Friday, August 28, 2009

Cartoon Friday: Wackiki Wabbit

It seems like Summer Celebration Week just got started and here it is Cartoon Friday already. Man Alive! They sure do come around quickly. Anyway, to close out SCW, here is another Bugs Bunny cartoon called Wackiki Wabbit,  from 1943 according to the Youtube notes. I always thought it was more around the 60's or so. A great tropical themed cartoon, with some unusual background patterns.

Note: I know I've been doing a lot of Warner Brothers cartoons, and I'll try to shake things up a bit more next week.


Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Summer Celebration Week: Vintage Travel Trailer Slideshow

Nothing says Summer like a big old fashioned roadtrip, especially with a vintage travel trailer in tow. So here is a slideshow featuring some really awesome travel trailer images. I don't think I've ever even been in one of these cool old beauties, but maybe someday. Anyway, lots of great pictures, and a nice little tune by the Man in Black, Mr. Johnny Cash.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Summer Celebration: Swimsuits 1952

It just feels good to be in the midst of Summer, although it really is waning. Can you believe that August is nearly over? So, before it's too late, I proclaim this week to be Summer Celebration Week here at ThrillsVille Deluxe, and to start things off, here is an old newsreel from 1952 featuring the latest in feminine swimwear. I'm particularly fond of the Wing-Ding (starts at about 22 seconds in). I kind of wish they had  a version for men.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Cartoon Friday: Bugs Bunny Rides Again.

Well, by golly, here it is Cartoon Friday again! Can you believe it? Me either, nevertheless, here is a classic Merrie Melodies cartoon called Bugs Bunny Rides Again. It features Bugs Bunny and Yosemite Sam their rollicking western adventures.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Fridays Are Now Cartoon Day!

There's a new tradition here at ThrillsVille Deluxe, henceforth, Fridays will be known as Cartoon Friday! That's right, you read it here first, every Friday we will feature a cool vintage animated cartoon. To start things off, here is a Daffy Duck cartoon entitled Duck Amuck. Poor Daffy is unmercifully tormented, frustrated and exasperated throughout the entire cartoon by his unseen animator. This is some of Chuck Jones' finest work.


Thursday, August 13, 2009

My First Concert: Kiss 1977

Today marks the 32nd anniversary of my first concert ever, KISS with Cheap Trick opening at the Portland Memorial Coliseum way back in 1977. I was eleven years old, and this was certainly one of the greatest events in my young life, and in fact remains one of my fondest memories, although truth be told most of that whole night is nothing but a blur of excitement and sensory overload.

This first clip is from the same year in Detroit, Michigan aka Detroit Rock City, which was the name of the song they opened the show with on this tour, and I believe for quite a few years after that.

This second clip is from the TV show, Midnight Special, which as I recall ran at about 11:30 on Saturday nights, at least in Portland. Anyway, this is from 1975, which was actually a few years before I had even heard of them, but generally the same era. The song is called She, which I believe came from their self-titled debut album (or maybe it was Dressed to Kill), but I always associate it with their first live album called Alive!, which was the first KISS album I ever owned.

Friday, August 7, 2009

Mister Ed and the Missing Tiki Week

Last week I promised to make it Tiki Week, but we had a heat wave that just sapped the majority of my thinking abilities, so it will be put on hold, and I believe Thin Man Week was also put on hold. Maybe it isn't just the weather, I have been in a bit of a funk lately as well, it just seems the whole world is going to shit. The one thing I've noticed that makes me feel better is watching the old Mister Ed TV program. Actually, any old TV show will work, but lately I've been watching Mister Ed to counter act the effects of watching the news. Sadly this is the end of the week, so we'll jam pack a bunch O' Mister Ed into one post. That's a little Mister Ed humor in case you missed it, you know Wilbur Post, Mister Ed's owner.

A nice little tribute using the ME theme song, with lots of stills and some cool paper ephemera.

This is a commercial for the 1962 Studebaker Lark automobile, which sponsored the show.

And finally, Mister Ed plays a little baseball with the LA Dodgers.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Marilyn Monroe

It was 47 years ago today that Marilyn Monroe died of an overdose of barbiturates. There are plenty of theories on whether or not it was accidental or intentional. I don't feel it is appropriate to go into that, certainly not today, so I'll just say that she was a lovely woman who died tragically young, and didn't seem to have a very happy life, at least not towards the end. So, here she is from an appearance on the Jack Benny Program in 1953, in happier times. Rest In Peace, Miss Monroe.