Time for more pictures from the Nazi Propaganda filmstrip Der Atlantik Wall. We see examples of concealment and camouflage in the photos below. The first shows a German soldier in a machine gun turret almost completely buried in the sand, making it a very effective defensive position against ground assault. The second image has a soldier standing guard in front of two blockhouses. Note that the windows on the structures are actually just painted on the walls, as are the trees on the building to the left. The purpose of these artistic embellishments was to make these fortified bunkers appear - at least at long range - to be civilian buildings of little military value.
Thursday, July 31, 2014
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
The Hollywood Revue's monthly preview of programming on TCM is out. For August, it is Summer Under the Stars, with each day featuring a different actor/actress, including 14 that have never been featured before on SUTS. The list includes David Niven, Walter Pidgeon, Judy Garland, Barbara Stanwyck, Paul Muni, Jimmy Stewart, William Powell, Carole Lombard, Cary Grant, Claudette Colbert, Betty Grable, and Alan Ladd.
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Monday, July 28, 2014
The "Lord of the Fire" spares a forest ranger's fearless little girl from a forest fire, giving her control over flames. After being adopted by a wealthy family she grows up to be a beautiful socialite, and secretly "Wildfire, Princess of Flame, Nemesis of all who break man's laws." Posted on Four Color Shadows.
Friday, July 25, 2014
Not for the lactose intolerant is this encore from 2011. Three little kittens lost their mittens, so their mother sends them to bed without their supper (e.g., milk). Dreaming of milk, they take a Jules Verne-like ride to the "Milky Way," where the dairy gags start to flow. From the Internet Archive, here is the 1940 MGM animated short, The Milky Way.
Thursday, July 24, 2014
As we proceed on our traveloguish journey through the Nazi propaganda filmstrip, Der Atlantik Wall, we start to see signs of more heavy duty defenses. Both of the photos below appear to show obstacles designed to slow or stop vehicles such as tanks or amphibious landing craft.
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Monday, July 21, 2014
Retronaut posted this item about Separate Cinema Archive, a film memorabilia collection devoted to African-American cinema. This post features some of the movie posters in the collection, including several from the Swing Era featuring notables like Cab Calloway, Duke Ellington, Lena Horne and at left, Louis Jordan.
Friday, July 18, 2014
This encore from 2011 features the original "Tom and Jerry," a pair of Van Beuren Studios characters who were around before MGM launched its famous cat and mouse team of the same name. In this short, they take advantage of their cartoon world existence by drawing a few things into reality, and then generating a few songs. From the Internet Archive, here is the 1932 short, Pencil Mania.
Thursday, July 17, 2014
Carrying on our journey through the landscape "documented" by the Nazi propaganda filmstrip Der Atlantik Wall, the military images have now completely taken over from the initial scenery. In the photo below, a sign warns that entry is forbidden into a minefield. The fact that the sign appears to be in Dutch and German is further evidence that the locations shown in the film are in Holland.
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Monday, July 14, 2014
Friday, July 11, 2014
This encore from 2011 is a Famous Studios production from 1947 featuring a nice swing/jive vibe. A wolf dresses up as "Little Boy Blue," and blows his horn to catch some jitterbugging lambs, who are saved by their hip uncle, the "black sheep" of the family. From the Internet Archive, here is Much Ado About Mutton.
Thursday, July 10, 2014
As we continue the examination of the Nazi propaganda filmstrip Der Atlantik Wall, the images begin to take on a much more military tone, with photographs of actual fortifications. In the first picture below we see what appears to be barricades on a path or road near a beach.
Wednesday, July 9, 2014
Here is Superman's favorite reporter, Lois Lane (a/k/a Noel Neill) up for a set of tennis. Posted on Film Noir Photos, Ms. Neill played Lois Lane in both the Superman movie serials of the late 1940's, as well as in the later television series.
Tuesday, July 8, 2014
Monday, July 7, 2014
In the days before "biopics," there were "biocomics," such as this example from 1950, posted on Four Color Shadows, entitled Judy Garland's Ordeal. It was no secret that Judy had some troubles in her life, but in addition to the tabloids and gossip columnists, even comic books joined the act. Her then five year old daughter Liza (as in Minnelli) even shows up.
Friday, July 4, 2014
Thursday, July 3, 2014
As we continue our tour through the Nazi propaganda filmstrip, Der Atlantik Wall, we start to see more images of military installations. Once again, based only on certain clues from various photos in the filmstrip, these pictures may be of locations in Holland. If anyone recognizes these scenes, I would be really interested to know what they are. The first image appears to show a medieval fortification at a harbor or port, with some civilians and German military personnel at left.
Wednesday, July 2, 2014
When I was a kid, although I do not remember how old, I once witnessed a form of horse racing that took place in an arena, with small metal boxes painted like jockeys atop small horses. The mechanical riders had metal rods sticking out the back that tapped the horse on its back to spur it on in the race. This post on Paleofuture, featuring an article from the March 1945 edition of Radio Craft, reveals that such an idea arose well before my experience.