Double Billed Movies - DVD recommendations

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  1. Eric Huffstutler

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    many movies especially Sci-Fi and Horror, were double billed in theaters when shown. Not all have been paired that way on DVD and wonder if there is a list anywhere that shows what was shown with what second feature in theaters? And if they are on DVD. Main interest here is Sci-Fi and Horror... thanks!
     
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    I'm strapped for time, and I'm not any kind of expert on this subject, but I know these two were originally double-billed in theaters:

    I MARRIED A MONSTER FROM OUTER SPACE (1958) Paramount
    THE BLOB (1958) Criterion
     
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    Brian DePalma's CARRIE (1976) and Norman Jewison's ROLLERBALL (1975) they played together on a Double Feature when I was a teenager. I remember it was the 'it' double feature to go to. United Artists paired them together when CARRIE went on a wide release pattern.
     
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    I have a list of my own, derived from the studios' "official" release schedules as reported by Film Daily through 1969, and from the American Film Institute books. I feel fairly confident that it's accurate.

    There were some double features in the 1940s -- for instance Universal's The Mummy's Tomb & Night Monster -- Son of Dracula & The Mad Ghoul -- House of Frankenstein & The Mummy's Curse -- but the great age of the horror/science-fiction double feature was the mid 1950s through the late 1960s.

    Here are the major (and a few minor) ones that played as official studio double features in most cities in the United States:

    1955:
    It Came From Beneath the Sea / Creature With the Atom Brain (Columbia)
    Revenge of the Creature / Cult of the Cobra (Universal-International)

    1956:
    Earth vs. the Flying Saucers / The Werewolf (Col)
    The Black Sleep / The Creeping Unknown (United Artists)
    The Mole People / Curucu, Beast of the Amazon (U-I)
    Day the World Ended / Phantom From 10,000 Leagues (American Releasing Corporation, soon to be American International)
    The She Creature / It Conquered the World (ARC)

    1957:
    Zombies of Mora Tau / The Man Who Turned to Stone (Col)
    The Giant Claw / The Night the World Exploded (Col)
    20 Million Miles to Earth / The 27th Day (Col)
    Kronos / She Devil (20th Century-Fox)
    The Unknown Terror / Back From the Dead (20th)
    Voodoo Island / The Pharaoh's Curse (UA)
    The Monster That Challenged the World / The Vampire (UA)
    Curse of Frankenstein / X the Unknown (Hammer, through Warner Bros.)
    Attack of the Crab Monsters / Not of This Earth (Allied Artists)
    The Cyclops / Daughter of Dr. Jekyll (AA)
    From Hell It Came / The Disembodied (AA)
    Voodoo Woman / The Undead (American International)
    I Was a Teenage Werewolf / Invasion of the Saucer Men (AI)
    The Amazing Colossal Man / The Cat Girl (AI)
    I Was a Teenage Frankenstein / Blood of Dracula (AI)
    Beginning of the End / The Unearthly (ABC-Paramount, through Republic)
    Monster From Green Hell / Half Human (DCA)
    The Brain From Planet Arous / Teenage Monster (Howco)

    1958:
    Revenge of Frankenstein / Curse of the Demon (Col)
    The Haunted Strangler / Fiend Without a Face (MGM)
    The Space Children / The Colossus of New York (Paramount)
    The Blob / I Married a Monster From Outer Space (Par)
    The Fly / Space Master X-7 (20th)
    It! The Terror From Beyond Space / Curse of the Faceless Man (UA)
    Horror of Dracula / The Thing That Couldn't Die (UI)
    Blood of the Vampire / Monster on the Campus (UI)
    Attack of the 50 Foot Woman / War of the Satellites (AA)
    Attack of the Puppet People / War of the Colossal Beast (AI)
    The Spider / The Brain Eaters (AI)
    Giant From the Unknown / She Demons (Astor)
    Frankenstein's Daughter / Missile to the Moon (Astor)
    Cosmic Monsters / The Crawling Eye (DCA)

    1959:
    The H Man / The Woman Eater (Col)
    Return of the Fly / The Alligator People (20th)
    The Four Skulls of Jonathan Drake / Invisible Invaders (UA)
    The Mummy / Curse of the Undead (UI)
    Gigantis, the Fire Monster / Teenagers From Outer Space (WB)
    House on Haunted Hill / The Cosmic Man (AA)
    Horrors of the Black Museum / The Headless Ghost (AI)
    The Killer Shrews / The Giant Gila Monster (McLendon)

    1960:
    Battle in Outer Space / 12 to the Moon (Col)
    The Brides of Dracula / The Leech Woman (UI)
    Caltiki, the Immortal Monster / Tormented (AA)

    1961:
    Mr. Sardonicus / Valley of the Dragons (Col)
    Doctor Blood's Coffin / The Snake Woman (UA)
    The Curse of the Werewolf / The Shadow of the Cat (UI)

    1962:
    The Phantom Planet / Assignment Outer Space (AI)
    The Brain That Wouldn't Die / Invasion of the Star Creatures (AI)
    Varan the Unbelievable / First Spaceship on Venus (Crown)
    The Horror Chamber of Dr. Faustus / The Manster (Lopert)

    1963:
    The Old Dark House / Maniac (Hammer-Columbia)
    Werewolf in a Girls' Dormitory / Corridors of Blood (MGM)
    The Terror / Dementia 13 (AI)

    1964:
    The Horror of Party Beach / Curse of the Living Corpse (20th)
    The Evil of Frankenstein / Nightmare (Hammer-Universal)
    Godzilla vs. the Thing / Voyage to the End of the Universe (AI)
    Gorath / The Human Vapor (Toho, through Brenco)
    The Brain / The Black Torment (Governor)
    The Horrible Dr. Hichcock / The Awful Dr. Orloff (Sigma III)

    1965:
    The Gorgon / Curse of the Mummy's Tomb (Hammer-Columbia)
    The Curse of the Fly / Devils of Darkness (20th)
    The Human Duplicators / Mutiny in Outer Space (AA)
    Frankenstein Meets the Space Monster / Curse of the Voodoo (AA)
    Die, Monster, Die / Planet of the Vampires (AI)

    1966:
    Dracula, Prince of Darkness / Plague of the Zombies (Hammer-20th)
    Rasputin, the Mad Monk / The Reptile (Hammer-20th)
    Billy the Kid vs. Dracula / Jesse James Meets Frankenstein's Daughter (Embassy)
    The Blood Drinkers / The Black Cat (Hemisphere)
    Destination Inner Space / Frozen Alive (Magna)
    The Navy vs. the Night Monsters / Women of the Prehistoric Planet (Realart)
    Cave of the Living Dead / Tomb of Torture (Trans-Lux)

    1967:
    The Deadly Bees / The Vulture (Par)
    The Devil's Own / Prehistoric Women (Hammer-20th)
    Frankenstein Created Woman / The Mummy's Shroud (Hammer-20th)
    Island of Terror / The Projected Man (Universal)
    It! / The Frozen Dead (WB)
    They Came From Beyond Space / The Terrornauts (Amicus-Embassy)

    My references stop with 1969, but I know there were some more in the 1970s, such as Hammer's Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed & Moon Zero Two -- Horror of Frankenstein & Scars of Dracula -- and Universal's Sssssss and The Boy Who Cried Werewolf.
     
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    Joe, have you any idea what comedy was played with the 7th VOYAGE OF SINBAD back in 1958 for major city showings? It was B&W and really boring and had to do with the Air Force and something about flying saucers. I saw it twice in different locations (NYC and White Plains) along with SINBAD, so I'm fairly sure these played across the country as a double bill.
     
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    No, "The 7th Voyage of Sinbad" was not released as part of a double feature. In those days, individual theaters [especially in "neighborhood," or "subsequent" (non-first run)] engagements, would almost always have double features; if it wasn't an "official" one, it would be one they put together themselves; so it could have been anything you saw.

    In New York City, "The 7th Voyage of Sinbad" originally opened at the legendary Roxy theater on Broadway (with their traditional stage show) and did really great business -- in fact, the second best in the Roxy's history. It definitely was not part of an "official" Columbia double bill, as the three previous Ray Harryhausen movies had been.
     
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    Dick, I did some fast research, and I see that when it went into general (neighborhood) release in the New York area in February of 1959, "Sinbad's" co-feature was the Columbia release "High Flight." It was British -- originally in color, but released in the U.S. in B&W -- and even though I don't think it was a comedy (intentionally, at least), since it had to do with British RAF fliers, it might be the movie you're remembering.
     
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    Joe - thanks for going to the trouble of researching this. HIGH FLIGHT would not be the film I saw. What was paired with SINBAD in two separate venues (White Plains, NY and Broadway, NYC) was definitely a comedy, in B&W, that had something to do with flying saucers, albeit ones that did not turn out to be extraterrestrial. I am stumped, but the world will not end if I can't figure this mystery out.
     
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    I resurrected this thread because "High Flight" was on Turner Classic Movies tonight, and it seems to be exactly the movie we were talking about. In fact, when I turned it on in the middle, the first thing I saw was a "flying saucer" of terrestrial origin that was used for comedy purposes.
     
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    Joe, thank you so much for bumping this thread! I had no idea it existed and that list you so meticulously delineated is fantastic! I will definitely save it for future reference and potential double feature nights with friends. I wonder if there is a master list somewhere of EVERY officially released double feature that has ever played, regardless of genre? A daunting task to be sure, but it wouldn't surprise me if someone somewhere has tackled it.
     
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    I'm so glad you liked it. I'm always very interested in the way movies (mainly, prior to 1970) were originally released, including in what theaters they played in the big cities.


    I do have to make one minor correction to my original list. In 1961, "Mr. Sardonicus" and "Valley of the Dragons" weren't an official Columbia double feature, although they played together in many cities.
     

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