October 7, 2022

Around the dial

Before we get to the good stuff, a couple of PSAs to start things off. First, I've got one copy of The Electronic Mirror left—who wants it? All it costs is postage and handling; email me today! 

Next, it's that time again, when I start planning for next year's TV Guide articles. You never know whether or not it's the last year for the blog—even I don't know—so if you have a TV Guide or two you'd like me to write about, let me know. I always return all issues timely and in the same condition in which I got them.

Now that I've got that out of the way, let's see what's new. We'll start at bare-bones e-zine, where Jack's Hitchcock Project takes us to David Goodis's lone contribution to the series, "An Out for Oscar," an adaptation of Henry Kane's novel My Darlin' Evangeline, with the late Henry Silva, Larry Storch (!), and Linda Christian. 

At Cult TV Blog, John makes a trio of visits to Hammer House of Horror this week: the ambiguous, multi-layered episode "Witching Time," the superb, dark mystery "The Thirteenth Reunion," and a personal favorite of John's, "Rude Awakening." They're all highly recommended pieces, so head over there.

It's really kind of hard to avoid talking about a movie called Weird Women, since I've known a few of them myself (and many weird men as well), so you'll want to visit Classic Film & TV Cafe and read Rick's review of this 1944 thriller with Lon Chaney Jr., three mysterious ladies, and witchcraft. Afterwards, go watch the movie. 

At the Secret Sanctum of Captain Video, it's a look back at the delightful "Lizard's Leg & Owlet's Wing" episode of Route 66, with the aforementioned Lon Chaney Jr., Boris Karloff and Peter Lorre. Route 66 was not a show known for a lot of laughs, but this is a warm, affectionate tribute to three legends and the roles they made famous.

Here's the kind of rabbit hole I enjoy: at Shadow & Substance, Paul looks at "Temporalia," a spoken-word cut from the Alan Parsons Project album The Time Machine, featuring words by Oxford professor and particle physicist Frank Close, who asks the TZish question: "Which of those two is 'now'?" It's a great application of that line to a show that certainly asks those kinds of questions.

You know how we seem to be doing theme nights in the Hadley household when it comes to our classic TV lineup. Having dispensed with the very enjoyable Garrison's Gorillas, we've now moved on to one of television's grittiest dramas, Combat! Fortuitous that at A Shroud of Thoughts, Terence should turn his attention to this series on the 60th anniversary of its premiere. And if you like that, stay tuned; I'm working on a story right now about The Gallant Men. Watching these, it's much easier to understand what a terrible, terrible thing war is. TV  

1 comment:

Thanks for writing! Drive safely!