Saturday, March 31, 2012

Mari Rantasila - Vain Rakkaus.mp4 RAID TV Series From Finland Closing Theme

This is in Finnish. Beautiful music. This the closing theme of the Finnish TV Series RAID.

Mari Rantasila — Vain Rakkaus
Click on the label RAID in the label box below to see more of my posts about this terrific TV Series from Finland.

Musiikkia tv-sarjasta Raid - Raid Theme A TV Series From Finland

Main theme from RAID. A  TV Series from Finland.

Friday, March 30, 2012

Dueling Banjos (HD)

Same as below except in HD. See comment in the one below.

Deliverance - Banjo Duel

Unlike Ronny Cox with his guitar, actor Billy Redden did not know how to play banjo for the famous "Duelling Banjos" scene. To simulate the realistic chord playing on the banjo, another boy, who was a skilled banjo-player, played the chords with his arm reaching around at Redden's side while Redden picked. On the soundtrack, musicians Eric Weissberg and Steve Mandel are actually playing.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Jukin' Scene from The Fugitive Kind Movie (1960) | MOVIECLIPS

Do you know what jukin' is?

Click on the link below to see the clip and find out.
Jukin' Scene from The Fugitive Kind Movie (1960) | MOVIECLIPS

Click on the label Juke Joints in the Labels box below to see my other posts about Mississippi Juke Joints.

Click on the link below for info on this movie.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

1/5 William Faulkner 1952 Ford Foundation Omnibus

Go to Youtube to see all 5 parts of this 1952 documentary about Faulkner in Oxford, Mississippi.
Use the link below to find all 5 parts easily.
Click on the name Willliam Faulkner in the Labels box below for many more posts on William Faulkner.

Tomorrow 1/12 By William Faulkner
I think this is one of the best of all Faulkner adaptations.
Intruder In The Dust is another good one. 
This is part 1 of 12 parts. Go to Youtube to find all 12 parts. Information about this movie in the link below.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Ezra Loomis Pound CANTO XLV - WITH USURA

Click on Youtube to go to Youtube. There is plenty more Pound there. See post below for more on Pound.
I have more posts on this blog about St. Elizabeths mental hospital in Washington D.C. where Ezra Pound was held 12 years after WW2. Also I have posts on this blog about Lester Blackiston a poet from Richmond Virginia who told me he used to visit Pound there in the 1950s.
In Washington D.C. St. Elizabeths is called Saint E's.
Click on those names in the label box below to read those posts.

Ezra Pound

Looking at the video in the post below this one of Venice Italy made me think of Ezra Pound. He spent the last ten years of his life there. That was after he got out of Saint Elizabeths mental hospital in Washington D.C. He had been incarcerated there for 12 years after WW2.
 Before WW2 he lived in the south of Italy. He had been declared a traitor during the war for taking the side of the Nazis and Mussolini and broadcasting his antisemitic views on radio. When got out of St. Elizabeths he was asked what he now thought of America and he replied, "America is a lunatic asylum".

Monday, March 19, 2012

ACQUA ALTA ALTA - ore 10 m.1,56 Venezia.. High Water Venice.. Dead Rat Under Water

Check out the floating trash and the dead rat underwater.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Maigret - Now on DVD

This is one of the fine international mysteries that appear on MHZNetworks TV in Washington D.C.
The link below gives more information on these films.

Detective Montalbano Premiere

This is another of the international mysteries that appear on MHZNetworks in Washington D.C.
This one comes from Sicily.

Wallander.S01E01.Innan.Frosten_1 English Subs
The link above gives a good list of many of the international mysteries that have played on MHZNetworks in Washington ,D.C.

Donna Leon: The Commissario Brunetti Mysteries on DVD

The video above and the four below this one are international mysteries that have appeared on MHZNetworks in Washington D.C.

Donna Leon's Brunetti: Death at La Fenice

The Homicide Squad (La Omicidi) on DVD

(1/6) Tatort - Glaube, Liebe, Tod (english subtitles)

Click on the cc for English subtitles.
This is a good German tv show. Shown from time to time on MHZ Networks in Washington, D.C. with English subtitles.  Click on Youtube to go to Youtube to enlarge and watch full screen.
The show is called Scene Of The Crime in English.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Kotikatsomo - Punainen Nauha From Finland

No English subtitles. Sorry. Check more posts below about this actor and director.
I like this director's work so much I can enjoy it without English subtitles. Plus all his films have very good music.
I have posted on this blog last Sunday the one video on Youtube from RAID the tv series from Finland that has English subtitles. Scroll on down to last Sunday to find it. Or look down the list over on the right hand side of the page to find the listing RAID the Finnish TV series with English subtitles.

Raid elokuva. Raid The Movie Sequel To The TV Series From Finland

Sorry there are no English  subtitles. You can see more posts on the RAID tv series on this blog. Scroll down the list over on the right hand side of the page.  You can order the tv series and the movie sequel on Ebay with English subtitles and it will play on a new DVD player.

Elokuva: Poliisin poika

Sorry there are no English subtitles for this but I like the actor and director of this Finnish Film so much that I am posting it and two other by the same director and actor. Check out my posts on RAID the tv series from Finland. There is one short video from RAID the tv series on Youtube with English subtitles.   I posted it on this blog last Sunday. Scroll down to find it. It will give you and idea of how good these films are. And how mature and witty the dialogue is. Much much better than anything on American TV.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Spring Break 1961 Trip To Fort Lauderdale Florida

One of the best parts of this story is that the first time we tried to leave Mobile in my 1956 Chevrolet red and white convertible the right rear tire came off as we were going down Old Shell Road. The back of the car went down and the front of the car went up and I saw the wheel go flashing past ahead of me and the car on the right.
I had three other guys in the car and I safely guided it to a stop and no one was hurt but the trip was put on hold. Dave told me I did a good job of driving in that emergency and I guess I did. I have no idea how the tire came off. Either someone did a sabotage job or just forgot to tighten the lug nuts.

Next time we had a different group of guys in the car. Along for the ride were J.C.,Jeff, and Tommy Heinz.
We bought cases of Black Label beer at the local Air Force base. I had my AF ID card. As I recall it was 13 cents a can so we were able to load the trunk with cases of Black Label beer. We later traded cases of this to a group from our frat from Ball State to sleep in their motel room when they were not there.

The trip from Mobile to Ft. Lauderdale was uneventful as I remember. Gas was cheap and the 1956 Chevy convertible was confortable with the top down.

I remember hearing on the radio as we headed south through Florida that the police in Ft. Lauderdale were arresting students for climbing light poles. I think the newspapers carried pictures of some kid who had climbed up a light pole.
Coming from a school near New Orleans and Mardi Gras all this seemed tame to me. But clearly the town of Ft. Lauderdale and the police of Ft. Lauderdale were tired of the publicity the book and movie WHERE THE BOYS ARE (which came out in December of 1960) had created.

My first impression of Boca Raton was very positive as we drove through there on A1A.  The tennis courts and high hedges around the houses were neat and expensive.

Fort Lauderdale was full of college students all right. The Elbo Room was a popular spot. It had been featured in the movie. But I was surprised to find we weren't the only students from our school. I saw quite a few others that I recognized.

We also went to a bar called the Prop Club. So called because there was a big airplane prop behind the bar. I went by this bar in 1972 and it was still there. Now it is gone. No mention of it on the web.

I remember a dance on the beach the city had organized.
I remember the comedian Redd Foxx was playing at a local night club in Ft. Lauderdale and I could see his name on the sign that said "Appearing Nightly".

Now nothing much happened except some sun and sand and beer drinking.
When we got ready to leave we had really no money just a Gulf Credit Card that belonged to one of the guys.

 Leaving town right on the main drag a cop pulled us over and gave us a ticket because J.C. was sitting up on the back seat with the top down. I didn't even know he was there. It was a ten dollar fine. We had no money.
What the police did was take us to the station. I called a couple of guys from another frat who lived in Lauderdale and they came down and loaned us the money.
While we waited I watched a girl from Kansas who had been brought in for something. She called her father to come bail her out. Meanwhile she sat there and cursed the cops.

Ok so we finally got out of town.
Somewhere around Ocala, Fla the car stopped. It was the carb or the water pump. It was late a night. Somehow we found a Gulf Station and got it repaired and we were on our way.

  We had no money for food so we pulled into an orange grove and filled up the back seat of the convertible with oranges.  Threw them in one at a time. Now we had something to eat.
We also stopped at a Snake Farm to see the snakes. No one was around so the guys took the money out of the jars provided to pay for food for the snakes by the customers. That gave us enough for candy bars and the like.

Such an attraction was Florida Reptile Land, on the once popular Highway 301 in Lawtey, about 35 miles Southwest of Jacksonville. (Another Florida Reptile Land, which shared the same postcard photo, operated on Hwy. 19-98 about 18 miles south of Perry.) A free zoo with "Over 100 Different kinds of animals from all parts of the world" was advertised to the curious traveler, along with Gifts, Novelties, Pecans, Candies, Tropical Jellies, Milk Shakes, Orange Juice, Coffee, and Hot Dogs -- which was, of course, the real business of the stand. Note the colorful blades spinning in the wind on a wire over the shop, and the Have-A-Tampa ad painted on the car in the parking lot, both once popular attention getting devices you don't see much anymore  This is the one we stopped at. Just south of Perry, Florida. Note the Gulf Station.
   Somewhere near Pensacola at night a VW beetle went around us. This was on old highway 90. There was no interstate highway 10 back then. The bug had cut us off and we chased it and threw oranges at it as the driver tried to zig and zag to make us miss. Since the top was down on the convertible we could stand up to throw the oranges at the zigging and zagging little VW bug who kept going faster and faster trying to get away from us and out of our headlights. We did no damage and it finally found a place to turn and get off the road and away from us.

Well we got home. It was a nice trip.
  See my post below this one for more on Spring Break in Ft. Lauderdale 1961. And also spring break in Ft. Lauderdale past and present.

Spring Break 1961 Fort Lauderdale Florida... Girls Gone Mild

It is time for spring break 2012 in America. What a difference 51 years makes.
The movie shown above was played on the TCM movie channel a few days ago. The guy doing the introduction to the film referred to it as "Girls Gone Mild".
  The movie opened in December of 1960 had one big effect in 1961. Thousands more American college students made their way to Ft.Lauderdale for spring  break 1961.
   And the Ft.Lauderdale police did everything they could to discourage the students from ever coming back.
Ft. Lauderdale had had enough of spring break.
 The link above gives a good history of spring break in Lauderdale.
The book above is what started it all.

And the postcard above shows what happened after the book and the movie.
  Reading around on the web I see spring break is returning to Ft. Lauderdale. I guess the city misses the money. Maybe the riotous days are over and this is a richer mellower crowd.

Below is a link that mentions the 1961 spring break in Fort Lauderdale. And a photo from that year.

It is nice to know the Elbo Room is still around.

Monday, March 12, 2012

MR. CUSTER ~ Larry Verne 1960

In 1960 in Hattiesburg, Mississippi there was a bar near the railroad station that had a copy of the Custer's Last Stand on the wall. Someone had carefully painted in a F-86 Sabre Jet coming in over the battlefied strafing the Indians.
Since I dont know how to superimpose a F-86 Sabre Jet on the above pictures you will just have to imagine it coming in directly toward you over the battle strafing the Indians.
You can click on the pictures to enlarge them. The bottom one really expands.


Click on YouTube to go to YouTube and see the lyrics.

Sunday, March 11, 2012


This is the first video on YouTube of the Raid TV Show that has English subtitles that I have been able to find.  But it will give you an example of just how good  this crime drama is. The DVD is available for sale sometimes on Ebay of all the TV episodes and also the movie sequel both with English subtitles.

   This is vastly superior to anything on American TV. The harmonica is an homage to ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST. And for some reason this also reminds me of Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer.

    I have other posts on this blog about RAID the tv show from Finland and the movie sequel of the same name. But this is the first time I have found  it with English subtitles.
Read about the show in the link below.

Recommended Movie of the Week #36 - The Monster and the Stripper

Old New Orleans Exploitation Movie - Opening Sequence

 Be sure and click on Youtube and go to Youtube and read the comments.