LOWELL: 1955 Groucho Marx YOU BET YOUR LIFE Game
GAF: 1977 WELCOME BACK, KOTTER View-Master Reels
"…When it comes to the world of superheroes, we only really seem that at their best, in their prime, vanquishing evil-doers left right and centre. But what happens when Captain America turns 55? Or Batman isn’t as flexible as he once used to be?…”
"…That’s the theme Andreas Englund startling photorealistic oil paintings . The immensely gifted Swedish painter has been creating different scenarios in the life of an Ageing Superhero , which is also the name of the series. From struggling at the supermarket to getting a genuine workout fighting off hordes of ninjas, it’s a fun, candid and tender look at a superhero who’s body has truly seen better days…"
Via So Bad So Good
“Happily Ever After" from Once Upon a Mattress (Original London Cast, 1960)
music Mary Rogers lyric Marshall Barer
performance Jane Connell
Jane Connell, who sadly passed away yesterday, will forever be Gooch for most musical theater fans. However, before that she starred as Winifred in the original London production of Once Upon a Mattress.
SAALFIELD: 1968 Follow The Colors PIANO KITTY Book
Ramblin’ Round Radio Row, a 1932 short whose first number features the Boswell Sisters. So, right?
SAALFIELD: 1963 DICK VAN DYKE Coloring Book
OF HUMAN HEARTS (1938) James Stewart had one of his first major starring roles in this Ante-and-Bellum family saga about a prideful son’s feud with his preacher father. Scorning at his father’s life of poverty and self-sacrifice, Jason Wilkins (Stewart) pursues success as a surgeon in the North before the Civil War intervenes to teach Jason the true cost of neglect thanks to an executive-in-chief intervention. Walter Huston plays the padre who tries to teach his headstrong scion the importance of sacrifice, while Beulah Bondi plays the mother whose love knows no bounds. Beulah would go on to play Stewart’s mother four more times, including an episode of The Jimmy Stewart Show, now available for streaming on Warner Archive Instant. Co-starring John Carradine, Guy Kibbee, Charles Coburn, Ann Rutherford and legendary TV producer-to-be Gene Reynolds. Newly Remastered
VIVACIOUS LADY (1938) Ginger personally selected Jimmy Stewart to play her romantic co-star in this riotous romance, and he proves to be the perfect man for the job. When a sizzling night club singer (Rogers) romances and weds a buttoned-down botany professor (Stewart) over the course of a single evening, sparks and subterfuge ensues. Stars start crossing against the newlyweds when they travel to Morgan’s moss-backed college town to break the news to Morgan’s disapproving family (Beulah Bondi and Charles Coburn) but can’t bring themselves to do it forcing the pair to conduct their marriage incognito. Director George Stevens’ first outing as a producer is a delight. Newly Remastered
NO TIME FOR COMEDY (1940) James Stewart’s rich gifts for drama, romance and comedy already propelled him on a meteoric rise when he was paired with the very lively and very lovely Rosalind Russell in this screwball classic set amidst the bright lights of Broadway. Russell plays the acting gal who knows it all while Stewart is the hick from the sticks with a flair for the funny. It’s love at first line reading for the pair but when a wanna-be muse (Genevieve Tobin) convinces Stewart’s comedy king he should try his hand at serious drama, the romance hits the rocks. Charles Ruggles plays the cynical industrialist spouse of the drama wannabe that squares up the triangle. William Keighley directs with a script by master scribes Julius and Philip Epstein (Casablanca)from the hit play by S. N. Behrman.
BRANDED (1950) This big screen adaptation of Max Brand’s Montana Rides! finds celluloid cowboy icon Alan Ladd donning the boots of Choya, a gunfighter comprised of complicated ethics. Choya gets roped into a scheme to impersonate a wealthy rancher’s long lost son — which works — until he starts to fall for his “sister.” The shame becomes too much for Choya to bear, so he sets out to make-up for the wrong he has done. With Mona Freeman, Charles Bickford, and Robert Keith, directed by Rudolph Maté.
I MARRIED A MONSTER FROM OUTER SPACE (1958) Too often dismissed as a retread of the paranoid cold war classic, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, I Married a Monster from Outer Space is a classic creeper in its own right, remixing cold war chills with post-nuclear family anxiety along with a nod to seminal Sci-Fi show, It Came From Outer Space. Newlywed Marge Farrell (Gloria Talbott) grows increasingly alarmed over the changes in her new husband Bill (Tom Tryon), who’s been acting stranger and stranger since their wedding night. Determined to find out what’s happening to her man, Marge stumbles onto a terrifying plan and now must convince someone — anyone — to believe her…
THE ADVENTURERS (1970) Troubled playboy Dax (Bekim Fehmiu) uses romance as a stepping stone to success… all while scheming to bring vengeance on those who once wronged him and his family. A Monte Cristo for the jet-set, Candice Bergen, Olivia de Havilland, Ernest Borgnine, Rossano Brazzi, Charles Aznavour and more star in this lavish adaptation of the lurid Harold Robbins pot-boiler, under the direction of Lewis Gilbert.
THE BIG BUS (1976) Ahead of its kind pre-cursor to cinema satires like Airplane!, this disaster film spoof is a sleeper well-worthy of rediscovery. The Big Busdepicts the doomed (spoiler alert!) maiden New York to Denver journey of The Cyclops, the world’s first nuclear-powered bus. With Joseph Bologna, Stockard Channing, and John Beck. Also with Rene Auberjonois, Ned Beatty and Bob Dishy. And José Ferrer, Ruth Gordon and Harold Gould. Oh, we almost forgot Larry Hagman, Sally Kellerman and Richard Mulligan, Lynn Redgrave, Stuart Margolin, Howard Hesseman and Vic Tayback, too! Directed by James Frawley, written by Lawrence J. Cohen and Fred Freeman.
THE EVENING STAR (1996) Shirley MacLaine reprises the character of Aurora Greenway in this follow-up to the smash-hit and award-strewn Terms of Endearment. The next generation confronts Aurora with as many challenges as ever, as she tries her best to raise her beloved daughter’s rebellious and troubled brood. With Bill Paxton, Miranda Richardson, Marion Ross and Juliette Lewis. Directed by Robert Harling.
FALL TO GRACE (2013) Alexandra Pelosi depicts the extraordinary journey of ex-New Jersey Governor Jim McGreevey in this remarkable documentary. From one of the worst political scandals of the decade and his outing as a closeted gay man, to his life’s “second act” and its spiritual quest where he studies to become an Episcopal priest, McGreevey’s journey is one of redemption and transformation. This is a true tale of second chances, which McGreevey says everybody deserves. “No one should be defined by the nadir of their existence,” he says. “That shouldn’t define the entirety of their narrative.”
Los Angeles! Join @Cinefamily on 10/2 for a rare treat: Lon Chaney in The Unholy Three (1925) presented in 35mm with live musical accompaniment! Kick off this season of horrors than with “The Man of 1000 Faces” playing a villainous ventriloquist in a startling film directed by the maestro of the bizarre, Tod Browning (Freaks). For info and tickets
MATTEL: 1968 Diahann Carroll as TALKING JULIA Doll
MEGO: 1977 BATMAN’S Wayne Foundation Play Set
The Original Broadway Cast of Disney’s The Lion King
Mufasa :: Sarabi :: Young Nala and Simba :: Simba :: Nala:: Rafiki :: Pumba and Timon :: Zazu :: Scar :: The Hyenas (Ed, Shenzi, and Banzai)
This was one of the most amazingly costumed Broadway shows I’ve ever seen.
No but seriously if you haven’t actually seen the Broadway production of this you are missing out big time and you should probably make it a priority to see it before you die. The costumes and make-up are so amazingly done that you don’t even realize that there are human beings animating these characters. The music is absolutely gorgeous. And I mean there’s freaking people walking on all fours on stilts to animate giraffes! It’s incredible and these people are so talented and I absolutely intend on seeing it at least one more time in my life.
42nd Street, New York City, 1958, photo by Frank Oscar Larson
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