Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Merriam-Webster Expands the Dictionary

Merriam-Webster: We've expanded the dictionary with more than 250 words and definitions

Song of the Day

7 Writers Who Were Also Editors (And the Books They Edited)

7 Writers Who Were Also Editors (And the Books They Edited)

Today's Vintage Ad


Keep Your Eyes Open For Cher, Bitches

Keep Your Eyes Open For Cher, Bitches: Cher is still making headlines, after more than five decades in the spotlight, because she’s never stopped finding and mastering new outlets for her creative expression.

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Herman Bellamy, Frenchie, Quarter Books, 1949

This week’s tabloids

Trump’s space death ray, Hillary Clinton’s liberation, and alien mummies, in this week’s tabs

I Miss the Old Days

Here's What the Original McDonald's Menu Looked Like, And It Was Extremely Simple!

A Review of Interest (To Me, Anyway)

Kevin's Corner: Review: Dead, To Begin With: A Dan Rhodes Mystery by Bill Crider

Arrr!

International Talk Like a Pirate Day – Pirate phrases to say to ye crew mates: International Talk Like A Pirate Day happens this Tuesday, September 19. The International Day of talking like a pirate began in 2002 and is still going strong in 2017 as people gear up to speak a new sea faring language for the day.

Morning Sky in Alvin, Texas, 9-18-17


Overlooked Movies -- Black Bart

I saw this movie at the drive-in with my parents nearly 70 years ago.  My father liked Dan Duryea, to whom he liked refer as "Dan Diarrhea," and he liked westerns, so that's probably why we went to see this one.  I hadn't seen it since 1948 or 1949, but I had fond, if vague, memories of it, and I was glad when it turned up on cable so I could take another look.  I'm happy to report that I enjoyed it quite a bit.

To begin with, it's beautifully shot in Technicolor.  That's often a plus with me.  And it has a nice script, with a good bit of snappy patter, not at all like the usual Hollywood western of the time.  Yvonne de Carlo as Lola Montez is beautiful and gets to do a couple of dances, one of which is embedded above since there's no trailer available.

Duryea is Black Bart, who's robbing Wells Fargo stages so he can force them to close their Sacramento office, after which he and his partner (played by John McIntire) will open their own bank.  Bart was formerly partners in crime with Jersey Brady (Percy Kilbride) and Lance Hardeen (Jeffrey Lynn), but they parted on unfriendly terms. Jersey and Hardeen turn up in Sacramento, where Hardeen and Bart become rivals for the affections of Montez.  Hardeen and Brady are hired by Wells Fargo, and they decide they want some of the money that Bart's been stealing.  At the end Hardeen and Bart go after the last big shipment together.  This being a Hollywood movie from 1948 and Bart and Hardeen being cheerfully amoral guys, you can probably guess what happens.

The story is told in flashback by Jersey  Brady, and Percy Kilbride is really fun in this role.  There's a little snapper at the end, which I remembered immediately when I saw it, but which I wasn't expecting because I'd forgotten it over the years.  

There is no question in my mind that William Goldman had seen this movie and remembered it when writing BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID.  The final scene in BLACK BART with Bart and Hardeen is the final scene in BUTCH CASSIDY, it seems to me.  I hope someone who's seen it will agree or disagree with me in the comments.  I think there's a small monograph waiting to be written on the subject.

Black Bart is a better-than-average western, and I recommend it.


Dance scene from 'Black Bart' 1948 - Yvonne DeCarlo

Monday, September 18, 2017

Everybody Misses the Old Days

Doo-wop era motels make a resurgence in New Jersey

Song of the Day

I Miss the Old Days

Dell Map Back Mysteries: They Don't Make 'Em Like That Anymore!

Today's Vintage Ad


How the Rise of Paperback Books Turned To Kill a Mockingbird Into a Literary Classic

How the Rise of Paperback Books Turned To Kill a Mockingbird Into a Literary Classic

I Miss the Old Days

The Pretty Blonde of ABBA: 22 Beautiful Photos of Agnetha Faltskog in the 1970s and Early 1980s

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Doug Dupperault, Red-Light Babe, Quarter Books, 1950

I'm Sure You'll All Agree

100 Greatest Singers of All Time 

Return With Us Now . . . .

ABBA are planning a world tour in 2019 as holograms: The quartet will be projected in front of a live band, with the vocals stripped from the records and audio from their 1977 Australian tour.  

"It’ll be like you're in 1977, with a live band, live backing vocals, a great set design with lights and sound, everything will be like a live concert," Andersson added.

Forgotten Hits: September 18th

Forgotten Hits: September 18th: "The Letter" by The Box Tops moves into the #1 spot on this week's chart as "Ode To Billie Joe" by Bobbie Gentry drops to #2, "Come Back When You Grow Up" by Bobby Vee climbs a notch to #3, as does "Apples, Peaches, Pumpkin Pie" by Jay and the Techniques (to #4) and "Reflections" drops from #2 to #5.  

SuperChart included.

I Found a Penny in the Walmart Parking Lot Last Week

Amateur Archaeologists Find ‘Most Exciting’ Roman Mosaic in Britain

Sunday, September 17, 2017

What Happened To Famous Actress Natalie Wood?

What Happened To Famous Actress Natalie Wood?

Song of the Day

11 Deep Facts About The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms

11 Deep Facts About The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms

Today's Vintage Ad


I Found a Penny in the Walmart Parking Lot Last Week

Rare Roman Cavalry Swords And Toys Unearthed Along Hadrian's Wall

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Florence Stonebraker, Frisco Dame, Quarter Books, 1950

I Can't Believe They Didn't Name It for Me

Experts Name New Species Of Prehistoric Crocodile From Texas

14 Epic Libraries Around the World

14 Epic Libraries Around the World  

Hat tip to John Duke.
Annoying slideshow and autostart video.