Back in May of 2010, I composed a post about a brand of potato chips manufactured exclusively in my home state of West Virginia—the legendary Mister Bee. They were my favorite chips as a kid growing up, and one of the many things I missed when we left the Mountain State to relocate in the… Continue reading You can’t go home again
With the end of The Great War (WWI), Baltimore housewife Elizabeth MacDonald (Claudette Colbert) hopes to welcome home her husband of one year, John Andrew MacDonald (Orson Welles). This reunion will not take place: Elizabeth receives a telegram informing her that John was killed in battle. Returning to her job at the Hamilton Chemical Works—where… Continue reading Adventures in Blu-ray: Tomorrow is Forever (1946)
A documentary or two (or three, even!) courtesy of downloads from Epix Vault on Demand: Under the Gun (2016) - On December 14, 2012, with the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT that left 20 children and six adults dead, I convinced myself that this would be the time when this… Continue reading What’s up, docs?
Wealthy John Fairfax (Henry Hull) returns to his family estate after a sabbatical abroad and while attending a garden party with his "Auntie" (Grace Griswold), is hit with Cupid's arrow after gazing upon one of the hostesses—a young girl named Agnes Harrington (Carol Dempster). John's barely-disguised romantic affection towards Agnes is reciprocated in kind...though she's… Continue reading From the DVR: One Exciting Night (1922)
I'd like to hold my head up and be proud of who I am But they won't let my secret go untold I paid the debt I owed them, but they're still not satisfied Now I'm a branded man out in the cold Merle Haggard's classic Branded Man could easily describe Eddie Taylor (Henry Fonda),… Continue reading Adventures in Blu-ray: You Only Live Once (1937)
You may recall that on Sunday (though it seems so long ago—doesn't it?) I did a post here on the blog that briefly described my happy dance over our free Epix movie channel weekend. Meanwhile, at the paying gig, I wrote up an anniversary essay on The Adventures of Philip Marlowe, which made its radio debut on June 17, 1947. … Continue reading From the DVR: Guns, Girls and Gangsters (1959)
Good news, everyone! DISH has bestowed upon us a "freeview" weekend of the Epix movie channel...and that's always most welcome here in the House of Yesteryear because while I'll admit their film offerings may suffer from a mild case of same-ol'-same-ol' (we're only getting the free weekend because Epix is promoting a new series entitled… Continue reading Workin’ for the (freeview) weekend