What Becomes Of The Children? (1936)

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With parents like this no wonder the kids grew up to be murder suspects. It has its moments but not enough to give it cult status.

Brother and sister Fred and Marion Worthington just want attention from their parents like other kids. Father John (Robert Frazer) is too busy trying to turn his railroad into the greatest thing that ever saw tracks. He’s busy making money and wife Edith (Natalie Moorhead) is busy spending it.

One day after jealously watching their Dad’s best friend and lawyer, Tom Scott, having fun with his kids they spot a stray dog and take him home. John says they can keep it but it has to stay in the basement. Earlier that day he was steamed at all the bills Edith ran up and he cancels her charge accounts. She gets embarrassed at her club when she’s told one of her checks bounced. They fight as the kids watch from the stairs.

That night Marion plays hide and seek with the dog and Fred. She goes looking for her brother and falls down the dumb waiter. John and Edith run home from their various activities and blame each other for the incident. They end up getting divorced. Fred goes with John and Edith gets Marion. The dog goes with Fred.

Time passes and now the kids are college age. Fred gets into a nightclub brawl over a Blues singer and gets thrown out of college, his second one. John has made a mint from the railroad. That doesn’t impress Fred as he tells him he wanted a friend growing up not just someone who came through with food and clothing. The Blues singer is his girlfriend Gale Adams. She gets him a job singing and playing piano where she works.

Meanwhile…in another part of town:

Edith is off on another trip and Marion reads her the riot act about what a bad mother she’s been and still is. Marion does the town with Roy Daniels. At a late night bash he gives her a bracelet and they get married. It’s been ten minutes or so and the cops arrest Roy for jewel theft. The bracelet is just one of the stolen items. Roy gets sent up for a year.

Marion is living in a cheap rooming house. Her landlady says she has to get the rent by morning or out she goes. She’s thinking about suicide until her neighbor Elsie takes her out to a club. Wouldn’t you know it’s where Fred works. They don’t recognize each other. Elsie spots Roy and his friend Shelby going to the bar. She’s not happy with him ever since he rejected her. She’s really not happy when he points out Marion as his wife.

Marion wants him to go away. He won’t. Fred spots what’s going on and decks Roy. That’s all it takes for them to finally realize who they are. They go back to Marion’s place. In walks Roy. He and Fred duke it out. A gunshot. On the floor a pistol. Also on the floor is Roy. He won’t be getting up. Fred and Marion are suspected of murder. Wha  will become of the children?

This gets even lamer as it speeds toward the ridiculous ending.

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Long Shot (1939)

Marsha Hunt

Marsha Hunt as Martha Sharon

Very lame movie about  a sleazy race horse owner out to destroy another owner and marry his niece. Everything just falls into place and any credibility is tossed right out the window.

Lew Ralston wants to marry Martha Sharon (Marsha Hunt). She keeps turning him down and he decided to ruin her uncle Henry (Harry Davenport).  Henry’s horses keep losing. He doesn’t know Ralston is paying off trainers and others to make sure Henry’s horses lose. They even arrange an accident for jockey Danny Welch (George E.Stone). Then Ralston’s rival for Martha, Jeff Clayton (Gordon Jones) is hit by a car. A rib is pressing against his heart. He’s out of the racing business. Jeff goes to stay with Danny at his old ranch in Arizona.

Henry takes his potential winner “Certified Check” to the desert and lets him go. He sees his lawyer and makes out his will. He leaves “Certified Check” to Martha and Jeff and fakes his death.

A rancher rounds the horse up when he gets some wild horses. He doesn’t know the horses’ background. Jeff buys the horse cheap after Danny pulls a scam. Trainer Tucky (Jimmy Robinson) is part of the team. He’s always referring to Clayton as “Master Jeff.” Because of Jeff’s medical condition he’s been banned from the track. Now he and his friends race the horse in county fairs. The horse keeps losing. Ralston sees the horse working out and thinks the loses are on purpose to make it a long shot.

One night the “ghost” of Henry tells Tucky how to make the horse win. Jeff, Tucky, Danny and Martha all head to Santa Anita to race “Certified Check” in a big race.The truck breaks down and Martha convinces a passing furniture truck driver to take them all to Santa Anita.  No open stalls at the track so the driver agrees to stick around for three weeks near the track and store the horse. The delivery of the furniture can wait. Ralston sends a henchman there to make the horse lame.

The movie continues to get dumber as everything keeps working out. The only interesting thing is Henry Davenport in a subdued role as opposed to his usual manic, loud mouth old man.

In 1940 Gordon Jones played Britt Reid aka The Green Hornet.


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From Broadway To Hollywood-Judy Holliday

01. Full Of Life (2:38)
02. These Will Be The Good Old Days (Twenty Years From Now) (2:22)
03. Trouble Is A Man (2:38)
04. How About Me (3:31)
05. What I Was Warned About (2:32)
06. I Got Lost In His Arms (3:27)
07. What’ll I Do (2:45)
08. Lonely Town (3:41)
09. Am I Blue (2:57)
10. Confession (1:59)
11. An Occasional Man (2:19)
12. A Ride On A Rainbow (3:37)
13. Where Have You Been (3:15)
14. I’m One Of God’s Children (Who Hasn’t Got Wings) (3:11)
15. Loving You (2:16)
16. The Party’s Over (2:27)
17. It’s A Perfect Relationship (3:10)
18. Better Than A Dream (2:42)
19. Just In Time (4:02)
20. Drop That Name (2:10)
21. The Party’s Over (Alt. Version) (3:12)
22. I’m Going Back (3:28)
23. Finale (1:47)

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The Bronze Buckaroo (1939)

the bronze buckaroo 1938

Herb sings his way through this super thin storyline about the evil rancher trying to force the sweet young thing and her brother to sell him their ranch. Backing up Herb Jeffries are The Four Tones. Herb left his baritone back East. There’s a lot of comedy from Lucius Brooks as Dusty and F.E.Miller as Slim Perkins.

Bob Blake (Herb Jeffries) rides in with his five pals after he received a letter from their friend, rancher Joe Jackson. After a song there’s some comedy as Slim, who is studying to be a ventriloquist, fools Dusty into thinking he has a mule that can talk. Joe’s sister Betty tells Bob that Joe has been missing for three weeks after going to look for who shot their father in the back.

They head into town and Dusty and a friend go to the saloon. Everybody is singing. Before the song is over, Pete (Spencer Williams,Jr.) kills his partner during a card game. Then he makes Dusty’s pal smoke four cigars at once and Dusty to drink four shots at once. Then Bob walks in. Pete ends up getting knocked out.

Bob goes to see next door rancher Buck Thorn. He offered to buy the ranch from Betty…just to help her out. He meets Pete again. Nothing happens this time. On the trail Bob and Betty meet an old man. He says he found Joe’s letter under a window in an alley by the saloon, put a stamp on it and mailed it.

Bob pretends to be drunk and staggers into the saloon. He makes his way upstairs. He takes out his guns and enters a room. Thorn and his boys are holding Joe. He knows exactly why they want his ranch. Downstairs Bob’s pals come in and lead flies.  The bartender hits Bob over the head and Thorn and his bad guys get away with Joe.

When Bob and company get back to the ranch Betty is gone. Then her horse shows up. Bob and the boys follow the tracks. They lead right to Thorn’s ranch. They better get there in a hurry. Pete is about to burn Joe with a hot iron to force him to sign the deed of his ranch over to Thorn.

Music fans should have fun seeing and hearing Herb before he hit it big with “Flamingo.”


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Divine Divas-The Absolutely Essential 3 CD Collection

01. Billie Holiday – Good Morning Heartache (03:08)
02. Judy Garland – Over The Rainbow (02:54)
03. Peggy Lee – Why Don’t You Do Right? (02:27)
04. Edith Piaf – La Vie En Rose (03:03)
05. Lena Horne – I Gotta Right To Sing The Blues (03:11)
06. Anita O’day – Tea For Two (02:24)
07. Mildred Bailey – Trust In Me (03:02)
08. Sarah Vaughan – It Might As Well Be Spring (02:58)
09. Annisteen Allen And Her Home Town Boys – I Want A Man (Who’s Gonna Do Right) (02:53)
10. Rosemary Clooney – Blues In The Night (03:37)
11. Jo Stafford – You Belong To Me (03:05)
12. Dinah Washington – Mad About The Boy (03:04)
13. Doris Day – Secret Love (03:38)
14. Eartha Kitt – I Want To Be Evil (03:31)
15. Marilyn Monroe – Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend (03:29)
16. Judy Garland – The Man That Got Away (03:38)
17. Ella Fitzgerald – Love For Sale (05:52)
18. Lena Horne – Stormy Weather (03:23)
19. Billie Holiday – That Old Devil Called Love (02:52)
20. Ruth Brown – Oh What A Dream (02:56)
01. Ella Fitzgerald – Ev’ry Time We Say Goodbye (03:29)
02. Julie London – Cry Me A River (02:48)
03. Etta James – At Last (03:02)
04. Billie Holiday – Strange Fruit (03:07)
05. Edith Piaf – Hymne A L’amour (03:24)
06. Peggy Lee – Black Coffee (03:10)
07. Sarah Vaughan – Tenderly (03:01)
08. Blossom Dearie – Thou Swell (02:59)
09. Doris Day – Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be Will Be) (02:05)
10. Carmen McRae – Whatever Lola Wants (02:58)
11. Ella Fitzgerald – Summertime (04:58)
12. Billie Holiday – God Bless The Child (02:54)
13. Nina Simone – Love Me Or Leave Me (04:05)
14. Dinah Washington – What a Diff’rence a Day Makes (02:31)
15. Connie Francis – Who’s Sorry Now? (02;17)
16. Blossom Dearie – Deed I Do (02:11)
17. LaVern Baker – I Cried A Tear (02:33)
18. Anita O’day – What Is This Thing Called Love (02:36)
19. Nina Simone – I Loves You Porgy (04:10)
20. Sarah Vaughan – Broken Hearted Melody (02:22)
01. Peggy Lee – Fever (03:21)
02. Nina Simone – My Baby Just Cares For Me (03:42)
03. Patsy Cline – Crazy (02:42)
04. Skeeter Davis – The End Of The World (02:37)
05. Edith Piaf – Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien (02:22)
06. Eartha Kitt – Just An Old-Fashioned Girl (02:53)
07. Brenda Lee – I’m Sorry (02:42)
08. Ella Fitzgerald – Night And Day (03:03)
09. Shirley Bassey – As I Love You (02:52)
10. Aretha Franklin – Try A Little Tenderness (03:14)
11. Cleo Laine – You’ll Answer To Me (02:34)
12. Nina Simone – Gin House Blues (03:06)
13. Peggy Lee – I’m A Woman (02:08)
14. Dinah Washington – September in the Rain (02:10)
15. LaVern Baker – I Waited Too Long (02:30)
16. Irma Thomas – It’s Too Soon To Know (03:32)
17. Cleo Laine – Unforgettable (02:57)
18. Aretha Franklin – That Lucky Old Sun (03:17)
19. Brenda Lee – All Alone Am I (02:41)
20. Shirley Bassey – As Long As He Needs Me (02:57_

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Tell It To The Judge (1945)

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An attempt at wackiness about a woman being considered for the Supreme Court and if her recent divorcee will have any effect on her ability to do the job. It’s the usual screwball antics of fast talking etc. topped off by Bob Cummings more than annoying laugh that he used later on his TV show.

Pete Webb (Robert Cummings) is in Palm Beach,Florida to see Marsha Meredith (Rosalind Russell) about getting back together. His excuse for being there is to interview Ginger, a showgirl who is a witness against a gangster, Pete’s client. She’s afraid the mob will get her. Pete’s previous time spent with Ginger was responsible for the divorce.

In the elevator a shill for the gambling club, Alexander Darvac (Gig Young), makes some moves on Marsha. She puts him off. Then when the elevator reaches the lobby she sees Pete. All of a sudden she and Alexander have dinner and drinks. To make Pete jealous she fake laughs like she’s having a great time. Pete keeps signaling her to tell her there;s something on her mouth but she ignores him.

The club gets raided and Pete sneaks Marsha out through an old tunnel and into a rowboat. They go to a nearby lighthouse and the boat drifts away. That gives Pete time to in her back and they get remarried. Her Grandfather, Judge MacKenzie Meredith (Harry Davenport) convinces them to hold off making any announcement until after her Senate hearing.

Pete runs into Ginger again and she says the man on trial is drunk at the bar after jumping bail. Pete mistakenly drinks a knockout potion meant for the drunk. That gives the judge the opportunity to take Pete’s clothes, put him in a cab to the train station and then into a compartment. He tells the porter that Pete, under a different name, is on his way to Philadelphia to get married.

Marsha goes ballistic when Pete doesn’t come back to their hotel room. Reporters find out about the marriage and she says it’s to a man named Roogle. They can’t interview him because he died on their wedding night. To avoid any more reporters she takes off for the Adirondacks to stay with her friend Kitty.

Pete follows Marsha and says Roogle is still alive and Alexander shows up and she says he’s Roogle. Once again Ginger shows up. Pete hides her in a closet only to be discovered by a curious dog and then Marsha. Pete thinks Alexander isn’t a skier and goes mano a mano with him and ends up buried in the snow.

While he recovers Kitty arranged for Alexander and Marsha to spend some honeymoon time in a nearby cottage. Pete follows them. The wackiness continues.

It’s not a bad movie but the misunderstandings etc, get to be way too predictable and it falls flat after a while. Of course if you have a taste for this kind of comedy you’ll enjoy a good cast going through their paces.

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Not On Your Nellie (1974-75)

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One of the funniest sitcoms to come out of Britain or anyplace else.  Hylda Baker is a marvel to watch as Nellie Pickersgull, the landlady of the pub The Brown Cow in Chelsea. Her father is in ill health and needs her help. The show is loaded with politically incorrect jokes, double entendres, sight gags and more fractured English than Archie Bunker could ever imagine. The show only ran for three series and there were a number of cast changes including the part of the barmaid. In the second series the part was played by Wendy Richard who soap fans know as Pauline on “The EastEnders” (1985-2010). I’ve been told I may not be so high on the show if I had seen “Nearest And Dearest” (1968-73) which also starred Hylda Baker as Nellie Pledge. She also composed and sings the theme for “Not On Your Nellie.”

Opening episode: March 15,1974 – “Nellie Comes To Town” – Nellie gets off the bus in London and finally finds her way to The Brown Cow. Her entrance has her on a motor bike smashing through the front door. She looks around at the customers and the politically incorrect jokes begin. Beryl (Alexandra Dane) is good for some sight gags.

Customer Ronnie Peabody tells Beryl they can get married after he charms Nellie into selling him the pub. He says developers are interested in the area and he can make a mint. Nellie goes upstairs to see her father who is lying in bed with a girlie magazine. He says he’s waiting for Beryl to come in with his medicine. Nellie grabs it when she sees it’s a pitcher of beer. That’s good for a sight gag when she empties it out the window.

Peabody gets her to go to dinner with him and she wears what she thinks is a sexy dress. When they get back to the pub it’s time for some slapstick. The next day she announces to one and all her engagement to Peabody. Beryl has something to say about that.

The show closes with Hylda at the piano playing and singing the theme.


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