This encore from 2011 is the first part of a two part set, both directed by Tex Avery with the same story, but from different times and different studios. The first short is the 1939 version made by Warner Bros. From the Internet Archive, here is Dangerous Dan McFoo. This copy has subtitles in French, and Betty Davis shows up around 2:40.
Friday, August 29, 2014
Thursday, August 28, 2014
The pictures in the Nazi propaganda filmstrip Der Atlantik Wall now take a definite industrial turn, as they start to feature scenes of the construction of the fortifications. The Todt Organization (TO) was responsible for these engineering projects and helped produce the filmstrip. During the war, the TO met the massive demand for workers through forced labor drawing from the German population, concentration camp prisoners, workers from occupied countries, "volunteer" prisoners of war, military personal, etc. Whether or not any of the workers pictured in these scenes fall into any of those categories is unclear, although many are wearing what appear to be military uniforms, and most appear to be more enthusiastic than one would think forced labor would be.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Monday, August 25, 2014
Rivet Head posted this presumably World War II photo showing a group of women war workers - welders by the look of their helmets, gloves and the acetylene torch in one of their hands. Although I cannot be certain, they appear to work in a shipyard, in light of the structures around them.
Friday, August 22, 2014
This encore from 2011 features a bouncing ball screen song that encouraged audience participation at theaters through the bouncing ball over the lyrics. The Matinee At The Bijou screen song post included this example from 1945 called, When G.I. Johnny Comes Home. After a lot of clever gags about G.I.s returning from World War II, the sing along starts out as the standard version of "When Johnny Comes Marching Home," but it gets a bit hip and swinging toward the end.
Thursday, August 21, 2014
As we continue through the Nazi propaganda filmstrip Der Atlantik Wall, images of camouflaged weapons emplacements give way to photos apparently documenting the construction of the fortifications. The Todt Organization, which helped produce the filmstrip, was a military-industrial organization that played a dominant role in German military engineering and construction.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
The Retro Planet blog posted this very interesting biography of Powel Crosley, Jr., which examines the many different industries into which the entrepreneur thrust himself. Automobiles, radios, kitchen appliances (both gas and electric), early fax machines, and radio stations were just a few of the efforts from the prolific Mr. Crosley.
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Monday, August 18, 2014
I was away when I learned of the passing of Betty Joan Perske, a/k/a Lauren Bacall, so I was unable to post anything about it until now. This YouTube video shows her in her screen debut, at age 19, opposite Humphrey Bogart, singing "How Little We Know" with Hoagy Carmichael on piano, from To Have And Have Not.
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Monday, August 11, 2014
I found this old neighbor on Rivet Head, a photo blog focused on vintage clothes, especially denim and workwear. This photo from the Mid-South Fair was probably taken in the late 1940s or early 1950s. It was just interesting to see a random Memphis image pop up.
Friday, August 8, 2014
Happy Birthday Betty! On August 9, 1930, Betty made her first appearance on the silver screen in Dizzy Dishes. In her early incarnations, Betty was actually a nameless, anthropomorphic dog with long floppy ears that eventually evolved into the hoop earrings of her final human form. From the Internet Archive, here is Betty's debut in Dizzy Dishes.
Thursday, August 7, 2014
The photos below from the Nazi propaganda filmstrip Der Atlantik Wall continue a theme we saw in the last posting. The first picture shows concrete, military blockhouses being disguised as civilian buildings by painted-on windows, pitched roofs and fake gables. The second photo shows camouflage netting over a sunken, permanent artillery position.
Wednesday, August 6, 2014
The BBC has reported that Solomon Islander Eroni Kumana passed away at the age of 93. In August 1943, Kumana and his friend Biuku Gasa were working as Coastwatchers, mostly indigenous agents who kept track of Japanese movements in the islands and reported them to Allied forces. One day in their canoe, they encountered the shipwrecked crew of an American Patrol Torpedo (PT) boat. The PT boat had been rammed in the night by a Japanese destroyer. The PT skipper wrote a message on a coconut shell, and Kumana and Gasa took the shell in their canoe through 35 miles of Japanese patrolled waters to the Allies, who successfully rescued the American sailors. The PT boat commander was U.S. Navy Lieutenant John F. Kennedy, Jr. (below, far right).
Tuesday, August 5, 2014
Monday, August 4, 2014
Boing Boing directed me to this slide show on Wired featuring photos of British auto racing in the 1930s. Those guys AND GALS drove with some serious intensity; and they did not bother with your newfangled, fancy/schmancy, technologically advanced safety equipment - like helmets or seat belts.