As you all may know, there is nothing I love more than a late night creature feature hosted by a unique personality; everyone from Elvira to Morgus to Svengoolie all share a special place in my black heart. But, I have to admit my fiends, we were almost graced with something a bit more awesome; as the legendary horror punk band the Misfits vied to have their own stint at hosting classic Drive-In creature features! Why this didn’t come to fruition I do not know, but at least we have some footage of what could have been!
Welcome back to all of you fans of fiendish film and TV! Those howls you hear from the creatures of the night need be no cause for alarm, you are safe down here with us in the Retroist vault! Us? Yeah, that’s the one and only Doug McCoy behind the concession stand and you can see the esteemed Daniel XIII manning the projector. We also have good friends to the Retroist site Claymation Werewolf as head usher and Phishbo3s in the ticket booth!
This week we have episode 3 from Season 3 of Night Gallery entitled ‘Rare Objects’. It stars Mickey Rooney (Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Captains Courageous) as a mob tough guy named August Kolodney that has been marked for death (That might possibly be due to his table manners). Lucky for him…or so it would seem…he meets Dr. Glendon (Raymond Massey) who offers a place of sanctuary for the mobster to hide out.
So why not stay inside tonight and join us down in the Retroist Vault for Saturday Frights as we look over the large collection of “Rare Objects” at the Night Gallery.
Every once in a while an image from the distant past will come floating into the brain of the ol’ Ouija Board Kid out of the accursed ether of my crypt, and today was just such a day! And of all things to appear, it was a vision of Plastic Man, but not the comic or cartoon iterations dear reader; nay ‘twas something a bit more esoteric. You see when the Plastic Man cartoon show went into syndication, the powers that be saw fit to film bumpers featuring a live-action Plas, and let me tell you something this dude always came off like that sleazy uncle that would buy you a Playboy and let you drink beer…you know, a real cool dude that was a blast to hang around! So why not sit back and feast your eyes on five minutes of the lowest rent superhero hijinks you can imagine!
Before he was Matlock, and after he was Sheriff Taylor, he was…well, I don’t know who Andy Griffith was in this one. I just know he was in it and it was about a junkman trying to do an independent flight into space for the purpose of recovering salvage. That slight memory quickly led me to Salvage 1. I thought Salvage 1 was a movie, but Wikipedia said it was a TV show. It turns out we were both right. The pilot episode, called Salvage, was a TV movie, and it in turn lead to a short-lived weekly show. Again, I barely remember the movie and don’t remember the show at all. But I do remember the idea and have always wondered why more people don’t just turn their back on government programs and try to fly into space on their own.
Thanks to Kiddie Records Weekly we have this awesome 78RPM record sleeve for Walt Disney’s ‘Mr. Toad’ which was of course from the feature ‘The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad’ from back in 1949.
The record like the short itself was narrated by the legendary Basil Rathbone and included the catchy song ‘No Where in Particular’. Now thanks to Mr. Johnny Numbers who uploaded the recording from his personal collection we can hear the record itself!