Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Tuesday's Overlooked Films and/or Other A/V: the List of Links

As always, thanks to all contributors and to you readers of these reviews and citations, at the links below. Please let me know of any I might've overlooked!

Bill Crider: Helen of Troy (1956) (trailer)

Chuck Esola: Daisy Town

Dan Stumpf: The Naked Kiss

Evan Lewis: "Porky's Hare Hunt" (featuring a proto-Bugs)

Geoff Bradley: Without Motive (2000)

George Kelley: Odds Against Tomorrow

Iba Dawson: Love Jones

Ivan G. Shreve, Jr.: Best television westerns...lists...

Jack Seabrook: Robert Bloch on Television: "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" (Alfred Hitchcock Presents:)

Jackie Kashian: Games for Change Festival

Jerry House: 1984 (1954)

John Charles: Cannonball

Juri Nummelin: City of Fear

Kate Laity: Red Cliff

Michael Shonk: They Call It Murder

Mike Tooney: Cannon: "The Proxy"; Rehearsal for Murder

Patti Abbott: Being There

Randy Johnson: The Stranger (1946)

Ron Scheer: Hour of the Gun

Scott Cupp: Monsters (2010); The Invisible Man (1958-1960)

Steve Lewis: PulpFest 2012; I've Got Your Number; Pitfall

Todd Mason: Web archives of latter-day radio drama: please see below.

Yvette Banek: Casanova's Big Night

Related Matters:

Ed Gorman (and Peter Bogdanovich): Hail the Conquering Hero

James Reasoner: Doctor Zhivago

Prashant Trikannad: A Passage to India

Sergio Angelini: Touch of Evil

The Not Quite As Big Broadcast: Radio Drama from the 1960s to Now (Part 2)

Among the archives of defunct shows:

Bay Area Radio Drama features such Pacifica Radio productions as the horror anthology The Black Mass, a selection of Eugene O'Neill's early shorter plays and other anthologies, readings, and one-shots produced by the unit headed by Erik Bauersfeld from 1961-2009. Link courtesy of Michael Stamm.

CBS Radio Mystery Theater The longest running of the commercial-radio revivals of radio drama in the US, from 1974 (twelve years after the last CBS network broadcasts of Suspense and Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar) to 1982. Link courtesy of James Reasoner.

Archive.org can be very annoying in the way things are tucked away in its vast sets of files...the NPR linchpin series Earplay (1972-1981) is basically unfindable unless one comes across its placement in the archive as EARPLAYNPR. However, such series as ABC Radio's eclectic mid-'60s anthology Theater Five are rather easy to find. Most of their selections are not comprehensive, but often decent if haphazard cross-sections, such as their Bob & Ray or Firesign Theatre slices.

Rod Serling's post-Night Gallery project Zero Hour (Mutual Broadcasting System, 1973-74--I've incorrectly referred to this as syndicated previously) is often credited with sparking the CBS projects a year later. It's first season saw five-part stories told in Monday-Friday episodes; the second season offered discrete stories each day.

I've not yet found episodes online of The National Radio Theater of Chicago (1972-1987) (though its successors, 2000x and the Hollywood Theater of the Ear have such items as their dramatization of Black Mask magazine stories for sale).

In 1977, the CBS Radio Mystery Theater group spun off a weekend series aimed at younger listeners, and sponsored for its first year as The General Mills Adventure Theater; for its abbreviated second season, it was known as The CBS Radio Adventure Theater.

The Sears Radio Theater joined the CBS Radio Mystery Theater as a Monday-Friday "strip" on CBS in 1979; for its second season, it moved over to Mutual and became the Mutual Radio Theater.

The Next Big Thing (1999-2006) was the last anthology from Public Radio International to feature a fair amount of radio drama in its mix, unless we count the running sketches of A Prairie Home Companion (since removed from PRI distribution, for that matter). Sadly, such fine radio drama as "Ten Past Eleven" (based on the Kitty Genovese murder) has not been preserved among the scattered episodes that have audio files at the link.

OTR.net features sound files of widely varying quality for a wide variety of series, including such late series as ABC Radio's Theater Five from 1964-65; a generous sampling of older series is available here, too.

Seeing Ear Theater was a web project of the SciFi (sic), now SyFy, Channel's corporate parent, beginning in 1998...SciFiction was their web magazine devoted to new and reprinted fantastic fiction and Seeing Ear was devoted to a mix of new and older radio drama, the latter leaning heavily on such fine series as X Minus One and Quiet Please, while the new drama included an ambitious adaptation of Octavia Butler's first novel, Kindred, starring Alfre Woodard. Most of the originals presented, including some of the author readings, are linked to or archived here.

And WAMU remains among the most prominent of terrestrial broadcast stations offering 1930s-'60s radio drama and variety, in their weekly four-hour showcase on Sunday nights and archived on the web for a week after broadcast, The Big Broadcast

And this would be a quick survey of some of the most obvious projects and series to have arisen nationally in the US from the mid-1960s onward...


Yvette said...

Okay, my post is up, Todd.

George said...

Ed Gorman just left a comment about ODDS ON TOMORROW on my blog. You get the credit for motivating me to watch the film after so many decades. I had forgotten how good a movie it is!

Todd Mason said...

Indeed...an old favorite of mine. And to continue that discussion here, I think that the over the top ending to ODDS is more organic than the OTT ending to KISS ME DEADLY as well as slightly more OTT...

George said...

I agree with you on the organic nature of the ending to ODDS, Todd. Over-the-top is a generous description of KISS ME DEADLY's ending. But which ending is more memorable? I'd have to give the nod to KISS ME DEADLY.

Juri said...

Mine's up as well, Todd.

Todd Mason said...

Thanks, Juri! Ah, well, George, I just find ODDS the better film all around (and the nature of the explosions almost as unlikely technically)...the snark inherent in KISS undercuts it, eventually. I really do need to read McGivern's novel of ODDS, keep meaning to.

michael said...

Todd, you know how sneaky Steve is. Mystery*File has a review by Mike Tooney on CANNON "The Proxy" and "They Call It Murder" by some other guy.

Todd Mason said...

You guys have been unusually prolific this week, and I'm sorry I've been so busy today, but I think I've gotten everything in now...thanks, Mike (not the Other Mike)!