In March of this year, I made the mistake of opening an e-mail I received from Milestone Films. (Okay, there was no gun placed to my temple...but you'd think I'd learn by now.) They were advertising a sale on DVDs in their inventory featuring female filmmakers (to celebrate Women's History Month) and one of the… Continue reading “Oh, why did I ever begin this dark deception?”
In the 1935 comedy short The Biffle Murder Case, deliverymen Benny Biffle (Nick Santa Maria) and Sam Shooster (Will Ryan) arrive at a stately mansion with a large crate: ROOSEVELT (a butler): Yes, gentlemen—may I help you? BIFFLE: We got a delivery… ROOSEVELT: Indeed…and whom might you be? SHOOSTER: Whom might we be? (Pointing to… Continue reading “I’m innocent, I tell ya—innocent!”
Pierino Ronald Como was a show business fixture for over a half a century, beginning his career as a vocalist in the big band era (with Ted Weems' Orchestra) before striking out on his own as a solo artist. You know him better as Perry Como, of course; in 1945, Como scored his first #1… Continue reading Dream along with me
On New Year's Eve in the Big Apple, down-and-out chorus girl Jennie Carr (Anna Lee) depends on the kindness of a stranger: mob lawyer Billy Cooper (James Pirrie), who takes the hungry woman in for some sustenance on the eve of his departure for England. In Cooper's apartment, Jennie stumbles across a transient named Henry… Continue reading Grey Market Cinema: Non-Stop New York (1937)
February 8, 1969 – Jackie Gleason plays host to another corpulent Jack (though he’s lost a bit of weight), famed insult comic Jack E. Leonard: LEONARD: Ladies and gentlemen…you’ve all heard of Frank Sinatra, The Voice…you’ve seen Jimmy Durante, The Nose… (indicating Gleason) You are now looking at The Lump… (Gleason breaks out in laughter)… Continue reading And away we go!
DISH gave us a freeview of Starz last week...and normally, this isn't a huge deal because we're still subscribed to the Starz Encore channels (the discount is supposed to end Tuesday...but I have decided to maintain radio silence only until Mom asks me why the satellite bill has suddenly gone up). A good many of… Continue reading All the Starz
It's just an ordinary working day for teller Leon "Foggy" Poole (Wendell Corey), as he conducts the usual business transactions for customers at the savings and loan where he's employed, chatting with each as they approach his window. Poole's fellow employee has noticed suspicious activity taking place toward the rear of the S&L, however; it… Continue reading Adventures in Blu-ray: The Killer is Loose (1956)