Jesse James Meets Frankenstein’s Daughter, a film by William Beaudine, 1966

Jesse James Meets Frankenstein's Daughter, a film by William Beaudine, 1966

Jesse James Meets Frankenstein’s Daughter, 1966

A film by William Beaudine

“Legendary outlaw of the Old West Jesse James, on the run from Marshal MacPhee, hides out in the castle of Baron Frankenstein’s granddaughter Maria, who proceeds to transform Jesse’s slow-witted pal Hank into a bald zombie, which she names Igor.” (IMDB)

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The Hitch-Hiker, a film by Ida Lupino, 1953

The Hitch-Hiker, 1953

The Hitch-Hiker, 1953

A film by Ida Lupino

If you and your friend are driving along and decide to pick up a hitch-hiker–don’t! That’s what the guys in this film noir did. But he turned out to be a demented, escaped convict, with a gun. Don’t you hate it when that happens? By the way, it’s a true story, so be careful out there!  (Browse our Movie Archive)

Comedian and philanthropist Jerry Lewis dies at 91

Over the weekend comedian Jerry Lewis, best known for his comic partnership with legendary crooner Dean Martin, and for his charitable work to fight muscular dystrophy, died at 91.

Lewis’s zany, slapstick antics contrasted well with Martin’s suave, stylish persona—-a classic clown / straight-man scenario. The duo was immensely popular with audiences, appearing in both movies and Las Vegas stage acts, delighting millions over the years.

Every labor-day weekend for decades Lewis hosted a long-running television telethon to raise money for medical research to fight muscular dystrophy, a devastating genetic disease. The popular event featured entertainment, updates on medical research, and moving appeals to the public for financial help.

In his later years Lewis faced a number of serious health challenges, and developed a more reclusive lifestyle.

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Watch President Trump speaks at rally, worries critics

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President Trump spoke at a rally in Phoenix today, reminiscent of his polarizing campaign rallies back in 2016.

He reiterated his support for building a wall at the Mexican border, and doubled down on comments he made last week about the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

The President’s critics found his speech disappointing, and fear that his rhetoric is further splitting the country along racial lines, sewing the seeds of division and strife.

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Total Eclipse: how to view it?

Today a total eclipse of the sun will delight sky watchers. The moon will pass between the earth and the sun, completely covering the latter, visible for people to see along the designated path of totality: a long diagonal, crossing North America, from Oregon on the West coast to South Carolina on the east coast.

For those outside of this geographic band, the eclipse will appear partial, so the entire disc of the sun won’t be covered.

Never view an eclipse directly. You can buy special heavily tinted viewing glasses to protect your eyes, or make your own pinhole viewer from a cereal box.

“…Around 1:15 p.m. Eastern time, the total solar eclipse will first reach Oregon’s coast. Then it will race for the next 90 or so minutes over 13 more states: Idaho, Montana (barely), Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, Iowa (hardly), Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina and finally South Carolina.

At about 2:49 p.m. Eastern time in South Carolina, some lucky souls in the Palmetto State’s marshes could be the last on American soil to experience the total eclipse. Just after 4 p.m. Eastern, the partial eclipse will end and all of America will again be under the full August sun.

If you don’t live in one of these states, don’t despair: Every American state will experience a partial solar eclipse (although it won’t darken the sky like a total eclipse). In Honolulu, the sun will be about 20 percent covered. In Brownsville, Texas, you’ll see something like a half sun. Here in New York when the maximum eclipse occurs around 2:44 p.m. Eastern, the sun will be just over 70 percent obscured (and here are tips for taking in New York City’s partial eclipse)…” Learn more – NYTimes

Betty Boop for President, 1932

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Betty Boop for President – animated, by Dave Fleischer, 1932

Will the adorable and multi-talented Betty Boop defeat the uninspiring Mr. Nobody to win the office of the Presidency of the United States? This clever cartoon was first released during the 1932 Presidential race, when FDR defeated republican incumbent Herbert Hoover. (Browse our Movie Archive)

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