Vintage Pulp Feb 7 2009
NO SPAIN, NO GAIN

The colorful piece you see below is a French poster for the black & white Spanish production El enigma del ataúd, which translates to “the coffin’s mystery”. It was directed by b-movie veteran Santos Alcocer, and starred Swiss actor Howard Vernon, and Danielle Godet. When the film opened in France it became Les orgies du Dr. Orloff, because, well, in terms of convincing the French to see the flick, orgies are a major improvement over coffins. On a factual note, all the online sources we consulted said this film was a Spanish-French co-production, but we found no evidence that’s true. While the lead actors are Swiss and French, the rest of the cast is Spanish, the production company is Spanish, the distributor is Spanish, the director is Spanish, and the film was shot entirely in Spain. The film also premiered in Spain, today in 1969.

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Jackie Robinson, who had been playing with the Negro League team the Kansas City Monarchs, signs a contract with the Brooklyn Dodgers to become the first African-American major leaguer of the modern baseball era.
1961—Soviets Detonate Super Nuke
The Soviet Union detonates an experimental nuclear weapon called Tsar Bomba over the Arctic Circle, which, with a yield of 100 megatons of TNT, was then and remains today the most powerful weapon ever used by humanity.
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