This morning's Sunrise Serenade was "No Restricted Signs (Up In Heaven)" by the Golden Gate Quartet. Enjoy the video from YouTube.
Wednesday, August 16, 2017
Tuesday, August 15, 2017
Monday, August 14, 2017
Friday, August 11, 2017
This Warner Bros. short was released in 1941, but since cartoons took a long time to produce at that time, the studio could have easily started the process in 1940. The gags about the poor equipment used to train U.S. troops has a definite origin in truth. In the mid- to late 1930's, the Army was so underequipped that it did use wooden machine guns and ordinary cars carrying signs that read "tank." From YouTube, here is Rookie Review.
Thursday, August 10, 2017
Memphis magazine recently did an interesting article about George Francis Barnes Jr., the son of a well-to-do Memphis insurance agent, who eventually became Public Enemy Number One: "Machine Gun" Kelly. Captured in his home town of Memphis in 1933, it seems his wife, Kathryn Thorne, an attractive brunette with a quick wit and friendly smile, was the key to his reputation.
Tuesday, August 8, 2017
Monday, August 7, 2017
This item, posted on Four Color Shadows, is not one of those biographical comics about a celebrity as I have sometimes posted before. In this story from 1949, a Hollywood columnist with a movie star girlfriend encounters the inimitable Groucho Marx in everything but name, and madcap antics ensue. I say "in everything but name" because the character could not be anyone other than Groucho, and no name is ever given for the mustached, cigar-smoking, wise-cracking, woman-chasing little guy.
Friday, August 4, 2017
I came across this fun little Disney cartoon on YouTube the other day, and I have enjoyed it several times since. It shows a story that has repeated itself time and again since the birth of the automobile, but in this case, with the help of what some have called America's "first recyclers" (i.e. hot rodders), this tale has a happy ending. Enjoy Susie The Little Blue Coupe.
Thursday, August 3, 2017
In its monthly preview of Turner Classic Movies programming, the Hollywood Revue reminds us that August is "Summer Under The Stars" month, with a different star featured each day. From HR:
While there are some traditional crowd-pleasers like Cary Grant, John Wayne, Marilyn Monroe, and Elizabeth Taylor, there are also quite a few stars who haven’t been featured in a while. I’m particularly looking forward to Gene Kelly, James Cagney, Lon Chaney, Franchot Tone, Angela Lansbury, Rosalind Russell, and Ann Harding days.