Thursday, December 31, 2009

Nightmare Alley, the Musical

Boing Boing has a post about a musical version of the pulp book Nightmare Alley, by William Lindsay Gresham.

Nightmare Alley is a seedy journey into carny world. Here's an excerpt of a summary from Book Balloon:
At a seedy traveling carnival in Depression-era rural America, amateur magician Stan Carlisle is making a name for himself. But he’s not content fleecing the rubes for nickels and dimes. He wants more. When he gets hold of a number code he sets himself up as a mentalist; he hooks up with the carnival’s Electric Girl Molly and the two of them start working in vaudeville. But that’s still not enough for Stan and his grudge against anyone who has more respect and money than he does. He joins forces with Lilith, a coldhearted psychiatrist.

The movie of the book  was made in 1947, starring Tyrone Power and Joan Blondell.

Friday, December 25, 2009

Octopi Love: "Poulpe"

Poulpe Pulps is a wonderful resource of vintage cover art with underwater and Octopi type creatures as the theme. This is great news for me, for I share an affinity with things of the deep, especially the octopi realm, as my blog Octopus Confessional shows!

Here's an excerpt from the Poulpe blog's intro:

Welcome to Poulpe Pulps, an OCTOPIA BLOG feature. The octopus, known as poulpe in French, pulpo in Spanish, polip in Hungarian, and polypous in Classical Greek, is pluperfectly the essence of pulp.

Here you will find hard-to-locate images of science fiction, fantasy, and adventure pulp and comic covers featuring the wily octopus, courtesy of your hostess Francesca Myman.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Christmas Music

I'm a Christmas music fan; which often irritates some people, my husband included. Given the fact we're Jewish probably has something to do with that. Christmas, for me, is about a season of light and festivities. Caring, sharing, love, all around good intent, warmth, lights, tuning into the season's cycles is spiritual, for me, and part of that is just enjoying, for whatever reasons, or, no reason in particular, Christmas music. It may be corny but I love Santa Baby and Blue Christmas and Charlie Brown Christmas. (I also love musicals and bagpipe music.) So I was delighted to find this CD/DVD combo for under $5.00 at the local discount store yesterday: All American Christmas

The DVD includes "The Christmas Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet," which I never was a fan of, but luckily, also has "Jack Benny Christmas." Songs include "Philadelphia Cream Cheese Commercial."

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

 From 1953, Gayla Peevey singing I Want a Hippopotomous for Christmas
with some neat vintage images:

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Duke R. Lee

My grandfather, Duke R. Lee, appeared in many westerns, was in the Tom Mix Circus, worked with director John Ford, was a carny . . . he was married to Louise Gladstone Lee, who was one of the Gladstone Sisters; they performed in Vaudville and later, my grandmother was wardrobe mistress and elephant riding acrobat in the circus. (Louise is the one on the left)

Here's a film bio on Wikipedia, and on Internet Movie Database.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

"Head for Hippie Land"

I always love it when TV shows from the 1960s and '70s do hippie. This clip has everything; fifteen cent cup of coffee, Go-Go dancers, a MIB, ponchos and lots of thick black eyeliner.

Friday, October 16, 2009

John Hiatt: "My Thunderbird"

Saw Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt in concert last night, fantastic! Here's a clip with great pics of Thunderbirds, and Hiatt singing "My Thunderbird."

Monday, August 17, 2009

Who Was That Masked Man?: "The Gray Man"

Hat tip to Professor Hex for this item.

"The Gray Man" masked figure predates Batman and other iconic hereoes. Twenty-four years before Batman -- who is this 1915 masked man? in L.A. Times.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Johnny Depp in Tim Burton's Alice

Depp is the Mad Hatter in Tim Burton's Alice; won't be out until March but here's a promo.

Friday, July 31, 2009

Blog Find: Pulp International

Lucha Libre! Something I'm just beginning to explore; right now I'm working on my new Trickster's Realm column for Binnall of America, which is about masked Mexican wrestlers. In roaming the web I found this groovy site: Pulp International.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Keep UFO Hunters on the Air!

Lesley posted this on Women Of Esoterica, and I'm passing it along. Please sign the petition and keep UFO Hunters on the air!

Bill has just finished filming for Season 3 and I don't know if there will be a Season 4. Maybe you -- plus some pals -- can write to the network and let them know you would like to see more episodes:

or you can sign a petition:

Either way, it can't hurt, and it just might help!

Keeping hope alive!



Monday, March 30, 2009

Get your Poodle skirts here!

Found a retro fashion site; poodle skirts, bowling shirts and more at Cruisin' USA.

Thursday, March 5, 2009


It's been awhile since I've posted images here but inspired by a new blog I've started -- Octopus Confessional -- I've decided to go digging for octopus images. Here are a few to enjoy.

Saturday, January 31, 2009

Women in Crime

I have an affinity for women in prison/juvie type stuff. Don't ask me why. Maybe it's because I went to Catholic school. Anyway, the best of genres: cover art, and women in peril, if even by their own evil deeds. . .