Small House of Everything

Small House of Everything

Thursday, July 20, 2017

MUSIC FROM THE PAST: GIVE ME FIVE MINUTES MORE

Tex Beneke and The Miller Orchestra.

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

THE SHADOW: THE HOSPITAL MURDERS

Who knows what fear lurks in the hearts of men?  Orson Welles knows.

From August 14, 1938.

Enjoy.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-scB7ndNUVQ

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

MUSIC FROM THE PAST: SMOKE ON THE WATER

Deep Purple...with the London Symphony Orchestra.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nENrB7hvplY

BAD JOKE WEDNESDAY

What's the difference between a hippo and a Zippo?

One's really heavy and the other is a little lighter.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

MUSIC FROM THE PAST: HILF MIR SONYA

Back in the early Seventies, Kitty and would stop in at an Irish pub in Hyannis, Massachusetts.  The pub happened to feature a group from Ireland; I believe its name was The Castlebridge Union.  I don't remember much except that it was an entertaining group.  Lots of Irish music, plus their version of the Beach Boys "Help Me Rhonda" -- a song that needs a few pints of Guinness to appreciate it being sung with a heavy Irish accent.  I also remember Ted Kennedy sitting at a corner table really enjoying the show.

Anyway, I tried to find an Irish version of "Help Me Rhonda" on the web but couldn't.  So I gues you'll have to do with this German version from a group called Strandjungs.

Enjoy.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wbIim7VRDog

OVERLOOKED MOVIE: THE SCAR (1948)

Paul Henreid plays John Muller, a medical school dropout who has recently been released from prison for practicing medicine without a license.  Bored with the job given him by the parole board, Muller gathers a gang of crooks to rob a local casino.  Things go awry and some of Muller's gang are killed.  Muller himself goes into hiding from a vengeful casino owner.  then Muller is mistaken for psychiatrist Dr. Bartok, who looks exactly like Muller except that Bartok has a large scar on one side of his face.  Muller sees Bartok's secretary (and lover) Evelyn Nash (Joan Bennett) and falls in love with her.  Deciding to impersonate Bartok, Muller scars his own face but, only after killing Bartok, realizes he scarred the wrong side of his face.  Things start to downhill from there until a number insignificant details brings us to a startling conclusion.

Henreid produced this film himself because he wanted (finally) to play a bad guy.  Directed by Steve Sekely, a Hungarian-born director of B-movies best known for THE DAY OF THE TRIFFIDS, The Scar was scripted by Daniel Fuchs from a novel by radio actor Murray Forbes.

The Scar is also known as Hollow Triumph and The Man Who Murdered Himself.

A pretty good Forties noir flick.  Look closely for Jack Webb in the uncredited role of Bullseye.


https://archive.org/details/TheScar

Monday, July 17, 2017

MUSIC FROM THE PAST: RUDOLPH THE RED NOSED REINDEER

Great googly mooglies!  I came across a Regis Philbin Christmas album in a local thrift store this week and -- lo and behold! -- there was this song he did with Donald Trump, the Trumpster!  I did not, would not, could not buy the album but I came away determined to inflict this monstrosity on you.  Here's a clip of them performing (?)/ butchering Gene's song on Letterman back in 2005.  Please note the length of the Donald's tie -- he still hasn't learned.

Suffer, my children.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fc6sWhFXPw4