One hundred and three years ago today on this date, one of radio’s most prolific playwrights was born in the
I wrote up a little something over at the Radio Spirits blog to commemorate Arch’s natal anniversary—the blog has been kind of dormant of late due to some shenanigans from Hurricane Sandy, and also my own bone laziness. But we are back in business now.
BBFF Stacia and I traded quips during the channel’s screening of one of our favorite films (Stacia, believe it or don’t, owns three copies of this movie), The Third Man (1949). Monday night, while I wasn’t able to see the 1924 version of Captain January (my father usually has a rendezvous with kindly Doc Maddow about that time), I did wrest hold of the TV set in time to see three of the “Baby Peggy” shorts, followed by the documentary Baby Peggy: The Elephant in the Room (2012).
She Who Must Not Be Named) but I don’t dislike all juvenile performers. The esteemed Scott C. of World O’Crap once jokingly accused me of not liking any kiddie thesp who wasn’t in Our Gang; an insinuation which I resented. (I didn’t deny it…I just resented it.)
My Love of Old Hollywood has joined me in pariahdom, and like myself disdains most child actors but for some odd reason worships at the
. (Page has even invited the saccharine little
moppet to comment on her pictorial posts from time to time, leading you believe that
sweet little Shirley somehow got possessed by Triumph the Insult Comic Dog.) Temple
Back in May 2009, I did a post that mentioned a petition started up by comedy historian Stan Taffel, asking to convince Sony Home Video to release the twenty two-reel comedies that comedy legend Charley Chase did for the
Columbia studio from
1937-40. Sony had struck up new 35mm
prints from the original masters of these shorts and had planned to release a
collection after the success of their 2006 box set of Buster Keaton comedy
shorts…but then that darn ol’ anemic economy put the kibosh on that.
Amazon has a pre-listing for it at $14.67, and while the money situation is non-existent here at Rancho Yesteryear (we’re so broke we can’t even pay attention) I hope to put this little baby in my shopping cart before its January release. (If I can swing it, I will make sure that the November Milestone release Cut to the Chase: The Charley Chase Comedy Collection accompanies it so it will not be lonesome.) For those of you unfamiliar with this amazing comedy talent—might I suggest a purchase of Kino’s The Charley Chase Collection 2? They have it available for a limited time at $7.99—a steal, my friends, and worth every penny.
One last minute reminder: voting for TDOY’s next Serial Saturdays cliffhanger is about to end, and so if you have an important say in what chapter play will torture me next be sure to cast your vote in the poll up in the upper right corner. At last look, it appears that Don Winslow of the Navy has got the narrow inside track…but we’ll know for certain when Adventures of Sir Galahad concludes tomorrow afternoon.