Thursday, January 29, 2009
This ad for “Typhoon” (1940) promises us a “tornado of tropic romance.” Dorothy Lamour, whose name became synonymous with the tropics, stars with Robert Preston as lovers who meet on a deserted island. Deserted except for Dorothy, her chimpanzee pal, and some bad guys and comedy relief. We can see here that “Billy the Kid in Texas” is second-billed, plus a Donald Duck cartoon. Enough to keep you occupied for the afternoon, for a 15-cent balcony seat.
This Just In....
Since it seems award season is upon us, and the blogging community is not one to be left out, there seems to be a friendly new honor bestowed among bloggers going around. Madame Campaspe across the hall at Self-Styled Siren has slapped me with a Premio Dardos award.
Explanation as follows:
"The Dardos Award is given for recognition of cultural, ethical, literary, and personal values transmitted in the form of creative and original writing. These stamps were created with the intention of promoting fraternization between bloggers, a way of showing affection and gratitude for work that adds value to the Web."
And the rules:
"1) Accept the award by posting it on your blog along with the name of the person that has granted the award and a link to his/her blog.
2) Pass the award to another five blogs that are worthy of this acknowledgement, remembering to contact each of them to let them know they have been selected for this award."
With deep gratitude I will merely curtsy (curtsies) and omit the tearful acceptance speech, even though I have practised it several times in the bathroom mirror. My glad duty now is to pass the award along, and so here goes:
To Moira at the TCM Movie Morlocks, (and other blogs) for her intelligent analysis and fine research on classic films.
To Jonas at All Talking! All Singing! All Dancing! for his masterful technical approach to the discussion of early sound films.
To Thom at Film of the Year for relating popular film as a tool for historical study, one of my favorite subjects.
To John at Robert Frost's Banjo whose blog enriches us not only with a discussion of classic film, but with music, poetry, and literature. It is a liberal arts smorgasbord.
And to Mr. Jeff Kallman at The Easy Ace, a Journal of Classic Radio, for his detailed blog on the art of classic radio programs, a topic dear to my heart and an important 20th century media which needs to be studied more and better understood.
Thank you again, Siren, and congratulations all.