Miscellaneous Musings, who as always is good enough to give me a shout-out when Tee Cee Em has their tentative schedule up, notes that Hold Back the Dawn (1941) is scheduled to be shown on February 20th at . Laura, passionate Paulette Goddard fan that she is, got to view this one at UCLA back in December; I’ve seen it myself but it has been ages (either on AMC or a local Savannah station—not sure I remember which) so I will definitely want another go-round. There are also some movies that to my knowledge I don’t recall making the rounds on TCM (or if they have, it’s been a while): the 1944 biopic
(February 8, ), The Long Voyage Home (1940; February
21, ) and The Moon and Sixpence (1942; March 1, ),
to name a couple off the top of my head. Wilson
To make the event a bit more palatable for the cynical among us (waves hand frantically), the three individuals responsible for last year’s What a Character! Blogathon will be hosting another auspicious event…and here be the details:
The winners, the losers, the snubs, the backstories, the gossip, the players and the games…this time it’s all about Oscar!
We’re back – Kellee (@IrishJayHawk66) of Outspoken and Freckled, Paula (@Paula_Guthat) of Paula’s Cinema Club and Aurora (@CitizenScreen) of Once Upon a Screen – hosting a new, mammoth blogathon event. To coincide with Turner Classic Movie’s (TCM) 31 Days of Oscar it’s a February filled with fabulous tales and screen wonders. But this one is not just for classic film fare, we want to see and hear it all from the golden man’s more than eighty-year history, including this year’s nominees.
- Submit one entry or ten on any of the following due dates throughout the month to any of the hosts either on comments or by email:
We’ll promote entries for an entire week after each due date.
- Submissions should include as much information about you as possible: First name, Twitter tag, link(s) to your site(s) and email address.
- If you have a preferred submission date, please make a note of that as well. However, we welcome all submissions on any of the dates specified.
Cowabunga—some fun, huh, cartooners! I don’t know just what exactly I’m planning to contribute for this one (though I am toying with something along the lines of Alternate Oscars) but I hope everyone who reads this kicks in their own copper pennies in order to make this one every bit a raging success as the What a Character! ‘thon.
Classic TV Blog Association: The Classic TV Variety Show Blogathon, scheduled from February 3-5. The topic, which you have clearly discerned from the title, will be on those TV shows that featured a mixture of comedy, music, big name guest performers, etc.—the type of show that, sadly, can’t seem to find a place on the small screen today. I’ve already committed a piece to this one (it will be on The Jerry Lewis Show), and much studio applause is in store for Rick of The Classic Film and TV Café, who floated the idea to a few CTVBA members via e-mail.
having various bloggers offer their takes on one of the classic comedy films of silent cinema, Harold Lloyd’s Safety Last (1923). (It originated with a list that she whipped up for 2013 of films she has not yet seen but plans to do within the year, which includes TDOY faves like Cat People and Letter from an Unknown Woman.) Because I never turn down an opportunity to chat up one of my movie passions (silent comedy), I asked her to deal me in and will hopefully have something completed by next week (got a project or two that needs to be completed). Paul of Lasso the Movies mentions in Laura’s comments section of that post that Criterion is planning to re-release Safety Last to DVD soon…so I need to start hitting the couch cushions for that.
bringing the 1945 Fred Allen classic It’s in the Bag to digital versatile disc on January 22. Naturally, my curiosity has been stoked because as I discussed in a post for the first For the Love of Film blogathon back in 2010, there are actually two different versions of this movie: one of which features a sort of running DVD commentary from Fred throughout. So I’ll be looking to see which one makes the cut.
TVShowsOnDVD.com that the company is releasing the first season of the show separately on March 5 might be an indication that Seasons 2 and 3 are not far behind. I certainly hope so.
the fourth and final season of Route 66 available April 2 with a 5-disc package (TSOD says the sixth bonus disc included in The Complete Series set will be excised from this collection…but I’m not too concerned about that) priced at a SRP of $29.93. This pleases me to no end, because I was contemplating selling my earlier sets via eBay in order to pick up the complete collection…and I won’t go near that jernt (at least not without provisions and a sherpa) if I absolutely do not have to.
Late breaking news from TSOD reports that plans for a complete collection of The Rifleman are underway—which will be put together under the aegis of “North Fork General Merchandise” at TheRifleman.net. As I mentioned back in March of 2009, I purchased all the Rifleman sets from MPI Home Video that were released from 2001 to 2006—a total of one-hundred-and-twenty episodes over six sets. So I’m missing the remaining forty-eight…and I’m really not wild about having to re-buy this collection. According to the press release, though, the first collection will be a “Season 1” set of episodes to be released in 2013…so maybe there’ll be a way where I’ll only have to buy what I need to save any additional expense.
TSOD also notes that a single box set of Combat!: The First Season will be released by Image Entertainment on April 30—previously the first season of the hit ABC WW2 drama was released in split-season sets, “Campaign I” and “Campaign II.” (There’s no mention as to whether these newer releases will fix the problems of the previous ones, what with the poor quality masters and time-compression issues taken from the syndicated copies.)
announcing a March 26th release for a 4-DVD set of The Lawbreakers (also known as Lawbreaker), a 1963-64 syndicated anthology that starred Lee Marvin as its host, and featured “true crime” cases narrated by his Leeness with recreations of same. This one is so obscure I had to look it up at the Classic TV Archive; I am, of course, familiar with Marvin’s M Squad (1957-60) but this one is new to me. Might be worth a look; the pricing is $29.93 SRP for the set.
according to the website, “never-before-seen and behind-the-scenes material from the archive of series creator Paul Henning, in additional to vintage promotional TV appearances by stars Bea Benaderet and Linda Kaye Henning, cast commercials and "The History of Hooterville" documentary containing interviews with original series actors and production personnel. Also Bea Benaderet on Lucille Ball's radio show ‘Let's Talk To Lucy.’” TSOD doesn’t know if any actual episodes will be included…which is kind of a shame; I was looking forward to the uncut European episodes in which we learn the real reason why Uncle Joe “is moving kinda slow.”