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Rocky Roberts



This video offers a perfect pairing of weird personalities.

Rocky Roberts, a black man from the USA, once a boxer, who became a pop star, but only in Europe.

Jayne Mansfield, dancing and uttering the line, "My ears directed my body toward the sound." 'Nuff said.

More coverage below.

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Original article here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Mar 12, 2015 | Comments (3)
Category: Movies, Music, Sex Symbols, 1960's, Dance, Europe

The Mystery of the Leaping Fish

This short, silent comedy is a bit of classic weirdness from 1916. Apparently it's quite well known, even considered a cult classic. But I hadn't heard of it before, so perhaps it'll be new to you too. Wikipedia offers this description:

In this unusually broad comedy for [Douglas] Fairbanks, the acrobatic leading man plays "Coke Ennyday," a cocaine-shooting detective parody of Sherlock Holmes, given to injecting himself from a bandolier of syringes worn across his chest, and liberally helping himself to the contents of a hatbox-sized round container of white powder labeled "COCAINE" on his desk.

Fairbanks's character otherwise lampoons Sherlock Holmes with checkered detective hat, clothes and even car, along with the aforementioned propensity for injecting cocaine whenever he feels momentarily down, then laughing with delight. A device used for observing visitors, which is referred to in the title cards as his "scientific periscope", bears a close resemblance to a modern closed-circuit television. What is apparently a clock face has "EATS, DRINKS, SLEEPS, and DOPE" instead of numbers.

The film displays a lighthearted and comic attitude toward Coke Ennyday's use of cocaine and laudanum, while he catches a gang of drug smugglers, he does so after consuming most of their opium. One of the actresses appearing, Alma Rubens, later became addicted to morphine and died young.


Posted By: Alex | Date: Wed Feb 04, 2015 | Comments (5)
Category: Drugs, Movies, 1910's

Ugandan Kung Fu



More information here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat Jan 31, 2015 | Comments (3)
Category: Movies, Martial Arts, Children, Africa

Charlie Chan Condom and Tampon Case

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Just the thing to prevent number one son.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Dec 28, 2014 | Comments (2)
Category: Movies, Stereotypes and Cliches, Birth Control , Asia

From Hell It Came



This not taken from the Alan Moore graphic novel.

Series 4

Series 4 by Normand Grégoire, National Film Board of Canada




Caution: some bare, false-color bosoms presented in a trippy manner.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Nov 30, 2014 | Comments (1)
Category: Movies, Avant Garde, Pop Art, Surrealism, 1970's

Doomsday Flight

The Doomsday Flight was a 1966 TV movie written by Rod Serling. The plot involves "a disgruntled aerospace engineer" who phones in a threat warning that he's planted a barometric pressure bomb on an airliner set to explode when the plane descends below 4000 feet for landing. He demands a ransom in return for instructions on how to disable the bomb. There isn't really a bomb, but the pilot nevertheless figures out how to defeat the scheme by landing at Denver, 5000 feet above sea level.

The movie is apparently pretty good. So good, in fact, that it soon earned an odd place in film history as The Movie Too Dangerous For The Public To See. Whenever it was shown, it inspired a slew of copycat bomb hoaxes, eventually leading the FAA, in 1971, to send a letter to TV stations, requesting that they never show it again. The FAA's letter warned that "the film may have a highly emotional impact on some unstable individual and stimulate him to imitate the fictional situation in the movie."

TV stations honored the FAA's request, and to my knowledge have never aired it again. It eventually was released on VHS (Available on Amazon), and there may be a DVD of it available (though not on Netflix). But you won't see it on TV.

You can find a fuller version of this movie's history here and here.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Thu Oct 30, 2014 | Comments (8)
Category: Movies, 1960's

Dog Factory

Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Oct 16, 2014 | Comments (5)
Category: Movies, Technology, Dogs, 1900's
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