Friday, August 31, 2012

I Would Have Had A Merle Oberon Or Constance Bennett Ring, Myself

Commercial for Kellogg's Pep cereal from circa 1950.

Apparently, The Chocolate Version Didn't Agree With Her

Here's a commercial from recent years for Ex-Lax Milk of Magnesia.

Remember, Folks..

This isn't exactly Wrigley's Chewing Gum.

Old commercial for Feen-a-mint Chewing Gum LAXATIVE.

Remember, Kids

Don't go out walking the streets like a bunch of anal cavities.

Here's a film from producer Sid Davis from back in the day, "ABC of Walking Wisely."

How To Add Words To Your Vocabulary

You can't go through life just saying "dog," "cat," "%^$^%@#!!!"

From 1948 we bring you another Coronet Instructional Film, "Build Your Vocabulary."

Some Folks Think Bring Thoughtless Is More Fun

Here's a Coronet Films entry from 1950, "The Fun Of Being Thoughtful."

One Of These Days, That Crazy Rabbit Will Find A Way To Beat That Turtle

Here's a 1947 Encyclopaedia Britannia entry, their version of "The Hare and The Tortoise."

That's How A Book Is Made?

From Encyclopaedia Britannia Films in 1948, we present "Making Books."

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Monday, August 27, 2012

Here's Another One With The Old Redhead

Here's a late 1960s commercial with Arthur Godfrey for Axion, a Colgate-Palmolive laundry pre-soak powder.

Of course, in 1970, Arthur stopped doing radio and TV spots from the product after a report came out from Congressional hearings that Axion contained 43.7% phosphate, suspected as a chief element in the excess growth of algae that could kill off other life in lakes and streams.

Gonna Take Julius For A Ride, Arthur?

Commercial for the 1973 Chrysler New Yorker with Arthur Godfrey.

Stick To The Gun-And-Fistplay, John....

And leave the crooning to Bing Crosby.

From 1933, here's John Wayne as Singin' Sandy Saunders in "Riders of Destiny."

In this one, "Singin' Sandy," as a government agent, shows up undercover to expose the fellow who controls the local water supply.

Produced by Paul Malvern, photographed by Archie Stout, written and dircted by Robert North Bradbury.

Released by the original version of Monogram Pictures.

From Lone Star Productions.

Joining The Duke in the cast are Cecilia Parker, Forrest Taylor, George (Gabby) Hayes, Al (Fuzzy St. John, and Yakima Canutt.

Are You Sure You Know What You're Doing?

Here's a 1950 Coronet Films entry, "How Do You Know It's Love?"

Say, Just How Old ARE Those Coffee Beans, Anyway?

1950s commercial for Yuban Coffee.

I Would Have Preferred Breakfast With Hedy LaMarr, Myself

Here's an early 1950s commercial for Kellogg's Pep cereal, including cast members from Tom Corbett, Space Cadett, Jan Merlin (as Roger Manning) and Edward Bryce (as Captain Strong).

Let's Eat At Gino's

1970s commercial for Gino's Hamburgers, an East Coast fast-food chain founded in 1957 by former Baltimore Colts defensive end Gino Marchetti and running back Alan Ameche, along with their good friend Louis Fischer. The regional chain was bought out by Mariott Corporation in 1982.  The brand was discontinued and locations were converted into Roy Rogers restaurants.


End Of The Line For T.O.?

Hmmmmmmmmmmm, could be.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Neil Armstrong, Made "Giant Leap" As First Man Who Set Foot On The Moon, R. I. P.

Neil Armstrong, who, as the first man who set foot on the Moon on July 20, 1969, made that one "Giant Leap for Mankind," passed away on Saturday of complications from heart surgery at an undisclosed location at the age of 82.

Mr. Armstrong and Colonel Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin set foot on the moon after climbing off the Eagle Lunar Excurision Module during the Apollo 11 mission.

Michael Collins piloted the Columbia Command Module, which orbited the moon.

Shown below is a photograph that Colonel Adrin took of Mr. Armstrong shortly after they set foot on the Lunar surface.

NASA photo

Riders Bucked By Visiting Stampeders

At Regina, Saskatchewan:

Running back Jon Cornish ran 24 times for 159 yards while quarterback Kevin Glenn connected on 15 of 24 passes for 171 yards and two first-quarter touchdowns as the Calgary Stampeders (4-4) held off the sagging Saskatchewan Roughriders (3-5), now losers of five straight games after a 3-0 start, 17-10 in Saturday Canadian Football League action.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Time For Old Time TV

Produced by Gene Autry's Flying A Productions in 1955, here's an episode of Buffalo Bill, Jr.  In this one, "Trail of the Killer," Bill (played by Dick Jones) meets Billy the Kid (Chuck Courtney).

The series aired in first-run syndication during 1955 and 1956.  Reruns aired briefly on ABC during the 1964-65 season.

Time For Tex

From Grand National Films in 1937, we present Tex Ritter and his horse White Flash in "Riders of the Rockies."

In this one, Tex and his pals join the Rangers to do battle with cattle rustlers along the border.

This picture, with screenplay by Robert Emmett and Norman Leslie,photography by Gus Peterson, and music by Frank Sanucci,  was supervised by Lindsley Parsons and directed by Robert North Bradbury.

Joining Tex in the cast were Louise Stanley, Horace Murphy, Snub Pollard (?!), Earl Dwire, Charles King, Yakima Canutt, Martin Garralaga, and Jack Rockwell, along with Tex Ritter's Tornadoes.

An Edward F. Finney production.

Here's Something In Case Of A Nuclear Attack

Here's a 1951 Encyclopaedia Britannia Films entry, "Atomic Alert."

Gosh, Joanie, How Come You Never Get Sick?

Here's a 1947 entry from Coronet Films entitled "Joan Avoids A Cold."

How's The Weather?

Time for "Our Weather," a 1955 Encyclopaedia Britannia Films entry.

Who's Gonna Cough In This One?

Here's an entry from Encyclopaedia Britannia Films in 1954, "Tobacco and the Human Body."

Seven Tour de France Titles?

WHAT seven Tour de France titles?!

Steve Van Buren, Hall of Fame Running Back Who Led Philadelhia Eagles to '48, '49 NFL Titles, R.I.P.

Steve Van Buren, the Hall of Fame running back who helped lead the Philadelphia Eagles to the NFL championship in 1948 and 1949, passed away on Thursday at Lancaster, Pennsylvania at the age of 91.

Nicknamed "Wham-Bam,"  the former LSU star, best known for his quick, punishing running style, joined the Eagles in 1944 as a first-round draft selection.

Mr. Van Buren, a five-time All-Pro selection, scored the only touchdown of the 1948 title game, played at Philadelphia's Shibe Park (a.k.a. Connie Mack Stadium) during a blinding snowstorm.  Steve ran for the score from five yards as the Eagles avenged their title-game defeat from the previous year, blanking the Chicago Cardinals 7-0.

The following year, at a rain-soaked Los Angeles Coliseum, Wham-Bam ran for 196 yards as the visiting Eagles blanked the Los Angeles Rams 14-0, becoming the only team to this date to win championships via back-to-back shutouts.

Honduras-born Steve, who retired just prior to the start of the 1952 season due to a leg injury, bacame the first Eagles player to be elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1965.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Phyllis Diller, Sassy Comedienne, R. I. P.

Phyllis Diller, the sassy comedienne best remembered for her sassy, screeching, rapid-fire, stand-up delivery who paved the way for two generations of female comics, passed away on Monday at her Brentwood, California home at age 95.

Miss Diller starred in a pair of failed TV shows during the 1960s (The Pruitts of Southampton and The Beautiful Phyllis Diller Show).

Inspired by Bob Hope, Phyllis actually appeared in three 1960s films with Bob, none very successful.

Dig That Old Washing Machine

Live 1953 commercial for Duz.

For Fast Relief, Why Not Take Two Anacin?

Commercial for Anacin which aired during a live 1955 CBS Network telecast of Love of Life.

Yessir, Craftsmanship DOES Make The Difference!

Here's a commercial for the 1957 Studebakers, including sedans, station wagons, and Golden Hawks.

Check out the kids riding in the back seat of the Studebaker sedan.

William Windom, Won Emmy For Role On "My World And Welcome To It," R.I.P.

William Windom, the veteran character actor who starred in two vintage television sitcom series, The Farmer's Daughter (1963-66) and, perhaps more famously, My World And Welcome To It (1969-70) for which he won an Emmy Award for his portrayal of an Everyman drawn from the pages of James Thurber, passed away this past Thursday at his Woodacre, California from congestive heart failure at age 88.

Tony Scott, Director Of "Top Gun," R. I. P.

Tony Scott, who directed the 1986 blockbuster motion picture hit "Top Gun," which starred Tom Cruise, passed away after jumping from a Los Angeles bridge on Sunday at age 68.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Punchless Riders Fall At Vancouver

At Vancouver, British Columbia:

Cauchy Muamba came up with two interceptions on defense while quarterback Travis Lulay completed 22 of 30 passes for 257 yards and a touchdown as the  British Columbia Lions (5-2) dominated the visiting (and sagging) Saskatchewan Roughriders (3-4) 24-3 in Sunday Canadian Football League action.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Time For A Movie

From Grand National Pictures in 1939, we present Anna Sten and Alan Marshall starring in "Exile Express."  In this one, a group of spies would stop at nothing to get their hands on a secret formula carried by Americans.

Anna and Alan are joined in the cast by, amongst others, Jerome Cowan, Walter Catlett, Jed Prouty, Stanley Fields, and Leonid Kinskey.

This 1939 United Players production, with screenplay by Edwin Justice Mayer and Ethel La Blanche, music by George Parrish, and photography by John Mescall (ASC), was directed by Otis Garrett and produced by Eugene Frenke.


Y'all Come Down, I Say, Come Down To Our Plantation, Y'hear?

Here's a 1950 Coronet film "The Plantation System In Southern Life."

Where's Foghorn Leghorn when you, I say, you need him?

Are Manners Important?

Title of a 1954 Encyclopaedia Britannia instructional film.

What do you think?

Some Folks Know Their Apples

From Encylopaedia Britannica Films in 1950 (made by Viking Pictures at Washington State's Wenathee Valley), we present "Apples From Seedling To Market."

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Ron Palillo, TV's Arnold Horshack, R. I. P.

Ron Palillo, the actor best remembered for playing nerdy Sweathog Arnold Horshack on the 1970's TV sitcom Welcome Back, Kotter, passed away on Tuesday after suffering an apparent heart attack at his Palm Beach Gardens, Florida home at age 63.

Mr. Palillo became the second actor who played the role of a Sweathog on the ABC sitcom headlined and co-created by Gabe Kaplan to pass away this year, with Robert "Juan Epstein" Hegyes having suffered a fatal heart attack at age 60 this past January.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Congrats, Chad!

Not only have you lost your job with the Miami Dolphins (and possibly brought you NFL career to an end), you've now lost your reality TV show.

Try To Live A Little, Eh?

Here's a place to drive to in your '66 Ambassador station wagon.

Late 1960s or early 1970s commercial for Diary Queen.

Try Reasonably-Priced Luxury

You can find it in a 1966 American Motors Ambassador station wagon.

Available at your AMC/Rambler dealer.

Old TV commercial.  Not exactly the best video quality.

Don't Live On Easy Street

Try living on Easiest Street, instead, according to this commercial for the 1953 Henry J compact.

This car was selling quite well when Kaiser Frazer introduced it for the 1951 model year as that company's answer to the Nash Rambler.

But sales quickly slid downhill.  The last of the Henry Js were sold in 1954, a year before Kaiser ended production of passenger cars.

Let's Head To The Outback With Bugs, Mate!

From 1949, as part of Warner Brothers' Looney Tunes series, we present Bugs Bunny starring in "Bushy Hare."  In this one, that wascally wabbit matches wits in the Australian Outback with an Australian Aborigine who looks like Chuck Barris with a beard. 

Story:  Warren Foster

Animation:  Phil De Lara
                         J. C. (Bill) Melendez
                         Charles McKimson
                         Rod Scribner
                         John Carey

Layouts:       Cornett Wood

Backgrounds: Richard H. Thomas

Voice Characterizations: Mel Blanc

Music Direction:  Carl Stalling

This cartoon was directed by Robert McKimson


Sunday, August 12, 2012

Let Me Get This.............

T. O., at least for now, still has a job but Chad Nochocinco doesn't?

This could be the end of the line for Chad in the NFL.

Friday, August 10, 2012


At New Orleans:

Quarterback Nick Davila (named the game's Most Valuable Player) completed 23 of 30 passes for 266 yards and an ArenaBowl record-tying nine touchdowns, seven of them to Maurice Purify (setting an ArenaBowl record) as the Arizona Rattlers won their third Arena Football League championship, their first since 1997, with a 72-54 victory over the Philadelphia Soul on Friday night.

Eskimos Hand Riders Third Straight Defeat

At Edmonton, Alberta:

Quarterback Steven Jyles completed 18 of 23 passes for 282 yards and a touchdown on Friday as the Edmonton Eskimos (4-2) defeated the visiting Saskatchewan Roughriders (3-3) 28-20 in Canadian Football League action.  Joe Bennett picked up a fumbled and ran it back 44 yards for an Eskimos touchdown, while Calvin McCarthy ran six yards on a third-down play for another Edmonton TD.  After starting 3-0, the Riders have now dropped three straight games.

Here's One For You Sportsmen Out There

Here's a promotional film for the 1956 Nash Ambassador, narrated by cartoonist Ed Zern, who made a series of magazine ads for Nash Motors (and the subsequent Nash Division of American Motors) during the 1950s.

Not Avaliable At You Nash Dealers

Here's a 1955 commercial for the Hudson dealers featuring a free paining of Fess Parker as Davy Crockett (signed by Fess himself) and a contest which the top winner would win a trip to Disneyland and a 1955 Hudson Hornet V-8 Hollywood Hardtop.  Second prize is the trip and a 1955 Hudson Wasp and third prize is the trip plus a '55 Hudson Rambler Cross-Country station wagon.

And Now---A Few Words From Our Sponsors----Plural

Here'a a batch of TV commercials for products that either no longer, or never were, available.

Thing Go Sour For The Honey Badger

One would wonder what rules this fellow had broken.

Keep in mind that that ol' Tyrann was suspended for a game last season due to a failed drug test.

His ouster coming just as the Bayou Bengals had voted the #1 team in the country in a recent pre-season poll.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Marvin Hamlisch, Pianist, Composer of "A Chorus Line," Composed "GMA" Theme Song, Had Hit Recording Of "The Entertainer," R. I. P.

Pianist and composer Marvin Hamlisch, who wrote the Academy Award-winning score for the motion picture "The Sting," who had a hit recording of the Scott Joplin-composed Ragtime classic "The Entertainer," who wrote the theme music for ABC's Good Morning America, and who composed the musical "A Chorus Line," passed away on Monday in Los Angeles following a brief illness at age 68.

Robert Hughes, Art Critic, Original Co-Host Of "20/20," R. I. P.

Robert Hughes, the Austrailian-born longtime chief art critic for Time Magazine who was an original co-host of the ABC News magazine series 20/20, passed away on Monday at Calvary Hospital in the Bronx, New York following a long illness at age 74.

A combative and eloquent art critic with the distinctively rounded vowels of his native land, Mr. Hughes co-hosted the debut episode of 20/20 back in June, 1978 with a North Carolina-born, Oxford-educated magazine editor named Harold Hayes.

The episode did not go well.  As required, Mr. Hayes and Mr. Hughes always addressed each other on the show as Hayes and Hughes.  Perhaps the most notorious segment was a sensationalistic expose by Geraldo Rivera on greyhound racing, which included a gruesome scene of dogs chasing and dismembering a live rabbit in training.

Also included on the show was a claymation figure of then-President Jimmy Carter, mouthing to Ray Charles' recording of "Georgia On My Mind."

After scathing reviews (and weak ratings) of the opener, Harold and Robert got the boot and were replaced by Hugh Downs, after which the show's presentation was gradually improved.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

AFL Playoffs: It's Soul Vs. Rattlers For The Marbles; Last-Second Touchdown Sends Arizona To ArenaBowl XXV

At Phoenix:

Quarterback Nick Davila threw an eight-yard touchdown pass to Maurice Purify with nine seconds remaining as the Arizona Rattlers defeated the visiting Utah Blaze 75-69 to win the Arena Football League's National Conference championship on Saturday night.

The Rattlers will square off against the Philadelphia Union in this coming Friday's ArenaBowl XXV to be played in New Orleans (7:30 PM Pacific Time, NFL Network).

Friday, August 3, 2012

AFL Playoffs: Soul Filet Sharks, Win American Conference Title And Berth In ArenaBowl

At Philadelphia:

Larry Brackens scored a franchise-record eight touchdowns on Friday as the Philadelphia Soul destroyed the visiting (and defending champions) Jacksonville Sharks 89-34 to win the Arena Football League's American Conference championship and earn a berth in ArenaBowl XXV next Friday in New Orleans against the winner of Saturday's Utah-Arizona National Conference title game.

Snobbery In Action

Here's a 1958 Young America Productions entry from McGraw-Hill Book Company entitled "The Snob."

Just Starting Out, Eh, Rookie?

Here's a 1953 entry from Encyclopaedia Britannica Films entitled "Beginning To Date."


Remember, Boys and Girls............

"Friendship Begins At Home."  That's the title of this 1949 Coronet Film.

Here's To The Ladies In Our Surfing Audience!

From the Detroit-based Jam Handy Organization in the late 1930's, we present "Easy Does It."

It's Best To Keep Yourself Groomed

From Coronet Instructional Films in 1948, we present "How To Be Well Groomed," as demonstrated by siblings Don and Sue.

WTF!?!? A Coronet Film In Color?!

Here's a 1949 Coronet Films entry, "How To Keep A Job."

A Visit With Roy And Dale

Here's a 1973 commercial for Seven Seas Salad Dressing starring Roy Rogers ("The King of the Cowboys') and Dale Evans ("The Quenn of the West")!



Remember folks, these ain't no 3 Musketeers or Milky Way candy bars.

1960 commercial for Ex-Lax.

And Now, Folks, A Few Words From Our Sponsors

Many of these commercials in this collection are for brand names and/or products that no longer exist.