Stuff You Should Know

Close all the honky tonks

I guess it goes without saying that there was very little chance of my not hearing of Paul Newman’s passing—but as I was leafing through a Newsweek that came in the mail (or it may have been Time—I get them both confused sometimes) I came across an obit that mentioned country singer Charlie Walker’s passing this past September… Continue reading Close all the honky tonks

Classic Movies

The Harold Dispatch

TCM ran a quartet of Harold Lloyd comedy shorts last night in the time slot they reserve for silent films, and since I was wide awake at the time they came on I decided to sit down and view them. I’d already seen two of the four, including the best of the bunch—a 1920 outing… Continue reading The Harold Dispatch

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I woke up this morning to find…

…that Paul Newman has passed away at age 83. My God, this sucks. Sometimes when my father is at the wheel and I’m riding shotgun, we’ll pass a county mountie writing out a ticket to some speeding scofflaw, and that will prompt me to remark (in my best Jackie Gleason impression): “What we're dealing with here… Continue reading I woke up this morning to find…

Classic Movies

“Either I’m dead right, or I’m crazy!”

Even though I own a copy of Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939) on DVD—and even though Turner Classic Movies showcases the film on a regular basis (if memory serves me correct, it popped up in August during a day-long salute to Claude Rains)—I’m sort of surprised that it’s been so long since I revisited this landmark… Continue reading “Either I’m dead right, or I’m crazy!”

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“It’s not the heat, it’s the humanity.”

Well, I ended up putting the two Disney flicks that Thad sent me on the back burner yesterday because as I was innocently flipping channels to see what else was on I saw that TCM was running Brigadoon (1954) that afternoon…followed by Cabin in the Sky (1943). While I’m not quite as “musicals mad” as my friend and frequent… Continue reading “It’s not the heat, it’s the humanity.”