Under the leadership of program director Jeff Dugan (Michael Brandon), L.A.’s QSKY soon becomes the #1 radio station in the market, with a dedicated staff of jocks that believe it’s the music that defines QSKY. When Dugan accepted the job, his intention was to make his bosses at Billings Radio Corporation pleased with QSKY’s progress...but… Continue reading Adventures in Blu-Ray: FM (1978)
I just wanna tell ya—as I channel my inner Bob Hope—that there were a passel of entries for this week’s giveaway at Thrilling Days of Yesteryear, which is a testament to the popularity of the classic radio comedy series The Phil Harris-Alice Faye Show. Sadly, I only have one copy of the Radio Spirits CD collection featuring their first twenty broadcasts for… Continue reading “Regardless of how you feel inside, always try to look like a winner.” — Arthur Ashe
Another week has gone by at Rancho Yesteryear, and I’m pleased as punch to announce another giveaway on the blog. This week: a copy of the Radio Spirits CD collection The Couple Next Door: Business & Pleasure—thirty-two consecutive episodes of the radio comedy serial created and starring Margaret “Peg” Lynch, as originally broadcast over CBS… Continue reading Paying the Piper
Though she had firmly established herself in motion pictures as America’s favorite man-chaser, it could be argued that comedienne Joan Davis really achieved major fame in radio. From 1941 to 1943 she was a regular on Rudy Vallee’s popular Sealtest variety show and when Vallee went into the Coast Guard to “do his bit” for… Continue reading What a girl, what a whirl, what a life
I’m sorry that the blog has been kind of quiet over the past week; the good folks at DISH were generous enough to give us an HBO/Cinemax freeview, and I spent a little time getting re-acquainted with some old favorites including Secretary (2002—with my gal Maggie Gyllenhaal) and The Devil Wears Prada (2006). (Prada may… Continue reading My heroes have always been in documentaries
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!