Movies 'Til Dawn Blog

I DIG DESI AND RICKY!

What do we know about Ricky Ricardo’s career? Chiefly that he came to New York via Cuba sometime in the pre-war years (just as Desi Arnaz did) but that the similarities between the two mens CV’s ends there. Desi hit it big on Broadway in 1939 in Rodgers and Hart’s

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I DIG ‘CUBAN PETE’

Not only was Desi Arnaz seriously underrated as the mind behind the building of Desilu Studios (see last weeks posts) but he was criminally underrated as a performer. In this 1951 clip from ‘I Love Lucy’ he and Lucille Ball perform a specialty number called ‘Cuban Pete’. It’s a frigging

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I DIG DESILU HISTORY

Behold a nifty little mini-doc (under ten minutes) about the history of Desilu Studios. Directed and edited by an admirable TV historian named William French, it answers a number of questions I’ve always had about the pioneering TV studio/production company, including what back lots they owned and how much land

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I DIG DESILU LOGOS

Here’s a chronological history of the Desilu logos, starting with ‘I Love Lucy’ and going all the way through…I don’t know. I forgot. But all the shows are here and after awhile it begins to feel like a role call of everything you watched after school in reruns–‘Gomer Pyle’, ‘Dick

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I DIG TV LOGOS PT. 2

Here is, for my money, the most beautifully crafted of all TV logos–graphics, music, concept all working in concert to grab the viewer and seduce them into seeing what was, in actuality, a pretty crappy presentation. I speak of the ‘ABC 4:30 Afternoon Movie.’ (It’s actually more than a logo–‘intro’

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I DIG OLD TV LOGOS PT. 1

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sbjOLJxUQAc Behold the ‘Screen Gems’ logo that proceeded (and ante-ceded) all Three Stooges shorts and many other programs of my youth, chief among them ‘The Flinstones’. The above version is the ‘old’ Screen Gems theme and icon, a simple rehash of the Columbia Pictures torch lady. I watched this logo

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I DIG MOVIE STUDIO LOGO’S PT. 4

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mwC_hvhSVN4 Here’s a Warner Brothers logo from the mid 1930s that I’ve never seen. It’s the same WB in a heart shaped box as always only this one begins from nowhere and dramatically zooms toward the audience. Beyond that, what’s interesting about these credits is the tangle of companies listed

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I DIG MOVIE STUDIO LOGOS PT. 3

Behold Grand National Pictures logo, as fancy and fine an Art Deco logo as you’ll ever see. All this for a low-rent studio that lasted only three years (1936-1939) and went into receivership only to have its assets taken over by the only studio at that time lower on the

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I DIG MOVIE STUDIO LOGOS PT. 2

The generically named ‘Producers Releasing Corporation’–or, familiarly, PRC–was an ultra low-budget, poverty-row movie studio that existed from 1939 to 1947 and is now primarily known as the studio behind Edgar G. Ulmer’s immortal noir ‘Detour’ (1946). Ulmer made a number of PRC movies–others include ‘Strange Illusion’ with Hedy Lamarr and

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I DIG MOVIE STUDIO LOGOS PT. 1

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mkattXslzEo After exhausting the subject of film leader (see previous three posts) I’m moving onto what comes after the leader is finished counting down. And that would be the logo of the studio who produced/released the film. Logos are an essential part of the filmgoing experience as they set up

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Reposting a blog entry from 10/21 of this year featuring Stephen Sondheim being interviewed by Adam Guettel. It's terrific stuff. @BroadwayWorld #musicaltheatre #SondheimRIP #Sondheim #SondheimForever #SondheimListeningParty http://raymonddefelitta.org/music-jazz/stephen-sondheim-is-interviewed-by-adam-guettel/

I"m quite sure I'm not the first to post this, but every line a gem, every joke inventive and lands, every rhyme a delight and the whole thing wrapped in an emotionally rich package. And he wasn't yet 30.#Broadway #TCM #SondheimForever
https://youtu.be/DN-zGgN2AgA via @YouTube

I had the unbelievable good fortune to meet Stephen Sondheim in 2010.He was 80 & there was a non-stop flow of articles celebrating his birthday.After we were introduced I said:'I guess I should wish you happy birthday.' Sondheim said: 'Gee, how did you guess?' A treasured moment.

Speculation about the career trajectory of Ricky Ricardo as well as the mysteriously muted reception of his only starring vehicle, MGM's 'Don Juan', are well worth a few moments of reflection on this post food-heavy day. #ClassicTV #FilmTwitter #TCM http://raymonddefelitta.org/film-history/i-dig-desi/

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