Sunday, January 30, 2011

Sunday Night at the Movies: Cause for Alarm (1951)

Bedridden with a heart condition George Jones becomes paranoid and sends a letter to the DA that his wife Ellen and his best friend are attempting to kill him with overdoses of his medication.  Then, he dies.  Can Ellen keep the police from indicting her for murder?

Stars Loretta Young and Barry Sullivan.  Directed by Tay Garnett.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

100 Essential E-Books #30 David Copperfield by Charles Dickens

First published as a novel in 1850 David Copperfield tells his story from birth to adulthood (the first novel by Charles Dickens to be written in first-person narration) and encounters a colorful cast of characters along the way. 

This book is favorite of many and considered by some to be his best work.  To illustrate here's a quote from the novel's Wikipedia entry : "Tolstoy regarded Dickens as the best of all English novelists, and considered Copperfield to be his finest work, ranking the "Tempest" chapter (chapter 55, LV – the story of Ham and the storm and the shipwreck) the standard by which the world's great fiction should be judged. Henry James remembered hiding under a small table as a boy to hear instalments read by his mother. Dostovesky read it enthralled in a Siberian prison camp. Franz Kafka called his first book Amerika a "sheer imitation". James Joyce paid it reverence through parody in Ulysses. Virginia Woolf, who normally had little regard for Dickens, confessed the durability of this one novel, belonging to "the memories and myths of life". It was Freud's favourite novel."


Here is David Copperfield 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
23. The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford
24. The Diary of a Nobody by George and Weedon Grossmith
25. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
26. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
27. Emma by Jane Austen
28. The Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan
29. Nostromo A Tale of the Seaboard by Joseph Conrad
30. David Copperfield by Charles Dickens

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Sunday Night at the Movies: The 39 Steps (1935)

A night in an English Music Hall and a chance meeting with a beautiful woman leads Richard Hannay to become embroiled in a plot to steal British military secrets, and framed for murder.  Based on the book by John Buchan with a screenplay by Charles Bennett.  Starring Robert Donat.  Directed by Alfred Hitchcock.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Thrilling Friday Serials - The Green Hornet - Chapter 8: Human Targets

The Green Hornet hurtles towards certain doom across a weakened bridge that spans a deep ravine.  Can Kato and the Black Beauty get there in time?  See for yourself in The Green Hornet - Chapter Eight: Human Targets!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

100 Essential E-Books #29 Nostromo A Tale of the Seaboard by Joseph Conrad

As revolution looms in the little South American town of Sulaco, Señor Gould finds he must put his trust and the wealth of his silver mine in the hands of the head longshoreman, the incorruptible Nostromo.  Published in 1904, Nostromo by Joseph Conrad is considered one of the 100 Greatest Novels of the 20th Century by Modern Library.

Here is "Nostromo" 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
23. The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford
24. The Diary of a Nobody by George and Weedon Grossmith
25. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
26. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
27. Emma by Jane Austen
28. The Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan
29. Nostromo A Tale of the Seaboard by Joseph Conrad

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Sunday Night at the Movies: Pygmalion (1938)

Tonight's movie is the 1938 adaptation of Pygmalion supervised by George Bernard Shaw himself.  It stars Leslie Howard as Professor Higgins and the magnificent Wendy Hiller as Eliza Doolittle.  It would seem that this film version is the basis for the musical "My Fair Lady" (more so than the play) since only this film and the musical feature the "Karpathy" character, Higgins rival in phonetics who presents a possible danger at the Ball.

Watch "Pygmalion" online or download it here.









Thursday, January 13, 2011

Old Time Radio Thursdays - Vic and Sade: Smelly cuts Rush's Hair

Smelly Clarke's tonsorial skills are not quite as good as advertised in this episode of Paul Rhymer's Vic and Sade.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

100 Essential E-Books #28 The Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan

An allegorical work and a significant work of English religious literature, "The Pilgrim's Progress from This World to That Which is to Come" by John Bunyan tells the story of Christian and his journey from the City of Destruction to the Celestial City.  It was first published in 1687, has been translated into over 200 languages, and has never been out of print.

Here is "The Pilgrim's Progress" 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
23. The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford
24. The Diary of a Nobody by George and Weedon Grossmith
25. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
26. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
27. Emma by Jane Austen
28. The Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Sunday Night at the Movies: Charade

Regina "Reggie" Lampert (Audrey Hepburn) is going to divorce her husband, but his brutal murder interrupts her plans.  Now, Reggie finds herself embroiled in the search for a quarter of a million dollars in gold and pursued by the men who killed her husband.  And who is the handsome stranger (Cary Grant) with the multiple aliases?  Written by Marc Behm and Peter Stone.  Directed by Stanley Donen.

 Watch "Charade" here online or download it from the Internet Archive.









Saturday, January 8, 2011

Friday, January 7, 2011

Being Human Series 3 - New Trailer and Promo Poster

Being Human returns for its third season on BBC3 soon.  Here's the promotional poster:

And the new trailer:

Thrilling Friday Serials - The Green Hornet - Chapter 6: Highways of Peril

The Green Hornet and Kato trail Britt Reid's stolen car to a racketeer's garage, unaware that a time bomb sits under the car's hood.  What will happen next?  Find out in Chapter 6: Highways of Peril!

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Old Time Radio Thursdays: The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - "The Bruce Partington Plans"

From November 6, 1939 comes an episode of The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes starring Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce. The Bruce Partington Plans.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

100 Essential E-Books #27 Emma by Jane Austen

Published in 1815 Emma by Jane Austen tells the story of "Emma Woodhouse, handsome, clever and rich" but Emma is also spoiled and a matchmaking meddler, who tends to do more damage than good.  Still enormously popular, Emma has been adapted to film and television on an almost yearly basis, and is referenced throughout pop culture.


 Here is "Emma" 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
23. The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford
24. The Diary of a Nobody by George and Weedon Grossmith
25. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
26. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
27. Emma by Jane Austen

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Sunday Night at the Movies - "Angel and the Badman"

In the 1947 western, "Angel and the Badman" John Wayne plays Quirt Evans, a notorious gunman.  Wounded and close to dying Evans is taken in and nursed back to health by a Quaker family.  Quirt falls in love with their daughter, Penelope (Gail Russell), but trouble follows the gunman wherever he goes...

Written and Directed by James Edward Grant, the film also features Harry Carey.


Download the film directly from its Internet Archive page or watch it online: