Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Skelton Knaggs - one of the creepiest faces

He was in one of the Sherlock Holmes films, Terror By Night. A face just made for crime.



He invented a new kind of shoe

They are made out of banana peels. He calls them "slippers."

More from Louis Lamour on gun control

     "Guns lead to trouble."
     "Well," Andress said dryly, "I can see where not havin' a gun led you to trouble." He paused a moment. "The thieves and the killers are goin' to have guns, so if the honest men don't have 'em they just make it easier for the vicious."
     "Understand one thing, Mr. Chantry. You can make laws against weapons but they will be observed only by those who don't intend to use them anyway. The lawless can always smuggle or steal, or even make a gun. By refusing to wear a gun you allow the criminal to operate with impunity."

(Both are from North To the Rails)

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Everyone agrees I could not possibly be two-faced

because if I were, I certainly would be wearing the other one.

(from My Little Margie radio show)

Affection and passion

There is a difference between passion and affection. In fact, one may be (and in some cases must be) present when the other is totally absent. Between spouses there MUST be both. In other relationships there cannot be both. Between spouses affection without passion is a fire that is flickering in a lamentably low level. Outside of marriage passion is a fast-burning fire that can explode to where things are destroyed beyond repair.

Familiar tasks

Although most of us enjoy a challenge and trying something new occasionally, there is a usually much satisfaction and fulfillment in doing things that we are really good at doing.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Digger's poem about speeding

Never speed!
It's not worth the thrill.
If the cops don't get you,
The undertaker will.

From The Life of Riley radio show)

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Fred Allen knew about Sherlock Holmes' drug habit

Portland: "Are you an authority on Sherlock Holmes?"

Allen: "Why, I got Dr. Watson to join the Needleworkers Union."

The hometown of Pat Buttram

I drove through Addison, Alabama this weekend. I noticed a sign saying that it was the birthplace of Pat Buttram. Not many people my age would know who he was, but then not many people my age listen to old radio shows as much as I do.


Saturday, March 28, 2015

Ok, Louis, who did she marry?

Usually the endings to Louis Lamour's novels are nice and neat and clean and definite. But he took a different turn in The Cherokee Trial. Did the heroine, Mary Breydon, marry the gunfighter Temple Boone or the stage line operator, Mark Stacy? I guess we will never know.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Why European titles don't mean much

Most of those who originally had titles over there in Europe had them because they were especially good at killing and robbing and were given titles for doing it in support of their king.

(from The Cherokee Trail, by Louis Lamour)

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

The stereotyped private eye frame

How many times have you heard this scenario in an old radio program? The private eye goes to an apartment, where the door is mysteriously unlocked. He knocks - no answer - so he quietly opens the door and moves into the room. There is a dead body on the floor. Just as he is looking things over, someone else comes into the room, and he is nailed for the murder.

A very pertinent question from Abner

(Lum is reading): "Evelyn opened the door and her hair stood on end."

Abner: "Which end?"

Now, I wonder why I never thought to ask that?

A book you probably never read

The Love Life of Alice the Girl Bookkeeper. This was submitted to the Edwards and Edwards Publishing Company (Lum Edwards, President), but was rejected. According to Lum, it was "230 pages of slush and mush." Another tome that got the pink slip was Gilbert the Boy Checker Player, by Grandpappy Spears, presumably based upon that Pine Ridge favorite, Gilbert the Boy Trapper.

Paterson, NJ repaid Lou Costello

Few cities have gained more publicity from an entertainer than did Paterson, NJ from comedian Lou Costello of "Who's On First" fame. He was constantly referring to his hometown in his routines with Bud Abbott. Did Paterson appreciate it? Evidently so, because they erected a lifesize statue of Costello. (Lifesize top to bottom was not too big, but side to side it was more imposing.)


Lou Costello statue.

Bob Matthews, Tenor

On the episode of the Abbott and Costello radio show from 3 May 1945, they introduced a new singer as aerial gunner Bob Matthews, who had “walked into the studio a few days before and started singing.” He had a beautiful, smooth tenor voice, and at least based upon that should have made it in the big time. He became a regular on the program for a while.


I am in complete sympathy with Psmith

The Wodehousean character Psmith originally went to work for his uncle in the fish  business, but he could not stand that, so he looked elsewhere. This morning I opened a sample package of smoked salmon, and that smell has been on my hands ever since. I sympathize completely with Psmith.