Pierino Ronald Como was a show business fixture for over a half a century, beginning his career as a vocalist in the big band era (with Ted Weems' Orchestra) before striking out on his own as a solo artist. You know him better as Perry Como, of course; in 1945, Como scored his first #1… Continue reading Dream along with me
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!
DISH gave us a freeview of Starz last week...and normally, this isn't a huge deal because we're still subscribed to the Starz Encore channels (the discount is supposed to end Tuesday...but I have decided to maintain radio silence only until Mom asks me why the satellite bill has suddenly gone up). A good many of… Continue reading All the Starz
I know October is a month that we usually associate with Halloween and other things spooky…but to the folks at Time Life, it’s an opportune time to make certain there’s plenty of classic episodes from The Carol Burnett Show available for the DVD-buying public. Why October, I hear you asking? Well, it’s because Carol and… Continue reading A Christmas Carol
My chum Rich from Wide Screen World left me a link on my Facebook page two days ago, pointing me to this article at Mediaite that asks the musical question: “Remember When Late Night Talk Shows Were… Entertaining?” What in the heck has happened to late night comedy? As a kid I remember Johnny Carson…… Continue reading Johnny on the spot
Alpha Video’s Brian Krey—the individual who should take a bow for providing a lot of the product that I review on this here blog—mentioned to me in an e-mail a while back that the company was preparing a collection of two-reel shorts along the lines of their successful “Ultra-Rare Pre-Code Comedies” releases. The kicker was… Continue reading So this is Harris
Mark Twain’s classic novel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, published in this country in 1885 (it was introduced in the UK a couple of months earlier), is considered one of the great works in American literature. Both schools and libraries have either banned or attempted to ban the book practically since its publication (let’s be honest—Finn features… Continue reading From the DVR: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1960)