Stuff You Should Know

From Times Square to Columbus Circle

It’s been a few weeks since I rooted around in the Thrilling Days of Yesteryear prize closet for some swag to give away so I thought I’d set aside today to kick off another contest.  This week’s prize: an 8-CD Radio Spirits collection of Broadway’s My Beat (The Loneliest Mile), the 1949-54 detective drama starring… Continue reading From Times Square to Columbus Circle

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Classic Movies · Movies · Stuff You Should Know

“We hope you have a wonderful time…come back soon…”

My most vivid memory of a drive-in involves a movie that I didn’t actually see.  In the early 1970s, my father and I took a trip to Spelter, WV for the purpose of escorting my grandparents (on Dad’s side) to the Mountain State Forest Festival in Elkins, a West Virginia celebration that gets underway in… Continue reading “We hope you have a wonderful time…come back soon…”

Classic Movies

Adventures in Blu-ray: Stand-In (1937)

The agenda at a board meeting of prominent New York bank Pettypacker & Sons centers around the sale of Colossal Pictures—a Hollywood independent studio that financier Ivor Nassau (C. Henry Gordon) seeks to acquire for far below its $10,000,000 price tag.  Nassau has made president Fowler Pettypacker (Tully Marshall) an offer of five million, and the senior Pettypacker is seriously considering… Continue reading Adventures in Blu-ray: Stand-In (1937)

Movies

From the DVR: Coma (1978)

Dr. Susan Wheeler (Geneviève Bujold) is a surgical resident at Boston Memorial Hospital and though this sort of thing should be discouraged because office romances are always complicated (if Chicago Med is any indication), she's dating the chief resident in surgery, Dr. Mark Bellows (Michael Douglas).  A longtime friend and college chum of Wheeler’s, Nancy… Continue reading From the DVR: Coma (1978)

Stuff You Should Know

“The biggest thrill wasn’t in winning on Sunday but in meeting the payroll on Monday.” — Art Rooney

No one was more surprised than I at the impressive number of entries for Thrilling Days of Yesteryear’s “Tough Luck!” giveaway; I can’t seem to find enough hours in the day to put up regular blog content in the manner that I would like, so it’s encouraging when folks write in to tell me they… Continue reading “The biggest thrill wasn’t in winning on Sunday but in meeting the payroll on Monday.” — Art Rooney

Classic Movies

Adventures in Blu-ray: Along Came Jones (1945)

The town of Paynesville isn’t a particularly welcoming one to cowpokes Melody Jones (Gary Cooper) and George Fury (William Demarest) as they ride in one day...but there’s an explanation for this.  Native Paynesvillian (definitely not a favorite son) Monte Jarrad (Dan Duryea) has a $1,000 price on his head after a stage robbery nets him… Continue reading Adventures in Blu-ray: Along Came Jones (1945)

Stuff You Should Know · Television

You could get lucky…but it will be tough luck!

On radio and television, Jack Benny created for himself a legendary character that possessed many unflattering qualities: avarice, cowardice, narcissism, etc.  Such an individual would be tiresome to be around (if the tell-all books being written by ex-White House staffers is any indication), so to make Benny more sympathetic, his hard-working scribes also infused him… Continue reading You could get lucky…but it will be tough luck!