Friday, September 30, 2011

Time For A Cartoon!

From Warner Brothers in 1941, we present, as part of WB's Looney Tunes series, "The Haunted Mouse."  With story by Michael Maltese, animation by Sid Sutherland, and music by Carl Stalling, this cartoon was produced by Leon Schlesinger and supervised (directed) by Tex Avery.

Sylvia Robinson, Female Half Of R&B Duo Best Remembered For "Love Is Strange," Record Producer, R. I. P.

Sylvia Robinson, a singer, songwriter, and record producer best remembered by aficionados of early rock 'n' roll music as the female half of the rhythm and blues duo Mickey and Sylvia, who had a big hit in 1957, "Love Is Strange," passed away on Thursday at the New Jersey Institute of Neuroscience at Edison from congestive heart failure at age 75.

Born Sylvia Vanderpool in New York City, she and singer-guitarist Mickey Baker had a series of successful R & B recordings, with the big success being "Love Is Strange," which climbed to #1 on the R & B charts and crossed over into the pop charts as well.

The duo broke up in 1962 when Mr. Baker (who's still with us today; he'll be 86 years old in October) moved to Paris.

Rest in peace, Sylvia.

MLB Divisional Playoffs: Rays Silence Rangers Bats In Blowout

The Major League Baseball divisional playoffs commenced on Friday with the opening games of the two American League divisional playoff series.

At Arlington, Texas:

Matt Moore pitched seven innings of two-hit shutout ball, while Kelly Shoppach belted a pair of home runs as the Tampa Bay Rays demolished the Texas Rangers, 9-0 on the road in the opening game of their ALDS best-of-five series.

The opening game of the other American League divisional playoff series, between the visiting Detroit Tigers and New York Yankees, was suspended in the second inning due to rain with the score deadlocked at one run apiece.  The game is scheduled to be resumed on Saturday.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Time For A Cartoon

From 1949, here's a Paramount Screen Song cartoon, "The Ski's The Limit."  This one, produced by Famous Studios in New York City and released by Paramount Pictures, features the song "I Miss My Swiss, My Swiss Misses Me," written by L. Wolfe Gilbert and Abel Baer.

You'll have to click on the link below since whoever uploaded this cartoon to YouTube disabled the embedding process. 



Direction:  Isidore (I.) Sparber

Animation: Dave Tendlar
                    Tom Golden

Story: Bill Turner
            Larry Riley

Narration:  Jackson Beck

Scenics: Robert Connavale

Music:  Winston Sharples

Time For Another Waltz

From 1953, here's Whoopee John Wilfahrt and his orchestra with "Banjo Lullaby."  The Whoopee John Trio will handle the vocal here.

More Fun With Whoopee John

Here's a 1957 Decca Records release of the "St. Paul Waltz" by Whoopee John Wilfahrt and his orchestra.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Doesn't The Brain Have A Polka Of His Own?

Here's a 1957 Decca Records release of "Pinky's Polka," performed by Whoopee John Wilfahrt and his orchestra.


Time For Laughs With Dean And Jerry!

Here's a 1955 NBC Network telecast of the Colgate Variety Hour starring Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis.



Here is the January 31, 1952 episode of Dragnet, the episode entitle "The Big Mother."  This is the story in which a three-day-old baby was stolen from a nursery.  Starring Jack Webb as Sergeant Joe Friday and Barney Phillips as Sergeant Ed Jacobs. This is a syndication print of the episode, therefore the syndication title Badge 714.

Yes, Amigos, That's The Way The Cisco Kid Starts His Day

From some 60-odd years ago, here are the Duncan Renaldo as the Cisco Kid and Leo Carillo as his amigo Pancho hawking Weber's Bread.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Ducks Continue Climb In Both Polls

Following their Saturday night romp in Tucson, the Oregon Ducks climbed up one spot in the Associated Press media poll to #9, while moving up two spots to #11 in the USA Today/Coaches poll.

Niners Come Back To Top Bengals In Cincy

At Cincinnati:

Running back Kendall Hunter ran for the game's only touchdown in the fourth quarter while David Akers connected on a pair of field goals (23 and 53 yards) as the San Francisco 49ers (2-1) defeated the Cincinnati Bengals (1-2) 13-8 in Sunday National Football League action.

The win, coupled with Arizona's loss at Seattle, lifted the Niners to sole possession of first place in the West Division of the National Football Conference.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

LaMichael Runs Wild As Ducks Thump Wildcats In Tucson

At Tucson, Arizona:

Quarterback Darron Thomas threw for two touchdowns and ran for two others, while LaMichael James ran for a school-record 288 yards and two scores as the Oregon Ducks (ranked #10 in the AP poll and #13 in the USA Today/Coaches poll; 3-1 overall, 1-0 in conference play) throttled the Arizona Wildcats (1-3, 0-2) 56-31 on the road in the Ducks' Pac-12 conference opener on Saturday night.

Embarrassing Home Defeat For Riders

At Regina, Saskatchewan:

The British Columbia Lions (6-6) picked up their fifth consecutive Canadian Football League win on Saturday as they smashed the Saskatchewan Roughriders' (4-8) three-game run 42-5 on the road.  Lions' quarterback Travis Tulay completed 19 of 27 passes for 303 yards and two touchdowns.

Woes Continue For Beavers As OSU Drops Conference Opener To Bruins

At Corvallis, Oregon:

Quarterback Richard Brehaut threw for a touchdown and ran for another on Saturday as UCLA (2-2 overall; 1-0 in conference play) defeated Oregon State (0-3; 0-1) 27-19 on the road in the Pacific 12 Conference opener for both teams.

Can You Boys And Girls Handle Chapter Nine?

Time now for "The Fatal Flood," the ninth chapter of our 1945 Republic Pictures serial, Manhunt of Mystery Island.


Friday, September 23, 2011


Here is the rubbery-limbed French artist, Gaston Le Crayon, in his first Terrytoon, "Gaston Is Here."  In this one, Gaston invades an Alfred Hitchcock movie set.  This 1957 cartoon was made by Terrytoons at New Rochelle, New York and was distributed by Twentieth Century Fox.

This is a syndication television print of the cartoon, which was originally produced and released theatrically in CinemaScope.


Story :  Tommy Morrison
                Larz Bourne
                Bob Kuwahara

Animation:  Larry Silverman
                         Mannie Davis
                         George Bakes
                         Jim Tyer
                         Al Chiarito
                         Eddie Donnelly

Layouts:  Al Kouzel
                    Art Bartsch

Backgrounds:  Bill Hilliker

Voice Characterizations:  Allen Swift

Music:  Phil Scheib

Production Manager:  Frank Schudde

Director:  Connie Rasinski

Supervising Director:  Gene Deitch

Executive Producer:  Bill Weiss             

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Here's Something You Don't See Every Day..

Here's a kinescope from the May 20, 1950 DuMont Network telecast of Cavalcade of Stars, starring Jerry Lester, who would soon go on to become one of the hosts of NBC's pioneering late-night comedy-variety showcase Broadway Open House, a forerunner to The Tonight Show.  Baseball legend Jackie Robinson, singer Mindy Carson, and dancer Lucienne Boyer were among Jerry's guests that night.  He would soon be replaced by the star of a recently failed NBC filmed sitcom adaptation of the successful radio series, The Life of Riley.  A feller named Jackie Gleason.

TIme For Early TV With Bob Hope!

From Easter Sunday (April 9), 1950, here's Bob Hope starring in his first television special, Star Spangled Revue.  Joining Bob are Beatrice Lille, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., Dinah Shore, Hal Le Roy, Maurice Rocco, Walter Greaza, David Burns, Carl Reiner, Dan Liberto and Gloria Patrice, The Look Magazine Cover Girls, The Mexico City Boys Choir, and Wendell Niles.  This NBC special, sponsored by General Motors' Frigidaire division, was directed by Hal Keith and produced by Max Liebman.

Sorry for the less than perfect video picture.

Time For A Vitaphone Short

From 1931, here's Hal Le Roy starring in "The High School Hoofer," with Eleanor King.  This Vitaphone short, released by Warner Brothers, was written by Stanley Rauh, photographed by E.B. DuPar, and directed by Roy Mack.


Be Sure The Goddan Peanut Butter Jar Has A Bottom!

Here's a classic TV blooper from the early 1960s.  During an NBC Network telecast of the game show Say When, here's host Art James plugging Peter Pan Peanut Butter.

More Whoopee John

Here's a 1953 release of "Vagabond Waltz," with Whoopee John Wilfahrt and his orchestra.


Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Here's Something To Quench Your Thirst After Watching Those Cartoons

Here are Fresh-Up Freddie and his friends in a late 1950s commercial for Seven-Up!


From 1942, here's Gandy Goose, starring with Sourpuss in "Lights Out."  Produced by Paul Terry and directed by Eddie Donnelly, with story by John Foster and music by Phil Scheib.  Made by Terrytoons in New Rochelle, New York and released theatrically by 20th Century-Fox.

Why Wear Your Brains Out Exercising?

When you can take some weight-reducing pills, as sold by Heckle and Jeckle?

1952 Heckle and Jeckle cartoon, entitled "Pill Peddlers."  With story by Tom Morrison and music by Phil Scheib, this cartoon, made in New Rochelle, New York by Terrytoons and released theatrically by Twentieth Century Fox, was produced by Paul Terry and directed by studio veteran Connie Rasinski.


Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Monday, September 19, 2011

Time For An Early Flick With The Duke!

From 1933, here's John Wayne starring in "Sagebrush Trail."  With story by Lindsley Parson and photography by Archie Stout, this motion picture was produced by Paul Malvern and directed by Armand Schaefer.  This film was originally released theatrically by Monogram Pictures.  The Duke is joined in the cast by Nancy Shubert, Lane Chandler, and Yakima Canutt.

Time For Boston Blackie, Boys and Girls!

From March, 1953, here's an episode of the syndicated Boston Blackie television series, starring Kent Taylor in the title role, with Lois Collier as Mary and Frank Orth as Inspector Faraday.

"The Hired Hand" is title of this episode.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Ducks Climb Up In Both Polls

Following their Saturday disembowelment of Missouri State, the Oregon Ducks climbed up three places to #10 in the Associated Press media poll and up two to #12 in the USA Today/Coaches rankings.

Once again, no support in either poll for the Oregon State Beavers.

Niners Blow Ten-Point 4th Quarter Lead, Drop Home Contest In OT To Cowboys

At San Francisco:

Despite playing with a fractured rib, Tony Romo threw for two touchdowns, both to Miles Austin, then, in overtime, fired a 77-yard pass to Jesse Holley, setting up Dan Bailey's game-winning 19-yard field goal as the Dallas Cowboys (1-1) overcame a 10-point fourth-quarter deficit and defeated the San Francisco 49ers (1-1) 27-24 on the road in Sunday National Football League action.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Riders Hold Off Argos For Third Straight Win

At Regina, Saskatchewan:

Wide receiver Chris Getzlaf caught seven passes for 170 yards and a touchdown while rookie kicker Chris Milo booted three field goals as the Saskatchewan Roughriders (4-7) racked up their third consecutive Canadian Football League victory on Saturday as they defeated the visiting Toronto Argonauts (2-9) 30-20. 

Ducks Turn Visiting Missouri State Into Bear Rugs

At Eugene, Oregon:

Quarterback Darron Thomas completed 11 of 15 passes for 206 yards and three touchdowns, two of them to Lavasier Tuinei, while LaMichael James ran for 204 yards and three scores, including runs of 90 and 50 yards as the Oregon Ducks (2-1; ranked #12 in the AP poll and #13 in the USA Today/Coaches poll) demolished visiting Missouri State (0-3) 56-7 on Saturday.

Time For Chapter Eight!

Time now, friends and neighbors, for the eighth chapter of our 1945 Republic Pictures serial, Manhunt of Mystery Island, titled "Bombs Away."

Monday, September 12, 2011

Ducks Inch Up In AP Poll; Stay #14 In Coaches' Rankings

Following their 69-20 Saturday beatdown of visiting Nevada, the Oregon Ducks inched up one spot in the Associated Press media poll to #13 while remaining #14 in the USA Today/Coaches poll.  Oklahoma, Alabama, LSU, Boise State, and Florida State hold the top five spots in both polls.

Check This Out, Hockey Fans In Kansas City, Quebec City, Hamilton, Et Al

Could this team be headed for bankruptcy?

You Don't Have To Be Smart To Have Fun

From 1950, here's Yogi Yorgesson (actually a nom-de-plume for comedian-songwriter Harry Stewart) with "Nincompoops Have All The Fun."

Time For A Movie, Boys and Girls!

From Monogram Pictures in 1939, here is "Undercover Agent."   In this one, a railway postal clerk goes after a sweepstakes counterfeit ring.  Russell Gleason and Shirley Deane headlined the cast.  With screenplay by Milton Raison and original story by Martin Mooney, this movie was produced by E. B. Derr and directed by Howard Bretherton.


Time For Boston Blackie, Gang!

From May, 1952, here's an episode from the old syndicated "Boston Blackie" television series starring Kent Taylor in the title role, entiled "So Was Goliath."  Lois Collier co-starred as Blackie's romantic interest Mary along with Frank Orth as the bumbling police Inspector John Faraday.

Hey, You! Watch Where You Drop Them Teardrops!!

From 1956, here are Whoopee John Wilfahrt and his orchestra with "Don't Drop Those Tears In My Beer."  Whoopee's son Patrick handles the vocal here.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Riders Overpower Bombers In Winnipeg

At Winnipeg, Manitoba:

Quarterback Darian Durant threw for four touchdowns (two to Chris Getzlaf) as the Saskatchewan Roughriders (3-7) registered their second straight Canadian Football League victory on Sunday, 45-23 on the road over the Winnipeg Blue Bombers (7-3). It was the Riders' second win over the Bombers within a week.

Ted Ginn Runs Wild On Kickoff And Punt Returns As Niners Top Seahawks In Jim Harbaugh's Coaching Debut

At San Francisco:

Quarterback Alex Smith completed 15 of 20 passes for 124 yards and ran one yard for a touchdown, while Ted Ginn, Jr. returned a kickoff for 102 and a TD and a punt 55 yards for another score as the San Francisco 49ers, in Jim Harbaugh's debut as an NFL head coach,  defeated the visiting Seattle Seahawks 33-17 in the National Football League regular-season opener for both teams on Sunday. 

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Ducks Make Loss To LSU Look Like Ancient History In Demolition Of UNR Wolfpack (Sorry, Susie)

At Eugene, Oregon:

Quarterback Darron Thomas completed 13 of 19 passes for 295 and six touchdowns, while La Michael James scored two of his own (one on a 44-yard reception and another on a 58-yard punt return) as the Oregon Ducks (1-1; #13 in the AP Poll and #14 in the USA Today/Coaches Poll) demolished visiting Nevada (0-1) 69-20 on Saturday in the Ducks' home opener.    Two of Darron's TD throws went to De'Anthony Thomas (no relation), one of 24 yards, another of 69.

Badgers Badger Toothless Beavers

At Madison, Wisconsin:

Quarterback Russell Wilson completed 17 of 21 passes for 189 yards and three touchdowns while Monte Ball ran for 118 yards and a pair of scores as Wisconsin (2-0; ranked #8 in the Associated Press poll, #9 in the USA Today/Coaches poll) smothered visiting Oregon State (0-2) 35-0.

Time For Chapter Seven, Folks! And We Ain't Talking Bankruptcy Either!

We now present "The Death Drop," the seventh installment of our 1945 Republic Pictures chapter play, Manhunt of Mystery Island.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Wunnerful! Wunnerful!

From 1939, here is the original recording by The Champagne Music of Lawrence Welk of Lawrence's long-time theme song, "Bubbles In The Wine."  It was originally released on Vocalion Records.  This looks like an early 1940's rerelease on Okeh (after CBS had phased out Vocalion).

Keep In Mind There Was No Commercial TV In 1938

Here's a commercial that was shown in motion picture theaters during 1938 for Esso (forerunner in this country to Exxon) Gasoline.  Check out the final few seconds.  That may have scared the bejesus out of some moviegoers back then.

TIme For Bing, Bob, and Dotty

Here is the January 29, 1947 ABC Radio Network broadcast of Philco Radio Time starring Bing Crosby with Bing's guests Bob Hope and Dorothy Lamour.


Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Big Dropoff In Polls For Ducks

Following their error-plagued Saturday setback at the hands of Louisiana State, the Oregon Ducks dropped down to #13 in the Associated Press (media) poll and #14 in the USA Today/Coaches poll.

If You Want Manageable Hair.........

Here's another Australian TV commercial, this one from 1961 for Sunsilk Shampoo.

Don't Forget, Kids, In Australia, Christmas Comes During The Summer!

Here's a 1960 Australian TV commercial for the Gillette razor blades.

Put On Your Dancin' Shoes!

In a kinescoped clip from a 1957 ABC Network telecast of Lawrence Welk's Saturday night Dodge Dancing Party, here are Lawrence and Janet Lennon dancing to the "Bugle Call Polka."


Sunday, September 4, 2011

Riders End Four-Game Losing Streak By Knocking Off Bombers

At Regina, Saskatchewan:

In Ken Miller's first game back as their head coach (he replaced the fired Greg Marshall), the Saskatchewan Roughriders (2-7) defeated the Winnipeg Blue Bombers (7-2) 27-7 at home on Sunday in Canadian Football League action.  Coach Miller had guided the 'Riders to the last two Grey Cup finals.  Saskatchewan ended its' four-game losing streak by ending the Bombers' five-match winning run.  Quarterback Darian Durant threw for three touchdowns, two of them to Chris Getzlaf.

Bucs' Hall of Famer Lee Roy Selmon, R. I. P.

Hall of Fame defensive end Lee Roy Selmon passed away on Sunday, two days after having suffered a massive stroke at the age of 56.

Mr. Selmon was the first collegiate player ever selected by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, chosen with the first overall selection of the 1976 National Football League draft, this following an outstanding career at Oklahoma.

In Lee Roy's nine NFL seasons, all with the Buccaneers, he had 78 1/2 sacks and was selected to six consecutive Pro Bowls.  He retired following the 1984 season.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Bayou Bengals Take Bite Out Of Ducks In Arlington

At Arlington, Texas:

Quarterback Jarrett Lee, who played in place of the suspended Jordan Jefferson, threw for a touchdown while #4 (both in the Associated Press and USA Today/Coaches polls) Louisiana State took out #3 (both polls) Oregon 40-27 on Saturday night in the Cowboys' Classic, the regular-season opener for both teams.  Half of the Tigers' points came from converting three of the Ducks' turnovers into points.  

OT Shocker In Corvallis: Hornets Sting Beavers

At Corvallis, Oregon:

Quarterback Jeff Fleming completed 22 of 35 passes for 257 yards and three touchdowns, including the game-tying score in overtime to Brandyn Reed, who then tacked on the game-winning two-point conversion as Sacramento State, a member of the Big Sky Conference (FCS) knocked off Oregon State 29-28 on the road in the season opener for both schools. It was the Beavers' first home-opening defeat in 10 years.

Time Now For Chapter Six, Boys and Girls!

Time for "Ocean Tomb," the sixth chapter of Manhunt of Mystery Island, our 1945 Republic Pictures serial.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Time To Rock and Roll..........The Whoopee John Way

From 1957, here's "Whoopee" John Wilfahrt and his orchestra with "Rock and Roll To The Round and Round Beat."  Whoopee's son Patrick handles the vocal here.

Have a rockin' good time!

Thursday, September 1, 2011


Time for a 1953 Decca Records recording by "Whoopee" John Wilfahrt and his orchestra, "Elsie Schultz-En-Heim."  Whoopee's son Patrick does the vocal here.

Enjoy!  You'll get a real kick out of it!

If You're Driving Around In Australia.........

Here's a 1961 commercial for the Standard Vanguard Six, as presented on the telly Down Under.