Durham 2500

Behold The Majesty Of The Durham 2500 Robot

A long time time ago, my dad taught banjo lessons to a British lady named Kay. She was an elderly lady who had a zest for new challenges. She was in her seventies when she was learning the instrument and she was incredibly nice. “Camptown Races” and “Yankee Doodle Dandy” were in her repertoire and for a beginner, she caught on pretty well.

Kay was like an honorary grandmother to us. She was always at our family parties, at our house on the river, which were pretty raucous affairs. I think she was at my first communion party. They usually started with boating and ended with music led by my dad and joined by his brothers and Kay would join in on the banjo! Kay attended my birthday party at McDonald’s and she brought me a Durham 2500 Robot. He shuffle walks while swinging his arms, and his small cyclops eye flickers as does his large chest light.
Durham 2500

There’s three variations of this guy; all gray, all silver/chrome, and a combination of blue arms and legs, with red feet and head. That’s the one I have. There’s another variation with a Transformer like head on the robot body. This is referred to as Robot UFO.
Durham 2500

The robot has served as both hero and villain in the adventures with my action figures and such. Heck, he even drove our cats crazy! Blinking and whirring is better than catnip!

The Durham 2500 is a very well liked robot (in all of his versions) in the collecting community. Some prefer the all silver or gray versions and some prefer the red and blue guy. I dig the one I have. My robot has seen some better days. A couple of decades ago, a rubber snake I had, melted on him and a few other things, while being stored in our garage loft. His electronics no longer work, and his back panel is missing, but I have a strategy to fix that. If only I could teach him banjo.

Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid Theatrical Trailer (1982)

When I saw Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid at the Drive-In in my youth I didn’t realize at the time just how many classic Noir films were used as clips in the film, now I own most of those Noir movies in my DVD collection.
‘DMDWP’ was brought to you by the same people behind the Jerk and while it may be comparing apples to oranges I still think this movie is incredibly hilarious.


[Via] Imp Awards

Don’t believe me even with that awesome theatrical poster? Fine. How about the theatrical trailer then?

[Via] Old Hollywood Trailers

The Jerk (1979)

Who can forget the moving film adaptation of Navine Johnson, a poor sharecropper’s son who never dreamed he was adopted?

The Jerk stars Martin, Bernadette Peters, Mabel King, Richard Ward, Bill Macy, Maurice Evans, and M. Emmet Walsh. It was directed by Carl Reiner and written by Steve Martin, Carl Gottlieb, and Michael Elias. This would be Maurice Evans final motion picture role.

It just so happens that last Sunday was Steve Martin’s 66th birthday, so take a moment and treat yourself to this absolutely hilarious and highly quotable comedy in his honor!