You can always build a shrine to all the terrible things in the world, but it doesn’t mean that you have to destroy anything that is good.
Hereditary (2018) dir. Ari Aster
“Skeleton in the Closet”
The "Skeleton in the Closet" number was performed by Louis Amstrong in the 1936 film, “Pennies From Heaven”.
Composer: Arthur Johnston
Lyricist: Johnny Burke
Performed by: Louis Armstrong & His Orchestra on the 21st episode of the “Norge Kitchen Kommittee” radio broadcast of 1937.
Tomorrow’s Hallowe’en, and all
The witches, in their dells,
Are shining up their magic brooms
And practicing their spells!
And funny little goblin bands
Are marching through the streets,
With loads of shiny apples
For their taffy-apple sweets.
And all the little baby owls
Are trying out their wings —
Oh, wouldn’t it be fun if we
Could see them do these things?
The Witches by Anne Paige, Illustrated by Fern Bisel 1952.
From Children’s Playmate Magazine, Oct 1953
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Favourite Boris Karloff scenes: The lake scene in Frankenstein [2/12]
Possibly the archetypal Monster scene, displaying the full horror of his condition; that he is a child, innocent and unknowing, yet capable of utter terrible destruction that leads to tragedy for those around him (and himself). Karloff shows so much in such a few frames, from blank confusion to glee and left in a state of panic, fear and upset. Yet it is not only his acting ability that helps this scene; Marilyn Harris, the little Maria, also is a star conveying pure genuine youthful enthusiasm and a little pulse of horror as she struggles before being plunged into the lake. As with other early horror films, there is no soundtrack; no audio cue of the impending danger, only Karloff’s shaking arms extending and Harris’ protests, then a gulping cry and a grunt of panic. The moment is over in a flash, yet it lingers in the mind long after the film ends, and is one of the key moments cited in the flashback which opens Bride of Frankenstein.
Off-set, Karloff and the company were concerned Harris would be frightened of him, given his gruesome make-up appearance. To their surprise, on assembling for filming she ran directly up to him, took his hand and asked if she could drive with him. Karloff, of course, responded with delight and they drove to the lake together.