Bill Steinkellner has had a long career in comedy, from the world of improv (with The Groundlings) to Broadway, with stops along the way in mainstream television (Cheers) and even an animated TV series and spinoff feature (Disney’s Teacher’s Pet, a particular favorite of mine). Some years ago he started buying random postcards at flea markets and antique shows and inventing colorful, odd, and offbeat stories to match the images. After entertaining his family with these musings he gathered them into a book, Postcards from the Moon. Now, being a thoroughly modern kind of guy, he posts (no pun intended) his colorful thoughts and—
I’ve written before about California Artists Radio Theater, a labor of love for veteran actress Peggy Webber, who grew up during the golden age of radio (and played Jack Webb’s elderly mother on Dragnet when she in her 20s) and keeps the medium alive with live performances of shows both old and new. Her repertory company includes people who, like Peggy, actually worked in network radio way back when, as well as younger actors who have taken to the medium like ducks to water (including William Shatner and Sean Astin). This new, revised website leads you to photos and—
My hat’s off to the hard-working people who have labored for years to bring this Jersey City movie palace back to life—and, even better, make it a permanent home for classic films. You can learn more about the history of the theater and the ongoing efforts to revitalize it—
How could you confirm whether a movie’s name has a question mark at the end, or if a director was billed above the title? By going to this extraordinary site run by Steven Hill, where you can look at title frames from more than six thousand films from—
How can you not love a site that automatically plays “The William Tell Overture” as part of the opening of the long-running Lone Ranger radio series? Joe Southern, editor and publisher of The Silver Bullet newsletter, has taken the leap from—
For all things Stooge-related, this is an impressive one-stop resource, and a lot of fun to browse. There’s a detailed filmography and chronology, as well as lists of TV guest appearances, film & TV tributes (citing, for instance, every vintage cartoon in which the Stooges were caricatured), a bibliography, comicography, and videography (identifying the contents of many video compilations). Every entry is illustrated with—
Did you ever think you’d see Charlie Chaplin in color? Like many libraries and archives, the George Eastman House in Rochester, New York is displaying many of its historic photographs online, including a few shots of Charlie as The Little Tramp taken in a primitive color technique. Once there, you’ll find it easy to
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