Small House of Everything

Small House of Everything

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

MUSIC FROM THE PAST: GEORGY GIRL

The Seekers.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HONGF8jHFyc

OVERLOOKED FILM: LOVE FROM A STRANGER, a.k.a. A NIGHT OF TERROR (1937)

This was the first of at least four adaptations of Agatha Christie's classic short story "Philomel Cottage" (and of Frank Vosper's stage adaptation of the story).  There is some confusion concerning this version and a verssion released the following year; in fact the information at the link refer to the 1938 Edna Best/Bernard Lee film rather than this one.

Beautiful Ann Harding (It Happened on Fifth Avenue, The Magnificent Yankee, The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit) plays beautiful Carol Howard, who falls in love and marries dashing Gerald Lovell (Basil Rathbone, in one of the most controlled over-the-top performances of his career) and soon suspects he is a killer.

Scripted by Frances Marion, one of the most respected screenwriters of the 20th century, and helmed by B movie legend Rowland V. Lee, Love from a Stranger/A Night of Terror surpassed its budgetary restrictions to become a nuanced suspense classic that honored Christie's vision.

Of special interest is the appearance of Joan Hickson, who would become what some think of as the definitive Miss Marple some 55 years later.

Enjoy.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ttiYI_bdF4I&list=PLy85Hz7o0gfkZ_iuXl8nQpi5jurf3_c8J&index=97

Monday, May 23, 2016

MUSIC FROM THE PAST: ROCK THE JOINT

Jimmy Preston, one of the founding fathers.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oqI130TS1vM&list=PL0C7C630E4BEFB188

INCOMING


  • Stephen Baxter, Flood.  SF novel.  Earth's waters are rising, flooding from the planet's mantle.  As land (and countries) disappear, it becomes eident that the entire planet will be flooded within fifty years.  This is the first of a duology (followed by 2009's Ark).  Baxter also returned to this series with three novellas collected in last year's Landfall.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

GROWING UP IN STEM -- AS A GIRL


Do you remember being pissed off back in the day when Barbie dolls were programmed to say, "Math class is hard!"?  And if you weren't pissed off, you should have been.

Here, Cassidy Williams talks about being a girl in STEM classes.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7O0z06YRKHg

Which brings to mind this Peggy Seeger song:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CCRRe72mwwY

Sexism, like racism or any other unfounded bigotry, has had its day.  It's time to move on.

HYMN TIME

The Davis Sisters.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DR9ogQeEgLw

Saturday, May 21, 2016

MUSIC FROM THE PAST: CHANGES

The Pozo-Seco Singers with a Phil Ochs classic.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YSOyLik8DtU