Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Monday, August 30, 2010

Are You $@&^%@ Kidding?

Don't let Dan Patrick hear about this.

Okay, Dolls and Cats, Class Is Back In Session

With Artie Shaw and his orchestra, that is.  Here's Artie and the boys starring in the Paramount musical short subject entitled "Class in Swing."  Yes, that's Helen Forrest doing the vocal on one of the selections, "I Have Eyes." 

This 1939 short was written by Justin Herman, photographed by George Webber, and directed by Leslie Roush.

It's The King Of Hi-De-Ho!

From 1934, here's the one and only Cab Calloway starring in the Paramount Pictures short subjec"Cab Calloway's Hi-De-Ho," photographed by William Steiner, Jr., written by Milton Hocky and Fred Rath, and directed by Fred Waller.

Enjoy, all you jitterbugs out there!

Wow! It's Tony Curtis!

Yes folks, that's Tony appearing in this travel promo for Budapest, the capital city of Hungary.

If You're Looking For A Specific European Capital City..

Try taking a trip to Bucharest, Romania.

Feel Like Goin' To Bulgaria?

Try this travel video for size, folks.

If Greenland's More Your Bag....

Here's a brief travel promo from Albatros Greenland , the biggest tour operator in the autonomous country within the Kingdom of Denmark.

Wanna Travel To Iceland?

Here's a travel video.

They Look Like Dancing Prunes

From sometime in the early-to-mid 1980s, here's a commercial for Post Raisin Bran, starring The California Raisins.

I Hope My Sister Can Find This

Here's a video of the 7th race of Sunday August 22 at New Jersey's Monmouth Race Track.


Time For The Donkey Serenade

Here are Lawrence Welk and his Champagne Music Makers performing Rudolf Friml's "Donkey Serenade" in this clip from a 1962 ABC Network telecast of The Lawrence Welk Show.

I'll Be Doggoned

He DOES have a pro football career after all.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Here's A Snappy One

Let's go back to 1930 for this Oswald the Lucky Rabbit Cartoon, "Snappy Salesman," directed by Walter Lantz and produced and released by Universal Pictures.


Here's Harry And The Boys!

Time for a tune from Harry James and His Music Makers, "Trumpet Blues and Cantabile."



'Riders Blow Lead And Fall At Edmonton

At Edmonton, Alberta:

The Edmonton Eskimos (2-6) scored 17 unanswered points, including a pair of late field goals from Noel Prefontaine of 52 and 37 yards, as they knocked off the visiting Saskatchewan Roughriders (5-3) 17-14 in Saturday Canadian Football League action. 

Friday, August 27, 2010

Time For Some Rippling Rhythm!

From 1936, here's music by Shep Fields and his Rippling Rhythm Orchestra with a song that Shep co-wrote. That's his theme song, "Rippling Rhythm."

Chop, Chop, Professor!

From 1939, here's a little ditty from Kay Kyser and his orchestra, "Chopsticks."  Vocal by Sully Mason.


Time For A Tune!

In this 1938 radio broadcast excerpt, here's Artie Shaw and his orchestra with "Copenhagen."


Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Time For Rare Rock N' Roll!

From 1957, here's Bobby Day singing the self-penned "Sweet Little Thing."  The following year, Bobby would hit paydirt with the doubled-sided hit, "Rockin' Robin," b/w "Over and Over."

Oversleep, Get Disqualified

Remember Jim , be sure to buy a goddamned alarm clock that works!

You Can Buy The Rams, Stan....

Just at long as you turn over control of your basketball and hockey teams to your son.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Now, It's The Beavers' Turn

Well, it's good to know that, as far as Oregon's Pac-10 Conference schools are concerned, the Ducks no longer have a monopoly on football players with loutish behavior.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Big News!

Here comes Tiger, girls!

Wanna Travel To Liechtenstein?

Here's a look at the tiny principality nestled between Switzerland and Austria as described here by Rick Steves.

Orders From Mr. Blues

Put It Back!

Here's Wynonie Harris singing "Put It Back" as recorded in 1950.

No More Howdy Doody Time

A family friend said that Edward Kean, who from 1947 until circa 1955 or '56, was the principle writer for The Howdy Doody Show, and who wrote the theme song, "It's Howdy Doody Time, " sung and played to the melody of "Ta-Ra-Ra-Boom-De-Ay," passed away on August 13 at age 85 from complications from emphysema at a nursing care facility at West Bloomfield Township, Michigan.

Another Visit From Henry

Here's another one from Henry Burr.  From 1923, here's Henry singing "Just A Girl That Men Forget."

Time For A Tune!

From 1905, here's Henry Burr singing "Loch Lomond."

Another Shot At A Pro Football Career?

Hey, Maurice, is this true?

Sunday, August 22, 2010

WOW! Grandpa Completed A Pass

Of course, the evergreen Mr. Favre played one series in his 2010 preseason debut.

At least he didn't throw an interception.

The Niners still topped Brett's Vikings 15-10 Sunday night in a nationally-televised game.

Still Plenty Of Life For Ol' Vinny

Keep in mind that this Hall of Fame broadcaster began broadcasting Dodgers games when they were still in Brooklyn.

From a longtime Giants fan, good luck and God speed, Vinny!

Sour Farewell For Sweet Lou

Heluva way to cap off a generally successful 23-year managerial career with your underachieving team getting the snot beaten out of at home.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Birds Of A Feather---The Walt Disney Way

It's time for a Walt Disney Silly Symphony cartoon, "Birds of a Feather,"  released by Columbia Pictures on February 3, 1931.  


This cartoon was directed by Bert Gillett, with animation by Johnny Cannon, Les Clark, and Frenchy de Tremaudan.

How 'Bout A Big Band Remote With Glenn Miller?

From the Paradise Restaurant in New York City, it's time for a half-hour of dance music with Glenn Miller and His Orchestra.  Joining Glenn for the fun and music are vocalists Marion Hutton and Ray Eberle.  


This broadcast aired over NBC Radio on December 30, 1938.

Time For A Tune!

From 1918, here's Billy Murray singing "Story Book Ball."


Friday, August 20, 2010


At Spokane, Washington:

Quarterback Kyle Rowley threw nine touchdown passes as the Spokane Shock knocked off the five-time title-winning Tampa Bay Storm 69-57 to win Arenabowl XXIII and win the Arena Football League championship on Friday night.

Time For Good Ole Country Music!

Here is a kinescope of the April 28, 1956 ABC Network telecast of the Grand Ole Opry, which aired once a month in the Ozark Jubilee time slot.  Carl Smith hosted this telecast, which included Buddy Ebsen, Chet Atkins, the Collins Kids, the Jordanaires, June Carter, Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs, and Minnie Pearl, amongst others.

Time For A Visit To The Old Town Hall!

For your listening pleasure, here is the October 2, 1935 NBC Red Network broadcast of Town Hall Tonight starring Red Allen.  Fred is joined by Portland Hoffa (his wife), the Mighty Allen Art Players, announcer/commercial spokesman Tiny Ruffin, the Town Hall Quartet, and Peter Van Steeden and the Ipana Troubadours, which was the house band.  This show also included aspiring amateurs.  The program was sponsored by Bristol-Myers for Ipana Toothpaste and Sal Hepatica Laxative.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Time To Flip For Flip

From 1931, here's Flip the Frog starring in "The Village Barber," produced and directed by Ub Iwerks and distributed theatrically by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  In this one, our hero goes to the business of being a barber with wild and crazy results.

Nevada (Reno) And Fresno State Plan To Defect To MWC

And that has the boss of the Western Athletic Conference working up a lather.

This is also on top of plans by BYU to leave the Mountain West to become a football independent while becoming a WAC member in other sports.

You can bet the powers that be that run the Bowl Championship Series are laughing their heads off.

Nice Try, Fibber McGee

That's what you get for fibbing to Congress.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Talk About Your Double Entedres (Sp)!

Let's head back to 1931 for this recording from British bandleader Harry Roy and his Bat Club Boys.  Get ready for "My Girl's Pussy."  Yes, that is the name of the song.

Time For A Tune!

Here now is a 1932 recording from British bandleader Carroll Gibbons, a little ditty entitled "Three Wishes."

And Now, A Word From Our Sponsor

Here's a 1956 commercial for Esso Extra gasoline with D-Frost.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

An Annual Tradition

Yes, kids, we're talking about the return of the Golden Brett.

LeBron May Be Gone, BUT..

So are the uniforms.

Bobby Thomson, R. I. P.

Bobby Thomson, whose ninth-inning three-run homer off Brooklyn Dodgers' pitcher Ralph Branca over the left field fence at the Polo Grounds won the 1951 National League pennant for the New York Giants, passed away on Monday night at his Savannah, Georgia home at age 86.  

Mr. Thomson's home run has been described as "The Shot Heard 'Round The World."  It capped off a comeback for the Giants, who at one time during the 1951 regular season, trailed the Dodgers by 13 1/2 games, before winning 37 of their last 44 games to force a best-of-three playoff series for the National League crown.

After the Giants and "Dem Bums" split the first two games, the Giants trailed 4-2 with two men on in the last half of the ninth inning of the decisive contest at the old Polo Grounds when Bobby hit the decisive three-run shot to win the Giants their first National League pennant since 1937.  At that moment, Giants broadcaster Russ Hodges exclaimed:

"The Giants Win The Pennant!"

"The Giants Win The Pennant!"

"The Giants Win The Pennant!"

"The Giants Win The Pennant!"

Rest In Peace, Bobby.  

Monday, August 16, 2010

Nice Going, K-Rod!

Sure is smart of you to injure the thumb of your pitching hand during a fight with your girlfriend's old man at the ball park.  Now you're through for the season, and there's the chance that the Mets may end up voiding the rest of your contract.

Anal cavity. 

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Stand By, Video Rangers

Time for an early 1950s episode of Captain Video and His Video Rangers, which aired over the old DuMont Television Network.  This telecast included commercials for Post Sugar Crisp, with the show sponsored by General Foods.  Al Hodge starred as the Captain, with Don Hastings (of future As The World Turns fame as Dr. Bob Hughes) as the seemingly always nameless Video Ranger.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Remember, Folks, Crime Does Not Pay...

But eating Post Sugar Crisp apparently does, as this early-1950s commercial, which aired during a DuMont Network telecast of Captain Video and His Video Rangers attests.


Happy Friday The Thirteenth!

Hope y'all get through the day in one piece.

Remeber, Boys And Girls....

These brief travel promotional videos are about the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Struggling BC Lions No Match For 'Riders

At Regina, Saskatchewan:

Quarterback Darian Durant ran for two touchdowns and passed for another as the Saskatchewan Roughriders (5-2) dominated the visiting British Columbia Lions (1-6) 37-13 Thursday in Canadian Football League action. 

Would You Prefer....

Bosnia and Herzegovina instead?

Montenegro, Anyone?

And I don't mean Hugo, either.  This video is from the National Tourism Organization of Montenegro.

How 'Bout A Trip To Slovenia....

The Slovenian capital of Ljubljana to be precise.  This one from the Ljubljana Tourist Board.

If Croatia Is More Your Bag.....

Here's a short video on vacationing in Croatia.

For Those Who Plan To Visit Serbia

Here is an actual promotional commercial from the National Tourism Organization of Serbia.

Let's Be Thankful He Never Met Jennifer Anniston

From 1907, here's Billy Murray singing "Man Without A Woman."

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

David L. Wolper, R. I. P.

David L. Wolper, the award-winning television documentary  producer best known for the 1977 blockbuster miniseries Roots, passed away on Tuesday at his Beverly Hills, California home from congestive heart disease and complications from Parkinson's Disease at age 82.

Be Happy, Go Lucky!

Subjected for you approval is a kinescope of the April 12, 1952 NBC Network telecast of Your Hit Parade, which includes commercials for Lucky Strike Cigarettes.  


This episode features the three original headliners from the television version of YHP, Eileen Wilson, Snooky Lanson, and Dorothy Collins.  Raymond Scott was the show's musical director and orchestra leader.  The announcer was the one and only Andre Baruch.

Be Sure To Watch Sgt. Bilko----Or You'll End Up In The Stockade!

Here's a promo for You'll Never Get Rich (also known at The Phil Silvers Show or Sgt. Bilko), which starred Phil Silvers as Sergeant Ernest Bilko.  This promo aired near the end of a 1955 CBS Network telecast of I've Got A Secret.

Don't You Just Know It!

From 1958, recorded in New Orleans for Ace Records (based in Jackson, Mississippi), here are Huey (Piano) Smith and the Clowns with "Don't You Just Know It."  


And who says we don't do old time Rock n' Roll?

Time For A Tune!

From 1910, here's Billy Murray with "Shaky Eyes."


Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Time For Tony And Sam

Here are a pair of Hall of Fame cuties, SAM the CHIHUAHUA and TONY the LHASA APSO!

Time For A Word From Our Sponsor

From way back in the day, here's a commercial for Haley's M-O Laxative.


Here's The Lombardo Trio------------------------NOT!

From the October 8, 1960 ABC Network telecast of The Lawrence Welk Show, here are the Champagne Music Makers playing one of Guy Lombardo's most identifiable hits, "Boo Hoo."  And here are Aladdin, Dick Dale, and Rocky Rockwell doing their Lombardo Trio impersonation with the vocal.  This was the episode that featured tributes to the star bandleaders of the Big Band Era.


Monday, August 9, 2010

Just What I've Always Wanted!

More SportsCenter.

Time For Cab

In this excerpt from the 1932 Paramount picture, "The Big Broadcast," here's the legendary Cab Calloway and his orchestra performing "Kickin' The Gong Around."

How 'Bout A Bowl Of Powdered Donutz?

From 1982, here's a commercial for General Mills' Powdered Donutz Cereal, a cereal that, sadly, no longer exists.  What's next, a cereal that tastes like hard boiled eggs?

Dave Dixon, R.I.P.

Dave Dixon, the New Orleans civic leader who was a driving force in bringing professional football to The Crescent City in the form of the New Orleans Saints, as well as the construction of the Louisiana Superdome, and as being the founder of the now-defunct United States Football League, passed away on Sunday at age 87.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Hey, Sonny...

How about taking up another sport----like fencing?  

That's Sonny, trying to take his mind of Cocoa Puffs Cereal by bowling in this 1979 commercial.

Golly Gee Willikers, LeBron....

I didn't even know you cared.  And only a month after leading Cavaliers fans on a wild goose chase.

Our Long National Nightmare Is Over

So the guy finally DID pass his conditioning test, eh?

Friday, August 6, 2010

Als Get Revenge On 'Riders

At Montreal:

Quarterback Anthony Calvillo threw touchdown passes to Jamel Richardson and Kerry Watkins as the Montreal Alouettes (5-1) avenged their only loss of the season on Friday as they knocked off the visiting Saskatchewan Roughriders (4-2) 30-26 for their fifth straight Canadian Football League win.


For some Post Pink Panther Flakes?  Here's a television commercial from the early 1970s.

Bobby Hebb, R. I. P.

Bobby Hebb, the singer-songwriter who composed the 1966 pop music classic "Sunny," passed away from lung cancer on Tuesday at Centennial Medical Center in Nashville at age 72.

Mr. Hebb wrote the song in response to the slaying of his brother outside a Nashville nightclub---and the assassination of President John F. Kennedy a number of days before that.

At the height of the popularity of "Sunny," Bobby toured with the Beatles.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

What, The Hell, Let's Go For The Hat Trick

Again, from a 1954 CBS telecast of Search For Tomorrow, here's a commercial for Spic and Span.

Here's Something That Almost Makes Dishwashing Nice

From 1954, probably from the same Search For Tomorrow CBS telecast as the Gleem ad, here's a commercial for Joy Dishwashing Liquid.

Here's A Commercial For Gleem Toothpaste-----And A Promo For A Record Album

Originally aired near the end of a 1954 CBS telecast of Search For Tomorrow, here is a commercial for Gleem Toothpaste, followed by a promo for a Columbia Records album "Joanne Sings," with vocals by Mary Stuart, who at the time, played Joanne Vincente on SFT.  Columbia Records was owned by CBS at the time.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Time For A Long Commercial Break

Here is a lengthy commercial break crammed with several advertisements that aired on RTE television in the Republic of Ireland in February, 1984.

Heeeeere's Jerry!

Here is the January 30, 1951 telecast as captured on kinescope of Broadway Open House, which was the first major late-night network television late-night entertainment show.  It aired Monday through Friday nights from 11PM until Midnight, Eastern Time and ran for 15 months.  We see Jerry Lester (who hosted the Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday editions), joined by bandleader-accordionist (and songwriter) Milton DeLugg (of future Gong Show fame, or infamy), announcer Wayne Howell, singer-tap dancer Ray Malone, the Mello Larks vocal group, singer-comedian David Street, and the one and only Jennie Lewis, known by the nom-de-plume Dagmar.  Morey Amsterdam hosted the Monday and Thursday installments.  BOH,  forerunner of the long-running Tonight Show went off the air in August, 1951.  The program was the brainchild of NBC president Sylvester (Pat) Weaver, who also created the Today and Tonight shows and other innovative programs for the network.