Saturday, February 06, 2016

She had something against his profession

"I almost never," she added, "murder people on short acquaintance - unless they're detectives."

(from The Hills of Homicide, by Louis L'Amour)

The same the world over

"You'd go back to the hotel, and I'll see you in the morning."

"I will not. I'm coming with you."

Whatever was done now would have to be done fast, and did you ever try to argue with a woman and settle any point in a hurry? So she came along.

(from The Hills of Homicide, by Louis L'Amour)


Friday, February 05, 2016

Charlie Chan the Dutchman?

In the movie 13 Rue Madeleine, actor Roland Winters has a small role as a Dutch intelligence officer, and speaks with a heavy accent. It is hard to imagine him in the part because we are so accustomed to thinking of him as Charlie Chan.


Wednesdays With You radio show

This was a short-lived comedy/variety program that was advertised as "The Eddie Show Minus Eddie," Eddie being Cantor. It is enjoyable, with pleasant songs and lots of gags, usually with emcee Harry Von Zell as the butt of them. Not bad for a summer replacement show.

Von Zell

Thursday, February 04, 2016

One reason you don't see dress hats today

Back in the old days cars did not have headrests. Now they do, which means the back bill of the hat is crushed against it.

Writing a new song

Phil: What are we going to write about, Remley? Remember, I want something different.

Alice: What do you mean "different." There have been songs written about everything possible.

Remley: Oh, I don't know. I haven't heard any stomach pump ballads lately.

(from The Phil Harris and Alice Faye radio show)

Treat your husbands well, girls

"Girls, when you get married, always treat your husbands kindly. If you don't they'll get even: they'll die - the cowards!"

(Mrs. O'Reilly on My Friend Irma radio show)

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Old radio shows on Facebook

If you are an OTR fan, there is at least one very active site on Facebook that specializes in them.

Tuesday, February 02, 2016

Bill Shirley in "Rookies on Parade"

Rookies on Parade is a very "B" movie in a long line of wartime propaganda films. We got it mainly because it stars Bob Crosby, and my wife likes him a lot. Other than that, there is not a lot to recommend the movie - except for one scene. Tenor Bill Shirley performs Londonderry Air backed up by male voices, and it is beautiful. Shirley, by the way, made his biggest movie splash as the voice of Prince Phillip in Disney's Sleeping Beauty.

Bill Shirley, Actor in a black and white portrait.jpg

They are not inclined to accommodate the police

"It doesn't happen that way. I've never yet known a murderer to commit suicide just to make things easy for the cops."

(from This Is It, Michael Shayne, by Brett Halliday)


Monday, February 01, 2016

Get up and get with it

"Sitting man must hold mouth open very long time before roast goose flies in."

(from Charlie Chan Carries On)


Sunday, January 31, 2016

What city could handle this sort of population increase?

In 1880 the population of Brooklyn was 600,000. Fifty years later, in 1930, it had more than quadrupled to 2,560.000. Tough for the city fathers to keep up under those conditions.


An Indian with a New York accent

Sheldon Leonard's thick NYC accent is one of the most famous in Hollywood history, and I loved listening to it. However, it didn't work very well when he played the part of an Indian, which he did in the movie The Iroquois Trail.