Yes, if this were a sitcom—I’d be doing some pretty wacky things right now to atone for this fox paw…but since this is real-life, I’ll be doing some…okay, maybe there’s not much difference between my casual existence and a half-hour of canned laughter. The anniversary that slipped my mind occurred several Saturdays back (May 25); a year ago on that date I composed the first entry on the Radio Spirits blog (an anniversary piece on Suspense’s “Sorry, Wrong Number”). Fortunately for me, RS’ management has picked up my option and I’m still contributing pieces of interest—like this one (don’t think I didn’t hear you grumble “He’s tricked us!”) commemorating today’s birthday boy, Gerald Mohr.
I’m hoping to be able to keep to a fairly regular blog schedule in the coming months…and I want to thank one and all for the interest and positive feedback on our new feature, Doris Day(s) (though I have a sneaking suspicion it won’t last long). I’m also planning to cobble together a Coming Distractions soon that will take a peek at what’s in store for
in the month of July.
Speaking of July (smooth as glass), Thrilling Days of Yesteryear has already made comments to three, count ‘em, three blogathons that will be in full force during that month. First on the schedule, blogathon queen Aurora at Once upon a Screen will team up with the folks at the Classic Movie Hub to toast Dynamic Duos in Classic Film from July 13-14. “Dedicated to perilous, precarious and personable pairs” as the press release alliterates; the personalities chosen will run the gamut from romantic to adversarial, professional to familial (as in siblings). TDOY will contribute an overview of the career of one of its favorite comedy teams, Dean Martin & Jerry Lewis…and the assignment will, of course, require me to revisit some of the wacky duo’s
When Blogathon closes a door, s/he opens a window; two days later on July 16, Aubyn at The Girl with the White Parasol will kick off The Barbara Stanwyck Blogathon—a week-long event (ending July 22) celebrating the filmography of the woman born Ruby Stevens on July 16 one-hundred-and-six years ago in Brooklyn. There’s a rich catalog of movies waiting to be mined in Babs’ career, so skate on over to Aubyn’s and stake your claim (skate and stake—sounds like a restaurant chain) ‘cause it’s first come, first served, cartooners. If I may quote Aubyn: “I know that we all love Double Indemnity and The Lady Eve, but I want this blogathon to be about the entirety of Stanwyck's career, not just her most famous films.” Well, not all of us love The Lady Eve (the movie, that is, not the blogger) but I’m certainly hep to what she’s asking. I wanted to do either The Lady Gambles (1949—“The Lost Weekend of gambling films”) or The File on Thelma Jordon (1950) but since neither of these titles currently reside in the TDOY library (Gambles and Jordon are both on
And wrapping things up in July (July 29-August 2, to be exact) MonsterGirl at The Last Drive-In in tandem with Terri of Goregirl’s Dungeon will scare the pants off the blogosphere with a tribute to (love this) “the P.T. Barnum of Classic B-movie fanfare,” William Castle, via (what else?) The William Castle Blogathon. I got word of this from Monstergirl (Joey) on the Twitter machine, and I lucked out in that no one had scooped up one of my favorite Castle flicks, I Saw What You Did (1965)…so I’ll be reviewing that one in this space, provided it hasn’t disappeared into the Vortex. I am really looking forward to this one, by the way—Castle is one of my movie heroes.
can get the full skinny on this at TSOD, and the only reason why I mentioned it here is because I’m pondering the kind of country we live in where we will have access to Mama’s Family…and not Mayberry R.F.D. (Then again, if a show doesn’t involve Ken Berry tripping and falling at an U.S. Army post in the Old West, I probably don’t want to watch it again.)
released the fifth season of The F.B.I. to
DVD (all 26
episodes from that season in two volumes priced at $49.95 SRP)…and
believe me, I would very much like to purchase some of the Archive’s TV product—but
they’re not making it easy for me. Doing
the work of Satan, they insist on dropping e-mails in my box touting fabulous classic
movie sales…all I have to do is get a glance at one and we’re off to the
races. (Recent purchases include Kentucky Kernels, The Window, While the City
Sleeps, Rio Rita  and The Gangster. I have no resistance. I also bought that long-wanted Shout! Factory
Miller box set via a smashing Amazon Gold Box Deal discount on Sunday…but
keep that under your hat.)
the release of the Dobster’s first season in a 5-DVD set ($29.93
this September 10th. I think you’ll
agree that for the budget-minded individual, this is not a bad way to go.