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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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From the DVR: Honeysuckle Rose (1980)

My most vivid memory of when Urban Cowboy played in theaters in the summer of 1980…is not seeing Urban Cowboy when it played in theaters in the summer of 1980.  (This is going to require a long-winded explanation, now that I think about it.)  It was the transition period between my junior and senior year at my alma mater, Ravenswood Penitentiary High School, and that… Continue reading From the DVR: Honeysuckle Rose (1980)

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On the Grapevine: I’m From Arkansas (1944)

For the past three weeks here at TDOY, I’ve been reviewing some of the silent feature films I’ve purchased from Grapevine Video—but the company offers plenty of “talkies” as well, and when I received an e-mail last month trumpeting their latest releases, one movie in particular caught my attention: a musical comedy entitled I’m From Arkansas (1944).  With a… Continue reading On the Grapevine: I’m From Arkansas (1944)

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I’m always on a mountain when I fall

I hate to say I’m givin’ up but I believe Losin’s just become a way of life with me Losin’ wouldn’t be so bad at all But I’m always on a mountain when I fall He didn’t write the song—that honor goes to Chuck Howard, a songwriter who also penned Waylon Jennings’ Come with Me and Conway… Continue reading I’m always on a mountain when I fall

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The passings parade

This week’s edition of TDOY’s roundup of celebrity notables who’ve left this world for a better one will be a day later—and a bit shorter—due to the fact that I nearly forgot about the Vivien Leigh-Laurence Olivier Blogathon taking place this weekend at Viv and Larry.com.  So I’ll be devoting time to getting my entry in for today but I… Continue reading The passings parade

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The passings parade

I made myself a promise last week that I would wait no longer than a week to commemorate those celebrities we’ve recently said goodbye to on the grounds that putting together that post was a major pain in the gluteus maximus (it had been almost a month-and-a-half between obituary posts).  So unless I get sidetracked… Continue reading The passings parade

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The passings parade

I’m not going to mince words here—I am waaaaaaay behind on chronicling the passings of certain celebrities in the fields of film, TV, music and what have you.  But when I saw on Facebook yesterday that actor James Arness—a boob tube legend best-known for his starring role as Marshal Matt Dillon on the series Gunsmoke—has ridden… Continue reading The passings parade