Thursday, December 31, 2009
As years start to draw to a close
a lengthening list we compose
Of deeds to amend
bad habits to end
and last new year's list to dispose
Take it easy out there tonight. Have a safe and happy New Year!
Images: Above, Starlet Showcase; Below? I can't remember.
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
The cupboard at Billy's was bare
Though distanced by time and by space
the lovers draw close and embrace
No matter their plight
they're bathed in a light
of mystical, heavenly grace
The cynical snicker at love
True sentiment say they're above
They cannot resist
the cinema fist
yet ridicule film's velvet glove
Director Frank Borzage was cinema's greatest romantic.
Top: Janet Gaynor and Charles Farrell in Seventh Heaven
(Frank Borzage, 1929); Middle: Spencer Tracy and Loretta
Young in Man's Castle (Borzage, 33); Above: Charles Boyer
Jean Arthur in History is Made at Night (Borzage, 37);
Below: Borzage and Gaynor share the very first Oscar.
Monday, December 28, 2009
Sunday, December 27, 2009
Saturday, December 26, 2009
Friday, December 25, 2009
Of Dylan's new album be leery
It's no ode to joy--it's just dreary
Explaining his croaking
is life of chain-smoking
Your ears will commit hara-kiri
When Bobby spreads Christmastime cheer
His holiday rasp
could be a last gasp
We mock because we love--Dylan's the greatest.
Thursday, December 24, 2009
he drinks to keep warm, don't you know
In tummy of Kringle
booze, eggnog co-mingle
Gag reflex strikes --look out below!
Merry Christmas everybody, and don't leave the house tonight without your trusty umbrella!
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
The late, very great, Arnold Stang
was stuck with a nasally twang
His comical looks
had him playing schnooks
On radio who gave a dang?
Arnold Stang, a character actor whose bespectacled, owlish face and nasal urban twang gave him a singular and recognizable persona, whether on radio or television, in the movies or in advertisements, or even in cartoons, died on Sunday.
Mr. Stang considered himself a dramatic actor who could play serious roles. But even he was aware that with his signature heavy glasses and a manner that could be eagerly solicitous, despondently whiny or dare-you-to-hit-me pugnacious, his forte was comedy.
Mr. Stang was a natural for roles requiring a milquetoast, a pest or a nerd. At 5 foot 3 and never much more than 100 pounds, he once said of himself, “I look like a frightened chipmunk who’s been out in the rain too long.”
“He loved the cartoons, and he liked doing commercials, too,” his wife, JoAnne Stang said of her husband. “But most of all, he loved radio. It offered him such a span of roles.” --Excerpted from his New York Times obit.Photos: Stang in 1961; With Robert Alda and James Gleason in Two Gals and a Guy (Alfred E. Green, 1951).
Monday, December 21, 2009
Sunday, December 20, 2009
The murder took place by the pool
where climate was kept very cool
The murderer's credo:
To kill in tuxedo
But Hildegarde took him to school
Penguin Pool Murder (George Archainbaud, 1932)
starred Edna Mae Oliver as Hildegarde Withers, an
elderly schoolteacher turned sleuth who solves crimes
to the constant annoyance of Police Inspector Oscar
Piper, played by character actor James Gleason.
Saturday, December 19, 2009
Now ladies, look deep in my ball
Its crystalline depths will enthrall
I'm sure you'll surmise
its relative size
implies my prediction's not small.
Actor Warren William peers into his future with several starlets in this still for The Mind Reader (1933). Photo from Starlet Showcase.
Friday, December 18, 2009
Her looks and her soft, dulcet tones
My mad love desire
Actress Jennifer Jones in Love Letters (William Dieterle, 1945). Thanks to Doctor Macro. You'll find a touching and personal tribute to the actress here.
The boys want to do something rash
to siren who's slinging the hash
Her register rings
for things money brings
She won't accept love--only cash
Linda Darnell and Dana Andrews in Fallen Angel (Otto Preminger, 1945). A tip of the snap brim fedora to the blog Coffee, Coffee and more Coffee.
Thursday, December 17, 2009
A secret's like locking a door
to a suite of forbidden decor
Through its keyholes we peek,
for what's hidden we seek
Intrigued, we've a need to explore
You step through completely alone
A portal into the unknown
How will you survive
or get out alive
forgetting to bring your cell phone?!
Secret Beyond the Door (Fritz Lang, 1948)
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Monday, December 14, 2009
When crossing the swamp never tarry
The ferryman's haunting the ferry
This ghost on the loose
had hung from a noose:
The swampland's too soggy to bury
And here is the thing, he looks just like Ming...
Charles Middleton, who played Ming the Merciless in the
Flash Gordon serials is a spectral strangler in the moody,
low budget expressionism that is Strangler of the Swamp
(Frank Wisbar, 1946). Click poster to enlarge.
Sunday, December 13, 2009
I guess it's a popular pose
A standby photographers chose
A thriller film still
that's filling the bill
when studios want "more of those."
Top to bottom: Dick Powell and Micheline Cheirel in Cornered;
Ray Danton and somebody in something; Edmund O'Brien and
Joanne Dru in 711 Ocean Drive; Victor Mature and Collen Gray
in Kiss of Death. All photos snatched from Starlet Showcase.
Saturday, December 12, 2009
Friday, December 11, 2009
There once was an artist named Wood
whose comics were better than good
For those who can see
his work at E.C.
the testing of time has withstood
Top: A terrific 3-D Wood illustration of Al "Jazzbo" Collins for
Mad Magazine #31, 1957. Above: The last panel from Wood's E.C.
comics classic, "My World." Read the entire incredible story here.
We hope you've enjoyed Wood Week. For more of his wonderful
work visit Steve Thompson's Hooray For Wally Wood!
All art © and trademark E.C. Comics 2009.
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
It seems that most guys who fly rockets
wear space-suits with belts full of pockets
Their long-legged femmes
with eyeballs that bulge from their sockets
Three 1950s covers by the great Wally Wood,
who defined the art of science fiction in comics.
Glossary note: B.E.M.s are Bug-eyed Monsters.
Steve Mannion sent along this link to the original
art to original Wood E.C. art, including the Weird
Science-Fantasy cover seen above, here.
Steve is a big Wally Wood and E.C. fan. Check out
his fantastic E.C.-inspired art at his blog, here.
Monday, December 7, 2009
His captor, so-called "Iron Maiden"
wears outfit she must be obeyed in
Our hero is caught
in picture quite fraught
With layers of meaning it's laden
Image thanks to Pencil Ink. Art by the masterful
Wally Wood, from T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents #1, 1965.
It's Wood Week at Limerwrecks.
This video isn't a rental
It doesn't need guidance parental
A very toothpaste-y
so short that it's hasty
claymation on hygiene that's dental
Sunday, December 6, 2009
The end of the world's drawing near
the reasons for which aren't clear
This warning in verse
is terribly terse
There isn't much time left, I fear
Click to enlarge the apocalyptic artistry of Basil Wolverton.
This is the end of Wolverton Week at Limerwrecks.
Saturday, December 5, 2009
Friday, December 4, 2009
The crabmen are crawling by night
They scuttle and skitter and bite
Don't sleep with the crabs--
they'll leave you with scabs
Start pulling your bed covers tight!
They Crawl By Night, from Journey Into Unknown
Worlds #15, 1953. Story by Daniel Keyes ("Flowers for
Algernon"), art by Basil Wolverton. Read this paranoid
classic in black-and-white at Pappy's Golden Age Comics,
or in its original 4 color version at The Horrors of It All.
Click on the images to enlarge them.