Thursday, April 29, 2010

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Trailer Wednesdays - "The 5000 Fingers of Dr. T"

Here is the trailer for the only feature film ever written by Theodor Geisel also known as "Dr. Seuss." Seuss described the finished film as a "debaculous fiasco" but it's grown a cult following.
From 1953: The 5000 Fingers of Dr. T:

Monday, April 26, 2010

Doctor Who 2010: "Flesh and Stone"

The next episode of Doctor Who (BBC 1) is the second part of the "Weeping Angels" story, "Flesh and Stone." Matt Smith is the Doctor, Karen Gillan is Amy Pond, and Alex Kingston returns as River Song. Here's the trailer:

BBC America's next episode is "Victory of the Daleks."

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Sunday Night at the Movies: "Killers from Space"

From 1954 here's Killers from Space, starring Peter Graves and Barbara Bestar and produced and directed by W. Lee Wilder (Billy Wilder's brother). It tells the story of the planned invasion of the earth by bug-eyed aliens. Of course their plan revolves around mutated insects and atomic radiation...

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Saturday Morning Cartoons - "Small Fry" and "All's Fair at the Fair"

Here's a Fleischer cartoon I must have seen a hundred times as a child. It still hasn't lost its charm (Thanks to Refrederator for the quality copy).

"The world's at the fair!" Here's the Max Fleischer Color Classic, "All's Fair at the Fair."

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Old Time Radio Thursdays - The Stan Freberg Show - "Sponsored by Freberg"

The Stan Freberg Show ran only fifteen episodes (1957-1958) but remains something of a milestone in broadcasting. The entire series has been collected and released on CD as a "Smithsonian Treasure." The cast included such legendary performers as Daws Butler, June Foray, and Peter Leeds, as well as Ol' Stan himself.

"Sponsored by Freberg" is the 14th show of the series. In this episode the show parodies its own plight -- the inability to find a sponsor.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Trailer Wednesdays - "Angel-A" (2005)

From Luc Bresson ("The Professional"," Fifth Element") comes a charming film about a inept hustler and his guardian angel. It stars Jamel Debbouze ("Amelie") and Rie Rassmussen.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Doctor Who 2010 - "The Time of the Angels"

The next BBC Episode of Doctor Who features the return of River Song and the menacing "Weeping Angels" from "Blink." Matt Smith is the Doctor, Karen Gillan is companion Amy Pond, and Alex Kingston guests as River Song.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Sunday Night at the Movies: "Carnival of Souls"

Tonight's film is a low-budget (made for 33k) cult classic made in 1962, "Carnival of Souls." The film was produced, directed, and written (with Tony Clifford) by Herk Harvey. (Harvey was a producer/writer/director for the industrial film company, Centron.)

Carnival of Souls tells the story of Mary Henry, a church organist, and the strange experiences she has after a traumatic car accident. It stars Candace Hilligoss.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Saturday Morning Cartoons: "Frog's Legs" and "Bout with a Trout"

From 1962 Little Lulu in "Frog's Legs" written by John Stanley:

And here is "Bout with a Trout" from 1947 which features the original "Little Lulu" tune:

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Old Time Radio Thursdays - The New Adventures of Nero Wolfe - "Stamped for Murder"

Here's the opening episode of "The New Adventures of Nero Wolfe" starring Sydney Greenstreet as the great detective. From October 2oth 1950 this is "Stamped for Murder" by the great Alfred Bester.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Trailer Wednesdays: "20th Century Boys- Part 1" and "Cargo"

Up first is the trailer for the first film in the "20th Century Boys" trilogy. This trilogy is based on a popular manga and has been licensed for US distribution by Viz.

Next is the German thriller, "Cargo." It's a handsomely produced solid science fiction film. The trailer would have you assume it's an "Alien" clone for some reason, but its not. (Trailer sponsored by Fortis Watches.)

Monday, April 12, 2010

Doctor Who 2010: "Victory of the Daleks"

The journey continues when Winston Churchill calls the Doctor and Amy for help during World War II this Saturday on BBC. The episode stars Matt Smith and Karen Gillan with guest stars Ian MacNeice (Churchill) and Bill Patterson.

U.S. fans don't forget -- Doctor Who starts April 17th on BBC America.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Sunday Night at the Movies: "The House on Haunted Hill"

From 1959 here is the original "The House on Haunted Hill" directed by William Castle. This is a fun little Castle premise -- strangers who need money are invited to spend the night in a haunted mansion with a cash prize for those who survive. The film stars Vincent Price, Elisha Cook Jr., and Richard Long.

Theatergoers at the time were also treated to the film's special effect -- a process known as "Emergo" which involved flying a plastic skeleton over the audience's heads at a key point in the film. See if you can guess where it went.

The exteriors were shot at the California landmark Ennis House which was also used in Blade Runner and Day of the Locust -- among others.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Saturday Morning Cartoons - "Flebus" and "Adventures in Music - Melody"

Here's a Terrytoon from August, 1957. This is "Flebus" who is happy until he meets Rudolph...

From 1953 Professor Owl takes us on another "Adventure in Music" with "Melody:"

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Old Time Radio Thursdays - X Minus One - "Mr. Costello, Hero"

From July 3, 1956, X Minus One presents a disturbing little tale about the persecution of others and the twisting of a man's words -- "Mr. Costello, Hero" written by the great Theodore Sturgeon.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Trailer Wednesdays - "Date Night"

Opening April 9th, 2010 - Tina Fey and Steve Corell in "Date Night:"

Monday, April 5, 2010

Doctor Who 2010 - Trailer for "The Beast Below"

Here's the new trailer for Doctor Who episode 2, "The Beast Below." Doctor Who starts in the U.S. on BBC America April 17th.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Sunday Night at the Movies - "Freaks"

Loosely based on the 1923 story "Spurs"by Tod Robbins "Freaks" is a 1932 horror film that revolves around a plot by trapeze artist Cleopatra to marry and kill midget performer Hans for his money. Freaks was considered quite disturbing when it was released -- a woman claimed that the film caused her to miscarriage and she tried to sue MGM -- and was banned for thirty years in the UK.

The title characters are played by actual sideshow performers. The film was directed by Tod Browning who had worked the sideshow circuit as a barker. He is best known for directing Dracula.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Saturday Morning Cartoons - "The Tell-Tale Heart" and "Pigs is Pigs"

From 1953 the classic Edgar Allen Poe story, "The Tell-Tale Heart" narrated by James Mason:

From 1954 Walt Disney reminds us that "Pigs is Pigs:"

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Old Time Radio Thursdays - X Minus One - "A Thousand Dollars a Plate"

From March 21, 1956 X Minus One presents "A Thousand Dollars a Plate" a Damon Runyonesque tale of a clash between casino owners and Harvard astronomers on Mars.