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)
One late night in the village of Tarnmoor (in England, you know), mystery novelist Janet Frobisher (Bette Davis) places a call in a phone booth outside the railway station. The veterinarian (Emlyn Williams) who’s been treating her horse Fury thinks it odd that Janet went so far out of her way to make that call… Continue reading Adventures in Blu-ray: Another Man’s Poison (1951)
My Facebook compadre John Carpenter (not to be confused with the director of Halloween...particularly since the Facebook Carpenter goes by "John K.") is known to friends and creditors as "The Movie Man"; John's a devoted classic film buff and collector of 16mm cinematic antiquities, which he's been sharing with appreciative audiences in his home base… Continue reading If I were a Carpenter
The recent VCI/Sprocket Vault DVD release of Hal Roach Forgotten Comedies could just have easily been titled “Adolphe Menjou at Hal Roach” because the three features in the collection—The Housekeeper’s Daughter (1939), Turnabout (1940), and Road Show (1941)—all star the actor known for both his sartorial splendor (he was voted “The Best Dressed Man in… Continue reading Menjou En Gros
In August of last year, I prematurely announced that our good friends at The Sprocket Vault would begin releasing Charley Chase shorts to DVD, beginning with a 2-disc release of the comedian’s output in 1930 and 1931 in November. The news of this release was warmly received by the Facebook fans that propagate a lot… Continue reading Smile when the raindrops fall
It was fellow film noir devotee and Down the Hatch author Vince Keenan who used his incredible cocktail powers to induce me into buying a copy of Facebook compadre John DiLeo’s Screen Savers: 40 Remarkable Movies Awaiting Rediscovery back in November of 2008...and since that initial purchase, I have filled the bookshelves here at Rancho… Continue reading Book Review: Ten Movies at a Time: A 350-Film Journey Through Hollywood and America 1930-1970
If you’re a regular visitor to this ‘umble scrap of the blogosphere you’re probably aware that I’d had issues with the DISH people from time to time. Since the current Rancho Yesteryear the ‘rents and I occupy is located just outside the town limits of Winterville (a.k.a. City of Marigolds) in neighboring Oglethorpe County, we… Continue reading Encore! Encore!