Friday, June 30, 2017

Old movies and TV: Forsaken Westerns

I've been watching something called The Forsaken Westerns on YouTube. Last night, I found a TV pilot called The Texas Ranger, featuring Dennis Morgan (Christmas in Connecticut), and today I'm watching a half-hour show called The Buckskin Rangers.


The interesting thing about the Rangers is that two of them (Crash Corrigan and Max Terhune) are two-thirds of the semi-famous Three Mesquiteers. They've changed Terhune's name from Lullaby to Alibi, but it's pretty much the same thing.

It's a shame the Ranger pilot didn't become a regular series; it had potential.

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I just found a Forsaken Western called Luke and the Tenderfoot. The story is OK, but it has a great cast. The star is Edgar Buchanan, and the supporting cast includes Leonard Nimoy, Lee Van Cleef, Michael Landon and Dabbs Greer.

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I recently found an old TV series called Laredo, and I just watched an episode on YouTube called A Matter of Policy. It's a funny western series featuring Neville Brand, Peter Brown, William Smith and Philip Carey. The first three are Texas Rangers, and Carey plays their captain.


I spend each episode thinking that the three amigos are nuts, and it's obvious their hare-brained schemes should be avoided. But things always work out at the end, and Laredo might be my all-time favorite western series (other than, possibly, Have Gun Will Travel).

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Today, I re-watched a really old movie called Bulldog Drummond in Africa, one of the better movies in the 1930s series featuring actor John Howard. I loved those movies when I was young, and it's nice to find them again.


The interesting thing about Drummond in Africa is the appearance of standout character actor J. Carrol Naish and future superstar actor Anthony Quinn.


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I just watched an old movie called Phffft. The title came from famed newspaper columnist/radio personality Walter Winchell, who wrote or said phffft when a marriage was going sour.

In this movie, Jack Lemmon and Judy Holliday are having marital problems, so Holliday decides she wants a divorce. She gets one in Reno, Nevada, but then they soon begin to realize they love each other.

The movie sort of drags until Lemmon's friend, Jack Carson, fixes him up with Kim Novak, who does a wonderful imitation of Marilyn Monroe. The highlight, though, comes when Lemmon and Holliday are dancing with other partners, but our hero and heroine wind up switching partners in mid-dance and doing one of the strangest dances I've seen.

I won't give away the ending, but that's one of the best parts of the movie; I watched it (and the dance scene) twice. I'd give Phffft four stars out of five.

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Friday, June 23, 2017

Wham! There goes a car window

It was probably 1980 when I was covering American Legion baseball in Seneca, S.C. The Seneca Legion team played at a local elementary school, and everyone felt safe with their cars parked on the other side of the building.


They were playing under the lights, and a guy jacked a foul ball to his right. The ball bounced once on the roof of the school, and we heard "CRASH!" as the ball went through a windshield. About 200 people raced around the school, and most came back relieved. I heard one guy yell a one-word expletive while he was standing in the parking lot, and he was still cussing under his breath when he came back to the field.


When I went around the school after the game, I saw a red truck with a soccer-ball sized hole in the windshield. Expletive, indeed. I hope he was insured. He'd probably have to pay a deductible, though.


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Friday, June 16, 2017

My favorite music

NOTE: All available on YouTube

Alien (Atlanta Rhythm Section)

Amanda (Waylon Jennings)

Amarillo by Morning (George Strait)

A One in a Million You (Larry Graham)

Bad Moon Rising (Creedence Clearwater Revival)

Black Magic Woman (Santana)

Brandy (You're a Fine Girl) (Looking Glass)

Cara Mia (Jay and the Americans)

Change the World (Eric Clapton)

Deacon Blues (Steely Dan)

Desert Rose (Sting)

Don't Worry About Me (Marty Robbins)

Ebb Tide (Righteous Brothers)

El Paso (long version) (Marty Robbins)

El Paso and El Paso City (Marty Robbins)

Fields of Gold (Sting)

Friends in Low Places (Garth Brooks)

Fur Elise (Ludwig van Beethoven)

Ghost Riders in the Sky (Johnny Cash)

Ghost Riders in the Sky (The Outlaws)


Green River (Creedence Clearwater Revival)

Highwayman (The Highwaymen)

Hotel California (The Eagles)

I Still Miss Someone (Johnny Cash)

I'm So Lonesome I Could I Could Cry (B.J. Thomas)

Jean (Oliver)

Johnny B. Goode (Chuck Berry, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band)

Mama Tried (Merle Haggard)

Miracles (Jefferson Starship)

Moonlight Sonata (Ludwig van Beethoven)

More Than a Feeling (Boston)

My Heart Will Go On (Celine Dion)

Never Trust a Stranger (Marshall Tucker Band)

Ode to Joy (Ludwig van Beethoven)

Precious and Few (Climax)

Roll Over Beethoven (Chuck Berry)

Roll Over Beethoven (ELO)

Roll Over Beethoven (The Beatles)

Rose in Paradise (Waylon Jennings)

Silver Stallion (The Highwaymen)

Star Trek Medley (The Danish National Symphony Orchestra)


Sweet Home Alabama (Leningrad Cowboys Red Army Choir)

Tender Years (John Cafferty)

That Smell (Lynyrd Skynyrd)

The Power of Love (Huey Lewis)

This Magic Moment (Jay and the Americans)

Traces (of Love) (Classics IV)

Unchained Melody (Righteous Brothers)

Unchain My Heart (Joe Cocker)

You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling (Righteous Brothers)

(What If God Was) One of Us (Joan Osborne)

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