Monday, September 25, 2017

You Know The Voice: Lennie Weinrib (1965)

Well before going before the cameras as Magic Mongo on The Krofft Supershow, Lennie Weinrib was an accomplished writer and actor. He made some movies in the 60's before breaking into cartoons. He also did some television work.

One example is a brief appearance on Burke's Law in 1965. Lennie plays Maddox, a destitute soul living in a flophouse who gets into a brawl with Capt. Amos Burke (Gene Barry). Lennie shows up around the 11 minute mark, and before that, Batman fans will see Stafford Repp as a bartender named Cody, who's also an informant for Burke. Repp, I think, had left General Hospital by that point.



We'll check Lennie's IMDB file to see if there's more we can dig up.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Tooniversary: Abbott & Costello in Pigskin Pickle (1967)

Dandy Deal brings us a sporting Abbott & Costello short.

Bud Abbott is a football coach. Lou Costello (Stan Irwin) is the waterboy, but is pressed into emergency service as their team needs a miracle to get out of a "Pigskin Pickle".



"Clams" Chowder (John Stephenson) was a crook, alright, as if you couldn't tell right from the go. A nearly 6 minute short would probably translate to a full half hour with other characters today.

Rating: B.

Game Time: Capital Region Bowling (2005)

It has been a tradition in the home district through the years, but it went dormant when WRGB terminated TV Tournament Time several years ago. The Capital Region Bowling Proprietors Association (CRBPA) decided to give it a try and mount a new bowling show in 2005, but not on WRGB.

Instead, Fox affiliate WXXA was the new home for local bowlers, although that didn't last long. Thanks to the sponsorship of a prominent local retailer, Huck Finn's Capital Region Bowling restored the Sunday morning tradition, even after switching from WXXA to WNYA a few years back.

Unfortunately, after the 13th season ended in May, it was announced that the series would not return this year, citing financial issues, leaving WNYA with a big hole in their Sunday schedule.

So what was the problem? For bowlers, you have a $20 membership fee for the season, plus charging more than $50 per tournament, which will drain the resources for some bowlers. The member houses aren't exactly swimming in profits, either. As I wrote over in The Land of Whatever a few days ago, the best solution would be to lower the fees to something a little more fiscally feasible. Huck Finn's Warehouse is still underwriting some tournaments, and the high prices are still intact. Not good.

Rich Becker, now calling high school football for Spectrum News, was the first host, followed by veteran newsman John Craig. Craig, a columnist for The Record, was in absentia for the tapings for this episode, airing in April. Executive producer Art Hunsinger fills in, joined by local pro Kenny Hall, owner of a pro shop at Spare Time-Latham.



The hope here is that the series will eventually return, preferably with a more economically friendly budget for everyone concerned.

Rating: A.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Literary Toons: Ferdinand the Bull (1938)

In 1938, Walt Disney acquired the rights to adapt Munro Leaf's children's story, Ferdinand the Bull. This tale of a pacifist bull has aired on The Wonderful World of Disney when NBC reran the annual Christmas episode, "From All of Us to All of You". Radio icon Don Wilson, better known for The Jack Benny Program, narrates.



Nearly 80 years later, Ferdinand returns later this year in a full-length feature film, with WWE & reality star John Cena attached. I wonder how they can stretch out this nearly 8 minute short into a hour-plus feature?

Rating: A.

From Comics to Toons; Josie & the Pussycats in The Jumping Jupiter Affair (1970)

We all know Hanna-Barbera acquired a license for Josie & the Pussycats so they could create another series of young amateur detectives stumbling onto mysteries.

"The Jumping Jupiter Affair" could've easily been a Scooby-Doo plot, with a gang of common Earth crooks posing as costumed aliens from Jupiter in order to loot a poor village in Peru.



Rating: B.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Toon Legends: Popeye's Cool Pool (1960)

Summer's over. Still, our final Summertainment entry for this year features Popeye.

The sailor is shamed by Brutus (Jackson Beck), Olive (Mae Questel), and Swee'pea (Questel again) into building his own pool. Here's "Popeye's Cool Pool":



Rating: B.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Saturday Morning's Greatest Hits: That's The Way I Like It (1975)

Over the course of its run, Soul Train opened its stage to white artists such as David Bowie, Dan Hartman, and our next subject, KC & The Sunshine Band. The Florida-based combo appeared on Train in 1975 in support of their #1 smash, "That's The Way I Like It". Yes, it's lip-synched. So what? That was common on both Train and American Bandstand.