Monthly Archives: May 2012

The Time Of Your Life (1948)

Instead of a plot this is a movie about an assortment of characters that pass through Nick’s Bar in San Francisco. It’s based on the play by William Saroyan. It won the Pulitizer Prize for drama and the New York Drama Critics … Continue reading

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The Outer Edges-Charles Jackson (1948)

Marketed as a crime novel but it’s really about the lives of various suburbanites. There is a monstrous crime commited but it’s more in the background. No police procedural or investigation of any kind is mentioned. Jackson is the author of … Continue reading

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1942-Teddy Powell and His Orchestra

Another overlooked band from the Swing Era. Powell left the Abe Lyman band to try his luck. One of his singers, Peggy Mann, was with the Larry Clinton band. Powell was fortunate to have clarinetist Irving Fazola in his group. Twenty-six … Continue reading

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Occasional Wife (1966-67)

A good group in a bad sitcom. Michal Callan is Peter Christopher. The ad firm he works for frowns on single people so he pretends to be married to Greta, played by Patricia Harty. Two floors seperate them in their … Continue reading

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Greatest Hits-Freddy Martin

Sweet band that had one of the best pianists in Jack Fina. Eighteen tracks in this collection including vocals from Merv Griffin. The selections range from 1941-51. Highlights include: “Piano Concerto No.1 In B Flat”, “Bumble Boogie”, “On A Slow Boat … Continue reading

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Synergy-New Science Fiction-Volume One – Edited by George Zebrowski (1987)

Six stories and a poem by Gregory Benford. There’s also a 1986 article by Brian W. Aldiss called “What Should An SF Novel Be About?” That is an interesting piece with his take on the state of SF. In part of … Continue reading

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I Live On Danger (1942)

Chester Morris stars as an ambitious radio reporter trying to clear an innocent man on death row. The movie can’t make up its mind what it wants to be. On the one hand there’s the murder drama, on the other are … Continue reading

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Two For Inspector West (Murder One,Two,Three) (Murder Tips The Scales)-John Creasey (1955) (Inspector (Superintendent ) Roger West Series)

Another good entry in the long running series. This time West goes to the seaaide resort of Hoole for a murder investigation.He soon gets a new case. Resident Tony Reedon’s body is fished out of the water. In his cabin … Continue reading

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Greatest Hits-Glen Gray And The Original Casa Loma Orchestra

Good collection of one of the Big Band Era’s top groups. Personnel include Pee Wee Hunt, Murray McEachen and vocals from Kenny Sargent and Sonny Dunham.. Ten tracks that go from sweet to swing and back again. Highlights include: “Smoke Rings” (Theme), … Continue reading

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Play Your Hunch (1958-63)

This show wasted a lot of time and didn’t give players a lot of opportunity to win much. On this prime time debut episode from June 20,1962 the contestants only got to play three times. Merv Griffin hosted and the … Continue reading

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