Monday, April 30, 2018
The blog known as Comics, Old Time Radio & Other Cool Stuff selected one of my all-time favorite radio shows as one of its recent Friday's Favorite OTR: Candy Matson: "San Juan Batista." The full title of the show was Candy Matson, Yukon-28209, with the latter part of the title representing the heroine's telephone number. The shows always started with a phone ringing, and Candy answering "Hello, Yukon 28209. . . . Yes, this is Candy Matson." Candy was a former dancer/model/showgirl who became a private investigator in San Francisco. Voiced by Natalie Masters (above), Candy solved crimes while exchanging witty, rapid fire dialogue with her pal Rembrandt Watson, and her eventual beau, SFPD Detective Ray Mallard. The dialogue is one of the reasons this show is one of my favorites. In one episode, while Mallard and Rembrandt are bantering about with increasingly bad puns, Candy sighs something to the effect of "Who writes this corny dialogue?" Aside from the obvious joke, the actual writer was Natalie Masters' husband, Marty Masters.
Friday, April 27, 2018
I've seen this one before, but it has been a really long time. This 1939 Warner Bros. short features the story of one prisoner's escape from Alcarazz prison, with a little parody musical number toward the end. Here is Bars And Stripes Forever.
This morning's Sunrise Serenade was "It Don't Mean A Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)" by the Boswell Sisters. Enjoy the video from YouTube.
Thursday, April 26, 2018
Wednesday, April 25, 2018
Tuesday, April 24, 2018
I thought I had already posted an adventure of Spy Smasher, but on second look, I could not find one, so here is one from 1942. Posted on Four Color Shadows, Spy Smasher journeys to occupied Paris looking for an American traitor, only to find a Resistance hero! The dialogue is a little over-the-top, even for the 1940's, but the plot is not bad.
Monday, April 23, 2018
Thursday, April 19, 2018
Wednesday, April 18, 2018
Tuesday, April 17, 2018
Monday, April 16, 2018
Friday, April 13, 2018
I stumbled across this old favorite of mine featuring the Dover Boys and their arch rival, Dan Backslide. This Warner Bros. gem from 1942 was directed by legendary animator, Chuck Jones. From YouTube, here is The Dover Boys At Pimento University (or the Rivals of Roquefort Hall).
Thursday, April 12, 2018
Wednesday, April 11, 2018
Tuesday, April 10, 2018
Before the 1950's, motorcycles did not have as much of an "outlaw" image as in later years, and they were often just an alternative form of transportation, not a vehicle of rebellion or rich folk's toy. Here we have a photo, posted on Rivet Head, of two ladies and their Harley Davidsons in the 1940's.
Monday, April 9, 2018
Sarah Sundin posted another item in her "Make It Do" series of life on the home front in World War II. Processed food was rationed during WWII not only because the military needed the food, it needed the tin in which the food was stored. As a result, canning was an important way for households to preserve food they had grown in their Victory Gardens, and thus save tin and ration points. I've always wondered why it is called "canning," when I have never seen cans used. Home preserved food is kept in jars. Perhaps it sounded weird to say that one was "jarring."
Friday, April 6, 2018
Thursday, April 5, 2018
I don't remember seeing this hero before, so when Pappy's Golden Age Comics Blogzine posted this 1940 story of "Duke O'Dowd: The Human Meteor," it seemed worth a post. Apparently, his primary power is high-speed flying, when he is not driving a cab in his secret identity.
Wednesday, April 4, 2018
Tuesday, April 3, 2018
From Red Hot Lindy Hop:
Red Hot Lindy Hop is excited to welcome back Elizabeth Wise to the Rumba Room for our first Saturday dance on April 7! Elizabeth leads bands in Boston, New York City, Memphis, and Richmond, and her quartet brings their own brand of "swinging, sassy blues" for your dancing pleasure.
Lindy hop lesson 6-7, followed by Elizabeth Wise Music from 7-9! All at Rumba Room Memphis, 303 South Main St. Beginners highly encouraged to come; no experience or partner required!
Cost: $10 for the lesson and dance. $7 for students with ID.More info here.
Monday, April 2, 2018
This article, posted on Swing and Beyond, provides a brief snapshot of Benny Goodman's career in the early 1940's, during and after World War II. Apparently, the music that made BG the King of Swing in the late 1930's was beginning to seem a bit "old hat" to audiences of the day, and this post explains how Goodman and his band evolved to address that challenge, including recording tunes like "Rattle and Roll."