Friday, February 23, 2018

Francis the Stalking Ghoul

He preys like a leach, this imposter
Those he sways with his speech join his roster
Despite Francis's splendor
His finances grow slender
And he stays just to teach Jodie Foster.

David Cairns

Just like actor Francis Lederer, the vampire count migrates to America s in The Return of Dracula (Paul Landres; 1958). Fun fact: Francis Lederer was indeed Jodie Foster's drama teacher.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Day For Dwight

Go to guy for mad science-type fun
Prefers spiders and flies--hold the bun
Likes a castle or lab
A black mass would be fab!
Who knows why ol' Dwight Frye has a gun.

Remembering the birthday of a favorite among character actors, Dwight Frye (February 22, 1899 – November 7, 1943). Dwight Iliff Frye didn't only play lackeys in horror films., and by all accounts he was a normal guy. Title by odd fearing Donald B. Benson. Above: Frye is a rare book forger In Fast Company (Edward Buzzell;1938), here getting the drop on Louis Calhern. Below: Frye enjoys a couple of beers at the beach with his wife Laura, son Buddy, and mama with the dog.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Above the Fruited Vein

In a trunk he'll traverse the Atlantic
The old skunk finds his curse makes him frantic
Thus, when "necking" with dames
He bites, wrecks, rips and maims
This blood-junky's perversely romantic.

David Cairns

Dracula (Francis Lederer) moves his coffin to California, U.S.A. in Return of Dracula (Paul Landres; 1958). Title by fruitful Donald B.Benson.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

No Country For Old Menaces

Drac will suck, and the cherry blood flows
Run amok, he will bury what grows   
Europe's virgins now tarts,
Vampire scourge then departs,
Tries to pluck an American rose.   

Old World Dracula come to America. Francis Lederer spooks Norma Eberhardt in The Return of Dracula (Paul Landres; 1958).

Monday, February 19, 2018

He Came to See the Bites

Europe's barren and blasted and meaner
Over There, Drac had fasted, grown leaner
But the hateful blood-beast
In the States has a feast
For American pastures are greener.

Surly Hack, Donald B. Benson, and David Cairns 

Dracula (Francis Lederer) hungers for California teenager Rachel (Norma Eberhardt) in The Return of Dracula (Paul Landres; 1958).

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Craze Anatomy

This here fellow's not mincing or snobby
He's a hellraising, insolent swabbie
His two forearms are bloated
And what's more, we have noted
That his elbows and chin are both knobby.

Popeye flexes his Blow Me Down! (Dave Fleischer; 1933).

Friday, February 16, 2018

This Land Was Made For You to Bleed

Old World hack finds it tough to get dates
So he packs up a couple of crates
This elusive guy treks
To find juicier necks
And now Drac struts his stuff in the States.

Francis Lederer and Norma Eberhardt in The Return of Dracula (Paul Landres; 1958).

Thursday, February 15, 2018

That Old Fang of Mine

From his sight girls quite rightly recoil
With delight he will bite and despoil
When the rascal is done
With his vascular fun
He'll alight and sleep tight on home soil.

Bela Lugosi returns to vampirism as Armand Tesla (Dracula in all but name). scaring the kiddies in The Return of the Vampire (Lew Landers; 1943). Title by old soul Donald B. Benson.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Frye ... Ain’t Got Nobody

One more Valentines Day with no lass
With no gal to make hay with, harass       
I can't score with a girl
Am I horrid? A churl?
I'm unbalanced, they say, and low class.

Dwight Frye as Karl in Bride of Frankenstein (James Whale;1935).Title by Donald B. Benson, who says, "I coulda been some body!" This is a special Wednesday edition of Dwight Frye-Days. Happy Valentines Day from the bleeding hearts at LimerWrecks.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Haemophage of Innocence

Things improve with time's passing, they say
You disprove that each lass that you slay
You prefer blood that's surgin'
From a curvy young virgin
So that you've got a classy buffet.

David Cairns

Drácula (Carlos Villarias) menaces Eva (Lupita Tovar) in Universal's Spanish-language version of Dracula (George Melford; 1931). What are YOU doing on Valentines Day?

Monday, February 12, 2018

Sartorial Bender

As a pestilence, Drac is deluxe
While we rest, he attacks and he sucks
All the woe, the lives wasted,
The type O he has tasted
Always dressed in a black cape and tux

Bela Lugosi dresses up as Dracula (Tod Browning; 1931).

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Goil and Trouble

He'll eat foam manning decks in a squall
Makes his home in the next port of call
Try to win Popeye's cutie
His sweet skinny patootie
He'll crack domes and twist necks in a brawl.

Popeye ogles a pic of his best goil, Olive Oyl: I Never Changes My Altitude (Dave Fleischer; 1937).

Friday, February 9, 2018

Looking For Mister Good Brain

First time Fritz ever went to a school
He's a witless and bent-over ghoul
When it's plain that he fetched
A bad brain that is tetched
What a ditz! Henry sent out a fool.

Fritz (Dwight Frye) sneaks into a medical school to steal a brain in Frankenstein (James Whale, 1931). Dwight Frye-Day gets an education.