Classic Movies

The plot against Harry

If announcer/second banana Harry Von Zell is to be immortalized for anything during his lengthy career in radio, movies and TV, it will probably be for his long-running role as sidekick/whipping boy to George Burns and Gracie Allen in their successful television sitcom that ran on CBS-TV from 1950 to 1958. (Von Zell also appeared… Continue reading The plot against Harry

Classic Movies

Region 2 Cinema: The Fugitive (1947)

(Warning: There’s a spoiler in this first paragraph.) An unidentified priest/revolutionary (Henry Fonda) finds himself on the run in a nameless Latin American country where members of the clergy are hunted down and summarily executed. His encounters with various societal outcasts—an unwed mother (Dolores Del Rio), a slimy police informer (J. Carrol Naish, channeling his inner… Continue reading Region 2 Cinema: The Fugitive (1947)


What becomes a Legend most?

Mark Evanier recently posted to his newsfromme blog a review of With Six You Get Eggroll (1968), a comedy romp starring Doris Day and Brian Keith and directed by the late, great Howard Morris. Evanier observes: “Howie did some wonderful things as a director—if you ever get the chance to see Who’s Minding the Mint?, don’t miss it…” Now, I may be… Continue reading What becomes a Legend most?

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Belated blogiversary announcement

You know, one of these days I’m going to have to take the time to write down all the blogiversary dates of all of the fine weblogs that dare risk being taunted by the neighborhood kids by putting Thrilling Days of Yesteryear on their blogrolls. Because once again, I have forgotten a weblog birthday—and it’s not just… Continue reading Belated blogiversary announcement

Classic Movies

Region 2 Cinema: The Strange Affair of Uncle Harry (1945)

Fabric designer Harry Melville Quincey (George Sanders), scion of an aristocratic New England family whose fortunes went south with the stock market crash of 1929, is introduced to sophisticated socialite Deborah Brown (Ella Raines) at the textile mill where he works…and falls madly in love with her, asking for her hand in marriage. This news… Continue reading Region 2 Cinema: The Strange Affair of Uncle Harry (1945)