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
(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)
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?
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
Honest to my grandma, this post started out to be a positive assessment of my cable television service—known here on the blog as CharredHer—because as Sam Johnson, convalescing blogger and feuding partner of your humble narrator, once complained in a post that all I ever do is complain about the cable service. Allow me to elucidate: I’ve got… Continue reading Back to basic(s)
Assistant District Attorney Cleve Marshall (Wendell Corey) is drowning his sorrows in the office of investigator chum Miles Scott (Paul Kelly) late one night when he’s approached by a mysterious female (Barbara Stanwyck) pitching a story about a series of robberies that have taken place at her aunt’s estate. The woman, Thelma Jordon, falls in… Continue reading Crossing Jordon
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)