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TWA–THE ‘WOUND A LITTLE TIGHT’ AIRLINE

Ten or so years prior to the delightfully comedic Peter Sellers TWA ads of the mid 1970s that I posted yesterday TWA had a different vision of how to present itself to the public. Above is a one-minute ‘informercial’ ad from 1961 featuring Miss Mary Ann Lynch in a ‘day

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PETER SELLERS FOR TWA

The great Peter Sellers picked up a little bread and butter cash doing a series of ads for TWA in the mid-seventies and the first of the above posted ads, where he plays an Italian ‘Via Veneto or Bust’ swinger, was one of my favorite ads of my childhood. This

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SATURDAY MORNING CARTOON–DAFFY THE COMMANDO

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QX7BBc36e9U&t=143s Here’s ‘Daffy The Commando’ from 1943 directed by I. (Friz) Freleng. I kind of desperately want the title card art framed and hanging in my guest bathroom. The hell with it–my bathroom.

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DANCE PARTY VIDEO #5–DEAN MARTIN AND LEE J. COBB?

I’m quite certain this is the only time you will ever see Lee J. Cobb aka Johnny Friendly aka Willy Loman dance. It’s a misbegotten routine from a Dean Martin show that somebody in some writers room thought was a good idea. It features Dino, Cobb, Buddy Ebsen (the only

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DANCE PARTY VIDEO #4–THE HULLABALOO

The inimitable Joey Heatherton dances ‘The Hullaballo’ on this undated mid-1960s episode of the dance show ‘Hullabaloo’. But is it, in fact, an original dance? Or something of a cross between The Jerk and The Monkey? You decide. I have to catch a train. By the way, dig how the

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DANCE PARTY VIDEO #3–THE CLYDE?

Annette Funicello is back with us again this time with a dance called ‘The Clyde’. Have you heard of ‘The Clyde?’ No? Well there’s a reason for that. It’s because it stinks. A truly lousy dance. Performed on a Bob Hope Chrysler show from 1964, it’s followed by another lousy

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DANCE PARTY VIDEO #2–THE MADISON

Dig Bob Denver on ‘American Bandstand’ introducing Annette Funicello who leads a kicking group of dancers doing ‘The Madison’. This bit about calling the dance steps (‘when I say hit it I want you do four up, a ‘Rifleman’, a ‘Jackie Gleason’ etc.) makes the experience of watching this an

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DANCE PARTY VIDEO #1–THE STROLL!

Idaho. February 1958. A local TV station is broadcasting a show for teen audiences called ‘Seventeen’. A group of teenagers are gathered to demonstrate a new dance that’s all the rage called ‘The Stroll’. With heavy hearts and a stunning lack of enthusiasm they do so. Somehow, somebody somewhere keeps

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SATURDAY MORNING CARTOON

Every frame of ‘Fresh Hare’, an early-ish Bugs Bunny/Elmer Fudd pairing (1942) is a gem–beautifully rendered and wittily constructed. You can feel how much fun the animators must have been having developing Bugs’ expressions, reactions and mannerisms–almost as if the animated animal anthropomorphically became a performer that was in control

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STEREOS-R-US

If you set out to make a parody of a 1970s TV commercial for a Stereo store you might wind up with something like the above–if you were very very talented, of course. (By the way, whatever happened to Sansui? It’s mentioned in yesterday’s clip as well). Thoughts of stereo

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'Fright Night', Shemp's first appearance with the Three Stooges (not really but that's a long story) awaits your viewing on our Saturday Morning Stoogefest. #Comedy #FilmTwitter https://raymonddefelitta.org/saturday-morning-stoogefest-2/

Check out the best dance number from a musical nobody really wants to see--Bob Fosse and Tommy Rall's amazing duet from 'My Sister Eileen' (1955). #FilmTwitter #Dance #TCM #musical https://raymonddefelitta.org/fosse-v-rall-a-duel-in-dance/

Dig this short but deeply period drive through the Greenwich Village of the 1970s, an era you simply can't make up. #NewYork #NewYorkCity #NewYorkForever #Documentary https://raymonddefelitta.org/the-village-in-the-bell-bottom-era/

Color footage of Greenwich Village in the 1940s is today's offering on our madcap journey through the history of that venerable neighborhood. #NewYork #NewYorkCity #NewYorkForever #Documentary
https://raymonddefelitta.org/greenwich-village-1940s-edition/

Some fab footage of Greenwich Village in the late 60s--back when the FBI raided Village clubs and not Florida bed-and-breakfasts--awaits your avid viewing. #NewYork #NewYorkCity #NewYorkForever #Documentary https://raymonddefelitta.org/a-village-called-greenwich-a-view-from-the-late-60s/

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