Mole Men Against The Son Of Hercules (1961)

mole men against the son of hercules 1961

Couldn’t resist a title like this. I should have but I had to push on. It is good for some laughs and Mark Forest get to show off his grimacing skills while pushing some lightweight props around.

Maciste is minding his own business when he spots villagers being run down by some strange guys in white. His dad Hercules must be on vacation so he deals with the weird army. A dying villager says the village has been destroyed and Princess Salirah has been kidnapped. Maciste isn’t putting up with this nonsense.

He comes across a group holding Bangor (Paul Wynter) prisoner and once again the fight is on. The strangers have to hightail it underground as the sun is coming up. Both feel guilty about the Princess being captured so they allow themselves to be ambushed and herded below. They’re tossed into a large cell with the villagers and then put to work pushing a huge wheel around that makes diamonds.

Running the place is Queen Halis Mojab. She’s not an albino like the rest of them. Just for fun Salirah is to be sacrificed…but first….Maciste and Bangor have to fight to the death….or a reasonable facsimile The winner gets a cage match with a guy in a gorilla suit. Maciste knocks Bangor out and gets in the cage. No one in a gorilla suit is going to best him. This is so bad that you can see the flesh of the man in the suit around the eyes.

While all this is going on, Bangor’s girlfriend,a handmaiden to the Queen, sets up an escape that gets Maciste, Bangor and Salirab back to the surface. The Queen doesn’t know her handmaiden arranged it. On the surface Salirah is dropped off at the sacred waterfall for safekeeping.

Down below the High Priest Kahab is a real piece of work. He’s plotting with his son Kathar to get him married to the Queen. He also tells him her secret. It’s so secret even she doesn’t know it. As luck would have it Kathar and his boys manage to recapture Maciste and Bangor.

Time now for a test of strength. Huge slabs of concrete will be piled on top of each other. If Maciste lets them drop daggers will pierce Bangor and Salirab’s boyfriend. The Queen is impressed as Maciste struggles but doesn’t break a sweat. She eventually calls it off…for a while. The High Priest isn’t happy.

If you’ve gone this far you might as well stay till the finish. Something like this thankfully doesn’t come along too often but it is some fun to see how far the Sword and Sandal genre will reach.

In Mark Forest’s brief movie career he not only played the son of Hercules but actually played Hercules along with Goliath and the son of Samson.

This was the last of Paul Wynter’s three movies.

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The Country Show (1950’s)

Ernest Tubb

Ernest Tubb

Half hour show from Nashville with the big stars of The Grand Old Opry. If you’re looking for Country like it used to be…here it is. I’m not a square dance fan but you can’t beat the music. Very entertaining show.

Episode from 1956: Carl Smith opens the show and introduces Ernest Tubb who sings “My Baby Really Loves Me In Her Own Peculiar Way.”  Ernest brings on June Carter and they do a comedy routine. June says Marlon Brando keeps banging on her door. It’s a funny bit. June sings “Get Your Hands Off Of Him, He Don’t Belong To You.”

Ernest brings on Hawkshaw Hawkins from West Virginia who sings “It Would Be A Doggone Lie.”  Ernest brings on Jean Shepard who sings “He Loved Me Once And He’ll Love Me Again.”  Ernest bring out The North Carolina Cloggers to do some square dancing.

Ernest sings “Honky Tonk Heart.” Time now for Jimmy and Johnny who do the Rockabilly song “Sweet Love.”  The Jordanairs sing a gospel medley “I’m Goin’ Through/Old Time Religion.”

Ernest closes the show by bringing everybody out to join The Cloggers for a square dance.

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The Lost Zeppelin (1929)

the lost zeppelin 1929

Crude audio and visual effects make this a fun movie. They did the best with what they had and audiences of the day had to be impressed. There’s some real stiff acting from Virginia Valli who may have been uncomfortable with these new fangled talkies. This one is all about a zeppelin that goes to the South Pole.

The night before the dirigible Explorer is to leave on an expedition to the South Pole a banquet is held for Commander Donald Hall (Conway Tearle). Not exactly the kind of send off he was looking for as he spots his best friend Lt.Tom Armstrong (Richardo Cortez) in a liplock with Miriam (Virginia Valli), aka/Mrs.Hall.

Donald backs into the big room and knocks a vase off a table. Miriam panics thinking he saw them. The three go back to Donald’s place and it all comes out. Tom leaves and it’s a peaceful scene in the Hall home. Miriam asks for a divorce. The next morning it’s time to go. Donald tells her before takeoff that she can see their lawyer and do whatever she wants.

A crew of fourteen head for the sky along with Bozo the dog. They keep spending dispatches back and a radio station keeps breaking into a concert with bulletins. The zeppelin flies through some bad thunderstorms and sustains some damage. They fly over the base camp and then right into some bad snowstorms. The ship is weighed down by ice and they crash. The vacuum tubes of the radio blow out and there’s only enough food for eight days. Miriam hears this on the radio and faints.

Donald decides that everyone should split up into small groups so it’ll be easier for search planes to find them. Of course Donald and Tom end up alone with Bozo. Look! A plane! They’re rescued! There’s just one little detail…

The movie is loaded with melodrama and corn but it’s still worth a look as a timepiece.

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I Killed Wild Bill Hickok (1956)

i killed wild bill hickok 1956

Not even close to the real deal. History takes a back seat and there isn’t even a dead mans’ hand of aces and eights to be found. This is just bad….real bad.

Henry Longtree is a horse trader that could be ruined unless he delivers horses to a nearby army fort. Another wagon train has been wiped out by Indians and Henry makes a deal with Johnny Rebel to get some steeds. He and his partner Ring Pardo bring in forty and place them in the town corral. Attorney Jim Bailey (Denver Pyle) has something to say about that.

He wants Henry to keep the deal he made with him. Bailey hasn’t gotten any horses yet and Henry is worried about the people and wants to deliver the horses to the fort. Bailey holds him to their deal. Henry doesn’t know it but it’s all a scam by Bailey and Sheriff Wild Bill Hickok to drive up the prices by keeping the horse supply scarce.

Bailey and Hickok give each other the evil eye when pretty Anne James (Virginia Gibson) rides into town with her faithful Indian companion Nato. She’s back from college in the East after hearing that her father died. He owns a huge ranch where Bailey is the ramrod. Hickok lays some charm on Anne and Bailey isn’t happy. Hickok says there’s nothing to it.

Bailey goes to the corral and starts a fight with Pardo who he calls a horse thief. Johnny gets into the act and shuts Bailey down. Hickok orders Pardo to get out of town in an hour. Does he listen? Of course not.

On her way to the ranch Anne comes across Doc Reed. He says he has a patient to see in a hurry. He feels guilty because her father died when he was drunk and he gave him the wrong medicine. That night Bailey didn’t stop him from getting blasted.

As things creak along we find out that Bailey and Hickok are also in a scam to take over area ranches. That includes Anne’s place. He gets Doc to lie about a steer that has an infectious disease. An article in the paper abut it gets one rancher to make a panic sell to Bailey.

There’s a minor story line about Johnny’s daughter Kate who has an inflamed appendix. Doc gives Henry’s sister Belle some pills to give to Kate. Then he confesses all to Belle. Later Doc’s body is found. He hid some papers in a sugar bowl. They’re taken to Sheriff Hickok. Belle has one letter that tells all about Hickok and Bailey’s scams . She’s saving it for an arriving circuit judge.

By the way….Johnny Rebel is just a nickname. He’s really Johnny Savage who once held off a whole group of Union soldiers all by himself. Along the way there’s some filler starring a while stallion that breaks the horses out of the coral by convincing them they shouldn’t join the army.

If there’s any redeeming value at all it’s the spaghetti western type shootout at the end. It doesn’t save this from being one of the worst westerns ever but then again, nothing could.

Virginia Gibson was a regular on Johnny Carson’s 1955 show.

Virginia Gibson

Virginia Gibson

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Rare & Uncollected 1960-1971-Mel Torme

(2:18) 1. Wayfaring Stranger
(2:30) 2. Walk Like A Dragon
(1:33) 3. I’m Shooting High
(2:13) 4. These Desperate Hours
(2:44) 5. Her Face
(2:51) 6. Yes, Indeed!
(3:01) 7. Walkin’ Shoes
(2:25) 8. You Belong To Me
(2:20) 9. Cast Your Fate To The Winds
(1:50) 10. Gravy Waltz
(2:37) 11. My Gal’s Back In Town
(2:21) 12. The Gift
(2:27) 13. You Can’t Love ’em All
(4:52) 14. All That Jazz
(2:01) 15. Didn’t We
(2:23) 16. Five-Four
(2:46) 17. I Cried For You
(2:59) 18. Morning Star
(3:15) 19. Phone Call To The Past
(3:21) 20. Whose Garden Is This

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Bullets Don’t Argue (1964)

bullets don't argue 1964

Very weak spaghetti western with Rod Cameron as sheriff Pat Garrett chasing two brothers into Mexico to bring ’em back for justice. The opening song by Peter Tevis should have been placed on boot hill.

Billy, also known as Lonesome Billy and his brother George live in a cantina in a small Mexican town. George wants to be just like his tough guy brother. They’re both from River Town and George talks Billy into going back across the border to rob the bank. There’s thirty grand just for the taking. The town will be in church attending the wedding of Pat Garrett.

The brothers ride in with masks on and run into two bankers. During the course of the robbery George’s mask slips off. Billy orders him to kill the two with his knife since the shots will be heard. George can’t do it so Billy opens fire.

Despite it being his wedding day Pat is sick and tired of outlaws escaping into Mexico and he wants to go nab ’em. His deputies refuse to cross the border so he’s on his own. At least he has an understanding bride.

Somebody is pumping bullets at him. Pat sneaks up on the gunman. It’s young Mike Goddard. He gets all impressed when Pat tells him who he is. His blonde sister Agnes is also impressed. They give him a lift to outside of town. Pat goes into the town and grabs George and makes him tell where Billy is. He’s upstairs in the cantina with a woman. Just outside the door George yells a warning. Billy fires and hits George in the shoulder. The woman runs out and tells the cantina owner to get the police.

Pat has some tricks up his sleeve and manages to get the brothers out of there all nice and tied up. Now they have to cross the desert in a section known as Devil’s Valley. They go to a man who extorts two grand from Pat for horses, food and water. When the three leave he can’t wait to tell gang leader Santero about the money. He’ll even tell him where the three went….for ten percent.

Out in the desert Pat has his hands full. He takes the bullet out of George’s shoulder. Billy tricks him into giving him his canteen for a drink and then pours it all out. That’s enough for Pat. He and Billy duke it out. They don’t know they’re being watched by Santero and his boys. Ol’ wily Pat has another trick up his sleeve and even though Billy gets the drop on him it doesn’t go his way.

After a night’s rest George wakes up with a rattlesnake in his blanket. Pat to the rescue. That gives Billy a chance to grab the money bag and ride off. Santero spots him and the chase is on. Billy ends up with a knife in the back. Santero ends up with a bag full of pebbles. Wily Pat strikes again.

He and George get to a ghost town and George is delirious. Some of Santero’s boys show up with guns blazing. They have to be the worst shots in the west and Pat and George get away. They end up at Agnes’s ranch and the movie comes to a screeching halt.

When the action finally gets going again the sky is full of fire and lead. There are some “Are you kidding me?” moments. With all the spaghetti westerns out there you can well afford to give this one a miss.

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Hot And Rare-Jazz Of The 20’s-Various Artrists

1. Jazzbo Stomp – Memphis Jug Band
2. New Crawley Blues – Wilton Crawley And The Washboard Rhythm Kings
3. Shanghai Honeymoon – Kansas City Stompers
4. East Chicago Blues – Pinetop And Lindberg
5. Casey Jones Blues – Blanche Calloway And Her Joy Boys
6. In The Bottle Blues – Clarence Williams And His Novelty Four
7. Oklahoma Stomp – The Six Jolly Jesters
8. Easy Come Easy Go Blues – Jimmy Bertrand’s Washboard Wizards
9. Blue Trombone Stomp – Clifford Hayes’ Louisville Stompers
10. Cushion Foot Stomp – Clarence Williams’ Washboard Five
11. Hot Lips – Bill Brown And His Brownies
12. Cow Cow Blues – Dora Carr [with COW COW DAVENPORT]
13. Stuff – Paul Howard’s Quality Serenaders
14. Hastings St. – Blind Blake
15. I Got Worry (Love Is On My MInd) – Le Roy Tibbs And His Connie’s Inn Orchestra
16. The Duck Yas Yas Yas – Oliver Cobb And His Rhythm Kings
17. Cafe Capers – Elgar’s Creole Orchestra
18. Texas Special Blues – Reuben “River” Reeves And His River Boys
19. Black Rag – Original Tuxedo Jazz Orchestra

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