Classic Movies · Stuff You Should Know

Squeezing one in before the Old Year ends

The Thrilling Days of Yesteryear faithful are certainly entitled to an explanation as to why it’s been so quiet around these parts since mid-August...and I’m not making much progress beyond going out for a pack of cigarettes and losing track of the time.  (I’ve heard this a time or two in movies and TV.)  The… Continue reading Squeezing one in before the Old Year ends

Stuff You Should Know

“When I need to push myself, I think of all those nicely polished trophies waiting to be lifted up by the winner—and how that winner might be me.” —Maria Sharapova

Well, the week has come and gone and I’m pleased to announce that the winner of Thrilling Days of Yesteryear’s “Race Against Time” giveaway is dues-paying member of the TDOY faithful Pete Bainbridge, from Dismal Seepage, Ohio.  Pete will soon be enjoying a copy of this fine Radio Spirits release featuring sixteen classic radio broadcasts… Continue reading “When I need to push myself, I think of all those nicely polished trophies waiting to be lifted up by the winner—and how that winner might be me.” —Maria Sharapova

Stuff You Should Know · Television

“Now…as gunshots echo across the windswept snow-covered reaches of the wild Northwest…”

I feel like every time I find myself apologizing for my all-too-frequent absences from the blog I’m like a husband sneaking back into the house after a wild stag party and I’m trying to explain to the wife. (“Shorry, honey...the fellash and I were having too much fun shingin’...”).  But I had to tackle a few outside projects… Continue reading “Now…as gunshots echo across the windswept snow-covered reaches of the wild Northwest…”

Stuff You Should Know

“And son you say…you still wanna be…a winner…?” — Shel Silverstein

Apologies for having this up later than usual—just can’t seem to get my motor going this morning for one reason or another.  I’ve chosen a winner in the blog’s “King of the Cowboys” giveaway, and that lucky person—longtime member of the Thrilling Days of Yesteryear faithful Roger Scales of Billerica, MA—will soon be receiving a copy of… Continue reading “And son you say…you still wanna be…a winner…?” — Shel Silverstein

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“It’s round-up time/On the Double-R Bar…”

I’ll warn you right off the bat that this sentence contains a bit of hyperbole...but it seems to me that the secular content of the programming on most of the public domain and religious-themed stations boils down to two classic TV programs of the past: The Lone Ranger and The Roy Rogers Show.  (Though I… Continue reading “It’s round-up time/On the Double-R Bar…”

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“A winner never stops trying.” — Tom Landry

I had intended to have this announcement up earlier but this is the second time this week that we’ve experienced a brownout around Rancho Yesteryear, same hour of the day and for the same duration.  (I guess the electrical co-op in Pixley has had some difficulty of late, what with the abominable temperatures and all.)  Without further ado,… Continue reading “A winner never stops trying.” — Tom Landry

Classic Movies

Adventures in Blu-Ray: Hold Back the Dawn (1941)

“History doesn’t repeat itself but it often rhymes” is a well-known aphorism often attributed to Mark Twain...even though there’s scant evidence to show that Twain actually said it.  But it’s such a witty little maxim that it seems like the sort of remark the humorist would make, and I couldn’t help but think of it the other… Continue reading Adventures in Blu-Ray: Hold Back the Dawn (1941)

Stuff You Should Know · Television

“Around Dodge City and into territory on west…”

Although I was very much familiar with Gunsmoke the TV series throughout my childhood—the program ran on WCHS-TV like tap water, and during my second year at Marshall University, WVAH-TV made it “Must See TV” for my fellow dormmates on weeknights—I never heard a broadcast of the radio Gunsmoke until that same sophomore Marshall year. … Continue reading “Around Dodge City and into territory on west…”

Bad Movies · Classic Movies

Adventures in Blu-Ray: Noir Archive Volume 2: 1954-1956

It seems like it was just last April—come to think of it...it was last April—when I borrowed some bandwidth on the blog to talk about a collaborative Blu-ray effort between Mill Creek Entertainment and Kit Parker Films/The Sprocket Vault featuring nine movies previously released to MOD DVD as part of Sony’s Choice Collection.  That compendium… Continue reading Adventures in Blu-Ray: Noir Archive Volume 2: 1954-1956

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“Regardless of how you feel inside, always try to look like a winner.” — Arthur Ashe

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