Saturday, July 04, 2020

Around the Blogosphere This Week

Miscellaneous bits of news and fun stuff from around the internet...

...There's an interesting new book out this week, THE BEGINNING OR THE END: HOW HOLLYWOOD - AND AMERICA - LEARNED TO STOP WORRYING AND LOVE THE BOMB by Greg Mitchell. It focuses on MGM's THE BEGINNING OR THE END (1947), a cinematic telling of the Manhattan project and the dropping of the first atomic bomb. (I learned about this title from my friend Chris Yogerst, whose book HOLLYWOOD HATES HITLER! will be out in September.)

...Last week I streamed a documentary on a unique topic, "The Maple Syrup Heist" (2018), part of the first season of the DIRTY MONEY series available on Netflix. You can read more about the $18 million heist of Canada's liquid gold here or here. Fascinating and educational.

...Here's a Disneyland book I just learned about, coming this fall: 3D DISNEYLAND: LIKE YOU'VE NEVER SEEN IT BEFORE by David Bossert, author of other terrific Disney history books including OSWALD THE LUCKY RABBIT: THE SEARCH FOR THE LOST DISNEY CARTOONS and KEM WEBER: MID-CENTURY FURNITURE DESIGNS FOR THE DISNEY STUDIOS. The book, which comes with 3D glasses, is said on the cover to feature images from the collection of Ted Kierscey. I wonder if the book will also discuss the 3D images taken by Harold Lloyd which I saw at the 2015 D23 Expo. I'll be watching for more information on this title. For information on other upcoming Disney books, please visit my March preview, Recent and Upcoming Disney Books.

...Colin has a number of interesting recent reviews up at Riding the High Country, including FOXFIRE (1955) and ROGUE COP (1954) to name just two. I always enjoy visiting his blog!

...ABC passed on ordering a sequel series to THIRTYSOMETHING (1987-91).

...Kino Lorber has announced more upcoming titles, including Billy Wilder's FIVE GRAVES TO CAIRO (1943) with a commentary track by Joseph McBride, James Whale's THE KISS BEFORE THE MIRROR (1933), and Henry Hathaway's THE SHEPHERD OF THE HILLS (1941) starring John Wayne.

...On my list of places to visit in post-pandemic times: The Valley Relics Museum in Lake Balboa. Looks like they have quite a collection of great neon signs, including for the Tiffany Theater on Sunset where I saw many classic films, and they've acquired a wall of Jack Webb's TV's, seen here in a photo with Kent McCord of Webb's ADAM-12, shared on Twitter by Alison Martino of Vintage Los Angeles.

...Over at 50 Westerns From the 50s, Toby reviews the new Mill Creek Blu-ray of Budd Boetticher's THE MAN FROM THE ALAMO (1953) starring Glenn Ford and Julie Adams.

...Just last week I mentioned that the legendary Hollywood restaurant Musso & Frank Grill had reopened. That didn't last long, with the governor closing restaurants again last week, but now for the first time the restaurant will offer orders to go and for delivery.

...Blu-rays coming from the Warner Archive Collection over the next few weeks: PRIDE AND PREJUDICE (1940) with Garson and Olivier; Mickey and Judy in GIRL CRAZY (1943); Esther Williams in MILLION DOLLAR MERMAID (1952); and Hepburn and Tracy in PAT AND MIKE (1952).

...Notable Passings: Actress Midge Ware, who had small roles in a few films of the '50s and '60s along with work in episodic TV, has died at the age of 92...Composer-arranger-musician Johnny Mandel has passed on at 94. Marc Myers posted a very interesting 2008 interview with Mandel at JazzWax, which offers insights not only into Mandel's career but life in an earlier time. Myers also shared links to 20 tracks of Mandel music. I most appreciate his work arranging and conducting an album of Jerome Kern songs sung by David Allyn...And Carl Reiner died last week at the age of 98. Here's a look back to the great evening we enjoyed at the Egyptian Theatre in 2011 when Reiner, Dick Van Dyke, and Garry Marshall celebrated the 50th anniversary of THE DICK VAN DYKE SHOW. Turner Classic Movies will have a prime time tribute to Reiner on July 28th; a TCM Remembers video tribute may be seen here.

...For additional recent links of interest to classic film fans, please check out my June 27th roundup.

Have a great week!


Anonymous Colin McGuigan said...

Thanks for the links back to my place, Laura! Hope all is well with you.


11:28 AM  
Blogger Seth said...

Thanks for the tip on 3D DISNEYLAND. Bossert is also working on a book about Claude Coats, with help from Claude's son, Alan.

Last week I watched and enjoyed SEVEN CITIES OF GOLD, with Richard Egan, Anthony Quinn, Jeffrey Hunter, and Michael Rennie as Junipero Serra. I searched but didn't find a review; have you seen it? It's available on Amazon for digital rental or purchase.

1:03 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

Hi Colin, Great to hear from you! Hope your summer is going well. You're very welcome!

Seth, I hadn't heard about the Claude Coats book, that's great news. Appreciate the info! I haven't seen SEVEN CITIES OF GOLD yet but I do have a copy of it. Love the cast. (Though I'm afraid watching it would be rather painful at the moment, as rioters recently destroyed a statue of Father Serra in Northern California...I cried when I saw the news footage.) Thank you for the recommendation!!

Best wishes,

6:01 PM  
Blogger Seth said...

The current desecrations of Junipero Serra statues--including, most recently, the one at the state capitol over the weekend--was the reason we watched SEVEN CITIES. Even very early in the film, there's a scene of Serra preaching that thoroughly contradicts the claims of these vandals.

I was very edified to see that the Archbishop of San Francisco prayed an exorcism at the site in Golden Gate Park, and by his strong words in this video:

10:00 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

Hi Seth, thanks for your additional thoughts and the video link, which I just watched. Seeing that statue with the cross pulled over was so disturbing. Good for the Archbishop.

I was horrified when I saw that the statue in Sacramento was desecrated. I don't generally get political here so that this blog will be a needed respite from the issues of daily life for everyone, but this goes far beyond "political" -- my frustration and worry regarding the treatment of religious faith during these times, in terms of both COVID edicts and riots, cannot be put into words.

Thanks again for the recommendation of SEVEN CITIES OF GOLD!

Best wishes,

10:19 AM  

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