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For WWII fans (and who didn't love WWII?):



Combat was an hour-long drama series that ran on ABC from 1962-7. It's sort of the original Band of Brothers. Created by screenwriter and war film specialist Robert Pirosh (Oscar winner for Battleground), Combat follows an infantry squad after D-Day as they go through France.



Top-notch writing and innovative production, including frequent use of handheld cameras to simulate actual battle footage, give it a grittiness seldom seen in network TV before or since. The late, great Vic Morrow stars as the tough, no-nonsense Sergeant Saunders.



A few notable episodes:

"The Glory Among Men" -- One of my favorite episodes. The most hated member of the squad is wounded and trapped out in the open. But the Germans don't finish him off -- instead they leave him alive, hoping to draw out the Americans to rescue him. Should the squad risk their lives for someone they despise?

"Anatomy of a Patrol" -- Trying to get a wounded pilot and valuable reconnaissance film back to HQ, Saunders must match wits with a German sergeant every bit as shrewd as he is. The sergeant is played by a very young James Caan, who speaks some rather impressive German.



"The Bridge At Chalons" -- The squad must guard a surly demolitions expert while he blows a key bridge. The guest star is no less than the great Lee Marvin.

"The Enemy" w/guest star Robert Duvall. Duvall's German accent isn't so hot (though it's better than his English one in The 7% Solution) but otherwise he gives a subtle performance as a demolitions expert who has booby-trapped an entire town in advance of the American army taking it. He is captured by Lt. Hanley (Rick Jason) and forced to defuse the bombs he's planted, resulting in a nerve-racking game of cat and mouse, with script and direction taking every possible advantage of the suspenseful premise.



"Survival" -- Directed by Robert Altman, and another of my favorites. Wounded in a fire and separated from the squad, Saunders wanders through enemy territory in a daze. Virtually half the footage has no dialogue, and Altman employs some unorthodox camera angles (shooting into the sun) previously unheard of in TV.



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Gin Wong, LA Architect Who Inspired The Jetsons, Dies at 94

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You may not know the name Gin D. Wong, but you definitely know his work. He’s responsible for some of the most iconic buildings in Los Angeles, including the Theme Building at the Los Angeles Airport (pictured above), and he even inspired the designers of the legendary 1962 animated TV show The Jetsons. Wong died on September 1st at the age of 94.

Wong designed not only the 1960 Theme Building (perhaps better known as something like “The Spaceship” to travelers at LAX), but he was also instrumental in erecting other icons of midcentury modern design.

For instance, Wong designed the Union 76 gas station in Beverly Hills, with its enormous exaggerated roof, which was completed in 1965.
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And while he had no direct hand in the creation of the CBS TV show The Jetsons, anyone familiar with the buildings he helped design will immediately see his influence. The mix of midcentury modern and Southern California’s Googie style are the foundations of The Jetsons universe. And the futuristic world of George Jetson and his iconic style wouldn’t have been the same without Wong.

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Probably owned and eagerly read by more than one passenger on the Titanic:

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Read it online or download it for free at Archive.org.

As Lou Reed said, those were different times:
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GENTLEMEN'S LIST OF THINGS NOT TO BE FORGOTTEN.

EVENING WEAR. Dress Suit. Dinner Coaf. White Waistcoats. Dress Shirt. Dross Ties. Dress Collars. Cuffs.

Cuff Studs. Shirt Studs. Patent Leather Shoes. Opera Hat. Silk Hat. Cane. L'rabrella. White Gloves. Suspenders.
Cablegram etiquette:
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Messages to Turkey must not be in secret language, and messages relating to crimes of anarchists will not be translated or delivered in Portugal.
Show courtesy to your fellow passengers:
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Passengers should avoid loud speaking in the corridors and staterooms during the night-time, as this is apt to keep other passengers awake. It is to the mutual interest of all concerned that the ship should be kept as quiet as possible at night, and the stewards are specially charged to see that this quiet is maintained. On some lines promenading on the upper decks is not permitted after a certain hour.
Women should keep busy:
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FANCY WORK FOR LADIES

Ladies will find a little fancy work will occupy spare moments, especially if the weather is so bad that the deck is not agreeable.
Entertainment and diversions:
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The pillow fight on the spar is a source of great amusement. Two men armed with pillows sit astride the spar and try to knock each other off. It requires a great deal of knack to keep one's balance while someone* is pounding you with pillows. The players are not allowed to touch the spar with their hands. When a man begins to waver, the other redoubles his attack, and slowly, but surely, the defeated player tumbles off the spar into the canvas which has been spread to save him. One of our engravings shows Ex-President Theodore Roosevelt acting as umpire in a pillow fight.

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EX-PRESIDENT ROOSEVELT UMPIRING A SPAR PILLOW-FIGHT AT SEA
Don't worry about a thing:
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DEATH OF PASSENGERS

It is a mistaken notion to believe that first or second class passengers who die at sea are consigned to the deep. In fact, every first-class steamer carries caskets, and the surgeon will embalm the body. He is entitled to a fee of twenty pounds for so doing. Deaths at sea are few, and bad health should not deter any one from making the voyage.


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Kafka
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re: The Pick Of The Day
Happy Halloween!

Route 66: "Lizard's Leg & Owlet's Wing" (1962)

Boris Karloff, Peter Lorre, and Lon Chaney Jr get together to discuss a new horror TV show. They decide to try out their old monster outfits, but a convention of secretaries is staying in the same hotel...

Three classic horror stars provide an enjoyable slice of nostalgia. Includes the original commercials.

This was the final time Karloff wore the Frankenstein makeup.

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A Time Out of War (1954) YT

Archive.org link

Two Union soldiers maintaining a position on a riverbank negotiate a one-hour truce with the Confederate soldier manning the opposite bank. During that hour...

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Oscar-winning short made as a senior thesis for UCLA film school. The film's makers, brothers Denis & Terry Sanders, were the first film school vets to make an impact in Hollywood, a decade before Francis Coppola. They won an Oscar here and kept threatening to accomplish even greater things, but never quite did.

(Note: The short story the film is based upon, "Pickets" by Robert W. Chambers, predates the WWI Christmas truce by almost twenty years)

"A Tale of Two Brothers: Oscar-Winning Student Film Added to National Film Registry"
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Denis and Terry Sanders

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Elderly People Throughout The US (1929)

Amazing footage from early sound newsreels

An 84 year old tells how he enlisted to fight "the War of the Rebellion" in 1861

A man born in 1826 says he's a Republican, but before that he always voted Whig!!!

A 94 year old lady says "For a North Georgia cracker of my size and age I've done pretty well in my education".
She also tells of seeing the Indians being moved from Georgia to the Indian Territory (present day Oklahoma) when she was around three.

These are rare voices. Take a few moments and listen to them.


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The Four Days of Naples (1962)
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During World War II, the people of Naples are forcibly transported to slave-labor camps by the occupying Germans. In September 1943 they revolt against the invaders, fighting them house-by-house armed with any weapon they can find.
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One of the great WWII films, Oscar-nominated as best foreign language film, and for its screenplay.

Pay special attention to how the film shows isolated figures in empty, desolate urban spaces -- a technique dating back to Eisenstein, later to be used by post-apocalyptic movies and even video games.

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The United States Steel Hour — "Bang The Drum Slowly" (September 26, 1956)

A dimwitted hillbilly, the third string catcher for a major league baseball club, learns he is dying from an incurable disease, and the star pitcher tries to keep him on the team as long as possible...

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A live TV production adapted from the novel by Mark Harris, this is one of the best entries in the sports tearjerker subgenre. Although it's not exactly a comedy, the tone is surprisingly lighthearted for most of the action.

As the pitcher, Paul Newman is on the cusp of stardom and shows the beginnings of his soon-to-be-famous screen persona, rascally charm mixed with impertinence.

The doomed catcher is played by character actor Albert Salmi, who is excellent. And in the small role of the hotshot replacement catcher, George Peppard makes his TV debut.

The theatrical handling, with Newman speaking directly to the camera and weaving in and out of scenes, is very effective.

Worth a watch, and actually a must-see for Newman fans.

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Blue Chip picks.....yep....the best out there.


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Toccata for Toy Trains is a 1957 short film by Charles and Ray Eames, one of several films (including Powers of Ten, made many years later) the husband-and-wife design team made during their career.
The Solar Do-Nothing Machine (1957)


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The Untouchables, "Murder Under Glass" (1961)

Eliot Ness travels to New Orleans to stop a narcotics shipment from getting to Chicago

Some lagniappe for this carnival season. Enjoyably over the top performances, and the climactic shootout takes place in a Mardi Gras parade (these days would anyone notice?)

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The White Rose (1923)

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Before enrolling in divinity school a wealthy young southerner takes a tour to see "the real world". He ends up in Louisiana where he meets a "loose woman", and you can guess the rest.

Forget the plot -- the important thing here is this was filmed partly on location in Louisiana, including Bayou Teche, Franklin, New Iberia and St. Martinsville.

if you visit Shadows on the Teche you can see the wall signed by D.W. Griffith (as well as Walt Disney and other luminaries).

D.W. Griffith, Mae Marsh, and Ivor Novello

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Joe Bob Briggs Audio Commentary - Jesse James Meets Frankenstein's Daughter

Usually I hate MST3K/reaction type crap, but Joe Bob is so awesome (and quite knowledgeable about film -- he's goes into impressive detail re the career of director William "One-Shot" Beaudine) that I have to make an exception to my general policy.

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Our Leader, the Right Honorable Mr. Joe Bob Briggs, Esq.

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L.A. 2017



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"L.A. 2017" is a 1971 episode of the NBC television series The Name of the Game. Sometimes referred to as "Los Angeles: AD 2017" (the name of Philip Wylie's subsequent novel based on his script) or "Los Angeles 2017", this was a science fiction piece, shot for only $375,000, about a publisher, Glenn Howard (Gene Barry), who finds himself suddenly plunged 46 years into the future only to learn that the people of Los Angeles are living underground to escape the pollution and under the thumb of a fascist government run by psychiatrists. Its director, the 24-year-old Steven Spielberg, used imaginative camera angles to drive his first movie-length television episode across and remarked in later years that the show "opened a lot of doors for me".
The script, by celebrated scifi novelist Wylie (When Worlds Collide), is an environmentalist satire on 1970 America in the manner of Planet Of The Apes or The Omega Man. I expected it to be badly dated but it actually holds up quite well. There is a classic scene involving a hippie rock band.







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