Tuesday, October 25, 2016

It's about time

Ninth century library goes digital to reach wider audience

Nico Is Getting a Biopic

Everyone Gets a Biopic — So Now Nico Is Getting a Biopic

The Trap of Solid Gold: "The Legend of Joe Lee"

The Trap of Solid Gold: "The Legend of Joe Lee"

Overlooked Movies: Who Done It?

Who Done It? is Abbott and Costello's take on the B-mystery.  My favorite part about it is the setting: a radio studio.  I like Old Time Radio, and there's a good bit of stuff here that appeals to me.  Another thing that appeals: No musical numbers.  This one's straight comedy all the way.

Bud and Lou are hapless soda jerks who want to be radio writers.  When a man is killed on the air, they become hapless investigators in an attempt to solve the crime and get jobs as writers.  The cops are not amused.

Lots of burlesque routines are used, and the guys are right on the timing, as ever.  There's a joking bit where they tune in a radio and hear "Who's on First," and they don't like it.  Considering that it's a lot better than the "Watts and Volts" routine from earlier in the movie, that's hard to believe.  If you like pratfalls and slapstick, the movie's full of those, just one thing after another.  Fans of Bud and Lou will be happy.  If you're not a fan, though, you won't be happy.

Great cast in this one, including William Gargan, William Bendix, and Mary Wickes.  Some nicely effective B&W photography, too.  Not the best of the Abbott and Costello movies, but it's right up there.

Who Done It?

Abbott & Costello 'Who Done It' Trailer (11/06/1942) - YouTube:

Monday, October 24, 2016

In that case, sir, you are free to go

Florida police arrest man stealing goods to sell to bail out wife

First It Was the Thin Mints Melee. . . .

Man, 22, Denied Taco Bell Batters His Mother: Police: Victim was hit over the head with a hockey stick

Once Again Texas Leads the Way

Hipster snake sports mustache and sunglasses   

I saw Hipster Snake open for Phish.

Sheri S. Tepper, R. I. P.

Locus Online News: Author Sheri S. Tepper, 87, died October 22, 2016. Tepper was a prolific author of SF, best known for her feminist and ecological themes, with major titles including The Gate to Women’s Country (1988) and Grass (1989).

Pete Burns, R. I. P.

'Dead or Alive' singer Pete Burns, proto-Goth icon of the '80s, dies: Pete Burns, the vivacious and androgynous frontman for British pop and New Wave band Dead or Alive, died Sunday from cardiac arrest, his management confirmed Monday. He was 57. Dead or Alive's biggest hit was also its first -- "You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)" -- which charted around the world and peaked at No. 11 in the U.S. in 1985. The band, known as much for its proto-Goth style as its music, had a handful of lesser hits including "Brand New Lover" and "Something in My House."

Jack Chick, R. I. P.

RIP Jack Chick, father of the Satanic Panic   

Hat tip to Deb.

Early Voting

Early voting opened in Texas today, so I voted.  I can now sit back, relax, and see how things turn out.  The line inside the building (the local branch library) was as long as the line outside.  I was told that the poll workers were shorthanded, not a good thing for opening day.  But I was patient.  My civic duty is done for the day.

The Best Small Cities in the U.S

The Best Small Cities in the U.S.

Song of the Day

Bobby Vee - Rubber Ball (HQ) - YouTube:

Bobby Vee, R. I. P.

Pop music icon Bobby Vee dead at 73: Pop music legend Bobby Vee — an icon for music fans around the world, and a champion for charitable causes around Central Minnesota — died early Monday morning of complications of Alzheimer's disease. He was 73.  

Hat tip to Steve Stilwell.

The Best Big Cities in the U.S.

The Best Big Cities in the U.S. 

Today's Vintage Ad

The Lesbian Vampire Story That Came Before Dracula

The Lesbian Vampire Story That Came Before Dracula 


Dwight Bennett, Cherokee Outlet, Lancer, 1961

Maybe You Have Some Spare Change to Spend

Shop Pulp Magazines Collections: Art & Collectibles | AbeBooks: John McCormick

I Miss the Old Days

22 of the Most Hideous Jumpers on British TV in the 80s  

Link via boingboing.

Next -- the Earl of Oxford?

It's Official: Marlowe Listed as Shakespeare's Co-Author: (NEWSER) – "The first thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers," wrote William Shakespeare in Henry VI, Part II—or was it Christopher Marlowe? After more than 400 years, Marlowe has been given joint credit for all three of the Henry VI plays long thought to have been the work of Shakespeare alone, the Telegraph reports. Marlowe gets the credit in the upcoming New Oxford Shakespeare collection of Shakespeare's works. For the first new edition of the collection in 30 years, an international team of scholars worked to identify co-authors of Shakespeare works. The collection also includes works that Shakespeare has been declared the co-author of for the first time, like Thomas Kyd's The Spanish Tragedy.  

Hat tip to Deb.

Tom Hayden, R. I. P.

The New York Times: Tom Hayden, who burst out of the 1960s counterculture as a radical leader of America’s civil rights and antiwar movements, but rocked the boat more gently later in life with a progressive political agenda as an author and California state legislator, died on Sunday. He was 76. 

Hat tip to Jeff Meyerson.


Somehow I missed this earlier:  Bruce Willis Is Remaking Death Wish, Here's What We Know

Sunday, October 23, 2016

This Happens All Too Often

Body of British man found in Malaga had 'ham on buttocks and genitals wedged into TUNA can'

Song of the Day

Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris & Linda Ronstadt - Hobo's Meditation - YouTube:

Unusual Suspects: Finding the Humanity in Vintage Mugshots

Unusual Suspects: Finding the Humanity in Vintage Mugshots

Today's Vintage Ad

33 Grocery Store Staples Named After Real People

33 Grocery Store Staples Named After Real People

Cecilia Hart, R. I. P.

Daily Mail Online: After a year-long battle with ovarian cancer, Cecilia Hart has died. The 68-year-old actress passed away on Sunday with her death confirmed by the local Connecticut paper WestportNow. Cecilia was married to James Earl Jones for 34 years and shared one son, Flynn.  

Hat tip to Jeff Meyerson.


Robert McCaig, Toll Mountain, Pennant Books, 1954

The Stories Behind 8 Horror Movie Masks

The Stories Behind 8 Horror Movie Masks

The Weird Week in Review

The Weird Week in Review

There Will Always Be an England

London Is Still Paying Rent to the Queen on a Property Leased in 1211

I Want to Believe!

Experts believe mysterious aluminium object dating back 250,000 years 'could be part of ancient UFO'