Wednesday, December 30, 2009

A-Team Star Wars Mashup

Oh... the internet. What wonderful things that are wrought therein. Yea... verily!

Breathe Easy, Smoke Clean

Looking at these early television commercials... it seems that smoking cigarettes was a fun and healthy lifestyle choice... despite the fact that they caused cancer, emphysema, and other life threatening diseases. But, hey... at least they don’t warn you about skin cancer in these commercials... out on the beach without slathering on some SPF protection.

Video clips below:

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Krazy Kat (1916)

Interesting cartoon from the early 20th Century... enjoy.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

The 8th Man

Growing up in a city with more UHF stations than the more conventional VHF (dating myself here, aren’t I?) there was tons of stuff to watch... including roughly translated anime from Japan. The videos below represent an episode of one of my very favorites from that era. Enjoy Eitoman (translated the 8th Man in the USA.

Part One




Part Two




Part Three


Friday, December 25, 2009

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Merry Christmas


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R.I.P. Connie Hines



From 1961 through 1966, Connie Hines was the cute blond who appeared in the sitcom about the talking horse, Mr. Ed.

New England native Connie Hines has exited the planet at age 78. Our prayers for her family and loved ones.

More from Philly.com and Variety.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Santa Claus Gets a Beat-Down

Leave it to Aaron MacGruder to turn our favorite bastion of commercialism on its head with this Boondocks episode. Enjoy this video clip... and Merry Christmas to all.

R.I.P. George Michael


I was a kid in Philadelphia when George Michael was Boss Jock on Philly’s WFIL-AM.  Michael had a raucous style that distinguished him in both the Philly and New York markets.  But, it was his work in television sports where he really shined.

When he eventually transferred to WRC in the nation’s capitol to take on WUSA’s Glenn Brenner (who worked for Michael as a High School intern at Philadelphia’s WFIL). Brenner sadly passed away in 992 at age of 44.

As a sportscaster, George Michael transformed television sports. His Sports Machine broadcast, for which he won a Sports Emmy® in 1985,  was syndicated to over 200 television stations and is credited as the inspiration for ESPN’s “Sports Center.”

Born on March 24, 1939 in St. Louis, Missouri... Michael had been fighting cancer for the past two years.  He exited the planet at age 70.  We offer prayers for his family, friends, and colleagues. 

George’s career is chronicled in The Washington Post, at WTOP news radio, and at Michael’s home for several wonderful decades, WRC TV 4.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Angus Schrimm

Angus Schrimm is best known as The Tall Man from the Phantasm movies. See him in action in these video clips:

Christmas Tie


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FIRE

Before MTV there was Wolfman Jack and the Midnight Special. And this episode featured the most soulful buckeyes with a dose of funk that still makes your body move. Ladies and Gentlemen: The Ohio Players (featuring Sugarfoot) with their hit song... FIRE:

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Last Minute Shopping Ideas

Before Dragnet... Before M*A*S*H... Harry Was a Drag Queen!

It is hard to imagine this aired on CBS in the 1960’s... but the reality is that it did. And it is funnier (and a wee bit racier) than a lot of what is on TV today. And so... ladies and gentlemen... Pete & Gladys (but sponsored by Goodyear, not by Carnation).

R.I.P. Arnold “Top Cat” Stang


We were saddened to learn that Arnold Stang, who was the voice of Hanna-Barbera cartoon character Top Cat has exited the planet.  He was 91.

Stang worked with Hollywood royalty, staring on radio in the 1940’s with cantankerous comedian Henry Morgan. He appeared on television with Milton Berle on his Texaco Star Theater and, more recently, on an episode of The Cosby Show with guest star Sammy Davis Jr.

He did a pilot for “The Arnold Stang Show” that never saw the light of day. Of course, thanks to the power of the internet, you can see it by clicking here. It may give you an idea why the pilot was never picked up.

On the big screen, Stang was Sparrow in 1955’s Man with the Golden Arm starring Frank Sinatra and Kim Novak. However, perhaps his most notable film role was working with Governator Arnold Schwarzenegger in 1970’s Hercules in New York.

We remember Mr. Stang fondly for his voice-over work in cartoons including Popeye’s pal Shorty, as Herman the Mouse, and of course Top Cat (in which Stang channeled Phil Silvers).

More recently, he did voice-over work for the Cartoon Network series Courage the Cowardly Dog and voiced the Honey Nut Cheerios Bee in the 1980’s.

We could go on and on... but you can read more about this great character actor at The Hollywood Reporter and at TV Party.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Probably Not What Charlie Peacock Was Singing About...

Perhaps my absolute CP song is In The Light. An awesome arrangement of lyrics that strip your heart down to the core. However, I don’t think the video below was what Charlie was singing about when he wrote that song:

Tarzan Tries to Out-Dance Mr. Clean

One of the things I loved about the Monkees was the surrealism. Like the toe-tapping mannequin... Mickey in costume and in drag... and the dance-off between Tarzan and Mr. Clean. They just don’t make them like that anymore. Check out the video below:

Sunday, December 20, 2009

R.I.P. Brittany Murphy

We have seen reports from a number of sources including TMZ and The Huffington Post that 32-year-old actress Brittany Murphy has suddenly exited the planet.

Reports say that Murphy went into cardiac arrest early in the morning and attempts to revive her were unsuccessful.

A Georgia native who was reared in Jersey, Murphy was reportedly a practicing Christian. Prayers for her family and loved ones.

Iron Man 2

You got about six months wait before this hits the screens... but the trailer featuring Garry Shandling is a hoot. Check it out... and anyone besides me wonder if the tie-in with Incredible Hulk will be revealed in this film? Anyone? Bueller? Check out the video (in High Def) below:

Saturday, December 19, 2009

We Close Our Eyes

Something weird about this video... maybe it is the weird musical arrangement... or perhaps the lead singer holding a gigantic adjustable spanner (that’s “monkey wrench” to us Yanks) instead of an instrument or a microphone. Or, maybe the dancing wooden artist figures that wind up attacking to of the band members. I worked in a place that had an art shop and the lead artist had two of those on her desk. Somebody always re-posed them so one was bent over and the other had its foot up... hmm, wonder who did that? Well, anyway... check out another weird but dancable one from the 1980’s.

How Do You Speak to an Angel

Part of the reason that Martin et Lewis broke up... from what I was told... is that Jerry was muscling in on Dean’s singing and taking all of the funniest lines for himself. Comparing the two in the video below, it is obvious who the better singer was... but yet Jerry is a hoot to watch and to listen to.

Julia Stiles Wants to Give You...

I wonder if Julia Stiles will read my screenplay. She would be awesome in it... maybe win a Globe... maybe an Oscar®... who knows? Sigh...

Friday, December 18, 2009

Dexter Drama Continues...

For those who still have not seen the season finale of Showtime’s brilliant (and currently highest rated) series Dexter... stop reading. But for the rest of us... Julie Benz is having fun with her (hopefully momentary) unemployment. Actually... she is reportedly having lots of fun with Sylvester Stallone in the Rambo reboot. But anyway, check her out on E! guzzling a libation that I (as a Tennessee Squire) know a little something about...

Pete & Gladys

Hard to imagine that television was actually this sappy back in the 1960’s.  Hey, who am I kidding.  It is actually worse today... the exception being that advertisements are no longer built into programming.  But maybe that is not all it is cracked up to be?  Anyway... enjoy!


R.I.P. Alaina Reed Hall



We read the details on Afrobella about the loss of a wonderful actress who now joins her husband, Kevin Peter Hall (best known as the eponymous Predator who battled Arnold Schwarzenegger and others.

Some of us remember her on Sesame Street back in the day. Others for her role on the sitcom 227. Still others for the great body of work she leaves behind. Rest in peace.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

R.I.P. Chris Henry



So sad... so tragic... so ironic that five-season member of the Cincinnati Bengals, Chris Henry, has exited the planet at the age of 26 in what seems to be a senseless manner.

Read the full report on CNN.

R.I.P. Tisha Taylor Murphy



We were saddened to hear from The Huffington Post that comedian Charlie Murphy has lost his wife and mother of their children. Charlie is, of course, brother of Eddie Murphy.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

R.I.P. Oral Roberts


Evangelist Oral Roberts has exited the planet after suffering from pneumonia at the age of 91 years.


You may read details about the man, his ministry, and more at The New York Times.


There is also an audio retrospective available for listening at National Public Radio.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Alice, Be My Girl!

Ah... yes. Memories. Such memories. How can you forget these... um, well, I can’t recall. But seriously folks: “Meet me on the staircase, girl; let’s break the golden rule” is as good as it got in the 80’s. Let us jump into the wayback machine and enjoy this classic music video, shall we?

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Dueling Tea Bags ???

MSNBC explores the political movement(s) known as Tea Parties... and the re-imagined colloquialism Tea Bagging... in quite the adult way. And, as the conservatives and liberals continue to do battle... we quote Rodney King, “Can’t we all just get along?” (apparently not). Check out the Rachel Maddow Show clip (including a segment from the motion picture Pecker below:

Bimbo’s Initiation

We have seen Max Fleischer’s Bimbo character as an assistant to Betty Boop... but this solo cartoon is... well... you just have to see it. This is one of the more surrealistic cartoons of the 1930’s -- sort of what Disney would produce if their animators were tripping on crack or acid or all of the above. Check this cartoon out and let us know what you think about it...

Friday, December 4, 2009

Poor Cinderella

Poor Cinderella allows Max Fleischer’s team to take on another story better known by Disney... but with their unique style. And the color is a nice touch for a series usually produced in Black and White. My only complaint is that it doesn’t have the same snazzy jazzy atmosphere as the other Betty Boop cartoons that we have seen.

Check it out below:

Thursday, December 3, 2009

The Old Man Of The Mountain

More great jazz crooning by the wonderful Cab Calloway in this Max Fleischer cartoon featuring Betty Boop. This 1933 classic shows you Cab and his orchestra in action... and features some cutting-edge motion capture technology where the old man does Cab’s dance! Warped New York Jewish humor with a soupçon of New Orleans jazz! Enjoy!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

I'll Be Glad When You're Dead, You Rascal You

Another classic from Max and Dave Fleischer featuring the distinctive crooning of Louis Armstrong. This was shot in the early 1930’s, so you will see clips of a very young Satchmo conducting his orchestra... accompanied by some slightly disturbing racial stereotype animation. But New Orleans hot jazz has never sounded better. And, can somebody tell me the meaning of the Hebrew lettering that appears in the speedometer that appears on Koko’s rear end?

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Hidey Hidey Ho and Boop Boop a Doop!

Max Fleischer was the anti-Disney... producing cartoons with a soupçon of New York Jewish humor that were rather adult... even by today’s standards. But one thing that I appreciate is the showcase he gave to African American artists... like Cab Calloway. Check out Betty Boop in Fleischer’s version of Snow White featuring Calloway crooning the New Orleans standard, “Saint James Infirmary.”

Monday, November 30, 2009

The TRUE STORY About Tiger Woods Accident

Leave it to Wanda Sykes to bring out the truth in any news event. In the video clip below, Wanda looks at CNN footage and then provides her own hilarious analysis to explain exactly what happened on the night that Tiger crashed his escalade.

Beer & Wine Commercials from 1948

What... they had television in 1948? Yep! And commercials on TV included beer, wine... and other products. Check out these classic television commercials from an earlier time in history... you will find them interesting. Two of my favorites are a Ritz cracker ad that looks as if it could have been produced in the 21st century and also a Skippy peanut butter advertisement that you won’t even recognize the product being sold until the end. Kewl! Drop us a comment to let us know if you would like to see more!

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Johnny Carson Crooning with the Rat Pack

Many may not remember that Johnny Carson was a part of Frank Sinatra’s rat pack. He filled in for Joey Bishop, quipping that Joey threw his back out by bending over to kiss Frank’s rear end. If you never heard Johnny sing... you are in for a treat. Check out this video:

 


 

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Tom Corbett, Space Cadet

This is a sci-fi program from 1954 that has the distinction of running on all four networks (CBS, NBC, ABC and Du Mont) during its run. It also has the distinction of Gomer Pyle’s Sgt. Carter as a space cadet. Watch out for creepy Uncle Joe in one of the commercials. The video is embedded below:

Friday, November 27, 2009

The Honeymooners WITHOUT Audrey Meadows?

Little known fact... Audrey Meadows was not the first (nor the last) Alice in Jackie Gleason’s Honeymooners. Pert Kelton had that honor... and she gave the Honeymooners an entirely different feel. Not only that... but Art Carney’s Ed Norton went in an entirely different direction as well.

Check out this episode from the long lost Du Mont network...

Thursday, November 26, 2009

An Amos and Andy Thanksgiving?

Well, actually... the actors who created the voices for Amos and Andy on radio found themselves out of a job when having to cast actual African Americans on the television version. But then, they realized that they could voice their characters in the animated “Calvin and the Colonel.”

And so, to make sure to bring a bit of indigestion to your Thanksgiving meal... we present the Thanksgiving Dinner episode of that 1950’s cartoon for your viewing pleasure. Or, displeasure? You never can tell.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

A Television Show from the 1940’s - “School House”

The Du Mont television network crashed and burned, leaving CBS, NBC and ABC until Fox and UPN (now CW) came along. And then cable came and there are hundreds of channels of nothing worth watching. H’yuk!

But this show embedded below... broadcast in 1949... is an example of the type of programming that... erm... my grandparents watched. Surprisingly, it is more entertaining than most of the crap on the air today.

Check out this episode of School House a short-lived series on the DuMont Television Network which aired in early 1949 featuring Kenny Delmar as the teacher with Arnold Stang and Wally Cox as two of the students.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

R.I.P. Pastor Billy Joe Daugherty


The founding pastor of Victory Christian Center exited the planet Sunday at the age of 57 after a brief illness.  Details at KTUL.  His church issued a statement about his untimely passing, found here.

As many have said: Our loss is heaven’s gain.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Monday, November 16, 2009

R.I.P. Mister Equalizer


Edward Woodward, known for his Golden Globe winning performances in his CBS series The Equalizer, as well as a number of memorable performances, has exited the planet at 79.

According to BBC News, Woodward suffered from a number of ailments at the time of his passing.

The BBC has a photo gallery featuring some of Woodward’s best work... including a six episode stint on Eastenders.

You can leave a tribute to this great actor here.

Private SNAFU - Spies

I wonder if cartoons like these would be a good idea for our soldiers today?

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Private SNAFU - Gripes

A Little Something for the Veterans

We will be posting more of these over the next few days. BTW... you know what SNAFU means? Keep it clean!

YOU ARE NOT SUPPOSED TO SEE THIS FILM!

That is to say... this film was made to ONLY be seen by Sears appliance salesmen. If you don't sell appliances for Sears... then you really shouldn’t see this.

Well, then again... it has been years since this was made... and so maybe it is okay for you to watch this... but if you don’t remember Rowan and Martin’s Laugh In then it may go right over your head...

Sunday, November 8, 2009

I Married Joan

Similar in theme to “I Love Lucy,” but with an acapella theme song and sound track (and not Desi Arnaz’ Cuban rhythm band) and Jim Backus (better known as Thurston Howell the 3rd on Gilligan’s Island). Check out this episode:

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Economic Recession of 1952

In 1952, a family found an African-American woman to solve their economic troubles. Check her out...

Friday, November 6, 2009

She Looks The Same As She Did 44 Years Ago

Sally Field has some great DNA, it appears.

We see her on television doing starring roles and adverts for bone pills...

But if you think she is glamorous now, check her out in 1965 in the video clip below.

Kinda hard to imagine ABC cancelled this show and brought Sally back to the airwaves as a flying nun. :-\

In a quote on Sally’s Wikipedia page, she said she would have preferred playing Gidget versus the nun.

Hmm... Sally in a bikini, or...

Sally in a habit.  Hmm...

Well, check out this promo for her short-lived ABC series:


Thursday, November 5, 2009

Uh Bee Uh Bee Uh Bee... That’s Racist Folks!

This past weekend, CNN hosted a couple specials investigating whether racism has changed since Obama was elected President. Well, no matter what is going on today... social opinions can’t be as bad as this 1941 cartoon...




Or, can they?

Monday, November 2, 2009

Before She Was Jeannie... She Was Marilyn Monroe

Before Barbara Eden became famous in I Dream of Jeannie, she reprised the role made famous by Marilyn Monroe in the television remake of How to Marry a Millionaire.

Feminists will probably spin in their chairs at the premise of beautiful golddiggers. But, it is a nice piece of television history that many of you may have never seen before.

Part One:



Part Two:



Part Three:



You can see more about this early television gem at Wikipedia.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Barbara Eden in Acapulco

Barbara Eden stars in The Woman Hunter, a 1972 made-for-TV movie. Enjoy Larry Storch as a drunken raconteur who tells lame jokes to a captive crowd while a woman is murdered and stripped of her jewelry. It all goes down-hill from there. Still, Barbara (as always) looks great, especially frolicking in a bikini and numerous other outfits. There is also some sort of plot involving an international jewel thief (Stuart Whitman) and a new husband (Robert Vaughn}. Enjoy!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Creed

Rich Mullins was an awesome artist... and with pounding percussion by Philadelphia’s native son Chris McHugh, this song is a favorite. Theology with a heart. Check out this video of Rich in action.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Before He Was Ralph Kramden...

Before he became famous as Ralph Kramden... and apparently before he became fat, Jackie Gleason starred in the 1940’s television series The Life of Riley. Obviously a low budget production with a lone whistler doing the theme song (even Andy Griffith had a guitar, another whistler in harmony, and finger snaps) -- this show is an interesting look at television long before we were born. Check out this episode below:

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Consider My Enthusiasm Curbed


I am a huge Larry David fan... the man is a comic genius.  And the fact that this season of his HBO comedy features a Seinfeld reunion as a running subplot had me on the edge of my seat.

But, in the last episode... Larry thought it would be a funny gag to urinate on a painting representing Jesus.

I mean... Larry... what’s up with that?

Sad to say... Curb Your Enthusiasm is no longer on my Tivo season pass list.  It is fresh, inventive and hilariously funny... and with the Seinfeld subplot, historic.  But Larry, you just went too far for me.

Still love you, though...

He & She

Real life married couple Richard Benjamin and Paula Prentiss starred together in a CBS television series in the late 1960’s. Take a peek at a promo for this short-lived comedy:

Sunday, October 25, 2009

The CBS New Season Special

This is a preview of all the brand new series coming on CBS...

In 1961.

Travel back in time to see some stars you will recognize... including Ronald Reagan doing a comedy twist, Gomer Pyle’s Sgt. Carter as a knife wielding inmate, Rod Serling doing his Twilight Zone preview, and Carol Burnett doing a belly dance in a Genie costume.  Check it out below:

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Here Comes Tobor

In the 1950’s, there was no CGI or other sophisticated special effects. You get that watching this pilot for a sci-fi series that blew up faster than the time bomb that Tobor... well, let me not spoil the plot for you.

Check this flop from the 50’s out below...

Friday, October 23, 2009

R.I.P. Soupy Sales


Milton Supman, a Tarheel known and beloved by millions as the pie-throwing comic Soupy Sales has exited the planet.

He was infamous for his many comedic bits... including asking kids at home to take money out of their mothers’ purses and mailing it to him.

Tons of cash arrived.  The FCC blew a gasket.

Read more about this great comic... born to a Jewish family that sold sheets to the Ku Klux Klan... in Variety.

And the next time you hit someone in the face with a whipped cream pie... remember Soupy.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Time Out for Ginger

Long before the invention of Ritalin, there was a loud, hyperactive teenage girl who loves her dad so much, she knocks him down and smothers him with kisses. And, child protective services... well, they didn’t exist then.

Candy Moore takes on the role that helped make Patty Duke a star... and it turned out to be a turkey that never made it to television. But, thanks to the internet... you can see this monumental flop of 1962... featuring the typical sitcom family with the Wicked Witch of the West as their maid.

Huh?

After watching the video below, drop us a comment to let us know how many times (and with what implement) you think this girl should have been slapped...


Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Gilligan’s Wild West

Since Bob Denver’s post-Gilligan show “The Good Guys” crashed and burned, he went back to formula. Dusty’s Trails was a clone of Gilligan’s Island with the sarge from F Troop in the Skipper role and two girls from Petticoat Junction in the Ginger and Mary-Ann roles. The video below is one of the 26 episodes that were inflicted upon the television audience.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

R.I.P. Vic Mizzy


New Yorker (Brooklyn Born) Vic Mizzy, one of the most inventive composers and musicians in show business, has exited the planet.

Vic did music for dozens of television series, including:
  • The Addams Family
  • The Don Rickles Show
  • F Troop
  • Green Acres
  • Mister Ed
  • Petticoat Junction
  • Quincy
He also scored movies and wrote mountains of songs.  He was a virtuoso. And, he was a kind fellow... who was nice enough to reply to an e-mail we sent him many moons ago.

This genius will be missed.  Read his obituary a Variety.

Let’s Follow Joanie

Joan Davis duked it out with Lucille Ball in the golden years of television... and of course I Love Lucy starring Lucy and Desi is an enduring classic while I Married Joan with Jim Backus... well... that show did have its following. But this pilot, appearing in the video control below, never made it past the starting gate. Shame, really...

Monday, October 19, 2009

Meet The O'Briens

This was the pilot for a 1954 television series that crashed and burned. It reminds me of another favorite from before my time, It’s A Great Life! Well, except for the two Steppin Fetchit characters.Check this out and let us know if you think it could have been a potential TV Land classic.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

The Moe, Larry and Shemp Show

The Three Stooges were the kings of the short subject motion picture... but this ABC television pilot crashed and burned faster than Moe could slap Larry and Shemp. Check out the video below:

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