The Mercury Theater was a creation of Orson Welles and a repertoire cast. You might remember from your knowledge of popular culture that he was one that scared everyone on Halloween with his rendition of War of the Worlds. Without causing farmers to shoot their water towers, later the same year, this was his Christmas offering.
This is the 1950 Jack Benny Christmas show where Jack Benny gives Rochester a dollar and a lecture on the evils of wine, women and song.
My Favorite Brunette is a 1947 movie spoofing movie detectives and the film noir style. Starring Bob Hope and Dorothy Lamour, it also features Lon Chaney, Jr. playing Willie, a character based on his Of Mice and Men role Lennie; Peter Lorre as Kismit, a comic take on his many film noir roles; and cameo appearances by film noir regular Alan Ladd and Hope partner Bing Crosby.
Road to Bali is a 1952 comedy film starring Bing Crosby, Bob Hope and Dorothy Lamour. It was released by Paramount Pictures and is the sixth of the seven Road to… movies. It was the only such movie filmed in color and was the first to feature surprise cameo appearances from other well-known stars of the day.
Father John (Lee Van Cleef) turns vigilante and hunts down a gang of criminals, led by Sam Clayton (Jack Palance) who kill the local priest.
When a wealthy man (Lionel Atwill) is threatened by a killer known as The Gorilla, he hires the Ritz Brothers to investigate. A real escaped gorilla shows up at the mansion just as the investigators arrive. Patsy Kelly portrays a newly-hired maid who wants to quit because the butler, played by Bela Lugosi, scares her.
The Lady Says No (1952) is a hoot. It’s a romantic comedy starring David Niven and Joan Caulfied. She’s a writer that writes a man hating book, he’s a photographer that wants to prove her all wrong. I thought it was pretty funny.
The Tick is a fictional character created by cartoonist Ben Edlund in 1986 as a newsletter mascot. He is an absurdist spoof of comic book superheroes. After its creation, the character spun off into an independent comic book series in 1988, and gained mainstream popularity through an animated TV series on Fox Broadcasting in 1994. A short-lived live-action TV series, video game and various merchandise have also been based on the character.
This is the first episode of the Max Fleischer Superman series in 1941. I love the visual style.
Deep in the jungle, a tribe of aboriginal warriors is having a celebration. Their leader is a tall man in a white cloak. Secretly, he’s really a Nazi commander, and the tribe’s sacred temple is really an underground Nazi outpost.
Superman must stop a madman from destroying Manhattan with electronically controlled earthquakes.
A mad scientist creates a giant magnet that brings celestial bodies down from the sky. The police try to destroy it just as he is in the process of bringing down a comet. This causes the comet to spin out of control and threaten to destroy the earth! Superman comes to the rescue.