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BEST OF 2012: LISA AND THE DEVIL/HOUSE OF EXORCISM Blu-ray
Pamela Stanford aka Monique Delaunay entertains the troops as the chanteuse in Eurocine's ELSA FRAULEIN SS aka FRAULEIN DEVIL. This is one of the six Eurocine produced Nazi exploitation features contained in the Dutch boxset noted in the previous blog. She's the only reason to see this one. I've got this on the vintage CAPTIVE WOMEN 4: FRAULEIN DEVIL prerecord VHS.
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Elsa Fraulein SS Jailhouse Wardress Helga Shewolf of Stilberg Convoy of Girls Special Train for Hitler Nathalie Rescued from Hell
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Thanks to bdc over on the Latarnia Forums for noting this on THE FRANCO LOUNGE. At least one of these has footage from a Jess Franco film. That would be JAILHOUSE WARDRESS which uses footage from Franco's BARBED WIRE DOLLS [see below] in a different context. Originally the footage was seen in UN PARADIS POUR LES BRUTES, UN ENFER POUR LES FEMMES aka Les gardiennes du pénitencier (1979.) This was altered by Eurocine by adding scenes from A l'est de Berlin and Train Special pour Hitler, according to OBSESSION: THE FILMS OF JESS FRANCO.
The only one of these titles I've seen is ELSA FRAULEIN SS aka FRAULEIN DEVIL (1977), featuring Jess Franco regular Olivier Mathot (EXORCISM)as a Nazi officer and Pamela Stanford aka Monique Delaunay aka LORNA, THE EXORCIST as a chanteuse aboard the Nazi vice train. If it weren't for her I wouldn't have been able to sit through it. Pretty dire.
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Wyler appeared as the title character in Leon Klimovsky's THE RATTLER KID
Richard Wyler (1923-2010) : Real name: Richard Stapley. The UK born actor moved to the US after appearing on stage in England. He appeared in a number of Hollywood films from the late 1940s onward, including THE STRANGE DOOR (1951) and Hitchcock's FRENZY (1972), playing an unbilled role in the latter. He eventually changed his name to Richard Wyler and returned to Europe in the 1960s, appearing as THE MAN FROM INTERPOL in the UK lensed TV series. He also played the male lead in Riccardo Freda's FX 18 COPLAN CASSE TOUT (1965), Eugenio Martin's THE BOUNTY KILLER and Jess Franco's THE GIRL FROM RIO (1968), among others. He reportedly died of kidney failure last Friday in Palm Springs CA, according to the obit on Tom Bett's WESTERNS ALL'ITALIANA blog. I interviewed Richard in 1994 for my Riccardo Freda SE of ETC magazine. He was refreshingly candid and had a tart sense of humor about his experiences with old time Hollywood directors, Tomas Milian, George Sanders, Jess Franco and Alfred Hitchcock (both of whom he disliked).
He told me that he thought THE GIRL FROM RIO was a "terrible film" and that Franco didn't seem to know what he was doing. He also criticized Jess for consulting adult magazines for his imagery and he also complained that producer Harry Alan Towers didn't pay him his full promised salary. According to Wyler, Franco took him to a "sleazy bar" in Spain and tried to convince him to do an upcoming nude scene. Wyler became indignant and refused. When I reported that Franco went on to do a number of explicit hardcore films in the 70s and 80s he said that it didn't surprise him. He also spoke of how George Sanders was very depressed during the shoot due to financial problems.
He said that he thought THE BOUNTY KILLER was his best European film because of the "chemistry" between the character he played and the outlaw played by Milian. He didn't like Milian personally, finding him "obnoxious" but conceded he was a good actor. Wyler was a classically trained actor with a restrained approach and still seemed put out that the Method-trained Milian managed to steal the film with his over-the-top acting style.
Wyler was also a novelist, producer and race car driver at various points in his life.