Monday, April 27, 2015

A creative threat

From a bad guy named Cupie Warren on the Mr. and Mrs. North radio show: "North, if you open you mouth, I'll push your face so far back through your head you'll have to turn around to blow your nose."

The most soothing sounds?

There are many, but I will vote for a gentle rain, or the wind blowing through pine trees.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Sir C. Aubrey Smith's moustache

One of the most famous brushes in Hollywood history.



Friday, April 24, 2015

The best thing since sliced bread

How many times have you heard that expression, and wondered why it exists? Why is sliced bread such a big deal? Well, generations of school children and workers who had cornbread or biscuits in their lunch  buckets could tell you. The great thing about sliced (loaf) bread is that you could use it to make sandwiches and put a whole list of things between the slices. It made lunches much easier and more enjoyable.


Thursday, April 23, 2015

"Let me put my head on your shoulder."

"You mean it comes off?!"

(from Our Little Margie radio show)

Do you work long hours?

No, just 60 minutes each.

(from My Little Margie radio show)

Stay alert, stay back

If drivers would just obey those two simple rules, I am guessing accident totals (and insurance costs) would plummet immediately.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

My Little Margie radio show

This was a cute situation comedy that starred Gale Storm, with Charles Farrell as her father and Gil Stratton, Jr., as her boyfriend, Freddie. Nicely done and enjoyable. I recommend it. Like many radio shows of the period, there was a parallel series on early television, and reportedly in this case the TV program came first.



You know a man has been a success

when he has woven doing the right things the right way so firmly into his family's fabric that his children cannot imagine failing to teach them to their own offspring.

Free advertising

Many of the old radio shows had their advertising built right into the programs. Fibber McGee and Molly and Jack Benny are two notable examples. So, when we listen to those programs, we are hearing the advertising along with them. Some of the products involved are no longer on the market and so have only nostalgic value. However, some of them are still very much viable. So . . . those manufacturers are getting free advertising, albeit of an out-of-date sort. Further, where else can you go to day to hear cigarette commercials?

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

How good was General Lee's army?

This quote is taken from Lenoir Chambers' excellent two-volume biography of General Stonewall Jackson. It is from a Yankee officer who was a prisoner of the South during the winter of 1863, when the Army of Northern Virginia was at the peak of its accomplishments:

Their artillery horses are poor, starved frames of beasts, tied to their carriages and caissons with odds and ends of rope and strips of raw hide; their supply and ammunition trains look like a congregation of all the crippled California emigrant trains that ever escaped off the desert out of the clutches of the rampaging Comanche Indians. The men are ill-dressed, ill-equipped, and ill-provided - a set of ragamuffins that a man is ashamed to be seen among, even when he is a prisoner, and can't help it. And yet they have beaten us fairly, beaten us all to pieces, beaten us so easily that we are the objects of contempt even to their commonest private soldiers with no shirts to hang out the holes of their pantaloons, and cartridge-boxes tied around their waists with strands of rope.

As long as Generals Lee, Jackson, Longstreet and Stuart were alive and in command, the Army of Northern Virginia was one of the finest fighting units the world has ever seen.


Concerning laws

Some people believe the law to be a restriction. It is a restriction only against evil. Laws are made to free people, not to bind them - if they are the proper laws. They tell each of us what he may do without transgressing on the equal liberty of any other man.

(from Borden Chantry, by Louis Lamour)


The problem detectives face

"Motive, like end of string, tied in many knots: end may be in sight, but hard to unravel."

(from Charlie Chan in Shanghai)


Monday, April 20, 2015

"Where Is Everybody?"

The name of a novel written by a cannibal with amnesia.
(from the Fred Allen radio show)

"Do you know Lincoln's Gettysburg Address?"

"I didn't even know he had moved."

(an old, well-worn joke from radio days)

The DeMarco Sisters

Our generation still knows the Andrews Sisters pretty well, but there were other female sister singing groups in that era. One was The Demarco Sisters, who were regulars on the Fred Allen radio show. They had nice, tight harmony and sounded at least as good as the Andrews, in my opinion.