Question: When I was a kid, back in the 1960s, I tuned in to a black-and-white movie on the late, late show. The title was something like the "Seven Faces (or something) of Jonathan Drake"; I remember the "Jonathan Drake" part pretty clearly, but not the rest of the title. I've never been able to locate it, nor have I seen it since. Do you know the name of the movie or anything about it?


Answer: The problem is that your memory has conflated two titles: 7 Faces of Dr. Lao (1964), an offbeat horror-fantasy set in the Old West and starring Tony Randall as a mysterious Asian magician, and The Four Skulls of Jonathan Drake (1959), which is set in the Amazon and involves shrunken heads and black magic. Although you say it's the latter part of the title you're sure of, Dr. Lao is in color, so the one you want is definitely Four Skulls. It was issued last year on DVD by MGM as part of the company's "Midnite Movies Double Feature" series — the other feature is a pretty poor Boris Karloff picture called Voodoo Island (1954).