Got a momentary breather before I tackle some of the projects due this weekend and the rest of the week—in addition to our regular features, I’ll be participating in two noteworthy blogathon events, the March-on-March and the Powell-Pressburger ‘thons—but I thought I’d wipe a few items off the dry-erase board, beginning with Cap’n Bob’s request for some portraits of Frances “Aunt Bee” Bavier as a young woman. I mentioned in the comments section of the latest Mayberry Mondays post that I knew (according to the IMDb) she had a small role in the 1931 pre-Code comedy Girls About Town, and that since that particular feature had recently been acquired from the vast She Blogged by Night film archives I would see about making it the focus of our next “Overlooked Films” some Tuesday. But Stacia has already done the heavy lifting for me, not only with a screen cap from the film but additional photos here and here. (I have to admit seeing these pictures left me slightly agog.)
Speaking of Stacia (smooth as glass, I tells ya); both she and I (and some of our distinguished colleagues) have been tabbed to guest host the Classic Movies blog in April. Classic Movies, run by our good friend K.C., features links to articles of interest on classic film, as well as to sites from across the vintage movie blogosphere. Tentatively, I have been assigned the last day of an event that will run April 17-26…which I can only attribute to my reputation of leaving blogs slightly untidy after I’m done with them, as I neglect to do the washing up. (Insert evil, maniacal laugh here.) No, I am kidding of course—but I am thrilled to be asked to participate…last year when K.C. did this it’s because she was great with child—this year it’s to get away from the kids. (Okay, I’ll stop…I promise.)
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As my father switched back and forth from whatever was on MSNBC last night and a particularly riveting episode of Operation Repo (ah, sarcasm…promise you’ll never leave me), I happened to look on in horror at the trailer for the Farrelly Brothers’ latest cinematic travesty—a film entitled The Three Stooges. It’s as bad as you can imagine—three actors impersonate Larry Fine, Moe Howard and Jerome “Curly” Howard and (according to the always reliable IMDb) cast members from TV’s most repellent “reality show,” Jersey Shore, are also in it as well. The trailer also left me agog…but not in a “cripes-look-how-young-Aunt-Bee-was” way. I consider myself a fan of the Three Stooges, and this pathetic knock-off is, to quote Woody Allen, “a travesty of a mockery of a sham of a mockery of a travesty of two mockeries of a sham.” I’m not even going to link to this at the IMDb for fear that you might watch the trailer and decide you like it. I’d also like to apologize—I’m not a native Georgian, but it is my adopted state—for the fact that they filmed this stinking piece of limburger here in the
. (I blame Peach State mayor Kasim Reed for this, and hereby announce my intention to do whatever I can to insure he is not re-elected this fall. Serves him right for thinking he had the stooge vote all sewn up.) Atlanta
I received an e-mail from our good friend ClassicBecky that her surgery went okay yesterday, and apart from having to work in a carnival run by Don Rickles everything is copacetic. (Please don’t make me explain this reference.)
Finally, a shout-out to two Facebook compadres: the first is my good friend Lloyd of mardecortesbaja fame, who is celebrating a natal anniversary today and I hope the event finds him in good spirits…particularly the alcohol kind. The other goes to Sean Dougherty, who e-mailed me last week with some particularly exciting news for this fall, and so without further ado I’ll allow him to have the podium:
Were you one of the people stalking the halls during that final Friends of Old Time Radio Convention (1976-2011), reveling in the big crowd, exuberant atmosphere and great community? One of the ones who thought "it would be a shame if this went away forever," or "I hope I get a chance to spend time with these people again."
Well, your wishes have been granted. Celebrating Audio Theater - Old & New (www.celebratingaudiotheateroldandnew.org), a brand-new convention, will take place
October 12-13, 2012 at the same old Ramada Plaza Hotel in that was home to Friends of Old Time Radio all those years. Newark, NJ
It will feature live old time radio recreations as well as performances of modern audio drama, and a mix of panels and historical presentations familiar to FOTR attendees.
Last year's huge, enthusiastic, FOTR crowd was inspirational. We know many of you came because it was the "last" event. We hope that enough of you realized once you came that this community - and the art form that inspired it - is worth saving and perpetuating.
Please join us.
Celebrating Audio Theater – Old & New also has a Facebook page and can be found on Twitter (@CATOANCON – they had to add an “A” because CATON was already spoke for)…and if you’re interested in obtaining more information from Sean, you can drop him an e-mail at celebratingaudiotheater (at)gmail(dot)com.