Movies

Adventures in Blu-ray: The Hired Hand (1971)

Three saddle tramps—Harry Collings (Peter Fonda), Archie Harris (Warren Oates), and Dan Griffen (Robert Pratt)—are on their way to California when they stop off at a desolate town identified as Del Norte.  Dan needs his horse shod, and while the trio down whiskey in a cantina, Harry informs Arch that he’s decided to return to… Continue reading Adventures in Blu-ray: The Hired Hand (1971)

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Classic Movies

“At last—America’s most beloved ‘Funnies’ family on the screen!”

This November 24, the longest running comic strip currently being published in the United States will celebrate its centennial birthday.  Technically, Gasoline Alley is the second-longest running strip of all time; the champion remains The Katzenjammer Kids, who enjoyed a staggering 109-year run in “the funny papers” (1897-2006) and is still in syndication today (though… Continue reading “At last—America’s most beloved ‘Funnies’ family on the screen!”

Television

Adventures in Blu-ray: Television’s Lost Classics, Volume 1

I recently celebrated a birthday a little over a week ago, and my sister Kat gifted me with a copy of David Bianculli’s The Platinum Age of Television, a book that posits that while the 1950s may have been the medium’s “Golden Age,” the offerings on what the late Harlan Ellison sardonically called “the glass… Continue reading Adventures in Blu-ray: Television’s Lost Classics, Volume 1

Television

“Well, Dick…it’s time to say goodnight.”

In correspondence that Dan Rowan composed to author John D. MacDonald in 1972, the longtime Laugh-In co-host/straight man observed: “Bland and nice have set in and we could be the Nelson family doing a variety show.  Why is this?  Maybe because we have run out of things to say.”  Rowan’s ruminations about the series that was… Continue reading “Well, Dick…it’s time to say goodnight.”

Classic Movies

My old Kentucky home

Ah. Kentucky...home of bluegrass and mint juleps.  It’s also the location of two stables that house the finest of horseflesh—one belongs to Major Peter Wingate (William H. Turner) and the other to Colonel Jefferson Girard (Josef Swickard).  The offspring of these two fine Southern gentlemen—daughter Betty Girard (Marilyn Mills) and son Larry Wingate (Ralph Emerson—billed… Continue reading My old Kentucky home

Classic Movies

Adventures in Blu-ray: Road to Rio (1947)

I’ve been making a concerted effort to cut back on my DVD/Blu-ray purchases...but to borrow a line from a classic broadcast of The Phil Harris-Alice Faye Show: “It ain’t been easy, Clyde...”  To illustrate: Kino Lorber has an August 2018 Studio Classics Sale in progress right now (it ends August 28), and when I went… Continue reading Adventures in Blu-ray: Road to Rio (1947)

Classic Movies

Adventures in Blu-ray: Down Three Dark Streets (1954)

It’s another all-nighter for Federal Bureau of Investigation agent Zack Stewart (Kenneth Tobey), who’s got a full slate of cases in his inbox.  His primary investigation is tracking down the whereabouts of fugitive Joe Walpo (Joe Bassett)—a law-breaking miscreant already wanted for gunning down a gas station attendant (William Schallert!) a few days earlier.  Stewart’s… Continue reading Adventures in Blu-ray: Down Three Dark Streets (1954)