Classic Movies

Adventures in Blu-ray: Road to Rio (1947)

I’ve been making a concerted effort to cut back on my DVD/Blu-ray purchases...but to borrow a line from a classic broadcast of The Phil Harris-Alice Faye Show: “It ain’t been easy, Clyde...”  To illustrate: Kino Lorber has an August 2018 Studio Classics Sale in progress right now (it ends August 28), and when I went… Continue reading Adventures in Blu-ray: Road to Rio (1947)

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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 · Television

From the DVR: Guns, Girls and Gangsters (1959)

You may recall that on Sunday (though it seems so long ago—doesn't it?) I did a post here on the blog that briefly described my happy dance over our free Epix movie channel weekend.  Meanwhile, at the paying gig, I wrote up an anniversary essay on The Adventures of Philip Marlowe, which made its radio debut on June 17, 1947. … Continue reading From the DVR: Guns, Girls and Gangsters (1959)

Television

“Mervin…that was magnificent!

On the third show of Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In's fourth season (September 28, 1970), stars Dan Rowan and Dick Martin prepare to welcome back a familiar face: DAN: Aren’t you excited this week? DICK: Why? DAN: Huh? DICK: Why? DAN: Goldie Hawn’s our guest star! DICK: Goldie Hawn a guest star? DAN: Guest star! DICK: Well,… Continue reading “Mervin…that was magnificent!“

Stuff You Should Know · Television

Darling of the airwaves

My Facebook compadre Jeff Abraham dashed off an e-mail alerting me to this very exciting bit of news: The National Comedy Center is proud to announce the acquisition of an expansive archive chronicling the nine-decade career of pioneering comedienne Rose Marie, who passed away at the age of 94 in December 2017. National Comedy Center… Continue reading Darling of the airwaves