Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Overlooked A/V: Films, Television, Radio and more: links to the reviews, interviews and more

The weekly roundup of reviews, interviews, and other citations of (often, though not always) underappreciated examples of the dramatic and related arts; an sf-film countdown is in progress at Wonders in the Dark, and other blogathons are in full flower As always, please let me know if I've missed your or anyone else's contribution this week in comments... thanks. 

Anne Billson: Finding Vivian Maier

Bhob Stewart: "Terminus"; Carnival of Souls; Baby Doll; Cassini Mission true-color imagery of Saturn

The Big Broadcast: 10 July 2016
  • 7 p.m. Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar
    "The McCormack Matter" Part 2 and Part 3 (CBS, Original airdates October 4 and October 5, 1955)
  • 7:30 p.m. Maxwell House Coffee Time Starring George Burns & Gracie Allen
    “How Jack Benny Became Cheap” (NBC, Original airdate March 31, 1949)
  • 8 p.m. Gunsmoke
    “Odd Man Out”, episode 276 (CBS, Original airdate November 24, 1957)
  • 8:30 p.m. The Adventures Of Maisie
    Program #66 (Syndicated, Original airdate May 17, 1951)
  • 9 p.m. The Adventures of Superman
    “The Meteor of Kryptonite” (MBS, Original airdates September 24 and September 25, 1945)
    “The Roswell Reports” from ABC’s Headline Edition
    July 8, 1947 
  • 9:30 p.m. X Minus One
    “Pictures Don't Lie” (NBC, Original airdate October 24, 1956) 
  • 10 p.m. Lux Radio Theater
    “The Day the Earth Stood Still” (CBS, Original airdate January 1, 1954)

Elizabeth Foxwell: University of the Air: "Clarence Darrow"; Bank Shot   

Eric Hillis: The Ox-Bow Incident

Gary Deane: Dancing with Crime

George Kelley: The Cabin in the Woods; Our Kind of Traitor

"Gilligan Newton-John": How to Murder Your Wife and other films with similar theme; some NSFW imagery

Iba Dawson: Little Dorrit; Bleak House

Ivan G. Shreve, Jr.: The Line-Up; Lou Grant

Jack Seabrook: Alfred Hitchcock Presents: "Invitation to an Accident"    

Jackie Kashian: Heather Simmons on Lewis Carroll and the "Alice" novellas and their legacy

Jackie Kashian and Laurie Kilmartin: The Jackie and Laurie Show

Jacqueline T. Lynch: Tiffany Vasquez  

Jaimie Grijalba: The Box

James Reasoner: Precious Cargo

Janet Varney: Dave Hill; Matt Gourley

Jerry House: "Superman: Terror on the Midway"

John Grant: Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde (1931 film), among the many; Unashamed; Rogues Gallery

John Scoleri: Dark Shadows Before I Die: the episodes reviewed

Jonathan Lewis: Attack!

Karen Hannsberry: The Strange Love of Molly Louvain; Queen Christina

Kate Laity: The Living and the Dead (BBC television); International Medieval Congress; Caroline Aherne

Ken Levine: missed actors; default standing ovations; checking the ego

Kliph Nesteroff: Huey; "The Champs Step Out"

Kristina Dijan: 20,000 Years in Sing Sing; The Nuisance

Laura G: His Girl Friday; Suspicion (1941 film)

Lee Price: Invaders from Mars (1953 film)

Lesley Gaspar: Grand Hotel

Lindsay: Night Must Fall

Lucy Brown: Shetland

Martin Edwards: Fear Island; Secret Beyond the Door; The Murderer Lives at Number 21

Marty McKee: Gridlocked; Mission Mars; The Mutilator

Mildred Perkins: Zathura

Mitchell Hadley: TV Guide, week of 10 July 1965

Movie Sign with the Mads: Independence Day: Resurgence, among much better films. (Trace Beaulieu, Frank Conniff and Carolina Hidalgo)

Noel Vera: Taxi (2015 Iranian film)

Patricia/Patti Abbott: Brian's Song

Patricia Nolan-Hall: The Beast of the City

Paul D. Brazil: The Krays; The Hitch-Hiker

Randy Johnson: Drummer of Vengeance (aka Il giorno del giudizio)

Raquel Stecher: Johnny Doesn't Live Here Anymore

Rick: Steel Collar Man; Always a Bride; The March Hare; five great war films; 7 television series I remember

Robert Hornak: Primer

Rod Lott: Island of Death; Hijack!; Clown; Terror in the Jungle

Ron Scheer: The Sons of Katie Elder

Rupert Pupkin: Deadline U.S.A.; Invisible Invaders

Ruth Kerr: The Old Dark House (1932 film); The Robe

Salome Wilde: Two Seconds; The Old Dark House (1932); The Brighton Strangler; A Woman's Secret; Vice Squad (1953 film)

Sanford Allen: shadows on Ceres

Scott Cupp: Michael Shayne, Private Detective

Stacia Jones: Tickled; Leslie Caron: The Reluctant Star

Stacie Ponder: Martyrs

Stephen Bowie: The Kraft Theatre: "Three Plays by Tennessee Williams"

Stephen Mullen: Plan 9 from Outer Space

Steve Lewis: Dark Streets of Cairo; Crime, Inc.

Television Obscurities: surviving episodes, Kraft Television Theatre

Theresa Brown : Hot and Bothered: the Films of 1932 (Day 1)

Tynan: 101 Dalmatians (1961); 3 Women; Random Harvest; Shadow of a Doubt; 4 "good girls" of film noir

Victoria Loomis: Gilda

Vienna: The Good Fairy


  1. Thanks, Todd! I was interested to read the post about needless standing ovations. I guess I'm not the only one bothered by that.

  2. My brother and I once apparently offended one musical/perf artist, apparently, by sitting in the front row and not joining the standing O at the conclusion.

    But she wasn't that good that night.

    Laurie Anderson, as it happened.

  3. Todd, thanks for including me there, always appreciated. One thing though - it's Colin McGuigan :)


  4. Terribly sorry Colin! Thanks for the correction, as well as for the reviews.

  5. Thanks very much for the links, it's appreciated! A great roundup. :)

    Best wishes,

  6. Thanks to you, Laura, for the kind word and for such assiduous work in reviewing!


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