Saturday, May 27, 2017

ALFRED HITCHCOCK PRESENTS: Season 03 - Episode 01 - "The Glass Eye" (1957)

Tonight's Saturday Night Special welcomes the 'Master of Suspense' Alfred Hitchcock back to The Dungeon one more time, and trust me, it won't be the last!

"Alfred Hitchcock Presents" was on for some seven seasons and 268 stories which amounts to a 30 minute show almost every week for seven years! I've got some serious catching up to do!!

Tonight's feature was from Season 03, Episode 01, and is a very interesting tale titled "The Glass Eye!"

Yes, as Alfred does the introduction, he is indeed, holding "The Glass Eye," and seems to be enjoying himself quite nicely!

No shit, it's The Shat, in one of his earliest appearances on television, and a full nine years before he achieved immortality as Captain James Kirk! Bill is a gentleman, and the narrator of the story named Jim Whitely! His cousin Julia has died, and while he's cleaning out her apartment, he finds a glass eye in a little box, and he goes on to tell his wife the whole story of why she had it! Mrs. Whitely was played by Spiderman's Aunt May, Rosemary Harris!

Jessica (The Birds, Cocoon, *Batteries Not Included, Fried Green Tomatoes) Tandy is Julia Lester. I guess you could call her a spinster. Does anyone make quilts anymore? I sure hope so!

I don't know about you, but I love this whacked out makeshift stove!
Looks dangerous as all Hell!!

For lack of anything better to do, Julia tries to be nice to a neighbor kid, and take him out to do things like this show, even though he's a little shit!

Okay, it was already weird, but once the show starts, that's the biggest dummy I've ever seen! Seven years ago, I did a write up on another ventriloquist movie called "Dead Of Night" that got us nominated for a Rondo award for two years in a row, so maybe this post will catapult us back to the top again! In the "I Think This Is Pretty Weird" Department, there was another completely unrelated German movie made in 1969 with a ventriloquist in a major role that was titled "Der Mann Mit Dem Glasauge" or "The Man With The Glass Eye!"
This dummy named George also reminds me too much of Devo's Booji Boy!

While I'm perplexed, Julia is having the time of her life!

Julia has turned into THE biggest ventriloquist groupie in history!
She just cannot get enough of Max Collodi and his show, and follows him all over the place from city to city, but always staying in the shadows!

Julia has now fallen completely head over heels in love with Max, and is seen here putting together a scrapbook of newspaper clippings about him! Does anybody put together scrapbooks or make collages anymore??

Julia's become so obsessed that she finally breaks out of her shell, and contacts Max. He writes her back, but tells her the meeting will only last five minutes, and his dummy George will also be there, so when the time comes she rushes to go meet this man she has become so thoroughly entranced with!  It's a fairy tale romance!

Julia is so in love, you might think Max was a hypnotist, instead of a ventriloquist!
The magnificent Max Collodi was played by the even more magnificent Tom Conway! Here's just a couple of Tom's credits that will floor you, "Bride Of The Gorilla," "The She-Creature," "Voodoo Woman," and "The Atomic Submarine!" He was also The Falcon in ten films! He is obviously a lady killer!!

But not in Alfred Hitchcock's world..........In Alfred's world, he's just a big dummy, and Julia is completely mortified!!

Get out of here and don't come back!!!!!!

One of the most famous of all the little guys of all time, Billy Barty was really the one pulling all the strings! All Julia got out of the deal was a broken heart and the dummy's glass eye, and that's the end of the story! Billy Barty racked up 194 acting credits between 1927 and the year 2000, and that's pretty darn amazing, and a story all into itself!

Friday, May 26, 2017

JOSIE AND THE PUSSY CATS IN OUTER SPACE: The Sun Haters / Hanna Barbara - 1972

To distract a bit from from probably becoming a Poot'n Puppet, I thought I'd keep it light today with some Pussy Cats flying around in Space!! This cartoon series ran from 1972-4 and put Josie and her pals in space adventures to keep the kids interested. Wow, no title card was even shown!

The gang land on a planet only to have their ship grabbed by a weird giant...

The giant dumps the gang on the ground and leaves with their rocket. There, they meet some regular sized aliens who decide to help the lost spacers!

The boy alien takes Josie and her pals to the city of the giants to find their ship.

They find the lab (good thing everything's in English!) and have to push a huge door open. Then, they almost get stepped on by one of the big ones!

The giants seem to be experimenting with their rocket, what the Hell's going on?!

Pssst... I found an empty broom closet, let's go take a break!..

Anyway, it's time to figure out how the controls work to try and get their ship back.

The giants are putting something inside the rocket, now what?!..

Well, believe it or not, they're testing a foam that will put out a sun, because, I guess, they are simply, Sun Haters!!

The gang do all they can to get their ship back, but it's hard to deal with giant sized obstacles.

It turns out that the giants are huge Josie And The Pussy Cats fans, they put on their shades, clap their hands and tap their toes to that groovy Earth beat!

So, the giants give them a big send off...

And, they head off, back into space for more adventures for us kids...

I saw these credits at the end of the episode and noticed writer Tom Dagenais, I used to date his ex-wife when I lived in LA. Anywho, we're back tomorrow when Eegah!! will bring us something cool...

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

TWIN PEAKS: THE RETURN - David Lynch (2017)

"Twin Peaks: The Return!"
I was expecting the unexpected but I wasn't expecting this for various reasons! So, let's get it on, and if you happened to see this show, then please feel free to let me know if you liked it or not, because, I basically thought that for the most part it was a lot of gratuitous artistic bullshit!

Now I love artistic gratuitous bullshit as much as the next guy, but it's said that there is a time and a place for everything. I just think that this was the not the time, or the place to lay it on thicker than chunky peanut butter! My 94 year old Mother sat through the whole ordeal, and I'll just say this, she said it was the worst thing she's ever seen, and I have to agree that watching a couple of episodes of "Walker, Texas Ranger" would probably been a more productive use of time!

I'm pretty sure I'll watch all 18 episodes, and like a lot of it, but for the first two episodes, there are only brief minutes out of two hours that seem even remotely connected to the original series. Look, this an awesomely beautiful shot of New York City, but the interior shots all look like TV soap operas, and the acting is so stiff, it can only be deliberate, and a lot of time there is no music at all which makes it even weirder, so I guess that's what they wanted, but it sure wasn't working for me!
I don't think this should be considered video comfort food by any means!

Transition to new people and stories can be difficult, so it looks like David Lynch just said, "Fuck It, I'll do whatever I want!"  In the new "Twin Peaks" I think there is a lot of meaningless nonsense presented as story that is supposed to make the viewer try and figure out something that was implicated, when there was nothing really there at all, except nonsense! And the dream sequences are like watching somebody having a colonoscopy in real time!

Somehow in 25 years, The Coopster has gone from being the most naive likeable FBI agent on the planet to a "Psycho Killer.....Qu'est-ce que c'est!" So....
What is it?? There's some seriously weird shit going on here!

New characters are added and removed, all in the wink wink of an eye!

 Jeez, Laura Palmer turned into Courtney Love, and even though there's no mention of vampires, she must be one, because what other kind of dead people still get old?

And indeed there are lots of gorgeous women to fill in all those gaps left over from the original show, they just don't have recurring roles in this new series!

"Bang, Bang," David Lynch shot me down, but just like some psycho ex-girlfriend, I'm sure he's going to try and make it up to me! (No flowers David, thanks, just send cash please!)
Anyway, that's just my humble opinion, and also the reason I don't watch a lot of current movies or TV shows!

And why not have a cherry on top ending with synthpop post-punk Portland band Chromatics playing in a Redneck bar, because it makes as much sense as anything else in this Lynch party!

Monster Music

Monster Music
AAARRGGHHH!!!! Ya'll Come On Back Now, Y'Hear??