Archive for the Old School Category

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.

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.

Robert Horton LP

Posted in Collectibles, Music, Old School with tags , on February 12, 2017 by MONSTERMINIONS

Guy is a decent singer! Of course we all know him from The Green Slime.

Monster Kid Radio #287: Cat People

Posted in Old School, Podcasts with tags , , on October 7, 2016 by MONSTERMINIONS

Fun time discussing Cat People with Derek!



Lon Chaney Star

Posted in Horror, Old School with tags , on May 25, 2016 by MONSTERMINIONS

Stones on the Black Cat Label

Posted in Music, Old School with tags , , , , on May 6, 2016 by MONSTERMINIONS

Scored this today. Looking forward to spinning this one.

Taiwanese LPs

Tribute to Vince Rotolo

Posted in Old School, RIP with tags , on April 28, 2016 by MONSTERMINIONS

I was saddened today to learn of the passing of b-movie archivist, podcaster, retroist and genuinely nice guy Vince Rotolo. Sometime before I ever knew what a blog or podcast was, I took to the internet searching the phrase “B Movie” and stumbled upon a curious site that opened up my world to film genre like Giallo and Sword & Sandal. I had always been a fan of fantasy films but through Vince’s podcast world I learned so much more. I picked up the phone and called him and pitched the idea of a podcast topic on Mad Scientists, focusing on Slavic inventor Nikola Tesla, who served as a prototype for many celluloid heroes and villains. Vince immediately accepted and we cut Episode #48. To this day, I think it is the only stand alone “B-Movie Cast” that focuses on a topic rather than a film.

Vince was willing to try new things. A few times I poked him —joking, that a featured film like Blade Runner or perhaps Forbidden Planet wasn’t a B-Movie. Vince those were top tier A pictures with large budgets. Another time, for show #300 I bitched about some “crappy Robin Williams film” and he laughed and the bullets would bounce off him and he would quip: I don’t care it’s my podcast and I’ll do what I want. And that he did. Vince ran a wonderful show and kept the community engaged.

One time a clueless iTunes reviewer commented that Vince’s delivery was comparable to watching paint dry. Vince laughed it off in a dry deprecating humor Bob Newhart would admire. The reviewer missed the point of Vince and his world. He wasn’t supposed to be a professional and boy could he hack Stanley Kubrick’s name. Here was a former HAM radio operator who had found a new medium and man did he improve upon it with a fanatical obsession of technical prowess fortified with millions of miles of electrical wires and duct tape.

I finally met Vince and Mary at Ron’s Monster Bash. I thought here is a guy so cool, with a vintage LP collection, Klypsch La Scala speakers, and an encyclopedic memory of old films, he was like an older brother I never had. We struck up a friendship and he expanded my world. I am a blogger entirely because of Vince’s passion for old (and new) films.

From my vantage, Vince leaves a legacy of 374 unique insights into genre film and a time-capsule of early 21st pop culture. He helped define the podcast movement and changed the world one freak at a time. As far as I am concerned those podcasts belong in the Smithsonian.

Heartfelt condolences to Mary, the Rotolo family, Nic, Juan and the extended b-movie cast family.