Todd Mason’s Overlooked A/V: the links to reviews, etc., of films, television, radio and more

Once more the invaluable listing of media-related articles and reviews from around the web. Click HERE to be taken to Todd’s Sweet Freedom blog for the individual links.

A.J. Wright: Alabama Jones

Alice Chang: Gravity Rush 2

Anne Billson: Night on the Galactic Railroad

The Big Broadcast: 16 April 2017 archived
7 p.m. Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar
“The Cui Bono Matter” Part 5 (CBS, Original air date February 17, 1956)(Running time 14:45)
7:15 p.m. Treasury Star Parade
“An Easter Story” (US Treasury, Original recording date 1942)(Running time 14:31)
7:30 p.m. The Jack Benny Show
“Walking in the Easter Parade” (CBS, Original air date April 17, 1949)(Running time 26:06)
8:00 p.m. Gunsmoke
“The Correspondent” (CBS, AFRTS rebroadcast, Original air date November 23, 1958)(Running time 18:28)
8:20 p.m. NBC Live Report
“FDR Greets Easter Egg Rollers” (NBC, Original broadcast date March 29, 1937)(Running time 6:55)
8:30 p.m. Dragnet
Program #60 “The Big Dare” (NBC, Original air date August 3, 1950)(Running time 26:52)
9:00 p.m. The Six Shooter
“The Crisis at Easter Creek” (NBC, Original air date April 15, 1954)(Running time 29:49)
9:30 p.m. Our Miss Brooks
“New Egg Dye” (CBS, Original air date April 9, 1950)(Running time 29:36)
10:00 p.m. Marian Anderson Concert
“Live at the Lincoln Memorial” (Original broadcast date April 9, 1939)(Running time 29:02)
10:30 p.m. Lights Out!
“The Flame” (CBS, Original air date March 23, 1943)(Running time 23:19)

Bill Crider: The Golden Arrow (1962 film) [trailer]

Bob Freelander: Rumble Fish; Tales from the Hood

Brian Lindenmuth: Gunfight at the OK Corral films

B.V. Lawson: Media Murder

Classic Movie Salon: discussing All the Presidents Men

Colin McGulgan: The Lady from Shanghai

Comedy Film Nerds: Troy Conrad; Jordan Brady

Cult TV/Bob: The Avengers (with Diana Rigg): “Small Game for Big Hunters”

Cynthia Fuchs: Heal the Living; Miss Sloane

Dan Stumpf: Skipalong Rosenblum

The Dana Gould Hour: Stephen Tobolowsky; Maggie Rowe

David Cramner: The Dark Valley

David Vineyard: Fistful of Diamonds

Elizabeth Foxwell: Candles at Nine

The Faculty of Horror: the films Resident Evil; Silent Hill

George Kelley: Batman: The Animated Series: The Joker Collection

Graham Chapman/Eric Idle and John Cleese

How Did This Get Made?: The Lake House

Iba Dawson: I, Daniel Blake

International Waters: Amber Nash, D’Arcy Carden, Susy Kane and Humphrey Ker

Ivan G. Shreve, Jr.: Alcatraz Island; Missing Witnesses; Over the Wall; Broadway Musketeers; Bob Hope Salutes the Troops

Jack Seabrook: The Alfred Hitchcock Hour: James Bridges adapts Margaret MIllar’s “Beast in View”

Jackie Kashian/The Dork Forest: Julie Dixon Jackson on genealogy and genealogy television

Jackie Kashian and Laurie Kilmartin: The Jackie and Laurie Show

Jacqueline T. Lynch: Rhapsody in Blue (1945 film)

Jake Hinkson: Edward Herrmann and audiobooks

James Clark: Close-Up (1990 Iranian film)

James Reasoner: The Shakiest Gun in the West

Janet Varney/The JV Club: Felicia Day; Giulia Rozzi

Jason Abbey: The Big Heat

J.D. Lafrance: Tombstone

Jedidiah Ayres: Go for Sisters

Jerry House: Linnea Quigley’s Horror Workout; Superman (MBS/Mutual Radio); The Blue Beetle (CBS Radio)

John Carpenter: guilty pleasures

John Grant: “Crime Scenes: Donald Westlake on Film”; House of Mystery(1961 film); The Laws of Motion

John Scoleri: Dark Shadows Before I Die: the episodes reviewed; Dr. Phibes Rises Again and Caroline Munro

John Varley: “The White Helmets”; Stalag 17

Jonathan Lewis: Two on a Guillotine; The Night Visitor

Karen Hannsberry: The Hollywood Museum; movies that make KH cry

Ken Levine: Elizabeth Montgomery; Fridays; Friends: The Musical

Kim Newman: The Transfiguration; Bloody Muscle-Builder from Hell

Kliph Nesteroff: The Mike Douglas Show (1966 episodes); Late Night with David Letterman: Irwin Corey (1983)

Emma Thompson’s 1988 BBC sketch comedy series Thompson, episode 4

Kristina Dijan: Classic films to watch this year; Crisis (1950 film); Rawhide (1951 film)

Laura G: Lovin’ the Ladies; Smart Woman; Millionaires in Prison; TCM Classic Film Festival

Lindsay D: recent films; Always Goodbye; Our Song; Three Loves Has Nancy

The Long Shot: Nick Mandernach

Louis Fowler: Three for the Road

Maltin on Movies: J. K. Simmons

Martin Edwards: Fear is the Key

Marty McKee: Charley Varrick

Mildred Perkins: The Andromeda Strain (1971 film)

Mitchell Hadley: Television, Baltimore/Washington DC 18 April 1972; TV Guide, 15 April 1972

Movie Sign with the Mads: Valley of the Dolls

Noel Vera: Toni Erdmann

Patricia Nolan-Hall: Boots Malone

Patti Abbott: Dead of Night

Paul Brazill: Nil by Mouth; Big City Blues

The Projection Booth: La Grande Illusion

Raquel Stecher: America, America; Carl and Rob Reiner; TCM Classic Film Festival red carpet

Rick: Sleeping Beauty (1959 Disney)

Rod Lott: The Dungeon of Harrow; Seedpeople

Ruth Kerr: Chinatown

Salome Wilde: Dead Ringer

Sanford Allen: Raw

Scott Cupp: Paul

Scott Drebit: Underrated 1987 films

Serena Bramble: Gloria Grahame

Sergio Angelini: The Marseille Contract (aka The Destructors)

Stacia Kissick Jones: Torch Song; Flamingo Road (1949 film); The Delinquents; S.O.B.

Stacie Ponder: 20 favorite horror films

Stephen Bowie: Peyton Place (television)

Stephen Gallagher: A British writer in US tv

Steve Lewis: Dead Again

Thompson (BBC 1988) episode 1 part 1

Television Obscurities: Life is Wild

Tynan: Solaris (1972); A Clockwork Orange

Vienna: Greta Garbo

o/t: Dial B for Brexit: how Hitchcock would explain Britain’s current politics

The European council’s Donald Tusk likened Brexit and the snap election to a Hitchcock film. Here’s how the director might have plotted a Theresa May movie

Peter Bradshaw

Wednesday 19 April 2017 15.10 BST

The president of the European council, Donald Tusk, says that, what with the Brexit shock and Theresa May’s snap election, our political events have been directed by Alfred Hitchcock – cheekily quoting the celebrated director’s maxim that a good film should start with an earthquake and then get the tension to rise relentlessly.

Earthquake plus tension? This feels more like . . .

Read the rest HERE.

o/t: Crime Scenes: Donald Westlake on Film

A retrospective at the Museum of the Moving Image, Queens, NYC, May 12-14.

This looks like a lot of fun! From the website:

Brooklyn-born Donald E. Westlake published nearly a hundred novels under various pseudonyms during his half-century career, the most influential being the hard-boiled Parker novels. Over the years, the hallmarks of a Westlake book never changed: He was a dedicated craftsman, writing clean, unfussy, powerfully effective prose, weaving complicated and surprising plots, and always letting a deep interest in (and often amusement at) human behavior drive the action. His prose has been the font for many and varied works of cinema. This program brings together the most successful and interesting films based on Westlake’s books, such as Point Blank (1967) (starring peak Lee Marvin), The Hot Rock (1972) (with Robert Redford), The Outfit (1973) (with Robert Duvall), Cops and Robbers (1973), and Jean-Luc Godard’s Made in U.S.A. (1966). It also includes two for which he wrote screenplays: the 1987 original The Stepfather and his 1990 Oscar-nominated adaptation of Jim Thompson’s The Grifters.

Organized by guest curator Levi Stahl, Associate Film Curator Eric Hynes, and Chief Curator David Schwartz.

Here’s that link again:

Todd Mason’s Overlooked A/V: films, television and more

Yet another installment of the ever-useful weekly compilation. Click HERE to be wafted tastefully to Todd’s fab Sweet Freedom blog, where you’ll find all the individual links.

A. J. Wright: Boots Mallory
Alice Chang: consoles
Anne Billson: The Girl Who Knew Too Much (La ragazza che sapeva troppo)
The Big Broadcast: 9 April 2017
Bill Crider: Blood Father [trailer]
Bob Freelander: Never Too Young to Die
Brian Arnold: Don Rickles
Brian Lindenmuth: “Times Like Dying”
B. V. Lawson: Media Murder
Classic Movie Salon: (Sunday after next, discussing) All the Presidents Men
Colin McGulgan: Springfield Rifle
Comedy Filn Nerds: Dino Stamatopoulos & Leah Tiscione; Ramon Rivas II
Cult TV: The Avengers (starring Diana Rigg): “Return to Castle De’Ath”
Cynthia Fuchs: Colossal; The Bye Bye Man
Dan Stumpf: These Thousand Hills
Dave Wain: Underrated ’87 films
David Cramner: The Salvation
David James Keaton: men out of prison films
Elgin Bleecker: It Always Rains on Sundays
Elizabeth Foxwell: The Fat Man: “The Thirty-Two Friends of Gina Lardelli” (tv pilot); Robert Bloch centennial
Eric Hillis: Caltiki: The Immortal Monster
The Faculty of Horror: Calvaire and Martyrs (2008 film)
Gary Deane: Rural noir films
George Kelley: The Flash: “Duet”
“Gilligan Newton-John”: 3-4 January 1981 primetime US broadcast network tv
How Did This Get Made?: xXx: Return of Alexander Cage
Iba Dawson: Kicks
Ivan G. Shreve Jr.: Accidents Will Happen; Beverly Hills Vamp;; Crime Does Not Pay: “Buried Loot”; Crime Does Not Pay the series; You’d Be Surprised
Jack Seabrook: Alfred Hitchcock Presents: “Whodunnit?”
Jackie Kashian/The Dork Forest: Hal Lublin on Saturday Night Live (and The Great American Bake-Off); Thrilling Adventure Hour cast featuring Hal Lublin
Jackie Kashian and Laurie Kilmartin: The Jackie and Laurie Show
Jacqueline T. Lynch: I Wonder Who’s Kissing Her Now
Jake Hinkson: After Dark, My Sweet
James Clark: Paterson
James Reasoner: Flashback (1990 film)
Janet Varney/The JV Club: Linda Park
J. D. Lafrance: Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle
Jerry House: TED Talks: Ze Frank on Nerdcore Comedy; Baywatch Nights
John Grant: The Naked Edge; Der Verdacht
John Scolerii: Dark Shadows Before I Die: the episodes reviewed
John Varley: Stagecoach (1939 film); The Girl in the Park
Jonathan Lewis: Gambling Lady
Juri Nummelin: The Glass House
Karen Hannsberry: Hope Emerson
Ken Levine: diagnosing problem scripts; WGA strike potential
Kim Newman: Secrets in the Walls; Pulgasari
Kliph Nesteroff: The Joe Franklin Show: David Frye, Jay Leno (1982)
Kristina Dijan: The Dark Tower; The Hook; Love Me Tonight; Canadian trivia; more Canadian trivia
Laura G: I Was a Shoplifter; Jamaica Inn; Infernal Machine
Leo Doroschenko/Andrew Porter: Alcoa Premiere: “Mr. Lucifer” written by Alfred Bester
Lindsay D: Midnight (1939 film)
Maltin on Movies: Hayley Mills
Martin Edwards: Blind Date (aka Chance Encounter; 1959 film); The Witness for the Prosecution (BBC TV 2016)
Marty McKee: The Mask of Fu Manchu; Ocean’s 11 (1960 film)
Mildred Perkins: Home (2016 stage musical by Christy Hall and Scot Alan)
Mitchell Hadley: Cleveland/Youngstown TV listings, 10 April 1971; TV Guide 10 April 1971
Movie Sign with the Mads: The African Queen
Noel Vera: The Devils
Patricia Nolan-Hall: Avanti!
Patti Abbott: The Innocents
Paul D Brazill: Tony Hancock
The Projection Booth: They Live
Raquel Stecher: Griffith Observatory; TCM Film Festival
Rick: For Love or Money; Le Mans
Rod Lott: Eliminators; Aftermath (2017 film); Minutes Past Midnight
Ruth Kerr: Gary Cooper
Salome Wilde: River (tv series)
Sergio Angelini: The House of Fear
Stacia Kissick Jones: Loophole (1981 film); The Internecine Project
Stacie Ponder: Mystics in Bali
Stephen Bowie: David Kelley
Stephen Gallagher: FantasyCon 2016
Steve Lewis: South Sea Woman; Frontier Circus: “Depths of Fear” (pilot)
Todd Mason: Robert Bloch: conventions and drama
TV Obscurities: March Home Media releases
Tynan: Starter for 10; Sing Street
Vienna: Tall, Dark and Handsome

o/t: the return of Todd Mason’s Overlooked A/V!

After a longish hiatus, Todd’s back with his incredibly useful roundup of web articles/reviews concerning various movies (and other a/v items) that all too often get overlooked. Go to Todd’s Sweet Freedom blog by clicking HERE for the individual links.

  • A. J. Wright: Aldridge Gardens
  • Alice Chang: Nioh (videogame)
  • The Big Broadcast, 2 April 2017
  • Bill Crider: Where the Boys Are (1960 film)
  • Brian Lindenmuth; Bonanza: “Five Sundowns”
  • Bryan Senn: 7 Overlooked Werewolf Films
  • B.V. Lawson: Media Murder
    Classic Movie Salon
  • Colin McGulgan: The Gambler from Natchez
  • Comedy Film Nerds: Riley Silverman; Paul Gilmartin (of Dinner and a Movie)
  • Cult TV: Whodunnit?; Doctor Who: “The Gunfighters” (BBC 1966)
  • Cynthia Fuchs: Tickled; Tickling Giants
  • Dan Stumpf: Wild Women
  • David Cramner: Hell or High Water
  • David Vineyard: The Ship of Monsters (La nave de los monstrous)
  • Elgin Bleecker: Return to Warbow
  • Elizabeth Foxwell: Guilty Bystander; Fourteen Hours
  • Eric Hillis: Tower of London
  • The Faculty of Horror: The Night of the Hunter; The Innocents
  • Francis M. Nevins: Perry Mason: “The Case of the Restless Redhead”
  • Freddie Moore: 2010: Moby Dick
  • Gary Deane: Assigned to Danger
  • George Kelley: The Importance of Being Earnest (1952 film)
  • “Gilligan Newton-John”: Spasmo; In the Devil’s Garden
  • How Did This Get Made?: Sleepwalkers
  • Iba Dawson: I Am Not Your Negro
  • Ivan G. Shreve Jr.: Big Town After Dark; French Quarter; Sky Liner
  • Jack Seabrook: The Alfred Hitchcock Hour: “Murder Case”
  • Jackie Kashian: Tyler Hinman on Locked Room Escape games
  • Jackie Kashian and Laurie Kilmartin: The Jackie and Laurie Show
  • Jacqueline T. Lynch: The Best Things in Life Are Free
  • Jake Hinkson: Hardcore (1979 film)
  • James Reasoner: Barely Lethal
  • Janet Varney/The JV Club: Alice Lowe
  • J. D . Lafrance: Ruby in Paradise
  • Jedidiah Ayres: Coronado
  • Jerry House: Africa Speaks!; TEDx: “STEM and the Arts”
  • Jim Laczkowski: Underrated 1987 films
  • John Grant: The Catman of Paris; River Patrol; Suspense (1913 film)
  • John Scoleri: Dark Shadows Before I Die: the episodes reviewed
  • John Varley: Mascots; Loving
  • Jonathan Lewis: The She Beast
  • Juri Nummelin: Teuvo Tulio
  • Karen Hannsberry: Female; The Big Sleep (1946 film); Pushover
  • Kate Laity: Will Eisner Centennial
  • Ken Levine: The Business of Network Television; Amy Schumer: The Leather Special
  • Kim Newman: A Dark Song
  • Kliph Nesteroff: Danny Thomas Presents The Wonderful World of Burlesque
  • Kristina Dijan: “The Winemaker”; Gold Diggers of 1933; Film Discoveries of 2016
  • Laura G: The Accused (1949 film); Turner Classic Movies in April; 2017 TCM Classic Film Festival
  • Lindsay D.: The Exiles (1961 film)
  • Maltin on Movies: Quincy Jones
  • Martin Edwards: Left Coast Crime: Honolulu Havoc; Torment (1950 film)
  • Marty McKee: Heavy Metal; Count Yorga, Vampire
  • Mildred Perkins: Train to Busan
  • Mitchell Hadley: Los Angeles TV: 7 April 1998; TV Guide, 45th anniversary issue (4 April 1998)
  • Movie Sign with the Mads: Gymkata; Singin’ in the Rain; Guardians of the Galaxy
  • Noel Vera: Rice Soldiers
  • Patricia Nolan-Hall: Avanti!; Tales of Manhattan; Shane
  • Patti Nase Abbott: Sleeper
  • The Projection Booth: Kissed
  • Raquel Stecher: Alive and Kicking; 2017 TCM Classic Film Festival
  • Rick: The Accidental Tourist; Raymond Burr
  • Rod Lott: The Ambushers; Camp Massacre; Up Your Ladder
  • “Rupert Pupkin”: Out of the Past; The Hudsucker Proxy; One Way Passage
  • Ruth Kerr: The China Syndrome
  • Salome Wilde: The Night Caller; “Key Lime Pie”
  • Sergio Angelini: The House That Dripped Blood
  • Stacia Kissick Jones: Demon Seed; The Yakuza; The Last Best Year
  • Stacie Ponder: The Exorcist Director’s Cut
  • Stephen Bowie: Mary Tyler Moore’s best episodes: The Dick Van Dyke Show
  • Stephen Gallagher: British Library: Victorian Entertainments: There Will Be Fun
  • Steve Lewis: The Falcon in Hollywood
  • Television Obscurities: Willy
  • Theresa Brown: Tomorrow is Another Day
  • Todd Mason: Robert Bloch adaptations: Molle Mystery Theater: “Yours Truly, Jack the Ripper”; Thriller: “The Cheaters”; “The Devil’s Ticket”; Torture Garden
  • Tynan: Chimes at Midnight; Tarzan the Ape Man (1932 film)
  • Vienna: Man on a Tightrope; Doris Day

o/t: leisure reading during March 2017

As always, the links are to my Goodreads notes. The Pronzini sort of snuck up on me, and is probably my highlight of the month, hotly pursued by the French and the Brundage.

o/t: a minor hiatus

The more observant of you may have noticed that there was no Saturday posting on Noirish, and that since last Wednesday I’ve been neither replying to comments here nor posting comments elsewhere.

This is because I’ve spent the past several days in hospital with pulmonary oedema (note fancy Brit spelling) as a consequence of congestive heart failure (itself thought to have been a consequence of a minor heart attack we didn’t notice, but that’s another story). This all sounds a lot grimmer than it actually is: the oedema seems essentially to have been treated and done, and congestive heart failure is regarded these days as eminently treatable . . . otherwise I’d not be home already, would I?

The next few days will perforce be quiet ones. I’ll mount a post on Wednesday, according to schedule, if I feel like up to it; otherwise know that I’ll be lazing in bed, reading good (and not so good) books and every now and then plaintively asking Pam to peel me a grape. Normal service will be resumed in the fairly near future.

And I’m home in time for our wedding anniversary — our 18th, so there. Alas, not in time for the fancy-schmancy (and remarkably heart-healthy!) anniversary noshup, which is being postponed until tomorrow.

Dick Barton at Bay (1950)

More Barton!

UK / 68 minutes / bw / Marylebone–Hammer, Exclusive Dir: Godfrey Grayson Pr: Henry Halsted Scr: Jackson C. Budd, Ambrose Grayson, Emma Trechman Story: Ambrose Grayson, based on characters created for Dick Barton—Special Agent (1946–51 BBC radio series), devised by Norman Collins and scripted by Edward J. Mason and Geoffrey Webb Cine: Stanley Clinton Cast: Don Stannard, Tamara Desni, George Ford, Meinhart Maur, Percy Walsh, Joyce Linden, Campbell Singer, John Arnatt, Richard George, Patrick McNee (i.e., Patrick Macnee), George Crawford, Paddy Ryan, Fred Owen, Yoshihide Yanai, Ted Butterfield.

Although this was the third and last to be released of the three DICK BARTON movies produced by Hammer, it was actually the second to be made. It therefore seems to make sense to discuss it here before Dick Barton Strikes Back (1949), the last to be made. The predecessor of Dick Barton at Bay was Dick Barton: Special Agent (1948), about which I waffled here the other day.

As soon as the credits are over it’s obvious this movie is a cut above Special Agent. There’s a genuinely suspenseful chase as a War Office agent called Phillips (played by an almost unrecognizably youthful Macnee) flees through the docks at Limehouse from two bad guys. They eventually catch him in a phone box and shoot him dead, but not before he’s been able to phone Dick Barton (Stannard) and gasp out an enigmatic message: “Two longs and a short.”

Patrick Macnee as a man on the run.

Dick races to the phone box and discovers the imprint of a three-fingered hand on the glass.

Meanwhile, in another part of town, Continue reading

o/t: Robert Osborne

Just a note to record my sadness on learning just now of the death of movie scholar and historian Robert Osborne (May 3 1932–March 6 2017), for many years the “face” of Turner Classic Movies.

One of those people of whom I’ve never heard a bad word spoken, he gave expert introductions to countless elderly movies for TCM, including of course films noirs galore. He’ll be much missed.