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

I remember back when the first TCM Classic Film Festival came down in 2010 some of us were whispering behind our fans and wondering amongst ourselves if there would ever be another one… and here we are five years later in the breach of No. 6. It’s been little more than a full day (of […]

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Beverly Hills homeowners have their personal space invaded by a stranger who is most definitely not an exterminator… but whose presence draws out an entirely different kind of rat. BONE (aka HOUSEWIFE, 1972) Cast: Yaphet Kotto (Bone), Andrew Duggan (Bill Lennick), Joyce Van Patten (Bernadette Lennick), Jeannie Berlin (The Girl), Casey King (The Boy), Brett Somers (X-Ray Lady), […]

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A drifter from Texas takes a job looking after a self-destructive heiress. CIAO! MANHATTAN (1972) Cast: Edie Sedgwick (Susan Superstar), Wesley Hayes (Butch), Isabel Jewell (Mummy), Geoffrey Briggs (Geoffrey), Paul America (Paul), Tom Flye (Tom), Gabriel Lampa (Mario), Pat Hartley (Yoli), “Baby” Jane Holzer (Charla), Viva (Diana), David Weisman (David), Roger Vadim (Dr. Braun), Brigid Berlin […]

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A hooded killer strikes terror into the heart of post-World War II Texarkana… THE TOWN THAT DREADED SUNDOWN (1976). Cast: Ben Johnson (Captain J. D. Morales), Andrew Prine (Deputy Norman Ramsey), Dawn Wells (Helen Reed), Jimmy Clem (Sergeant Mel Griffin), Jim Citty (Police Chief  R. J. Sullivan), Charles B. Pierce (Patrolman A. C. Benson, called “Spark […]

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Jesus Christ sends an old man in a fishin’ hat to Earth to stop a corporate cabal from using telekinetic children to take over the world. I think. Cast:  John Huston (Jerzy Cosolwicz), Lance Henriksen (Raymond Armstead), Joanne Nail (Barbara Collins), Paige Conner (Katy Collins), Shelley Winters (Jane Phillips), Mel Ferrer (Dr. Walker), Glenn Ford […]

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Because I spend an inordinate amount of time sitting on my can, I try to get out into the real world and get some exercise. I used to run a bit but I’ve slowed it down in the last year or so and I’m more interested in hiking. The bottom line is that I’m around […]

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So a couple of weeks ago, big fat baby that I am, I gassed on about my TCM Underground wish list, pie-in-the-skying my own ideas about what should be on TCM Underground and copping a total “What Have You Done for Me Lately?” attitude when I should have been offering gratitude for what is in […]

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The New York City-based Kino International has come a long way, baby, since its founding in 1977. Always pure-of-heart and forever steadfast in its dedication to releasing to the home theater marketplace films of artistic or historic significance, Kino had the reputation for many years of being worthwhile but stodgy. The films were important, yes (when […]

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We all know what February brings at Turner Classic Movies: “31 Days of Oscar Malarkey.” (Quoted from memory – that may not be the actual phrase.) Yep, nothing but award winners for four solid weeks. Don’t get me wrong — awarding-winning films are great and some of my favorites took home a statuette or two […]

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In the mythical city of Din, two garbagemen try to stop an evil despot from plaguing the citizenry with eternal nightmares.  Cast: Lorenzo Music (Ralph, the All Purpose Animal), Marshall Effron (Synonamess Botch), James Cranna (Rod Rescueman/Scuzzbopper/Frivoli Foreman/Street Preacher), Julie Payne (Flora Fauna), Hamilton Camp (Greensleeves), Paul Frees (Narrator/Chief of State/Judges/Bailiff), Judith Kahan (The Fairygodmother), […]

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