Saturday, May 27, 2006
If you have never heard of this group from the late 70's it is not surprising. While the song was released between 1977 and 1978 it was not a hit and Epic pulled the record early on. At least in America. You see the group is really Paul McCartney and Wings. I had heard a that Linda had written the song and Paul wanted to record it with her singing lead. Capitol refused to record the song so Paul called the group Suzy (Linda) and the Red Stripes (Wings) and they signed with Epic under that name. The name Red Stripes is from one of Paul and Linda's favorite drinks. They must have thought the name change would be enough to avoid contract entanglements. Paul should have known better. They didn't really hide the fact it was really Paul and Linda very well. If you click on the picture of the 45 you can see that the songwriter is credited as McCartney and it is produced by Paul McCartney. Plus the MPL logo is on the record. Paul is very good at changing his voice as he has done so on many Beatles and Wings songs and even done some animation voice overs. For some reason he doesn't change it while singing background on this song and his familer voice sticks out like a sore thumb. Capitol di threaten to sue if what is really a Wings song was not pulled from the market. Since Wings was under contract to Capitol and Epic didn't think they could win a suit by saying they signed them as the Red Stripes they pulled the record from stores. While the song was not selling well at the time it was still early after the release and may have become a hit if not pulled. Now it is just a footnote in Paul McCartney's long career. The flip side to the song took a humorus tone with the title as it was called the B-Side to Seaside.
This film was produced in 1969 and while it seems dated today it still carries a powerful message. I heard that it was about to be rated R for violence when it was first released. A cast member, I heard it was Mr. Estrada, convinced them to give it a PG rating because children should be given the message as well as adults.
Pat Boone and Erick Estrada are the perfect match of actors with their characters. You should see this film as it reminds us of how good an actor both are. Hopefully it will help you to forget all the bad shows Mr. Estrada has been stuck in since CHIPS.
Friday, May 26, 2006
Before this gets to be just about The Saint I need to remind you that this is really about the Persuaders. The second half or the team was Tony Curtis. While Mr. Curtis has done many series like Vegas, McCoy and basically voiced himself in an episode of The Flintstones as Stoney Curtis, he was mainly known for his movies. The first series he did where he was not a guest star but one of the regular stars of the show was The Persuaders.
The show was produced in England and ran in America opposite Mission Impossible. While the show was a hit in Europe, being opposite MI doomed it in America. They must have tried to get their money’s worth in the USA because I remember watching it on Sunday afternoons in the 70’s. The series started with Roger Moore as Lord Brett Sinclair who was born to wealth. He gets in a fight with an American self- made Millionaire Danny Wilde. They trashed the place. A retired Judge tells them that unless they help him stop crime among the wealthy he will put them in jail. Not wanting to go to jail they become the Persuaders. The show was one of the most expensive produced in England as it filmed on location in France, Sweden, Italy etc. Perhaps being so expensive is what got the show cancelled. They only produced about 24 episodes. It's cancellation came as a surprise to the stars. However, the show must have given Mr. Curtis a taste to do more television and the cancellation of the series set Mr. Moore free to accept the offer to play James Bond. He had turned down the offer twice due to being committed to The Saint and The Persuaders when they offered it to him before. Here is a link to a website for The Persuaders.
Thursday, May 25, 2006
This is my second attempt to post something about this movie. In the early 90’s filmmaker Dan Poole heard that James Cameron was going to direct the Spider-Man movie. He wanted to work on the film. So he produced, directed and starred in his own movie based on issues of Amazing Spider-Man #’s 121 and 122. The main difference in this version is that Mr. Poole still has Gwen Stacey as the damsel in distress. Where as the film that eventually was directed by Sam Raimi they had the more familiar Mary Jane Watson in the position. I can understand why. While I love Gwen, Mary Jane is better known to Spidey’s younger readers.
This movie was very entertaining and looks pretty good for being produced on a shoestring budget. It was made on video tape instead of film. I would imagine that was to keep cost down. The movie looks as good as any early Roger Corman film or any episode of the 1970’s Spider-Man TV series that starred Nicholas Hammond. Mr. Poole has treated the characters and the story with the respect and honor. It comes off as a labor of love and not something campy. Mr. Raimi did the same with his big budget film but it was nice to see that you don’t need to have millions of dollars to do the same thing. If you are a die hard Spider-Man fan then you must have this movie. It is a pleasant way to spend some time in the afternoon.
Hope you like the cover. The VHS tape I got had one but I didn’t like parts of it. I took a playing card that I had of Spider-Man and added that instead. I kept the bottom part of it as the sketch of Spidey looked pretty good and it had the title of the movie.
Tuesday, May 23, 2006
Monday, May 22, 2006
The voice of Cool McCool was Bob McFadden, he also did Luno the White Stallion for Terry toons and Commander Stargazer in Silverhawks. His best known voice was Frankenberry in the ceral commericals. The voice of Number One was Chuck McCann and he also did the voice of all the villians.
The show lasted for 3 years on network TV. During that time an amazing thing didn't happen. There was no merchandising of Cool McCool. No comic books, big little books, view masters, dolls etc. As you can see by the photo above they have started to put out videos and DVDS. You can get that one if you click here.
Sunday, May 21, 2006
The pictures for the above collage are from two different sites. The Neal Adams drawing of Miss. Kahn is from here. The cover of Dynamite #1 is from here. Also, here is a Dynamite magazine fan site.
Elisha told him. "For there are more on our side than on theirs." Then Elisha prayed, "O Lord, open his eyes and let him see." The Lord opened his servant's eyes, and when he looked up, he saw that the hillside around Elisha was filled with horses and chariots of fire.
God's strength is greater
The Aramean army was advancing. Enemy horses, troops, and chariots were everywhere, surrounding the city with the express purpose of seizing Elisha. No wonder his servant was petrified when he woke up to the sight of a massive army bearing down on them. When the servant cried out to his master, Elisha shared how he perceived in spirit the might of the Lord, which was far greater than the forces opposing them. And when Elisha prays for God to open his servant's eyes so that he, too, can see what Elisha has seen, immediately he perceives the horses and chariots of fire protecting them.
The Lord is ready to open our eyes afresh for each new situation and to show us his vast resources. His strength and might are far greater than the enemy's, but we, like the servant, see "through a glass darkly," and we need for God to open our spiritual eyes.
LORD, grant me the light this day in the unseen realm to see how your strength is greater than any foe that threatens to assail me. Open my eyes, Lord! Remind me of your awesome power and unlimited resources, and then let me take courage because you are fighting for me!
This show was fun to watch when I was 6 but even to my young eyes it was odd to see how he was able to fly. He had to flap his arms. Why couldn’t he be like Superman and just jump into the air? The show did not do mush for Mr. Strimpel’s career as I have never seen or heard him again. Mr. Gautier has been on other shows and movies since then. So had Mr. McGiver but he had done well in the movies before this show. Paul Smith did better on his next TV show. He co-starred on the Doris Day show.
The same night Mr. Terrific premiered another Superhero comedy started on NBC. I will tell you about that one in another posting either later today or tomorrow.