Small House of Everything

Small House of Everything

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

MUSIC FROM THE PAST: WHAT'S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT

Tina Turner.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oGpFcHTxjZs

OVERLOOKED FILM: THE PATCHWORK GIRL OF OZ (1914)

L. Frank Baum produced this film based on one of his classic Oz novels under the guise of The Oz Film Manufacturing Co.  J. Farrell MacDonald directed.

In their modest home, there is no food (the bread trees in the back yard had no yield) and Munchkin Ojo (Violet MacMillan) insists the he and hs guardian Unc Nunkie (Frank Moore) go to the Emerald City because nobody starves there.  Meanwhile, the crooked magician Dr. Pipt (Raymond Russell) is working on the Elixir of Life -- a task that has occupied his for six years.  Pipt's wife (Leontine Dranet) is tired of doing housework and decides to use the elixir to make a servant girl.  She heads to the attic and gathers old cloth and rags to make her servant -- the Patchwork Girl.

On their journey, Oj and Unc Nunkie stop at Dr. Pipt's house where Pipt's wife is about to animate the Patchwork girl, who has very little in the way of brains because the less brains a servant girl has, the better.  But mischievious Ojo sneaks into a Magic Brain cabinet that holds the various things that make up a brain (Judgement, Intelligence, Ingenuity, Cleverness, etc. -- but with very little Obediance).  Ojo, that scamp. infuses the Patchwork Girl with brains.

And then...well, things get complicated.

The Patchwork Girl of Oz is a surprisingly clever and witty film.

Enjoy.

https://archive.org/details/PatchworkOZ

Monday, August 22, 2016

MUSIC FROM THE PAST: BLACK AND BLUE DANUBE WALTZ

Some craziness from Spike Jones.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P-Lc8NPrbbU

INCOMING

It's a western week.  Someone donated a of the lot of Max Brand paperbacks to a local thrift store. How could I resist?


  • "Max Brand" (Fredrick Faust), The Bandit of Black Hills, Brothers on the Trail, Dan Barry's Daughter, Destry Rides Again,  The False RiderThe Fastest Draw, Fightin' Fool, Fire Brain, The Galloping Broncos, Galloping Danger, Ghost Rider, Gunfighter's Return, Gunman's Legacy, The Happy Valley, Hired Guns, The Iron Trail, The Jackson Trail, The King Bird Rides, Lawless Land, The Man from Mustang, Montana Rides Again, Mystery Ranch, Outlaw Valley, Pillar Mountain, Pleasant Jim, Rawhide Justice, The Revenge of Broken Arrow, Riders of the Silences, Rippon Rides Double, The Seven of Diamonds, Showdown, Silvertip's Search, Silvertip's Trap, The Smiling Desperado, South of the Rio Grande, Tenderfoot, Thunder Moon, Thunder Moon Strikes, Timbal Gulch Trail, Trailin', Trouble Kid, and War Party.  Why is it when I'm trying to cull down my books they throw these at me?
  • Blake Crouch, Pines and Wayward.  Horror.  The first two books in the Wayward Pines series, which has been made into a television series.  Crouch has written some good thrillers so I thought I'd give these a try.
  • "Maxwell Grant" (Walter B. Gibson), The Shadow #22:  The Silent Death.  Pulp thriller.  This time the Shadow faces off with a mad scientist and his plague of invisible death.  The #22 is the listing in this Jove/HBJ paperback.  The original pulp novel was published in April 1933.
  • Alan Le May, The Unforgiven.  The classic western.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

CHRIS ROCK ON RACISM

Very funny.  Very true.  Language.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a25O4O32kis

HYMN TIME

The Dixie Hummingbirds.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ABU05q6NxM

Saturday, August 20, 2016