Stuff You Should Know

Happy birthday, Mom!

Yes, it’s that time again—or as a famous musical pea picker once observed, “Another year older and deeper in debt.”  The most famous mother in blogdom* ticks off another birthday, which is why a scheduled post I had in the works for today is going to have to be bumped until next week. My mother and… Continue reading Happy birthday, Mom!

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Classic Movies · Stuff You Should Know

Another fabulous Thrilling Days of Yesteryear giveaway!

Mea maxima culpas for being away from the blog for so long but I’m in the homestretch of completing a project for the good people at Radio Spirits…which will open up endless possibilities to invest in a little DVD-age—particularly a new VCI release that’s in the hopper, the 1945 “lost” Columbia serial Brenda Starr, Reporter and a pair… Continue reading Another fabulous Thrilling Days of Yesteryear giveaway!

Blogathons · Classic Movies

For the Love of Film (Noir) Blogathon: The Dark Mirror (1946)

Note: This essay is Thrilling Days of Yesteryear’s contribution to the For the Love of Film (Noir) Blogathon currently underway from February 14-21 and being hosted by those grande dames of movie blogdom, Marilyn at Ferdy on Films and Farran at Self-Styled Siren.  The blogathon seeks to increase awareness of the need for classic film buffs to dig deep into their film buff… Continue reading For the Love of Film (Noir) Blogathon: The Dark Mirror (1946)

Television

Hi, cartooners!

Because I had some irons in the fire on both Tuesday and Wednesday evenings this past week I didn’t get around to seeing the newest Pioneers of Television episode until Sunday afternoon.  The subject of PBS’ critically-acclaimed history of the boob tube was “Local Kids’ TV”—a celebration of programming aimed at the lollypop set featuring grown adults… Continue reading Hi, cartooners!

Classic Movies

“Brains without purpose…noise without sound, shape without substance…”

Seventy-five years ago on this date, Thrilling Days of Yesteryear idol Humphrey Bogart’s landmark role as gangster Duke Mantee was showcased to motion picture audiences in the silver screen adaptation of Robert E. Sherwood’s The Petrified Forest (1936).  Bogie had played the role of Mantee in the celebrated Broadway stage hit alongside star Leslie Howard, and when Warner Bros.… Continue reading “Brains without purpose…noise without sound, shape without substance…”

Classic Movies

“Hey, you—get back to work!”

Seventy-five years ago on this date, the immortal Charlie Chaplin asked moviegoers to smile in a film that hasn’t lost any of its charm or ability to make people laugh…though their heart may be breaking, as the song lyrics go.  Over at Edward Copeland on Film…and More, I took a little bit of time to commemorate the… Continue reading “Hey, you—get back to work!”

Stuff You Should Know

Happy birthday, Dad!

Just wanted to put the TDOY faithful on notice—these next two weeks are going to find me (in my best Billy de Wolfe impression) “busy, busy, busy!”  I’m working on a pair of projects for Radio Spirits, plus two essays for the esteemed Mr. Copeland…and there’s also the For the Love of Film (Noir) blogathon in the days ahead… Continue reading Happy birthday, Dad!