This was a daytime show that featured singers, dancers and even some political discussion. She also hosted “The Kate Smith Evening Hour” (1951-52).
December 29,1953 episode: Kate opens the show by singing “Side By Side.”…Now she explains the difference between the Showtimers and the Katydids. More members of the groups come out to continue this very lame comedy bit followed by a song and dance number.
More lame comedy as Kate, sitting behind a desk, talks about noisy mice. Out come Jeff Clark and the Katydids to sing…..Kate shows some needlework a viewer sent in.
After a commercial the Three Suns come out for more lame comedy about how there’s trouble in the group so they’re not playing right now. Kate says the current isn’t going into the organ so they’ll be back….Now some comedy and song from Howell and Radcliffe….Once again the Three Suns. They play “Stumbling” followed by two more numbers. Commercial.
Time for “Roundtable Forum”. It’s a discussion by college editors and a citizen from another country. Topic:How to raise sufficient manpower for the armed services…Commercial.
Three dancers do a number called “Perpetual Motion.”…Jeff Clark and Rita Nobel sing “In The Still Of The Night.”…Kate returns to sell some more Saran Wrap…Kate closes the show by singing “Hello Young Lovers.”
Stylish horror movie set in 1806 St.Petersburg,Russia. It’s based on a story by Alexander Pushkin. Anton Walbrook and Dame Edith Evans are outstanding. It was nominated for the BAFTA Best British Film. The winner was “The Third Man.”
Captain Herman Savurin is a Captain in the Engineers. He’s frugal but still hangs out where everyone plays Faro and is entertained by Gypsy singers and dancers. His fellow soldiers are angry that he never joins in the Faro card games. His roommates’ grandmother is an aging Countess (Dame Edith Evans).
Herman goes to a book store and buys a book on how to gain wealth at the price of your soul by Count Saint-Germain. One of the stories is about Countess R. Turns out that’s his roommate’s grandmother. When she was a young married woman she was cheating on her husband. Her paramour really wanted money. He grabbed the money that was supposed to go to pay the regiment. She has to get it back before he discovers that it’s gone.
She goes to see Count Saint-Germain. He makes wax figures of his victims. He tells her the secret of the cards in exchange for her soul. The three cards get her a fortune. Herman makes plans on how to get the secret.
He decides to romance the Countess’ companion Lizaveta (Yvonne Mitchell). His roommate uses a book of love letters to write some heart wrenchers for him to send to Lizaveta. She’s vulnerable because she wants to get away from the Countess who monitors her every move and is constantly placing demands on her.
It looks like he’s winning her over. One night the Countess is tossing a lavish ball. Lizaveta tries to get out of going claiming she’s not feeling well. She arranged to have Herman met her that night and he’s waiting outside her window. The Countess demands she go with her. That leaves Herman out in the snow.
He manages to sneak into the house. Instead of waiting in Lizavetas’ room he hides in the Countess’ quarters. She’s shocked to see someone in her room. He begs her to give him the secret of the cards. She refuses. He pulls a gun. The Countess dies of a heart attack. That doesn’t mean Herman is going to stop trying to find out the three cards.
This is an excellent movie that should be rediscovered. It’s as far away from the usual blood spattered gorefest as you can get. This is one not to be missed.
Seventh and last novel in the “United Planets-Ronny Bronston:Section G” series. The first is “Planetary Agent X” (1965). Along the way there were several short stories. There are over twenty-four hundred United Planets. The United Planets charter forbids any interference with any plant. Section G was created to get around that.
Ronny is just back from an assignment where he was testing out a probationary agent. He ended up with a minor wound and the agent didn’t make the grade. Word has come from the planet Einstein that they want to join the United Planets and Ronny is assigned to investigate. Biologist Dr.Dorn Horsten, a giant and a man with the strength of ten men will go with him.
No one with an IQ under a hundred thirty was allowed to settle there. They don’t have a government, their houses aer underground so as not to spoil the landscape, they have access to any kind of food from anywhere just by asking for it and they have talking Vizsla dogs. They are also known on Earth as Magyar war dogs in Hungary. They’re programmed not to bite anyone on the planet and are very friendly. The Einstein natives say they were brought along with Poodles because of their intelligence and were genetically altered for speech.
Ronny and Dorn are met by Rosemary who says she was chosen to meet them because she’s stupid. After getting to know them she asks which one wants to sleep with her. Ronny volunteers.
Ronny discovers that what Einstein wants is the coordinates to the Dawnman planets so they can negotiate for their immortality formula and matter transmitters. Now the book goes into a several page recap of the 1965/66 serial “Beehive” which was published as the 1967 novel “Dawnman Planet.”
Ronny is the only person anywhere who knows how to get there. The natives of the Dawnman planet do not want visitors. The consequences are dire and could destroy all humanity.
This is light adventure for when you’re in the mood not to do any heavy thinking and want an entertaining time passer.
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The over hype of the show had me just about turned off. Since I am a fan of host Neil DeGrasse Tyson after watching him on “Nova Science Now” I didn’t want to miss it. I was also psyched up after seeing the “60 Minutes” segment on the ALMA Project.
The new Cosmos show was very well done. I liked the homage at the beginning and end to Carl Sagan. Even though the bulk of the debut contained elementary school science it never hurts to get reminders of things that may have been forgotten.
The animation was really cheesy but it was a nice change from the usual lame recreations. There are excellent visual effects and as always Neil was a congenial and effective host.
The big problem? Way too many commercials. Some breaks were longer that show segments to the point of being offensive. I realize that this is the way commercial TV works but that doesn’t make it any less annoying. But what is reaching the intended younger demo of potential scientists. Advertising or information?
FOX has to get some credit for taking a chance with a show that doesn’t contain car chases, creative ways to kill people and cops from all kinds of alphabet agencies that speak in “clever” one liners.
My finger was never far from the MUTE button and that’s why I won’t be watching any further shows. It sinks under the weight of commercial breaks and defeats its supposed purpose of sparking interest in science. A show like this belongs on PBS, home of the original “Cosmos” and not somewhere it is constantly interrupted for movie plugs, gadgets and anything else that can be tossed out there.
Call it a failed noble experiment.
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Ida Lupino and Howard Duff have nothing to work with in this duller than dull movie that comes across like a throwaway episode of a TV anthology series. It sounds like it was recorded in a cave and contains the type of annoying vocalise usually found in cheap SF or horror movies. Music trivia fans take note, this is the movie where the standard “Angel Eyes” was introduced.
Agnes Langley (Ida Lupino) is hired by Lorna Gaye to be the caretaker of the family seven acre country estate. The last caretaker was Lorna’s cousin Jennifer who disappeared. Lorna wants local businessman Jim Hollis (Howard Duff) to look in on Agnes to see how she’s doing.
Agnes finds Jennifer’s diary and gets curious about what happened to her. Holis delivers her groceries. Not bad since he owns the store. Nineteen year old Orin (Robert Nichols) is a handyman who works for Holis. He’s loaded with theories about what happened to Jennifer.
Agnes turns up a 78 record of weird music and then a bank book with seventy thousand dollars in it. She thinks that Jennifer may have been a blackmailer. She worked for a lawyer who committed suicide and a lot of his papers are missing,
Holis points out that there aren’t any withdrawals and there’s no name in the book. Now Agnes thinks Jennifer is buried in the cellar. They look and find nothing but junk. Holis convinces her to come to a dance with him that night at the local Inn. This is where songwriter Matt Dennis performs “Angel Eyes” (For the definitive version check out Sinatra).
Orin can’t stay out of things and searches Holis’s desk and finds the bankbook. Holis warns him to stay away from Agnes and shut up about Jennifer. It’s no surprise that Agnes and Holis start a romance. There are hints that Orin is jealous but that dumb storyline stops in its tracks. Too bad the movie didn’t.
The resolution is stupid. It all adds up to a total waste of time. Even hard core Lupino-Duff fans should forget this bore-a-thon exists.
Robert Nichols is actually twenty-nine and having him play a teenager is ludicrous.
British gem that should be rediscovered. A merchant sailor gets mixed up in a robbery while his Jamacian shipmate deals with bigotry while on shore. That element is handled very softly but is unusual for 1951.
Danny MacDonald (Bonar Colleano) smuggles small items ashore like cigarettes, booze and nylons. Customs always has their eye on him. His merchant ship docks in London and he convinces his Jamacian pal Johnny Lambert (Earl Cameron) to bring in two packs of smokes for him.
That night Danny has to go to a theater to make contact with Vernon The Gentleman Acrobat (Max Adrian). Vernon and three cohorts are planning a robbery and want Danny to smuggle a package onboard. Danny doesn’t know what it is or how it’s being acquired.
While he’s talking with Vernon, Johnny is befriended by Pat the cashier and they have a night on the town. The next day they’re looking over the city referred to as the pool of London. Pat thinks she sees a man walking on a roof. Johnny doesn’t see him so they forget about it.
The man is Vernon and he’s using his acrobatic skills to break into a building. He gets in and knocks out the watchman and then lets his three pals inside. They all go to an office and rob a safe. The three run outside and Vernon heads for the roof. He has to knock the watchman out again.
An alarm is going off and the cops chase the getaway car. The three ditch their car in the water and lose the cops. Danny meets them later and is handed a package. He goes to see his brassy girlfriend Maisie (Moira Lister). She opens the package. It’s diamonds. She tells Danny about the radio report of the robbery. The watchman died.
She takes the diamonds and hides them in some face cream and gives the new package to Danny. They don’t know it but her sister Pamela (Joan Dowling) is listening through the wall. Later on Pamela is wearing Maisie’s best dress and the two have a donnybrook and Pamela runs outside…right into a cop.
At the station she tells them what she heard. Meanwhile everyone on the ship is being searched when they come back. Danny gives the package to Johnny feeling he could smuggle it onboard since he was never a suspiciou character to Customs.
This is defintely a movie to be on the lookout for.
A solid story about a man holding on to his New Mexico ranch against a gang of crooks from Texas. He not only has to fight them off but deal with the beginning of a harsh winter.
It’s the 1870′s in New Mexico. Tom Radigan has a ranch in the mountain country. He has one man, John Child, helping him. Radigan has been struggling for four years to keep his cattle ranch going and it looks like it may start paying off soon.
Trouble starts when Tom senses something amiss. It’s a good thing he does as a gunman is lying in wait. Tom manages to get the drop on him and blow him away. Coming into town is Angelina Foley with a large herd of cattle and a gang including hardcases Ross Wall, Barbeau, Bitner, Coker and Harvey Thorpe.
Angelina says they have a paper signed by the governor in 1844 deeded the land to her. She says Radigan has got to clear out. He tells her it’s a phony because the man who signed it was not the legal governor. The courts are far away so she figures Radigan is in a losing fight.
Radigan tells her there isn’t enough grass for that many cattle, especially with winter coming on. She’s stubborn and the herd is driven right up to Radigan’s door. Inside are his hand John and seventeen year old Gretchen. She’s John’s foster daughter that he rescued from the Indians. If Playboy were around and did a feature on girls of the west she’s be the centerfold.
The gang doesn’t know it but Radigan had constructed a tunnel out back in case of an Indian raid. The three go out that way and head for the mountains. Radigan has a cave all prepared with food and ammo.
Radigan doesn’t know it but Angelina and company have another agenda for being there. Along the way there are bar fights and shoot outs and Radigan has to go to an outlaw town to get some help.
It’s a good story with enough action to satisfy any western fan.