Saturday Frights: Alfred Hitchcock Presents – Revenge (1955)

Welcome back, dear viewers. For your viewing entertainment this evening I have chosen the very first episodic television offering from Alfred Hitchcock Presents called ‘Revenge’.

An apt title I can assure you as the story concerns Vera Miles who portrays a young woman living with her husband in their little trailer near the sea. They are there so she might rest from the small nervous breakdown she suffered before they were married. Unfortunately while her Husband is away at work she finds herself attacked by a stranger in a gray suit. What else can her beloved Carl do but go forth and seek revenge on the man who assaulted her?

Revenge was originally broadcast on October 2, 1955 and is one of the few episodes that Ol’ Hitch directed himself. I hope you will turn down the lights and gather among your most loved ones and share in the terror of Alfred Hitchcock Presents. Heh, heh.


Retroist Podcast – Episode 190 – Desperately Seeking Susan

On today’s show, I start off by talking about how mysterious and dangerous I found New York City as a kid and how my sister would risk life and limb to adventure there. Then I start talking about the subject of this episode, Desperately Seeking Susan. I talk about the people in front of and behind the camera, the stars, the plot, the locations, the novelization and much more. I am joined this week by metagirl who shares Madonna’s top 5 songs from the eighties.

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Image courtesy of the Vintage Toy Archive.

Is Mr. Spock Listening To The Radio In This Star Trek: The Motion Picture Puzzle?

I like the look of this Star Trek puzzle that was uploaded on the Vintage Toy Archive Tumblr, for one thing it does kind of look like maybe Mr. Spock is either listening to an important announcement from Captian Kirk…or it could be that he is tuning in to listen to his favorite ka’athyra channel.

The real reason I get a kick out of it is because it brings back so many memories of visiting a particular grocery store in my neck of the woods, that while it had an honest to goodness toy department with everything from the Millennium Falcon to Shogun Warriors it also had an absolute boatload of cheaper toys like this very puzzle. I’m pretty sure I actually owned this puzzle in my youth!

Though I don’t believe I picked it up at around any point that Star Trek: The Motion Picture was in the theaters.

[Via] Paramount Movies

All images are courtesy of Lance Cardinal.

Charlie Brown’s Summer Fun View-Master Reels (1972)

I’ve found of late that if I’ve had a rather hard day at work or perhaps I’m feeling just a little down that all I really need to do is head into the living room, turn on the overhead light, lay on my back and pull out my container of View-Master reels. I am still just as captivated by the 3-D images contained on those little white reels today as when I was a kid.

I am fortunate enough to still own my original View-Master and many of the reels that I had in my youth. That doesn’t mean I don’t try to collect the one’s I never had when I was younger of course but to honest every time I turn around I’m floored by a set of reels that I never knew existed. Like with this 1972 Charlie Brown’s Summer fun set that has been scanned by Lance Cardinal, these in particular have something I do not recall seeing in other reels, dialogue on the the images themselves. From what I can tell it seems that Charlie Brown, Schroeder, and Lucy are having to contend with Snoopy continuously interrupting their game of croquet.

All images courtesy of Lance Cardinal.

All images courtesy of Lance Cardinal.

All images courtesy of Lance Cardinal.

All images courtesy of Lance Cardinal.

Now you are going to want to hop on over to Lance Cardinal’s blog to check out more of the View-Master fun from the Peanuts gang, but you also need to his hand built Muppet Theater playset. It is certainly one of the most awesome fan created things I’ve had the pleasure of seeing.

All images courtesy of Lance Cardinal.

All images courtesy of Lance Cardinal.

Image courtesy of Palette Swap Blog.

Good Luck With This Smash T.V. Poster…You’ll Need It!

The first time I encountered Smash T.V. was on a High School art trip to the neighboring state of Oklahoma. To say that my group of friends were not only impressed and addicted by what some might see as the spiritual successor of 1982’s Robotron 2084 is something of an understatement. We almost missed boarding the bus back home we were all so engrossed in the over the top carnage of the game.

Good luck catching that'll need it!

Good luck catching that bus…you’ll need it!

So I was quite happy to share artist Rusty Shackle’s fantastic illustration featuring our two “heroes” blasting away while they collect all of that sweet, sweet loot as well as mounds of VCR’s, luggage, and toasters!

Image courtesy of Palette Swap Blog.

Image courtesy of Palette Swap Blog.

Just like with his artwork for the Elevator Action poster, Mr. Shackles has really made me want to plop down in the living room with the Williams collection on my Xbox and play this particular arcade favorite.

Of course…I’m stuck at work so I suppose I might have to settle with watching this complete playthrough by MAME Player!

Good Meat Bonus?

Good Meat Bonus?

Joan Collins - Holiday Spa

Holiday Spa (With Fit Celebrity-Spokespersons Cher and Joan Collins)

Ah, the mid-1980s. It was a time of aerobics, leotards, spandex, headbands, big hair, and health clubs where you were likely to run into all of these elements combined. Olivia Newton-John encouraged us to get “physical,” Jamie Lee Curtis did aerobics in the film Perfect, and, well, fit was it.

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One of the health clubs to be a thing during this trend of lady fitness (but not just for ladies, though I’m sure it catered mainly to them) was Holiday Spa, owned by Rudy Smith (kinda like Jack LaLanne, but without the media presence LaLanne had), later became part of Health and Tennis Corp., and then Bally Total Fitness (which only has three existing clubs). Between 1983 and 1986, several notable female celebrities promoted the praises of Holiday Spa, including Jaclyn Smith, Cher, and Joan Collins, the latter two the subject of this article.

This two-part harmony of commercials, found in a collection of Saturday Night Live reruns taped during the summer of 1986, feature our two spokes-celebrities speaking the praises of Holiday Spa before the locations of the local Holiday Spa locations, which in this case, are Philadelphia and New Jersey-area clubs are plastered across the screen.

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So many locations. I love that there was one in the Cherry Hill Mall. Further proof that that mall has everything!

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In Cher’s commercial, she expresses her concerns about becoming fat, and how working out at Holiday Spa can stop that from happening. It can happen anywhere, but this is a commercial for Holiday Spa, not the local gym YOU choose to go to, which is not as good as Holiday Spa. Don’t argue the facts, it’s unbecoming. The commercial promotes a deal of “two memberships for the price of one membership.” Something tells me Cher has never worked out among commoners in a gym, and this looks like some trendy health spa in California, not the typical gym the general public frequent. In fact, I’ve pretty much surmised that what I’m seeing in this commercial would never have been found in the local Holiday Spa locations. It’s probably Cher’s private fitness center made to look like Holiday Spa.

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Two for one, and the possibility that I can look like Cher? Shutup and take my money!

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In Joan Collins’ commercial, she is passing on information to her Butler, Jenkins, who “fetches” her fancy workout shoes and gym bag from a closet full of fancy workout shoes. Fancy, identical workout shoes. Jenkins even asks her if he should do the workout for her, to which Collins replies “No Jenkins, there are some things one must do for oneself.” Like throw Krystle Carrington into a fountain. Or wear linebacker-style shoulder pads. Collins’ commercial promotes a membership priced at $14.98 per month. Of course, one must read the fine print and pony up $25 to register. Oh yes, one must do that for oneself.

I’m also convinced Joan Collins has never stepped foot in a gym that commoners frequent.

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Holiday Spa was the big box business of its time, before big box businesses were a thing, but were non-existent by the 1990s, thus the end of the 1980s designer health spa days. But we can thank Holiday Spa for being the Curves of its time, while assuring us that popular-at-the-time celebrities did, in fact, do their exercise routine at Holiday Spa.

And one must click on the video player to watch these commercials that are everything the 1980s fitness scene were glamorized to be.

Allison can always be found over in her home on the internet, Allison’s Written Words. You can follow her blog on Facebook, if you like the sort of randomness and nostalgia she strives for popping up on your Facebook newsfeed.

She hates gyms and hasn’t been an active member of one since 2007. And her dance instructor said years ago that Cher is an android. Allison is still awaiting confirmation on this.

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What was playing this Weekend at the Drive-In in 1978?

A lot of great movies were in theaters as summer came to close in 1978, including one of my favorites, “Foul Play“. But summer is almost over, you don’t have a lot of time left to enjoy those drive-ins, so let’s take a look at what was playing. You had Disney’s “Hot Lead and Cold Feet” and “Freaky Friday” for the kids and for the adults you had a lot of great choices including a pairing of “The Enforcer” with “The End” or maybe you would like to see “One & Only” with Henry “Fonz” Winkler.

Not much summer left folks, also not a lot of drive-ins, so if you have one nearby, make this weekend count.