Only For The Lonely is Daffys’ last film and only full talkie. But his last full silent was Moonlight. A demoted ‘B’ Film which today is a cult classic of science fiction horror about a remote solar power station under attack by union unrest, downsizing, a vindictive boss, hostile workers, and a mysterious monster.
Moonlight was directed by Victor King.
The vindictive Tullii co-starred. He left boasting he would destroy Daffy. He came back sustaining a complete nervous breakdown which he never really recovered from. After seeing Daffy staring at him from the outside window of his hospital room ( on the fifth floor) Tullii was firmly locked up forever.
The Fortress of Blood in the Blood Mountains
The backdrop of the Blood Mountains.
The black and white film was hand tinted to create surreal science fiction special effects.
The machinery was colored, the human beings were drab black and white reflecting their dehumanized existence.
The events take place in a subterranean world of caves and tunnels deep underground surrounded by deserts and dead mountains to create a moonscape of isolation and paranoia.
The upper management is a venal trio.
Not even the heroine is good.
But then neither was the mysterious character which Daffy played.
‘The Killers’ was a hybrid talkie to help the floundering studios survive the transition to talkies while Sneed drove them to the brink of bankruptcy. The lurid murderous climax was filmed in prototype two strip color.
The fight to the death on the top of the 30 story sky scraper.
Daffy naturally fell madly in love with Baker. Alias, she did not fall madly in love with him. But their interracial love scenes and her shocking semi-nude death scene made the hybrid sound film a hit and saved the studio.
Daffy’s blues score exploited sound and the nightclub scenes scored several song best sellers.
Queen Flavia. Her royal support could not save Daffy as Sneed conspired to destroy his film career.
Bear Sherker’s royal support also failed to help Daffy as Sneed conspired against him.
test of Only For The Lonely, Daffy’s one and only full talkie.
Tiger Davies was fighting Buster Randal’s bitter in-laws during the final crisis of Daffy’s life. So she could not help him either.
Victor King’s home. He swore he saw Daffy’s ghost hovering in the moonlight and shadows outside. King was directing Only For The Lonely. He later called the film ‘haunted’.
Daffy rehearsing for Only For The Lonely surreal gangster dance scenes.
Daffy with Cedric Garbon and one of his many mistresses during the filming of Only For The Only. Garbon designed the costumes.
Interior of Daffy’s small home on the Heights.
Daffy in another hybrid sound film he did to save a rival studio which Sneed was trying to drive into bankruptcy.
Some of the last photographs and studio cartoons of the beleaguered actor during Only For the Lonely.
Sneed used the studio’s PR to tear down Daffy as ‘Old News’.
Studio cartoon of Daffy with his ‘replacement’ Jack Mountbanks who later died mysteriously —- and horribly.
One of the last studio photographs of Daffy.
Studio cartoon of Sneed and Daffy and Pendragon. Sneed would have his revenge against both men.
Studio cartoon of Sneed and his feuding star.
Studio cartoon of Daffy eyeing his replacement Jack Mountbanks
Studio cartoon of Daffy in Russian Nights — a film Daffy hated.
Daffy’s haunted studio digs.
Daffy with the fragile Wisteria Rosemont who Sneed as also viciously destroying.
The doomed Little Daffy Keens.
Studio cartoon of Daffy Vs. Sound. Daffy’s ‘delay’ doing a full talkie allowed Sneed to spread rumors that Daffy had a ‘White Voice’ despite Daffy’s extensive recordings of hit songs.
Daffy wrote the screenplay and songs to Only For The Lonely to prove he could sing and dance as well as act successfully in talkies. But the studio refused to finance the film until Maralinga’s talkie Queen Maeve tanked.
Daffy with W S Surrey in ‘The Badlands’ which was another hybrid talkie with sparse narration by Surrey and Daffy’s minimal score to save another studio which Sneed was trying to drive into bankruptcy. It was a bleak cowboy drama about a crooked banker driving a town into bankruptcy and climaxed with a violent shootout that killed everyone.
Daffy as Prince Puski in Queen Maeve, a bit part opposite his ex romantic lead Maralinga —- both ex-lovers now bitter rivals and enemies.
Maralinga’s first talkie was about the famous Queen Maeve. It seemed a good idea at the time.
Maralinga as Queen Maeve. But everything that could go wrong did go wrong.
Peter Nommii the sound editor. He later admitted the film became a nightmare but declined to go into details.
Maralinga being dressed for Queen Maeve. The rank and file studio people came to hate her. But evidence exists to prove that her enemies and Daffy’s friends conspired to torment her as much as she tormented Daffy.
Jack Mountbanks thought he would get the lead in the all Maralinga spectacular but died horribly instead. By the time the disastrous film stumbled to a dire finish a whose who of Daffy’s enemies had met mysterious ‘accidents’ including the Swanfleet set which blew up and burned down during the filming of the final scene between Maralinga’s Queen Maeve and Daffy’s Prince Puski. No one ever talked about what really happened but Maralinga never made another film and died a recluse.
Maralinga’s disastrous talkie forced Sneed to green light Only For The Lonely. Sneed plotted his revenge.
the last studio photograph of Daffy between takes ‘playing with smoke’. The photo was suppressed after Daffy’s mysterious death as an dire omen.
Irving G plotted his own revenge against Sneed.
Tubs could not save Daffy’s life but he did save Daffy’s legacy and today Daffy’s films are intact and available so Daffy is immortal — in every sense of the word — as his films are reputed to be haunted.