Saturday, March 31, 2012

It's Kentucky vs. Kansas For All The Marbles

The national semifinals of the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans on Saturday.

In the opener, national player of the year Anthony Davis scored 18 points and grabbed 12 rebounds as the Kentucky Wildcats (37-2) held off the Louisville Cardinals (30-10) 69-61 for their first title game appearance since winning their seventh crown in 1998.

In the nightcap, Thomas Robinson scored 19 points while Tyshawn Taylor (who added 10) made two key free throws in the late going as the Kansas Jayhawks (32-6), with four players scoring in double-figures, came from behind to upend the Ohio State Buckeyes (31-8) 64-62 to reach their first title game since winning their most recent national championship in 2008.

It's A "W" For The VooDoo In Utah

At Salt Lake City, Utah:

Quarterback Kurt Rocco threw for nine touchdowns on Saturday as the New Orleans VooDoo (1-2) picked up their first Arena Football League victory of the season, 72-57 over the Utah Blaze (2-2) on the road.

Welcome To Another Saturday At The Movies

On this week's program, we'll start with a 1937 Hugh Harman-Rudolf Ising cartoon released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, "Swing Wedding."  In this one, such top personalities as Cab Calloway, Fats Waller, Louis Armstrong, Ethel Waters, Stepin' Fetchit, and the Boswell Sisters are caricatured as frogs.  The bullfrogs hold a jam session for Minnie the Moocher's wedding day.  Uncredited personnel include Jack Caldwell, Hugh Harman,and William Hanna on story; Thomas McKimson and Larry Martin, animation; The Four Blackbirds, voice characterizations; Scott Bradley, music.


Next, up, shown in two parts, from Columbia Pictures, The Three Stooges star in their only Academy Award-nominated short, "Men In Black."  In this 1934 two-reeler, yes, Moe, Larry, and Curly are doctors.  With story and screenplay by Felix Adler, this film was directed by Raymond McCarey.

Part One:

Part Two:

Next, the Dead End Kids and the Little Tough Guys star in the sixth chapter of Sea Raiders, our 1941 Universal Pictures Serial.

And now, our Feature Presentation!

From Jack Schwarz Productions (released by Eagle Lion Film Classics, Inc.) in 1951, we present "The Hoodlum."  In this one, Lawrence Tierney stars as paroled sociopath career criminal Vincent Lubeck, who betrays his family's trust when he masterminds a complex armored car robbery.  The picture also stars Allene Roberts and Marjorie Riordan.  With story and screenplay by associate producers Sam Neuman and Nat Tanchuck, this movie was produced by Maurice Kosloff and directed by Max Nosseck.


Friday, March 30, 2012


At Pittsburgh:

Tray Woodall scored 17 points while Lamar Patterson and Talib Zanna added 14 and 12 respectively on Friday as the Pittsburgh Panthers (22-17) defeated the visiting Washington State Cougars (19-18) 71-65 to come back from a one-game-to-none deficit and win the College Basketball Invitational Championship Series two games to one, despite 18 points from the Cougs' Reggie Moore.

Thursday, March 29, 2012


At New York City:

Chasson Randle and Aaron Bright each scored 15 points as the Stanford Cardinal (26-11), after leading by five points at halftime, outscored the Minnesota Golden Gophers (23-15) 44-26 in the second half en route to a 75-51 victory and the championship of the National Invitational Tournament with the contest played at Madison Square Garden on Thursday.  The NIT title was the Cardinal's second (the other coming in 1991).

Wednesday, March 28, 2012


At Logan, Utah:

Travis Smith scored 17 points while tournament most valuable player Langston Hall added 16 and Bud Thomas 10 as the Mercer Bears (27-11) defeated the home-standing Utah State Aggies (21-16) 70-67 to win the championship of the Tournament on Wednesday.

CBI: Panthers Claw Past Cougs, Square Series At One Game Apiece

At Pittsburgh:

Talib Zanna scored 14 points while Nasir Robinson and Lamar Patterson each added 10 as The Pittsburgh Panthers (21-17)  squared their best-of-three College Basketball Invitational championship series at a game apiece with their 57-53 Wednesday night home win in game two against the Washington State Cougars (19-17). The title will be decided in Pittsburgh on Friday.

Earl Scruggs, Bluegrass Legend, R. I. P.

Bluegrass legend and banjo pioneer Earl Scruggs, who helped profoundly change country and western music with fellow legend Bill Monroe and then later with guitarist Lester Flatt, passed away on Wednesday at a Nashville, Tennessee hospital at age 88 from natural causes.

An innovator who pioneered the modern banjo sound by using three fingers rather than the clawhammer style and thus turning the banjo from a  comedian's prop or part of the rhythm section into a lead instrument, Mr. Scruggs is remembered for his string-bending and lead runs that became known throughout the world as the "Scruggs-picking" style.

Earl was with Bill Monroe and The Blue Grass Boys, whose debut during a post-World War II appearance on the Grand Ole Opry was considered a "big-bang" moment for the modern development of bluegrass and country music.  After leaving Mr. Monroe in the late 1940s, Earl then teamed up with Mr. Flatt in a bluegrass act that lasted until they broke up in 1969 over which direction to go musically.

The team of Flatt and Scruggs was best known for their 1949 recording of "Foggy Mountain Breakdown, " as well their 1962 recording of "The Ballad of Jed Clampett."

After breaking up with Lester (who passed away in 1979), Earl used three of his sons in the Earl Scruggs Revue.

Lester (posthumously) and Earl were inducted together into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1985.

Here are Lester and Earl from a 1965 telecast performing "Foggy Mountain Breakdown.:

Rest in peace, Earl.

NIT: It's Minnesota vs Stanford For The Title

The semifinal round of the National Invitational Tournament took place on Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

In the opener, the Stanford Cardinal (25-11) defeated the Massachusetts Minutemen (25-12) 74-64 thanks in part to Anthony Brown's season-high 18 points.

In the nightcap, Andre Hollins scored 20 points as the Minnesota Golden Gophers (23-14) edged the Washington Huskies 68-67 (24-11) in overtime.

The Gophers and Cardinal will face-off in Thursday night's final.

CBI: Cougars Nudge Panthers In Series Opener

At Pullman, Washington:

The Washington State Cougars (19-16) shot 51% from the field (and 9 of 15 from three-point range) as they edged the visiting Pittsburgh Panthers (20-17) 67-66 on Monday night in the opening game of the best-of-three final of the College Basketball Invitational.  Abe Lodwick scored 16 points to pace the Cougars while Reggie Moore added 14 and DaVonte Lacy added 10.  The Cougars can lock up the CBI title with a win at Pittsburgh on Wednesday.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Sunday, March 25, 2012

NCAA Midwest: No Kendall Marshall? Problem For Tar Heels As Jayhawks Win To Get Crack At Buckeyes In New Orleans

At St. Louis:

Tyshawn Taylor scored 22 points as the second-seeded Kansas Jayhawks (31-6) defeated the top-seeded, but once again Kendall Marshall-less, North Carolina Tar Heels (32-6) 80-67 in the final of the Midwest Regional of the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament, contested at the Edward Jones Dome.  The Jayhawks, heading for their first Final Four since 2008 (when they last won the national championship), will face Ohio State in a national semifinal contest this coming Saturday at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.

NCAA South: Kentucky To Get Final Four Showdown With Louisville

At Atlanta:

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist scored 19 points while Anthony Davis scored 18 (and grabbed 11 rebounds) as top-seeded Kentucky (36-2), who led by 22 at halftime, coasted to an 82-70 victory over third-seeded Baylor (30-8) to win the final of the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament's South Regional at the Georgia Dome, despite 22 points from the Bears' Quincy Acy.  The Wildcats head now to their fifteenth Final Four and will face Louisville in a national semifinal contest this Saturday in New Orleans.

Bert Sugar, Legendary Boxing Writer, R. I. P.

Legendary boxing writer and sports historian Bert Sugar passed away on Sunday afternoon from cardiac arrest at Northern Westchester Hospital in New York State at the age of 75.

Mr. Sugar also had a long battle with lung cancer.

An author of more than 80 books, Bert wrote "The 100 Greatest Boxers of All Time."  He was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2005.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

NCAA East: Buckeyes Top Syracuse For Trip To New Orleans

At Boston:

Jared Sullinger scored 19 points as the second-seeded Ohio State Buckeyes (31-7) downed the top-seeded Syracuse Orangemen (34-3) 77-70 in the final of the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament played on Saturday at the TD Garden.  The Buckeyes are heading for the Final Four at New Orleans.

NCAA West: Cardinals Go On 23-8 Run To Overtake Gators And Punch Ticket For Final Four

At Phoenix, Arizona:

Russ Smith scored 19 points while Chane Behanan made the go-ahead bucket with 66 seconds remaining as the fourth-seeded Louisville Cardinals (30-9) went on a 23-8 run and overtook the seventh-ranked Florida Gators (26-11)  72-68 to win the final of the NCAA Men's Basketball West Regional at the US Airways Arena to reach their ninth Final Four.

Let's Go To The Movies

Welcome to another Saturday at the Movies.

Let's start with Hashimoto, the Japanese House Mouse in "Night Life In Tokyo," a 1961 Terrytoons cartoon originally released in CinemaScope by 20th Century Fox.  In this one, our hero and his American friend, G. I. Joe, get to sample the night life in the Japanese capital and get more than what they bargained for.  With story by West Coast veterans Al Bertino and Dick Kinney, story supervision by studio veteran Tommy Morrison, animation by Ed Donnelly, Juan Guidi, and Armand Guidi, design by John Zago, backgrounds by Bill Hilliker, music by Phil Scheib, and voice characterizations by John Myhers, this cartoon, produced in New Rochelle, New York with Bill Weiss as executive producer and Frank Schudde as production manager, was directed by longtime veteran Mannie Davis.

Next, we bring you a 1938 Education Pictures short subject comedy with Willie Howard starring (as Professor Pierre Ginsbairge) in "Pardon My Accident," which was originally released through 20th Century Fox.  This short was produced by Al Christie, written by Billy K. Wells, and photographed by George Webber.

Time for Chapter Five in our 1941 Universal Picture serial, Sea Raiders with the Dead End Kids and Little Tough Guys.

And now, our Feature Presentation!

It's time we stepped up in class.

From 1957, we present "12 Angry Men" which received an Academy Award nomination for Best Picture.  In this one, a jury is about to convict a young man on trial for murder when one juror has his doubts about the defendant's guilt.  The picture stars Henry Fonda, Lee J. Cobb, E. G. Marshall, Jack Warden, Ed Begley, Martin Balsam, John Fiedler, Jack Klugman, George Vaoskovec, Robert Webber, Edward Binns, and Joseph Sweeney.

With screenplay by Reginald Rose (Academy Award nominee), based from his television play, photography by Boris Kaufman, and music by Kenyon Hopkins, this movie was produced by Henry Fonda and Reginald Rose and directed by Academy Award nominee Sidney Lumet.

Released through United Artitsts.


Friday, March 23, 2012

NCAA Midwest: Tar Heels, Jayhawks Survive Tough Tests To Set Up Sunday Showdown For Trip To New Orleans

The semifinal round of the Midwest Regional of the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament took place with two games contested at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis on Friday.

In the opener, Tyler Zeller scored 20 points and grabbed 23 rebounds while Harrison Barnes scored five of his twelve points in the tournament's first overtime period as the top-seeded North Carolina Tar Heels (32-5), sans the injured Kendall Marshall,  survived the thirteenth-seeded Ohio Bobcats (29-8) 73-65 despite 26 points from the Bobcats' Walter Offutt.

In the nightcap, Thomas Robinson scored 18 points and pulled in 15 rebounds as the second-seeded Kansas Jayhawks (30-6) held off the eleventh-seeded North Carolina State Wolfpack (24-13) 60-57 to get a shot at North Carolina on Sunday for a trip to New Orleans and the Final Four.

NCAA South: Kentucky Avenges Loss To Hoosiers, Will Get Baylor (Who Held Off Game Musketeers) In Regional Final

The semifinal round of the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament's South Regional took place with two Friday contests at Atlanta's Georgia Dome.

In the opener, Quincy Acy scored 20 points and pulled down 15 rebounds as third-seeded Baylor (30-7) raced out to a big early lead, then held on to defeat stubborn tenth-ranked Xavier (23-13) 75-70 to reach their second Elite Eight in three years.

In the nightcap, Michael Kidd-Gichrist scored 24 points (while grabbing 12 rebounds) and Doron Lamb added 21 as the Kentucky Wildcats (35-2), with five players in double-figures, avenged their defeat from early December to Indiana, beating the fourth-seeded Hoosiers (27-9) 102-90.  The top-seeded Wildcats will battle Baylor on Sunday for a berth in the Final Four.

Another Home Defeat For The VooDoo: New Orleans Stampeded On By Mustangs

At New Orleans:

The Milwaukee Mustangs (1-1) handed the New Orleans VooDoo (0-2) their thirteenth consecutive Arena Football League home defeat 65-42 on Friday night.  Marcus Everett caught a touchdown pass, ran for another score, and returned an interception for still another score for the Mustangs. 

Thursday, March 22, 2012

NCAA West: Gators and Cardinals Reach Elite Eight

The semifinal round of the West Regional of the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament took place with two games played at the US Airways Center in Phoenix, Arizona:

In the opening contest, Chane Behanan scored 15 points while Gorgui Dieng blocked seven shots as fourth-seeded Louisville (29-9) made Michigan State (29-8)  the first #1-seed to fall in the tournament with a 57-44 victory, despite a 13-point, 16-rebound performance from the Spartans' Draymond Green.

In the nightcap, Bradley Beal hit eight of ten shots en route to a 21-point night as the seventh-seeded Florida Gators (26-10) downed the third-seeded Marquette Golden Eagles (27-8) 68-58.

The Gators will battle another Big East team, the Louisville Cardinals on Saturday for a berth in the Final Four.

NCAA East: It's Syracuse vs. Ohio State For Trip To Final Four

The semifinal round of the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament's East Regional took place at the TD  Garden on Thursday.

In the opener, C. J. Fair scored 15 points as top-seeded Syracuse (34-2) held off the fourth-seeded Wisconsin Badgers (26-10) 64-63, enabling the Orangemen to reach the Elite Eight for the first time since their national championship season of 2002-03.

In the nightcap, Jared Sullinger produced a double-double (23 points, 11 rebounds) while Deshaun Thomas scored 26 as the second-seeded Ohio State Buckeyes (30-7) used a 17-1 run to wear down the sixth-seeded Cincinnati Bearcats (26-11) 81-66.

The Buckeyes will take on Syracuse on Saturday for a trip to the Final Four in New Orleans.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Just Another Chapter............

In the circus known as the New York Jets.


This is what happens when you run a bounty operation and then go Fibber McGee to the Comish.

CBI: Cougs End Beavers Season; Advance To Finals

At Corvallis, Oregon:

Reggie Moore scored 23 points as the Washington State Cougars (18-16) knocked off the Oregon State Beavers (21-15) 72-55 on Wednesday night in the semifinal round of the College Basketball Invitational.  The Cougars will face Pittsburgh in the best-of-three final series.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

NIT: Huskies End Ducks Season And Reach Semifinals

At Seattle:

In Tuesday action from the quarterfinal round of the National Invitational Tournament, Tony Wroten scored 22 points while C. J. Wilcox added 17----six of them on six free throws in the final 30 seconds----as the Washington Huskies (24-10) held off the visiting Oregon Ducks (24-10) 90-86 to advance to the semifinal round and an encounter for next Tuesday against Middle Tennessee State or Minnesota.

VooDoo Still Incapable Of Winning At Home

At New Orleans:

Defensive end Justin Barno blocked Joshua Steele's 40-yard field goal attempt on the final play of the game as the Philadelphia Soul (1-0) handed the New Orleans VooDoo (0-1) their twelfth consecutive Arena Football League home defeat 63-62 this past Sunday in the AFL regular-season opener for both clubs.

Monday, March 19, 2012

CBI: Beaver Dominate TCU, Advance To Semifinal Round

At Corvallis, Oregon:

Jared Cunningham scored 29 points, Angus Brandt 22, and Devon Collier 19 as the Oregon State Beavers (21-14) dominated the Texas Christian University Horned Frogs (18-15) 101-81 in a quarterfinal match in the College Basketball Invitational on Monday.  The Beavers will take on Washington State at home on Thursday in a semifinal contest with the winner to face the Pittsburgh-Butler contest for the right to play in the best-of-three finals for the CBI title.

Peyton's Place

Sorry, Tim.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

NCAA Midwest: Heels, NC State, Ohio U, Jayhawks Advance To Sweet Sixteen

All four third-round contests in the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament's Midwest Regional took place on Sunday.

At Greensboro, North Carolina:

At the Greensboro Coliseum, before suffering a wrist injury, Kendall Marshall scored 18 points and had 11 assists as the top-seeded North Carolina Tar Heels (31-5) defeated the eighth-ranked Creighton Blue Jays (29-6) 87-73, despite 20 points from the Missouri Valley Conference champs' Doug McDermott.  John Henson scored 13 points and grabber 10 rebounds for the Tar Heels.

At Nashville, Tennessee:

At the Bridgestone Arena, Walter Offutt scored 21 points as the Ohio Bobcats (29-7) advanced to the Sweet 16 for the first time since 1964 with their 62-56 victory over the South Florida Bulls (22-14).

At Columbus, Ohio:

At the Nationwide Arena, Lorenzo Brown hit three free throws in the final 10.6 seconds as the North Carolina State Wolfpack (24-12), the #11 seed, upended third-seeded Georgetown (24-9) 66-63.  C. J. Williams, Scott Wood, and C. J. Leslie each scored 14 points for the Wolfpack, offsetting the 23-point performance from the Hoyas' Hollis Thompson.

At Omaha, Nebraska:

At the CenturyLink Center, Elijah Johnson scored 18 points as the second-seeded Kansas Jayhawks (29-6) defeated tenth-seeded Purdue (22-13) 63-60 despite 26 points from the Boilermakers' Robbie Hummel.

Here are the matchups for the regional semifinals:

West Regional at Phoenix, Arizona on Thursday:

Michigan State vs. Louisville

Marquette vs. Florida

East Regional at Boston on Thursday:

Syracuse vs. Wisconsin

Cincinnati vs. Ohio State

Midwest Regional at St. Louis on Friday:

North Carolina vs. Ohio

North Carolina State vs. Kansas

South Regional at Atlanta:

Baylor vs. Xavier

Kentucky vs. Indiana

NCAA East: Bearcats Advance To Get Shot At Buckeyes

At Nashville, Tennesse:

In the lone Sunday NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament East Regional contest, played at the Bridgestone Arena, Sean Kirkpatrick scored 18 points and Dion Dixon (whole the ball and dunked with 92 seconds remaining) added 15 as the sixth-seeded Cincinnati Bearcats (26-10) defeated the third-ranked Florida State Seminoles (25-10) 62-56 to advance to the regional semifinals in Boston, where they will take on Ohio State on Thursday.

NIT: Ducks Outlast Hawkeyes To Advance To Quarterfinals

At Eugene, Oregon:

The Oregon Ducks (24-9) came back from a 15-point deficit to outlast the visiting Iowa Hawkeyes (18-17) 108-97 on Sunday in second-round play in the National Invitation Tournament.  Olu Ashaolu scored 18 points while Garrett Sim added 15 for the Ducks while the Hawkeyes were paced by Roy Devyn Marble, who scored a career-high 31 points. The Ducks will take on the Washington Huskies this coming Thursday at Seattle with the winner going to New York's Madison Square Garden for the semifinal round.

NCAA South: Musketeers Advance To Sweet Sixteen, Get Shot At Baylor

At Greensboro, North Carolina:

At Greensboro Coliseum, in the lone Sunday NCAA South Regional contest, Kenny Frease scored 25 points and grabbed 12 rebounds as the tenth-seeded Xavier  Musketeers (22-12) defeated the fifteenth-seeded Lehigh Mountain Hawks (27-7) 70-58.

NCAA West: Michigan State and Florida Advance To Sweet Sixteen

The West Regional of the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament continued with two games.

At Columbus, Ohio:

At Nationwide Arena, Keith Appling scored 19 points, while Draymond Green added 16 (to go with his 13 rebounds) enabled top-seeded Michigan State (29-7) to win a hard-fought contest with ninth-seeded Saint Louis (26-8) 65-61.

At Omaha, Nebraska:

At CenturyLink Center, Kenny Boynton scored 20 points as the seventh-seeded Florida Gators (25-10)  raced out to a 28-point halftime lead and coasted to a 84-50 fist-beating of fifteenth-seeded Norfolk State (26-10).

Saturday, March 17, 2012

NCAA West: Louisville, Marquette Punch Tickets For Sweet Sixteen

Two games were played on Saturday as NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament West Regional action continued.

At Louisville, Kentucky:

At the KFC Yum! Center, Jae Crowder (to go with his 13 rebounds) and Darius Johnson-Odom each scored 17 points as third-seeded Marquette (27-7) handed the sixth-seeded Murray State Racers (31-2) their second and final defeat of the season 62-53.

At Portland, Oregon:

Russ Smith scored 17 points as the fourth-seeded Louisville Cardinals (28-9) held off the fifth-seeded New Mexico Lobos (28-7) 59-56.

NCAA South: Kentucky, Indiana, Baylor Advance To Sweet Sixteen; No Return To Final Four For VCU

Three games were played on Saturday as play in the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament's South Region continued.

At Louisville, Kentucky:

At the KFC Yum! Center, Marquis Teague scored a career-high 24 points as the top-seeded Kentucky Wildcats (34-2) used a 20-2 run to finish off eight-seeded Iowa State (23-11) 87-71.

At Portland, Oregon:

At the Rose Garden, Will Sheehey made a fifteen-foot shot from the baseline with 12.7 seconds remaining as fourth-seeded Indiana (27-8) nosed out twelfth-seeded Virginia Commonwealth (29-7) 63-61.  Christian Watford and Cody Zeller (to go with his 13 rebounds) each scored 16 points for the Hoosiers, who reach the Sweet Sixteen for the first time in ten years.  Indiana will next face Kentucky at Atlanta.

At Albuquerque, New Mexico:

At The Pit, Brady Heslip scored 27 points (making 9 of 12 three-point shots) as third-seeded Baylor (29-7) defeated #11-seeded Colorado (24-12) 80-63.

NCAA East: Syracuse, Ohio State To Sweet Sixteen

The East Regional of the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament continued with three third-round games played on Saturday.

At Pittsburgh:

Dion Waiters scored 18 points while Scoop Jardine added 16 and James Southerland 15 as top-seeded Syracuse (33-2) defeated eighth-seeded Kansas State (22-11) 75-59.

In the second contest at Consol Energy Center, Jared Sullinger scored 18 points as second-seeded Ohio State (29-7) defeated seventh-seeded Gonzaga (26-7) 73-66.

At Albuquerque, New Mexico:

In the one game played at The Pit, Festus Elizi (to go with his 11 rebounds) and Jordan Taylor each scored 14 points as fourth-seeded Wisconsin (26-9) downed fifth-seeded Vanderbilt (25-11) 60-57.  The Badgers will battle Syracuse in the East Regional semifinals in Boston.

Another Saturday At The Movies

Welcome to another Saturday program here at Bob's House.

Let's start with "Mass Mouse Meeting," a 1943 Columbia Pictures (Screen Gems) Phantasy cartoon.  In this one, the mouse assigned to place a bell around a cat's neck spends about four minutes talking to the feline about his new collar.  With story by Dun Roman, animation by Chic Otterstrom, and music by Paul Worth, this cartoon was produced by Dave Fleischer and directed by Alec Geiss.

Next, it's time for Buster Keaton in the 1934 Educational Pictures short, "The Gold Ghost."  In this Star Comedy Special, Buster, who was dumped by his girlfriend, drives west and winds up in the ghost town of Vulture City, where he appoints himself sheriff. With story by Ewart Adamson and Nick Barrows, adaptation and continuity by Ernest Pagano and Charles Lamont, photography by Dwight Warren (ASC) and sound by Karl Zint, this E. H. Allen production was directed by Charles Lamont. Distributed by Fox Film Corporation.  Shown in two parts.

Due to unavailability of video, our originally scheduled presentation of  the fourth chapter of Sea Raiders, our 1941 Universal Pictures serial with the Dead End Kids and Little Tough Guys will not be seen.

In its' place, we present a sports-oriented travelogue, "Caribbean Playgrounds," a 1955 entry in the Warner Brothers Sports Parade series.  This film, made in WarnerColor, with sound by David Forrest and music by Howard Jackson, was written by Charles Tedford, edited by Rex Steele, narrated by Art Gilmore, and photographed and directed by Andre de LaVarre.

And now, our feature presentation:

From 1955, we bring you, "The Big Bluff."  In this one, a scheming opportunist learns that a wealthy widow has a terminal heart condition, so he seduces and marries her.  Playing the part of the doting and caring husband, he hides an affair with an exotic dancer while waiting for his wife's demise.  When her condition changes and it seems she would not pass away on her own, the conniving man takes matters in his own hands.  Starring John Bromfield, Martha Vickers, Robert Hutton, and Rosemary Bowe.  This picture, with screenplay by Fred Freiberger and story by Mindret Lord,  was produced and directed by W. Lee Wilder.

From Planet Filmways and distributed theatrically by United Artists.


Friday, March 16, 2012

NCAA South: Lehigh Mountain Hawks Stun #2-Seeded Duke; Musketeers Take Tight One From Fighting Irish

Action from the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament's South Regional continued on Friday with two games, both at the Greensboro (North Carolina) Coliseum.

In the opener, C. J. McCollum scored 30 points as #15-seeded Lehigh (27-7) shocked the second-seeded Duke Blue Devils (27-7) 75-70.  It marked only the second time that a fifteenth-seeded team defeated a #2 seed---the second time it happened on Friday.  It was the Mountain Hawks' first NCAA Tournament win.

In the nightcap, Tu Holloway (who scored the go-ahead basket with 21.3 seconds remaining) scored 25 points as #10-seeded Xavier (22-12) defeated #7-seeded Notre Dame (22-12) 67-63 for the right to take on Lehigh this coming Sunday.

NCAA West: Norfolk State Spartans Shock #2-Seeded Mizzou; Gators Bite Cavs; Billikens and MSU Spartans Advance

The West Regional of the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament continued on Friday with two games.

At Omaha, Nebraska:

In the first of two games at the CenturyLink Center, Bradley Beal scored 14 points and grabbed 11 rebounds as the #7-seeded Florida Gators (24-10) manhandled the #10-seeded Virginia Cavaliers (22-10) 71-45.  Casey Prather also scored 14 points (a career high) for the Gators.

In the nightcap, Kyle O'Quinn scored 26 points and grabbed 14 rebounds as the fifteenth-seeded Norfolk State Spartans (26-9) became only the fifth #15 seed to defeat a #2 seed with their 86-84 stunner over Missouri (30-5).

The Spartans will take on Florida on Sunday.

At Columbus, Ohio:

Kwamain Mitchell, whose three-point basket at the end of the first half tied the game, scored 22 points as #9-seeded Saint Louis (26-7) defeated the #8-seeded Memphis Tigers (26-9) 61-54 in the first of two games at Nationwide Arena.

In the nightcap, Draymond Green's triple-double (24 points, 12 rebounds, 10 assists) helped guide top-seeded Michigan State (28-7) dominate sixteenth-seeded Long Island University-Brooklyn (25-9) 89-67.  The Spartans will take on Saint Louis on Sunday.

NCAA Midwest: Wolfpack, Hoyas, Heels, Blue Jays, Ohio U, Boilermakers, USF Bulls, Jayhawks Advance

Action in the Midwest Regional of the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament commenced on Friday with eight games.

At Columbus, Ohio:

In the first of two games to take place at Nationwide Arena, the #11-seeded North Carolina State Wolfpack (23-12), helped by the 22-point performance from Richard Howell,  defeated the #6-seeded San Diego State Aztecs (26-8) 79-65. Lorenzo Brown added 17 points, C. J. Leslie 15, and Scott Wood 10 to the NC State coffers.  Jamaal Franklin scored 23 points for the Aztecs.

In the second contest, Jason Clark scored 21 points while Otto Porter added 16 as the third-seeded Georgetown Hoyas (24-8) defeated the 14th-seeded Belmont Bruins (27-8) 74-59.

The Hoyas will take on North Carolina State on Sunday.

At Greensboro, North Carolina:

In the first of two contests as the Greensboro Coliseum, Doug McDermott scored 16 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as #8-seeded Creighton (29-5) erased an eleven-point deficit and nosed out #9-seeded Alabama (21-12) 58-57.  It was the Blue Jays' first NCAA tourney win in ten years.

In the second contest, top-seeded North Carolina dominated the sixteenth-seeded Vermont Catamounts 77-58.  Tyler Zeller scored 17 points and grabbed 15 rebounds for the Tar Heels, who will face Creighton on Sunday.

At Nashville, Tennessee:

In the opening contest at Bridgestone Arena, D. J. Cooper scored 21 points as the #13-seeded Ohio Bobcats (28-7) knocked off the #4-seeded Michigan Wolverines (24-10) 65-60.

In the nightcap, Victor Rudd, Jr. and Anthony Collins each scored 17 points as the South Florida Bulls (22-13), seeded #12, knocked off the #5-seeded Temple Owls (24-8) 58-44.  The Bulls will get Ohio U. on Sunday.  USF is the only remaining survivor from the First Four still in the tournament.

At Omaha, Nebraska:

In the first of two games at the CenturyLink Center, Lewis Jackson converted two free throws as 10th-seeded Purdue (22-12) came back from down eleven points to overtake seventh-seeded St. Mary's (27-6) 72-69.  Terone Johnson scored 21 points for the Boilermakers while Rob Jones scored 23 (while grabbing 14 rebounds) for the Gaels.

In the nightcap, a 16-point, 13-rebound night from Thomas Robinson helped guide second-seeded Kansas (28-6) to a 65-50 win over #15-seeded Detroit (22-14), setting up a Sunday match-up with Purdue.

NCAA East: Bearcats, Noles Set Up Sunday Encounter

The East Regional of the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament continued on Friday with two games played, both at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee.

In the opener, the sixth-seeded Cincinnati Bearcats (25-10) defeated the #11-seeded Texas Longhorns (20-14) 65-59.  Yancy Gates scored 15 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for the Bearcats.

In the second contest, Brendan James scored 19 points and pulled in 9 rebounds as the #3-seeded Florida State Seminoles (25-9) recovered from a slow start and fought off #14-seeded St. Bonaventure (20-12) 66-63.  Andrew Nicholson scored 20 points to pace the Bonnies.  The Seminoles will take on Cincinnati on Sunday.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

NCAA South: Wildcats (Kentucky, That Is) Conquer Hilltoppers; VCU Tops Shockers; UConn Detroned; Colorado, Baylor, Indiana Advance As Well

Six games were played on Thursday as South Regional action in the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament commenced.

At Louisville, Kentucky:

In the first of two games at the KFC Yum! Center, Terrence Jones scored 22 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as the top-seeded Kentucky Wildcats (33-2) took care of the #16-seeded Western Kentucky Hilltoppers (16-19).

In the nightcap,  Chris Allen scored 20 points as the eighth-seeded Iowa State Cyclones (23-10), with four players in double-figures ended Connecticut's one-year reign as national champions with a 77-64 win over the ninth-seeded Huskies for the right to face top-seeded (both region and overall) Kentucky on Saturday.

At Portland, Oregon:

In the first of two Rose Garden contests, Bradford Burgess, who scored 16 points, hit a three-pointer with 93 seconds remaining as the 12th-seeded Virginia Commonwealth Rams (29-6) defeated the #5-seeded Wichita State Shockers (26-6) 62-59.

In the nightcap, Jordan Hulls scored 22 points as the fourth-seeded Indiana Hoosiers (26-8) set up a Saturday showdown with VCU with a 79-66 win over the #13-seeded New Mexico State Aggies (26-10).

At Albuquerque, New Mexico:

In the first of two games contested at The Pit, Pierre Jackson scored 18 points while Brady Heslip added 17 as the third-seeded Baylor Bears (27-7) held off the fourteenth-seeded South Dakota State Jackrabbits (27-7) 68-60.

In the nightcap, Askia Booker scored 16 points while Andre Roberson added 12 (to go with his 16 rebounds) as the #11-seeded Colorado Buffaloes (24-11) outlasted the #6-seeded UNLV Runnin' Rebels (26-9) 68-64 to set up a Saturday encounter with Baylor.

NCAA East: Wildcats (K-State, That Is), Badgers Advance; Orangemen Hold Off Pesky UNC-Ashville; Zags, Buckeyes Also Advance

The East Region of the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament commenced with six contests on Thursday.

At Pittsburgh:

In the first of four games at the Consol Energy Center, Rodney McGruder scored 30 points as the #8-seeded Kansas State Wildcats (22-10) held off the ninth-seeded Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles (25-9) 70-64.

In the second contest, top-seeded Syracuse (32-2) survived a scare from sixteenth-seeded UNC-Ashville (24-10) 72-65. J. P. Primm scored 18 points for the Orangemen, who will get their shot at Kansas State on Saturday.

The opening match of the evening session saw the seventh-seeded Gonzaga Bulldogs (26-6) dominate the tenth-seeded West Virginia Mountaineers (19-14) 77-54. Robert Sacre scored 14 points to pace the Zags.

In the nightcap, a 31-point, 12-rebound night from Deshaun Thomas carried the second-seeded Ohio State Buckeyes (28-7) to a 78-59 win over the Loyola (Maryland) Greyhounds (24-9).  The Buckeyes will face Gonzaga on Saturday.

At Albuquerque, New Mexico:

In the first of two contests at The Pit, the fourth-seeded Wisconsin Badgers (25-9) proved too much for the #13-seeded Montana Grizzlies (25-7) 73-49. Ryan Evans scored 18 points while Jordan Taylor added 17 (to go with his six assists and eight rebounds) for the Badgers.

In the second game, John Jenkins scored 27 points as the  fifth-seeded Vanderbilt Commodores (25-10) held off twelfth-seeded Harvard (26-5) 79-70.  Laurent Rivard scored 20 points to pace the Crimson, who made their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1946.  The Commodores will face Wisconsin on Saturday.

NCAA West: Racers Smother Rams Offense In Second Half As Murray State Advances; Marquette, Louisville, Lobos Advance Too

Action from the West Region of the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament commenced on Thursday with four games.

At Louisville, Kentucky:

In the opening contest at KFC Yum! Center, Isaiah Canaan scored 15 points while Donte Poole added 13 as the Murray State Racers, seeded #6, overcame a 24-23 halftime deficit and wounded up dominating #11-seeded Colorado State 58-41.  The Racers' recored improved to 31-1 while the Rams finished their season at 20-12.

In the second contest, Jae Crowder scored 25 points and grabbed 16 rebounds as the #3-seeded Marquette Golden Eagles (26-7) defeated the #14-seeded BYU Cougars (26-9) 88-68.  Marquette will take on Murray State on Saturday.

At Portland, Oregon:

In the first of two Rose Garden encounters, Peyton Siva scored 17 points as the fourth-seeded Louisville Cardinals (27-9) defeated the #13-seeded Davidson Wildcats (25-8) 69-62.

In the second contest,  Drew Gordon scored 18 points and grabbed 13 rebounds as the #5-seeded New Mexico Lobos (28-6) outlasted the twelfth-seeded Long Beach State 49ers (25-9) 75-68.  The Lobos will take on Louisville on Saturday.

Nate Whacked

It appears that the slumping Portland Trail Blazers, playing recently like relegation-threatened Wolverhampton Wanderers from soccer's English Premier League, on a day that they traded two of their players, have axed head coach Nate McMillan.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

CBI: Beavers Rack Up 20th Win By Besting Leathernecks

At Corvallis, Oregon:

Jared Cunningham scored 18 of his 22 points in the first half as the Oregon State Beavers defeated the visiting Western Illinois Leathernecks 80-59 in opening-round action from the College Basketball Invitational on Wednesday.  The win was the 20th of the season for the Beavers, the first time that has happened since 1989-90 (the last time Oregon State reached the NCAA Tournament).

The Beavers will host Texas Christian on Monday night.

NCAA Tournament First Four: Catamounts, Bulls Avoid Impersonating Mississippi Valley State And Iona And Advance

The opening round of the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament concluded with two games played on Wednesday at Dayton, Ohio.

In the opener, freshman Four McGlynn came off the bench to score 18 points as the Vermont Catamounts (24-11) raced to an early double-digit lead and defeated the Lamar Cardinals (23-12) 71-59.  On Friday, Vermont will take on top-seeded North Carolina in Midwest Regional action at Greensboro, North Carolina.

In the nightcap, Victor Rudd, Jr. scored 15 points as the South Florida Bulls (21-13) picked up their first-ever NCAA Tournament win, 65-54 over the California Golden Bears (24-10).  The Bulls will take on fifth-seeded Temple on Friday in Midwest Regional action at Nashville, Tennessee.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

NIT: Ducks Too Much For Bayou Bengals

At Eugene, Oregon:

Devoe Joseph scored 25 points while Tony Woods added 14 as the third-seeded Oregon Ducks (23-9) defeated the sixth-seeded LSU Tigers (18-15) 96-76 at home in the opening round of the National Invitational Tournament on Tuesday Night.  The Ducks will host the Iowa Hawkeyes in second-round action this coming Sunday.

NCAA Tournament First Four: Hilltoppers, BYU Cougars Prove No Double-Digit Deficit Is Too Big

The NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament got under way with two games, both played at Dayton, Ohio on Tuesday.

In the opener, T. J. Price's three-point play with 33 seconds left enabled Western Kentucky (16-18), the only school to enter the field of 68 with a losing record, to complete a comeback after having trailed by 16 points with 4:52 remaining, then hang on for a 59-58 win over Mississippi Valley State (21-13).  Derrick Gordon scored 11 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for the Hilltoppers, who will take on South Region top-seeded Kentucky (who happens to be the top overall seed in the tournament) on Thursday at Louisville, Kentucky.  Kevin Burwell scored 20 points for the Delta Devils.

In the nightcap, Noah Hartsock scored 16 of his 23 points in the second half as the BYU Cougars (26-8) pulled off the biggest comeback in NCAA Tournament history, erasing a 25-point first-half deficit and overtook Iona (25-8) 78-72.  Brandon Davies and Damarcus Harrison scored 18 and 12 points respectively for the Cougars, who will face third-seeded Marquette on Thursday at Louisville, Kentucky in the West Region.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Here's Something You Can't Get For Five Cents Anymore

Here's an early-1960s commercial for Chunky, complete with milk chocolate, raisins, Brazil nuts, and cashews.

Brings back memories, doesn't it?

Hankerin' For Something Sweet While On The Beach?

From what looks like the mid-1960s, here's a commercial for Bit-O-Honey candy.


From roughly a half-century ago, here a commercial for 3 Musketeers candy bars.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Ducks Go To NIT, Open At Home Against LSU; Beavers In CBI, Open At Home Against Leathernecks

The Oregon Ducks will host the LSU Tigers in opening-round action in the National Invitational Tournament with game to be played this coming Tuesday.

For the third time in four years, the Oregon State Beavers will play in the College Basketball Invitational tournament and will open at home this coming Thursday against Western Illinois.

Here's The Bracket

Read it and weep.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Another Saturday At The Movies

And now, boys and girls, time for another web site movie program.

For starters, let's go back to 1945 for "The Dippy Diplomat," starring Woody Woodpecker.  In this one, Wally Walrus is preparing a big barbecue for Ambassador Ivan Awfulitch.  But Woody has other ideas.  This Walter Lantz-produced cartoon, released by Universal Pictures, with story by Ben Hardaway and Milt Schaffer, animation by Pat Matthews and Grim Natwick, and music by Darrell Calker, was directed by James (Shamus) Culhane.

Next, W. C. Fields stars in the 1930 RKO Radio Pictures short subject "The Golf Specialist."  This short was produced by Louis Brock and directed by Monte Brice.

Next, we turn to the third chapter of our 1941 Universal Pictures serial, Sea Raiders with the Dead End Kids and Little Tough Guys.

Which brings up to our feature presentation!

We present the 1950  film noir classic "D.O.A."  Edmund O'Brien stars as the victim of a slow poison who tries to track down his own killer.  This film also stars Pamela Britton, Luther Adler, Neville Brand, and Beverly Campbell.  With Harry M. Popkin as executive producer, photography by Ernest Lazlo and music by Dimitri Tiomkin, this United Artists release was written by Russel Rouse and Clarence Greene, produced by Leo C. Popkin and directed by Rudolph Mate.



At Los Angeles:

Spencer Dinwiddie scored 14 points and Carlos Brown added 13 as the Colorado Buffaloes (23-11) defeated the Arizona Wildcats (23-11) 53-51 to win the championship game of the Pacific-12 Conference men's basketball tournament on Saturday and lock up their first NCAA tournament berth since 2003.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Pac-12 Tournament: Wildcats Finish Off Beavers; Colorado Buffaloes Cal To Reach Final

The semifinal round of the Pacific-12 Conference men's basketball tournament took place in Los Angeles with two games contested on Friday.

In the opener, Kyle Fogg scored 22 points as the Arizona Wildcats (23-10) defeated the Oregon State Beavers (19-14) 72-61.

In the nightcap, Carlon Brown and Andre Roberson each scored 17 points as the Colorado Buffaloes (22-11) knocked off the California Golden Bears (24-9) 70-59.

Arizona will take on Colorado in Saturday's championship game for the Pac-12's automatic NCAA tournament berth.