Molly Bee - I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus - 1952

Retro Records: I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus (1952)

Welcome back to a new installment of Retro Records. This go around it seemed that with it being the Holiday season we should share something that might help you get into the festive spirit and thankfully Kiddie Records Weekly with this Captiol Records release of “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus” and ” Where Did My Snowman Go?” fits the bill.

Both of these popular tunes were sung by Molly Bee, who was signed on by Capitol Records at the tender age of thirteen in 1952, two years later she was hired to appear alongside Tennessee Ernie Ford in his daily variety show that ran on NBC from 1955 to 1957. During her career she would go on to release 5 albums with 12 songs from those albums becoming hit singles, Molly would also perform in Vegas and even join Bob Hope for USO tours!

So grab a cup of eggnog and pull up a seat by the fireplace as we enjoy Molly Bee’s performance here on Retro Records.

The Rocketeer - 1991 Walt Disney

It’s A Great Time To Be A Fan Of The Rocketeer!

For us fans of the late great Dave Stevens’ matinee serial-inspired comic book character, the Rocketeer, these last few months have been an amazing time. Santa Claus visited the Retroist Vault early this year and left behind two fun collector’s items that you might want to go out and try to pick up for yourself!

It is an understatement to say that I was absolutely gobsmacked to open up my first gift to find I now own a Rocketeer Hallmark Ornament! It is based on the 1991 Walt Disney film and apparently is a limited edition run that was debuted at the 2014 Keepsake Ornament Premiere and only available in stores.

The Rocketeer B - Hallmark Ornament

It may be a tad hard to see due to my camera but they have included Cliff’s chewing gum that Peevy uses to patch a bullet hole in the film.

The Rocketeer C - Hallmark Ornament

The Rocketeer E - Hallmark Ornament

I was pretty jazzed about that ornament being part of my Rocketeer collection but the second gift in my stocking was just as shocking, last year Funko released a Rocketeer figure and I searched and searched for it but had no luck. Until now and it was just waiting in my stocking!

Funko - Rocketeer A

Funko - The Rocketeer B


Saturday Frights: Alfred Hitchcock Presents – “Santa Claus and the 10th Avenue Kid”

Welcome back, dear viewers. It was more than hinted a couple of times this morning by Sage that I remember that we should be presenting holiday fare, so I took it upon myself to search the Retroist Vault to find the perfect television and cinematic offering for your evening’s entertainment.

To help you get “into” the spirit of the season I have chosen another episodic television offering from the Alfred Hitchcock Presents series. This particular episode concerns a recently paroled convict, Harold ‘Stretch’ Sears, played magnificently by Barry Fitzgerald. Harold as I mentioned has just been released and thanks to Miss Clemetine Webster is able to secure a job though one not to his liking, that of a department store Father Christmas. Harold is taken by a common street waif who has his eye on a expensive toy and recognizes the early warning signs that led himself to life of crime.

Will Harold be able to reform this young boy and himself?

Image courtesy of Laurie Greasley.

In Space No One Can Hear You Scream For How Awesome This 35th Anniversary Alien Artwork Is!

 Image courtesy of Laurie Greasley.

A big thanks to Andy Khouri of Comics Alliance for the heads up on this awesome piece of Alien artwork, an illustration by Laurie Greasley celebrating the 35th anniversary of that classic film. Laurie as you can see from the artwork above focuses not on Ripley and the rest of the crew of the Nostromo’s fight for survival but that of Jones (Jonesy) the cat as it cautiously watches the Xenomorph prowl the mining vessel.

Tim Mee Toys - Backwoods Battle
Ghostbusters II - Topps Trading Cards

1989 Topps Trading Cards For Ghostbusters II

Much like with 1988’s Die Hard I consider Ghostbusters II to a Christmas film, even if the climax of the movie takes place during New Year’s Eve. Part of that I’m sure has to do with the montage of Egon, Ray, Peter, and Winston getting down to the business of busting ghosts while wearing Santa hats.

All images courtesy of the Trading Card Database.

All images courtesy of the Trading Card Database.

I really miss the style of Topps trading cards but at least you can check out the entire Ghostbusters II collection and more at the Trading Card Database!

It should really come as no surprise as to which Ghostbuster is my favorite.
Ghostbusters II - Ray - Topps Trading Cards

Ghostbusters II - Ray Back - Topps Trading Cards


Retroist Podcast – Episode 180 – National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

On this episode of the show, we talk about the holiday classic, “Christmas Vacation.” I start off talking about my memorable experience decorating the house with holiday lights when I was a kid and how that did not go as planned. Then I talk about the plot of the film, the people in front of and behind the camera, the film’s reception, its sequels and prequels and much much more.

Vic Sage is back with a brand new, “Why Should I know this Person?” This week Vic sets his sights on Hollywood legend E.G. Marshall.

Music on the show was provided by Peachy (the Angelo Badalamenti of Wales), if you have musical needs, why not “like” him on his Facebook Page.

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