Sunday, February 27, 2011

Places: Snowy Glendale

It snowed in Glendale yesterday.  Obviously the first sign in the oncoming apocalypse:

Sunday Night at the Movies: "Oh, Mr. Porter!" with Will Hay

Classic British Comedian Will Hay is appointed the new Stationmaster of Buggleskelly, a remote train station in Northern Ireland that legend says is haunted by the ghost of outlaw, One-Eye Joe the Miller.



Friday, February 25, 2011

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Old Time Radio Thursdays: The Return of "The Chicken Heart" by Arch Oboler

I've noticed a number of you folks have come to the site looking for "The Chicken Heart" episode of Lights Out that I posted a couple of Halloweens ago.  That file disappeared from the Internet Archives, sadly.  But here is a copy of the program from YouTube to replace it.  My thanks to CDeanWatcher for making it available.

It's later than you think...


Tuesday, February 22, 2011

100 Essential E-Books #34 Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town by Stephen Leacock

Published in 1912 "Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town" by Stephen Leacock presents stories of life in the fictional Canadian town of Mariposa on the shores of Lake Wissanotti.  It is considered a classic of Canadian Literature by the one of the country's greatest humorists.

Here is "Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town" 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
31. The Time Machine by H. G. Wells
32. Beowulf by Anonymous
33. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
34. Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town by Stephen Leacock

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Sunday Night at the Movies: The Hitchhiker (1953)

Two men on a fishing trip to Mexico pick up a psychotic hitchhiker who is responsible for multiple murders in "The Hitchhiker." 

Stars Edmund O'Brien, Frank Lovejoy, and William Talman.  Written by Daniel Mainwaring (story) and Robert L. Joseph, and directed by the great Ida Lupino.  

"The Hitchhiker" was selected for preservation by the United States National Film Registry in 1998 because it was deemed "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant."







Friday, February 18, 2011

Thrilling Friday Serials: The Green Hornet Chapter 12: Crashing Barriers

The Hornet's battle with hijackers in a speeding truck sends the vehicle plummet off a cliff side towards certain doom in The Green Hornet Chapter 12: Crashing Barriers!


Thursday, February 17, 2011

Old Time Radio Thursdays: Let George Do it - "The First Client"

"Danger's my stock in trade. If the job's too tough for you to handle, you've got a job for me. George Valentine."

Here from 1949 is the first episode of Let George Do It, "The First Client" starring Bob Bailey and sponsored by Standard Oil.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

100 Essential E-Books #33 Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

Jane Austen's first published novel (1811) Sense and Sensibility tells of the romances and heartbreaks of the Dashwood sisters, Elinor and Marianne, left in reduced circumstances after the death of their father.  Sense and Sensibility is a beloved book, and has been adapted to other media countless times.

Here is Sense and Sensibility available for download from Project Gutenberg.









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
31. The Time Machine by H. G. Wells
32. Beowulf by Anonymous
33. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Sunday Night at the Movies - Valentine Edition: "A Bride for Henry" 1937

Stood up on her wedding day by her inebriated groom, Sheila Curtis decides to marry her lawyer, Henry Putnam, instead to teach her intended a lesson.  She plans to divorce her barrister as soon as possible, but, having been in love with her for years, Henry has other plans.  Stars Anne Nagel and Warren Hull.  Directed by William Nigh and written by Josephine Bentham and Marion Orth.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Thrilling Friday Serials: The Green Hornet Chapter 11: Disaster Rides the Rails

The armored car the Green Hornet is driving tumbles off a mountain pass and into a deep ravine.  Will the Hornet survive?  See for yourself in The Green Hornet Chapter 11: Disaster Rides the Rails.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Old Time Radio Thursdays: Vic and Sade - "A Manual for the Wives of Sky Brothers"

Sade doesn't appreciate the advice offered by Vic's lodge, The Sacred Stars of the Milky Way in their new manual in this episode from Paul Rhymer's "Vic and Sade."

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

100 Essential E-Books #32 Beowulf by Anonymous

Written somewhere between the 8th and 11th century this epic poem tells the story of the warrior Beowulf who faces three great monsters (Grendel, Grendel's Mother, and the Dragon) and becomes a king.  Part of the Nowell Codex, it was printed and became commonly known in 1815.

Here in multiple formats is the epic poem, Beowulf, 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
31. The Time Machine by H. G. Wells
32. Beowulf by Anonymous

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Sunday Night at the Movies: King of the Zombies (1941)

The survivors of a plane crash find themselves on the island of the evil Dr. Sangre, an island haunted by zombies and ghosts.  This horror/comedy "b" movie is worth watching for the marvelous Mantan Moreland who carries the film on his back.

Stars Dick Purcell, Joan Woodbury, Mantan Moreland, and Henry Victor.  Written by Edmond Kelso, and directed by Jean Yarborough.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Thrilling Fridays Serials - The Green Hornet Chapter 10: Bullets and Ballots

The Green Hornet is cornered by Britt Reid's best friends.  Will the Hornet's secret identity be revealed?  Find out in The Green Hornet Chapter 10: Bullets and Ballots!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

100 Essential E-Books #31 The Time Machine by H. G. Wells

The inventor of a machine that can travel through time visits the year 802,701 AD and discovers two distinct humanoid races: the Eloi and the Morlocks, and their horrifying secret.   First published in 1895, The Time Machine by H. G. Wells is considered a classic of science fiction and the progenitor of the time travel story.

Here is The Time Machine 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
31. The Time Machine by H. G. Wells