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Tuesday, October 4, 2011

The Return of Grab Bag! Mystery Photos #26-30!


Welcome back to the ol' Arcana for another round of Grab Bag Goodies!

As outlined in previous installments, I purchased a few hundred promotional stills that have had their title captions trimmed off. Some I recognize, most I don't. It's up to my faithful readership to help me decipher what they're promoting. Hell, solve enough of 'em and maybe I'll send you some of the duplicates I received!

For those not familiar with promo stills, they occasionally carry a helpful hint or two. Some are branded with a cataloging code of letters and numbers which usually signify an abbreviation of the title (sometimes a retitling) and, if you're especially lucky, maybe the year of release (not to be confused with year of production). And that's pretty much all we have to go on...

The sixth batch is below; let's see what you've got!

#26: FSW-9
Thanks to Eric Hoffman for figuring out which Mexploitation monstrosity this photo is from!  According to him, "#26-FSW-9 looks like a shot from the first of the 'Aztec Mummy' films, Rafael Portillo's La momia azteca (1957) with the film's heroine Rosa Arenas on the slab about to be sacrificed by the mummy." The entire trilogy was released to DVD by BCI Eclipse, and even though the set is currently out of print, copies can be found on Amazon pretty cheaply.

#27: OK-3

#28: TDOF-52

#29: ZEX-35
The Hoff-man scores another!  Thanks, Eric!  "#29-ZEX-35, is from what got released here as The Electronic Monster (1958). Its original title in England was Escapement and was based on a novel by Charles Eric Maine. Before its final release, the film was going to be distributed over here as Zex, The Electronic Fiend or Zex, The Electronic Monster by Columbia. Hence the ZEX in the still number."  Directed by Montgomery Tully and David Paltenghi, there's no DVD to my knowledge, but the old VHS from VCI can be found on Amazon.

#30: No Markings!

Like what you see? Be sure and check out our previous Grab Bag Photos, some of which are still unidentified. Speaking of which, Name that Movie Monday Challenges #27 and #24 are still open; I've since added a few worthless hints for frustration's sake.

And don't forget, our Upcoming Releases List (the best on the 'net) is updated, um... not as often as it should be lately (damn you, Amazon vs. CA!), but stop by and pre-order some cool stuff anyway!

© 2011 -- Bruce Holecheck. All Rights Reserved.


  1. #26-Wrestling Woman Vs. The Aztec Mummy (1970)
    I THINK- there's a sacrificial stone with ladies in that one- the character standing there looks a bit like the mummy-tho it could be a different Aztec mummy flick...;o)

  2. I definitely thought it was one of them -- at the very least it's *some* Mexploitation monster flick. Can anyone confirm?


  4. Bruce,

    I think I can identify two of the stills you have posted.

    #26-FSW-9 looks like a shot from the first of the 'Aztec Mummy' films, LA MOMIA AZTECA (1957) with the film's heroine Rosa Arenas on the slab about to be sacrificed by the mummy.

    #29-ZEX-35, from what got released here as THE ELECTRONIC MONSTER. It's original title in England was ESCAPEMENT and was based on a novel by Charles Eric Maine. Before its final release, the film was going to be released over here as ZEX, THE ELECTRONIC FIEND or ZEX, THE ELECTRONIC MONSTER by Columbia. Hence the ZEX in the still number.

    From left to right we have Peter Illing, Carl Duering and and, I believe, Carl Jaffe menacing herione Mary Murphy. I believe they are planning to super-electronically wash her brain.

    Hope this helps a bit.

  5. Thanks, Eric! I've updated the photos.

    Marc, I double-checked and it's not BEHIND LOCKED DOORS. Based on the fashion and hairstyles, I think it's from a few years earlier. I'd guess it's one of those mindnumbing nudie-cuties involving opportune "artists" scamming chicks into being naked models, but I have absolutely no evidence to back that up, haha.

    I also somehow forgot to mention #28 has a 1971 MGM copyright.

  6. Hi Bruce
    - I'm not anonymous just quickest way to post something have emailed you direct but meantime:

    - overdue greetings from London England and FYI:

    Mystery Photo no.29 = ZEX-35
    The Lab guy on the right in the white coat is my Grandfather Carl Heinz Jaffé
    - I have other images can share with you if you are interested.
    Warm wishes from London
    Michael Jaffé