Thursday, June 9, 2016

Tuesday's Overlooked A/V: Films, Television, Radio and More: the links to the reviews, citations, etc.: more added links

A King and Four Queens
The weekly roundup of reviews, interviews, and other citations of (often, though not always) underappreciated examples of the dramatic and related arts; this week featuring two braces of Bulldog Drummond and of Love and Friendship--because who are the two writers one thinks of when one thinks of British literature, if not Jane Austen and "Sapper"? As always, please let me know if I've missed your or anyone else's contribution this week in comments... thanks. 

Allison Meier (courtesy A. J. Jacobs and Art Lortie:) "Fantastic Worlds: Science and Fiction 1780 to 1910"

Anne Billson: considering six actors: Cage, Depp, Aniston, Johansson, Keanu Reeves, Branaugh

Anonymous: One, Two, Three; Copenhagen; In Bruges

Bhob Stewart: "The Lottery" (and why it wasn't originally distributed to public tv stations in the US)

The Big Broadcast: 5 July 2016
  • 7:00 Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar
    The Rat Pack Matter (04/23/61)(22:44)
  • 7:30 Dragnet
    The Great Bible (09/28/54)(26:33)
  • 8:00 Gunsmoke
    The Rooks (10/06/57)(19:08)
  • 8:30 Burns and Allen
    Kansas City’s Favorite Singer (06/06/44)(21:06)
  • 9:00 The Halls of Ivy
    The Goya Bequest (01/24/51)(27:29)
  • 9:30 Richard Diamond
    Mr. Victor’s Daughter (01/15/50)(29:00)
  • 10:00 Lux Radio Theater
    Dodsworth (10/04/37)(56:38)
    [interview with Sidney Howard from 04/12/37]

Elgin Bleecker: Broadchurch

Elizabeth Foxwell: Gangster Story

George Kelley: Doctor Thorne; Love and Friendship
Janet Leigh. psycho: The Spy in the Green Hat

"Gilligan Newton-John": [The Man from U.N.C.L.E.:] The Spy in the Green Hat; Spy Today, Die Tomorrow (an image of a whole lot of Janet Leigh's leg and similar might get some sensitive office attention)

Love and Friendship
K. A. Laity: Love and Friendship; Frances Walker at the McManus

Karen Hannsberry: Dinner at Eight

Ken Levine: Baggage

Kliph Nesteroff: As Caesar Sees It; Late Night with David Letterman with Mel Blanc and Hunter S. Thompson
The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane

Kristina Dijan: Whiplash; The System; May Film Diary; Emma (1932 film); Breaking Away 

Laura G.: Gambling on the High Seas; A Night of Adventure; China Sky; Seven Miles from Alcatraz; Rosalind Russell; Madame Tussaud's Hollywood Wax Museum; Bulldog Drummond; Calling Bulldog Drummond; A House Divided

Lindsey: We Were StrangersA Cold Wind in August; M (1931 film)

Lucy Brown: Carnival Boat

Martin Edwards: Eden Lake

Marty McKee: Trespass (2011 film); The Expert; The Final Girls

Mildred Perkins: The Lost Skeleton of Cadavera

Mitchell Hadley: TV Guide 2 June 1956; Dallas/Ft. Worth listings

Noel Vera: Goodnight Mommy

Patricia Abbott: Like Crazy; A Hologram for the King

Patricia Nolan-Hall: The Cameraman (starring Buster Keaton; TCM 15 June); Rawhide (1938 film)

Pop My Culture: Maurice LaMarche and Rob Paulson at Wondercon

Raquel Stecher: Charlie Chan at the Olympics

Rick: Inherit the Wind (1960 film)

Rod Lott: Winners Tape All; Dangerous Men; Don't Go in the Woods; Revenge of the Virgins

Ruth Kerr: Rocky and boxing and 1970s film

Salome Wilde: Night and the City

Scott A. Cupp: Gamera the Invincible

Sergio Angelini: Blind Terror (aka See No Evil)

Stacia Jones: The King and Four Queens; The Private Affairs of Bel Ami; Bulldog Drummond; Calling Bulldog Drummond

Stephen Gallagher: Chimera

Steve Lewis: The Hypnotic Eye

Todd Mason: Abbey Lincoln and Annie Ross: Nothing but a Man; Playboy's Penthouse: Sunday Night/Night Music

from For Love of Ivy, starring Abbey Lincoln, Sidney Poitier, Beau Bridges: 

TV Obscurities: Eye Witness (1947 tv series)

Tyler Harris: Ingmar Bergman's 11 favorite films (1994) (courtesy Jeff Segal)

Victoria Loomes: Boccaccio '70

Vienna: Vivien Leigh exhibition


Sergio (Tipping My Fedora) said...

Amazing crop today - and you know what? That is a great still from the Walsh movie, actually makes me want to se it again!

Todd Mason said...

Thanks, Sergio...and for your fine contribution. More illustrations to come...later today.

Elgin Bleecker said...

Todd – Great round up of varied stuff. Thanks for compiling the list.

Todd Mason said...

Thank you, Elgin, and also for your entry.

Todd Mason said...

My comment on "Gilligan"'s review of the theatrical version of a two-part MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. episode, linked above

OK, I've just looked at the version of the two episodes "The Concrete Overcoat Affair" broadcast on the MeTV network, which may be the syndicated repeat versions with a little more trimming for commercial time than the original broadcast form, but might also be the original broadcast package episodes (since they're nice, clean copies) that have had a few eccentrically sudden commercial breaks inserted by MeTV. Ms. Roman's back is missing from the broadcast, rather sloppily cutting away from her just beginning to take her shirt off to Solo in the window, looking in and away as he explains why he's back (koff) so quickly, to her mildly exasperated, already sheet-draped self. Also, we join Strega's attack on Pia in progress while she's already on the balcony railing, threatening to jump, so most of his forcing himself on her seems to have been left out...Ms. Diketon (originally meant to be an evil lesbian, perhaps, in imitation of Pussy Galore, whose movie "arc" she rather follows?) says she knocked twice before coming in, but I don't believe we hear that (or see her on the other side of the door, no doubt wondering why no answer). The Green-Hatted Man turns out to be Strega's boss, whose hat is very nearly black (of course). And the Big Gun on the island isn't a laser so much as a focused-sound weapon, which nearly vibrates Solo to death, but isn't used on the Mafiosi as they storm the island (stopping to pick up the floating, half-drowned Solo from his boat's wreckage), because they're coming in on a fishing boat, and Strega and company simply figure they are fishermen and hope to scare them away with a patrol boat. Janet Leigh is Extremely muscularly defined for a woman around 40 in 1966, but Dikeman really can't take a punch; when Leigh's cleavage isn't on abundant display in the US broadcast version, Roman's is there to take up the (taught blouse) slack (and Leigh gets to display her thigh at least three times while going tor her knife). Quite aside from their gorgeousness, it is notable that Leigh and to some extent Roman give probably the best performances in the episode, even more than Palance, clearly enjoying working his schtick...and U.N.C.L.E top man Topper...I mean Leo as good in his dry, bemused way as usual...neither woman is at all a waif, and assassin vs. Mafia niece does make for a reasonably likely brawl match-up under the circumstances. And, as a fellow Son of Italy (only my WASPy name is legal and all, as I'm only a quarter Milanese), of course the Our/Their Thing bits are hack, but at least such vets as Eduardo Cianelli and (in a cameo, in episode one, that is both stupid joke and film student call-back) Elisha Cook, Jr. get to play the aged mobsters...why else drag Sicily into the script (asks the quarter Milanese, without the sneer my cousins might have while asking the same question)? Kind of amusing that the wonderful film BOUND slightly echoes this typically shambolic Affair.

Sergio (Tipping My Fedora) said...

The movie versions of the UNCLE cinema releases did have, as I recall, specific scenes scripted and shot for them that were never included in the Two-part TV versions. Must admit, quite tempted to watch it now (for all the wrong reasons - so much more my feminist credentials)

Todd Mason said...

Well, there's nothing inherently un-feminist about lust, as long as no one's being subjugated to feed it. Yeah, it's clear that certain bits were shot at the same time as everything else for the tv episodes, and it was just a matter of where the edits were made. (However deftly or more obviously sloppily.) Nothing one couldn't show in primetime broadcast today in the US, much less in most of Europe. (I'm most amused of late by such cable stations as Up and such digital broadcast networks as H&I are now editing out bits of such 1980s-2000s US network broadcast fare as HILL STREET BLUES (much less the NYPD BLUE episodes which follow the older series repeats into late-night) and even such not quite completely innocuous series as GILMORE GIRLS.)