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Boris Karloff Blogathon, Day 1: “I end as I began!”

Good day to Karloff fans one and all! For those of you who have never visited Thrilling Days of Yesteryear (and confidentially, I don’t blame you for staying away—my mother was always singling out which neighborhood kids I could associate with, too) let me take a quick moment to introduce myself. My name is Ivan G. Shreve, Jr., and… Continue reading Boris Karloff Blogathon, Day 1: “I end as I began!”

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Classic Movies

Buried Treasures: Come to the Stable (1949)/Mister 880 (1950)

I had originally planned to title this post “Movies I’ve stared at recently that were not on TCM” but I decided that might be pushing it a bit. But that part is true; I watched these two 20th Century-Fox sleepers online, courtesy of Hulu.com. As always, there may be a spoiler or two…so don’t say you weren’t warned. Come to the Stable (1949)… Continue reading Buried Treasures: Come to the Stable (1949)/Mister 880 (1950)

Classic Movies

Movies I’ve stared at recently on TCM #46 (Johnny Mercer, Tunesmith edition)

Turner Classic Movies has been devoting each Wednesday in the month of November to celebrating the genius that is songwriter Johnny Mercer with both a wonderful special (Johnny Mercer: The Dream’s on Me) and movies with songs written by Savannah’s favorite native son. This past Wednesday (November 18) was particularly noteworthy in that it was the… Continue reading Movies I’ve stared at recently on TCM #46 (Johnny Mercer, Tunesmith edition)

Classic Movies

Movies I’ve stared at recently on TCM #45 (De Havilland Sisters edition)

(Warning: spoilers contained herein) Hard to Get (1938) – I had to program the DVD player to grab this one since TCM decided to show it at the same time most night auditors are eating dinner/lunch/whatever. It’s fairly standard stuff; Olivia De Havilland plays Margaret “Maggie” Richards, a pampered heiress who storms out of her family’s palatial manse… Continue reading Movies I’ve stared at recently on TCM #45 (De Havilland Sisters edition)

Stuff You Should Know · Television

“Hey, Rocky! Watch me pull a rabbit out of my hat!”

Although that foine broth of a boy, Inner Toob’s own Toby O’Brien, inducted the characters in his TV Crossover Hall of Fame this week, it was That Little Round-Headed Boy who reminded me that today marks the fiftieth anniversary of television’s best animated cartoon series, Rocky and his Friends (also known as The Bullwinkle Show…and other various incarnations). The irony of this statement is that while… Continue reading “Hey, Rocky! Watch me pull a rabbit out of my hat!”

Stuff You Should Know · Television

The Droopy of TV detectives

On Newhart, they used to have a running gag involving Tom Poston’s character of George Utley, in that the befuddled Stratford Inn handyman liked to watch reruns of Barnaby Jones in his spare time, and even was a member of good standing in Buddy Ebsen’s fan club (“Any TV schedule without Buddy Ebsen sucks eggs.”). It was a funny… Continue reading The Droopy of TV detectives