Tuesday, September 30, 2014
I saw this great story on last weekend's CBS Sunday Morning about the continued interest in Swing Dancing. The story featured Norma Miller, one of the original Whitey's Lindy Hoppers, who at 17 appeared in dance sequences from the Marx Brothers' A Day At The Races and other movies of the era. Now 94, she continues to tour, spreading the joy of Swing Dance. I have to admit this story made an old Swing DJ feel good.
Monday, September 29, 2014
It is time once again for the Hollywood Revue's monthly preview of programming on Turner Classic Movies. Being October, there will be plenty of Halloween fare, including ghost stories every Thursday. Janet Leigh will be the Star of the Month, with her films airing every Wednesday. For fans of animation, October 6 will be a night to remember, as TCM will air 28 shorts from Windsor McCay, Bray Studios and Van Bueren Studios, all pioneers in 20th Century animation.
Friday, September 26, 2014
Thursday, September 25, 2014
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Monday, September 22, 2014
It has been a while since I posted any Captain Marvel stories, so here is a tale from 1940 posted on Four Color Shadows. Boy Radio Reporter Billy Batson (a/k/a Captain Marvel) goes undercover to find a criminal mastermind who hypnotizes young boys to steal for him.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Monday, September 15, 2014
Friday, September 12, 2014
Thursday, September 11, 2014
The construction scenes continue in the Nazi propaganda filmstrip Der Atlantik Wall, with these two photos showing workers preparing to pour concrete for presumably what became part of the fortifications on the Atlantic Wall.
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Raymond Scott, composer, bandleader and inventor whose influence reached into everything from popular music of the swing era to cartoons (both classic and modern), electronic music, Jim Henson, Motown, advertising, film and television. A mostly unheralded genius, Scott is probably best known as the composer of approximately 20 tunes that ended up in many classic Warner Bros. cartoons, although he did not write them for that purpose. In honor of Scott's birthday, we will feature some of his most interesting music on tonight's broadcast of the SSS. Hope you can join us.
Tuesday, September 9, 2014
Monday, September 8, 2014
As noted by the author of this post on the Hemmings blog,
Norman Bel Geddes didn’t design a single vehicle that entered production. He didn’t hold down any job with an automaker for more than a few years, and in fact, he much preferred designing theater sets over designing anything else, cars included. Yet he proved immeasurably influential to automotive and transportation design . . . .The article provides an interesting look into the work of this (relatively) little known designer. Included in Bel Geddes work, he convinced GM to let him develop his vision for a city of the future (1960) into a centerpiece of the GM pavilion at the 1939-1940 New York World's Fair. Although it was costly, it was the fair's most visited attraction. The video below gives a tour of the exhibit.
Friday, September 5, 2014
In this encore from 2011, the Man of Steel, disguised as Clark Kent of course, joins Lois Lane and an explorer to venture into a vast underground world, which they discover to be inhabited. From the Internet Archive, here is The Underground World.
Thursday, September 4, 2014
As we continue through the images on the Nazi propaganda filmstrip Der Atlantik Wall, the construction scenes start to show the massive scale of the projects. Although the photos below provide little clue as to what is being built where, they show the extent of excavation at the site, and the overall size of the area presumably to be filled with concrete, considering the number of reinforcing steel bars in view.
Wednesday, September 3, 2014
Tuesday, September 2, 2014
I am a little late posting the Hollywood Revue's monthly preview of programming in September on TCM, but better late than never. Melvyn Douglas is the Star of the Month, and every Friday will feature a 24 hour marathon of pre-code movies.