Thursday, September 30, 2010

Here's One More!

From 1940, here music by Will Osborne and His Slide Music, "The Man Who Comes Around."

Here's Another Oldie

"Are You From Heaven?"  That's the question asked in this 1918 recording from Henry Burr.

Time For A Tune!

From the 1920's, here's Billy Murray, complaining that "Everything's Going Up."

Who Says We Don't Do Features?

Let's go back to 1936 for this film from Supreme Pictures Corporation.  Johnny Mack Brown stars in "The Crooked Trail."  This film was produced by A. W. Hackel and directed by S. Roy Luby.

Time For The "Horn Pipe Polka," Everyone!

Here's a kinescoped clip from a 1959 ABC Network telecast of The Lawrence Welk Show.  Here, the boys perform "The Horn Pipe Polka," featuring Orie Amadeo on piccolo, Bill Page on Basoon, and Myron Floren on accordion.  Yes, that's Janet Lennon dancing with Lawrence.

Tony Curtis, R. I. P.

Tony Curtis, the son of a Bronx tailor who went on to become a Hollywood icon with starring roles in such motion pictures as "Some Like It Hot" and "The Defiant Ones," passed away Wednesday night from cardiac arrest at his Henderson, Nevada home at age 85.

Mr. Curtis was married five times, the first to actress Janet Leigh (from 1951 until their divorce twelve years later).  Jamie Lee Curtis was Tony and Janet's daughter.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Don't Forget The Grits

From the 1970s, here's a commercial for Quaker Instant Grits.


Now, A Word From Our Sponsor

Here's a 1965 commercial for Bufferin with actress Joan Fontaine.


TIme For Something Different!

From 1955, here are the Nutmegs with "Story Untold."


Here Come The Lennon Sisters, Gang!

In this kinescoped clip from a 1959 ABC Network telecast of The Lawrence Welk Show, here are the Lennon Sisters performing "Mississippi Mud."


The Fur Pirates

Time for "The Fur Pirates," the third chapter in our 1937 Republic Pictures Dick Tracy serial, starring Ralph Byrd in the title role.


Monday, September 27, 2010

Time To Dance The Schottische With Barbara and Bobby!

In this videotaped excerpt from a 1964 ABC Network telecast of The Lawrence Welk Show, here are Barbara Boylan and Bobby Burgess dancing "The Norwegian Schottishce."  Myron Floren and Jo Ann Castle are on twin Pancordions.

George Blanda, R.I.P.

Hall of Fame quarterback and placekicker George Blanda, best remembered for remarkable run of late-game theatrics for the Oakland Raiders during the waning years of a 26-year career in professional football, has passed away at age 83, the Raiders confirmed on Monday.

Mr. Blanda, who played his college ball for Bear Bryant at Kentucky, began his pro career with the Chicago Bears in 1949 and played for them for ten years.  During his earliest years with the Bears, George played not only quarterback, he placekicked, punted, played defensive back and even linebacker.

After being out of football in 1959, George signed on with the Houston Oilers of the newly-formed American Football League and quarterbacked them to the AFL's first three championship games, winning the first two of them in 1960 and '61, losing the '62 title clash in double overtime to the Dallas Texans (who became the Kansas City Chiefs the following year).

George joined the Oakland Raiders in 1967 and played with them for nine years.  It was in 1970 that the legend of "Old" George really blossomed when he, at age 43,  performed late-game herorics, either with his arm (entering the game in relief of starter Daryle Lamonica) or with his foot.

When he retired shortly before his 49th birthday in 1976, he was the last remaining original AFL player still playing in the National Football League.

George did play in one Super Bowl, the second one in 1968 when the Raiders fell to the Green Bay Packers, who played their last game under head coach Vince Lombardi.

Time For A Brew

Here's a 1950s commercial for Piel's Beer with Bob Elliot and Ray Goulding as Bert and Harry Piel in this ad that was produced in the New York City offices of United Productions of America (UPA).

Time For A Tune!

Let's go back to 1915 for this recording from Billy Murray, "Pretty Baby."

San Francisco 49ers: Offensive Coordinator Becomes Fall Guy

According to a report on the CBS Sports website, the San Francisco 49ers gave embattled offensive coordinator Jimmy Raye the boot on Monday.

Watch Your Favorite CBS Shows---------------IN COLOR!

Here are CBS Television Network promos for the 1965-66 season.  The shows promoted are The Beverly Hillbillies, Green Acres, Gomer Pyle USMC, The Andy Griffith Show, and Petticoat Junction.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

New AP Poll: Ducks Climb While Beavers Drop Out

After Saturday's win at Arizona State, the Oregon Ducks climbed up one spot to #4 in the Associated Press media poll which was released on Sunday.

Following their Saturday setback at Boise State (who remained at #3, with Alabama and Ohio State keeping the top two spots), the Oregon State Beavers, who had been ranked #24, fell out of the rankings.  They did get some support from voters, and they would be ranked 34th. 

Niners Ambushed In KC

At Kansas City:

Quarterback Matt Cassel threw for three touchdown passes as the Kansas City Chiefs, off to their first 3-0 start in seven years, manhandled the visiting San Francisco 49ers (0-3) 31-10 in Sunday NFL action.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Ducks Survive Offensive Battle At Sun Devil Stadium

At Tempe, Arizona:

Darron Thomas threw for two touchdowns and ran for another as the #5 (AP) Oregon Ducks (4-0) outlasted the Arizona State Sun Devils (2-2) 42-21 on the road Saturday night in the Pacific 10 Conference openers for both schools. 

'Riders Win Thriller In Canada's Steel City

At Hamilton, Ontario:

In Saturday night Canadian Football League action, quarterback Darian Durant threw for three touchdowns, two of them to Rob Bagg as the Saskatchewan Roughriders (8-4) came from behind to defeat the Hamilton Tiger-Cats (6-6) 32-25 on the road.  

Despite Valiant Effort, Beavs Fall To Broncos On Smurfturf

At Boise, Idaho:

Quarterback Kellen Moore completed 19 of 27 passes for 288 yards and three touchdowns while Doug Martin ran for 138 yards as the #3 Boise State Broncos (3-0) defeated the visiting #24 Oregon State Beavers (1-2) 37-24 in a nationally-televised contest on Saturday night.

Associated Press media poll rankings. 

Aussie Rules Grand Final: Replay?!

At Melbourne, Australia:

For the first time since 1977 on Saturday, the Australian Football League's Grand Final finished in a draw, deadlocked at 68 between two suburban Melbourne clubs, the Collingwood Magpies (looking for their first title since 1990) and the St. Kilda Saints (in search of their first crown since 1966).  The two teams will play each other again in a replay which will take place next Saturday in Melbourne.  In case regulation time ends in another deadlock, 10 minutes of overtime would be played. 

Friday, September 24, 2010

Evidenlty, Someone's Feeling His Cheerios

Here's a commercial for Cheerios dating back to around 1952, seen during an ABC Network telecast of The Trouble With Father (a.k.a. The Stu Irwin Show).

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Eddie Fisher, R. I. P.

Eddie Fisher, the popular 1950s crooner who had numerous Top-40 hits, four of which reached number one, and who counted amongst high-profiled wives as Debbie Reynolds, Elizabeth Taylor, and Connie Stevens, passed away at Berkeley, California, from complications following hip surgery at age 82.

Time For A Newsreel

Here's a 1964 edition of the Universal-International Newsreel, narrated by Ed Herlihy (best remembered to some people as a commercial spokesman for Kraft Foods).

Time To Show Me

From 1947, here's Frankie Masters and his Orchestra with "The Missouri Waltz."

Here One From The Old Professor, Himself, Chillun!

From 1946, here's music by Kay Kyser and his Orchestra, "Ole Buttermilk Sky."  Yes kids, that's future TV talk show host Mike Douglas with the vocal along with The Campus Kids.

Here's Somethin' Soothin'

From 1935, here's Freddy Martin and his Orchestra with "Paris In The Spring."  Elmer Feldkamp with the vocal.

Who Wouldn't Love A Piano?

From 1916, here's Billy Murray with "I Love A Piano."

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Time For A Tune

From 1917, here's Billy Murray with "Here Come The Groom."

More Danger For Dick?

Time for "The Bridge of Terror," the second chapter of our 1937 Republic Pictures Dick Tracy serial.

Here's Another One

Here's another 1966 cartoon starring Honey Halfwitch.  In this one, "Throne For A Loss,"Honey and Stanley the Sorcerer encounter a frog who was once a handsome prince. 

This Paramount cartoon, made in New York City, was directed by Shamus Culhane, with story by Howard Post, animation by William B. Pattengill and Martin Taras, scenics by Robert Little and Gil Miret, music by Winston Sharples, and uncredited voice characterizations by Shari Lewis and Bradley Bolke (brother of Dayton Allen and himself voice of Chumley the Walrus on Tennessee Tuxedo).

Can You Stomach Honey Halfwitch?

From 1966, here's Honey Halfwitch starring in "Trick or Cheat."  In this one, Stanley the Sorcerer encounters more problems. 

This cartoon, made in New York City by Paramount Cartoon Studios, was produced and directed by Howard Post, with story by Heywood (Woody) Kling, animation by Martin Taras, scenics by Robert Little, and music by Winston Sharples.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Saints Pull Out Last-Second Win Over Niners

At San Francisco:

Garrett Hartley connected on 37-yard field goal that barely cleared the crossbar as time expired, giving the New Orleans Saints (2-0) a 25-22 road win over the San Francisco 49erd (0-2) on Monday night.

Here He Comes Once Again To Save The Day!

From 1951, here's Mighty Mouse starring in "Goons From The Moon."  This cartoon, made in New Rochelle, New York by Terrytoons, with story by Tom Morrison and music by Phil Scheib, was produced by Paul Terry and directed by Connie Rasinski and was released theatrically by 20th Century Fox.

Take The Kansas Comet's Advice

Just pull up to a Phillips 66 service station for their high performance gasoline as Chicago Bears Hall of Fame running back Gale Sayers suggests in this 1970 commercial.

Now For Something Totally Different

Here's a 1961 commercial for the SAAB 95.

Get Ready To Get Freaked Out

Here's a 1974 television commercial for Freakies cereal, a Ralston-Purina product.

Bill Littlejohn, R. I. P.

Longtime veteran animator Bill Littlejohn, one of the few people who worked on both versions of Tom and Jerry---the Van Beuren version in the early 1930s as well as MGM's more famous cat-and-mouse team in the 1940s---passed away on Saturday night in his sleep at age 96.


Could this be the reason why he threw his helmet into the stands last night?

Sunday, September 19, 2010

AP Poll: Ducks Stay Put; Beavers Inch Up

After their 69-0 home demolition of Portland State on Saturday, the Oregon Ducks remained at #5 in the latest Associated Press media poll.

Meanwhile, the Oregon State Beavers moved up a spot to #24 following their 35-28 home win over Louisville.

The Beavers travel to Boise State for a televised Saturday contest against the #3 Broncos

Here's Another Oldie

Here's a kinescope of the March 4, 1953 CBS Network telecast of The Guiding Light, less than one year into the series' 57-year television run.

Sorry, Folks, This Ain't Mayberry

Here's a rare find.  This is a kinescope of the March 27, 1953 CBS Network telecast of Search For Tomorrow.  Yes, boys and girls, that's Don Knotts in his first regular television role, that of some sort of comatose vegetable.

From Those Thrilling Days of Yesteryear

Here's a kinescope of the March 29, 1962 CBS telecast of As The World Turns.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Quizz Helps Lead Beavers To Triumph Over Louisville

At Corvallis, Oregon:

Jacquizz Rodgers ran for 132 yards and two touchdowns and James Dockery sealed the victory with an interception late in the fourth quarter as the  #25 (AP) Oregon State Beavers defeated the visiting Louisville Cardinals 35-28 on Saturday. 

Ducks Detroy Visiting Vikes

At Eugene, Oregon:

LaMichael James ran for 227 yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries as the #5 (AP) Oregon Ducks, on a day in which they, as a team, ran for a school-record 528 yards, mutilated and buried the visiting Portland State Vikings 69-0 in their final tune-up before the start of Pacific-10 Conference play on Saturday. 

Time For Tom and Jerry---------------The Van Beuren Tom and Jerry, That Is!

From 1932, here are Tom and Jerry starring in "Plane Dumb."  In this one, the boys travel to Africa with disastrous results.  This cartoon, produced by Amadee J. Van Beuren and released by RKO Radio Pictures, was made in New York City.  With music by Gene Rodemich, this piece of animation was directed by John Foster and George Rufle.


Yes, folks, Tom was the tall one. 

Friday, September 17, 2010

Riders Win Wild One In OT

At Regina, Saskatchewan:

Wes Cates scored the winning touchdown in overtime while Andy Fantuz picked up 255 yards receiving (as well as scoring a key touchdown late in regulation time) as the Saskatchewan Roughriders snapped a two-game losing streak with a 43-37 win over Western Division Calgary in Friday Canadian Football League action.

Hey Perry, Is It Unconditional?

From 1946, here's Perry Como singing "Surrender."

Hope You Don't Spend Too Much Time At The Airport

Let's head back to 1933 for this tune from Ted Fio Rito and his orchestra, a ditty entitled "Fly Away To Ioway." Bill Carey and The Debutantes handle the vocals.

You Better Not Bring Lulu-----Or Else!

From 1925, here's Bennie (Don't Call Me Freddy) Krueger and his orchestra with "Don't Bring Lulu."

Drive A '59 Edsel

Here's a commercial for the 1959 Edsel, featuring erstwhile newsman John Cameron Swayze.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Time For An Old Cartoon!

From 1946, it's time for "The Talking Magpies."  This cartoon was more-or-less the forerunner of what would be the hugely successful Heckle and Jeckle series.  This cartoon features longtime Terrytoons star Farmer Al Falfa as the long-suffering homeowner who has to put up with a number of magpies.

This cartoon, released by 20th Century-Fox, was produced at New Rochelle, New York by Paul Terry.  With story by John Foster and music by Phil Scheib, this cartoon was directed by studio veteran Mannie Davis.

It's A Big Hoop-De-Doo

In this kinescope clip from circa 1960, here's Frankie Yankovic and his Yanks with "Hoop-De-Doo."

Time For A Kulinary Kwickie

How to make toast.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Time For A Tune!

From 1910, here's Billy Murray singing about those "Shaky Eyes."

It's Dick Tracy To The Rescue!

It's time for the opening chapter--"The Spider Strikes"---of our 1937 Republic Pictures serial, Dick Tracy, based on the Chester Gould comic strip.  This 15-chapter serial was produced by Nat Levine and directed by Ray Taylor and Alan James and stars Ralph Byrd as the intrepid detective.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

I Should Have Known

You'd probable figured that the Western Athletic Conference is going to sue the Mountain West Conference over two schools planning to jump to the MWC next year.

The WAC is suing the two schools as well.

My sister's alma mater is (it ain't Fresno State) is one of the defendants.

2005 Heisman Trophy Winner?

WHAT 2005 Heisman Trophy winner?!

Time For A Soundie!

From 1944, here are The LeDonne Trio performing "Hotsy Totsy."  This short film, meant to be viewed on visual jukeboxes called Panorams, was produced and directed by B. K. Blake.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Let's Dance!

In this clip from the January 11, 1958 ABC Network telecast of Lawrence Welk's Saturday night Dodge Dancing Party, here are the Champagne Music Makers perforning "Cheek to Cheek."

AP Poll: Ducks Climb Up; Beavers Back In

Following their Saturday beatdown of Tennessee on the road, the Oregon Ducks climb up two spots to #5 in the lastest Associated Press media poll.  Despite being off this past weekend, the Oregon State Beavers returned to the AP rankings, at #25, up from #29.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Seahawks Smother Niners In Season Opener

At Seattle:

Matt Hasslebeck threw for two touchdowns and ran for another as the Seattle Seahawks smothered the visiting San Francisco 49ers 31-6 Sunday in Pete Carroll's debut as the 'Hawks head coach.  It was the National Football League season opener for both clubs. 

Kevin McCarthy, R. I. P.

Prolific actor Kevin McCarthy, best known for his performance as the panicked doctor, trying to warn the world about the alien "Pod People" in the 1956 film "Invasion of the Body Snatchers," and whose acting career spanned over seven decades, passed away on Saturday at Cape Cod Hospital at Hyannis, Massachusetts at age 96.

Bombers Blow Out 'Riders In Winnipeg

At Winnipeg, Manitoba:

Fred Reid ran for a season-high 148 yards and two touchdowns as the Winnipeg Blue Bombers (3-7) ended a five-game losing streak by crushing the visiting Saskatchewan Roughriders (6-4) 31-2 on Sunday in Canadian Football League action. 

Rudy's Voice, R. I. P.

Billie Mae Richards, the actress who is best remembered for doing the voice of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer in the 1964 animated television classic that is still repeated annually on the tube, passed away on Friday at Burlington, Ontario at age 89.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Ask The Man Who Owns One

Here's a filmstrip promoting the 1948 Packard.

Time For Big Band Music With A British Accent

From back in the day, here's music by Harry Roy and his Mayfair Hotel Orchestra, "Tumbling Tumbleweeds."

Here's Something To Make 100,000-Plus Fans Shut Up

At Knoxville, Tennessee:

Running back LaMichael James, back from a one-game suspension, ran for 134 yards (72 on a touchdown run) while Cliff Harris ran back an interception 76 yards for another score as the #7-ranked (AP) Oregon Ducks (2-0) overcame  a ten-point deficit by scoring 45 unanswered points as they bludgeoned Tennessee (1-1) 48-13 on the road Saturday night in front of 102,035 fans.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Krazy's Swan Song

From 1940, here is Krazy Kat starring in his last Columbia Cartoon, "The Mouse Exterminator," which was actually part of Columbia's "Phantasy" series, produced by the Screen Gems studio.


Story: Allen Rose

Animation: Harry Love

Music: Joe De Nat

Additional Personnel:

Production Manager: Jimmy Bronis

Layout:  Clark Watson

Backgrounds:  Phil Davis

Voice Characterizations: Danny Webb

Editor:  George Winkler

Would You Buy Insurance From This Guy?

Here are the Fox and Crow in another Screen Gems cartoon (from Columbia Pictures), "Unsure Runts" from 1946.  In this one, the Crow tries to sell the Fox an expiring insurance policy.  

This cartoon, produced by Hugh McCollum, with story by Sid Marcus, animation by Grant Simmons and Volus Jones, layouts by Clark Watson, music by Eddie Kilfeather, and uncredited voice characterizations by Frank Graham, was directed by Howard Swift.

I Wonder If The Crow Were Related To Minnie

From 1944, here are the Fox and Crow starring in "Mr. Moocher."  In this Columbia Pictures Screen Gems cartoon, the Crow borrows many of the Fox's belongings----without permission.  This cartoon was directed by Bob Wickersham, with story by Sid Marcus, animation by Chic Otterstrom and Ben Lloyd, and music by Eddie Kilfeather.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Saints Outlast Vikes In Low-Scoring Season Opener

At New Orleans:

Quarterback Drew Brees completed 27 of 36 passes for 237 yards and a touchdown (29 yards to Devry Henderson) while Pierre Thomas ran one yard for what turned out to be the game-winning score as the New Orleans Saints began defense of their Super Bowl title with a 14-9 home win over the Minnesota Vikings in a rematch of last January's NFC title game as the National Football League launched its' 91st regular season on Thursday night.

As for Brett Favre, he competed 15 of 27 passes for 171 yards and a touchdown (20 yards to Visanthe Shiancoe). 

Chipmunk Convention

Here are some chipmunks (with one on his lunch break) and birds in this video taken this past Monday at Crater Lake National Park.

What's More Compelling?

The official opening of the Saints' title defense---or if Grandpa Brett can stay up?

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Can't Eat Just One, Bert

From 1967, here's Bert Lahr, dressed as the Devil, starring in a commercial for Lay's Potato Chips.