Since Halloween is tomorrow, I thought this cartoon featuring Casper the Friendly Ghost would be appropriate. From the Internet Archive, here is the 1948 animated short, There's Good Boos Tonight.
Friday, October 30, 2015
Thursday, October 29, 2015
Prior to reading this posting on Ask Vance, I did not realize that Toddle House had a Memphis connection. Although the chain began in Houston, it moved to Memphis, where Fred Smith (father of FedEx founder Fred Smith) grew the business to national proportions in the 1940's. One of the unique things about the Toddle House restaurants is that they worked on the honor system. The waiter/waitress gave you a receipt, and you dropped your money into a steel and glass box like the one pictured above.
Wednesday, October 28, 2015
Tuesday, October 27, 2015
Monday, October 26, 2015
Another of the brightest stars from the Golden Age of Hollywood has dimmed. Maureen O'Hara (born FitzSimons) passed away October 24. Her first film as Maureen O'Hara was Jamaica Inn (1939). She was 19. It was only her third film ever, and it costarred Robert Newton (later Long John Silver of Treasure Island fame), and the man who both picked her for the role and gave her the new name of O'Hara, British actor Charles Laughton. Here she is The Black Swan (1942).
Friday, October 23, 2015
This encore from 2013 features a classic Warner Bros. cartoon not seen very often, probably because of the "DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME (or anywhere else, for that matter)" ending. From the Internet Archive, here is the 1948 animated short, Curtain Razor.
Thursday, October 22, 2015
There is a lot of history going on in this colorized photograph posted on Rivet Head. Taken sometime in the 1940's, it shows an African-American sailor, sitting on a U.S. Navy motorcycle (probably a Harley) equipped with not only a rear seat, but also with what appears to be a sidecar, on a pier in front of a Navy ship flying the American flag. A good picture all around.
Wednesday, October 21, 2015
Tuesday, October 20, 2015
Monday, October 19, 2015
Add this comic, posted on Four Color Shadows, onto the ever growing pile of comic book heroes with interesting names. The "Reckoner" is in reality a cab driver who fights criminals in formal evening attire, including top hat. He has no super powers, however, just a tendency to overdress for the occasion.
Thursday, October 15, 2015
Boing Boing pointed me to a BBC story about some ingenious booby traps and sabotage devices the Germans created during World War II, and the drawings of these devices by a British artist. The artist, Laurence Fish, was the son of Police Inspector Donald Fish. The senior Fish had been assigned to MI5's counter-sabotage unit, which consisted of only two other members, Victor Rothschild and his secretary. Rothschild came across the devices in his work, and he commissioned the junior Fish, a self-taught artist, to draw them so British military personnel would be better able to defuse them.
Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Tuesday, October 13, 2015
Monday, October 12, 2015
The Hollywood Revue reviewed A Foreign Affair a few weeks back. Directed by Billy Wilder, and starring Jean Arthur and Marlene Dietrich, it is a funny, but also historically interesting, look at life in occupied Germany right after World War II. An American Congresswoman (Arthur) comes to Germany to investigate the rumors she has heard about American servicemen cavorting with German women. She also delivers a birthday cake to an Army Captain (John Lund) from his girl back in the states. It turns out, however, that the Captain is carrying on with a German night club singer (Dietrich), who was the girlfriend of a major Nazi bigwig. Laughs, romance and intrigue ensue.
Friday, October 9, 2015
In this encore from 2013, Ub Iwerks tells his version of the classic children's story. Goldilocks looks a little like Bette Davis, and she basically does a breaking-and-entering job on the three bears house. From the Internet Archive, here is the 1935 animated short, The Three Bears.
Thursday, October 8, 2015
Wednesday, October 7, 2015
In 1947, Studebaker became the first American automobile manufacturer to introduce new designs after World War II. Other companies were just updating the 1942 models that were last produced before the war. The 1947 designs stayed in production through 1949, and the Hemmings blog posted a Studebaker brochure from that year.
Tuesday, October 6, 2015
Monday, October 5, 2015
Friday, October 2, 2015
It has been some time since we played any Superman cartoons, so here you go. This encore from 2012 makes one wonder why the Man of Steel ever cared so much for Lois Lane. After all, she was always trying to steal stories from Clark Kent, and then she would get herself into dangerous situations from which only Superman could save her. Case in point, Supes has to save Lois and an entire island city from a volcano. From the Internet Archive, here is the 1942 animated short, Volcano.
This morning's Sunrise Serenade was "It Don't Mean A Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)" by the Mills Brothers. Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line.
Thursday, October 1, 2015
Time flies, and so comes another monthly preview of programming on Turner Classic Movies by The Hollywood Revue. On Tuesday and Thursday nights, the spotlight will fall on female filmmakers (like Ida Lupino, above). David Niven will be the Star of the Month, with his movies every Monday, and Friday nights will feature horror films.