Laura’s Miscellaneous Musings reports that the release date of the brand-spanking-new edition of Leonard Maltin’s Classic Movie Guide (From the Silent Era Through 1965) was moved up to yesterday, and since that time I’ve been checking Amazon.com every few hours or so to see if they’ve shipped my copy. I am so looking forward to this book, and of course, thank Laura profusely for tracking its progress. She’s also got a bit of info on the new Maltin Movie Guide app available, so you should really try to get on over there in order to learn the skinny. (Update: Just received notification from Amazon.com at 3:24 p.m. that the Guide is on its way, baby!)
I had every intention of posting a pair of reviews from watching My Son John (1952) and I Was a Communist for the FBI (1951) last night, but I’m going to have to postpone them until tomorrow. Instead, I thought I’d offer a brief heads-up and remind you that The Greatest Cable Channel Known to Mankind™ is going to take a Road trip this evening—namely, showcasing five of the popular Bob Hope-Bing Crosby-Dorothy Lamour musical comedies beginning at 8:00pm: Road to Singapore (1940), Road to Zanzibar (1941), Road to Morocco (1942), Road to Utopia (1946) and Road to Bali (1952)
With the exception of Bali—which I’ve seen show up quite a few times on TCM—the rest of this lineup could be considered essential viewing (and recording, particularly if you’re a fan) if only because the Road films aren’t shown too often anymore (especially since AMC has committed itself to seeing how many times they can schedule Unforgiven  in one month). If I had to choose one and only one, I’d go with Utopia simply because it is, hands down, the funniest of them all. (People might argue that
TCM had originally scheduled the final film in the series, The Road to Hong Kong (1962), to follow
After Brunette, TCM will show one of the Lum ‘n’ Abner films, Two Weeks to Live (1943), which I reviewed a good many years back when I lived in my old Salon Blogs neighborhood. I wouldn’t consider it one of the best showcases for the popular OTR comedy duo but if you’re curious to see “what’s happenin’ down in Pine Ridge” it’s a painless way to kill seventy-six minutes…plus Franklin Pangborn has a small but funny part.