Tuesday, November 30, 2010

100 Essential E-Books #22 The Way We Live Now by Anthony Trollope

Published in 1875 "The Way We Live Now" by Anthony Trollope is a satire of the culture of greed and dishonesty that pervaded England at that time.

August Melmotte is a Jewish financier with a shadowy past and wreathed by rumors who moves to England with his family and changes the lives and fortunes of the aristocrats around him.

Here is "The Way We Live Now" in multiple formats from ManyBooks.net









The 100 Essential E-Books 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
5. Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
6. The Collected Works of Edgar Allan Poe
7. Moby Dick or The Whale - Herman Melville
8. Don Quixote - Miguel de Cervantes
9. Ulysses - James Joyce
10. The Jungle Book - Rudyard Kipling
11. War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
12. Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
13. Gulliver's Travels - Jonathan Swift
14. Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
15. Frankenstein or The Modern Prometheus by Mary Shelley
16. The Call of the Wild by Jack London
17. Dracula by Bram Stoker
18. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
19. Strange Case of Doctor Jekyll and Mister Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
20. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
21. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
22. The Way We Live Now by Anthony Trollope

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Sunday Night at the Movies - Christmas Edition - "Santa Claus Conquers the Martians"

Kicking off the Yuletide season, here is the 1964 film, Santa Claus Conquers the Martians. Considered one of the worst films ever made, the movie has nevertheless spawned a novelization, and two musicals, not to mention being riffed by both Mystery Science Theater 3000, and its successor, Cinematic Titanic.

In SCCtM, martians invade the Earth to kidnap Santa Claus, so he can bring joy and fun to Mars' listless, bored children. Santa, along with two Earth children, Betty and Billy Foster, are given a factory to make toys and told that they will never leave Mars. But the evil Voldar has other plans for Santa and the kids...

Written by Paul L. Jacobson and Glenville Mareth. Directed by Nicholas Webster. Music by Milton DeLugg. Stars John McCall as Santa Claus and Bill McCutcheon as Dropo.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Thrilling Friday Serials - The Adventures of Captain Marvel - Chapter 12: Captain Marvel's Secret

In the final installment of this classic serial Betty and Whitey are trapped in the collapsing Egyptian tomb thanks to the machinations of the evil Rahman Bar. Is Captain Marvel's great strength enough to dig them out? Find out in The Adventures of Captain Marvel - Chapter 12: Captain Marvel's Secret!

And next week, a new serial begins!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Old Time Radio Thursdays - The Henry Morgan Show - "The Discovery of Weather"

Henry Morgan returns to the site with an episode first aired November 5, 1947. In this show Henry is now broadcasting from Los Angeles and has brought Gerard (Arnold Stang) along for the ride. Brought to you by that happy sponsor, Eversharp Razors.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Trailer Wednesdays: Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen

Donnie Yen stars in the lush action film that combines elements of World War I, Casablanca, and the Green Hornet to tell the story of hero, Chen Zhen.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

100 Essential E-Books #21 The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins

Published in 1860 Wilkie Collins' "The Woman in White" is one of the first novels of detective fiction and one of the first examples of the sensation novel - a novel written around or inspired by actual criminal events.

A young art teacher falls in love with a woman betrothed to another man and discovers a terrible scheme that jeopardizes her life. He joins forces with the woman's younger sister to rescue her. But who is the mysterious woman in white they encounter and what secrets can she tell?

Here it is in multiple formats from ManyBooks.net








The 100 Essential E-Books 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
5. Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
6. The Collected Works of Edgar Allan Poe
7. Moby Dick or The Whale - Herman Melville
8. Don Quixote - Miguel de Cervantes
9. Ulysses - James Joyce
10. The Jungle Book - Rudyard Kipling
11. War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
12. Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
13. Gulliver's Travels - Jonathan Swift
14. Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
15. Frankenstein or The Modern Prometheus by Mary Shelley
16. The Call of the Wild by Jack London
17. Dracula by Bram Stoker
18. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
19. Strange Case of Doctor Jekyll and Mister Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
20. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
21. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Sunday Night at the Movies - "The Little Princess"

Based on the novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett, this 1939 movie features Shirley Temple in her first Technicolor film. It was a huge success and remains one of her best-known movies.

Captain Crewe places his daughter, Sara, in Miss Minchin's School for Girls before shipping out for battle. At first Sara is treated like a little princess, but when her father is presumed dead, Miss Minchin makes her a servant in the school and abuses her. But Sara never gives up hope that her father may still be alive.

Stars Shirley Temple, Richard Greene, Anita Louise, Ian Hunter, and Arthur Treacher.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Thrilling Friday Serials: The Adventures of Captain Marvel - Chapter 11: Valley of Death

The Scorpion has left the unconscious Betty aboard the SS Carfax. Billy rushes to her rescue, only to be trapped along with her as the Carfax sinks to the bottom of the sea. Can Billy and Betty escape? See for yourself in The Adventures of Captain Marvel - Chapter 11: Valley of Death.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Old Time Radio Thursdays - Vic and Sade in "Wildflowers"

Sadie enlists Vic and Rush's aid in identifying wildflowers for her impending Thimble Club meeting with questionable results in this episode of Paul Rhymer's classic radio series, "Vic and Sade" from September 22, 1939.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Trailer Wednesdays - "Paul"

Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Jason Bateman, and Sigourney Weaver. What's not to like?

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

100 Essential E-Books #20 Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Published in two volumes in 1868 and 1869 Little Women by Louisa May Alcott tells the story of the March sisters: Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy, and was loosely based on Alcott's own family in Concord, Massachusetts. It is a beloved book and has been the subject of numerous film and television adaptations, an opera, and even an anime.

Little Women spawned two sequels, Little Men, and Jo's Boys.

Here it is in multiple formats from ManyBooks.net









The 100 Essential E-Books 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
5. Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
6. The Collected Works of Edgar Allan Poe
7. Moby Dick or The Whale - Herman Melville
8. Don Quixote - Miguel de Cervantes
9. Ulysses - James Joyce
10. The Jungle Book - Rudyard Kipling
11. War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
12. Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
13. Gulliver's Travels - Jonathan Swift
14. Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
15. Frankenstein or The Modern Prometheus by Mary Shelley
16. The Call of the Wild by Jack London
17. Dracula by Bram Stoker
18. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
19. Strange Case of Doctor Jekyll and Mister Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
20. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Sunday Night at the Movies: "Royal Wedding"

From 1951 "Royal Wedding" tells the adventures of a brother/sister dance act (played by Fred Astaire and Jane Powell) in London for the 1947 wedding of Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip. The film features two of Astaire's most famous dance routines -- "Sunday Jumps" in which Astaire does a routine with a hatstand as his partner, and "You're All the World to Me" where Fred dances up the wall and across the ceiling of his hotel room to celebrate his new romance. They're both classic moments of cinema.

Stars Fred Astaire, Jane Powell, Peter Lawford, and Sarah Churchill.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Thrilling Friday Serials - The Adventures of Captain Marvel - Chapter 10: Doom Ship

Billy Batson and Betty go to Doctor Lang's house to retrieve the lens from his safe before the Scorpion's men can get it, unaware that the safe is booby-trapped with automated machine guns. Will Billy and Betty survive? The answer awaits you in The Adventures of Captain Marvel, Chapter 10 - Doom Ship.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Old Time Radio Thursdays - The Abe Burrows Show - More Sex Appeal

This one's a little muddy but definitely worth the effort. Hear Abe sing "You Put a Piece of Carbon Paper Under Your Heart and Gave Me Just a Copy of Your Love," and hear Milton Delugg and his combo perform DeLugg's wonderful "Zone 28."

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

100 Essential E-Books #19 Strange Case of Doctor Jekyll and Mister Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson

Published in 1886, "Strange Case of Doctor Jekyll and Mister Hyde" was one of Robert Louis Stevenson's best-selling works, and one of his best remembered. Gabriel John Utterson, a lawyer from London, investigates the odd relationship of his old friend Dr. Henry Jekyll, and the evil Edward Hyde.

Frequently adapted to other media, there have been over 123 films version of this story alone, as well as numerous radio and stage plays.

Here it is in multiple formats from ManyBooks.net








The 100 Essential E-Books 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
5. Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
6. The Collected Works of Edgar Allan Poe
7. Moby Dick or The Whale - Herman Melville
8. Don Quixote - Miguel de Cervantes
9. Ulysses - James Joyce
10. The Jungle Book - Rudyard Kipling
11. War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
12. Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
13. Gulliver's Travels - Jonathan Swift
14. Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
15. Frankenstein or The Modern Prometheus by Mary Shelley
16. The Call of the Wild by Jack London
17. Dracula by Bram Stoker
18. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
19. Strange Case of Doctor Jekyll and Mister Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Sunday Night at the Movies: "The Inspector General"

Based on the play by Nikolai Gogol this 1949 musical comedy a condemned man is mistaken for the government's Inspector General (who is known to travel in disguise) by the corrupt officials of the village of Brodny. Stars Danny Kaye, Walter Slezak, and Elsa Lanchester. Directed by Henry Koster with Music by Johnny Green and Sylvia Fine.



Friday, November 5, 2010

Thrilling Friday Serials - The Adventures of Captain Marvel - Chapter 9: Dead Man's Trap

As our serial continues, Doctor Lang attempts to escape the Scorpion's men in his car, along with the unconscious Billy Batson. Will the Scorpion capture them? Find out in Chapter Nine of The Adventures of Captain Marvel, Dead Man's Trap.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

100 Essential E-Books #18 The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas (and Auguste Maquet)

Written in 1844, "The Count of Monte Cristo" is one of the world's greatest tales of adventure and revenge. Edmund Dantes is unjustly accused of being a traitor and imprisoned for life. In prison Dantes becomes friends with Faria, who educates him, and, when dying, reveals the location of a hidden treasure on the isle of Monte Cristo. After a daring escape, and recovering the treasure, Dantes becomes the Count of Monte Cristo, and sets about his revenge.


Here it is in multiple formats from ManyBooks.net.










The 100 Essential E-Books 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
5. Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
6. The Collected Works of Edgar Allan Poe
7. Moby Dick or The Whale - Herman Melville
8. Don Quixote - Miguel de Cervantes
9. Ulysses - James Joyce
10. The Jungle Book - Rudyard Kipling
11. War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
12. Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
13. Gulliver's Travels - Jonathan Swift
14. Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
15. Frankenstein or The Modern Prometheus by Mary Shelley
16. The Call of the Wild by Jack London
17. Dracula by Bram Stoker
18. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas