Thursday, August 21, 2014

Dire Walk with Me

This unfortunate soul, in her keeping,
Out the door takes a stroll while still sleeping 
Though she's nursed, won't recover 
She's been cursed, like her lover
On this torrid atoll all is weeping.

The lovely Frances Dee starred in at least one moody masterpiece, I Walked With a Zombie (Jacques Tourneur; 1943). In it she plays nurse Betsy Connell, in charge of zombie Jessica Holland (Christine Gordon). Dee was married to actor Joel McCrea.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Feline, Fo, Fum

In despair, she complains of a curse
Of a terror profane and perverse
And their honeymoon bed
She will shun, full of dread
To their marriage Irena's averse.

Will Oliver and Irena find happiness? Will the poor guy he ever get to second base? Kent Smith and Simone Simon in Cat People (Jacques Tourneur; 1942).

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Poolside Nervous

Like a herring, you float in the drink
Something's tearing out throats, so don't blink
This feline offender
Is female in gender
And she's wearing a coat black as ink.

Jane Randolph screams and Simone Simon turns on the lights in Cat People (Jacques Tourneur; 1942).

Monday, August 18, 2014

Swim Shady

In the shadows it grows, black and foul
Big and bad, the beast goes on the prowl
Sight unseen in the murk
Drama queen gone berserk?
With no paddle, she throws in the towel.

Jane Randolph finds she can't hide in the water in Cat People (Jacques Tourneur; 1942).

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Pool Focus

Her nerves frayed, in deep water she's treading
She's dismayed -- her own slaughter she's dreading
Though she thinks she's alone
Her heart sinks like a stone
She's afraid if she's caught it means shredding.

Jane Randolph takes a swim in Cat People (Jacques Tourneur; 1942). Title by the always in focus David Cairns.

Saturday, August 16, 2014


Late at night -- something's wrong -- there's a sound  
You're uptight -- move along -- don't turn 'round!
Hear her growl in the dark,
On the prowl through the park...
She might bite, and belongs in a pound.

Jane Randolph takes a walk in Cat People (Jacques Tourneur; 1942). Title by cheap suit David Cairns.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Sex Kitten, Twice Shy

This poor dear has a terrible dread
It's a fear has her worried in bed
When she's reeling with passion
Will she squeal, feline-fashion?
Oh the tears! -- and the fur! -- that she's shed.

David Cairns

Irena dreams of hairballs: Simone Simon in Cat People (Jacques Tourneur; 1942).

Thursday, August 14, 2014

That Loving Feline

Irena the Serb's very glamorous
Dejeuner sur l'herbe turns her amorous
When her mood gets erotic
Then she's brooding, psychotic
Brain disturbed, she goes furry and clamorous.

David Cairns

Simone Simon is the feline Irena Dubrovna in Cat People (Jacques Tourneur; 1942). Kent Smith is Oliver Reed, who falls for her. "Le déjeuner sur l'herbe" means "The luncheon on the grass", and is the title of an oil painting by Édouard Manet.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Ankers Away

Ankers' pictures, with loonies, all teem
Men afflicted by moonlight's full beam
Oh-so-scary amours
Who grow hairy on moors
And predictably soon there's a scream.

British actress and 'scream queen' Evelyn Ankers faints in the arms of The Wolf Man (1941), lounges in a promo pic below for The Mad Ghoul (1943), and points to a list of some of her other films at Universal, accompanied by director James P. Hogan and the Mad Ghoul himself, David Bruce. Here's a previous rhyme about Ankers.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

The Strong Violent Type

Kong's a thing no mere army can tame
He's the King, and he'll harm, hurt and maim
You won't faze him with shackles
All you'll raise are his hackles
What will sting are the charms of a dame.

Fay Wray is beauty, and the beast is King Kong (Cooper and Schoedsack; 1933). Title by weak and wimpy David Cairns.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

What's a Nice Gorilla Like you...?

Like she's shrunken to fit, Fay looks tiny
When a monkey's big mitt snares her heinie
He's no beautiful dreamer
She's a dutiful screamer
Full of spunk, but a little bit whiny.

David Cairns

Fay Wray gives her lungs a workout in King Kong (Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack; 1933).

Saturday, August 9, 2014

The Kong Silent Type

Any creature he meets he soon smites
Makes no speeches--he beats and he bites
But his heartstrings respond
To a smart, clingy blond
In this screecher, petite, he delights.

Fay Wray screams her way through the greatest monster movie of all time, King Kong (Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack; 1933).  I scream, you scream, we all scream for Scream Queens.

Friday, August 8, 2014

The Visible Wray

On display in some gruesome goon's scheme  
Our Miss Wray was a nubile wet dream
Wearing outfits revealing
When she shouts it's appealing
She's a lady who knew how to scream

Actress and "scream queen" Fay Wray (September 15, 1907 – August 8, 2004), looking perfectly pink in 2-strip Technicolor, in the classic pre-code chiller Mystery of the Wax Museum (Michael Curtiz; 1933).