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This must be a "lost" TV show
I am convinced that this TV series has been completely lost or has been destroyed in a fire or something. I do not ever remember seeing this show in syndicated reruns since it first aired. It does not appear to be available in any format. This was a very funny and popular show and now is completely forgotten except by a few of us. I watched this show every single week when it aired. Admittedly part of the reason being I was totally infatuated with Sue Ann Langdon who played Arnies wife. If you look the word "perky" up in the dictionary chances are that Sue Ann's picture will be displayed. Where was I? Oh yes, Arnie. Anyways, it was a funny show with good characters. If the show has not been lost or destroyed then the good folks at TVland should start airing this immediately. This is a lost treasure that needs to be dug up.
Buzzin' Around (1933)
Arbuckle still had it
Thankfully Hollywood forgave Arbuckle in time that he was able to make 6 talking shorts before passing away. I gave this short a 9. It is not hilariously funny for a modern audience but probably as good or better than any other shorts of it's day and does have it's moments. You can tell his ordeals have taken their toll on him as a man, but Arbuckle still had the knack of being funny. The scene where the doctor examines him after swallowing a bee is very funny indeed. One reviewer here mentioned that Arbuckle was a long time heroin addict by the time this film was released. I have read about everything there is on Arbuckle and have never heard that from any other source and do not believe it for a second. Arbuckles alcoholism was well known but that hardly made him a heroin addict. I would like to know where the reviewer got that info.
Grandma's Boy (2006)
Possibly one of the worst movies I ever saw
If you are a horny 13 year old whose hobby is downloading porn, then you will probably like this film. The humor is about as unsophisticated as it comes. They tried hard to make this one into an American Pie or Something about Mary, but someone forgot to tell the filmmaker that gross does not necessarily equal funny. That seems to be the current trend in Hollywood these days. Among the atrocities that we have to endure in this film is several scenes with some fat ugly guy's mouth attached to a woman's breast. I think this was the same fat ugly guy who wanted to buy the platform shoes in the ebay store in "the 40 year old virgin". This must have been a friend of the director who was given this role so he could actually get his mouth on a breast as it probably never happened in real life. Whatever the reason, it never elicits a laugh and seems pointless. Then there is Shirley Jones, now a senior citizen, who is constantly talking about all the old Hollywood stars that she had relations with. Again, it seems like the director must have been a fan of the Partridge Family when he was a kid and had some fantasy of hearing Shirley Jones talking foul. Maybe it is humorous to the 13 year old I mentioned in my opening line, but it wasn't to me. There was one or two mildly amusing lines in this film, but that is not enough to come anywhere near recommending this garbage. The filmmaker needs to go out and rent a copy of "Duck Soup" and see what real comedy is all about.
Every Day's a Holiday (1965)
The Fabulous Baker Girls
This is not a great film and is badly dated. I gave it a 10 anyways based solely on seeing Jennifer and Susan Baker sing the song "Romeo Jones". I had not seen this film since the 60s yet this scene popped into my head recently as I recalled having a huge crush on these twin sisters when I was a kid. I had not thought of this in years and tracked down a copy of the film on eBay. The performance was as wonderful as I remembered and I still have a crush on these girls. They only were in a handful of films but they are completely adorable. I find it hard to believe that they were not in more films or offered a record contract. There is not much info on the web on the twins so I have no idea what paths their lives took after they quit making films. The rest of the cast is more than capable with John Leyton (the Great Escape), Ron Moody (Oliver) and Michael Ripper (Every Hammer film ever made), and do the best they can with a substandard script. There is a couple of bizarre performances by Freddie and the Dreamers and a busty Liz Fraser to liven things up, but the real attraction for me is the Baker Twins. Their performance so impressed me when I was 10 years old that it remained in my head for over 40 years. I am just glad that it worked it's way out of my subconscious mind so I could enjoy it all over again.
Zombies on Broadway (1945)
Brown and Carney were not too bad. They were better than some of the comments make them out to be. They couldn't touch Abbott and Costello, but I have seen far worse from more famous duos. I would have liked to have seen them with better writers. Just a note that Brown and Carney were reunited briefly in the 1961 film "the Absent Minded Professor". This is an OK comedy for those who like old fashioned comedy like I do. The thing that disappoints is that the title itself gives rise to images of zombies invading a Busby Berkley type musical or an army of zombies pursuing fleeing New Yorkers through the theater district. I was imagining the scene from Golddiggers of 1933 with Ginger Rogers singing "We're in the money" being invaded not by the cops but by zombies. Sadly, we get none of that. If you can get past the title then you will find an amusing little film. I would like to see George Romero remake it.
Two Weeks to Live (1943)
Amusing minor effort
I got this out of the 88 cent bin at Wal-Mart. As Lum and Abner peaked in popularity about 15 years before I was born, I didn't know much about them. I wasn't expecting much but this was an amusing B movie. Lum and Abner are a couple of country bumpkins who go to the big city. We have all seen this type of thing many times before, and they do some humor based on a hick's unfamiliarity with the big city, but it never regresses to Beverly Hillbillies type humor. There was no big laughs but I did get some chuckles. I am sure some jokes passed me by that those familiar with the characters would have caught. The movie does have some interesting characters like the window washer and his invisible dog, the guy who invents a Jekyll and Hyde type formula and the always amusing Franklin Pangborn. It is a zany comedy that feels just a bit restrained from making it an anarchy type comedy like the Marxes. If you like old comedy and see this in the 88 cent bin at Wal-Mart, it is worth picking up.
Wolf Blood (1925)
Interesting yarn of the 20s
Possible spoilers. This is an unusual story set in a lumber camp in Canada. It concerns rival lumber camps at war. When the head foreman of the one camp is beaten and left for dead, a surgeon is forced to use the blood of a wolf for a transfusion. Like many movies of the 20s this one is filled with long boring stretches and a couple of intriguing scenes. One chilling scene has the man who has been transfused with the wolf blood following after a pack of phantom wolves towards the edge of a cliff where the wolves jump off one by one. There is also a scene of a Roaring 20s party in full swing that has little to do with the rest of the movie but is of interest to fans of flappers and the culture of the 20s. One thing that always cracks me up watching silent films is the actors in them. Many of them are so ordinary looking that they could not possibly star in a Hollywood film today. The star here, George Chesebro, looks like a mechanic at a gas station but turns in a good performance nonetheless. Considered a forerunner of the Wolfman movies of the 40s, but the Wolfman is only hinted at in this one.
Funny Leno Vehicle
Years before he was made host of "the Tonight Show", Leno was star of this made for cable special. It's been almost 20 years since I've seen it so I can't remember most of the specifics but I remember laughing through most of it. I think Jay went around and examined various aspects of the American Dream with bits of his stand-up routine thrown in. One line that I still laugh about and have remembered all this time was when Jay was talking about the old huge cars from the 50s and being in an accident in one of them. The Cops would arrive at the scene and one would say "You can turn off the siren Bob, he was driving a Buick". Probably would make more sense if you had seen this. At any rate, if you find Leno funny like I do, you would probably enjoy this.
For a made for TV film, this was a good one. I have to agree with another post that said the conclusion felt rushed. It did. There were a lot of possibilities that could have been explored in more depth. That being said, there was more right with the film than wrong. The casting of Bob Newhart and Jane Curtin was great. Seasoned vetran talent can bring so much to a project, yet they are too often overlooked. Newhart shined in an odd role for him. I had not heard about this film until the ads ran last week. It looks like it might be a pilot for a TV series. I hope so. Earlier Indiana Jones-like TV series like "Tales of the Gold Monkey" were never given time to find their audience. Kudos to TNT for continuing to make the kind of quality films that they do not make for theaters anymore.
Le roi de coeur (1966)
They don't make them like this anymore
As I was reading through the comments here for "King of Hearts" I noticed two different schools of thought on the film. Many, like myself, have fond memories of seeing this film in the 60s and 70s and were delighted by it. The other comments come from younger viewers who see this film as being "dated" and not that funny, yet worthwhile viewing. At first I was a little miffed at this generations comments about a gem of my generation, until it dawned on me that they were somewhat correct. The film is a bit dated because they just do not make films like this anymore. It was never meant to be knee slapping funny. The humor was a non-intrusive "gentle" humor that seems to be a foreign concept in this day and age. Another reason many younger viewers do not "get" this film is because one of the themes here is non-conformity. This was a crucial concern of those growing up in the 60s. We wanted our individuality to show and not be just a number. Society has did a 180 since then. Today people are more concerned with fitting in than standing out. So yes, this film possibly is a bit dated. It is a bit of movie magic from a far simpler time and I have a feeling that there are a lot of people under 30 who would not see this as dated at all. King of Hearts is one of a small handful of films that celebrates the simple magic of being alive. Come and experience it.