Classic Movies

Bounce me, brother, with a solid four

Seventy years ago today, Bud Abbott & Lou Costello’s first starring feature Buck Privates (1941) was released to motion picture theaters…and to commemorate this auspicious occasion, I prepared a little essay on the film—which I encourage you to read at your leisure at Edward Copeland on Film…and More.  When I was a tad, the TV stations that showed… Continue reading Bounce me, brother, with a solid four

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Classic Movies · Television

Can you hear those Pioneers

PBS’ critically-acclaimed documentary series on one of my favorite subjects—namely the boob tube—is back for a second season; I missed the premiere of Pioneers of Television the week previous, which covered shows of a science-fiction nature, but was fortunate to remember to watch Wednesday night, when TV westerns was the topic.  (And to be honest, I probably wouldn’t… Continue reading Can you hear those Pioneers

Stuff You Should Know

The Great American Tragedy, the return of Sun Drop and the whirling satellite

So I’m on Facebook—aka “The Greatest Time Suck Known to Man”—the other day and my old high school chum and yearbook boss Jenni is talking about what I believe may be the ultimate comfort food recipe: bacon-wrapped meatloaf.  (I know; the first thing I thought of when I read this was a mental picture of my… Continue reading The Great American Tragedy, the return of Sun Drop and the whirling satellite

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He looks like his heart will break

Because the Grim Reaper is a model employee who rarely takes a sick day or vacation, famous people continue to shuffle off this mortal coil…and this was definitely driven home to me yesterday when I learned via my CharredHer webpage that country music legend and Hall of Famer Charlie Louvin has left this world for… Continue reading He looks like his heart will break

Classic Movies

Let a tune be your guide

Whenever I tune into Encore Westerns I do so mostly to watch the classic television oaters like Gunsmoke and Maverick—but I have to admit I’ve been enjoying another popular offering on the channel: namely, the B-westerns that singing cowboy star Gene Autry made for Republic and Columbia between 1935 and 1953.  These sagebrush sagas have the added benefit of… Continue reading Let a tune be your guide

Movies · Stuff You Should Know · Television

I don’t like Mondays

In the Franz Kafka story The Metamorphosis, the protagonist—a traveling salesman named Gregor Samsa—wakes up one morning to find he’s been transformed into a gigantic insect (generally considered to be a cockroach, though it depends on the German translation).  I’ve been experiencing a series of similar misadventures here at Rancho Yesteryear lately, although my transmutation is more… Continue reading I don’t like Mondays