Small House of Everything

Small House of Everything

Thursday, August 17, 2017

MUSIC FROM THE PAST: LITTLE TOWN FLIRT

Let's travel back to 1962 with Dell Shannon and an echo chamber.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qQLQp8drUf4

THE MYSTERIOUS TRAVELER: THE MAN THE INSECTS HATED

The Mysterious Traveler was an anthology series on the Mutual Network from December 5, 1943 to September 16, 1953.  A mixture of mystery, suspense, science fiction and horror, the show was narrated by the titular character, played by Maurice Tarplin.  Created and written by Robert Arthur and David Kogan, the show produced almost 400 episodes.  Sadly, only about 75 episodes survive.  The show did spawn a magazine and a one-shot comic book, as well as two similar shows, The Sealed Book and The Strange Dr. Weird.

With the lonely whistle of a train in the background, The Mysterious Traveler would begin his weekly introduction:  "This is The Mysterious Traveler, inviting you to join me on another journey into the strange and terrifying.  I hope you will enjoy the trip, that it will thrill you a little and chill you a little.  So settle back, get a good grip on your nerves and be comfortable -- if you can!"

The episode linked below first aired on October 7, 1944.  In a crumbling mansion deep in a Louisiana bayou, Professor John Hanson has perfect Formula 397 -- a powerful insecticide.  Unfortunately for the professor, the insects are not happy about his success.

Enjoy.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ir6Rw82dYN0

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

MUSIC FROM THE PAST: GOTTA GET A HOLD OF MYSELF

From 1966, some people who called themselves The Zombies.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NtyROCysfN0

BAD JOKE WEDNESDAY

What's green and sits in the corner crying?

The Incredible Sulk.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, JESSAMYN!

It doesn't seem that long ago when she was a smiling, laughing, curly-haired, blonde toddler.


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


It's been a while since she has turned around.  She now has two amazing daughters who are themselves about to turn around.

Time passes by too quickly.  What does not pass and what does not diminish is our love for her.  We are proud of who she is.  No matter how often she turns around, she will always be our sweet, loving Jessamyn.

Enjoy your day, my darling, as we have enjoyed your continuing presence in our lives.

MUSIC FROM THE PAST: TURN ME LOOSE

Teen idol Fabian practices his lip syncing chops.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qacdlN7UqWs

OVERLOOKED TELEVISION: CHECKMATE

A decade before The Streets of San Francisco, television viewers got a different look at those streets through the eyes Don Corey and Jed Sills (Anthony George and Doug McClure), who operated Checkmate, Inc., a detective agency which specialized in stopping crimes before they happened.  They were aided by consultant  (and former Oxford professor) Dr. Carl Hyatt (Sebastian Cabot).  Checkmate, Inc. had its offices in Corey's elegant apartment.

The show was created by mystery and suspense writer Eric Ambler.  Produced by Jamco, Jack Benny's production company, Checkmate aired on CBS from September 17, 1960 to June 20, 1962 -- a total of 90 episodes.  The show was a critical success but during its second season it was slotted against NBC's popular The Perry Como Show.  As Checkmate's rating fell so did its chances for a third season; it was replaced by the fish-out-of-water series The Beverly Hillbillies.  (Interestingly enough, Donna Douglas -- Ellie May in The Beverly Hillbillies -- appeared in four 1961 episodes of Checkmate as Barbara Simmons (A girlfriend?  An assistant? A secretary?  Who knows?  I haven't seen those episodes and "Waiting for Jocko" has only a four-person cast.)

"Waiting for Jocko" aired on October 21, 1961.  It was directed by don taylor from a script by Juarez Roberts.  A young John Williams wrote the theme music for the series.  Guest star Jeff Chandler plays a "constitutional psychopathic inferior" (Dr. Hyatt's words) who was denied parole based on Hyatt's professional testimony.  When he is finally released, Chandler's character holds Hyatt captive, planning to blow him up on his (Hyatt's) birthday at the exact hour and minute of Hyatt's birth.  (We did mention "psychopathic," didn't we?)

Enjoy.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3d7HGEl07Xc