Friday, January 18, 2019

Toons You Might've Missed: Hollywood Picnic (1937)

Columbia took a swing at some of Hollywood's biggest stars in 1937's "Hollywood Picnic". And you thought WB had the market cornered on such satire.



WB did do it better.

Rating: B-.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Saturday Morning's Greatest Hits: Best of My Love (1977)

The Emotions' "Best of My Love" will never be confused with the Eagles' song of the same name, which came around the same time frame in the late 70's. However, this bouncy classic landed the Emotions on Soul Train. Earth, Wind, & Fire's Maurice White wrote & produced "Best of My Love":

From Comics to Toons: Richie Rich vs. The Collector (1982)

Richie Rich (Sparky Marcus, ex-The Bad News Bears) must reclaim his robot maid/bodyguard, Irona (Joan Gerber), after she is brainwashed by "The Collector" (Robert Ridgely, ex-Thundarr, The Barbarian, Flash Gordon, Uncle Croc's Block, Tarzan, Lord of The Jungle). Added to the mix is Suavo (Frank Welker), Irona's beau.



Rating: B.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

From Comics to Toons: Beetle Bailey presents Et Tu, Otto (1962)

Beetle Bailey (Howard Morris) makes just a cameo in "Et Tu, Otto", as this is more of a showcase for Sgt. Snorkel (Allan Melvin) and his canine sidekick. Morris is also heard as Chaplain Stainglass.



Rating: B.

Toon Sports: Winsome Witch in The Little Big League (1965)

Winsome Witch steps in when she overhears some kids talking about needing a pitcher for a game. Here's "The Little Big League":



In case you couldn't tell, that's also Jean VanderPyl (Winnie) as Butch, the injured pitcher, at the start.

Rating: B-.

Saturday Morning's Forgotten Heroes: The Tarzan/Lone Ranger/Zorro Adventure Hour (1981)

To say that the back of CBS' Saturday lineup in 1981 was loaded would be an understatement.

During that final part of the schedule, CBS had The New Fat Albert Show, The Popeye & Olive Show, & The Tarzan/Lone Ranger/Zorro Adventure Hour. It would be the last season for Popeye & Tarzan at CBS, after four and six years, respectively. We've previously talked about how Popeye's show had been reduced to a half-hour format.

To fit all three legendary heroes in a hour long anthology, CBS edited down the Tarzan repeats, deciding that only The Bugs Bunny-Road Runner Show merited being 90 minutes.

Anyway, here's the intro, narrated by Norm Prescott.



CBS moved the Ranger & Zorro to Sundays the following season, and that would be it. They would've been better off leaving the Tarzan reruns intact, and dry-docking Popeye, seeing as how Olive Oyl's Army shorts were so bad.

Rating: A.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Game Time: Candlepin For Kids (2004)

We've previously shown you some vintage candlepin bowling from Massachusetts. Today, the New England Sports Network (NESN) has a Saturday morning show, Candlepin For Kids, a weekly series that showcases the junior bowling program in New England.

Oh, I am begging someone to open a candlepin center in upstate New York. Anyway, check this out from 2013.



Now, ye scribe has some experience with "regular" ten pin bowling. I was in junior & adult leagues for about 40 years before I retired from league competition a few years ago. The junior programs here don't get the weekly TV deal that NESN has granted these talented kids. In fact, there isn't a weekly program for local bowlers here in New York anymore due to financial constraints.

If, however, someone has the cajones and the cash to start candlepin bowling here in the home district, I'm game.

Rating: A+.