Federal Fugitives

January 6, 2017

 

The copy of the film that I had was poor quality with an excess amount
of contrast and vertical lines off and on throughout the film. I
purchased it because I like the genre, Neil Hamilton, and have a look
at Doris Day in 1941. I didn’t even recognize her! The basic plot was
Federal Agent James Madison (Neil Hamilton) trying to arrest Otto
Libermann aka Haskel(Victor Varconi) for a plane crash he was
responsible for. Chuck (Lyle Littel is just the right amount of comedic
relief for the picture.Music doesn’t fit some of the scenes which leads
me to believe that they tried to use source tracks without success. If
I had a copy of better quality I might raise my rating from 3-5.
Otherwise pass and watch some better ‘B’ movies.

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Gang Bullets

January 5, 2017

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When the theaters were owned by the major studios in the 30’s and 40’s the price of a ticket got you a feature film, cartoon, news reel, and what is now called a ‘B’ movie. “Gang Bullets” is a ‘B’ film from Monogram, a top poverty studio of it’s day, and if this is judged against other ‘B’ movies it would fall into the top 20%. Starring ‘B’ actors Anne Nagel (a rare top billing for her), Robert Kent, and Charles Towbridge, the 63 minute film is a crime/gangster who knows the law all too well. The DA is trying to put him behind bars but seems hindered in his efforts until?

Directed by Lambert Hillyer under the watchful eye of Scott Dunplap the film moves along keeping your interest. Music director is Abe Meyer, who was the king in finding source material, and it worked in this film.

Since this film went into public domain there are less than copies available, some shortened. This includes the free internet archive whose copy is inferior to the one I purchased from Oldies.com which was around $5.00 including shipping. My copy is clearer with less background noise. When I finish 100 of these I’ll rank them. Right now this one is somewhere around #20. Will keep you posted.

Cartoon Classics

January 2, 2017

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If you think about the Allentown Band, the oldest US civilian band, you should think about what they are famous for which is band music from Sousa, Anderson, and others. There latest offering is called “Cartoon Classics,” something that seems to be way off base for them but further examination reveals some very fine arranging of classical music for band. The tunes selected might very well be ones that you heard in Fantasia, Merry Melodies,Tom and Jerry, and Bugs Bunny and his gang.  You can relive the “Bunny of Seville,” “Rhapsody Rabbit,” the Hippopotamuses dancing a ballet, and others.
What I was really impressed with were the arrangements. As I sat and listened the woodwinds began to sound like strings! The brass section semmed to integrte itself in some parts so you couldn’t even hear them. The band was a well oiled group and there were no flashy solos to detract from this kind of music. The orchestra played as a team and no one missed a beat.
Relive your childhood and give this CD a spin or download it to yourmp3 player and just enjoy what you hear.