I am diligently working on getting this week’s Doris Day(s) up for tomorrow…but I wanted to give you a heads-up that it might not post at the usual time. There have been some pretty big doin’s here at the House of Yesteryear—notably the acquisition of a bookshelf that my sister and her partner could not take with them to their new West Coast digs. (I also inherited shelf space on a previous unit that formerly held the toys my nephew would play with whenever he came over to the house.) With an empty shelving unit at Rancho Yesteryear, naturally it would not be long before my mother started
gently suggesting that I relocate to the vacant space several stacks of DVDs
that were cluttering up my room.
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The other big news is that I will be retiring the computer I have been using these many years…
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The reality of being skint (as they say on the other side of the pond) also means that I’ll have to miss the premiere of the Summer Classic Movie Series at the
July 18: The Voice of the Moon (1990)
July 19-21: The Golden Voyage of Sinbad (1974)
July 25-28: Grand Illusion (1937)
July 27: Bugs Bunny Birthday Bash
August 1-4: Young Frankenstein (1974)
August 8-11: Breathless (1959)
August 15-18: The Searchers (1956)
I may have to miss out on SITR, but I am definitely planning to squeeze in a showing of The Searchers…and I might even check out Bugs’ birthday as well.
There are a couple of upcoming blogathons that are worthy of mention—and because TDOY is planning to participate, that makes it all the more worthier (that actually got past SpellCheck)…
The Classic TV Blog Association will be hosting a swanky event in conjunction with my wife, Me-TV, entitled Me-TV’s Summer of Classic TV Blogathon from July 15-19. You don’t have to be a member of that august body (even though they’re hosting it in July…nyuk nyuk nyuk…) to participate—but you do have to decide on a topic (if you plan to participate) by July 12. The guidelines are very simple: the topic has to be on one of the shows currently showcased on the premier TV nostalgia channel…and it can be either an overview of the series, a profile on a member of the cast or just a favorite episode in general. The CTVBA has already got a schedule of who’s in, and you’ll see that TDOY is on deck Wednesday, July 17 when I’ll take a look at one of the unsung sitcoms of the 1960s, The Mothers-in-Law.
Movies, Silently announced this morning that they—along with Lindsey at The Motion Pictures—will host The Gish Sisters Blogathon this September 7-9 in honor of the 101st anniversary of Lillian and Dorothy’s motion picture debut. The topics for discussion to participants are boundless: it can be a review of a film either sister appeared in (or both, if that strikes your fancy), an overview of their stage careers, a biography or anything else that is pretty much Gish-related. (Your Gish is their command, in other words. Okay, put the chair down…) TDOY has RSVP’d, and I’ve decided that I’ll talk about one of the…well, I hesitate to use the word since it suffers from overuse—but “masterpiece” is really the only way to describe one of the finest of all features from silent cinema, The Wind (1928).
There is one additional blogathon I need to bring to your attention…but I’ll save the specifics for later this week, when I’ll have a Coming Distractions post up for
I did a review of the recently released Accidentally Preserved
disc that came to fruition thanks to the generosity of a number of people who
funded the release through a Kickstarter project initiated by silent film
accompanist and historian Ben Model. Ben
sent a note out to the Kickstarter backers this morning to deliver the sad news
that he will not be using Kickstarter to raise money for an Accidentally
Now, now…dry those tears! It’s because he doesn’t have to! The response to the
has been tres encouraging: through royalties of Amazon sales and the income Ben’s
generated from selling the disc at various venues over the past month, enough
revenue has been raised to produce a second volume of rare and/or lost silent film
shorts. (Ben writes: “I had to look at
the numbers a few times myself to make sure I wasn't hallucinating...I wasn't.”)