The success of importing the BBC’s Monty Python’s Flying Circus to public television stations in the mid-70s led to a “British Invasion” of sitcoms and comedy shows that, sadly, have been abandoned because these same stations are apparently unable to see offerings beyond the overexposed Are You Being Served? I rag on AYBS a lot, but it’s mostly due to its saturation in the… Continue reading Children should be seen…and heard, to be honest
Things had been a mite quiet over at The Classic TV Blog Association—that august organization of bloggers what like to write about vintage TV a lot—until Rick at The Classic Film and TV Café came up with an interesting idea in mid-December of last year. He proposed that each CTVBA member nominate a total of… Continue reading Classic GOAT
In cinematic screwball comedies of the 1930s/1940s, wealthy people were always given a hefty transfusion of eccentricity in order to make them more accessible to non-wealthy folks. (Rich people! They’re just like us!) That is most definitely the case with the Kilbourne family, a clan whose matriarch Emily (Billie Burke) has an interesting hobby: hiring… Continue reading Adventures in Blu-ray: Merrily We Live (1938)
The august aggregation of classic movie bloggers known as The Classic Movie Blog Association (well, I think it’s kinda catchy) put on their best bib-and-tucker Monday night to attend the 2018 Annual CiMBA Awards Dinner. It’s a most swanky affair; they have at least four different forks at each place setting (you really only need… Continue reading Major Awards!
Fragile young Daisy White (Mae Murray), a destitute child of the slums (plus she’s got a heart condition), pleads with a bartender for a little medicinal whiskey for her ailing mother. Alas, Daisy has no credit with the proprietor, and she is shooed away—but not before her situation attracts the notice of confidence man John… Continue reading Get Bent
After six years of drawing the comic strip Dumb Dora (about a brunette who “wasn’t as dumb as she looked”), Murat Bernard “Chic” Young handed it off to artist Paul Fung once Chic decided to embark on a new venture. That new strip would soon become one of the most popular newspaper comics of all… Continue reading “Ah ah ah ah…don’t touch that dial!”
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)