Saturday, January 21, 2017

Saturday Night at the Movies 1/21/17!

Who cares what picture we see?

The late great Miguel Ferrer would have - I'm quite sure of it - so this will be the choice for tonight in his honor...

The third go-round for the original series crew (back before there were other crews that prompt the need to call these guys the original series crew) finds them on the trail of that elusive Vulcan fellow.

Actually there's way more to it than that, but that's all I'll say about that - but it does feature an early role for young Miguel Ferrer - and I do have the movie ready to spin on a fine Blu-Ray at any time, even this very night if you'd like to search for my house and come check it out with me...

Until next post, you Can Poke Me With A Fork, Cause I Am Outta Here!

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Throwback Thursday 1/19/17!

Just a couple of quick video clips this week...

There was a particular attraction I always wanted to visit in Hollywood - the Universal Studios tour. This desire doubled down in the late 70's when they added a new feature based on one of my favorite TV shows at that time...

Although I never got to go out there and go on the tour, and the attraction is now long gone, thanks to the a magnanimous video poster over at YouTube we can see what it was like...

Did you ever get to go on this tour, or anything similar? Tell me about it in the comments!

Until next post, you Can Poke Me With A Fork, Cause I Am Outta Here!

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Spotlight on Richard Kelton!

Way back when - as a newly minted Star Wars/Sci Fi fan just into double digits I was a fan of the spoofy NBC series Quark - for all seven episodes it managed to air before it got cancelled.

One of my favorite characters on the show was Ficus - a "Vegeton" alien who was Quark's answer to Mr. Spock - coldly logical and emotionless - because "Vegetons" are plant based lifeforms. I thought Ficus was hilarious.

Ficus was played by an actor named Richard Kelton. He'd been acting since his youth, and got started in Hollywood with a very brief role in the 1967 movie In Cold Blood. After appearing in 30 or so other shows like Mission: Impossible and The F.B.I. and movies like McQ, Kelton got the job on Quark.

After Quark ended, I promptly forgot about the show - and didn't really notice that I wasn't seeing Richard Kelton on other shows. I mean - Richard Benjamin popped up in Love at First Bite and started directing movies like My Favorite Year. Conrad Janis went on to play Mindy's dad on Mork and Mindy. And of course Tim Thomerson went on to a fun run in genre movies like Trancers and Dollman.

But I never saw Richard Kelton in anything else.

Decades later, in the last couple of years - Quark got released on DVD and I picked up a copy. Watching it again I finally realized I hadn't seen any other roles for Richard Kelton. But now I had access to a little resource called IMDB.

I was saddened to read about what happened to Richard Kelton.

Denver, Nov. 28 (AP) - Richard Kelton, an actor, died yesterday, apparently of a heart attack, while filming the NBC-TV series "Centennial" on a ranch south of here.
The actor had completed one day of filming the series. NBC producers began looking for an actor to replace Mr. Kelton in the role of Phillip Wendell.
Primarily known as a television actor, Mr. Kelton earned critical praise for his
performance as the young academic in the 1976 Broadway revival of "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" starring Colleen Dewhurst and Ben Gazzara.
Mr. Kelton was born in Lincoln, Neb. and received B.A. and M.A. degrees in theater arts from the University of Kansas. He was a co-star on the short-lived NBC series "Quark," starring Richard Benjamin.
Mr. Kelton lived in Studio City, Calif. He is survived by his wife, Eileen, a son, Zachary, and his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Kelton of Miami, Okla.

A few days later, an autopsy had been completed and the real cause of death was known:

How sad. Here was a young guy - only thirty-five years old - and a freak accident takes him out. According to this article - while Universal was held responsible for his passing - they weren't liable for too much financially...

About the only silver lining to this sad story is that his alma mater - Kansas University - established a memorial fund in Richard Kelton's name and that fund has become a scholarship and it is still given out every year.

A sad end for a fine and talented actor. I enjoyed his work, and as I get older, hearing about people dying too young really hits home. RIP Richard Kelton.

Until next post, you Can Be Sad Along With Me Over The Passing Of Richard Kelton.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Maniacal Movie Poster Monday #247!

Theme Week! Let's look at three weekly posters that accompanied the release of a cool old movie serial back in the day - in this case the first ever live-action cinematic appearance of the Man of Steel!

Superman  (Columbia Pictures, 1948)

Everybody seems to complain about this serial because whenever star Kirk Alyn takes off flying as Superman he turns into an animated cartoon. I think it's cool. But then I love Bela Lugosi's animated transformation into a bat in Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein.

It's a fun old serial and I love these posters.

Until next post - you Can Poke Me With A Fork, Cause I Am Outta Here!

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Saturday Night at the Movies 1/14/17!

Who cares what picture we see?

Avery Schreiber might if you bring him soup - while I whip some up this will be tonight's choice...

In the late 80's anything could get a sequel - as name recognition on a VHS video shelf apparently helped move rentals out the door. So during my weird two months in Florida in late 1988 (you remember - the 60 days where I watched 125 movies?) I saw this "sequel" to the silly 1980 original playing at the local drive-in in Winter Haven Florida. I don't remember what the second feature was.

It's just a completely goofy pretty much in-name-only follow up - and it now resides in the video vault on a fine VHS cassette - and we could be watching this highly appropriate for today flick at any time - even this very evening - if you'd like to strike back at coming over and joining me.

Until next post - you Can Poke Me With A Fork, Cause I Am Outta Here!

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Throwback Thursday 1/12/17!

It's another link to the past - and since it's Thursday the 12th - in honor of tomorrow, we'll go with this older post...

Until next post - you Can Poke Me With A Fork, Cause I Am Outta Here!

Monday, January 9, 2017

Maniacal Movie Poster Monday #246!

Running behind - no (or few) words - let's get to the three posters...

Until next post, you Can Poke Me With A Fork, Cause I Am Outta Here!