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From the DVR: The Memory of Justice (1973)

After directing such divertissements as Banana Peel (1964), Marcel Ophuls—the son of famed filmmaker Max (La Ronde, Lola Montès)—embarked on an ambitious documentary about the collaboration during WW2 between France’s Vichy government and Nazi Germany: The Sorrow and the Pity (1969).  Sorrow has turned up on The Greatest Cable Channel Known to Mankind™ within the… Continue reading From the DVR: The Memory of Justice (1973)

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Guilty Pleasures: Sssssss (1973)

You might remember Phil Hall as the author of an excellent book that I reviewed back on the blog in August of 2016 entitled In Search of Lost Films; Hall, a film critic/journalist who has contributed to the likes of Film Threat and American Movie Classics Magazine, also wrote The Greatest Bad Movies of All Time, published in 2013 through BearManor Media—the… Continue reading Guilty Pleasures: Sssssss (1973)

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From the DVR: The Goddess (1958)

Before winning Academy Awards for the screenplays to such Thrilling Days of Yesteryear favorites as The Hospital (1971) and Network (1976—a movie that becomes more and more eerily prescient every time I watch it), Paddy Chayefsky was one of the small screen’s most respected scribes, with contributions to such live television presentations as “Marty” (later adapted for the movies and winning… Continue reading From the DVR: The Goddess (1958)

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“What started out to be a real honest-to-goodness mystery just boils itself down to being as simple as A-B-C…”

In the very early month of May (okay…more like May 19th), The Greatest Cable Channel Known to Mankind™ had scheduled showings of several entries in Columbia’s The Whistler franchise (based on the popular radio mystery program) and chose to close out the day with all three films based on I Love a Mystery (also a popular radio mystery program). … Continue reading “What started out to be a real honest-to-goodness mystery just boils itself down to being as simple as A-B-C…”

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From the DVR: 3 Ring Circus (1954)

In July of 2013, I contributed an essay to a “Dynamic Duos in Classic Film” blogathon…and the subject(s) of my text was the immortal team of Dean Martin & Jerry Lewis, whose vehicles were among the many classic comedies responsible for my lifelong love of old movies…and making me the well-adjusted adult I am today.  (I may have… Continue reading From the DVR: 3 Ring Circus (1954)

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From the DVR: Mr. Saturday Night (1992)

During his stint as a “Not Ready for Prime Time Player” on NBC’s Saturday Night Live from 1984 to 1985, comedian Billy Crystal regularly convulsed audiences with his impressions of Muhammed Ali, Sammy Davis, Jr., and Herve Villechaize.  (How’s that for “comedy comes in threes?”)  Crystal also created original characters, like Lew Goldman (the elderly Jew constantly… Continue reading From the DVR: Mr. Saturday Night (1992)

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“You poor creatures…I wish I could help you…but you’re by yourselves now…”

Back in July of last year, when The House of Yesteryear was enmeshed in that (mercifully) brief thrall of madness I jokingly called The DISH Austerity Program, there was really one outlet on our system for uncut, commercial-free movies…and that was HDNet Movies, a channel that spun-off from HDNet (now signing all correspondence as AXS TV)… Continue reading “You poor creatures…I wish I could help you…but you’re by yourselves now…”