Richard Harland Smith
Richard Harland Smith I began writing about movies in 1997, when I contributed an article on the Technicolor and black-and-white versions of Michael Curtiz' DOCTOR X (1933) to issue 42 of Video Watchdog magazine. Joining the VW "Kennel" in 1999, I reviewed movies on VHS tape and DVD, as well as books, while branching out to contribute to such collections as NORTH AMERICAL FILM DIRECTORS: A WALLFLOWER CRITICAL GUIDE, BRITISH AND IRISH DIRECTORS: A WALLFLOWER CRITICAL GUIDE, THE BOOK OF LISTS: HORROR, "HEY, KIDS, COMICS!" TALES FROM THE SPINNER RACK, and VAMPIROS AND MONSTRUOS: THE MEXICAN HORROR FILM OF THE 20TH CENTURY. A founding moderator of the Mobius Home Video Forum, I also wrote liner notes, box copy, and supplemental material for such DVD companies as Anchor Bay Entertainment, Dark Sky Films, Synapse Films, Severin Films, and NoShame Films. In 2013, I recorded an audio commentary for the Kino-Lorber Blu-ray of THE DEVIL BAT.
Posts by Richard Harland Smith

  The fifth TCM Classic Movie Festival got started last night with a gala opening party at Club TCM in the Roosevelt Hotel and screenings of such immortal cinematic works as Robert Aldrich’s “WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO BABY JANE?” (1962), Fred Zinnemann’s OKLAHOMA! (1953), Gregory LaCava’s 5th AVENUE GIRL (1965). Walter Lang’s CHEAPER BY THE DOZEN (1950), George Lucas’ AMERICAN GRAFFITI (1973), William […]

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I came across this picture the other day, of iconic martial arts star Bruce Lee and his son Brandon. Brandon’s about a year old here, which places this picture at some point in 1966. He was eight when his dad died in 1973. Bruce Lee was 32 at the time of his untimely death, which […]

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I was watching THE CORPSE VANISHES (1942) again recently and I forgot to laugh. I understand that laughter is the proper response because just about every critic — even the ones predisposed to horror, to Bela Lugosi, and to the inconsistent charms of Poverty Row cinema — tell us that the movie is no good, […]

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It’s fun to find a new old actor to get excited about and these days John Wray is my jam. 

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Some of us movie know-it-alls had a bit of fun this past week taking the piss out of a little internet item titled “5 Classic Film Noirs You’ve Never Seen,” whose premise has the gall to suggest that those already predisposed to appreciate film noir (who else would read this piece?) have not seen Joseph […]

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It’s raining in Los Angeles and we’re afraid. Rain does that to us, occurring as it does here so infrequently. Our terra firma is too sun-baked to properly absorb precipitation and there is too much concrete; our storm drains are clogged with leaves and fast food detritus and the rain water pools when it comes […]

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Character actor Royal Dano died twenty years ago this May. That’s about the only rationale I can offer for why he’s been on my mind lately. I haven’t, to the best of my knowledge, seen him in anything recently and his birthday isn’t coming up for nine months. He’s not turning 100 or anything… he […]

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The other day a friend posted on his Facebook page a very unflattering picture of sports broadcaster and Olympic Winter Games commentator Bob Costas, who was/is suffering from an inconvenient case of pink eye, and then added some kindred spirits from the genres of horror and science fiction: Ronny Cox (or his prosthetic simulacrum) buggin’ […]

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I was rewatching Robert Siodmak’s seminal film noir CRISS CROSS (1949) the other day at the distance of maybe twenty years and I was struck by the angle on this door near the end of the film. Oh, hold on… 

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Earlier this week my friend Bill Ryan posted to his Facebook page an image of John Barrymore from the 1920 silent version of DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE. Bill did this to point attention to his review of Kino-Lorber’s Deluxe Collector’s Edition DVD and Blu-ray on his film blog The Kind of Face You Hate, which […]

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