Classic Movies · Television

A Christmas Carol

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

Television

Johnny on the spot

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

Classic Movies

From the DVR: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1960)

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)

Classic Movies

Grey Market Cinema: Strictly in the Groove (1942)

The first thing I wondered out loud during the opening scenes of Strictly in the Groove (1942): “What the hell is Ozzie Nelson still doing in college?”  (The second question I asked was “Where is Mrs. Nelson (Harriet Hilliard)?”  Maybe she was picking up David and Ricky at school.)  Because the plot of this Universal B-musical finds Oz still matriculating in the… Continue reading Grey Market Cinema: Strictly in the Groove (1942)

Classic Movies · Where's That Been?

Where’s That Been? – Werewolf of London (1935)

The following review is one of several that I composed for the ClassicFlix site under the column title “Where’s That Been?”  Most of those columns made the transition to CF’s new site but some of them stayed behind for reason or another...and since my writer’s ego is just big enough to where I don’t like having what… Continue reading Where’s That Been? – Werewolf of London (1935)

Classic Movies · Where's That Been?

Where’s That Been? – The Case Against Brooklyn (1958)

The following review is one of several that I composed for the ClassicFlix site under the column title “Where’s That Been?”  Most of those columns made the transition to CF’s new site but some of them stayed behind for reason or another...and since my writer’s ego is just big enough to where I don’t like having what… Continue reading Where’s That Been? – The Case Against Brooklyn (1958)

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Movies I’ve stared at recently on TCM #68

A few bits ‘n’ pieces and/or odds ‘n’ ends that have aired on The Greatest Cable Channel Known to Mankind™ within the past few months and that have been on the U-Verse Total DVR For Life© for nearly as long:  High Pressure (1932) – William Powell is Gar Evans, “the world’s foremost promoter,” who’s hired by a… Continue reading Movies I’ve stared at recently on TCM #68

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Movies I’ve stared at recently on TCM #65 (Geraldine Page edition)

Sweet Bird of Youth (1962) – Tennessee Williams’ 1959 Broadway hit brings back four performers—Paul Newman, Geraldine Page, Rip Torn, and Madeleine Sherwood (as mistress Miss Lucy)—to reprise their stage roles in a 1962 movie adaptation written and directed by Richard Brooks (who had an earlier success with a film version of Williams’ Cat on… Continue reading Movies I’ve stared at recently on TCM #65 (Geraldine Page edition)

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The passings parade

This week’s edition of the “roll call of the deceased” is a little shorter than it has been in recent weeks—which, when you stop and think about it, is an encouraging sign in that while we’ve established that Death rarely takes a holiday s/he might be lingering a bit during those three-martini lunches.  The celebrity… Continue reading The passings parade