Wednesday, December 30, 2015
Friday, December 25, 2015
Merry Christmas from everyone here at the SSS! Thanks to Miss Jean Harlow and others, posted on Movie Morlocks, for getting Hollywood into the Christmas spirit.
I'll be taking another break for a week or so, but I'll be back in January, so Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Thursday, December 24, 2015
Wednesday, December 23, 2015
Boing Boing recently posted a link to this interesting footage of life in Toyko, Japan just after World War II, including a look inside areas used by the U.S. occupation forces. The music is not exactly period, but the film is very interesting. I've never been to Tokyo, but I think it is a bit more crowded now.
Tuesday, December 22, 2015
The Red Hot Lindy Hop weekly lesson and session will be taking a break this Friday for Christmas, so I thought I would keep you in the dancing mood with some videos from the 2015 Jazz Dance Film Fest. This video won third place, and features "the BeHoppers group in Belo Horizonte (Brazil), depicting our beautiful city, as a part of the 'I Charleston the World' project."
Monday, December 21, 2015
Friday, December 18, 2015
On this last Friday before Christmas, I thought we would revisit another favorite Christmas cartoon of mine. Although some of the imagery in this film seems a bit dark for a holiday cartoon, the message is always relevant. This short was released in 1939, when Europe was either on the brink of or already at war, many in the U.S. was not interested in reliving the horrors of World War I, and the Japanese had not yet attacked Pearl Harbor. From the Internet Archive, here is Peace On Earth.
Thursday, December 17, 2015
Wednesday, December 16, 2015
Tuesday, December 15, 2015
Monday, December 14, 2015
A week or so ago, the Hemmings blog featured one of my favorite little cars as the Find of the Day (in other words, a good deal for sale in the pages of Hemmings Motor News): a 1939 American Bantam Speedster. Bantams were successors to the American Austin, which was basically a British Austin built in Pennsylvania for sale in the U.S. American Austin went into receivership, but was resurrected with new designs as the Bantam. Dwarfed by other American cars of the day, these efficient and fun little cars never really caught on. Bantam's lasting claim to fame was that its design for a lightweight, general purpose vehicle for the U.S. Army was the basis for what became known as the "jeep."
Friday, December 11, 2015
It is time to start the holiday cartoons again. This encore from Christmas posts past is a Jam Handy animated short directed by Max Fleischer. From the Internet Archive, here is Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer. According to legend, Gene Autry, who first recorded this song, did not want to record it. His wife persuaded him.
Thursday, December 10, 2015
Wednesday, December 9, 2015
In his December 3 column, The Commercial Appeal's David Waters reported on the 100th birthday celebration for Maxine Means McCoy, formerly of the "Bennett Sisters," and widow of big band leader and composer Clyde McCoy. Ms. Means and her sisters came to Memphis in 1937 to audition for McCoy's band at the Peabody. Although he was only looking for one female singer, he hired them all, and ended up marrying Maxine. The women called themselves the "Bennett Sisters" because they did not want to be known as the "Means Sisters." Good marketing call. McCoy was a popular band leader of the era, and his most famous song was "Sugar Blues," which was recorded by numerous other artists, including Ella Fitzgerald. Happy Birthday Ms. McCoy!
Tuesday, December 8, 2015
Monday, December 7, 2015
Better late than never! Now that we are back in production from our post-Thanksgiving break, I can belatedly relay that The Hollywood Revue's monthly preview of programming on Turner Classic Movies is up. There are plenty of Christmas movies, airing almost every Friday night, weekends, Christmas Eve and Christmas day. Frank Sinatra is the Star of the Month, with his films showing every Tuesday.
This morning's Sunrise Serenade was "I'm Putting All My Eggs In One Basket" by Bunny Berigan and His Orchestra. Click on the song title for a sample from emusic, or click here for the album page.