Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Tuesday, March 19 - Macabre

Macabre (1958)

Dr. Rod Barrett's (William Prince) young daughter has been kidnapped by a mysterious maniac who has buried her alive "in a large coffin". The doctor has five hours in which to find and rescue her before her air runs out and she suffocates. The maniacal killer apparently also murdered Barrett's wife and her sister.

Various family members and friends become potential suspects as they help in the search, wandering through dark graveyards, crypts, thunder and lightning, and red herrings. The somewhat muddy plot leads to a surprise conclusion that reveals the guilty party and the motive. At the film's end, a narrator requests that the audience not reveal the unexpected ending to others.

Monday, March 18, 2019

Sunday, March 17 - Highway Patrol: Father Thief

Highway Patrol (1955–1959): Father Thief (Season 1 | Episode 10 - aired 5 December 1955)

Grant Elliot accidentally hits Officer Len Dorsey when he panics during a routine traffic stop. Grant takes the injured officer to the hospital, but cannot explain why there were numerous auto parts in the back of his truck. He later learns that his father Charles has been stealing auto accessories and selling them to onetime petty thief Ralph Yates for quick cash. Charles asks Grant to deny the thefts, and implies that the boy should take responsibility for them if need be to protect the family. Dan Mathews does not believe Grant is guilty of the thefts, so he and Sergeant Betts launch a determined investigation to expose Charles as a pusillanimous felon who would ask his own son to take the blame for his crimes.

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Saturday, March 16 - Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)

Lorelei Lee (Marilyn Monroe) is a beautiful showgirl engaged to be married to the wealthy Gus Esmond (Tommy Noonan), much to the disapproval of Gus' rich father, Esmond Sr., who thinks that Lorelei is just after his money. When Lorelei goes on a cruise accompanied only by her best friend, Dorothy Shaw (Jane Russell), Esmond Sr. hires Ernie Malone (Elliott Reid), a private detective, to follow her and report any questionable behavior that would disqualify her from the marriage.

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Friday, March 15 - A Bill of Divorcement

A Bill of Divorcement (1940)

Remake of the 1932 film.

Margaret Fairfield, whose husband Hilary has been in an insane asylum for twenty years, has divorced him so she can remarry. But then Hilary, who was thought incurable, recovers (more or less) and returns home. His return spells disaster for all concerned.

Friday, March 15, 2019

Thursday, March 14 - Fear Chamber

Fear Chamber (1968)

A scientist notices strange frequencies coming from within the Earth. He and his assistants discover a living rock underneath a volcano. They bring the rock to their lab, and discover that it needs the hormones that are produced by humans when they are fearful in order to survive. They then abduct and sacrifice young girls to keep the living rock alive.

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Wednesday, March 13 - Call It a Day

Call It a Day (1937)

The first day of spring has a profound affect on the Hilton family. The father, an accountant, finds himself unable to work, and when he tries to work, he is wooed by an actress whose taxes he is doing. The mother is mistaken by a friend's brother, who thinks she is the woman he is supposed to marry; when he finds out different, he decides to pursue her anyway. The eldest son mopes because he wants to "motor the Continent" and the father won't permit him to. The eldest daughter miserably laments the end of a romance with a married artist twenty years her elder. And the youngest moons dreamily in her morbid teen way about Dante Gabriel Rossetti. All of this in the space of one day.

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Tuesday, March 12 - SCTV: Various Episodes & Alfred Hitchcock Presents: The Big Switch

SCTV Network: (TV Series (1981–1983)

Vic Hedges appears in a 1960 B&W crime show called Vic Arpeggio Private Investigator. It's an obvious spoof of the show Johnny Staccato about the private eye who was also a jazz pianist. Here Arpeggio is a saxophonist, he constantly talks in musical terms, &c.

Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955–1962): The Big Switch (Season 1 | Episode 15 - aired 8 January 1956)

Chicago, 1920: Gangster Sam Dunleavy has just returned to town, and is visited by Al, a former childhood friend who is now a police officer. Al knows that Sam's girlfriend has just dropped him, and he warns Sam not to try anything violent. But Sam does plan to kill his ex-girlfriend, and he knows he needs an alibi. He sees his friend Barney, who promises to give him a perfect alibi for $2500. They work out the details, and Sam returns to Barney's place later to put the plan into action. But Al also shows up, so Sam knows that the plan must work perfectly.

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Monday, March 11 - King of Jazz EXTRAS

King of Jazz EXTRAS

New introduction to the film by jazz and film critic Gary Giddins.

New interview with musician and pianist Michael Feinstein.

One new video essay by authors and archivists James Layton and David Pierce on the development and making of King of Jazz.

Monday, March 11, 2019

Sunday, March 10 - I Saw What You Did

I Saw What You Did (1965)

When two teenagers make prank phone calls to strangers, they become the target for terror when they whisper "I Saw What You Did, And I Know Who You Are!" to psychopath Steve Marek who has just murdered his wife. But somebody else knows of the terrible crime that was committed that night, the killer's desperately amorous neighbor Amy Nelson.

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Saturday, March 9 - Highway Patrol: Reformed Criminal

Highway Patrol (1955–1959): Reformed Criminal (Season 1 | Episode 9 - aired December 1955)

Frank McCauley has an automobile accident while delivering a $31,000 deposit for the Grantwood Farmers' Co-Operative. As a former criminal with an old charge still outstanding, everyone assumes he has absconded with the money and the Highway Patrol launches an intensive search. McCauley starts out on foot to return the money, but radio broadcasts about his disappearance and his past make him a marked man. When Ed Hutchins tries to capture McCauley at gunpoint, a scuffle ensues and McCauley looks even guiltier when he escapes with Hutchins' shotgun. Reverend Martin (the local pastor) still has faith in McCauley's reformation and he is able to convince Dan Mathews to give him the opportunity to do the right thing.

Saturday, March 9, 2019

Friday, March 8 - The Lost Stooges

The Lost Stooges (1990)

Leonard Maltin narrates this retrospective look at the MGM films of Ted Healy & His Stooges. Includes footage from NERTSERY RHYMES (1933), PLANE NUTS (1933), THE BIG IDEA (1934), ROAST-BEEF AND MOVIES (1934), TURN BACK THE CLOCK (1933), MEET THE BARON (1933), DANCING LADY (1933), BROADWAY TO HOLLYWOOD (1933), FUGITIVE LOVERS (1934) and HOLLYWOOD PARTY (1934).

Also features the complete short BEER AND PRETZELS (1933).