Apr 26, 2012

Guest Classic Links: Ivan G. Shreve, Jr. of Thrilling Days of Yesteryear

Though Ivan would probably scoff to hear it, I really think he is the chairman of the board when it comes to nostalgia blogs. At Thrilling Days of Yesteryear, he crafts an astonishing number of posts, and they’re all so good. He is also the curator of Classic Chops, at the Large Association of Movie Blogs (LAMB), a service that is much needed, as we classic movie bloggers tend to get lost in that massive group of movie sites. In addition to all this, Ivan has the enviable talent to consistently write funny, and I mean “ha ha” funny. Thank you for agreeing to guest link Ivan!

First…let me just say how thrilled I am to be the final guest “linker” here at K.C.’s blog. Second…that figurine was broke when I got here.

A few links of interest:

With the passing of Dick Clark last Thursday (April 19) at age 82, we sometimes forget that even though he was the host of such TV series as American Bandstand, The $10,000 Pyramid and TV’s Bloopers and Practical Jokes that he also did the occasional bit of acting (for example, Dick was the guilty party in the final episode of Perry Mason, “The Case of the Final Fade-Out”). My pal Scott at World O’Crap resurrected a previously published review of 1960’s Because They’re Young in memory of “America’s Oldest Teenager.” 

This blog post at The Comic Book Catacombs has my vote for the “Strangest Movie Tie-In of the Week” Award. It’s a reprint of a story that appeared in an issue of Red Circle Comics in April of 1945—Dorothy Lamour in “Slave Goddess!”

Mill Creek Entertainment has inked a deal with Sony Home Video to release some of the older and newer product on DVD…among the classics will be Bonjour Tristesse, Ship of Fools, The Chase and The Last Detail.

And with the May 13-18 For the Love of Film III Film Preservation almost along the corner, here’s a fun article from io9.com with a list of 24 Weird and Wonderful Movies That You’ll Never Get to See (and its sequel, 24 Weird and Wonderful Movies That You’ll Never Get to See II: Texas Blood Money).

K.C. often features notable birthdays here on the blog, and though she’s covered a few already I thought I’d fill in the blanks with some that may not be as noteworthy (but are still important in the TDOY universe): 

William Desmond Taylor (1872-1922), film director whose sensationalistic murder remains one of Hollywood's greatest unsolved mysteries
Ethel Griffies (1878-1975), character actress (Billy Liar, The Birds)
Eric Campbell (1879-1917), Charlie Chaplin foil
Ma Rainey (aka Gertrude Pridgett) (1886-1939), "Mother of the Blues"
Elizabeth Risdon (1887-1958), character actress (Theodora Goes Wild, Make Way for Tomorrow)
Anita Loos (1888-1981, screenwriter (Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, The Women)
Edgar Kennedy (1890-1948), king of the "slow burn"
Guinn "Big Boy" Williams (1899-1962), character actor (The Glass Key, A Star is Born)
Douglas Sirk (1897-1987), director (Written on the Wind, Imitation of Life)
Fred C. Brannon (1901-1953), journeyman director of serials (Zombies of the Stratosphere)
Niven Busch (1903-1991), screenwriter (The Westerner, The Postman Always Rings Twice)
Dorothy Sebastian (1903-1957), actress (Our Dancing Daughters, Spite Marriage)
Charles K. Feldman (1905-1968), producer (Red River, A Streetcar Named Desire)
Denis O'Dea (1905-1978), actor (The Fallen Idol, Treasure Island)
Jean Vigo (1905-1934), writer-director (Zero for Conduct, L'Atalante)
Cecila Parker (1914-1993), Hardy Family member
(Marian) Vic Perrin (1916-1989), OTR-film-TV actor and the Control Voice of The Outer Limits
Stafford Repp (1918-1974), character actor ("Chief O'Hara" on Batman)
Florence MacMichael (1919-1999). character actress ("Winnie Kirkwood" on Mister Ed)
Mike Kellin (1922-1983), character actor (The Incident, Midnight Express)
Jack Douglas (1927-2008), British comic actor (Carry On film series)
Bruce Jay Friedman (1930- ), screenwriter-playwright (Steambath, Splash)
Bernie Brillstein (1931-2008), TV/film producer (NewsRadio, Just Shoot Me!)
Carol Burnett (1933- ), actress-comedienne (The Carol Burnett Show, The Four Seasons)
Gareth Gwenlan (1937- ), Britcom director-producer (Only Fools and Horses, Waiting for God)
Duane Eddy (1938- ), rock 'n' roll guitarist ("Rebel Rouser," "Because They're Young")
Maurice Williams (1938- ), lead Zodiac ("Stay")
Giorgio Moroder (1940- ), composer (Flashdance, Top Gun)
Claudine Auger (1941- ), actress (Thunderball, Twitch of the Death Nerve)
Bobby Rydell (1942- ), rock 'n' roll vocalist ("Wild One," Bye Bye Birdie)
Gary Wright (1943- ), pop vocalist ("Dream Weaver," "Love is Alive")
Bill Warren (1943- ), film buff and author (Watch the Skies!)
Ron McLarty (1947- ), character actor ("Sgt. Frank Belson" on Spenser: For Hire)
Giancarlo Esposito (1958- ), actor (Do the Right Thing, Bob Roberts)
Joan Chen (1961- ), actress (The Last Emperor, “Jocelyn Packard” on Twin Peaks)
Debra Wilson (1962- ), actress-comedienne (Mad TV)
Kevin James (1965- ), actor-comedian (The King of Queens)


  1. Great choices Ivan. I'm still reeling from that amazing birthday list. Thanks for being my guest!

  2. Dorothy Lamour in “Slave Goddess!”

    There is nothing about that sentence I do not like.

    Great stuff, guy! And I totally got your back on this, man. That figurine was SO already broken like HOURS before we started throwing Nerf stuff around.

  3. Nerf!? Is that why my cat keeps coughing up colorful bits of foam? *side eye*