December 21st - Happy Birthday Jane Fonda, born December 21, 1937 in New York, N.Y. Wow, hard to believe, Jane Fonda is 69 going on 70. Yes - Jane Fonda's controversial, but she was always a consumate actress, beautiful, enchanting, smart and funny. So Happy Birthday Jane, have many more. Here's a short list of Jane Fonda related videos - the best I think is the Carson segment. If you want more - here's a longer list.
Here's something we all could use right now - a little Cash for Christmas. And so - bring it on. Here he is - the man in black, Johnny Cash starring in The Pride of Jesse Hallam. Also features Brenda Vaccaro and Eli Wallach in major supporting roles. A terrific story - about an illiterate Kentucky coal minor who moves to Ohio so his daughter can get the proper medical care for her scoliosis. Check it out - it's a pretty good movie, especially if you are a fan of Johnny Cash. Count us in.
December 1st, we honor Rosa Parks and Woody Allen. Dec 1, 1935 - Woody Allen is born in Brooklyn, NY... in case you didn't know he was a New Yorker - HA. Two decades pass... and on his 20th birthday, Dec 1, 1955 - the news of Rosa Parks getting arrested fills the airwaves. Her offense? Mrs. Parks refused to take a back seat on a Montgomery, Alabama bus when asked to relocate for a white passenger, named Michael Richards, aka Cosmo Kramer. (sorry, cheap joke). Here's a color enhanced photo of her arrest and finger printing. All this happened when I was a kid, so when we discussed it at school, it was recent history. Times have changed a lot - trust me, though we are often reminded we still have a long way to go. Check out this cool newsreel clip, made in the early nineties - with Edwin Newman narrating.
And our staff pick for Woody Allen - check out:
The interview with Billy Graham on The Woody Allen Comedy special is killer funny, or better still, and if time allows - watch the entire show. It co-stars a young twenty year old named Candice Bergen, best known for her role as Murphy Brown. I had forgotten how attractive she was as a young lady.
In case you missed it, we included a cool new feature to the LikeTelevision library of media, a BLOG IT link on each page with media links. And so, for no good reason, I was curious to see how easily i could drop some Blog It code, into this blog and create a player. A Bout with a Trout, starring Little Lulu will do nicely.
Elasped time was about 2 minutes, but I am old. EZ to beat that if you are nimble. Just click the huge play button to watch it. Now go Swing on a Star with Little Lulu.
Happy Thanksgiving to all our friends, members and guests. We hope everyone enjoys a delightful holiday and finds time to remember everything one is thankful for.
Here's some Thanksgiving Day video giblets. Granny vs. Elly Mae vs. Turkey. A classic episode, Turkey Day from The Beverly Hillbillies. Or how about some thanksgiving day video postcards. Got those too. Also check out Tex Avery's Jerky Turkey. Need more - check some chicken pie with Lenny Federal - Live at LikeTelevision - in 2000. Have a great holiday!
So, you think media bias and political games started in recent history. Well think again. In 1941, Frank Capra directed a media and political classic called Meet John Doe, starring Gary Cooper, Barbara Stanwyck (the matriarch in Big Valley), Billy Curtis, and Walter Brennan of The Real McCoys. It's a terrific story - how some poor Joe (John Doe) is used by the media and a big political machine to further their own ends. Meanwhile, the poor John Doe gets chewed up and spat out when he speaks his own mind, instead of the words they tell him to say. Meet John Doe is an excellent choice for a movie the eve of an election.
Another movie with a political twist worth considering - is Angel on My Shoulder starring Paul Muni, Anne Baxter, and Claude Rains. Paul Muni plays a hardened criminal (a killer gangster type) - who is enlisted by the devil (played by Claude Rains, who is an excellent Satan i might add) to turn some political wheels for the purpose of evil. It is an old school movie - where the bad guy does the right thing when he needs to. Lots of fun too.
Another interesting search is Politic. This will return videos about politics and also - politically incorrect videos. An interesting list of videos to say the least. Now - go out there and vote. Remember how Olive cast the deciding vote in Popeye For President, you never know - it could be you this time.
Got more Fu for the weekend, Dr. Fu Manchu that is. In this episode, Fu Manchu gives Hitler a new face by forcing a kidnapped plastic surgeon to operate on Adolf's mug. Need more - well how about an atom bomb plot to bring about global chaos? You'll find that too - in the Master Plan of Dr. Fu Manchu.
Also new - we added a bunch of MPEG-4 files for iPods and also a bunch of 3GP files for mobile users. Now available in the download section - mpeg-4 and 3GP files for these Andy Griffith episodes - Barney's First Car, High Noon in Mayberry, Dogs, Dogs, Dogs, Mountain Wedding and Aunt Bee's Medicine Man. Have fun downloading this weekend.
Eighty years ago today, on Halloween in 1926, Harry Houdini died in Detroit, Michigan due to abdominal complications from getting sucker punched in the gut by a burly college student. One of Harry's acts included allowing someone in the audience to punch him in the gut. Of course, he prepared for the blow during his stage act by working to make his abdominal muscles like a cast iron stove door. The punch that led to his death was delivered without Houdini having a clue it was coming.
Before Houdini died, he promised his wife he would try to communicate with her from the dead. He had a special message for her, that only she knew. For many years after his death, she went to mediums, psychics, and others in the spiritual industry of fakes - but none delivered the message she was hoping for. The message that Harry hoped to send her from the other side.
Houdini real name was Eric Weiss. He was born in Budapest, Hungary - the son of a rabbi. As a kid, he moved to Appleton, Wisconsin where he dreamed of being a great magician and escape artist. His hero was the great Robert Houdin - and Eric Weiss used the Houdini stage name to honor the legend in magic as a skill. Houdin used to be able to throw a card into any seat in the theater where he performed. Practicing hours every day - his skill at tossing cards was beyond what seemed humanly possible.
Check out some newsreel clips of the great Harry Houdini - who dies 80 years ago today, on Halloween 1926.
Jump back in time to October 1951 and a TV series called Goodyear Television Playhouse. Back in the day, companies would often sponsor entire shows. Some even included some serious product placement, like Carnation and The Burns & Allen Show. This episode of Goodyear Television Playhouse is called The Copper starring Wally Cox, Ernest Borgnine, David White and Pat Carroll. A crazy story about an accident prone police cadet who finds himself on the way to a date with Old Sparky at the pen. For more details - check out the addition - The Copper to the Classic TV library at LikeTelevision. If you enjoy police stories told with a touch of comedy and corny jokes, you will love it. Quite entertaining.
In 1932, Jean Renoir, acclaimed French Film Director, and son a master of the Impressionist genius, Auguste Renoir caused quite a stir with his new film, Boudu Sauve Des Eaux. The English title is Boudu saved from Drowning. The hero was a homeless man, with poor manners and bad taste in hair styles - who was also charming and endearing and flawed. Michel Simon, the French king of slapstick comedy, stars as Boudu. He gives an amazing performance, as intense as the previous Jean Renoir Michel Simon collaboration from 1931, The Chienne, roughly translated, The Bitch. In French, Chien means dog, if you want a speak of a female dog, it is La Chienne. If you want an Andalusian Dog, or Un Chien Angalou (1929), you can watch that. A Boy and His Dog (preview), or Boy Meets Dog. And there's more - a pack of dogs! Oh... for the love of Dogs, Dogs, Dogs.
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Yes - you might recognize Hal Smith as the actor who played Otis Campbell, the town drunk in Mayberry on The Andy Griffith Show - but if you think about it for just a minute, you will remember Hal Smith for what he is really known for. Got it? Yep - His VOICE! Hal Smith was one of the most familiar cartoon voices in the history of animation, right up there with another great, Mel Blanc. Hal worked for many years as the "go to" voice for countless Hanna Barbara cartoons. Did you know Hal was also the voice of Goofy for many years, the dorky dog from Walt Disney? He was the voice of Owl in Winnie The Pooh, the voice of Santa in Casper's First Christmas and also on the Flintstones as Santa. For Warner Brothers, he sometimes was the voice of Elmer Fudd. He was Peter Potamus and Yapee. Did you know he was also the voice of Mr. Magoo after Jim Backus. Speaking of Jim Backus, who played Judge Stevens, the guy who was married to Joan on I married Joan... Hal Smith was on that show too, as Charlie. We could go on and on... Hal Smith was a legend. But here's a clip from LikeTelevision's video vault you might have missed - Hal Smith on a very bizarre 1960s game called Tight Squeeze. Really folks - this is MUST SEE LikeTelevision, you are not going to believe this game ever existed. We are certain it caused at least a few dozen marital spats with good folks who used to be good neighbors. hahhaha... watch the clip and you will understand. Who the heck thought up this game? You can also check out Hal Smith as Otis Campbell in one of the best Andy Griffith episodes ever made - Loaded Goat.
Today - we remember Hal Smith because it is his birthday. He was born August 24, 1916 in Petosky, Michigan. He died of a heart attack on January 28, 1994 in Woodland Hills, California.
Sorry for the slow blog posting - we've been busting out little data bits off. Here's a quick list of some of the titles we've added over the last week. Dragnet - The Big Seventeen, starrng Jack Webb as Joe Friday. In this episode, Joe is working Juve - that's Police talk for Juvenile Division, not to be confused with Vice or Bunko - can you tell I don't know bunko about Cop speak? Anyway - some high school kids are causing a lot of trouble in town, because they are all hopped up on assorted drugs. Someone has been supplying drugs for free, hoping to hook up with some new customers and build a repeat business in pharmaceuticals. Of course - this business endeavor is not to be confused with large global drug companies that offer doctors incentives to prescribe the higher margins products they carry. hmmmm. Anyway - the latest problem is that one of the young teens has killed his supplier and then ripped off a large cache of heroin. Not just any heroin, this is super pure, high grade heroin. Normally - the stuff the kids were getting was a weak grade, and if the boy starts selling this stuff, Joe rightfully fears that some kids are going to get killed. While not as classic as the "Blue Boy" episode (you know, the one where the kid paints his face blue and goes to a garden party with a hand grenade) this one is a classic. Check it out - The Big Seventeen. Want more Dragnet - got it. Or maybe a few classic police shows - got a ton of that too.
Do you need another funky scary movie? Well we got one... and we had to search way down under for this one, which was produced in Australia. The movie has been called The Forgotten, and also Don't Look in the Basement. It seems the rural Stephens Sanitarium is not a gentle pastoral place for crazy people anymore, now that Dr. Stephens has gone off for deep end. This one has a ton of blood, but I wouldn't really call it scary or anything. Many times - it is kinda funny. But my sense of humor is a wee bit twisted at times. Wanna sneak preview, check out the new Frank Random preview for Don't Look in the Basement.
Got a bunch more to add to this list - but I have to scoot off to a production meeting.
Kansas City Confidential gives you an awesome story - filled with so many delightful twists and turns. It is the story of the perfect crime, or so it was supposed to be. It didn't turn out that way - and the real story is even crazier than what the cops think. Lee Van Cleef, Neville Brand and Jack Elam are the thugs for hire, but Mr. Big controls the shots. I bet you love Kansas City Confidential as much as we did.
Thinking about all the snow that hit New England this weekend reminded us of this classic cartoon, Jack Frost. Some of the scariest, bitter cold animation - in living color.
Or try this - search for snow, blizzard or snow storm. Rest assured, spring will be here soon.
Watch Judge Jay's 1958 rendering of Justice. Swift and sure - WHAM! & you're off to the loony bin. (Watch video) I still haven't figured out which is funnier - Joseph Cracker - or Judge Jay's reactions and comments. This Frank Random short is somehow timely in light of all the recent news about the scope of the Patriot Act. Doesn't matter which side of the political coin you fall on - this video is funny and it gives you chills at the same time. Go to the web page with the preview and more commentary or watch the whole episode as it originally aired. Here's a free video link.
From 1956 - check out this muscle car classic - Hot Rod Girl, starring Chuck Connors, Lori Nelson, and Frank Gorsham. Lori Nelson is of course, the Hot Rod Girl - if she looks familiar, you probably remember her in Revenge of the Creature, the sequel to Monster from The Black Laggon. Check out her 1955 convertible Ford T-Bird - sweet! Chuck Connors plays Police Detective Ben Merrill, the good cop who is trying to keep the kids from drag racing in the streets. And Frank Gorsham plays Flat Top, one of the juvenile delinquents who gets goaded into a deadly game of chicken. A pretty decent movie - and terrific if you like the old school rides.
Louis Nye, one of the all-time legends of comedy died on Sunday October 9, 2005 after a long battle with cancer. He is probably best known for his work on the Steve Allen Show (Hi Ho Steverino!) but he also started as The Great Wambini in the Inspector Gadget series, he was a regular on Curb Your Enthusiam, he played Fireman Torch in this skit from Sid Caesar's Show(free) and, and who could forget - Sonny Drysdale, the effeminate Ivy League rich brat who thought Elly Mae was a tasty morsel... which of course... led to the classic episode - The Great Feud, where the Clampetts are out to restore Elly Mae's honor after she was dissed by Sonny. Check out some of these classic shows or here's a nice tribute - and an obituary can be found here.
Happy Birthday Jane Alice Peters, better known as Carole Lombard - born October 6, 1908 in Fort Wayne, Indiana USA. She was a huge star and a fascinating character. She was very friendly to all.. and liked by all in addition to being a talented actress. But she was also known for her foul, foul mouth - which could spew a rapid fire string of expletive deleted phrases... that were so bawdy it could make a sailor blush. The story is she learned this little trick from her brothers, to provide her with a defense against aggressive boys. She'd let them have a verbal assault... and they would back off. Anyway... this is how she earned her nickname - The Profane Angel.
Carole Lombard made a lot of great movies including Nothing Sacred, Made for Each Other, co-starring Jimmy Stewart - and my personal favorite is My Man Godfrey (watch free preview). which also stars William Powell, who happened to be Lombard's ex-husband. When they were married - the couple was dubbed Fire and Ice. William Powell, known for his calm and suave demeanor was of course, Ice. At the peak of her career, she married Clark Gable in a massive story... like Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt... but back in the day.
During World War II - she was very active selling War Bonds, and in fact volunteered her husband, Clark Gable for the job as head of Hollywood's effort to push the bonds. Clark wasn't pleased... so Carole ended up taking the Press Agent in Clark's place to go sell bonds... At the last minute, Lombard changed her mind and skipped the train ride for a TWA DC-3 plane.... that crashed in the side of a mountain. After a huge and futile search (a la JFK jr. crash... a big media event), Carole Lombard died in the crash along with her mother who came along for the tour. Also of note... the plane crashed about a month after Pearl Harbor (on January 16, 1942) - so the nation was already in a state of shock.
Anyway.... check out some movies, news clips and more on Carole Lombard. Another related tidbit of information - Clark Gable was also involved in another scandal - during a movie, he had an affair with Loretta Young, which produced a "secret" love child. All this was confirmed many years later after Gable died, but during his life, it remained pretty much a secret - though it was whispered about, it never had the media scrutiny (or insanity) we have to deal with today.
On October 4, 1895 - Buster Keaton was born in Kansas. He was known as The Great Stone Face - and the Buster nickname was attributed to Harry Houdini, though it is probably just legend. Wanna see a terrific caricature of Buster Keaton? Check this. He's the guy with the tan hat and droopy eyes. The clip is from a classic cartoon called Hollywood Steps Out. Tex Avery does a caricature on virtually every film star of the day.
Back to Buster Keaton - in honor of the great Buster - we will be offering a new download - Balloonatic. We also added a few new images - 1 (100k), 2 (800k). Better still - watch the Buster Keaton videos
From the animation gurus at Famous Studios - check out a dazzling pair of classic Little Audrey Cartoons! First up, Goofy Goofy Gander starring Mother Goose and a couple of gangsters. Better still - Flowers and Tarts, one of the Audrey's best efforts - watch her bake a gingerbread man who comes alive. He hops out of the oven and runs off to Cakeland to meet his bride to be, Miss Angel Cake. It looks like it will be a terrific wedding - till Devil Food Cake decides to crash the party and run off with the bride. Great stuff! - Need more Little Audrey, check out Seapreme Court, complete with the electric eel electric chair. More? Try Land of Lost Jewels.
Acclaimed actor, Brock Peters dies Tuesday, August 23, 2005 in his home (pancreatic cancer). Best known for his role in To Kill a Mockingbird as Tom Robinson (video), the innocent man accused of rape. He would be defended by Atticus Finch, played by Gregory Peck who won an Oscar for Best Leading Man for his role as the sympathetic attorney (free preview). A few years ago - on June 16, 2003 - it was Brock Peters who read the eulogy for Gregory Peck at his funeral. Learn more about Brock Peters (here and here too).
This morning I made a few new pictures for the image library in honor of Brock Peters (brock1 brock2) - and loaded them in the To Kill A Mockingbird folder. Photoshop PSD files and jpegs. We will miss him - he was a great actor and a great man too.
Here's the highlights of what is coming to LikeTelevision in September 2005. First up - a classic Marlene Dietrich film called Blue Angel, actually it is called Der Blaue Engel, since it is a German film. Yes... subtitles, not dubbed. Marlene Dietrich as cabaret singer Lola Lola is in top form, and just 29 years old. Directed by the great Josef von Sternberg, Blue Angel is a powerful story of a prudish school teacher who becomes caught in a web of sexual desire for Lola. Another great film for your viewing pleasure.
We will also be adding a few more classic films - Carnival of Souls, which is really bizarre, dark and strangely fascinating. Check out the original trailer for a free preview.
We received a lot of positive feedback regarding the Ingmar Bergman film Brink of Life which premiered on the web last month - so we decided to add another gem from the Swedish master director, The Magician. Illusion takes on Reality and gets all twisted like a Krispy Kreme cruller. HA!
Finally - some laughs from the great Woody Allen. We will be premiering a rare 1969 TV special starring Woody, Candice Bergen, Reverend Billy Graham, and more. Woody interviews Dr. Graham and asks... Whats your favorite commandment? HAHAHAHA Lots of fun. Or as the Four Seasons might say... See you in September!
Terence Young's The Klansman - a 1974 film about racial tensions, civil rights, and the KKK in a small town in backwoods Alabama. Starring Richard Burton, Lee Marvin, O.J. Simpson, Lola Falana, and Linda Evans. Major star power grapples with disturbing subject matter from a Hollywood perspective. Check it out.
On July 16th, 2005 - the atomic bomb celebrates its 60th Birthday - and you're invited! Joe Wilson and Valerie Plame will be bringing the yellow cake uranium, and Frank Random is providing entertainment with a wild re-mix of Duck and Cover. Bert the turtle gets all twisted up in a brutal edit of 1960s era civil defense films - and the end result is a montage of mushroom cloud misty eyed melodrama. Check out the vintage clips and see where WMDs got their start.
On a happier note - July 15 marks the birthday of Rembrandt Van Rijn. Please allow me to recycle a blog entry from last year - and by all means, don't miss the Dutchmaster's cigars and Saskia on the toilet. All kidding aside - Rembrandt was the best, True High Art - not to be confused with this or Watch this.
One of Sir Alfred Hitchcock's best early movies was Sabotage. Made in 1936, it tells the story of political intrigue and the use of terror to try to change the course of global events. The film is based on a story by Joseph Conrad called the Secret Agent, which is also the title of another 1936 Hitchcock movie starring John Gielgud. (you can watch that movie at LikeTelevision too - good stuff).
When I first saw Hitchcock's Sabotage I thought it was a great movie. As time went on, and I watched it again - the film just got better. Knowing that it was made several years before the onset of WWII - it was right on the money regarding what was happening, and the looming disaster coming to not only England, but also the entire World. When I heard the news of the terrorist bombing of a double decker bus on July 7, 2005 - I remembered this tragic scene from Sabotage. Carl Verloc (played by Oskar Homolka) gets a young boy known as Little Stevie (played by Desmond Tester) to carry several reels of film across London. We are told - The Bird will sing at 1:45 PM, meaning that is when the bomb is set to go off. Check out this scene from the 1936 film, Sabotage and you will see why it popped in my head when I heard the news. But you really need to watch the movie to get the full effect of Hitchcock's mastery of building suspense. It is an amazing film - Verloc is such a pig, his poor wife and of course little Stevie are very endearing characters, which of course makes Verloc's sinister ways even more bloody nasty. Hitchcock afficiandos will also note the similarity with the climatic scene in The Man Who Knew Too Much, when Peter Lorre hears the shot and says, "Looks like everything went off all right". Check out that movie and also this terrific free preview made by LikeTelevision's resident genius, Frank Random.
This morning we learned of a coordinated series of bomb attacks in London - on the subway and on a double decker bus. Terrorists are losers. I remembered some words from Winston Churchill that seemed appropriate. They were spoken during World War II when London was getting bombed on nightly raids. The words - we shall never surrender and the this is our finest hour. And checked out the Battle of Britain.
Lots to report... first, as we alluded to earlier, The Phantom of the Opera is ready to stream and download. The original from 1925 has a lot to offer and if worth the view, even though it can seem excruciating slow by today's film standards. Ahhh, but there is no super super super slow motion shots of people getting blown up or punched. And Lon Chaney is terrific. (no relation to Dick Cheney). Check out this funky Frank Random Trailer for The Hunchback of Notre Dame, which like Phantom, stars Lon Chaney and Norman Kerry. I also found this page of action figures to be worth the wasted time.
Yep... i learn something every day... in this case, about a power broker at NBC named Dave Tebit, who is sitting next to Sid Caesar in This is Your Life Spoof. You can watch that segement here - and like me, learn a lot about Dave Tebit, who eventually ended up with Johnny Carson's production company. Dave Tebit died on Tuesday at age 91. Read more here.
One more note - LikeTelevision was mentioned in a press release - titled, AOL adds partners for video search engine. You can learn more if you like.
More cool stuff on the way - have a great weekend.
May 26th is quite the busy day for birthdays. Marion Michael Morrison, better known as John Wayne was born on May 26, 1907 in Winterset, Iowa. He becomes one of Hollywood's biggest legends, best known for his tough guy roles especially in war movies and westerns. Hey - he was sooooo big, he was also known just by his nickname - The Duke. Search for John Wayne and watch a terrific movie called McLintock with Maureen O'Hara, Jerry Van Dyke, Stephanie Powers, Yvonne DeCarlo, Patrick Wayne (his son), Edgar Buchanan, and Chill Wills. Here's a cool free preview - made by LikeTelevision's own Frank Random shortly after September 11, 2001. John Wayne stars as George W. - George W. McLintock that is.
Also born today is singing sensation - Peggy Lee (Norma Delores Egstrom, aka Peggy Lee - 05/26/1920 in Jamestown, North Dakota). For over 3 decades, from the early 1940s through the mid 1970s - Peggy Lee was a major force on the music scene. She was nominated for 12 grammys and had so many songs on the charts it was crazy. Her best known songs include Fever, The Way You Look Tonight, Why Don’t You Do Right?, Big Spender, Bali Ha’i, and Mańana - to name but a few. Check out this command performance of Why Don’t You Do Right? with Benny Goodman, singing for the G.I.s in World War II. Learn more at her official site, peggylee.com
Hang on - we got more. Happy Birthday to Jay Silverheels, best known as Tonto on The Lone Ranger - born today in 1912. Mr. Silverheels' birth name is Harry J. Smith and he was born in Ontario, Canada. His father George Alexander Smith
was a Mohawk Chief. Check out Jay Silverheels in his most memorable role as Tonto in a classic Lone Ranger episode - Legion of Old Timers, which features a young DeForest Kelley (best known as Dr McCoy, Bones on Star Trek).
Finally - LikeTelevision honors Robert Morley, born May 26, 1908 in Semley, Wiltshire, England, UK. One of the greatest and most loved character actors of all-time, Robert Morley's list of credits is nearly endless. Here's a few of our favorite performances - 1) As the effeminate, poodle loving theater critic in Theater of Blood - Morley's performance is just about perfect and so over the top. It is also a terrific film - you can watch Morley's facial expressions as Vincent Price serves him his beloved poodles cooked in a caserole. Check out this free preview. You can also watch another terrific performance by Robert Morley in John Huston's Beat the Devil starring Humphrey Bogart, Gina Lolabrigida, Peter Lorre and Jennifer Jones. Truman Capote also worked on the screenplay for this movie. (here's a prehistoric promo with Lord Higgins and Roger Moss).
Another download library rotation to report. Just in, a star packed 3 episode DVD from The Andy Griffith Show. The Big House, where Barney is in charge of Mayberry's jail and he runs a real tight ship. Guest stars George Kennedy. Aunt Bee's Medicine Man, with guest John Dehner. The classic episode where Aunt Bee and her church group get a little drunk, or tiddly as they say in Mayberry. The third episode, A Wife For Andy stars Aneta Corsaut as Helen Crump, Opie's school teacher.
These three episodes are packed into a single file, a DVD iso file. Just open your dvd-r burner and create a disc from an image file. Choose the image file - which is the iso file you downloaded. and burn it, (record).
Also new, A Star is Born, Chaplin's classic The Kid with Jackie Coogan, and The Scarlet Pimpernel with Merle Oberon. Titles that are rotated out of circulation this month - How Awful About Alan, and Raman Polanski's Knife in the Water.
Another new classic movie - the 1937 original A Star is Born, written and directed by William Wellman. This David O. Selnick production is slick, and the writers that contributed was good as gold. Robert Carson, Ben Hecht, Ring Lardner, Budd Schulberg and William Wellman.
Worth the view - the original A Star is Born.
Ding Ding Ding... April 15th.... taxes are due, or maybe your like Granny who would say...."Jed let me get my gun, it's the revenue man!" LikeTelevision has a bunch of fun content related to our favorite folks - tax men. Yes... even back in ancient times, people always loved the tax collectors. Why one of them even went on to become saint and write a Gospel (St. Matthew)... so let's cut the IRS some slack... while you're cutting them a check.
Anyway, we dug deep into our video vault to find some terrific entertainment related to the Tax Man. First on the list has got to be - Jed pays His Taxes starring Irene Ryan as Granny and Buddy Ebsen as Jed in a Hillbilly comedy classic. And speaking of comedy - by all means check out 2 killer episodes of the Burns and Allen Show - The Tax Man and Property Tax Assessor. And lest we forget - sometimes its the Treasury Department who acts as the toughest cop - remember, it was the Tax Man who ultimately took down notorious gangster Al Capone, a.k.a. Scarface - on October 19, 1931. All right, if you're like me... you like to grumble when you pay your taxes - so make sure you check out this FREE PREVIEW from My Man Godfrey, where Eugene Pallette, of the the greatest grumblers of all time - tells his family that they are spending 50% of his money while the revenue department is taking out just 60% of his income. Yes... it is hard to believe - but indeed that was the tax hit many years ago... in fact it was even much higher at its peak, especially when you added federal, local and property taxes to the pie. I guess that makes me feel a little bit better. Time to sign off... singing one of my my favorite Beatles tunes by the late great George Harrison - Tax Man.
Even someone who is an athesist (someone who denies the existence of god) or agnostic (people who believe we cannot know whether or not a God exists) has got to be impressed that a man can draw over 4 million to his funeral. While doing some reseach - i found the American Atheists are tad upset by all the buzz (Atheists: No Public Money For Bush Papal Funeral Junket - April 5, 2005 News Release) - while the Agnostics just don't know what to think - hahaha. The passing of Pope John Paul II was expected - he has been ill for some time now - yet the outpouring of emotion and the massive pilgrimage to honor the man has been nothing short of amazing. The world has changed so much during his lifetime - he entered the priesthood at a time when about 1/3 of the priests in Poland had been killed just for being priests. And he lived to see the tyranny of the Nazi and the Communist Governments fold in his native Poland during his lifetime. The more I learn about the man - the more i have come to honor and respect him. I just found a media link at the Vatican's site to watch the current events - LIVE. Check it out.
WATCH the events LIVE from The Vatican
(REAL: hi - med - low or Windows Media: hi - med - low).
Check out the official site of the Vatican for more information about the man and learn more about how they will select the next pope.
We thought folks might be interested in learning a little bit about Iwo Jima - a small island about 750 miles south of Tokyo, since today is the anniversary of the victorious assault on Mount Suribachi. I suspect most everyone has seen the photograph, taken by a fellow named Joe Rosenthal, but do you know a thing about what actually transpired on Iwo Jima? Well ... good, you're honest. Here's a very short newsreel you can watch for free. Just kick back and learn something. If you want to see the page for This Day in History - click here.
LikeTelevision has a nifty calendar where you can watch some video clips related to each and every day of the year. Check it out and see what, if anything happened on your birthday - other than you being born. (no - i doubt we have footage of your birth, as your mom was modest. :~)
All Right - as promised, Escape from Sobibor is ready to view. Check out this powerful movie and watch it online - or you can download the MPG files and make your own DVD (for personal use only, see terms and conditions for details). There's also a ton of terrific color stills in the image library. I really enjoyed this movie - and we are considering getting more movies directed by Jack Gold.
Ready to go - check it out, Escape From Sobibor, starring Alan Arkin, Rutger Hauer, and Joanna Pacula.
Sobibor was a Nazi death camp in Poland during World War II. Built around March 1942 - the Sobibor camp was created to kill Jews Most were of Polish decent, though some were from the Soviet Union and others were from Western Europe. The film is not just a story of horror and evil darkness. Why? Because on October 14, 1943 - there was the largest escape in the history of the concentration camps. Over 300 condemned men, women and children escaped on that glorious day. Escape from Sobibor tells this story of tragedy and triumph - and the unbeleiveable power of the spirit that refuses to give into despair and holds onto hope in the darkest of circumstances. Here's Frank Random's trailer - may God have mercy on those fools choose to follow the evil tyranny that this film conveys. And may all good and loving people be blessed with the hope that carries one through such darkness.
Escape from Sobibor is a very special film. It is rare when a movie can leave you weeping at one moment, and later, hoping with all your might - that the characters in the movie will make it out of their hellish nightmare. Honestly - i could not help weeping when I watched this. Not just crying - but full blown sobbing. It hurts to view it and to immerse yourself in this heinous reality, even just vicariously watching it as a film. No - there are no gratuitous and shocking photos of ematiated men, women and children. The film hits you in the heart - because you get to know the people and you like the people. You admire their courage and respect their strength in a place that is filled with total despair.
We will have this film ready to view in few more days - till then, read a bit more about the story and the people. Just google Sobibor.
January 27 marks a major milestone is the history of television. On January 27, 1926 - a Scottish inventor named John Baird demonstates a new invention that is able to transmit pictures - and guess what, the machine is called TELEVISION. Sadly - today, virtually no one even knows his name or that he was the guy who helped make the concept of transmitting images real. (the principles behind this had been around since 1875... but they remained mostly ethereal principles). Oh yeah... Al Gore wasn't born yet... so he was in no position to take credit for it, like the he internet.
Baird used a series of rapidly rotating discs with holes in them to create a series of horizontal lines. Later.... a fellow named Philo Farnsworth would come up with a better idea as he watched his dad plow the fields in the farm - in a single line, back and forth, making a new row at each turn. This idea was the birth of scan lines, which looks like a series of horizontal lines... but is actually a continuous line.
And the story about Philo Farnsworth and RCA's David Sarnoff is really interesting too... but we'll save that for another day.... because today - January 27 - LikeTelevision proudly commemorates Scotsman John Logie Baird, and the birth of television.
And today is also marks the birthday of Sabu (01/27/1924), also known as the elephant boy - and India's first star of the silver screen., He starred as Mowgli in Hollywood's original screen adaptation of Kipling's Jungle Book. His full name was Sabu Dastagir - I tried to do a google image search for Sabu... and darn it... there was virtually nothing of interest. I did learn however that there's a pro wrestler named Sabu.
And - yes... one of favorites - the elegant Donna Reed - best known for her role as Mary Hatch in It's a Wonderful Life was born on January 27, 1921. LikeTelevision offers a few movies starring Donna Reed - Picture of Dorian Gray (with Angela Lansbury) - free preview - and Last Time I Saw Paris - starring Elizabeth Taylor, Van Johnson, Walter Pidgeon, Eva Gabor, Roger Moore - yep... a very Bond... James Bond.
Seventy years ago today - on December 28, 1934 - Stalin begins his purges. Exploiting the assassination of Sergei Kirov, Stalin goes on a killing spree - leaving most of the old Bolsheviks dead. For more background - search for czar, Potemkin, Russian Revolution or Soviet, or Stalin.
Also added a very cool free preview of Throne of Blood - Akira Kurosawa's epic Samurai movie based on William Shakespeare's Macbeth. The film is remarkable - great story, beautiful cinematography, and very well acted and executed. The special FX are so ahead of their time, especially the arrow scene - where strings were used to guide arrows to their designated targets.
Over the Christmas weekend, a Tsunami slams into Sri Lanka - killing over 22,000 people. A sad and terrible tragedy. Typhoons are brutal. Remember Nov. 13, 1970?
For the menu page, Superman, Billion Dollar Limited was added with a link to a terrific sample of the animation quality. Watch Lois Lane pack heat as she squeezes the trigger on her Thompson sub machine gun, a.k.a tommy gun. And who could forget, Billy Mumy (Will Robinson from Lost in Space) hawking a snub nosed 38 and a Tommy Burst, which of course was a machine gun.
Yojimbo - one of Kurosawa' best films - just got a major data upgrade. For the past few weeks we've been working on Yojimbo - cleaning up the subtitle text, major audio improvements, and so sweet, 450kps streaming media files of the movie, plus new mpeg 1 files are ready in the download library. (~1.8 GIG). Check out this sample - free preview or this 6 sec promo, or how about this..
On December 13, 1925 - Dick Van Dyke was born in West Plains, Missouri. For those youngsters who only know him as Dr. Mark Sloan from Diagnosis Murder, he has enjoyed one of the most fruitful careers in Hollywood history. He got his start as a host on a cartoon show in 1956... and struggled for a few years before breaking out in the 1960 musical Bye-Bye Birdie (and won the Tony Award for his performance). In 1961 - he began a successful run of the Dick Van Dyke Show - one of the greatest sitcoms in TV history, as Rob Petrie a writer for the Alan Brady Show and faithful husband of Laura Petrie played by Mary Tyler Moore. His career includes remarkable roles in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Cold Turkey, Fitzwilly and of course Mary Poppins - which was created 40 years ago in 1964.
As many of you know - he's Jerry Van Dyke's brother who played Luther the spaced out assistant on Coach. You can check out Jerry Van Dyke with John Wayne and Stephanie Powers in McLintock (watch this free preview). Also of interest - in the 1970s he seperated from his wife of 10 years and got mixed up with Michelle Triola Marvin. Who is Michelle Triola Marvin you ask - why she is an important figure in California legal circles - she's the woman who files the first Palimony case in 1979. (watch the news clip from the hollywood archive). Small world huh?
And tomorrow is Morey Amsterdam's birthday - who was born on Dec. 14, 1908 in Chicago, Illinois. He is best known for his role as Buddy Sorrell from the Dick Van Dyke show - the brutal thorn in Mel Cooley's bald head. Check out this classic free video of Morey in action. (and search for Richard Deacon who played Mel).
Coming soon - The Mind Snatchers starring Christopher Walken (his 2nd movie) and Ronnie Cox, who makes his film debut. Imagine a movie that grabs from Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange, throw in a dash of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, and add one part Crazy Doctor, with two parts evil military experiments.... and you'll have a good idea of what this movie is about. Check the latest Frank Random preview - who threw in a pinch of Frank Zappa's Brain Police just to spice up the mix. This movie should be ready to rhumba sometime early next week... this trailer is offered to tease you and get your brain washed. Go on... Push That Button!
Also - we did a bit of tweaking behind the scenes and added some holiday related shorts that are randomly inserted into the Watch It play lists. Wanna see a few? ok... here's one, and here's another. Or how about Jed in some Capri pants... so ahead of his time, what fashion sense. Got to get back to work - we should have the four long form Chrysler commercials for The Forward Look ready for the weekend.
One final note of irony - December 2 - marks the anniversary of the first nuclear reaction - and also the release of Frances, starring Jessica Lange....so December 2 is the kind of day that marks science goes haywire and wacky doctors... Perhaps a good time to revisit the Frank Random re-mix of Duck and Cover. Now that's insane!
After much confusion earlier this week.... with news reports like, Arafat is still clinging to life, the funeral's on Friday... it looks like Yasser Arafat is going to make his own funeral. But what happens next? And how will the political fight for his seat of power (and money perhaps)... play out. My guess is we will see the struggle go on for... oh... maybe a generation or two. While it is tempting, i will do my best to not speak ill of the dead, after all - Arafat did win the Nobel Peace Prize, which alerted even the casual observer to question what the heck the Nobel Peace Prize means anymore, and a reminder that the peace prize was set up by the guy who invented dynamite.
For those who might be young in years and short on history - you might try a search for terrorist - and see how long this battle has been going on. As far as i can tell... the struggle has been going on my whole lifetime (and I am an old man, my Budweiser born on date - 1959). Also odd, in that it is ironic - that this transpires on Veteran's Day - the day Americans honor the men who served in the military and helped secure the freedom we enjoy today. It is fascinating to watch the old WWII documentaries - and compare the tone (honor and reverence)... to what we get today. Yes... it was not always accurate - but i think we were a lot wiser to understand that the people who fought on our behalf had mothers, sisters, brothers sons and daughters - and that maybe, it was wise to show some respect. With that in mind - I hope Mr. Arafat is shown mercy, and that he finds himself in a beautiful place - where there's no need to blow up innocent people to make one's point.
And for those who love irony - check out this 15 year old news clip, This Day in History (Feb 4)... the day Arafat founded the P.L.O. The clip ends by calling Yasser - a survivor. web page -Watch Video. Clearly - a lot has changed since the video clip was created. And though i disagree with Arafat's methods (an understatement... vehemently disagree, ok).... i do hope that he rests in peace. Which reminds me of a great quote from Golda Meir (who like me, grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin).... "We will not have peace as long as they hate us more than they love their children". The converse is also true.
Lots of new download rotations to report - recently added to the download library - White Zombie, Knife in the Water, The Outlaw, The Terror and Alfred Hitchcock's Sabotage. White Zombie features Bela Lugosi as the head zombie in the original 1931 classic. Roman Polanski's debute film Knife in the water features some semi psycho folks enjoying a tormented sail on a private yacht. Loads of tension on the little sailboat - as a thirty something couple in the midst of falling apart - bring a young hitchhiker along for a sailing trip, who has eyes for the girl.
Moving right along - The Terror stars Boris Karloff and a Jack Nicholson as a young soldier... a Yute as My cousin Vinny used to say. The film also stars Jonathan Haze, who played Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors. And yes - that's Dick Miller from a Bucket of Blood.
And there's more too - Howard Hughes mega dollar saga of Billy the Kidd, The Outlaw starring Jane Russell is ready for your downloading pleasure. Features a very young Jane Russell (discovered in this film no less)... and a special bra made by Hughes Aircraft engineers, that used cantilevered structures to enhance... lift and separate... as only the aircraft industry might be expected to fully understand the nuisance of the bernouilli applied lift. OK - perhaps i am embellishing a wee bit....
More on the way.... oh yeah... don't forget - we also added one of Hitchcock's finest films - Sabotage, which offers Sir Alfred tension and some old school terrorists. next up - a classic French Gangsta film from back in the day.
Ready for the weekend - another new movie to download - plus a ton of cool images in the library to boot. Mesmerized (Color, 1986) is based on a true story (or so they say... you'll have to ask John Newland from One Step Beyond for further clarity.) Jodie Foster plays Vicotoria - the girl raised as an orphan - till one day - a wealthy guy named Oliver Thompson (John Lithgow) shows up - and asks her to marry him. At the time the girl is maybe 17 or 18 - perhaps even younger.
And you guessed it - Oliver turns out to be a real brute - like this image of Lithgow as a peeping tom. Better still - check out the full description of Mesmerized or download mpegs of the movie and burn a DVD for your personal use. Pretty cool movie - kinda strange.
Twenty-five years ago today - on November 4, 1979 sixty-six Americans began a hostage ordeal that lasted 444 days. Today's clip in history offers some chilling newsreel footage from the era long ago - 25 years ago, and as such provides some perspective of where we've been and where we are going as we seek to end all acts of terrorism.
Off to finish up the Jodie Foster movie with John Lithgow. Worst case - it will be up by tomorrow.
On Oct. 8, 1967 - it was reported that Che Guevara had been fatally wounded in battle, fighting with peasant revolutionaries trying to take control of Bolivia. Shortly thereafter... it was reported he was executed by U.S. trained Bolivian soldiers in a one-room schoolhouse near Vallegrande, Bolivia on Oct. 9, 1967. Rumors swirled and the body was never delivered.... though they did supposedly cut off Che's hands... to get a bona fide fingerprint ID.
Many years later in July 1997, Che Guevara's body was found in in a mass grave near Vallegrande and reburied in Santa Clara, Cuba. In an odd twist of fate.... Vallegrande has become a leading merchant of Che Guevara posters, t-shirts, etc. etc.... so it looks like the capitalists had more staying power than the communists. When I was in college, my roommate had a poster of Che that graced our walls. As I got older, and learned more about the Castro regime in Cuba that brutally oppressed the good people - Che became less of a hero... and started to look more like a terrorist. To this day, Che Guevara remains a hero to many on the "left" side of politics. I think they should talk to some folks who lived in Cuba at the time... as they will hear a different story. Che Guevara is still a hero to some folks but his legend as a glamourous revolutionary has faded with time. As is often the case, the guy who claims he wants to be protect the people is often the guy who realy wants to weild power over the people and force his beliefs on them. If given the choice - I think I would prefer McDonald's french fries and an ice cold coke over communist tyranny. Che's life reminds me of John Steinbeck's line - The best laid plans of mice and men go oft awry. And in case you didn't know - Steinbeck got this line from a Robert Burns poem - To A Mouse, On Turning Her Up In Her Nest With The Plough - which contained the phrase - The best-laid schemes o' mice an' men gang aft agley. Another line comes to mind that sums up Che Guevara's legacy -"One man's terrorist is another's freedom fighter." Make sure you check out news clip for October 8th - This Day in History, which features an item on Che's death. Ironies abound with today's political tensions (see Che address the United Nations - HA!). - or as Mark Twain used to say - History doesn't repeat itself, but it does rhyme.
Happy Birthday Brigitte Bardot, who was born September 28, 1934 in Paris, France. Before Marilyn Monroe and Kim Novak - Bardot was Hollywood's first ooh la la sweetie pie. LikeTelevision offers 2 of Bardot's best films - first, her debut at age 22 in Mademoiselle Striptease, where she is forced to join an amateur striptease contest because she sold a very expensive novel by Balzac by accident... long before the day of Beanie Babies and E-Bay - HA! The film was made in 1957 - and while the title sounds naughty, there's no nudity at all, in fact it quite a charming film. By today's standards - maybe PG. Long ago - it was enough to imply sensual beauty, and to be honest, most folks learn this as they grow older. A fun movie - in French with English subtitles, check it out.
The second film at LikeTelevision starring Brigitte Bardot, is titled And God Created Woman - which is dubbed in English is a bit more steamy and features Bardot as a poor girl who is attracted to a good man she loves (one brother), a suave man she is physically attracted to (the other brother), and a rich old man (who she feels nothing for - she just likes his money). The movie is disturbing in many ways - as it examines the many facets of women and what they are attracted to. By disturbing i mean that there is tension between a man and a woman, clearly we are different creatures and these differences serve up fears and concerns that are indeed disturbing. Will love win in the end? Sorry - you'll have to watch the movie. But if you want a sample - check out the free preview from Frank Random. Oooh La La!
Also - check out the history clip about the Cannes Film Festival - which offers a shot of Bardot, who was discovered at the festival.
September 24 marks the day that Mohammed returns and commenced Hegira, which means the immigration. For many, this marks the day that the religion was founded. You can watch a brief news clip made in the early 1990s, featuring Edwin Newman, who i think worked for CBS as the narrator. It might also be of interest to learn more via a google search for Hegira or Hejira as it is often spelled in English. And by all means, pass on happy wishes to a friend or neighbor who is a follower. Take a deep breath and remember - most people who practice this faith are peaceful brothers and sisters. Wish them well. It is the small gestures of peace that bring us together. (you might wish to read Mother Teresa's comments on religion which seem relevent as well).
"There is only one God and He is God to all; therefore it is important that everyone is seen as equal before God. I've always said we should help a Hindu become a better Hindu, a Muslim become a better Muslim, a Catholic become a better Catholic." - Mother Teresa
On the lighter side - this Sunday marks the 65th birthday of Donna Douglas, best known as Elly Mae Clampett from the Beverly Hillbilies. (shown here taking a bath by the cement pond, circa 1960s). LikeTelevision offers several dozen episodes of this terrific show - so if you start watching right now, you might finish all of them by Monday morning. Have a great weekend - if you feel compelled to learn more about the history of hurrican tracking - then check out this show, Man Behind the Badge - which tells the story of Grady Morton - who is a NOAA hall of famer, and is seen as the father of hurricane tracking. Not your cup of tea? - well then go watch Jeanne in a movie after she left her days in the little genie bottle. (FREE PREVIEW - another laughfest from Frank Random.)
Today is Clayton Moore's birthday - best known for his role as The Lone Ranger, though he also was terrific as a villian in Radar Men From the Moon and a bunch of Film Noire classics. He was born in Chicago, Illinois - as Jack Moore and spent much of his youth as an aerialist in the circus. In 1938 he moved to Hollywood hoping to be a star only to find small roles as a bit player or a stuntman. His first break came when he won the part of Zorro in 1949. When the Lone Ranger moved from radio to the new medium called television, Clayton Moore won the part for the masked man that nobody knew. His faithful companion Tonto, played by Jay Silverheels always called him Kemosabe... which most folks thought was an Indian phrase. The evidence for Kemosabe being an Indian word is spotty - Apache and Navajo have words that sound kinda like Kemosabe - but they translate as White Shirt in Apache and Soggy Shrub in Navajo. Others suggest the word might be derived from Ojibwe word "giimoozaabi" which roughly translates as Scout. (in the show - they said it meant Faithful Scout). But another theory explains that the word is rooted in the Spanish phrase - "Quien Sabe", which means - Who Knows? ... as in nobody knew who this guy was. But hey... Quien Sabe.... who knows for sure.
Clayton Moore is the only actor who has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame with his name and his characters name (it reads, Clayton Moore The Lone Ranger).
In the real world - Clayton Moore was very active in working for the common good - and made countless appearances as the Lone Ranger to kids around the country promoting the Lone Ranger's code of moral conduct.
On Dec 28, 1999 - just a few short days before the next millennium... Clayton Moore died of a heart attack. We will remember him fondly - he seemed like a terrific man and like most kids of my era, he was a hero for me growing up.
All yesterday was spent working behind the scenes to build out the random channel suggestions on the Classic Television Channel display. Basicially - every time you go to the movie page or the classic tv page - a random selection of suggestions appear. Try it out - just click the Classic TV page, and refresh or click it again. new entires appear for the 5 suggested titles. I added over 100 differect suggestions for this feature - and i am still way behind. Sorry - use the drop down or better still, read the blog to keep posted on new additions to the library.
Also made a few changes in the commentary for the movie - The Harrad Experiment starring Tippi Hedren, Don Johnson and James Whitmore. One of our users from Washington DC named Mike pointed out that Don Johnson had a torrid relationship with Melanie Griffith some years back, and that Melanie was Tippi Hedren's daughter. What makes this weird or noteable - is that in the film, Johnson tries to seduce Tippi Hedren (the mother of a gal Don went out with in the real world). Anyway... it is worth noting - and creepy.
gotta scoot - some terrific weird and funky commercials coming next... see the blog for details.
Yee Haw - a new pair of funky shorts - just what the doctor ordered. First up - a terrific singing commercial with some Ajax Cleanser elves who scrub away in the bathroom while belting out a very cool doo wap kinda jingle. Love those lens flares on the shiny fixtures. Next up - a vintage brewski ad from Carling Black Label. This one also features cartoon characters - a husband and wife team - where the wife does all the chores around the home while her husband relaxes in a hammock and requests a beer from his hard working wife. Great stuff... totally politically incorrect by today's standards - you'll love it.
Yesterday, August 19, 2004 - the world lost one of the greatest names in music, that i regret - not many people even know his name. Elmer Bernstein (no relation to Leonard Bernstein) was one the greatest film composers in Hollywood's history. With about 200 films to his credit - he was not only a great composer, but obviously prolific as well. Perhaps his best known work is the incredible jazz score for Otto Preminger's The Man with the Golden Arm, starring Frank Sinatra, Kim Novak, Eleanor Parker, and Darren McGavin, about a heroin junkie (Frank Sinatra as Frankie Machine) trying to go straight by being a drummer. If you've never seen the film - by all means check it out. Or if time is short, check out Frank Random's terrific FREE preview that will give you a taste of Bernstein's genius.
Bernstein's gifts also took center stage on another classic film - To Kill A Mockingbird, starring Gregory Peck and based on Harper Lee's novel. Bernstein was challenged by the film and finally decided to come up with a brilliant score that was based on a very simple musical line, often played by a single note on the piano. His style here was meant to reflect upon the beauty and innocence of a child - and how a child might perceive the hatred of racial prejudice. In a totally different style - another work of musical genius. Watch the movie - or check out another great FREE Preview by LikeTelevision's resident genius, Frank Random.
And Bernstein did it again - with the rousing upbeat Western score for the Magnificent Seven (the Marlboro Man theme back when cigarette makers advertised on television). And in case you didn't know - The Magnificent Seven was based on an earlier work by Akira Kurosawa - Seven Samurai. And yes - another terrific FREE Preview.
Other credits include: National Lampoon's Animal House, Ghostbusters, Birdman of Alcatraz, The Great Escape, The Great Santini, Thoroughly Modern Millie, and True Grit - to name but a few. Elmer Bernstein was a major talent, a legend and a musical genius.
He was also known for his liberal political views - which got him in trouble during the Communist Witch Hunts in the 1950s. He was hauled before Congress, and asked to name names - which he refused to do. Though he was not blacklisted - he still couldn't find any decent work until he was hired by Cecil B. DeMille to score The Ten Commandments.
Bernstein was born April 4, 1922 and died peacefully in his sleep at his California home on August 19, 2004.
On August 16th, 1977 - Elvis Presley dies in his home in Memphis Tennessee. Like most, i was always a fan of Elvis - so why not do a search of the media library for Elvis related videos. Also - search for other blog entries. Finally - go to google and do an advanced search for elvis (and for the domain selection - Only at liketelevision.com - as the filter) - and you get over 110 pages. And so - even in 2004 - the search for Elvis continues.
I always loved Grant Wood's classic painting on wood called American Gothic. The wife's look was just too perfect, don't you think? So imagine my surprise - when i saw this Kelloggs tv commercial for a new cereal - called NEW Country Corn Flakes - where the characters from the painting come to life - and start singing a jingle for New Country Corn Flakes. HA! The tune really has the authentic feel of a rustic rendition - complete with a Jew's Harp twanging in the background. Of course over time, this cereal wasn't new anymore - so they lost the new AND the country - to become good old Kelloggs Corn Flakes.
Next up - The Brain that Wouldn't Die - an all time classic. Considered by many experts to be one of the worst films ever made, every bit as bad as Ed Wood's Plan 9 From Outer Space. Oh - those Wood boys - Grant and Ed are two American Classics, though i doubt many bring them up in the same paragraph. It will be ready to view over the weekend - but till then, make sure you check out Frank Random's preview - featuring the original Bessie Smith version of I ain't got nobody. Watch the preview - she ain't got nobody either.
Holy smokes - we're working like dogs adding more fun stuff. Check out this 4 pack of classic tv commercials - a personal favorite, Noxzema Medicated comfort Shave. Take it off - take it ALL off. Or watch this old Heinz lady say shove it when a restaurant has soggy pickles. Wanna check out Charlotte Rae, before Facts of Life - acting psycho in a shower? And top it off with a brewski and enjoy a cold colt 45.
Do you remember the David Lee Roth song - I ain't got nobody... well, long before Dave was in diapers, Bessie Smith did a killer version of the song. Anyway, Frank Random thought it really worked for a new movie coming up next called The Brain That Wouldn't Die, coming real soon. Watch a preview now. Gotta get back to work.
Here's a three pack to keep you going through the weekend. Coffee, Coke or Krispies. First up - coffee - with Virginia Christine, better known as Mrs. Olson easing some backyard BBQ tension between spouses with some Mountain Grown Folgers. Next up - Willie Mays, Arnold Palmer and other great names in sports line up for a classic coke commercial. Finally - how about a Fleischer Studio animated Cereal Classic from 1938. Featuring the debut of Snap, Crackle and Pop for Kelloggs Rice Krispies. Have a great weekend.
Oh no - how could we give you just ONE Alka Seltzer commercial... just a plop? i don't think so. So ladies and gents - here's a pair of Alka Seltzer classics, PLOP and Plop. (sorry, neither tv commercial has the classic jingle - Plop Plop Fizz Fizz, oh what a relief it is... but I know you will love them.
First up, the Tummy Poke - where a myriad a mid-sections are marked, a plethora of pot bellies are poked... and even some taught tummies are touched. My favorite shot is the jiggling belly running a jack hammer. This one is a classic.
The next Alka Seltzer commercial is terrific - and a tongue in cheek tribute to another Hall of Fame tv Commercial. (the answer is below... but test yourself and see if you can figure it out for yourself first. The spot features a professional pie eating content... where the players go to the medicine cabinet for some relief. Yes... it looks like cherry pie, but in fact, it is blueberry - or so they tell you. Anyway... as promised - the commercial is offering tribute to another commercial - yep, the Mean Joe Green, the kid and the bottle of Coke. Think about it... it was right in front of your nose... i missed it too, and then it came to me in a flashback. When the ad aired - the Mean Joe Green Coca Cola commercial was getting all kinds of Kudos. I wonder if it was the same agency? Any advice from our users and guests would be appreciated. And in case you were wondering - the fellow who bumps the vet is indeed Curly Joe, the final third stooge of the three stooges. His stage name was Joseph DeRita and his real name was Joseph Wardell. He was born July 12, 1909, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He died on July 3, 1993.
Despotism - a film made in 1945 to assist the masses to help determine if they were living in a society that was a free democracy or a despotic tyranny. We edited the film for length.. and for irony... to make it more suitable for today's jaded viewers. (and subtitled the film - We Should Have Watched! - HA).
Even with the passage of time - this film is pretty interesting - especially the trends mentioned - which detail whether your society is heading toward democracy and freedom or sinking into tyranny. We hope it gives you pause to consider the arguments, reflect on your won country's political leadership, and hopefully find time for a chuckle. Check it out. Despotism - 1945.
More cool media on the way for later this week. Watch the blog for details.
Yes - It's New and Improved! You'll wonder where the yellow went when you brush your teeth with Pepsodent. Now with IMP - no, not Instant Messaging Protocol, it's has the "dots", I.M.P. - now with Irium. Irium was a big deal in the day - Pepsodent was a very popular toothpaste because of the glowing whiteness you got when you brushed with Pepsodent. The ad was originally made for radio for Amos and Andy which was sponsored by Pepsodent.
This is just a teaser of more nifty tv commercials from way back when. There's a lot of stuff to encode and i need to get back to work. Or if there's time to spare, by all means - see Dr. Barre and check out the dental collection here at LikeTelevision.
Yee Haw - a new batch of hilarious comedy from the king of Late Night Television - Johnny Carson. Check them out - Free for all our guests.
Clip One features a young tike named Drew Barrymore - who takes out her teeth and plops them on Johnny's desk. PLUS - Tiny Tim sings a little tiptoe through the tulips and marries Miss Vicky on the show. Bob Hope closes out clip one with a classic.
WOW - clip TWO is funny, funny stuff - including a personal favorite, Ed Ames throwing the Axe! If you've never seen what transpired on LIVE TV in 1965 - you must check it out. Johhny calls it a "Frontier Briss" (for those who do not know what a briss is - well, it a Jewish celebration of a young (usually young anyway) man's circumcision. The tradition goes back all the way to Moses. Anyway - while doing some research at google, I found this party page for a briss, offering a bright and shiny theme. Sorry... bad joke). Clip Two It starts off with Rosanne's debut on National TV, followed by the classic ED Ames Axe whoops, then Raquel Welch gets a few zingers from Johnny, and it closes with Madeline Kahn who has an odd phobia. The clip also offers an interesting historical insight into how comedy about sexual innuendo can be funny without being disgusting or course. Of course, at the time this aired.... it was shocking, just shocking.
And clip 3 is also terrific. Bette Davis kills me. Followed by Albert Brooks using some prehistoric techo props in a comedy bit. Dolly Parton tells Johnny whether or not "they" are real.
Early next week - i will be out of town for a little rest and relaxation in Milwaukee. If possible, i hope to take in a baseball game between the Brewers and the Cubbies in Miller Park. Hang in there if you need some technical help - i will be back Wednesday morning. Have a great weekend. Got some great stuff coming next week... a few monster tv commercials and a re-tweaked government film - about the differences between a free society and a society run by a dictator. Frank Random did a little retooling to the original, very funny AND odd! - see ya next week for the Premiere.
On July 21, 1924 - Don Knotts, best known as Barney Fife from the Andy Griffith Show was born in Morgantown, West Virginia. So - we thought we'd provide a short list of our favorite episodes featuring the delightful Barney at his Best. 1) Barney's First Car - featuring special guests Ellen Corby (Grandma Walton) as a scam artist and Allan Melvin (Sam the Butcher, Alice's boyfriend on The Brady Bunch) as a thug. 2) Mountain Wedding - which features Denver Pyle, The Darlings, Ernest T. Bass and Barney dresses in DRAG! 3) Big House - features special guest George Kennedy as a Fed. Barney compares Mayberry's jail to The Rock. Awesome episode! 4) Dogs Dogs, Dogs - a personal favorite which has the classic lecture Barney offers Opie. 5) Loaded Goat - with Otis Campbell, the local sweet drunk, some dynamite and loads of laughs. 6) Aunt Bee's Medicine Man - with John Dehner as the man offering the miracle cure hooch. The opening scene features Barney combing his hair in an effort to look like Rock Hudson. Yikes!
Also of note for Andy Griffith Fans - tonight on TV Land is an Andy Griffith Show Special - featuring folks from the show offering their views of their favorite episodes. Sounds cool.... Here's the list from TV Land's show, airing tonight at 10 PM EST.
"Manhunt": Andy cons an escapee into taking a leaky boat.
"Goodbye Sheriff Taylor": Barney takes over for the absent Andy.
"The Darlings Are Coming": First appearance of the bluegrass hill folk.
"Barney's First Car": Barney buys a lemon.
"Andy on Trial": Barney's bragging gets Andy in trouble.
"Convicts at Large": Barney and Floyd are hostages to escapees from the women's prison.
"Barney and the Choir": Barney's solo is trouble.
"The Pickle Story": Aunt Bee's kerosene cucumber pickles.
"Mr. McBeevee": Opie's friend who walks in the trees.
"Opie the Birdman": Opie must raise birds after he kills the baby bird's mother.
July 20, 1969 - Neil Armstrong becomes the first man to walk on the moon - hard to believe it was 35 years ago. Which means - in just 10 years, less than half the people on this planet were alive when it happened. In Amercia - virtually everyone was watching it on tv. Around the world - about a quarter of the planet was watching. It was such an incredible and cool moment. I was just 9 years old & thought it was pretty nifty, but had not fathomed its importance. However the adults were just totally absorbed. They had seen what came before and saw the feat of man walking on the moon as a new age. Thirty five years later - not much has changed, lots more channels on tv, cell phones, microwaves - lots more noise. Oh well - turn off your devices.
For more video on the moon - check Radar Men from The Moon, Felix the Cat Finds Out how the moon shines, the toy Major Matt Mason, Astronaut. And let's not forget Cosmonauts (no relation to Kramer on Seinfeld) and learn about the first Lady of Space, Valentina Tereshkova.
Also of note - July 20 is the birthday of Gracie Allen - born (Grace Ethel Cecile Rosalie Allen) on 07/20/1906 in San Francisco- She died 08/27/64. Check out some Gracie - She Rocks! Let's not forget - Diana Rigg, the actress who played Emma Peel on the Avengers with Patrick Macnee, as Steed. Lady Diana Rigg was born July 20, 1938 in Doncaster, Yorkshire, England, UK. And finally - Natalie Wood (Natasha Nikolaevna Gurdin) born July 20, 1938 in San Francisco, CA USA. Dies: Nov. 29, 1981 in Santa Catalina Island, CA (from Drowning).
Recently, LikeTelevision heard from a major league media guy named Doug from Chicago - who was working for one of his clients, Intel. His job was to produce a video press release - to announce a cool new chip set that Intel developed to make convergence a reality. The solution uses cool software recently deployed by Microsft as the operating system. Convergence? what's that you ask? Well - it is a little hard to explain - but basically it means the convergence of computers, television and the high speed internet to create a new medium for broadcasting, entertainment, and fun. Over 5 years ago - we created this short interstitial commercial for LikeTelevision that proclaimed - That Someday... is Now. Yes.... we made more too - like this one, we call kindness in the hard drive. Or this one - LikeTelevision - Only Better. And oddly enough - we found ourselves laughing at this old philco ad - that was plug and play(like the Intel/Microsoft motto), and encouraged folks to throw out their rabbit ears (antennaes). Anyway.... Intel got a very cool video press release - and woo woo... LikeTelevision was featured in the press release as a cool application that was here today on the internet. Yes... faster than you can say - five years is a long time - convergence is here. And the future is now. LikeTelevision would like to thank the Anderson's - a very cool family that subscribes to LikeTelevision for their help in creating the video press release for Intel. The video press release was sent to all the major broadcasters of news around the world - we'd be interested to hear from folks who saw it on TV News. So in case you were wondering why we picked LikeTelevision for the name - it's because we always felt that Someday - the computer would be LikeTelevision. Of course lots of people saw this age coming for a long time - in fact, Bill Gates said that phrase - Someday the computer will be LikeTelevision at a dog and pony show sometime last century. And now - the hardware needed to make it plug and play is here. COOL! And in case you were wondering - do i need all this new stuff to watch LTi content on my computer? No... of course not. We've been doing this for over 5 years now. You can watch it on your computer anytime you want, anywhere you want. But - our vision has always been to see our subscribers kicking back on a couch... and accessing our massive media library - just LikeTelevision. Well guess what - the future is now!
Happy Birthday to Rembrandt Van Rijn, born July 15, 1606 in Leiden, Netherlands. (dies Oct 4, 1669 in Amsterdam). In the history of art - a few names stand out, Picasso, da Vinci, Michealangelo, and yes - Rembrandt, though few folks know his last name, Van Rijn... fewer still his full name - Rembrandt Harmenszoon Van Rijn. Phew - that's a mouthful. So what makes Rembrandt so great? A few things stand out - perhaps first and foremost was his gift of understanding light, and the devotion to exploring how light dances in the real world. Scholars call this chiaroscuro - which is Italian for light dark. When an artist masters chiaroscuro, objects have a delightful 3 dimensional quality, as the reflected light and shade give the flat paint on a canvas depth. Leonardo da Vinca and another Italian painter named Caravaggio were the early developers of chiaroscuro - of the 3, i am most impressed by the work of Caravaggio, but not many remember him today. Another reason why Rembrandt remains well known - is that he created a remarkable series of self portraits throughout his life that show a man aging gracefully and honestly depict the wrinkles and character that develop with age. In addition, his etchings of religious scenes were nothing short of stunning.
By 1634, Rembrandt was a very wealthy man - who was paid well to paint portraits of "beautiful people" - that is, folks with the big bucks who could afford to have a Rembrandt. He married Saskia van Uylenburgh, one of his favorite models in 1634. In the days before Supermodels and anorexia, woman such as Saskia who had a curvy and voluptuous shape were seen as very attractive. Today, many folks might advise her to go to the gym or do some brisk walking. Oh well - examine a classic Rembrandt rendering of his wife - Saskia at Her Toilet, from the Dresden Museum and decide for yourself. I think she is beautiful.
On a lighter note - some folks might remember the old Dutch Masters cigar tv commercials - which featured the men in Rembrandt's painting - The Syndics of the Clothmaker's Guild, coming to life and lighting up a stogie. Also - by all means, check out the Masterpiece Game Tv Commercial. Created by Parker Brothers - it was dubbed, the greatest game since Monopoly - and of course, the game featured paintings by today's birthday boy - Rembrandt Van Rijn.
Just 215 years ago - the French were storming the Bastille, a notorious prison that probably treated prisoners with the same gentleness as Sadaam Hussein did. (please, no Abu Ghraib ironies - since the folks involved in the torment there are being punished and the US Army was the one who relayed the news of the atrocities in the first place, on their web site for journalists - over 4 months before traditional media decided they could use the story to feed the I hate Bush disease (humor might cure it)....though you'd never know that if you read the N.Y. Times or watched mainstream network news). And what makes July 14th so special? Well that's the day France celebrates their Independence Day, with fireworks and parades no less. Also - lots of folks think the French Revolution happened before our the American Revolution - not so, July 4, 1776 happened thirteen years before - and America became the first true democracy on planet Earth. Ok... we really are not a democracy - huh? Nope, we are a Republic, which means that the winner is chosen by the electoral college, not the one who gets the most votes. (darn those lame schools - there's a ton of people who still think Bush stole the election - but in many cases in US history, the guy getting the most votes did not win the election for President. America is a Republic, not a democracy for a good reason. It was done to protect those who lived in less populous states - because we all know that those city slickers would someday want to tax us stupid bumkins in rural areas, and take all the money for the big cities. But i digress... today we celebrate the French Revolution - that began with the storming of the Bastille. While most folks think the good people did this to release the prisoners - the actual reason was to get the guns in the Bastille- and fight the monarchy that was ruling the people like a bunch of thugs. Since many French soldiers fought for America in the 1776 revolution - Independence, Freedom and Liberty became one of our first major exports. Yes - i realize that many people in Europe, the Middle East and even in the USA think the US Army invaded Iraq to loot and pillage - i suggest you take a chill pill and examine the history of our country. Deep in our hearts - most of us in America really believe in freedom, equality, treating people fairly, and in the God given right to allow people to govern themselves.
As I think back to the morning of September 11, 2001 - everyone here at LikeTelevision was busy filming a video for an incredibly talented fellow from France named Bruno Frascone. Bruno has devoted most of his adult life to perfecting his skills as a marionette operator and creator. Years ago he lived in Charlotte, NC and i met him and his charming wife Darlene through a mutual friend, Dr. Barre. (he's not really a hockey team dentist, but he played one at LikeTelevision). Anyway - Bruno went back to France to ply his craft, where he is viewed as a French National treasure. Over a decades passed ... and he was returning to the USA for a tour in San Francisco that included a private party for Robin Williams. (cool!) Dr. Barre asked us if we could help Bruno put together a promtional video for him and we were happy to comply. What a great time we had and the experience was wonderful - full of love, hope and laughing children. A perfect foil to the atrocities that were taking place that morning on 9/11. Unlike most of America - i never watched the planes crash into the towers. I knew it would be a bad thing to inject in my mind. Yes... i know it played over and over and over on the news - but i never watched it, always turning away before the planes hit. Several weeks later - the news networks figured this out for themselves - that replaying this horror over and over like a news byte was terrible thing to do, and in fact playing right into the hands of men seeking to wipe us off the face of the planet. Years from now - i suspect that most people will look back on how the mainstream press covered this war and turn away in disgust. Imagine if they covered D-Day the same way? Or Pearl Harbor? Sometimes i wonder if all the noise involved in living in large US cities or across the world for that matter - whether Paris or Berlin or London... sometimes i wonder if the daily grind of the city somehow erodes common sense. It seems like a fair question.
By the way - if you were wondering about the painting - it is perhaps the best known work of a brilliant Frenchman named Eugene Delacroix, and is titled - Liberty Leading the People. The painting was created in 1830 and can be viewed in the Louvre. Or at google.
In case you missed it - yesterday on July 7, 2004, it happened.... When is NOW - as Richard Starky, better known as Ringo Starr really did turn 64! (which oddly enough, LikeTelevision shares the same birthday, only we just turned 5 years old). We took a tour promo picture of Ringo, added a few fingers from the traditional peace sign pose, and of course... receded his hair line (when i get older, losing my hair)... and found this hilarious piece of satire - knowing our users would laugh as hard as we did. So check this out - Poor Ringo.
And on July 8, 1918 - Craig Stevens, best known for his role as Peter Gunn was born in Liberty Missouri. In 1959, he was nominated for an Emmy for Best actor in a leading role, but was edged out by the greatest defense attorney of all time TV history, Perry Mason, i mean Raymond Burr. In case you never saw the show - Peter Gunn was perhaps the coolest of the suave Private Eye shows ever made. The theme song from Henry Mancini remains a classic - check it out. The episode featured is free for everyone to watch, and in case you are short on time, by all means check out the super mondo trailer by our own Frank Random. Peter Gunn was created and directed by Hollywood heavyweight - Blake Edwards, who married the flying nanny, Mary Poppins, better known as Julie Andrews. I just saw her in a cool tv movie called The Princess Diaries - and she was just as wonderful as ever. What a classy woman.
Finally - on July 8, 52 BC - the fair city of Paris was founded. Home of high fashion, the Eiffel Tower, City of Love, rich creamy food and the folks who gave us the Statue of Liberty - Viva La France, i mean Paris! ... which reminded me of this google spoof from a few years back. Oh those wacky French.
On July 6, 1921 - Nancy Reagan (Anne Francis Robbins) was born in New York, NY. This year will be the first birthday in long time that she will not celebrating the event with her husband, former President Ronald Reagan. If you watched any of the recent funeral proceedings and put aside any political leanings you might have, no doubt you were moved by her expression of love and sweetness for her husband. I think her expression of warmth and love for her departed husband was totally genuine - and i must admit i found it very moving. As i watched her embrace her husband's coffin - i wondered to myself if this wasn't the most moving aspect of all the accomplishments a man might earn in his lifetime - to be showered with such love was a wonderful tribute. And so - if you find time today, spend a moment silently wishing Nancy a Happy Birthday and the grace to not only endure, but to be joyful. I am certain that this will be a difficult birthday for her and i hope she finds time to feel a special kiss from her husband and gives thanks for such a blessing.
We hope everyone has a happy July 4th holiday - filled with friends, family, and fun. And be safe with the fireworks.. but by all means, set off a bunch of roman candles, bottle rockets and light up some sparklers!
To Celebrate the holiday - we created a July 4th Video page with links to videos related to the July 4th holiday. A cool sci-fi show called One Step Beyond recounts a Night in December with the father of our country - George Washington. Or how about The Andy Griffith Show episode called Andy Discovers America. And lots more stuff to watch in the July 4th video vault.
And to top it off - check out Kate Smith, as she introduces a new song during the 1940s - called God Bless America! Have a terrific July 4th holiday from everyone at LikeTelevision.
One of the greatest directors of film history - William Wyler, celebrates his birthday (b. July 1, 1902 d. July 27,1981). He helped launch Betty Davis' career in 1938 with Jezebel. He directed on the best romantic films ever made - Roman Holiday with Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck. Wyler won the Best Picture Oscar in 1946 - besting Frank Capra 's It's A Wonderful Life, starring Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed for The Best Years of Our Lives, which remains one of the best war movies ever made. William Wyler won Best Director honors with Mrs. Miniver (1942), and of course - Wyler's best known film - Ben-Hur(1959) starring Charlton Heston. The Urban Legend - that the stuntman in the chariot race died during the making of this 1959 film is not true. The source of the legend relates to the original Ben-Hur movie was made in 1926. Yes - in the 1926 film, a stuntman dies - learn more here. Oddly enough - William Wyler was assistant direct on the 1926 version.
In 1944 - the same year he was rendered permanently deaf in his right ear filming a bombing mission - he directed Memphis Belle, one the best WWII documentaries - plus it's in color!. Check out Memphis Belle - and this free preview from Frank Random, made in 1999.
Anyone who has been with us a subscriber knows... when it looks like it is getting "quiet" at LikeTelevision (that is, not as many new additions as usual).... something is happening behind the scenes ... something cool.... and weird is brewing in our little heads... and yes... once again - this is the case. Part of what makes LikeTelevision so different (the oddball charm) - is that we just love funky video content. The kind of whacky media that is lost to time, because it is just to bizarre for all the men in gray flannel suits walking about from dusk to dawn looking to make a buck. Well, we are certain that there is no money to be made from this new library of insane content - but for us, it is a treasure. We hope to offer you a few choice samples in the coming weeks that will cement in your minds, once and for all - that we have totally lost our minds. But - the catch 22 applies, unless you become nuts in the upside down nature of our world... if you stay normal - well hey, then YOU are the one who is insane. If you can stay normal... well that's just crazy. Go read Joseph Heller's epic novel on the subject - Catch 22 if you need more background on the theory.
Come back later this week for a taste of the new library additions - that take you back to the days, when weird was cool. We will as always - keep you posted of new additions in the LikeTelevision Blog
Assuming all goes well - we will be providing another awesome film, you might have missed that is worthy of your time. Diabolique, directed by Henri-Georges Clouzot is one of the best murder mystery thrillers ever made, using a tried and proven theme. A wife who is a little batty loves her husband... but the husband has a mistress. Then he gets murdered - but wait, no body (corpus) or Corpus Delicti. Things get really messy as the film slowly unflods the story... and the suspense is almost unbearable. Who did it? What the heck really happened? Is he really dead? Was there a murder or was it a game? The inspector searches for the truth. The sordid affairs in this crazy love triangle are not solved by some simple Pythagorean Theorem... oh no.... this film has all the twists, mind games and tricks of the best films in this murder mystery genre. Clearly inspired by the work of Alfred Hitchcock - Diabolique has the same kind of feel as Rear Window or Vertigo. Starring Simone Signoret as Nicole Horner, she is every bit as lovely as Kim Novak, Tippi Hedren or Grace Kelly and her performance is flawless. The film won Best Foreign Language Film (tied with Vittorio De Sica's Umberto D) in 1955 by the New York Film Critics Circle Awards and also a Special Edgar for Best Foreign Film in 1956.
And in another weird synchronicty - old Frank Random put together another funky trailer to get you excited for the internet premiere of Diabolique. Teaming a favorite Joe Jackson song called Steppin' Out with some scenes from the film - check it out! Also weird synchronicty... this blog post follows the post on Lou Gehrig, a great in baseball history... and the oddball link of synchronicity of course, is Shoeless Joe Jackson... who is remembered as the guy who defiled baseball by taking money to throw the World Series in 1919. (for a time, the White Sox were renamed the Black Sox and Shoeless Joe was banned from Major League Baseball. His guilt remains in question... but i digress. This is getting Diabolical - ha!
The Urinal Screen is one of our favorite comedy shorts - and because we have so much content in the media library... some of these gems get lost in the largess. So let us point you to this honey - The Urinal Screen!
Since the comedy bit originally aired in the summer of 2000 as part of the Zim Zum show, beleive it or not - some noodle heads at MIT created a hybrid device, which was basically a video game, where you controlled the action via pointing the urine stream into a simple device that handled left, right, up down and diagonal too i think. Learn more from a previous blog entry for October 21st - which made a connection between the genius of Brad Spivey and Verner Von Braun. In case you don't know... Brad Spivey is really a code jockey genius... a rocket scientist! and is the guy most responsible for all the back end technology he created as part of our LikeTelevision family of knuckleheads. If you want to know more about his ficticious alter ego - check out the interview between Dodge Benson and Brad Spivey, world famous, go to guy of commercial advertising, watch episode six from Zim Zum to get that story.
Ronald Reagan died Saturday June 5, 2004 in his Bel Air, California home after suffering through a long battle with Alzheimer's disease. Reagan was born in Tamlico, Il on February 6, 1911. He went on to a football star at Eureka College in Illinois and studied Drama. After a short stint as a soldier in the US Army, he became a Hollywood actor and was one of the Hollywood Ten (a group of actors who met with organized labor - which led to threats of communism, blacklisting, and the McCarthey hearings. On March 40, 1980 - Reagan was elected as the 40th president of the United States. Our country was fortunate to have such a man, at such a time in our nation's short histoy. He stood up for what he believed in, yet also did his best to be gracious to those who disagreed with him. Often, Reagan was quite funny - and he made us laugh. Even if you did not care for the man's political views, you got to admit - Reagan had heart, a great big heart and i think that is what made him so endearing, and yes enduring too. We'll miss Gipper.
Check out the video library for archive clips for Ronald Reagan - just search for Reagan. Besides the shorter news reel clips - let us direct you to a great clip from a show called GE Theater. In this episode, called I'm a Fool, based on the story by the same name from Sherwood Anderson - Ronald Reagan introduces the show and the two rising young thesbians - James Dean and Natalie Wood. I'm a Fool also stars Eddie Albert, best known for his work on Green Acres, as Oliver Douglas.
Coming down the home stretch on the media pipeline - a classic early 70s teenage angst, Vietnam era quagmire, counter culture hippy peace love preachy drama - yes... woo woo, with Sally Field as the nice girl from a good home (well.... actually, a dysfunctional home) and David Kung Fu Carradine, as a bad ass biker rebel without a cause hippy... we are doing the final steps to get this movie ready for the library.... but allow us to tweak you now... with one of Frank's teasers. A new trailer ...feel the angst... - and the "let's change the world" philosophy... Frank has nailed it again.... Watch Sally Field yell - FLACK!!!!! Still laughing.... be patient... it will be ready shortly in all its 70s glory - Maybe I'll be home in the Spring .
After that... an excellent film called Diabolique - a murder mystery and psychological crime drama with all the cool twists and turns of Double Indemnity (an awesome film w/ Barbara Stanwyck and Fred MacMurray)... Dialobique has been called the best movie Hitchcock never made. If you enjoyed Witness For the Prosecution or Strangers on a Train - you will love this movie. We rate it A+... and it's coming soon!
Happy Birthday to Marion.... i mean John Wayne, also known by his moniker - The Duke! On May 26, 1907 - John Wayne (Marion Michael Morrison), was born in Winterset, Iowa. Though loved by millions of fans for his straight forward honesty and no nonsense nature, the critics were not that friendly. He was too gruff, and bull headed. etc etc... a man's man - not the sensitive mamby pamby type of guy Hollywood critics embrace. But - cut the man some slack - that is just how he was. He would go on to win just one Oscar in 1970 for Best Actor in True Grit, as the one eyed tough guy - Rooster Cogburn.
LikeTelevision features a really fun John Wayne movie called McLintock - where politically incorrect testosterone grit - just shines. The movie even features a scene where he spanks his estranged wife, played beautifully by a wonderful actress named Maureen O'Hara. (go to the McLintock page to see an enhanced frame of the spanking, in all its glory). Even more fun - is the incredibly funny home grown funny trailer, made by LikeTelevision's witty virtuso Frank Random. The trailer was made in the early days in the war on terror.. or the war on terrorists shortly after 09/11/2001... and it remains a great peice of biting acerbic satire today. (The Duke's name in the film is George W. McLintock... and the trailer makes an implied reference to George W, aka Dubya the younger.... and offers a terrific suggestion for this holiday weekend - "let's not let an old Indian raid ruin a good Barbeque - Meat's ON!). Anyway... in honor of John Wayne, and the upcoming long Memorial Day Weekend - we thought the trailer was worth highlighting.
Also of note - it's Tonto's birthday (05/26/12 - Born in Ontario, Canada)... aka the very cool actor named Jay Silverheels, who played Tonto on the Lone Ranger. And also Robert Morley has a birthday today (b. May 26, 1908 in Semley, Wiltshire, England, UK) - he was a wonderful British actor who you'd probably recognize - but couldn't remember his name. While most might remember him in John Huston's classic - Beat the Devil (written by Truman Capote) with Humphrey Bogart, Gini Lolabrigida, and Peter Lorre... and the stunning Jennifer Jones, who was married to Hollywood heavyweight producer, David O. Selznick. (she was awesome in The Man with the Grey Flannel Suit and A Farewell to Arms with Gary Cooper - but i digress). Let's get back to Robert Morley - if you wanna have some fun - by all means check out Theater of Blood (starring Vincent Price, Diana Rigg, and Robert Morley). Morley plays a harsh critic of washed up Shakespearean actor Edward Lionheart (Uncle Vinny)... In Theater of Blood, Morley plays an effeminate (perhaps gay, who knows... ) critic who just loves his 2 little toy poodles. Anyway... Vincent Price exacts revenge on all these critics by acting out some horror from a Shakepeare play.... in Morley's case, the play is TITUS ANDRONICUS... where the character ends up eating his own children baked in a pie. Since Morley has no kids ... Uncle Vinny decides to serve him the little poodles baked in a pie. It is one of the most wonderful scenes.. you probably never even heard about. As chilling as anything Quentin Tarantino ever served up. And in case you missed it... or don't have time to watch it... by all means check out the FREE trailer, again - pure genius by LikeTelevision's own Frank Random.. and read the commentary, which features all kinds of wonderful references to Shakespeare, and the fate met by the critics.
Why, there they are both, baked in that pie;
Whereof their mother daintily hath fed,
Eating the flesh that she herself hath bred.
'Tis true, 'tis true; witness my knife's sharp point.
Lots to update.... yikes! First off, Ozu's classic story about the travelling troubadours from Japan - Floating Weeds is now ready for viewing. See the previous post, or check out the movie page. It is a really cool film.
The LikeTelevision elves have been busy updating behind the scenes - creating a ton of new movie options for the feeling lucky link on the movie page - to reflect all the new movies we recently added to the library. This will make it more obvious to see what new movies are being added to our ever expanding library of entertainment media. And unlike some other sites - we always try to add content that is worth watching, as opposed to just adding content just to make the library big. Really - who cares if we just added a ton of junk?
We have also made a bunch of download rotations - removing downloads for Hercules Unchained, Jungle Book, Ugetsu, The Woman Hunter and a few more to make room for other downloads. Just added to the download library - Cyrano, Floating Weeds, a Jackie Chan movie, and Jerry Lewis and Dean Martin's first comedy duo blast - At War with the Army. Also of note - as we expected, The Battle of Algiers - a great documentary film about terrorists which recently topped Andy Griffith in your tops picks wouldn't last very long at the top. Way to go Andy - back at number one.
And here's what's coming - a very early Sally Field movie called - Maybe I'll Be Home in the Spring from the early 70s (yes, Sally Field was Sister Bertrille in the Flying Nun..but in this movie, she has a fall from grace)... oh my!... an authentic That 70s Show. Oh brother, what a silly movie - though of course that is not what it was meant to be. Denise Miller (Sally Field) gets kicked out of the house by her parents, played by Jackie Cooper (from the Little Rascals) and Eleanor Parker (Zosh on Man with the Golden Arm). The she joins a hippie commune, experiments with drugs, and gets herself a rebel boyfriend, played by David Carradine, a.k.a. grasshopper from the popular TV show, Kung Fu. And what a creep he is in this movie - more of a locust than a grasshopper. Anyway - Denise comes home, her parents are still, you know - a drag man.... but then she gets even more confused when she sees her sister begin to follow her wayward path into teenage angst and despair. Heavy man, really heavy. In case you forgot how insipid all this whiny hippie talk was - just watch this movie. A real classic - back in the days when gas prices were soaring, the Vietnam War was on the front pages of every newspaper, and the counter culture was going to bring us a brand new day of peace and love. ha! So if you think life is meant to be endured... why, you'll love this movie. If however, you have found that life is a joy filled gift - check out some of the FUN classics from Andy Griffith, Frank Capra, Bonanza, Johnny Carson, or the Beverly Hillbillies.
Just decided to take a break from re-digitizing the next movie - director Sanjuri Ozu's very very cool film from 1959 - Floating Weeds (Ukigusa), about a travelling theater troupe in South Japan. While many might argue that Tokyo Story is Ozu's masterpiece - my personal vote goes to Floating Weeds. For 1959 - this film is nothing short of amazing in its use of color and the beauty of each frame is as glorious as an Ikebana masterpiece. (Ikebana.... is the Japanese art of flower arrangement in case you were wondering). When you watch this film - you will wonder why the heck you never even heard of this man - who is an absolute genius... go figure... Americans are blessed in many areas, yet so poor in other ways. When you watch the movie, you will long for simpler times, before the cell phone rang all day, before the daily medications for whatever ails you, before the constant pounding of pushy ads and browser pop-ups. Sometimes we think we have it so good... but as this film shows - we sure give up a lot with each advance in technology.
and speaking of technology... i gotta get back to work encoding this wonderful movie... we hope to have it ready for tomorrow... but it won't get done if i don't get back to work. HA! One more techno tidbit... today we celebrate the birth of the helicopter - created May 24, 1940 by Igor Sikorsky. As the world goes round and round... make sure you raise your glass today for Sikorsky's helicopter! Looking for a helicopter laugh... check out Twirly Birds.
I am always a little blown away about these weird, "ironic", circumstancial, and what we call "synchronicity" - of our daily lives of working here behind the scenes at LikeTelevision. Of course - it is not just at work, a lot of the weird circumstances are related to our personal lives at well... but there clearly seems to be messages blowing in the wind, that are unseen to our eyes, unheard to our ears - yet still somehow there to see and experience if one is so inclined to travel through life with an open heart and an open mind. Or perhaps it is related to faith - i don't know, but something as powerful (or more powerful) as gravity or magnetism... (both unseen forces, but at least we have made strides to define them, and readily admit - they exist) is going on. Do you see it and feel it too?
I really do not feel like going into details about the latest synchronicity - it is personal - well kind of anyway... i just felt compelled to write something about it... and pose the question - do you feel it too?
Long ago - we used to play a fun game, devised as a live video performance, a show actually - that we aired every Friday night - called Synchronicity. For the show - we would pick a movie or short film on the site, and play some music from a CD or album (yes, we are really old, and still love vinyl... and think mp3 files sound brittle and yucky... ouch to our ears) while truning down the audio track from the film. It all started with - the classic, The Wizard of Oz and Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon - an urban legend, that we can not take credit for... but please, by all means - spread the rumor - it all started at LikeTelevision - HA! From there - we explored new combinations - and when we aired it, it was always the first time we heard it too, which made it all the more fun and a great way to spend a Friday evening with friends. Here are some of the best from that series - Owl Creek Bridge and Blind Faith... wow, that was great. Another classic - was Beyond Bengal and Parliment's Greatest Hits - that was so funny we were all in stitches - literally crying it was so over the top. Another classic - was The Secret Life of Adolph Hitler - with Capital Sings, Jerome Kerns. (Kerns, a Jew is writing some of the most lovely and beautiful music... during the 1940s... meanwhile Hitler is bound and determined to murder all the Jews... added even greater irony). That combination was really over the top too... anyway, i wish we could still feature the show - but we saw the writing on the wall with Napster and all, and in short - we were getting too popular to do this kind of stuff, as we were "on the radar screen" as it were. All that remains of this... is some tapes we made of the show, with the new audio, and a reference to it in the Shameless Self-Promotion Showcase trailer for Owl Creek Bridge. Oh well... you will have to try it at your own house. It is a lot of fun, especially if you are creative in your choice of music and movies. Gotta get back to work.... next up - Ozu's classic - Floating Weeds.
And here it is - Jose Ferrer stars as Cyrano de Bergerac, one of the greatest tragic romances in literary history. Edmond Rostand's play - brought to life by Ferrer's Oscar winning performance. What a great movie. We are currently uploading the mpeg files for download - so please be patient if you are reading this as a fresh post (05-18-04). The MPEG files for this movie will be ready to download shortly. We hope you enjoy the film as much as we did. Great stuff - another winner by producer Stanley Kramer.
Check out the latest new movie download at LikeTelevision - Wheels On Meals, starring Jackie Chan, Sammo Hung, Biao Yuen, Lola Fomer, and Benny "the Jet" Urquidez. Jackie and Biao play street vendors in Spain who help out a gorgeous damsel in distress named Sylvia, played by Lola Fomer. The film features all the wonderful martial arts kung fu choreography you'd expect from a Jackie Chan movie, great comedy, a little romance and also - a beautiful leading lady. Even cooler - the film is in chinese (mandorin or cantonese.... i have no idea) with English subtitles. If you are a fan of Jackie Chan - i bet you are going love this movie! and - ooops... in the last post, i mentioned Jackie Chan had a jeri curl perm.. and was wrong (but admitting this now makes me right :~). Why anyone can see - that's Sammo Hung in the perm hair, duh?
Also new - just rotated in some new killer Johnny Carson clips (which are free to all our guests), featuring some of the finest moments from The Tonight Show. Guests include boxing's all time greatest - Muhammad Ali in top form, The Smother's Brother's, a hilarious Alpo dog food commercial gone bad (also check out this Ken-L Ration tv commercial with real horse meat!, George Foreman, Groucho Marx & more.
Want more Groucho - just search for Groucho! Have fun.
Happy Cinco de Mayo to everyone out there in web land. Cinco de mayo celebrates a Mexican victory over the French in 1862 at the Battle of Puebla. For most Americans - it means - time for Corona and a lime, margaritas, salsa & chips, or Dos Equis. So please enjoy some of those, and sit back, relax and watch a real classic - Ozzie & Harriet episode called Flying Down to Lunch. Ozzie decides to venture off with a pilot and fly down to Mexico for some lunch. ... Sure we'll be back in no time... is not what happens. Stars Ozzie & Harriet Nelson, Lyle Talbot, Mary Jane Croft, and Pedro Gonzalez as Pancho.
You might also try searching for Mexico - and see what comes up.
I just put down a very cool book - Michael Pollen's The Botany of Desire, and it just makes me want to race home and get digging in the garden... because spring has sprung! Each year, after i take down the Christmas tree... i go to my hopelessly messy garage, and break out the grow lights. I look forward to it ... because in a matter of hours, seed planting will begin in earnest. And this year was no different - as i think i started about 1200 or 1300 little babies to plant in the garden or give them away. (you do this for a few years... and there's no space left to plant). Anyway... i still have a few hundred to put in... and i hear them calling.
But before i head out - let me suggest some terrific "Spring is Here" content from the video vault. First off - you'll love this Harman - Isling cartoon called To Spring. With incredible animation and colors just exploding off the celluloid, a bunch of elves secretly work behind the scenes to start a massive machine that makes it spring. The machine is really cool - and any nerdy web monkey will love it just for that. And for all you hippies out there - well, the colors are outstanding! Next up - check out 2 episodes of the Beverly Hillbillies that are "spring classics". In Granny's Spring Tonic - she cooks up her annual batch of hooch - and this year's moonshine is especially lovely. A fine fruity bouquet, with a hint of plum, full-bodied yet not wisp of tannons... blah blah blah... ya but did you like the wine? Well... let me tell you - everybody is very pleased with Granny's home grown "shine". Next up - try out Granny's Garden - where she learns all about the California Agricultural Business. It is really funny - and weird too, because it sure looks like the farmer's of the Golden State paid the producers of the show - to tell them all about the business of growing food. Great stuff! And our final recommendation - is an old Raggedy Ann cartoon - called Suddenly It's Spring. Not a great cartoon by any stretch - but it is weird enough to give it a view.
Gotta run - time to get all those little babies buried in the ground. Now that didn't sound right.... ooops.
First of all, thanks to everyone who wrote me emails - wishing my Mom a Happy 70th Birthday! I am always amazed at what great people our subscribers are and your thoughtful comments really made my day. Thanks. I would forward them to my mom... but as i told you in the last post, she doesn't use the internet and has no email address. And yes... she has no idea what her son does for a job - HA! And speaking of mothers... whay not do a search for Mother and see what the relational database comes up with? Wow... Betsy Wetsy is one of the first returns... obviously - very relevent. hahahha.
We also did some rotations in the download library - removing Hercules Unchained and Jungle Book from the MPEG download library to make room for some of the recent additions - and others that will be added over the next few weeks.
Today's calendar of videos related to April 22nd is also of interest - Jack Nicholson celebrates his birthday (born April 22, 1937 in Neptune, NJ). Send somebody a Jack Nicholson goes to the dentist video postcard if you like... it's free. (More synchronicity... my daughter just got her braces off - hooray)! And in another odd twist - Germany is the first to use chemical weapons on April 22, 1915. (what an honor, huh? lest we forget... we Americans were the first to use atomic weapons). Check out the cartoon Microbe Army - a very bizarre cartoon that is somehow related, or a previous blog entry on WMD.
We've added a ton of movies since i last updated the movie menu page - and i need to get cracking on updating the random suggestions element (just refresh, you'll get something different suggestions with the feeling lucky link). Don't worry - it's on the to-do list. For the latest additions - just read the blog.
Sometimes - it might seem like we are sitting on our well padded posteriors - when in truth we are busting our midwest fannys off.... and today is no exception. A TON of updates - so best to take a break and tell you about them huh?
First a new movie that is a sci-fi classic - from 1959 - LikeTelevision presents - First Spaceship to Venus! We have already written a bit about this one - check the blog entry, and also the page that features this ridiculous film... what a sci-fi treat. LOVED IT!
We also updated Johnny Carson's page - with very funny bits - classic Jimmy Stewart guest appearance where he reads a poem, and Ronald Reagan on Family Feud? Jack Webb does Dragnet satire with Johnny - in the Case of the Clandestine Clappers from Cleveland. Lots more too! Here's Johnny!
Also behind the scenes - Frank updated the images from Ugetsu... sweet! Check out the image library downloads from this terrific Japanese film classic.
And in another case of funky irony - where everything old is new again - Doug noticed that Sonny Chiba is the master swordsman in Quentin Tarantino's classic drama - Kill Bill with David Carridine & Uma Thurman (yummy!) Which coincides nicely with the release of Kill Bill Two, and the release of Kill Bill on DVD. We just purchased a license for a terrific David Carradine film called Maybe I'll Be Home Next Spring. Yeehaw - major 1960's teenage angst film with a delightfully young Sally Field, who even wears one of those floppy hats. Carradine plays a differnt character than the grasshopper dude in Kung Fu we all know and love. He's a TOTAL jerk! Throw in a theme song by Linda Ronstadt and hey.. we couldn't resist. Very rare... yet must see LikeTelevision classic... coming soon. In case you missed the Sonny Chiba connection - we just offered a classic Sonny Chiba film called The Street Fighter just a few days ago. Known for pushing the envelope of blood and guts - Street Fighter is available as an MPEG movie download for all our subscribers.
We also made a few fixes - from that nasty problem of being human... thanks to the gracious help of our customers, who on balance are very patient and kind when we make a flub. ANd guess what - woo woo... we actually do our best to fix it as fast as we can. Are we just a bunch of midwest bumpkins or what? Go figure.
I could list a bunch more tweaks and fixes... but I will be heading out to my homeland - Milwaukee Wisconsin - to celebrate the 70th birthday of my dear sweet mother. Shhhhh. It's a surpirse - but she never ventures out on the web, and has no email address. How cool is that?
Finally - I regret to inform you that the Harvey Keitel / Johnny Rotten film, called Corrupt (or Cop Killer) will not be arriving anytime soon. The print we were offered was less than stellar - well in a word, Corrupt. Oh well.. quality still matters here, go figure.
More updates when i get back from my trip from Milwaukee... All for now.
Ding Ding Ding... April 15th.... taxes are due, or maybe your like Granny who would say...."Jed let me get my gun, it's the revenue man!" LikeTelevision has a bunch of fun content related to our favorite folks - tax men. Yes... even back in ancient times, people always loved the tax collectors. Why one of them even went on to become saint and write a Gospel (St. Matthew)... so let's cut the IRS some slack... while you're cutting them a check.
Anyway, we dug deep into our video vault to find some terrific entertainment related to the Tax Man. First on the list has got to be - Jed pays His Taxes starring Granny in a comedy classic. And speaking of comedy - by all means check out 2 killer episodes of the Burns and Allen Show - The Tax Man and Property Tax Assessor. And lest we forget - it was the Tax Man who ultimately took down notorious gangster Al Capone, a.k.a. Scarface - on October 19, 1931. All right, if you're like me... you like to grumble when you pay your taxes - so make sure you check out this FREE PREVIEW from My Man Godfrey, where Eugene Pallette, of the the greatest grumblers of all time - tells his family that they are spending 50% of his money while the revenue department is taking out just 60% of his income. Yes... it is hard to believe - but indeed that was the tax hit many years ago... in fact it was even much higher at its peak, especially when you added federal, local and property taxes to the pie. I guess that makes me feel a little bit better. Time to sign off... singing one of my my favorite Beatles tunes by the late great George Harrison - Tax Man.... love that guitar lick too!
One of the best episodes of One Step Beyond features a bizarre tale about the sinking of the USS Titanic - which struck an iceberg on April 14, 1912. Night of April 14th features one of my favorite tv actors from "back in the day" - Patrick Macnee, who played Steed on a great show called The Avengers, which also starred Diana Rigg as Emma Peel. As a special treat - we offer this episode (and 2 other OSB episodes) as a DVD iso dowload, which allows users with a DVD burner, to create their own DVD. You might want to check out this older blog entry on How to Burn a DVD if you are new to the game... but since this file is already an ISO... making a DVD is a snap... as long as you got a blank disc and a DVD burner. We also offer MPEG files of the episode for those folks who lack the DVD-R hardware.
For all you kung fu junkies - we just added a cult classic - The Street Fighter, starring Sonny Chiba. For those who enjoy these types of martial arts films, Sonny Chiba is known as the one guy who could hold a candle to Bruce Lee, not only in the karate department, but also for his skill as an actor. Another reason this film is interesting, is that it created a new threshold for insane levels of violence. The original uncut version actually received an x rating it was so over the top. The film featured at LikeTelevision, is a slightly toned down version, where 4 minutes were cut from the original release. After suffering through the encoding process - I am glad i didn't see the other version. This movie is pretty disgusting and will leave a nasty pit in your stomach, as you wonder - why did i just watch this? Parts of so gross... you almost have to laugh... as blood oozes from everywhere. Thank goodness it all looks a bit fake at times. This film is not for kids - watch it at your own risk.
The good news is - the next movie offering is First Spaceship to Venus from 1959, is good clean fun and a real sci-fi treat. It is also quite campy and funny - i know you'll love all those wild Neru jackets and McDonald's hats the scientists like to wear. But i have to admit - the spaceship they created for the film is top notch - especially for 1959. We expect to have that film ready sometime early next week.
Hooray! It's that time of year again... time for Baseball season. Perhaps the only thing more American than baseball is jazz - and to be honest, we love them both. So if you are also a fan of our great pastime - check out LikeTelevision's video vault of baseball related clips. We offer some classics - like The Jackie Robinson Story, Max Patkin, the clown prince of baseball, The Lou Gehrig story, and one of my personal favorites - The Clampetts Meet the Dodgers, with special guest star Leo Durocher - who is blown away by Jethro Bodine's pitching skills (and Elly Mae's too). Also of interest is a funny cartoon called Sports Chumpions - which makes fun of sports in general including a poke at baseball. Although not listed in the search - you can also check out the Marilyn Monroe Story, which features a segement on one of Marilyn's husbands - that's right, Joe Dimaggio, also known as Mr. Coffee.
So if you are still young enough - Play Ball. Or if you are like me... and nowhere near a major league park - Play video!
Weeeeellllll Doggies... there's a whole lotta birthday's this weekend. Today (April 2nd)... is Jack Webb's BDAY (April 2, 1920) and Buddy Ebsen's too. (April 2, 1908). If you have time - make sure your check out Buddy Ebsen on You asked for it - years before the Hillbillies which shows off Buddy's vaudeville dancing prowess - or this crazy psycho rockabilly dance from a Hillbillies classic episode. Gotta love that double necked guitar huh? Whoa Baby... whoa baby.
And on Sunday - April 4th - it's Bea Benaderet 's birthday (she was Pearl on the Hillbillies, a good friend of Gracie on the Burns & Allen Show (check out this preview clip featuring Bea.) .. PLUS - Bea was the voice of Wilma Flintstone... in addition to countless other great performances. Also on Sunday - it's Anthony Perkin's birthday (April 4, 1932). Check out this great actor (with Orson Welles too) in the screen adaptation of Kafka's classic tale - The Trial. Here's a free preview.
Just in... another cult classic horror movie, The Seven Doors of Death - is now available for streaming... and in a few hours (about 1.3 gig)... the mpeg download for this movie will also be ready too, plus a bunch of cool pictures have been added to the image library. The Seven Doors of Death was really a breakout film for how much blood and guts could be captured on celluloid. This movie is really over the top for blood and guts - and also does a good job of hitting the raw nerves that makes our skin crawl. The scene with the big nail through the eyeball is a classic as well as the tarantula spider eating the face off a guy strapped to a table. Many parts of the movie will make you turn away. For its day - this movie is remarkable for the excellent special effects that make it all believeable. How nasty is it? I think it was grosser than the William Friedken's Exorcist starring Linda Blair and some pea soup - by a long shot. It was banned not only in Norway, but in West Germany too.... for being so graphic and violent... and very bloody. The film has no sexual content or any foul language - the censors were just too grossed out by "the horror" as Mr. Kurtz used to say in Conrad's Heart of Darkness. Basically - evil forces are having a field day.
So if you enjoy these kind of films - you will love Seven Doors of Death and quickly understand why this film stands out in the genre of horror films. Indeed - it is a bloody cult classic - and helped pave the way for all those Wes Craven horror films that arrived about a decade later.
We just got in a bunch of new movies for our users... and as usual, our focus remains on the weird and hard to find gems that have gotten lost with the passing of time. Next up, Seven Doors of Death - one of the most powerful and bloody horror films ever made.... in fact, it is banned in West Germany.. so for all our buddies in Berlin, be good - otherwise the movie cops will yank your net connection and throw you in the klink. Directed by Lucio Fulci, the film tells the story of an old hotel that has a doorway to hell... anyone who enters this door... never returns. Very very scary... and yikes... lots of blood and gore. Not for the faint of heart.
Also coming soon... a real monster in Martial Arts classics - The Street Fighter with Sonny Chiba, perhaps the only guy who could compete against Bruce Lee in the martial arts field. I think this is the film that inspired the popular video game, Street Fighter.. but I am just guessing. Yep... this film also offers gratuitous violence to the Nth degree, just like Mel Gibson's Passion of The Christ. How gory you ask? When the film was originally released - it received an X rating, though it has since been bumped to an R rating as our culture of death now seems less impressed by people getting their hearts ripped out of their chests.
The next offering is a Sci-Fi classic - called First Spaceship on Venus. Made in 1959, the original film was made in Eastern Europe and features some of the coolest analog dials, knobs and doohickeys ever put on film. The spaceship is so cool... prehistoric computing machines and all. We just loved this film... and laughed our butts off. It starts off with a mysterious "spool" found somewhere on the planet - that is actually a secret message from Venus. We concocted an interesting way to view the film - as a drinking game... everytime someone says - "SPOOL" ... you take a sip of your beer. It is overkill for the first half hour... and then the viewers need to spout out some comment related to the SPOOL during the later parts of the film. Oh yeah... you really need to say SPOOL.. with a German accent... like SHHHPOOL for the full effect. Any comments with SPOOL work, but it is best to keep it with the storyline like... why can't we decode 'dis SHHPOOOL!
Also in the pipeline... a really wild 1983 film called Corrupt starring Harvey Keitel and John Lydon, better known as Johnny Rotten of the Sex Pistols. I wish it also had Sid Vicious.. but he couldn't deliver his lines with any coherence. Keitel plays a pyscho cop gone way bad (similar to his BAD LIEUTENANT role in 1992). Also of note - is the incredibly lame sound track by Ennio Morricone, that is gloriously annoying. Believe it not, he also scored a Clint Eastwood classic - Sergio Leone's For A Few Dollars More... and 2 other films in LikeTelevision's library - The Battle of Algiers, and Lovers and Liars with Goldie Hawn and Giancarlo Giannini.
We get this question enough in our daily pile of email... that we thought it best to provide a detailed explanation of How To Burn A DVD... so here goes. First of all, this explanation is for those folks who are new to the DVD burning excercise... and as such, we will not examine all the poindexter nerd nuiances associated with burning a DVD .... like transport vs. program mpeg-2? or other specs designed for mass production, regional limitations... and all the kind of stuff most of us could care less about. As such - the focus is.... how do I burn a DVD with as little effort as possible.... i am not an engineer... and can't even get the time right on my VCR.... OK! We hear you!
The easiest way to create a DVD from the download library is to search our site for DVD ISO. These titles have a DVD iso in the download folder for the title. Making a DVD from an ISO file is easy. Just download the file - which is massive, often a gig plus to your computer. Then open your CD/DVD DATA creation software, and create a new session that creates a DVD from an "image file" - which is an *.iso file. Select the iso file you downloaded as the image file, and ok. Boom! You just made your own DVD!
To create a DVD from the MPEG-1 files provided in the Download library - you will need to have a DVD-R burner... or a DVD+R burner - this is hardware that goes into a bay into your computer. Many new computers now come with a DVD burner as part of the package... if you are buying a new computer, by all means, it is worth getting a DVD burner as part of the package. You can also purchase one at Best Buy, Circuit City... or your friendly neighborhood computer dealer as an add-on device. They currently cost about $125-$400, depending on the make and software bundle. We have used DVD burners from Sony, Pioneer, Philips, and HP. All of them worked fine for us... though we did have some troubles installing them on some older WIN NT boxes, but nothing that would remind one of "computer hell" or anything like that. To be honest, it isn't that hard to install the devices, especially if you have ever put in a new PCI card or added another drive.
All right... do you need to get a new workstaion with Sonic Solutions... for a mere $20,000? or more? No... we found a decent software program that does the job, it easy to work with, pretty stable, and best of all, you have the tools to customize it in a way that makes it look pretty professional. We suggest trying a DVD authoring program from ULEAD called DVD Workstation (learn more from ULEAD's site - or read a review). How much, you ask? Last time i checked it was around $400 or $500 bucks, or if you have another related ULEAD "lite" program... just $250 or $300 to upgrade. Yes... it is pretty expensive, but this program does a lot of heavy lifting for you, making the process very easy without losing a lot of power.
As most know - our MPEG-1 files for downloads have a window size of 352 x 240, an MPEG std. size. These clips are loaded in the proper order (part 1, part 2, etc)... , you create some menus or chapters if you like... and then test it in a simulation. The program also tells you places you might have screwed up.
After a great deal of trial and error - we found that setting the DVD video output to Half D-1 with a data rate of ~2.6 M/sec worked very nicely. The window size on Half D-1 is 352 x 480. When the file is played - the width is doubled - for a video window of 720 x 480. Because we were interested in keeping the files as small as possible - our logic here is considering the trade off between download times for you - and as high a quality video as possible. And there are exceptions - like Owl Creek Bridge DVD iso file- that offers a wonderful quality DVD encoded at nearly double the data rate.
My DVD authoring program won't accept your MPG files as videos - what's wrong? The program you are using to author - does not have the ability to re-encode the media files - and probably fails trying to de-MUX. I'll spare you the details... but it describes how all the compression, sound, video, and keyframes etc.... get flattened into the mpg file output. The higher quality DVD authoring programs provide the feature - and many less expensive programs don't handle it well or at all. But don't despair - there are workarounds - programs that do a decent job de-MUX ing... and transcoding into files your DVD authoring program will accept. A little while back - we provided some info on MUX issues for those using Apple. You can always find some inexpensive or free software that converts our MPG files to an avi, and use the avi files as input for your authoring program. There are workarounds - but getting some decent pro-sumer authoring software is a lot easier - and faster too.
For most Americans - Kurosawa is a Japanese film director they heard about in a Bare Naked Ladies song. But in the world of film directors - Kurosawa is considered the master of the craft - honored by Steven Speilberg, George Lucas - well pretty much everybody. Why? Because the quality of his cinematography - his uncanny ability to fill the screen with beautiful pictures and tell a compelling heroic story at the same time. Gifted... genius, it was all there.
And here's some video to learn more about this great man, Akira Kurosawa - born today, March 23, 1910. By all means - if you have not seen Seven Samurai (a.k.a. Shichinin no samurai) - what are you waiting for? The film is listed as #6 right now at IMDB's top 250. At the British Film Institute - top 10 movies of all time, voted by directors, Akira Kurosawa has 2 movies in the top 10. Seven Samurai and Rashomon, another must see Kurosawa film. Yes... there's more too - Yojimbo, Throne of Blood, and Drunken Angel.
Make sure you check yesterday's entry - made some really cool updates to the Johnny Carson Tonight Show video clips. Check out Drew Barrymore, as a kid from 1982, Ed Ames throwing the hatchett... must see it to believe it! ... Tiny Tim sings Tip Toe thru the Tulips - and marries Miss Vicky! Hold on... I am just starting... watch a montage with Raquel Welch, Madeline Kahn, and a vintage Roseanne Barr stand-up routine. Bob Hope sings Thanks for the Memories, Dolly Parton, Albert Brooks - lots more too! Free for all our guests.
I just finished updating the Johnny Carson Tonight Show page... and loaded some of the greatest moments of TV history... including Tiny Tim not only singing Tip Toe Thru the Tulips, but getting married to Miss Vicky (Miss Vicki? not sure), Drew Barrymore takes of her top set of teeth and lays them on Johnny's desk, Raquel Welch, Roseanne Barr's big stand-up debut, Albert Brooks, Bob Hope, Jack Benny... and one of the funniest bloopers in early tv history - Ed Ames and the hatchet - once you've seen this clip, you'll never forget it. Live tv was really funny sometimes. Enjoy some great Johnny Carson moments - it's free to all our guests and members alike.
On March 18, 1962 - the French end their seven year war with Algeria. Check out this old newsreel clip of the moment in history, or better still - you should watch The Battle of Algiers, a powerful film on the conflict - with disturbing portraits of Islamic terrorists as well as a sadistic French military. Most people have never seen this movie - which is a shame because it was very well done - and certainly relevant to current times.
There was a time in this land when Amos and Andy were very popular. In case you never heard of them - Amos and Andy were two white guys who wore black face (a cream to make you look black skinned) - and preceded to act as black men, in a demeaning, racial stereotype fashion. Parts of it should make you wince. In spite of that - we just added another film, Check and Double Check starring Amos and Andy. There are some funny scenes in Check and Double Check, which was Amos and Andy's first talkie (a motion picture with sound) - PLUS -watch a cool performance by Duke Ellington and His Cotten Club Orchestra.
And in case you fell asleep - today is St Patrick's Day. Which would be a perfect time to see what Irish related videos we offer. Oops.. missed this one - check out Clan Na Gael too. Also of note - the cartoon fresh vegetable mystery is also very disturbing in a racial stereotype kind of way. The toon features a bunch of Irish policemen, who are all potatoes, (from a sack of Paddy's poptatoes no less).... who proceed to hit the sauce, in this case... root beer.
Which of course led me to a search of Paddy - and i found this funky OSB episode, Last Round - where a boxer, Charles Bronson is haunted by an old Irish ghost named Paddy.
Time for another download rotation in the library. Just added - a killer episode of Night Court U.S.A. with a man who knows not the meaning of judicial restraint - Judge Jay Jostyn. And now - you can download high quality mpegs of episode one. Richard Diamond, PI episode was removed from the library as part of the rotation.
In case you missed the funny previews Frank made for this show - check out the previews for episode four, episode three, episode five, Kafka's playlist, and episode two... too.
Yes.... we did notice, X-Periment only had one guitar - a bass guitar, which isn't what most people mean when they say a guitar. So... take it easy, and relax - because today, we will be featuring Jolene - a band that has 3 guitar players! And they do a great job of blending these 3 guitars into a glorious wall of sound that reminds one of R.E.M. But unlike Michael Stipe, singer songwriter John Crook has something to say that makes perfect sense. I really like this song - and this band. Check it out... Jolene - Live at LikeTelevision with their song - Wave To The Worrying.
Wanna hear more Jolene - it's easy to do... Just type in Jolene in the search box and see what gives.
And for those who like more eclectic music... this next band delivers. X-periment performs New Foundation live at the studio. Hey, you gotta love a band that features a DJ spinning vinyl for scratches, with a large rhythm section. And just blown away by Tony, the saxaphone player. Check it out - X-periment, Live at LikeTelevision.
Back in the late nineties, Cravin' Melon was a very popular band and signed with Mercury Records. National. They sold a ton of CDs... they were B.I.G. And also very talented and really nice people, every one of them, including their manager Dick Hodgin. We had a blast - and got it down to tape, even though the band and everyone here had a previous engagement - at a spring music festival in Charlotte. We were giving away 10,000 CDs and Cravin' Melon was slated to play a concert there. Basically - we were all kinda rushed... the cameras were on for less than 10 minutes before we all had to go... but what a great song, nice performance, and the engineering on the audio is awesome! It sounds great. Check it out... Cravin' Melon - Live @ LikeTelevision. If you want to hear another song from that session - search for melon, you'll find some there in the melon patch.
In case you missed yesterday's featured band Hobex, here's a link to watch that. More?... Blue Dogs too. Coming next - X-periment and another song from Jolene called Wave to the Worrying.
As promised - here's another band performing Live at LikeTelevision. You betcha - as exclusive as it gets, one of a kind.
You'll love today's musical offering - it's Hobex, performing Pink Champagne. And by all means - check out their new album. Looks like the band has grown - lots of horns and further coolness to boot. Learn more at http://www.hobex.com.
We got a lot of favorable emails on the last set of live music shows we posted a few weeks ago - so we thought... sure, let's do some more. For the rest of the week - we will be adding one new band each day and today - we'll start with a cool band from South Carolina named The Blue Dogs performing their cool song called - All of my Heros.
Lou Costello was born on March 6, 1908 in Paterson, New Jersey. A few years before that, Michelangelo was born on March 6, 1475. Yep - March 6th - Lou and Mic share the same birthday. As Johnny Carson used to say - I did not know that.
You can check out Lou Costello at LikeTelevision on the following channels. Movie channel - Africa Screams, and Jack & the Bean Stalk. And by all means - check out Frank's outrageous trailer called - No Beans, No Cow. Another cool short - is the trailer of outtakes from Africa Screams. Also of note - Africa Screams is a parody Afica Speaks, an early schlockumentary of Africa, from some Western dudes in pith hats. For more comic relief, with a white man in Africa theme - I suggest the Lost City. watch a preview.
In another one of those odd twists (a.k.a. synchronicity, or - the inexplicable in the mundane, as Frank calls it), ok ok, on with the story. me & Frank were hanging around and said - let's look at the Fear Itself video, which we hadn't seen in a few years. So we searched for Fear Itself... and got the link to the music rockumentary of Fear Itself and FDR's speech. Okay... here's the weird part - FDR made the speech on March 4, 1933.... 71 years ago today. oooo. Fear not. Watch more Roosevelt.
Anyway... don't be afraid to watch this synchronous video playlist. A Fear Itself medley. And if you need one more - well check out Clan Na Gael's Whole Lotta Mutton Tour 1999 - with Phil N. DeBlank.
Video postcards are fun. Send a friend a clip of Marilyn Monroe singing Happy Birthday. Or Jack Webb as Dragnet's Joe Friday doing a major lecture, James Dean on driving safety, Jack Nicholson getting destroyed in a dentist's chair and loving it, or a slew of cool, old Tv commercials - including the Ovaltine guy, Captain Midnight.
And yes... for now, free to use and have fun with. For newbies looking for other free stuff - check this page - with lots of clips, shows and downloads... or this previous blog entry.
As a special treat for all you music lovers out there... we created some new streams for some of our favorite bands that came in to record live music videos for a tv show we did a few years ago. Well... it was more than a few years ago... it was back when dinosaurs walked the earth... maybe 1998 or 1997... i am not sure. And while the video is just plain - yuck (recorded on consumer camcorders, that were old back then!)... the audio was recorded to multitrack tape in our broadcasting studio. Frank decided to provide a remix - so you could hear how SWEET it sounded when it went down live.
So here goes - three very cool bands - which i regret, are no longer performing. First - Jolene, which was signed by Sire and headed by a great songwriter named John Crooke. Second, a band called Muscadine, also signed by Sire - who were just terrific guys and we had a blast doing the video shoot. And third - a awesome band called Cravin' Melon, who were part of Mercury at the time. At the time this was recorded - they had a huge following throughout the Southeast.
Given the recent headlines about the legality and sanctity of gay marriage (civil disobedience in San Francisco, Bush proposes constitutional amendment, and just in... Rosie O'Donnell is planning to tie the same-sex union knot)... well, the irony of story behind a movie called Thursday's Game is pretty funny. You see.... this is a Hollywood buddy movie, starring Gene Wilder and Bob Newhart - and a remarkable collection of entertainment heavyweights. Bob Newhart is loooking to get out of his marriage with Cloris Leachman... and he has the perfect plan... he will tell her that - deep down... he is really gay. The scene where he breaks the news to his wife in a restaurant... so she won't make a scene... is painfully funny. The movie also stars Ellen Burstyn, Rob Reiner, Valerie Harper, Norman Fell, Nancy Walker, and Chris Sarandon, brother of Susan Sarandon.
For those old enough to remember.... I used the phrase "Gay Bob" ... because it reminded me of a bizarre gift featured one Christmas... way back in the 70s i think? Anyway... it was the "Gay Bob Doll" ... and by gosh... it looks like some are still available. It will run you though... but, you can get a picture of the doll.. for free.
Need more? Check out episode one of Zim Zum - featuring the first openly gay rap duo - Lite 'n Lively, performing their smash hit - Go Gay! (caution: this clip contains harsh language... as the manager promises the boys to get them some beer). Watch the whole episode... it is outta control.
funny previews for a show called "Night Court", ... as the election year heats up, it only gets funnier. Joesph Cracker kills me. Anyway - the show is really worth checking out, just to reflect on the common sense toughness of loveable Judge Jay. And while all the previews are terrific, check out these.
1) Tough on Conservatives
2) Tough on Radicals
3) Tough on Immigrant Smokers
There's a bunch more if you like these previews, plus make sure you that you check out the actual show, Night Court, USA... funky!!!!
Just finished a big rotations of the interstitial toy commercials... so what used to Twister ... is now Malibu Barbi... and Rock 'em Sock Robots is now Mr. Machine... as an example.
The loading of media files to the new servers... the super mondo QUAD processor server beasts is quite a chore. But time marches on.... another brick in the wall, another 25 gig chunk .... (think Rowdy... & sing along)... loading, loading loading ... keep them doggies movin', though they're disapproving ... Raw Data!
First things first... my apologies for not having this film ready by Friday. There is no good excuse.... and i could offer an explanation... but it would be lame. Basically... got we pushed behind schedule due to the loading of the new servers.... yeehaw! what a chore that job is.... but i digress.
My guess is that most of you have not seen Ugetsu and that's fine... because you are in for a real treat - this is a wonderful film. As is often the case with Japanese films - the cinematography is nothing short of glorious, and the plot is compelling and as timeless as Shakespeare. By all means - find some time in your busy day, and watch this film. Since it is "on" all the time... that shouldn't be too hard. And better still... get the MPEG files, as they are of much higher quality than the streams.
On February 13, 1933 - Kim Novak, one of the most talented and beautiful actresses EVER.... was born in Chicago, Il. Her most reknowned film is probably Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo, where she played the temptress who lured Jimmy Stewart into that crazy staircase scene (which clearly gives homage to Orson Wells... and his wild staircase scene in the Third Man - watch preview).
Personally - my favorite Kim Novak film is Otto Preminger's classic, Man with the Golden Arm, starring Frank Sinatra, Darren McGavin, and Eleanor Parker. It's a really great movie- and you gotta love the preview, made by Frank Random, one of LikeTelevision's top talents.
Yipee... Ugetsu is not only to tape... it has been encoded for the download files, and the streams are getting squished as i write this... woo woo. If you folks only knew how much work Frank put into tweaking subtitles.... well darn it, you'd be grateful. If all goes according to plan - Ugetsu will be posted sometime Friday in time for the weekend.
This was a really cool movie- a great story line, about a theme oftened used in Japanese cinema - ambition, money and power at the expense of those you love. Tragic, yet somehow heroic in the triumph of the spirit after the mightly have been humbled. Just search for Ugetsu - it will come up when it's ready to roll.
Way back in the day, Bonanza was a cool show - because it was broadcast in color, a huge deal at one time when I was just a kid. And of course - each week you'd get some cool guest stars, like you got in The Twilight Zone. Anyway - here's some of my favorite Guest Stars on Bonanza episodes. 1) The Ape w/ Leonard Nimoy. 2) San Francisco w/ Richard Deacon and David White 3) The Avenger w/ Vic Morrow 4) Silent Thunder w/ Stella Stevens 5) Day of Reckoning w/ Ricardo Montalban as an Indian?
Back in the last millenium, people sometimes went to Drive-In Theaters, where you could park your car, hook the speaker to the window, and watch a movie in your Ford or Chevy. It was a lot of fun, wonder why it faded away, who knows?
Anyway - what media comes up on a search for Drive-in? Well, a movie so bad it is remarkable - called Drive-In Massacre - check out the free preview. And also, a clip from reknowned toymaker, Kenner - with their offering called Movieland Drive-In. And finally, an news reel clip of the first Drive-In theater that opened June 6th, 1933 in Camden, NJ.
A really cool story - of Hoichi the Earless, a blind biwa playing monk who has visions of samurai battles long ago. At the time it was made, Kwaidan was the most expensive film ever made in Japan (preview). The whole movie - which is several hours long consists of four short tales of the weird. Our favorite was the story about Hoichi - which you can download as a dvd iso file. (NTSC).
Been working like crazy doing some serious restoration work to Ugetsu. Frank took on the thankless task of figuring out a way to improve the readability of english subtitles. The process is insane, but the results look terrific. Meanwhile, we are making a lot of database updates and loading some new monster servers with the LikeTelevision video library. The new servers will allow us to double the size of the entire streaming library and have lots of free space left over.
So anyway.... somewhere deep in the bowels of the video servers, i found a few links from our caveman days from last millennium. The first Shameless Self-Promotion Showcase for a movie called the Monitors (which we no longer offer, sorry bout that). And from even earlier in time - Frank & Skoot's first preview animation, Roger & Lord Higgins.... which eventually evolved into this and this, or this.
Currently... Frank is working on a 1953 Kenji Mizoguchi film called Ugetsu monogatari. It has all kinds of troubles with the original subtitle layer - often washed in the lack of contrast, or in some cases jumpy text. Basically - lots of hard work.
As we began to so some background on this film, we found that several of the main characters were also stars in Akira Kurosawa's masterpiece, Rashomon. In Ugetsu, Machiko Kyō plays Lady Wakasa and in Rashomon she stars as Masako, Takehiro's wife. Takehiro is played by Masayuki Mori. Meanwhile back to Ugetsu - Machiko Kyō's love interest is named Genjurō played by Masayuki Mori. It's a small world after all!
Also of note - director Kenji Mizoguchi has some really great films to his credit - especially 47 Ronin which is considered by many to be his best. In 1944 - Kenji Mizoguchi directed a film about Japan's most legendary Samurai - Miyamoto Musashi. Not to be confused with Hiroshi Inagki's Trilogy, which begins with Samurai One Musashi Miyamoto.
Here's a few good tips if you are a fan of Samurai battle scenes. Three scenes come to mind immediately...
1) Seven Samurai, final battle scene
2) Throne of Blood - Arrows of Death Scene in part six
3) Samurai Two - Duel at Ichijoji Temple when Takezo takes on 80 guys!
Based on Richard Matheson's 1964 Sci-Fi novel, The Last Man on Earth is a really cool, scary movie. Complete with killer virus strains, vampies, and one man who faced insurmountable odds to survive. And that man, Richard Morgan is played to the hilt by young man named Vincent Price. Originally released in Italy as L'Ultimo uomo della Terra, The Last Man on Earth is a great film you probably missed.
It would be easy to miss out on a cool section offered at LikeTelevision called Zim Zum (watch a promo clip), a musical, comedy variety show we produced in 2000 for our growing base of subscribers with broadband connections. The show was of course, totally underfunded yet filled with a delusional zeal to make a funny and entertaining show all the same. The first episode featured Lite 'n Lively, the first openly gay rap duo.
And who could ever forget Dodge Benson, best known for his Slim Whitmanesque late night infommercials peddling his latest release, Ooops i done done it again. Or for that matter, Brad Spivey - the Assattackin' Guy?
And what about the LTi All-Stars, our talented house band of friends and families of LTi. I am afraid you might have missed that... which is a shame, cause the LTi All-Stars ROCKED! See for yourself.
LikeTelevision offers a bunch of cool cartoons - but one of favorites has got to be, Felix Gets the Can. In this Klondike classic, Felix gets fed up with the local fishing conditions - and decides to head to Alaska, where the fish are bigger and more plentiful. He rides a dogsled of weinies to the frozen north in search of the big salmon, and gets Felix the Catstuck in the machinery of a canning factory instead. Really funny and also a cool period music score. From 1925 - this Felix rocks!
In case you missed it - there's a really funny toy commercial called Lazy Dazy - which was a doll you could spank, while the babies head rested on a little pillow. Just wait till your Daddy comes home.... we wonder, what then - the belt? Yikes.
A few more Spanking winners - check out John Wayne spanking Maureen O'Hara in McClintock or Tom Thumb getting spanked by an index finger.
We added this terrific film, Open City a while back, but neglected to do a good job letting our users know how good it is. Well.. it is a very good movie. Made at the end of World War II for next to no money, this film is elegant and poignant, well acted and very professional. An amazing feat that Roberto Rossellini pulled off considering the dire times. Married to Ingrid Bergman, Roberto is Isabella Rosellinni's Dad. And speaking of beautiful woman, Anna Magnani is very attractive in wonderful earthy kind of way. Finally, Aldo Fabrizi as Don Pietro Pelligrini delivers a remarkable and memorable performance. A fine vintage film - check it out.
Sorry... wish we had it ready for this weekend, but we are still tweaking Truffaut's classic - Shoot the Piano Player starring Charles Aznavour. We should have it to tape shortly... and then there's a few days for all the encoding, ....coming soon. We are doing our best.
And after that - a 1953 Samurai classic - Ugetsu monogatari.
The Dover Boys of Ol P.U. has got to be one of the greatest cartoons of all time. With brothers Tom, Dick and Larry - all yearning for the passionate glances of Miss Dora Stanpipe, duaghter of the richest guy in town. So over the top - back in the day before political correctness and restraint, Dan Backslide is just plain nasty. HA! Really very funny and great harmonies too.
Spooking About Africa is a hoot. Or perhaps I should say, a snoot... or a snout. Casper makes a new friend - a depressed elephant who can't stop sneezing. Everytime he sneezes the earth shakes, making things quite nasty for his jungle friends. Plus feathers and forest fires! must see tv.
Another gem from the Fleischer Brothers, King for a Day stars the loveable lilliputian, Gabby - who once was the hero in Gulliver's Travels. Need more? Just search for Gabby.
Yesterday I had a chance to watch the first part of the upcoming Truffaut movie, Shoot the Piano Player. Very cool. Feels like Taratino... or vica versa? So I googled it. Good links to helped get you stoked. Still, lots of work to do on our end, so be patient.
The staff at LikeTelevision would like to wish our users a very happy and prosperous New Year. Heck.. we wish that for the whole world and everyone in it. We created a few search lists for videos related to the holiday, affectionately known as amateur night. First - try this one - New Year, and since many use the holiday to experiment with the boy's limits on alcohol consumption (please be safe... we love you man!)... we thought you might try a search for drinking. In addition to prosperity - we would like to wish everyone's New Year to be filled with Hope, Joy and Peace .... PLUS a healthy dose of Love.
Another fun addition to the already massive cartoon library at LikeTelevision.... and this animation comes from two of the pioneers - Max and Dave Fleischer... who are responsible for Betty Boop, Popeye the Sailor and countless other characters of cartoon history. Oddly enough, this cartoons looks not ahead in time... but backwards. Granite Hotel takes a whimsical look at what a prehistoric hotel might have looked like... adding the current days troubles with a twist from the past. And yes... it is a pretty decent concept and this cartoon delivers. Of course Max and Dave Fleischer have deep roots and history in the world of cartoons, and in fact were two of the leading cavemen back in the day. Enjoy yourselves with one as the 2003 year comes to a close.
Just a few days before Christmas - and we have lots to be thankful... like taking it a little easy this week. :~) But that doesn't mean we're going just do nothing! So... here's the latest offering from LikeTelevision - a cool new Felix The Cat cartoon - Bold King Cole. Personally... my favorite Felix the Cat cartoons are the really old B&W classics.... that feature the cool jazz soundtracks, but this toon is pretty cool. I always loved animations with weird machines, that could only work in a cartoon. The one offers a machine to let the air out of wind bags... boy would that be cool if they had on in real life! Check it out and enjoy the show... as our favorite feline offers his help to Old King Cole, who likes to do his share of bragging.
Our latest addition to LikeTelevision media library is a great cartoon called Barney's Hungry Cousin and casts some light about where Hanna Barbera got the idea for Yogi The Bear. Back in 1953 - years before before Yogi would start hassling Ranger John Smith, there was Barney Bear in Barney's Hungry Cousin, who oddly enough hangs out at Jellostone National Park (vs. Yogi's digs at Jellystone). There are a ton of similaries... but see for yourself and remember that most good ideas are derivative. Rumor has it that the Hanna Barbera folks were working at the studio where Barney Bear was created... so you make the call.
Wow - this is one major weird cartoon... reminds me of Hunter S. Thompson, and his line about the Weird turning Pro. Winky The Watchman has got it all... it will make you laugh, give you the creeps, and wonder what the heck the folks who made this were thinking. Also... for more dental humor... check out this blog entry - Dental Comedy Hour.
LikeTelevision proudly presents - The Dental Comedy Hour. Actually it will take over an hour to check out all these dental realted clips... but oh my, what a line-up. We are putting this together to get you stoked about a new cartoon coming later this week called Winky The Watchman, that is one of the most bizarre catoons we've ever seen. It's make you laugh, and give you the creeps... but first, let us brush up on some dental humor so we are properly in the mood.
A quick search for Dentist brings up some great content - W.C. Fields in The Dentist, Jack Nicholson's debut in Little Shop of Horrors as a masocist who likes getting his molars impacted, Jerry, Dick Van Dyke's neighbor is featured in this classic, and even a cool classic commercial for Colgate toothpaste. But you really need to check out Dr. Barre... read on!
Way back when... we thought it would be cool if sports teams gave out CD-ROMs to fans, sponsored and paid for by advertisers. What a great idea, huh? Well, some friends knew some folks at the Carolina Hurricanes (an NHL team from Raleigh, which is near Mount Pilot, a few hours from Mayberry), so we decided to make some bogus content for a fake team, called the Vermont Vikings to help relate the concept to guys in management. (we forget they are often humorless, but I digress). Anyway, as part of that project - we thought it would be funny to do a comedy sketch on Dr. Barre, the team dentist. If you like whacked subtle humor - you'll love it. Make sure you also check out Antoine Dufleur -NHL Poet Laureate, The Zamboni Guy, and The Penalty Box. Ok.. if you checked it out, and in case you are brain dead... no - we didn't get any business out of this Vermont Vikings idea. The reception to this concept CD was deader than Montpellier on a rainy day.
Which brings us back to Winky The Watchman - a cartoon that seems to have been funded by the American Dental Association (or is it American Dental Denizens... like ADD or something). The baddies (black ghostly creatures, who speak in early Ebonics no less)... attack the white walls (i.e. the teeth). It's a combo cartoon with real world footage and is real gem we dug up deep in the root canal celler. Clearly - we have no no sense whatsoever, or maybe it's just a case of compacted wisdom teeth. Check it out - coming later this week. Just search for dentist.
Today we are featuring one of the funniest episodes of the Beverly Hillibillies you might have missed. Home For Christmas provides some major laughs as the Hillbillies head home for the holidays. The funniest scene features the Clampetts taking their first ride on an airplane.... which at first they think is just a fancy bus. When the old Boeing 707 starts accelerating down the runway, they start to get a little nervous and want to talk with the bus driver, cause if he goes any faster, this bus is going to go flying off in the air. This episode also features the great Paul Winchell as cranky old Grampa Winch, who is a little like the Grinch that stole Christmas. Great stuff. And very very funny.
Merry Christmas and a Happy Holiday Season from all the folks at LikeTelevision. There's a lot of fun Christmas related content here, and one way to find it is to search for Christmas. But allow us to point you to some of our favorites. Try this one- a classic Dragnet episode, Big Little Jesus. Joe Friday, played by Jack Webb is called on the case by Father Rojas to find the missing Jesus, who has disappeared from the Nativity scene. (No, the ACLU didn't take it). As you might imagine, Joe isn't pulling any punches on this case, and you'll love the shakedown of an innocent guy who looks a little shabby, and was at the mass just before the statue turned up missing. We also highly recommend a few classic Beverly Hillbilly episodes - Christmas at the Clampetts, Home For Christmas, and Clampetts Get Culture. All of them are great.
If you are looking for some cool live music performances of Christmas classics - check out Cast in Bronze, which features a huge carillon, live on stage. (a carillon is massive bell instrument played by hitting pedals and levers... really cool). Or how about a live Hammer Dulcimer performance from LikeTelevision's studio.
And yes... there's lots more too. Like Santa Claus Conquers the Martians, Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer, and even a Howdy Doody Christmas. Need more, just search for Christmas.
On December 1, 1995 - Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to sit in the back of the bus. Go Girl! All this happened when I was a kid, and when we discussed it at school, it was recent history. Check out this cool newsreel clip, made in the early nineties - with Edwin Newman narrating. If you watch closely - there's also a shot of the famous incident at Woolworth in Greensboro, North Carolina - where some brave student heros from North Carolina AT&T staged a sit-in on February 1, 1960, a popular non-violent protest at the time(check this link). It seems some folks still didn't get it... then more students joined in, till six months later - black and white people actually enjoyed a cup of Joe while sitting next to each other. I know this really sounds crazy today - but in certain ways, it feels like yesterday. And I have to say, today feels a lot better than this yesterday. Jump forward to today's recent history in 1995 - we learn that a group had the idea to preserve the Woolworth as a national Landmark. And just eight years later in 2003.... it is quickly becoming a reality. Ok... so what does all this have to do with Rosa Parks you ask? Look at the dates.... one courageous person, sticking her neck on the line and doing the right thing, and getting busted in 1955... was a big straw on the camel's back... and helped the house of cards tumble down. Remember that, and think of Rosa Parks. It doesn't take C-4 in the soles of your shoes to change the world folks. (repurposed from Paul Simon's Graceland CD... chorus... ta na na, ta na na na... C-4 in the sole's of his shoes... C-4 in the soles of his shoooooo --- oes.)
As you may have heard, a new movie is coming called The Last Samurai, starring Tom Cruise. Now before you go and check that film out, you might want to get a better appreciation of the Samurai films from the glory days of the 1950s and 1960s. For most, the greatest Samurai film of all time is Akira Kurosawa's Seven Samurai, a 3 1/2 hour epic tale of how a loose band of Ronin (Samurai warriors who are no longer working for a Warlord) defend a village of farmers from marauding bandits. The film is listed at imdb as a top 10 film of all time, and also listed in the latest British Film Institute latest poll as a top 10, by both critics and directors. Watch PREVIEW. Another terrific Kurosawa film you might have missed is called Throne of Blood, a loose rendering of Shakespeare's Macbeth in feudal Japan. I will never forget the final scene where Toshiro Mifune gets attacked by a few thousand arrows whizzing through the air. WOW -what a scene! There's several more Kurosawa films that are Msut see, especially the film Rashomon, which examines a crime through the eyes of the people involved. Another great Kurosawa film is called Yojimbo, or The Bodyguard - which was the inspiration for Clint Eastwood's classic - A Fist Full of Dollars
Another brilliant film, or in this case a series of three films - comes from Hiroshi Inagaki with the Samurai Trilogy about Japan's greatest Samurai warrior - Takeszo, who later became known as Musashi Miyamoto. Check out all 3 films - Samurai One - Musashi Miyamoto, Samurai Two - Duel at Ichijoji Temple, Watch PREVIEW and Samurai Three - Duel at Ganryu Island. Watch PREVIEW.
Another interesting tale about Samurai history can be viewed in part 3 of a movie called Kwaidan called Hoichi The Earless. Watch a PREVIEW of Kwaidan to learn more. And one more clip of interest - check out the Kendo expert in episode seven of You asked For It. Phew... that's a lot of Samurai related films, huh?
HAPPY THANKSGIVING from LikeTelevision! We would like to suggest some fun Thanksgiving related entertainment - our favorite is Turkey Day with the Beverly Hillbilies. Granny is ready to kill and cook the turkey... who is now Elly's good friend. Poor Jed has trouble dropping the ax on the turkey's head... especially when he looks at him kind of funny. It's a really great episode - as the Clampetts celebrate the Thanksgiving feast, on their pool table, in the Billiard Room. Another cool cartoon comes from one of the masters - Tex Avery in Jerky Turkey. Yep... you can watch the Pilgrims line up for cigarrettes at Ye Old Cigarette store. (I bet the kid's loved it - HA!). Finally - you might want to check out a Lenny Federal music video filmed the day before Thanksgiving a few years back... called Chicken Pie.
And in case you missed the link above - here's a special thanksgiving video clip from LikeTelevision wishing all our friends a wonderful and safe holiday.
On November 20, 1945 - the Nurenburg trial begins. Check out the archive footage. So... it seemed like a good day to search LikeTelevision for The Trial. A very cool list to say the least. Fritz Lang's M, Franz Kafka's The Trial with Anthony Perkins, and the 3 stooges with Curly in Disorder in the Court. & More.
I would also suggest you check out the wild previews for Night Court posted in the blog a few weeks ago.
As promised more fat mpegs are on the way.... hooray... it's Son of Godzilla - a cult classic with some of the best insect type monsters of the 60s. What a silly, fun movie... knock yourselves out. And you might wanto to check out King Zor in the toy library just to get in the mood.
More new mpeg downloads on the way... come back.
WOW - Akira Kurosawa's 3 1/2 hour epic film, Seven Samurai is ready for download - over 3 gigs of Kurosawa genius. A group of farmers hire seven samurai to protect them from a band of evil bandits. After careful preparation, a series of smaller skirmishs lead up to the final assault at the finish. This is a great film - absolutely a top 10, all time. (see IMDB - at number 7, Shichinin no samurai, or Seven Samurai). Or how about the British Film Institute. Director's Top 10, ... if you checked that link out, you rpobably noticed another Kurosawa film in the top 10, Rashomon. And yes... we are offer Battleship Potemkin, Rules of the Game.
Seven Samurai is a massive download, over 3 gigs (ouch). The film is broken into 13 chapters for download and also comes with the preview. In a previous entry - we suggested that users get some download software to make the process easier via scheduling and resume broken download features, etc etc. For most systems, you are limited to just 2 downloads at a time, so making a queue list makes sense when you need to get 13 chapters. Yikes.
Here's another great Popeye cartoon - I'm in the Army Now. Basically, Olive tells Popeye and Bluto that she justs melts for a man in uniform... so both guys feel compelled to enlist. Trouble is, there's only ONE spot open - so they each try and out do each other with heroic tales. Popeye is very hungry for spinach in this cartoon - he is eating some spinach many times... count 'em.
It's time to do some rotation in the video download library... pulling some content down, and adding new mpegs or dvd iso files. Here's what's up... coming down, Brigitte Bardot And God Created Woman, bye bye DVD iso, mpegs are still up. Same with Get Christie Love and a Bucket of Blood... mpegs remain, dvd iso files are history. Also took away 2 cartoon DVD iso files... but the mpegs remain. Finally, we pulled the mpegs from Throne of Blood. Ok... so what's new... coming up, and ready in a day or 2, is one of the greatest films of all time! Yep, coming shortly, Akira Kurosawa's Seven Samurai, a movie so good it is rated in most film critics top ten of all time! The mpegs take up over 3 gig of space... so it will take a while to get the whole movie. We have lots more going in the download library... check back in the blog to see when it is available. We expect Seven Samurai to be ready to download by the weekend. Have fun - and come back to see the list of new mpeg downloads. And in case you missed it.... we just added a new DVD iso download last week for The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari.
On November 10, 1889 Claude Rains was born in London, England UK. He is best known for his role as Rick's greasy friend, Capt. Louis Renault of the Vichy police in Casablanca. He was also the invisible man - though he really didn't get much exposure there. HA! One of our personal favorite Claude Rains' movies is Angel On my Shoulder, starring Anne Baxter and Paul Muni. Claude Rains plays Nick, the Devil to perfection. Fun film.
LikeTelevision presents - another killer DVD download, just in time for the weekend. The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari is the "Mother of all Horror Films", created in 1921 by director Werner Krause - this remains one of the creepiest films of all time. The horror is in fact, turned inside out, as you are forced to investigate how and why, you think you understand what the heck is going on... since the movie ever really makes it clear. Check out the cool preview Frank created to get warmed up.... and watch the whole thing on your TV - just download the DVD iso file, burn a DVD of the movie, and you're on your way.
Some time ago, before the War on Terror began - Frank created these ridiculously funny previews for a show called "Night Court", which was clearly quite different than the show with Harry Anderson and Markie Post of the same name. Anyway - the show is really worth checking out, just to see how far we have come in the legal realm, from the days of Judge Jay. And while all the previews are terrific, I wanted to use the current election hoopla to highlight a few choice previews from the show, which have actually grown more ironic and sarcastic over time. Check it out and see if you don't agree.
1) Tough on Conservatives
2) Tough on Radicals
3) Tough on Immigrant Smokers
There's a bunch more if you like these previews, plus make sure you that you check out the actual show, Night Court, USA... like a Twilight Zone in small claims court. Weird stuff!!!!
Ok... the elections are over... so please, take down all those signs. Here at LikeTelevision, we like to amuse ourselves, ....thinking we are actually "fair and balanced" (a copyrighted expression by Fox News, used without any permission whatsoever) ... but we hold this view for a moment only... realizing that fair and balanced is but an illusion. No doubt this allows us to be more fair and balanced.. and wise, knowing that we don't know much. There is truth there... we really don't know much about what goes on around us, or really spend much effort trying to figure it out. Like most Americans, we prefer to stand clear of the pig sty called politics, as we do our own laundry, and are lazy. Just entertain me for a while. We hear you loud and clear... here goes. First off, if you have never scene Frank Capra's great movie - Meet John Doe, for some reason it seems very relevent and we suggest you check it out. It's about a fake newspaper story, that creates an everyman's hero... who then runs for office at the urging of some corrupt back room politicos... really a wonderful movie exploring the relationships of money, power, politics, corruption, media, and "the little guy". Want something lighter - check out Popeye for President, where it's Popeye vs. Bluto in a race for the White House. (Both of them try to steal the election :~). And here's another gem, in our relentless search for irony, let us suggest - The Resurrection of Zachary Wheeler, where Bradford Dillman plays a powerful Senator who gets in a car accident, but is saved by a secret group that clone's important people for spare body parts. We, the People learn about this due to the impressive journalistic efforts of Leslie Nielsen. The film also stars Angie Dickinson as Dr. Layle Johnson... who as you may know, is rumored to have had an illicit affair with John F. Kennedy. And speaking of presidents.... Ronald Reagan was in the news lately... it seems CBS was going to air a tainted biography on the Reagan, that was so mean... that they pulled it before it aired... and would instead run it on Showtime, where you can pay more for bad entertainment. (here at LikeTelevision, the bad stuff is offered without any additional premium payments, which seems fair and balanced). Need some more fun and games? Search for Politic (lots of politically incorrect media here), or President, or election, or regime.
Also of note.... yes, we have noticed a rather nasty thread in the Dragnet Message Board about Americans. Oddly enough, the page is so popular.... and cross linked... that when we did a search at Google for - Americans are fat.... we were listed in the top 20 returns. Now that is a big story.
One of my favorite Popeye cartoons has just been added to the cartoon library at LikeTelevision - yes siree... it's Eugene The Jeep. In case you are a babe in the woods - Eugene the Jeep was some kind of weird alien creature who appeared on Popeye's front porch one day, arriving in a package with the Jeep inside. Lots of folks felt this was Popeye's dog or something... but Eugene was much cooler than that... he was able to appear, re-appear... and bi-locate.... a very cool alien lifeform indeed. This toon was created during WWII (1940)... so we are not sure that the Jeep name was some kind of tribute to the funky new army vehicle introduced during the war.... called a Willy, now better known as a Jeep. We'll let you make the call... do a search on google and read on.
On November 2nd, 1947 - Howard Hughes takes the Spuce Goose on its maiden flight... which was it's only flight for that matter. The massive plane... or flying boat really... was made mostly from plywood, and thought to be a total lemon of an airplane... hence the name -Spruce Goose... did indeed fly. Learn more and watch a newreel of the actual flight.
Happy Halloween! Have we got a mountain of media for Halloween - plus a special bonus - several Halloween themed DVD downloads, including One Step Beyond, Vol #1, and vol#2, Night of The Living Dead and A Bucket of Blood. And if you want some cool Japanese horror - make sure you check out Kwaidan, which means Weird Tales.
On October 30, 1938 - Orson Welles gives the world a big scare with his radio broadcast of War of the Worlds. Orson Welles (George Orson Wells) was born on May 6, 1915 in Kenosha, Wisconsin... so this radio hoax was pulled off by a 23 year old kid! And while he was still in his mid twenties, he directed and starred in - Citizen Kane, still seen by many as the greatest film ever made. Oh come on, Rosebud? I think he Welles was most compelling as Franz Kindler in The Stranger, (PREVIEW) or as Harry Lime in Graham Greene's The Thrid Man. (PREVIEW)
Akira Kurosawa's Throne of Blood is an incredible film about a time long ago in Japan where everything was controlled by War Lords, who each had their own Samurai army, castles and farmers. The cinematography is top notch, as in all Kurosawa films. But what makes this film so incredible... is the final death scene with Toshiro Mifune. It is such a cool scene... as countless arrows fly in from all directions and slowly hone in for the kill after taunting him with showers of arrows. You got to see it to believe... totally worth watching. And it is even better if you watch the whole movie, enjoy the overt overtones and references to Shakespeare's Macbeth. Throne of Blood is a great film.
Kwaidan's fourth and final weird tale is ready - called in a Cup of Tea, some guys soul trapped in a cup of tea, his face smiles back at you, daring you to drink up. A decent story - terrific cinematography... but, well not our favorite of the 4 stories. That honor goes to Hoichi the Earless - which is nothing short of timeless genius. Amazing! Here's a link to a FREE PREVIEW of Kwaidan's four spooky Halloween tales....oooooo.
Dateline October 21st - In 1959, Verner Von Braun joins NASA and assists in putting a Man on the Moon.
And not to be out done.... a young Brad Spivey in born in K-Town - Kannapolis, NC.... well sometime in the late 60s or early 70s... we're not sure because he formatted his hard drives to Linux, but not before expunging all data related to his 1.0 release. And who is Brad Spivey you ask??? Well - he's the star of countless TV ads, a lover of pizza, and best known for his work developing the Urinal Screen, and promoting Ass Attackin Aerosol Spray. But the story didn't end there... oh no, some guys at MIT actually made an interactive game - giving new meaning to streaming.
Irene Ryan (Granny) was born today - 10/17/02 - Born in El Paso, Texas. Her real name was Irene Noblette. Best known for her work as Granny in the Beverly Hillbillies, she also toured with Bob Hope when he entertained the military, and before that was an accomplished regular in Vaudeville. She died on April 26, 1973 of a brain tumor.
Check out a few classic Hillbillies episodes that feature Granny - my personal favorites are Spring Tonic and Garden Party (and no... this has nothing to do with Rick Nelson, though you can catch Ricky Nelson crooning in a few Ozzie and Harriet episodes).
ok... we got a bunch of email.. what's a Biwi? That stringed instrument in the picture above is a Biwi...'k. Or better still, check out Hoichi the Earless explode in a wild Biwi performance in Kobayashi's horror masterpiece called Kwaidan.
The second tale from Kwaidan, Woman of the Snow is ready to check out. A young man gets stranded in a blizzard with a friend. Late at night, he watches a strange spirit woman emerge from the snow... and breathes on his friend. This breath turns out to be a kiss of death, as his friend immediately freezes to death. For some reason, she spares the young man, but he must never tell anyone what he witnessed. And then the story takes a bizarre turn.
Kwaidan is a fascinating film. A Winner at the Cannes Film Festival, nominated for an Oscar - this is a great movie you have probably never seen. It is worth watching and though the pacing is slow by today's standards - it works for the stories depicted. The most amazing part of the movie is the glorious cinematography and remarkable stage sets. Somebody sure spent some serious money to make director Masaki Kobayashi's vision come alive. The film is terrific and leaves a lasting impression. Part 3 - Hoichi-the -Earless is up next. Just search for Kwaidan for a current listing.
Happy Birthday Jane Alice Peters, better known as Carole Lombard- born October 6, 1908 in Fort Wayne, Indiana USA. She was a huge star and a fascinating character. She was very friendly to all.. and liked by all in addition to being a talented actress. But she was also known for her mouth - which could spew a rapid fire string of expletive deleted phrases... that were so bawdy it could make a sailor blush. The story is she learned this little trick from her brothers, to provide her with a defense against aggressive boys. She'd let them have a verbal assault... and they would back off. Anyway... this is how she earned her nickname - The Profane Angel.
Carole Lombard made a lot of great movies - and my personal favorite is My Man Godfrey, which also stars William Powell, who happened to be Lombard's ex-husband. When they were married - the couple was dubbed Fire and Ice. William Powell, known for his calm and suave demeanor was of course, Ice. At the peak of her career, she married Clark Gable in a massive story... bigger the Ben and Jo-Lo blah blah blah today.
During World War II - she was very active selling War Bonds, and in fact volunteered her husband, Clark Gable for the job as head of Hollywood's effort to push the bonds. Clark wasn't pleased... so Carole ended up taking the Press Agent in Clark's place to go sell bonds... At the last minute, Lombard changed her mind and skipped the train ride for a TWA DC-3 plane.... that crashed in the side of a mountain. After a huge and futile search (a la JFK jr. crash... a big media event), Carole Lombard died in the crash along with her mother who came along for the tour. Also of note... the plane crashed about a month after Pearl Harbor (on January 16, 1942) - so the nation was already in a state of shock.
Anyway.... check out some movies, news clips and more on Carole Lombard. Another related tidbit of information - Clark Gable was also involved in another scandal - during a movie, he had an affair with Loretta Young, which produced a "secret" love child. All this was confirmed many years later after Gable died, but during his life, it remained pretty much a secret - though it was whispered about, it never had the media scrutiny (or insanity) we have to deal with today.
On September 14, 1914 - Clayton Moore, a.k.a. The Lone Ranger was born in Chicago, IL. Check him out as the masked man - or as a bad guy in Radar Men from the Moon.
And on September 15, 1940 - The British proved victorious in a massive air battle - where the Brits shot down over 180 planes. Learn more - the historic day was called The Battle of Britain.
Charles Bronson dies of Pneumonia over the Labor Day weekend at 81 years old in Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. He was born Charles Buchinsky on Nov. 3, 1921 — in Ehrenfeld, Pa... the 11th of 15 children. (whoa - way to go Mrs. B!). He achieved stardom in Europe first (like David Hasselhoff.... just kidding :~)... and went on to marry Jill Ireland.
Check out some vintage Bronson in a One Step Beyond episode, circa 1961 - called The Last Round. A great episode featuring Bronson as a boxer and Paddy - the ghost of a trainer who haunts the ring.
Ok - you have heard that Federico Fellini is one of the greatest directors of all time... and you may have enjoyed his masterpiece La Strada or 8 1/2... but admit it... you have never seen that many, if any of his films. Well, here at LikeTelevision - we offer one of his best, and you probably have never seen it. Today's featured content is called - Il Bidone, which means "The Drum". The movie is part of Fellini's gloomy period - called The Trilogy of Loneliness, which includes 2 of his more famous works, La Strade and Nights of Cabiria. Welll... the third leg of the the stool is Il Bidone, which features Broderick Crawford, best known as Dan Matthews on Highway Patrol and Richard Basehart, who played the captain of the submarine in Voyage to The Bottom of The Sea. Crawford is the leader of a bunch of low life con men, who pose as priests and scam the innocent rubes of the Italian countryside. He gets in deep trouble when he tries to rip off his bosses - so he can pay for the continuing education of his estranged daughter. The poor guy learns that the end don't justify the means.... and that trying to steal from the mob is a good way to get the mean guys to hasten your end. Darn... there was a good pun in there, but I couldn't find it.
Check out a few of the previews... or better yet watch the whole movie... or better still, download the higher quality MPEGs and burn your own DVD.
On August 16, 1977 - The King of Rock and Roll, Elvis Aaron Presley dies in his home, Graceland - in Memphis Tenn. Even today - mystery and nasty stories surround the death of Elvis, and the group that surrounded him, affectionately known as the Memphis Mafia. We'll leave the conspiracy theories behind... and simply pay tribute to a great entertainer, a man who lost his twin brother during childbirth (hence the middle name, Aaron - his brother). We're happy to imagine the 2 brothers harmonizing somewhere in heaven... doing a killer rendition of Amazing Grace. Check out this newsreel on Elvis' death .. or wtch him in a musical variety show with ol blues and a bunch of the rat pack. We miss you Elvis... and yes... you still ROCK! and of course... you could just search for Elvis - that'll work too. Maybe he's still alive... abducted by aliens.... hmmmm there's a conspiracy born every minute
Happy Birthday to Rose Marie.. born August 15, 1925.... in the tiny hamlet known as New York, NY USA. Best known for her work on the Dick Van Dyke show - where she starred as Sally Rogers, the lonely gal on Rob Petrie's writing team for The Allen Brady Show. Or perhaps you might remember her second career on the Hollywood Squares with Peter Marshall.... I'll take Rose Marie for the block, please... (here comes a quip by Chrlie Weaver... great show!). Here's a classic episode of Dick Van Dyke we recommend - Hustling the Hustler or if time is short, check out Rose Marie singing with the gang on the Dick Van Dyke show.
There seems to be some conflicting history regarding Mother Teresa's day of birth... to the best of our knowledge.... she was born near Skopje in Albania
on August 10, 1910. She was one of the greatest examples of what humans are capable of... and she lived her life serving the broken, sick and downcast people, most of the world treated as refuse. A role model for our generation - she gave us a glimpse of what a saint looked like.... and how they acted. She is a heroine and shining example of living a Holy life. Believe it or not... she went to confession almost every day... and was constantly seeking to grow in her relationship with God.
In a world where we suffer through religious conflict and ideologial dogma - that turns into war and hate... it is a good time to remember her words regarding our love for God....
"There is only one God and He is God to all; therefore it is important that everyone is seen as equal before God.
I've always said we should help a Hindu become a better Hindu, a Muslim become a better Muslim, a Catholic become a
better Catholic. "
Each day... Mother Teresa Teresa would say the following prayer...
DEAR JESUS, help me to spread Thy fragrance everywhere I go.
Flood my soul with Thy spirit and love.
Penetrate and possess my whole being so utterly that all my life
may only be a radiance of Thine.
Shine through me and be so in me that every soul I come in contact with
may feel Thy presence in my soul.
Let them look up and see no longer me but only Jesus.
Stay with me and then I shall begin to shine as you shine,
so to shine as to be a light to others.
Make sure you check out this page about Mother Teresa - which features her being honored with a Nobel Peace Prize.
On August 9, 1930 - Betty Boop's first movie - Dirty Dishes is released. Created by Max Fleischer, (who also created Popeye and Superman cartoons), Betty was deemed "too sexy" by the Hayes Office, Hollywood's early "Moral Authority". So - she loses the garter belt and wears longer dresses with less cleavage. Check out one of those offensive garter belt era toons - as Betty works with the great Cab Calloway in Minnie the Moocher!
On August 5, 1906 - John Huston (John Marcellus Huston), one of Hollywood's greatest directors was born in Missouri, the show me state. Best known for his gritty portrayal of the human character and condition in films such as The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, Beat The Devil, The African Queen, The Maltese Falcon, The Legend of Marilyn Monroe, and Moby Dick. During World War II - he made many films for Uncle Sam including Report from The Aleutians, and the Battle of San Pietro. He lived his life with great gusto... basically he lived harder than his body could take and was known as a maverick. Many of his best films starred Humphrey Bogart whose style fit well with Huston's vision for film as art. They were also close personal friends. His creative talents spanned many fields - as an actor and writer. We salute you John Huston - your work speaks for itself and we expect his legend will live on for many years to come. He died on August 28, 1987 in Rhode Island.
On July 23, 1903 - one hundred years ago today... Henry Ford sells his first model. At this time - no SUVs were offered for sale.
July 16th, 1945 - the first atomic bomb - a.k.a. W.M.D. varietas nuclearis, was detonated in the desert near Los Alamos, N.M. USA. As you can see from the video - this little package packs quite a wallop... so be careful when you blow out the candles. Or as Alanis Morrissette might say - Isn't it ironic? Just a little fly in your chardonnay. May we all pray for peace ... good will towards all men... and woman and children first.
One of the greats - Howard Hawks directed His Girl Friday, a romantic comedy starring Carey Grant and Rosiland Russell. The setting is an old school newspaper office.. you know, back in the day when newspapers were a big deal... way before the internet and computers. Back then... the newspapers companies yeilded great power and the ability to influence... in the same way Orson Welles was in Citizen Kane.... only these characters "act nice".. using the paper for the good guys. The little guy... etc. etc ... and of course.... they fall in love. Ralph Bellamy plays the guy Rosiland Russell dumps for Cary Grant. Bellamy is hilliarously convincing as a stiff life insurance salesman who gets dumped. You probably recognize Ralph Bellamy from Trading Places with Eddie Murphy, Jamie Lee Curtis, and Dan Ackroyd. Ralph Bellamy plays one of the super rich Duke Brothers, the other was Don Ameche. In short - His Girl Friday is a really cool movie... check it out - or watch it again.
Based on Graham Greene's story - The Third Man is really creepy dark film, that offers some of most amazing zither music ever played. Anton Karas is the Jimi Hendrix of zither noodleing. A remarkable player! Orson Welles stars as Harry Lime - a slimeball in post wwII, who sells blackmarket medicines to desparate hospitals and doctors and gets murdered... or does he? Joseph Cotten plays Holly Martins plays an down and out American writer, Trevor Howard is perfect as the British Major, and for the big female star - we are introduced to Valli, who plays Anna Schmidt. She is really beautiful - and has that Eastern European soft melancholy pout down pat. The movie is well written, great pacing, A+ for cinematography (especially cool - the stairway sequence, which certainly inspired Hitchcock in his inspiring stairway sequence in Vertigo. The Third Man is one of my favorite movies on the site.
Mainstring Theater - So Cool!
Bruno and Darlene Frascone have been plying their craft for over 30 years. Not only reviving a lost performance art, but taking it to new extremes. Story, finesse, detail, music and well... love and that makes their live performance art a must see experience. Hey man, watch this. You just might be blown away by the world's greatest marionette operators. The Frascones create all their marionettes, a process which takes an expert about 6 months or more to complete. There's a balance that optimum for a character, and that balance is acheived by using different woods, with different densities (and weights). The weights of each piece selected are balanced in a similar way to our own human form. This attention to detail gives their puppets an edge, they are more natural grace whenever they move - and the details of character, and how they come to life is too cool. They come to all the way from France, where they are considered national treasure - in honor of the skill they bring to bear on the craft, and the joy they leave with their audience.
Learn More about the Frascones. We suggest you watch this first - so you can get a better view of many of their most remarkable characters.
Granny and the Dog - very cool. That dog is so good!
The Broom Lady - a wild old lady on a Harley Broom. Insane plot, FX and funny.
The Girl and the Clown - major sweetness.... ahhhh. Get some.
Jane Russell was born on this day- June 21, 1921 in Bemiji, Minnesota. Best known for her "duel assets", she was not only was a talented actress - she could sing and dance as well. Discovered by Howard Hughes, who starred the unknown thesbian as Rio, Billy The Kids' main squeeze in his epic production of The Outlaw. Learn more by clicking the links provided.
Dragnet's Joe Friday as CSI Cop
Just a few years before Dragnet became a TV show (1951), Jack Webb rocked in this film as Lee, a cool CSI investigator looking for a psycho killer, Davis Morgan - played by Richard Basehart, best known as Admiral Harriman Nelson in Voyage to the Bottom of the sea. My favorite scene in this movie is when Jack Webb tests a substance to see if it's nitro. Watch the whole movie - He Walked by Night is a decent film if you like the classic cop genre.
Happy Birthday Gumby!
I'm a huge gumby fan - Gumby was pretty weird. The stories were always out there, and you just have to be impressed with Art Clokey... and the time required to make Gumby... to shoot all those one frame at a time action sequences. Also - check out pre-Gumby mini claymation epic - Gumbasia!
Also of note for June 16th - Stan Laurel, born June 16, 1890.- He's thin guy of the classic comedy team, Oliver & Hardy.
And today in History - 40 years ago today.... was the first female astronaut - Read on! and watch a video clip too.
Currently working on Inagaki's Samurai - Part 2. This is a great Samurai epic trilogy - and part 2 is loaded with action. We'll get that all posted - and get to work on To Kill a Mockingbird - asap. As you probably heard, last week (June 12, 2003) Gregory Peck died at age 87. He was a great actor, and seemed like a really nice guy too. We'll miss him.
Today is Friday the 13th.... oooooo, just another day really... and Friday's are always something to be happy about. In case you're one of those superstitious typs... take some good advice from Popeye... in I Don't Scare. (Eat spinach... be safe out there!)
Gene Wilder - born June 11, 1935 in Milwaukee Wisconsin. Best known as Willy Wonka, or partnered with Richard Pryor - a very hillarious fellow. Check out Gene Wilder in a buddy movie with Bob Newhart and a mountain of other stars. The fun starts with a Thursday night poker game.
John Profumo Resigns
On June 5, 1963 - that is, forty years ago today... there was a huge scandal involving politicos, military intelligence, Russian spies, and of course.... sex. Kind of like Bill Clinton and John Walker - all rolled up into one big story that kept the press busy, and allowed them to report tabloid stories - as news. Read all about it - and watch the archive news clip, with Edwin Newman. Great stuff!
Happy Birthday Ellen Corby
Ellen Corby (Ellen Hansen) was born on June 3, 1911 in Racine, Wisconsin, USA. She is best known as Grandma Walton on the Waltons - but if you like... check her out as a nice old lady CROOK - who rips off Barney Fife, when she sells him a piece of junk auto, or as they used to say... a lemon. Watch Barney's First Car... or you can catch her in an episode of Bonanza, Gunmen.
Hillary Scales Everest - May 29, 1953
Everyone ones knows the Sir Edmond Hillary was the first to scale Mt. Everest.... but is that really true. Maybe the first was his guide, and I bet you don't even know his name. Click the link and find out... plus you can watch some newsreels from the event. And while many folks believe that Hillary said the line - (when asked why he climbed it)... BECAUSE IT's THERE... it was actually a different climber... who gave the summit the good old English try, equipped with canvas tents for protection. These early guys were either totally gutsy - or out of their minds, or perhaps - had no idea what they were in for. Now that we have Goretex... it sure makes it seem easy. Oh yeah... who said that line... why it was George Leigh Mallory, of course. Recently - they found his frozen body on a difficult route to the summit. One final cool tidbit... thanks to recent GPS navigation and some fancy abacus crunching - it was determined that Everest was about 7.3 feet taller than previously accepted measurements of elevation. (29,035.3 feet vs. 29,028 feet).
In closing... think Robert Goulet, (from the Sound of Music)... singing Climb Every Mountain. Sorry... that was cruel... hope you can get that tune outta of your head. hee hee hee...
Vincent Price was born today, May 27th in 1911 in St. Louis, Mo. He was THE MAN, the go-to guy for many of the best horror during his long and storied career as an actor. Egghead on Batman, a ton of Edgar Allen Poe movies, and the Omega Man, in last man on Earth. If you wanna see Uncle Vinny as a deranged Shakespearean actor, who murders his critics - Check out Theater of Blood (preview) or as suave millionaire, in William Castle's landmark - House on Haunted Hill (preview). He died on October 25, 1993 of lung cancer.
In the tiny hamlet of Indiana, Pennsylvania - Jimmy Stewart, american icon of film was born on May 20, 1908. (he died on July 2, 1997 in Los Angeles, CA of a pulmonary blood clot). He is best known for his roles as the proverbial nice guy, and was known for his ability to say "aw shucks" - AND mean it! In 1932 - he graduated from Princeton University where he studied architecture. LikeTelevision has a bunch of great short clips on Jimmy, including this classic about Lake Baringo- from the Johnny Carson Show. And who could forget his memorial poem for his dog, Red. You'll also find a slick caricature of Jimmy in Tex Avery's wonderful cartoon - Hollywood Steps Out. If you are looking for a cool full length movie with Jimmy Stewart, that you probably have never seen - check out, Made For Each Other where he stars as a struggling lawyer (a nice guy would struggle as a lawyer - hahaha) with Carole Lombard. There's a great scene with Charles Coburn, his deaf boss - who comes over for dinner. Lombard needles Jimmy to ask for a raise... but the dinner goes terribly wrong.
We miss you Jimmy - it's good to know nice guys don't always finish last. Happy Birthday!