The Mysterians (1957)

the mysterians 1957

If you want a story..go elsewhere. The fun of a movie like this is watching the special effects. They will inspire you to head to a local hobby store and buy some little buildings and other assorted stuff like trees etc. Then when you get home you can duplicate the movie in your basement or backyard. Don’t forget to pick up some tanks and soldiers for the big battles.

The basic plot has aliens wanting some land near Mt.Fuji to hang out in and one other thing…brides.

A village is having a festival when astrophysicist Ryoichi Shiraishi, avoiding his girlfriend because work is his mistress, can’t help but spot a forest fire. The village is destroyed by the fire and, for good measure, a flood. What next? A monster? Right you are! Since Godzilla is too busy making sequels it’s time to call out the army.

How do I get to Tokyo?

How do I get to Tokyo?

Bullets can’t stop him! Flame throwers are a joke! Might as well blow him up. So much for that robot.

As the movie rolls along between gunfire and a few missiles we meet The Mysterians.  Shiraishi thought their planet was between Mars and Jupiter and blew up. He called it Mysteroid. Where did he get to? Oh..there he is…on board a saucer with the aliens.  Something is going on on the dark side of the Moon. Something is also happening on Earth. A giant dome arises near Mt.Fuji.

Now they make their demands for land and women. After all they are sterile thanks to a nuclear war.  More heavy artillery doesn’t do a thing to the dome. The Mysterians now up their demands. Time now for the scientists to bring out the Flying Atomic Heat Projector. The final battle is on!

Bachelors from space

Bachelors from space

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This Island Earth (1955)

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An inane script and alleged acting sink this one like a stone. So…why is it worth seeing? This is one of the best looking movies of the SF cheapie era. The set designers are the real stars of this cure for insomnia and their work is what makes this worth at least one view.

Dr.Cal Meacham (Rex Reason) is working on converting lead and uranium into free nuclear energy. He jumps in his trusty jet and heads for a lab in L.A. After showing off for the guys in the tower he loses control. Curtains? Nope. A green light covers the plane and all is well.

In the lab he and Joe Wilson get parts they didn’t order and a manual to go with them. They start to build a device with over twenty-four hundred parts. Success! A guy named Exeter (Jeff Morrow) appears on a screen. He’s got a weird forehead, white hair and a nice tan. He invites Cal to join a group of top egg heads since he managed to pass the test of putting the machine together. Joe helped but I guess Exeter didn’t pay attention.

A remote plane takes Cal to a remote place in Georgia. Coming to pick him up is Dr.Ruth Adams (Faith Domergue). He reminds her of when they fooled around a bit a few years ago. She says she doesn’t remember him. She takes him to Exeter’s plush office. But first she has a sly conversation with Dr.Steve Carlson (Russell “The Professor” Johnson).

Exeter tells Cal and Ruth he gathered the group of scientists to produce a quick way to get nuclear power. They don’t know he’s from out there. His boss, The Monitor, isn’t happy with the slow progress. Time to get back home and bring Cal and Ruth with him. Time to clean up.  His assistant Brack starts to use a neutrino ray to destroy everything and everybody.

Cal, Ruth and Steve jump in the car and try to make it to the airport. Brack starts shooting rays at them. Cal and Ruth get out of the car and Steve floors it. He’s not fast enough to avoid the deadly red ray. Cal and Ruth make it to the airport, jump in a plane and take off. Escape! Nope. A flying saucer pulls them in. Once again they say hello to Exeter. They’re on their way to Metaluna.

On the way they see meteors coming right for them. They’re controlled by the evil residents of  Zahgon. They been pounding Metaluna to the point where it’s unlivable. What will they do? What will they do? Who cares. Just look ae the sets and forget any semblance of a script. The movie doesn’t get going until forty-five minutes in and that’s way too long for a movie that runs 1:11.

Metaluna has seen better days

Metaluna has seen better days

 

 

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Silent Nights-Chet Baker

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1 Silent Night

Written-By – Gruber*, Young*, Mohr*

3:01
2 The First Noel

Written-By – Traditional

2:08
3 We Three Kings

Written-By – Hopkins*

2:34
4 Hark, The Angels Sing

Written-By – Wesley*, Mendelssohn*

2:01
5 Nobody Knows The Trouble I’ve Seen

Written-By – Traditional

3:59
6 Amazing Grace

Written-By – Traditional

3:43
7 Come All Ye Faithful

Written-By – Wade*

4:30
8 Joy To The World

Written-By – Händel*, Watts*

2:45
9 Amen

Written-By – Traditional

1:50
10 It Came Upon A Midnight Clear

Written-By – Sears*, Willis*

1:57
11 Swing Low, Sweet Chariot

Written-By – Traditional

3:27
12 Silent Night

Written-By – Traditional

4:07
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The Camels Are Coming (1934)

Jack Hulbert-Anna Lee

Jack Hulbert-Anna Lee

No middle ground. Either you love these kind of movies or you can’t stand them. Jack Hulbert, sings,dances and mugs his way through this over the top goofy movie about an Air Force squadron leader looking for drug smugglers in Egypt.

Egyptian pilots have been training in Britain so they can patrol their country and nab drug smugglers. It’s time to return to Egypt and squadron leader Jack Campbell (Jack Hulbert) goes with them. He takes to the skies in his trusty plane along with his carrier pigeon Amy.  He spots a caravan and lands next to it. At the head is a Sheik and his wife. He accuses him of being a smuggler. Thanks to a ridiculous gambit, Jack believes his story and flies away.

Then he spots a plane flying near him. When it lands he takes his craft down too. The other pilot is the lovely Anita Rodgers (Anna Lee). He thinks she’s a smuggler and says she’s under arrest. She pulls a gun and shoots holes in his petrol tank. She’s having a great time. Before flying off she drops a piece of paper on purpose with her hotel’s name on it.

Luckily for Jack a stray camel; wanders by. There’s a too long scene with him trying to mount up as he keeps falling down. Meanwhile the caravan has reached a man named Nicholas who sells vases etc. to people in Cairo. Inside the vases are the drugs he gets from the Sheik. Jack arrives riding the camel and towing the plane.

Nichols wants to poison him but decides to send him to Cairo with the drugs. Of course Jack thinks the bag contains innocent vases. He manages to sing and dance his way through a hit song of the day, “Whose Been Polishing The Sun.” The plane is patched up and filled up and it’s back to Cairo.

Jack tells the general he’s found the woman in the gang. He goes to the hotel and Anita spots him. She tells a man,Dr.Zhiga, to come over to her when she gives the signal. She sits next to Jack. He tells her he’s going to arrest her. By this time he’s fallen for her. Dr.Zhiga comes over and they leave. Jack disguises himself as an Egyptian guide.

He can’t get Anita and Zhiga to hire him and they drive off. Jack jumps in a car with a couple tourists and they follow Anita and Zhiga to the pyramids. In a short time he finds out Anita and Zhiga are doing a publicity stunt to introduce a new brand of cigarettes. So much for her being a smuggler.

Now things get really dumb as Jack and Anita ride out into the desert to get Nichols. Lots of sight gags to come.

Anna Lee did a number of top movie roles but is best known by soap fans as Lila Quartermaine on “General Hospital” (1981-2003)

 

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A Dave Brubeck Christmas

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1 “Homecoming” Jingle Bells

Arranged By – Dave BrubeckWritten-By – J. S. Pierpont*

3:20
2 Santa Claus Is Coming To Town

Written-By – Haven GillespieJ. Fred Coots

3:38
3 Joy To The World

Arranged By – Dave BrubeckWritten-By – Lowell Mason

2:53
4 Away In A Manger

Arranged By – Dave BrubeckWritten-By – Traditional

5:03
5 Winter Wonderland

Written-By – Richard B. Smith*, Felix Bernard

4:19
6 O Little Town Of Bethlehem

Arranged By – Dave BrubeckWritten-By – Lewis H. Redner*, Phillips Brooks

5:34
7 What Child Is This? (Greensleeves)

Arranged By – Dave BrubeckWritten-By – Traditional

3:27
8 To Us Is Given

Written-By – Dave Brubeck

3:23
9 O Tannenbaum

Arranged By – Dave BrubeckWritten-By – Traditional

3:35
10 Silent Night

Arranged By – Dave BrubeckWritten-By – Franz GruberJoseph Mohr

4:53
11 Cantos Para Pedir Las Posadas

Arranged By – Dave BrubeckWritten-By – Traditional

3:59
12 Run, Run, Run To Bethlehem

Written-By – Dave Brubeck

3:48
13 “Farewell” Jingle Bells

Arranged By – Dave BrubeckWritten-By – J.S. Pierpont*

2:59
14 The Christmas Song

Written-By – Mel Torme*, Robert Wells (2)

4:28
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Fly-By-Night (1943)

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Comedy about a doctor and a sketch artist that get mixed up in murder and Nazi spies. It’s sometimes billed as a drama but that’s not the case. There are dramatic moments but it is absolutely a comedy. It’s based on a story co-written by future best selling author and creator of “I Dream Of Jeannie”, Sidney Sheldon.

A man escapes from a sanitarium by strangling a guard. Police come across Dr.Geoffrey Burton (Richard Carlson) walking in the rain carrying a gas can. He convinces them he’s not an escaped maniac. He fills up his car and drives off. Just as he’s leaving the man jumps inside and forces Burton at gunpoint to keep going.

They go to Burton’s hotel room. The man is Tieler and says he is the assistant to the famous Profesor Langner who has an invention called G-32. The kidnappers are Nazi spies and were holding the two in the sanitarium. He shows Burton a claim check for a storage area of a train station. That’s where the model G-32 is stashed.

Burton gets distracted by a phone call. It’s a wrong number. When he goes into the other room, Tiela has been stabbed with one of Burton’s instruments.  Burton takes the claim ticket. The cops come in and suspect Burton of the murder. He puts out the lights and escapes though the window. He hides in the room of sketch artist Pat Lindsey (Nancy Kelly).

He holds a gun on her but the cops knock on the door. He asks her not to say anything and hides in the bathroom. She tells the cops where he is. When they bust in he’s already gone out the window. She draws his picture for the cops. She says she’ll draw them a better one and give it to them the next day. Burton climbs back in the window and takes her hostage. They get in her car and drive off.

In an unbelievable sequence they drive behind a car caravan truck. They both jump out of her car and into the last one on the truck. There’s a roadblock ahead. The cops check the cab and then let the driver move on. Then Burton drives the car off the back of the truck and passes it.

They drive to Langner’s house. A man answering the door is an imposter and the two try to smash the gates on the way out. That doesn’t work. They run into two men changing a tire and tell them they’re eloping. Burton tells them her father hates him and is after them with a shotgun. The two men turn out to be cops whose are brothers. Their father just happens to be a Justice of the Peace. Their mother (Mary Gordon) helps out as they get married. It took Burton a while to convince Pat to go through with it. She figures they can get a quick annulment.

They sneak out the next morning and steal the brother’s car and drive to the train station and get the model of the G-32. They drive to the sanitarium where Burton pretends to have had a nervous breakdown and a thing for wedding rings. He’s wearing one on every finger from a box he stole from the JP’s house. He finds the professor locked in a cell.

There’s some ridiculous stuff to come but it is somewhat fun and a way to pass the time.

Mary Gordon is well known as Mrs.Hudson in the Basil Rathbone-Nigel Bruce Sherlock Holmes series.

Richard Carlson holds off the cops

Richard Carlson holds off the cops

 

 

 

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From Spirits And Ghosts (Score For A Dark Christmas)-Tarja (2017)

Get ready for one of the most unusual Christmas albums you’ll ever hear. I usually post older albums by Jazz artists as well as pop artists but I have to make an exception with this one. I’ve been a Tarja (Turunen) fan since her days with the Finnish Symphonic Metal Band Nightwish back in the 90’s. I’m not a big fan of Christmas music and dread the same old,same old tired stuff that’s spews forth every year from radio stations with no imagination. I don’t know if any U.S. stations will play any of this since most rely on consultants instead of actual broadcasters who know the industry.

Of course this album is not for everyone and those who stick with tradition should just dust off their vinyl and be happy. For those adventurous souls who want to step out of the mainstream and experience a different approach to the standard sounds of the season(the exception is track 2(Together),a Tarja original), there are numerous outlets that have this in stock. At least check out the :30 samples some have available and then see or rather hear if you want to take the journey.

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1 Come, O Come, Emmanuel
2 Together
3 We Three Kings
4 Deck The Halls
5 Pie Jesu
6 Amazing Grace
7 O Tannenbaum
8 Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
9 God Rest Ye
10 Feliz Navidad
11 What Child Is This
12 We Wish You A Merry Christmas

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