Modern classics: Real Life (1979)

In the opening of 1979’s Real Life, text informs the viewer of a 1973 PBS documentary series called “An American Family,” which included twelve hours of footage of the daily lives of Bill Louds and his family in Santa Barbara, California. Famed anthropologist Margaret Mead called the series “as significant as the invention of drama or the novel… a new way in which people can … Continue reading Modern classics: Real Life (1979)

20,000 Cheers for the Chain Gang (Short, 1933)

Yesterday I reviewed the fantastic pre-code crime drama I Am a Fugitive From a Chain Gang (1932). Included as a special feature on the DVD edition that I own of the film is a musical short titled 20,000 Cheers for the Chain Gang, which was released in 1933. Running at about twenty minutes in length, 20,000 Cheers for the Chain Gang is a fun and … Continue reading 20,000 Cheers for the Chain Gang (Short, 1933)

Hillbillys in a Haunted House (1967)

Country singers Woody Wetherby (Ferlin Husky) and Boots Malone (Joi Lansing) are headed to Nashville with their manager, Jeepers (Don Bowman), to perform at the Nashville Jamboree. During their travels, they have car trouble and end up in a nearly deserted town where they end up staying at an old house with a reputation for being haunted. Little do they know, the home isn’t haunted … Continue reading Hillbillys in a Haunted House (1967)