Monthly Archives: June 2012

The Widow Maker-Frank Diamond (1961)/Deep Six-J.M.Flynn (1961)

Good one from Diamond loaded with tough guys, loose women, a reporter, crooked cops and guys named Doublehead and Phil The Commuter. There’s also a bartender who is a former wrestler gone to seed called Pearshape Nello. Dusty Reagan is … Continue reading

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Takin’ Off-Sir Charles Thompson

Great Jazz from 1945 and 1947 from the pianist. Personnel on this album include Charlie Parker, Buck Clayon, Dexter Gordon and Joe Newman. Seventeen tracks to please any jazz fan. Highlights include: “Street Beat”, “Mad Lad”, “Benson Alley” and “Strange … Continue reading

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Strike It Rich (1951-55)

Much crticized game show where contestants in dire straits tried to get some bucks. They’d tell their story in hopes of people calling in to give them money or merchandise. The show looked for people at the end of their … Continue reading

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1931-1933-Don Redman And His Orchestra

One of the early legends. Redman left Fletcher Henderson to form his own band. Personnel include: “Henry “Red” Allen, Sidney DeParis and Horace Henderson with vocals from The Mills Brothers, Bill “Bojangles” Robinson and Cab Calloway. Twenty-four tracks in this … Continue reading

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King Of Argent-John T.Phillifent (1973)

The title may make you think this is another bloated fantasy novel. It isn’t. It’s an interesting read about a man who has been altered to work on a planet rich in metals. He loves working by himself and in … Continue reading

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Robot Monster (1953)

Saying this is the cream of the crap would be way too complimentary. It gets worse as it moves along and you have to wonder if anyone really thought this would make a buck or two. Proving that everyone has … Continue reading

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The Invaders (1967-68)

The Invaders are here. In order to save on special effects, they make themselves look just like earth people. Too bad tired architect David Vincent (Roy Thinnes) stopped in a ghost town to rest before going home. He spots the aliens landing … Continue reading

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Ma Rainey

Twenty-four tracks from the legendary blues belter Gertrude “Ma” Rainey.. You can’t go wrong with this collection of one of the greatest. Personnel include: Blind Blake, Tampa Red, Coleman Hawkins, Louis Armstrong, Fletcher Henderson and Georgia Tom Dorsey. The tracks … Continue reading

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Death On Arrival-Alfred Hitchcock Dell Series

Fourteen short stories from 1962,63,65,67,68,74,75,79. Favorites: “Fat Jow And The Reluctant Witness” (1968) – Robert Alan Blair -A young man in Chinatown is a wizard at electronics. That catches the attention of sleazy lawyer Cliff Sarazin. He opens a bookie joint … Continue reading

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Dead Men Are Dangerous (Dangerous Masquerade) (1939)

Robert “Long John Silver” Newton stars as a broke, failed author who fakes his own death. Decent crime movie if you’re in the mood for a short film before the main feature. Alymer Franklyn (Robert Newton) is busted. He won’t take … Continue reading

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