Small House of Everything

Small House of Everything

Thursday, July 28, 2016


Today is Bill Crider's 75th birthday.  As many of you know, Bill is battling a very aggressive form of carcinoma and is scheduled for his first appointment at M. D. Anderson today.  Bill is going in today with the love and support of a legion of friends and fans -- all of whom want his special sort of kindness, humor, and talent to continue.  So I am just one of the legion.

Happy birthday, Bill, and may you have many more.


Connie Francis was a hit pop performer in the late Fifties and early Sixties.  From 1957 through 1969, she had 43 top 100 hits, twelve of which were top ten hits.  Despite highs and lows in her career and her personal life, Francis has continued performing and remains popular on the concert scene.  One of the main secrets to her success is her ability to change and adapt to popular mucis styles with the times.  She has bounced back from the trauma of a well-publicized rape, the murder of her brother, and four failed marriages -- and has kept on singing.  Face it.  The woman has grit.  And talent.

Connie Francis was one of my sister's favorite singers, something that makes her a sentimental favorite for me..

Everybody's Somebody's Fool

Who's Sorry Now?

Lipstick on Your Collar

I Will Wait For You

Where the Boys Are

Love Is a Many Splendored Thing

Don't Break the Heart That Loves You

Stupid Cupid

Tennessee Waltz


Ave Maria

And here's her first recording, Freddy.  MGM Records signed her because this was the name of the son of one of its vice-presidents and he thought it would make a nice birthday gift for him.  The record (as well as her next eight solo singles) bombed.  Let this be a lesson to all:  if at first you don't succeed...


Dunninger the Mentalist, with guest Dorothy Killgalen, February 23, 1944

Joseph Dunninger (1892-1975), "The Amazing Dunninger," was a world-famous mentalist and magician who was one of the first to perform magic on radio and television.  Granted, it is difficult to do this type of act on radio.  I mean. really.  But if Edgar Bergan could get away with ventriloquism on radio, I suppose Dunninger could do his act on radio.

Dunninger was a noted debunker of fraudulent mediums, although he also offered $10,000 to anyone who could prove he used confederates in his act.  However, like James Randi later, he also offered the same sum to any medium who could prove any physical phenomena by psychic or supernatural means that could not be explained by scientific means.

Dunninger wrote many books on magic, some of which were published by Hugo Gernsback.  a number of articles published under the Dunninger name were ghost-written by Walter B. Gibson, and it has been suggested that Gibson used Dunninger as a model for The Shadow.

Dunninger's radio program ran under different titles and on various networks from 1943 to 1946.  This particular program ran on the Kem-Tone Blue Network from January 5 through December 27, 1944.


Wednesday, July 27, 2016


Simon and Garfunkle.


A teenager was gong to the prom with his best gal, so he went to rent a tux.  The tux rental store was very busy and her had to wait in line for over an hour before he got his tux.  Then he went to rent a limo but the rental agency had a long line and it took him more than two hours to get the limo.   Then he went to the florist to buy flowers and, once again, he faced a long line; it took a long time to get the flowers.  Finally it came time to pick up his girlfriend.  At the prom, they were having a great time when his girlfriend said, "I'm pretty thirsty.  Could you get me a cup of punch?"  Less than a minute later he comes back with the punch because in this story there's no punch line.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016


John Mellancamp.


Take one uncharted tropical island, one mad scientist/Nazi who doesn't realize the war ended twelve years earlier, a bunch of stormtroopers who ditto, a bevy of beautiful girls in bamboo cages, a violent tropical storm, an impending bomb test, a quest for a perpetual motion machine, human experiments to cure a terribly scarred face, and then throw in Sheena and Jimmy Chan/Hop Sing and you have B-movie drive-in fare that is entertainingly bad.

Tod Griffin (who appeared in a couple of dozen television shows in the Fifties) plays Fred Macklin is the captain of a boat that is shipwrecked on an unknown island during a hurricane.  Also shipwrecked is spoiled little rich girl Jerrie Turner (Irish McCalla) and crewmate Sammy Ching (Victor Sen Yung).  They immediately discover is about to be used for bomb tests, then they discover lovely girls (The Diane Nellis Dancers, yes, they are the She Demons of the title) doing a jungle dance.  When the girls are not dancing, they are kept in bamboo cages and are used in glandular experiments by Nazi Colonel Karl Osler (Rudolph Anders, a German-born actor who changed his name during World War II to Robert O. Davis, for obvious reasons).  Osler is trying to find a glandular cure for his wife Mona (Leni Tana, who acting career consisted of this film, one part of a two-part episode of One Step Beyond, and an uncredited appearance as "Woman in Queue at Post Office" in Hitchcock's Torn Curtain), who had been horribly disfigured during a laboratory accident.  Naturally crazy Nazi guy falls for Sheena and Mona gets jealous.  More things happen, but who cares?

Then there's the underground lab that has a window looking out onto the jungle.

This is the type of movie that is best appreciated ;late at night with a couple of rowdy friends and a lot of popcorn.  As far as I know, She Demons never got the Mystery Science Theater 3000 treatment, but it deserves it.  Maybe Tom Servo and the gang will get to it in the upcoming season.

In the meantime, enjoy.