Small House of Everything

Small House of Everything

Tuesday, March 22, 2011


Pam and Jerry North were a young crime-stopping, crime-solving couple living in Greenwich Village.  Created by Richard Lockridge, who premiered the duo in humorous short sketches for The New York Sun; they were popular enough to make the transition to The New Yorker magazine.  The original stories were published as Mr. and Mrs. North (1936).  Several years later, he revived the characters with his wife, Frances Lockridge, and began a series of over two dozen mystery novels, beginning with The Norths Meet Murder (1940).

     The popular couple soon found their way to a Broadway play, a motion picture, and a well-received radio series.  Richard Denning and Barbara Britton, who were the third pair to play Mr. and Mrs. North on radio, segued to an early television series that ran from 1952 to 1954, first on CBS, then on NBC.  Fifty-seven half-hour shows were produced.   The episode embedded below is the tenth, first aired on December 5, 1952, in which Pam and Jerry help a comic strip writer stop a gang of juveniles who were running a neighborhood protection racket.  The title is Comic Strip Tease.

And now for something completely different.  Since it is now Spring, and because it still doesn't feel like spring to many of you, here's my salute to a different kind of spring.  This fourteen-minute cartoon (date unknown) features a hero called Spring Man.  It's of Slavic origin.  (I tell by all the Slavic names in the credits.)

     From the opening:  "During the German occupation tales were told of a mysterious man who jumped about on springs and brought terror to the occupants with his jumps and springs.  Our film is dedicated to this good ghost."

    I love it.  Celebrate a very different spring with the sly and witty Spring Man and the SS:


For more overlooked movies, films, television, AV and whatnot, visit Todd Mason's blog Sweet Freedom for a list of links.

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