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This Fun Fact Will Change the Way You Watch the Movie Airplane!
It’s no secret that the 1980 comedy movie Airplane! is a parody. But for some reason, I’ve spent my entire life believing that Airplane! was a broad parody of 1970s disaster movies. And while the movie clearly took inspiration from some of those films, it’s actually a very specific parody of a movie from 1957 called Zero Hour! Yes, with the exclamation point and everything.
How specific is the parody in Airplane? Huge chunks of dialogue in the classic comedy are taken verbatim from Zero Hour! Everything from “looks like I picked the wrong week to quit smoking” to a young boy visiting the cockpit are directly lifted from Zero Hour! Everyone on the flight getting poisoned by eating fish appears as a plot point in both movies as well. Even some of the character names are identical—Ted Stryker is the main character in both films.
So why didn’t the producers of Zero Hour! sue for plagiarism? The writers of Airplane! bought the rights to the old 1957 film to make sure there weren’t any problems.
You don’t have to take my word for how similar the two movies are. Zero Hour! is available for rental on YouTube for $2.99. And if you don’t feel like watching the entire thing, YouTube user Mason Wood created a side-by-side comparison of both movies a few years ago that you can view here.
movies  airplane  comedy  80s  50s  video 
6 days ago by rgl7194
Stunning Photos of Classy Women from The 1940s and 1950s
Women from the 1940s and 1950s were remarkably elegant and sophisticated, but when you watch them on black and white photographs the amount of class is overwhelming. Legendary and mysterious photographer, Nina Leen, captures some of the most memorable and stunning photos of young ladies over 50 years ago. More than half of century has passed and yet these absolutely breathtaking and glamorous photographs haven’t faded away. We selected some of Nina’s finest work especially for you. Lose yourself in the beauty and grace of these stunning women from our past.
women  fashion  style  clothing  40s  50s  photography 
4 weeks ago by rgl7194
Robert Plant's Friendly Role In 'Green Book' Soundtrack And Other Behind The Scenes Secrets
Green Book director/co-writer and co-producer Peter Farrelly knew he wanted an authentic soundtrack to complement the jazz/classical hybrid of the late pianist Don Shirley that the Oscar-nominated film celebrates.
So he turned to an unlikely source. "My wife's friend was going out with Robert Plant of all people, we went out to dinner and I picked his brain," Farrelly recalls. "I said, 'Robert, tell me some songs that you listened to in the late '50s and early '60s that nobody plays anymore. I want to hear the cool songs to you but that you haven't heard on the radio in 50 years.'"
Farrelly says Plant, yes, that Plant, lead singer of Led Zeppelin, suggested songs like "Pretty Lil' Thing," by Sonny "Golden Boy" Williamson and "Goodbye, My Lover, Goodbye," by Robert Mosley, among many others.
"It was an amazing night because I had just finished writing the script and he came to visit with his girlfriend, who was my wife's friend. And my wife and her are both smokers, so they were outside smoking cigarettes and we were on YouTube and he was pulling up song after song after song and I was sitting there like a crazy student writing down all the stuff."
It takes a whole team to make a movie that garners five Oscar nominations, including Best Picture. So as I spoke with Farrelly and composer Kris Bowers about the music in Green Book and why the message is so resonant today, that Plant helped shape the soundtrack is just one of the fascinating things revealed, along with how Bowers turned to his grandfather for information and the congratulatory call Farrelly got from Harry Belafonte after he saw Green Book.
music  movies  jazz  robert_plant  soundtrack  blues  50s  60s 
4 weeks ago by rgl7194
Julian's Hot Wheels Blog: 1957 Chevy (2019 HW Flames)
Looks awesome in the deep, deep blue with bright orange flames!
cars  hot_wheels  50s  chevy 
9 weeks ago by rgl7194
A 1950s Western TV Show Predicted Trump and His Border Wall | TV News | Consequence of Sound
An episode of CBS' Trackdown is an eerie example of life imitating art
The federal government remains shutdown as President Trump holds the country hostage in a bid to secure funding for his proposed border wall between the United States and Mexico. This despite the fact that the facts and data (and public opinion) are against the concept. If this whole situation has seemed too strange even for fiction, well it actually was fiction, as the whole thing was predicted long ago by 1950s television.
Trackdown, an old western series that aired on CBS, featured in 1958 an episode entitled “The End of the World”, where a con man named “Walter Trump” convinces the town of Talpa that the world will come to an end unless they let him build a border wall. Only in his version, it’s not illegal immigrants pouring over a country border, but a meteorite barreling towards Earth.
politics  gov2.0  trump  immigration  tv  50s 
9 weeks ago by rgl7194
The Life of Jean Seberg in Pictures - Flashbak
"Her every movement is graceful, each glance is precise. The shape of her head, her silhouette, her walk, everything is perfect." - François Truffaut
In 1974, after a rough few years, Jean Seberg was asked in an interview how she was coping, “I’m feeling around,” she said, “if you want to know what I’ll be doing ten years from now. I couldn’t say. It’s like asking a woman whether she’ll be graceful at 45…
Six years later, aged 40, she was found in the back of a car on a side street in Paris. It was August and her decomposing body, wrapped in a blanket, had lain there undiscovered for ten days. The cause of death was an overdose of barbiturates and was deemed by the French authorities as “probably suicide”. A note to her son was found:
Forgive me. I can no longer live with my nerves. Understand me. I know that you can and you know that I love you. Be strong. Your loving mother, Jean.
She was only just  eighteen when she flew to England in 1956 to play the leading role in the movie version of George Bernard Shaw’s Saint Joan. As an utterly inexperienced student from Marshalltown, Iowa, she had been chosen from 18,000 hopefuls by director Otto Preminger in a $150,000 talent search. The script was rewritten by Graham Greene and she had to appear along side John Gielgud, Anton Wallbrook and Richard Widmark. It must have been incredibly daunting.
The film was a flop both critically and commercially and while it was flawed in many ways most of the critics seemed to single out the teenage Seberg in particular. The Times wrote: ‘Joan was young, certainly, and ignorant, but she had outstanding qualities…and of those qualities Miss Seberg shows not a trace.’ ” The New Yorker’s John McCarten wrote of the movie, ‘The leading romper is a seventeen-year-old girl, who, as played by Jean Seberg, makes one long to give her a solid, and possibly therapeutic, paddling …’
Preminger was attacked for his presumption, Seberg said, “for trying to make an actress out of a country bumpkin like myself, and I was told (by the critics) to get back to the farm. It was amazing, the cruelty of some of the reviews.”
actress  50s  60s  RIP  celebrity  hair 
10 weeks ago by rgl7194
Street Style Through History - Street Style of the 1930s, 1940s, 1950s
A look back at the ladies who ruled the street style scene first.
Long before Bill Cunningham hopped on his bicycle or Tommy Ton launched Jak & Jil, photographers captured stylish women in black and white film sporting Dior and Balenciaga on the street. Take a look back at the ladies who ruled the street style scene first.
style  fashion  model  30s  40s  50s  60s  70s 
10 weeks ago by rgl7194
2018: The Year of the ’55 Bel Air Gasser – theLamleyGroup
With all due respect to the multitude of models and special lines that contributed to Hot Wheels’ 50-Year celebration, 2018 was the Year of the Gasser.
The ’55 Bel Air Gasser dominated the year, with 9 separate releases and a whole lot of chit chat. Collectors – including this one – could not get enough of it, and Hot Wheels kept feeding us.
So, as a special addition to the 2018 Lamley Awards, let’s celebrate the Gasser...
cars  hot_wheels  video  50s  chevy 
11 weeks ago by rgl7194
Stan Freberg's 'Green Christmas' Is a Timeless Satire - The Atlantic
Sixty years ago, Stan Freberg’s satirical song “Green Christmas” angered advertisers for partaking in an age-old American tradition: criticizing the commercialism of the season.
Starting around Thanksgiving, one can hardly run an errand or ride an elevator without being serenaded by Christmas music. The songs cover familiar seasonal territory—silver bells, open sleighs, roasting chestnuts—as well as a timeless emotion: desire. Just think of Eartha Kitt flirting with “Santa Baby,” Mariah Carey donning a Santa hat to sing “All I Want for Christmas Is You,” or George Michael pining for a lost love in “Last Christmas,” by Wham! But all of those romantic lyrics about wanting and wishing also happen to tap into a different, but no less powerful desire: the urge to shop.
music  christmas  songs  50s  money  satire 
12 weeks ago by rgl7194
Reliquary: Elvis Presley - Elvis Presley, Scotty And Bill (2 Track 1955 Vinyl)
Elvis Presley
Elvis Presley, Scotty And Bill
(1955 Sun : 215)
2 Track 7 or a 10 inch Vinyl
Studio Soundboard Recordings
Source: 1955 Vinyl Pressing
Encoded: 192 Kbps MP3
https://www.discogs.com/Elvis-Presley-Scotty-And-Bill-Milkcow-Blues-Boogie-Youre-A-Heartbreaker/release/1355090
https://www.discogs.com/Elvis-Presley-Scotty-And-Bill-Milkcow-Blues-Boogie-Youre-A-Heartbreaker/release/4370145
http://auction.graceland.com/1954_sun_records_acetate_pair_for_elvis_presley_s_-lot3367.aspx
Track List:
Side A - Milkcow Blues Boogie      [Time 2:40]
Side B - You're A Heartbreaker       [Time 2:17]
music  elvis  50s  rock_n_roll  download  SBD 
december 2018 by rgl7194
Julian's Hot Wheels Blog: 1955 Chevy (2018 HW Flames | Flat Gray Recolor)
Here is a car I voted to have flames last year! It's in matte gray and red, not a bad combo actually. I like it!
cars  hot_wheels  50s  chevy 
december 2018 by rgl7194
Julian's Hot Wheels Blog: 1955 Chevy Bel Air Gasser (2018 Car Culture - Drag Strip Demons)
Metal on metal, check. Real Riders, check. Cool graphics, of course. What is there not to enjoy about this casting. These Car Culture cars have been on a roll!
cars  hot_wheels  racing  50s  collecting  chevy 
november 2018 by rgl7194
The first group of 2019 Hot Wheels Red Editions has hit Target – theLamleyGroup
From Lamley’s RCR (Resident California Reporter) @hw_jay, news that Hot Wheels 2019 C Cases, with Red Editions, have hit Target stores.
If you are not familiar, the Red Editions are Target exclusive basic models. They share the same deco as the mainline cars, but have exclusive colors. Hot Wheels releases 12 a year in groups of three.
The Golf is the first I have seen in black, but the red Momo logo and red-lipped wheels make it the exclusive. The other two are easy to see. Once I get a chance to get out I will go look. You should too.
cars  hot_wheels  color  collecting  vw  lamborghini  chevy  50s 
november 2018 by rgl7194
Trump’s Dad Was So Racist, Woody Guthrie Wrote A Song About It
In 1950, Woody Guthrie signed a lease for an apartment in Brooklyn; his landlord was Fred C. Trump
In 2015, future President Donald Trump issued a seemingly innocuous — but increasingly portentous when put into context — statement: “My legacy has roots in my father’s legacy.” But it might be more than business acumen that has trickled down from the top of the gold-encrusted Trump family tree. Trump’s dad Fred had an unexpected occupant in one of his New York properties in the early 1950s: American singer-songwriter and social justice warrior Woody Guthrie. And guess what? Guthrie was no fan of “Old Man Trump.”
trump  50s  music  protest  racism  KKK 
november 2018 by rgl7194
ChatterBlossom: Friday Photo Swoon – Plaid Prerogative
Plaid. Seems to my best friend lately. I don't think I ever would have said, "Why yes, I love plaid", but based upon my recent purchases, I most certainly do! I had always associated plaid with oversized grunge because I grew up in the '90s. Yes, it was cool then and made you feel tough, but I had never used plaid to look feminine or stylish until recently. But, as with most clothing, the 1940s/50s did it well in my opinion. And often, apparently! I feel like you couldn't shake a stick at a vintage clothing store without hitting at least a few plaid pieces. Same goes for my closet now. You've seen my most recent plaid outfit (which I lurv!) and on this week's Sunday Snag, you'll see a second!
fashion  women  clothing  40s  50s 
november 2018 by rgl7194
WAVES AT WORK
This Item contains records, some of which may not be available online.
To obtain a copy or view the records, please contact or visit the National Archives and Records Administration location(s) listed in the Contact information below.
Additional Information About this Item
National Archives Identifier: 74739
Local Identifier: 428-MN-7413
Creator(s): Department of Defense. Department of the Navy. Naval Photographic Center. (12/1/1959 - ca. 1998)  (Most Recent)
From: Series: Moving Images Relating to Naval Activities, 1947 - 1980
Record Group 428: General Records of the Department of the Navy, 1941 - 2004
military  waves  navy  40s  uniform  gov2.0  50s  60s  70s  video 
november 2018 by rgl7194
WAVES At Work - YouTube
US National Archives
Published on May 11, 2018
National Archives Identifier: 74739
Local Identifier: 428-MN-7413
https://catalog.archives.gov/id/74739
Creator(s): Department of Defense. Department of the Navy. Naval Photographic Center.
From: Series: Moving Images Relating to Naval Activities, 1947 - 1980
Record Group 428: General Records of the Department of the Navy
Scope & Content: Enlisted WAVES at Work in Various Navy Ratings
Contact(s):
National Archives at College Park - Motion Pictures (RDSM)
National Archives at College Park
8601 Adelphi Road
College Park, MD 20740-6001
Phone: 301-837-3540
Email: mopix@nara.gov
military  waves  navy  40s  uniform  gov2.0  50s  60s  70s  youtube 
november 2018 by rgl7194
The HW Drag Strip Demons: Watch me open a set, and then go get a set. – theLamleyGroup
First off, you want them? Go grab a set at Wheel Collectors right now.
Alright, are you back? Or do you need a little more convincing? Or just want to see me open the latest Hot Wheels Car Culture set, Drag Strip Demons?
The set is a joy. Gassers are a thing in the Hot Wheels world right now, and as well they should be. They allow the Design Team to to jump headfirst into all kinds of fun designs, from tool to deco, and we collectors just eat them up.
That culminates with the Drag Strip Demons, a Japan Historics-esque signature mix in Car Culture that I hope we see again. Hot Wheels resurrected the name, added Julian Koiles’ brilliant art, and created a no-brainer set.
I got a set from Mattel to open up, and now you can get it at Wheel Collectors if you don’t want to fight the battle at retail. Either way, grab a set.
cars  hot_wheels  collecting  racing  chevy  ford  dodge  50s  60s  video 
november 2018 by rgl7194

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