Lum and Abner Come to Film

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From 1931 to 1954, Lum and Abner occupied a spot among the most popular shows during the Old Time Radio era.  Chester Lauck and Norris Goff attended the University of Arkansas together.  Lauck and Goff later developed their show Lum and Abner based on life in Arkansas.  The show struck a cord with many listeners. My wife’s grandmother once told

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Dave Shade Battles NY Police

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Between 1918 and 1935, Charles D. “Dave” Shade fought all the talented welterweight, middleweight and light heavyweight boxers at the time.  Shade employed a defensive boxing style over 249 professional bouts leading to his reputation as a clever boxer.  When he met the New York Police in January 1933, Shade’s science went out the window.  It was a pure brawl.

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What Are “B” Films?

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“B” films resulted from Hollywood distribution companies implementing a double bill or two movies screening strategy at theaters they owned.  When the Great Depression led movie goers to start forgoing films between 1930 and 1932, Hollywood studios, which still controlled production and distribution, came up with the idea of showing two films back-to-back to give customers more bang for their buck.

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Oliver Kirk and the 1904 St. Louis Olympics

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Oliver Leonard Kirk has the distinction of being the only Olympic boxer to win a gold medal in two separate weight classes in the same Olympic Games.  Oliver Kirk accomplished this feat at his hometown Olympics in 1904. St. Louis hosted the third Olympiad during the 1904 World’s Fair Exposition.  Like the Paris Games four years before, St. Louis gave

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Island of Doomed Men (1940)

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I recently stumbled across Island of Doomed Men (1940), a rare Peter Lorre film that I had not seen.  While I’ve written about Lorre in the Mr. Moto series over the last year, Lorre was more well-known for playing criminals and killers in thrillers such as M (1931) and Stranger on the Third Floor (1940). In Island of Doomed Men,

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