Saturday, July 31, 2010

Saturday Morning Cartoons - Roger Ramjet!

Here's two minisodes featuring the adventures of Roger Ramjet (He's our man!) hero of our nation, and inventor of the Proton Energy Pill.

First, Roger faces Dr. Ivan Evilkisser:

Then Roger and the American Eagles square off against gangster Noodles Romanoff:

Friday, July 30, 2010

Thrilling Friday Serials - The Phantom Empire - Chapter Seven: From Death to Life

When Betsy and Frankie Baxter attempt to follow singing cowboy Gene Autry to the underground kingdom of Murania, Queen Tika dispatches a radium bomb to destroy the intruders in "The Phantom Empire" - Chapter 7: From Death to Life.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Trailer Wednesdays - "Superman" (1948) and "Superman/Batman: Apocalypse

In honor of last weekend's Comic Con, here's a trailer for the 1948 serial "Superman" starring Kirk Alyn.

And coming in September 2010, here is Superman/Batman: Apocalypse:

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

100 Essential E-Books - #4 Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

Of course you should download all of Sam Clemen's books, but if you had to choose one, it must be the American classic, "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn." Here it is in multiple formats from ManyBooks. net.

The 100 Essential Ebooks so far:

1. Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
2. Through the Looking Glass - Lewis Caroll
3. The Complete Works of William Shakespeare
4. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn - Mark Twain

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Sunday Night at the Movies: Sherlock Holmes in "Dressed to Kill"

Sherlock Holmes has been updated before -- witness this, his 1946 adventure, "Dressed to Kill" starring Basil Rathbone as Holmes, and Nigel Bruce as Dr. Watson.

Murder follows the purchase of three music boxes that collectively contain the key to a greater mystery. Directed by Roy William Neill.

"Sherlock" - BBC One Tonight

Fans of Arthur Conan Doyle and Steven Moffat ("Doctor Who") shouldn't miss tonight's premiere of of the updated "Sherlock" on BBC One. Benedict Cumberbatch stars as the great detective who battles crime in the 21st Century.

Tonight's episode is "A Study in Pink." Here's the BBC Trailer:

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Saturday Morning Cartoons: Sid and Marty Krofft Madness

Here's the openings from two of Sid and Marty Krofft's Saturday Morning live-action programs: The Far Out Space Nuts and ElectraWoman and DynaGirl. (and yes, I know they're not cartoons...)

Friday, July 23, 2010

Thrilling Friday Serials - The Phantom Empire - Chapter Six: Disaster from the Skies

Queen Tika of Murania sentences singing cowboy Gene Autry to the Death Chamber in Chapter Six of The Phantom Empire -- Disaster from the Skies.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Trailer Wednesdays: "Red Planet Mars" (1952)

From 1952 comes Red Planet Mars starring Peter Graves. When two American astronomers contact life on Mars they set off a social and political upheaval that threatens the entire world.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Muppet Mondays: "Danny Boy"

For me sainted mother, here is the Muppet rendition of "Danny Boy."

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Sunday Night at the Movies: The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923)

Universal's "Super-Jewel" and its top grossing silent film "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" stars the legendary Lon Chaney as the disfigured title character, Quasimodo, and Patsy Ruth Miller as Esmeralda. Based on the Victor Hugo novel "Hunchback" is known for its grand and elaborate sets and Chaney's outstanding makeup and performance. Directed by Wallace Worsley (who also directed Chaney in Penalty, Voices of a City, and A Blind Bargain), and produced by Carl Laemmle and Irving Thalberg.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Saturday Morning Cartoons - Journey to the Center of the Earth

Here's an episode of the Saturday morning cartoon series made by Filmation - "Land of the Dead."

Friday, July 16, 2010

Thrilling Friday Serials - The Phantom Empire - Chapter 5: Beneath the Sky

Evil Professor Beetson is trying to wipe out Radio Ranch while Gene Autry, singing cowboy and owner of the ranch, flees the law and the forces of Queen Tika of the scientific city of Murania in Chapter Five of The Phantom Empire -- "Beneath the Sky."

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Trailer Wednesdays - "Red"

Based on the D.C. Comics graphic novel by Warren Ellis and Cully Hammer, RED is an action-comedy starring Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, John Malkovich, and Helen Mirren.

Old Spooks never say die.

RED opens in theaters on October 15th.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

100 Essential E-Books - 1 & 2: "Alice in Wonderland" and "Through the Looking Glass"

Building an E-Library? Lewis Carroll's "Alice in Wonderland" and "Through the Looking Glass" are available in multiple formats from

"Alice" is here and you can go "Through the Looking Glass" here.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Sunday Night at the Movies - H. G. Wells' "Things to Come"

This British science fiction film from 1936, penned by H. G. Wells, produced by Alexander Korda, and directed by William Cameron Menzies tells the tale of man's progress from the year 1936 until 2036. The movie is famous for predicting the second World War and its unique production design. "Things to Come" remains a science fiction classic.

Starring Raymond Massey, Ralph Richardson, Edward Chapman, and Margaretta Scott.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Saturday Morning Cartoons - King Kong - "The Jinx of the Sphinx" and Fantastic Voyage - The Opening Credits

How can you not like this theme song? Here's King Kong in "The Jinx of the Sphinx."

And here are the opening titles for the animated "Fantastic Voyage."

Friday, July 9, 2010

Thrilling Friday Serials - The Phantom Empire - Chapter 4: Phantom Broadcast

Gene Autry is still wanted for murder but Betty and Frankie Baxter are determined to prove his innocence in Chapter Four of The Phantom Empire, "Phantom Broadcast."

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Trailer Wednesdays - "The Blob"

It creeps! It eats you alive! From 1958 witness Steve McQueen battle the terror from outer space known as "The Blob."

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Happy Fourth of July!

Sunday Night at the Movies - W.C. Fields Double Feature - "The Fatal Glass of Beer," and "The Golf Specialist."

From 1933 W. C. Fields sings of the evils of drink in this perfect parody of frontier melodrama, "The Fatal Glass of Beer."

And it aint a fit night out for man nor beast!

And from 1930 the mighty William Claude brings his classic golf routine to the screen in "The Golf Specialist".

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Saturday Morning Cartoons - "Old Glory" and "The New Spirit"

Porky Pig meets Uncle Sam in "Old Glory:"

And Donald Duck experiences "The New Spirit" of paying taxes from 1942:

Friday, July 2, 2010

Thrilling Friday Serials - The Phantom Empire - Chapter 3: The Lightning Chamber

Singin cowboy Gene Autry has been falsely accused of murder, and Queen Tika of the scientific city of Murania has ordered his capture as we join Chapter Three of The Phantom Empire, "The Lightning Chamber."