried in Montrose Cemetery in Chicago.

Photograph taken in Chicago.

RIP Nokie Edwards

Posted in Music, RIP with tags , on March 13, 2018 by MONSTERMINIONS

Legendary guitarist with the Ventures has died.

Harryhausen Cyclops in “Ready Player One”

Posted in Miscellania, Ray, STOP-MOTION with tags , , on March 9, 2018 by MONSTERMINIONS

I noticed at 1:45 mark, in new Ready Player One trailer that The Iron Giant and Harryhausen’s Cyclops from The 7th Voyage of Sinbad make cameos.

Congrats GTD!

Posted in Miscellania with tags on March 5, 2018 by MONSTERMINIONS

Nice to see a fantasy film do well at the Oscars!

Happy Birthday Lon Chaney, Jr.

Posted in Miscellania with tags on February 10, 2018 by MONSTERMINIONS

Pictured here in High Noon (1952).

Happy Birthday Jules Verne!

Posted in Miscellania on February 8, 2018 by MONSTERMINIONS

The Cliff Monster (1960)

Posted in 8mm, Old School, Scarce Films, Sci-Fi with tags , , on February 3, 2018 by MONSTERMINIONS

Here’s Youtube link and some screen shots from the Bob Burns and Paul and Jackie Blaisdell home movie film “The Cliff Monster”. This would be the last film of a Blaisdell creation. The monster/puppet used a clock drive mechanism, which anticipated Carlo Rambaldi’s ET and CE3K aliens by near 20 years.