Classic Movies · Television

“Ah ah ah ah…don’t touch that dial!”

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!”

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Classic Movies

“Thanks to you/Skies are blue…”

On the ninth of October—a little less than two weeks from today—one of my DVD Holy Grails will finally be released.  If you’ve been making regular visits to this humble scrap of the blogosphere—even before I packed up and moved in October of 2017 because there was more off-street parking and the schools were better—you’re… Continue reading “Thanks to you/Skies are blue…”

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)

Classic Movies · Stuff You Should Know

“That’s liable to happen to anyone!”

In May, I received an e-mail from ClassicFlix asking me to contribute the back liner notes for a DVD collection that I knew would generate waves of enthusiasm throughout the classic film and movie comedy communities I associate with on Facebook.  All 21 of the two-reel Hal Roach Studio comedies starring Thelma Todd and Patsy… Continue reading “That’s liable to happen to anyone!”

Classic Movies · Television

Adventures in Blu-ray: Tomorrow is Forever (1946)

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)

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Adventures in Blu-ray: You Only Live Once (1937)

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)

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Grey Market Cinema: Casbah (1948)

Jewel thief Pépé Le Moko (Tony Martin) is wanted by the French police...for obvious reasons.  Pépé is the mastermind of a gang of no-accounts that operates out of The Casbah in Algiers (Casbah translates as "fortress" or "citadel"), an area where he can apparently move freely without being molested by the gendarmes.  Algiers' police commissioner… Continue reading Grey Market Cinema: Casbah (1948)