Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Tuesday's Overlooked Films and/or Other A/V: more links
I suspect some more links will be popping up...and, as always, thanks to everyone who has contributed and to those of you reading (and please let me know in comments if you'd like to add your blogpost entries to our exercise here).
Bill Crider: Barbarella (trailer)
Brian Arnold: Ghost Story (1981)
Dan Stumpf: The Mystery of the Hooded Horseman
Evan Lewis: Satan Met a Lady
Iba Dawson: The Hitch-Hiker (1953)
Ivan G. Shreve: The Fugitive and other recent dvd sets
James Reasoner: The Edge of Night
Jerry House: The Intruder (1960)(aka Shame aka I Hate Your Guts!)
John Charles: El Rostro del asesino (aka Hand of the Assassin); Konga
John F. Norris: Supernatural (1933)
Kate Laity: Caravaggio
Lee Goldberg: Escapade (1978); "Remaindered"
Michael Shonk: Philip Marlowe (1959-1960)
Patti Abbott: Where the Sidewalk Ends
Paul Brazill: The Debt (aka Dlug) (1999); The Collector (aka Komornik) (2005)
Randy Johnson: Hell Below
Ron Scheer: The Westerner (1940)
Scott Cupp: The Warrior's Way
Stacia Jones: Beserk (1967)
Stan Burns: Lady on a Train
Steve Lewis: Campbell's Kingdom
Todd Mason: Five US Jazz Performance TV Series (see below)
Walter Albert: A Festival of Charley Chase Shorts
Yvette Banek: The World of Henry Orient
Dan Stumpf: Dr. No
George Kelley: Shakespeare in Love
Iba Dawson: Bullitt
Stephen Gallagher: Chimera for Sale...
Steve Lewis: The First Annual Mystery*File Top Ten 'Tec Poll, May 1980
Five US Jazz Performance TV Series I can recommend:
Stars of Jazz was a fairly straightforward performance series, hosted by pianist and composer Bobby Troup, and originating as a local series on KABC in Los Angeles in 1956, was on ABC nationally in 1958. Troup could be a bit awkward in his hosting duties, but the performances tend to triumph...those which are still audible, at least...as with this episode featuring the Pete Jolly Trio and, for 1956, Billie Holiday in fine voice (and on to hawk her autobiography Lady Sings the Blues), in the second half of the episode (it seems at least one Holliday song might be missing as presented between the two clips).
Jazz Casual was Rolling Stone co-founder Ralph Gleason's similar, San Francisco-based series, appearing on NET, the National Educational Television service (the predecessor to PBS), sporadically from 1961-1968; lack of commercial interruption made for that much more time for the music, even as Gleason, a fairly opinionated fellow, might argue with his guests at times (famously with Mel Torme, whom Gleason was reading out of jazz...so why have him on?). Jazz Casual was extensively reissued on DVD over the last decade, often with misleading claims it was the first US series devoted to jazz performance.
Jazz Scene, USA was a commercially syndicated series in 1962-63, hosted by Oscar Brown, Jr. and produced by Steve Allen's company. As with the previous entries, brief interviews and performance, though Brown was a bit more comfortable in interlocutor mode (and would return to such duties in 1980 for PBS with From Jumpstreet)
from From Jumpstreet:
Sunday Night, which for its second season became Night Music, was produced 1988-90 by the Saturday Night Live unit and offered to NBC's owned and operated stations, and syndicated to any game station in other markets. I've highlighted video from this eclectic series before, but they were usually quite happy to have jazz players mixed in with the blues, rock, classical and world-music performers they hoped to feature with every episode...and to wrap up with everyone playing together, whenever possible.
Pianist Ramsey Lewis hosted an hour concert on PBS entitled Legends of Jazz: The Jazz Masters in 2005, but while PBS didn't pick up the resulting 13-part series, Legends of Jazz with Ramsey Lewis, in 2006, the public-broadcasting syndicator American Public Television picked up that ball and ran:
There have been other series, ranging from Omnibus to Playboy After Dark to such dramatic series as Frank's Place which have been excellent showcases, as well, as well as any number of one-off episodes of various series and one-time-only documentaries and concerts...