Hilda!

NSFW: Cheesecake drawings and almost nudity! Which means it’s totally worthwhile, but your boss may not agree.   Hilda: 1950s-era pin up girl by Duane Bryers. More information about Hilda here and here. The first article says that Hilda was never put in demeaning situations because of her weight, but I question this. Images of Hilda forlorn next to an empty sundae glass, walking a pet pig, or in a bikini made of a flour sack (presumably because she’s too large for any “real” clothes to fit her) pepper the rest of the fun, beautiful art featuring nature and animal-lover Hilda. However, most of the pin ups are lovely, and I’m not going to complain about anything as lovely as Hilda. This post originally appeared on my personal blog technoknob and was imported over here to SBBN in February, 2015.

Guest Post: Songs for the Unsung

My friend Eric Grayson, Usenet pal and overall mensch — he brought his gorgeous print of Lon Chaney’s Phantom of the Opera to the 2005 Kansas Silent Film Festival, which I enjoyed immensely — has recently started his own blog, Dr. Film. Eric is also the producer of the “Dr. Film” television pilot, a show that features rare classic movies with entertaining commentary. Check out the trailer and more information on “Dr. Film” here and here. Both the show and Eric’s subsequent blog were very exciting news for me; his first entries have been not only informative but entertaining, and the fez-wearin’ Dr. Film is an absolute panic. I’m proud to feature Eric as a guest blogger today with a terrific post on lost television and film history that most of us don’t even know is missing. *** One of the delights of being a film collector is that I get to see things that aren’t “out there” on commercial video. Sadly, the reason for this is often that the films are tied up in copyright entanglements. Another reason is that the artist in question is sometimes unknown and unheralded. The best expression of my credo on this is from the late film historian and author William K. Everson. He said, “Finding, or even rescuing, a movie is pointless if you don’t share it with an audience.” Here are some cases in which I can’t share these films with an audience. What I can do is let the audience know … Continue reading

Guest Post: The Magical Mystery SBBN Tour

This summer, I am proud to present several fine guest bloggers who were kind enough to contribute entries during the SBBN hiatus. First up for your consideration is a serious, probing documentary by my friend and yours, Mr. Ivan G. Shreve, Jr. of the superlative Thrilling Days of Yesteryear … who would like everyone to know that he only provided the text; all illustrations are mine. *** Glad to see ya! I’m Ivan G. Shreve, Jr., and for those of you who haven’t already commenced running away in stark terror I’d like to introduce just who I am—I maintain the nostalgia-pop culture blog Thrilling Days of Yesteryear, a site visited by scads of people once they finally get bored playing Angry Birds. It’s a blog at which I hold forth on classic movies, vintage television and old-time radio; reflecting on a time when a rerun of an old movie or TV sitcom, western or crime drama was accessible with the flick on a television’s on-off switch…and you didn’t have to hunt through countless numbers of reality shows or infomercials to find them. Stacia takes a break just about every year at this time, and while she would have you believe it’s to recharge the batteries and do research on further She Blogged by Night posts…she’s really just designing little costumes for her cats and dressing them up in same. (Pictures available by request.) So in taking a little break from the blogosphere she asked a few of her friends to … Continue reading

Maneater Week: Maneater (2007)

For Mr. Gable’s Maneater Week, I took the literal approach and watched Maneater (2007). For those of you who don’t find yourselves staring at the SyFy Channel on Saturday nights watching people get eaten by various creatures both real and imaginary, you probably don’t know what the Maneater series is. Let me explain: It’s approximately two dozen made-for-cable films starting in 2007 and continuing to this day, all focusing on some animal that likes to eat people. I believe it started out intending to be all naturally-occurring real animals, but by the ninth film was using werewolves, so that original idea got thrown out the window pretty quickly. In Maneater, Roy (Ty Wood) is a young boy whose mother keeps him sequestered away from society and school while homeschooling him. He is not allowed any books but the Bible, has no television, and they do not have a phone. At night, he secretly reads about exotic animals in other parts of the world. He apparently also sleepwalks and his mother, the genius that she is, treats his condition by tying one end of some twine around his hand and nailing the other end to the headboard. Except the super effective, scientifically proven twine cure doesn’t work. He sleepwalks on a nearby road and causes a driver to swerve and crash, releasing his cargo: a black market Bengal tiger. The tiger takes a liking to the boy and spares him, but kills and eats the driver and several locals who venture … Continue reading