Thursday, September 30, 2010
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Some jazz singers scat willy-nilly
while busily gilding the lily
But Abbey would swing
like breezes in Spring
and flow free and easy like Billie
Monday, September 27, 2010
Coach Halas thought George wouldn't stick
but Blanda could still pass and kick
For sixteen more years
he made it quite clear
no mind did he pay to Time's tick
George Blanda played professional football as quarterback and kicker for 26 seasons, retiring a month shy of his 49th birthday.
Saturday, September 25, 2010
Some legs just seem never to end
thin pins of the type that will send
your typically hale
Thursday, September 23, 2010
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
He thinks someone murdered his dad,
that suitor of mom is the cad
To gather the proof he
starts acting all goofy
The rub is, he might just go mad
Strange Illusion (Edgar G. Ulmer, 1945). Edgar G. Ulmer's low budget update of Hamlet stars Jimmy Lydon, film's Henry Aldrich. Lydon plays a jive-talking teen feigning insanity to investigate the murder of his father. His best lines are "What's mixin', vixin? Been missin' my kissin'?" Image source: Film Noir Photos; Lost in the Frame.
Sunday, September 19, 2010
A femme fatale playing the field
A flatfoot betraying his shield
A short lover's spat,
retort from a gat...
The potter's field coffin was sealed
Lee J. Cobb is a cop gone wrong for no-good girl Jane Wyatt in The Man Who Cheated Himself (Felix Feist, 1950). That's right, I said Jane Wyatt as the femme fatale! She's said to be terribly miscast--and just plain terrible. John Dall is Cobb's brother who is also a straight arrow cop.
Friday, September 17, 2010
The islanders worship a snake
Volcanoes are starting to shake
A girl's next of kin,
Her High Priestess twin,
Is doing a quick double-take.
Hail King Cobra! Maria Montez stars in the delirious tropical Technicolor fever dream that is Cobra Woman (Robert Siodmak, 1944). In the mood for evil twins? Lookee here. Image source: filmfanatic.org; The Exploding Kinetoscope;
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
O'er Tennessee back roads he rode
For revenue cops never slowed
While crooning the theme
his tires would scream
a tank of white light lightning his load
Super cool Robert Mitchum runs moonshine on Thunder Road (Arthur Ripley, 1958). His younger brother James plays his brother and mechanic. Image source: boozemovies.com; Out of the Past;
Monday, September 13, 2010
Sunday, September 12, 2010
He takes a look under her hood
and likes what he sees, as most would
This bashful mechanic
goes into a panic
Too late he finds out she's no good
Mickey Rooney doesn't get what Dianne Foster sees in him in Drive a Crooked Road (Richard Quine, 1954), scripted by Blake Edwards. Rooney gives an uncharacteristically subdued and terrific performance in the film. Image source: Noir of the Week.
Friday, September 10, 2010
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
Monday, September 6, 2010
The critics have called the cast feckless
Said casting a horse had been reckless
The reason it flops
is skimping on props
in staging production of "Equus"
Actually, the way the horse is looking longingly at that riding crop, this still is probably from a production of "The Mare-quis de Sade".
Sunday, September 5, 2010
Saturday, September 4, 2010
Commanding the Highway Patrol
Chief Matthews is ready to roll
He barks a "Ten-4!"
puts pedal to floor...
Some bad guys aren't paying their toll!
Beefy, gravel-voiced Broderick Crawford was Chief Dan Matthews on Highway Patrol from 1955 to 1959. The best part of the show came at the end of each episode. Tough guy Crawford would sit on a desk and address the viewers directly, asking them to tune in next week with a pithy warning about safety: "Until then, remember: leave blood at the Red Cross, not on the highway." Or: "The clowns at the circus are real funny. But on the highway, they're murder." Here's an earlier limerick on Crawford in Highway Patrol. Photo source: highwaypatoltv.com.