Friday, January 29, 2016
Balloon Land is, as its name implies, a place where everything, including the inhabitants, flora, fauna and structures are made from balloons. A smart aleck kid decides to go after the local bad guy, the Pincushion Man, and bites off more than he can chew. A few inflatable versions of movie stars appear at the start, and I love the alarm siren. This cartoon is a real gas. From the Internet Archive, here is the 1935 Ub Iwerks short, Balloon Land.
Today's Sunrise Serenade was "Good Evenin' Good Lookin'" by Benny Goodman and His Orchestra with Helen Forrest on vocals. Click on the song title for a sample from emusic, or click here for the album page.
Wednesday, January 27, 2016
Concluding our review of the top three videos from the 2015 Jazz Dance Film Fest, here is the first place video, Tenderly Blue. A woman finds that trying on a new dress in a clothing shop can turn into a musical adventure.
Tuesday, January 26, 2016
Monday, January 25, 2016
Thursday, January 21, 2016
Wednesday, January 20, 2016
Continuing our review of the top three videos from the 2015 Jazz Dance Film Fest, here is the second place video, Rhythm Oil.
It's just another day at the train station until the needle hits the victrola and two traveling salespeople show up with crates of Rhythm Oil in tow.
Tuesday, January 19, 2016
Friday, January 15, 2016
Thursday, January 14, 2016
From the perspective of the 21st Century, the superficial impression is that the American people were completely united in the fight against fascism before, during and after World War II. As this post on Gizmodo reveals, however, not everyone in the U.S. during the 1930's was anti-Nazi. On the contrary, there were a number of pro-Nazi, not just pro-German, groups in America at the time; and several set up summer camps that bore striking resemblance to the Hitler Youth, although there was never any official connection between the German government and these organizations.
Wednesday, January 13, 2016
Tuesday, January 12, 2016
Monday, January 11, 2016
Engineer invents device that can affect light and heat, and becomes the King of Darkness, who travels around in a dark beam of night. In this issue, posted on Four Color Shadows, our hero discovers that, after some additional experimentation, he can also control gravity. Top line is when kidnapped movie star Gloria Glamour calls King "Heroic, hooded an' handsome."
Friday, January 8, 2016
Thursday, January 7, 2016
I knew that U.S. citizens on the home front made many sacrifices during World War II to assist the war effort. Rationing limited access to practically every consumer product, including food and clothes. I was not familiar, however, with the "Victory Speed Limit." The National World War II Museum blog explained that to save both gas and rubber, the national speed limit was essentially capped at 35 MPH.
Beginning in May of 1942 and ending in August of 1945, a nationwide speed limit of 35 miles per hour was instated. The “Victory Speed” limit was instated in order to reduce gasoline and rubber consumption. The slower people drove, the less gas and rubber they would need. This nationwide speed limit was called “Victory Speed” in order to make Americans more accepting of a lower speed limit, as this speed limit was instated everywhere from big city streets to rural highways.
Wednesday, January 6, 2016
I recently learned of a Memphis-based Gypsy-style swing-jazz group called Le Tumulte Noir. Above is a video of them performing "Limehouse Blues." They will be performing this Sunday, January 10 at 4:00 p.m. at Huey's Midtown. Based on the video, I'd certainly check them out.
Tuesday, January 5, 2016
Monday, January 4, 2016
Due to the holidays, I'm a little late with the monthly preview of programming on Turner Classic Movies, posted on The Hollywood Revue, but better late than never. TCM starts the new year with Fred MacMurray as the Star of the Month, with his films airing every Wednesday.