Here is another Hugh Harman/Rudolph Ising animated short from 1932. In this cartoon, Bosko and his dog, Bruno, are flat broke and hungry. To address this situation, Bosko decides to enter Bruno in a "Whippet" race for a $5,000 prize, despite Bruno's objection. Suffice it to say that, after a very false start, and some help from a squirrel and a hive of bees (or maybe hornets), Bruno comes through victorious. From the Internet Archive, here is Bosko's Dog Race.
Friday, February 27, 2015
Thursday, February 26, 2015
Pennsylvania Railroad, posted on Vintage Ads, displays some seriously cool locomotives from the mid-1940s. The top far left is a diesel electric, the top far right is (as I understand) electric, and the top third from the left is the faithful old steam locomotive. I'm not familiar with that second engine from the left, but it has a very interesting look.
Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Now presenting our hero, "The Clock!" While it is certainly a mysterious name for a comic book hero, it does not sound like the most fearsome name ever used. In this 1937 comic, posted on Four Color Shadows, The Clock is summoned by an equally mysterious girl known as "The Orchid" to break up a protection racket. No superpowers, just a suit, a mask and fists. I mean seriously though, "The Clock?" Are there any other household appliance heroes out there? Even "The Toaster" sounds at least a little more dangerous.
Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Monday, February 23, 2015
Friday, February 20, 2015
Considering the wintery weather we have experienced this week, even here in Memphis, an encore of this 1949 animated short seemed appropriate. No real story here, just a bunch of animals having fun with winter sports, followed by a sing along with "Jingle Bells." From the Internet Archive, here is Snow Foolin'.
Thursday, February 19, 2015
Vintage Ads, heralding the return of The Shadow to the radio airwaves, sponsored by "Blue Coal" (a/k/a Anthracite Industries). I have listened to many of the old Shadow radio shows, most of which include that friendly reminder to ask for "blue coal."
Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Rivet Head posted this color photo of John Wayne standing next to what appears to be a Curtiss P-40 fighter aircraft. I think we can safely conclude that the photo was taken in 1942 because 1) Wayne starred in a Republic Pictures film released that year called The Flying Tigers about the American Volunteer Group (AVG) pilots fighting for China against the Japanese; 2) as (technically) civilian mercenaries, AVG pilots were known to wear uniforms without any rank or insignia, such as the one Wayne is wearing here; and 3) (biggest clue) the AVG flew Curtiss P-40 fighters painted with that distinctive shark grin.
Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Monday, February 16, 2015
Friday, February 13, 2015
Thursday, February 12, 2015
I have always liked Marlene Dietrich's films, but this post on Boing Boing revealed a side of her with which I was unfamiliar. It seemed Ms. Dietrich always wanted to be a classical musician, but her film career got in the way, so she expressed herself musically through . . . a saw.
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Tuesday, February 10, 2015
Monday, February 9, 2015
Another entry from the "Been There, Done That" Department. It seems that the internet was not the first technology to challenge traditional newspapers. That honor went to radio. As this post on Gizmodo explains, by the 1930s, people were already thinking newsprint would soon be killed by radio. In response, some bright apple thought up the idea of delivering newspapers via radio through radios equipped with printers, or in other words, wireless fax machines.
Friday, February 6, 2015
This morning's Sunrise Serenade was "The Hut Sut Song," here performed by the King's Men in this 1940's film short posted on 20th Century Radio. I've had this item for a while, just waiting for the song to pop into my head one morning, and lo, it did.
Thursday, February 5, 2015
Wednesday, February 4, 2015
Although I have seen Bulletman comics before, I am not sure I ever posted one. This particular one from 1941, posted on Pappy's Golden Age Comics Blogzine, I found interesting for two reasons. First, as Pappy noted, the Lois Lane-like love interest for our hero has no clue that mild mannered police scientist Jim Barr is actually invincible hero Bulletman, even though he makes no effort to disguise his face. Secondly, the writer of this story must have been a little inspired by Jules Verne's 1904 novel Master of the World, in which a brilliant inventor pilots a remarkable vehicle, the Terror, that can function as an automobile, speedboat, submarine and aircraft. The Triple Threat vehicle in this comic is a dead ringer for the Terror.
Tuesday, February 3, 2015
Monday, February 2, 2015
It is time for the Hollywood Revue's monthly preview of programming on Turner Classic Movies, and with the Academy Awards just around the corner, TCM rolls out its annual 31 Days of Oscar. This year, the movies shown in prime time will reflect a couple of years of film history, with at least one Best Picture winner shown.