•May 17, 2013 • Leave a Comment
UNCLE PETE, PANCHO. AND WELL CHOMPED CIGAR – PERFECT INGREDIENTS FOR A GREAT WESTERN SATURDAY NIGHT
Break out your poncho and put in a good supply of Pepe Lowbrow (a Vito Gold Enterprises (TM) product) cuz this week in THE DARK VAULT OF PUBLIC DOMAIN, UNCLE PETE and El Vato are riding into the Italian sunset to bring you the brawl-packed, lead-flyin’ feature It Can Be Done Amigo! From 1972, it stars Bud Spencer as Coburn, an affable, two-fisted drifter, and Jack Palance who not only happens to be the fastest gun in the west, but is also aimin’ to use his talents to get revenge on Coburn for trifflin’ with his sister’s affections – a trifflin’ Coburn claims was a misunderstanding. And to make the plot a little juicier, a dying old man makes Coburn promise that he will see to it that the old man’s orphan nephew takes possession of the land he is leaving to the boy. Brawls, bullets and comic mayhem ensue in this great action flick from director Maurizio Lucidi.
UNCLE PETE takes time out to demonstrate some of the dramatic eye twiches and cigar shiftin’ that legend has it he taught to Clint Eastwood just before Eastwood’s meteoric rise in the world of Spaghetti Westerns.
So grab your fresh popped spaghetti and join UNCLE PETE this Saturday night on channel 4 from 10 PM to midnight for It Can Be Done Amigo! – the next feature presentation on THE DARK VAULT OF PUBLIC DOMAIN!
•May 15, 2013 • Leave a Comment
UNCLE PETE’S NEW MAILBOX
As you all know, you can contact UNCLE PETE and El Vato at our DARK VAULT e-mail address – firstname.lastname@example.org. El Vato generally handles all the correspondence and surprisingly well. But if he happens to be out scouring the Cinema Graveyard for new bodies of film, there’s a new address that you can use to contact UNCLE PETE directly. It’s
That’s email@example.com. If you have any questions for UNCLE PETE about THE DARK VAULT OF PUBLIC DOMAIN or about some movies or if you have any suggestions for movies or shorts, you can fire them off to our latest address. Or if you have any questions about The Uncle Pete Show on radio at WHRW_FM - air dates or requests for future shows or comments or stories, or if you’re looking for a particular record or have some cool records you want to go to a good home, you can use firstname.lastname@example.org. UNCLE PETE is a rabid record collector with tens of thousands or 33s, 45, 78s, and CDs and tapes in his collection, some of which may be what you’re looking for. (Feel free to send me your want lists.)
So keep using email@example.com for general DARK VAULT stuff and for El Vato but for UNCLE PETE direct, you can try our new e-mail of unclepeteshow@gmail (at least until UNCLE PETE screws it up or drops the new Vito Gold laptop prototype again).
(P.S. - THE DARK VAULT OF PUBLIC DOMAIN first run prototype T-Shirts have just been created. Let us know if you’d like to know more about these rare and attractive fashion statements.)
•May 10, 2013 • Leave a Comment
OXNARD WATCHES FOR ALIENS AND KEEPS A CLOSE EYE ON UNCLE PETE THIS MOTHER’S DAY WEEKEND
Mother’s Day is coming this Sunday, May 12 and what could be a better gift than to treat Mom to a bona fide Science Fiction classic. Bring Mom along this week as you join UNCLE PETE, OXNARD, and MAX at the DARK VAULT Transmitter Site for the 1965 thriller - The Eye Creatures. Directed by Larry Buchanan and starring John Ashley and Cynthia Hull – it’s a color remake of the 1957 film Invasion Of The Saucer Men – so it’s like getting two decades of sci-fi movies in one! Our story finds that there’s a flying saucer hanging around earth. The military is keeping an eye on it. but the first place it lands is a favorite teenage make-out spot just outside of town. The teenagers not only spot it first, but a couple of them wham into one of the aliens with their car and nobody believes them (at least not for a while). Listen for the voice of Peter Graves (Killers From Space) as the uncredited narrator.
Back at The Dark Vault Transmitter, located high above Lake Dark Vault, UNCLE PETE and OXNARD enjoy some Barbecue sauce, read some viewer mail and have a few frosty cold beverages as they bring you a Bobby Vee video, a special on barbecuing and a whole bucket of trailers from the Dark Vault (side note – when Bobby Vee found out we were showing one of his songs, he announced his retirement. I guess when you make it to The Dark Vault Of Public Domain, there are no more goals worth shooting for!)
So grab your Mom and maybe some popcorn and some chocolate covered bacon flavored gumdrops and some Kung Fu Crunch to make it really special, and join UNCLE PETE for The Eye Creatures, this Saturday, May 11, 2013 at 10PM on channel 4. And show her the cute picture of Oxnard on our website. It’s the perfect Mother’s Day Gift (and it’s free!) on the next DARK VAULT OF PUBLIC DOMAIN!
(P.S. – watch for new UNCLE PETE contact info this week right here!)
•May 2, 2013 • Leave a Comment
UNCLE PETE TALKS CHICKEN AND HAIR PRODUCTS THIS WEEK
It’s chickens and rats and chops this week in THE DARK VAULT OF PUBLIC DOMAIN. Join UNCLE PETE for a brand new episode as he brings you the 1980 feature presentation Karate Kids, U.S.A. Young martial artists Zack and Woody (Chris and Pat Petersen) are on vacation with their Grandpa J.J. when they meet new friend Carol (Sally Boyden). But poor Carol also meets some other folks, namely evil, scheming Angel (played by 50s and 60s TV and movie hottie Ann Southern) and Angel’s two goofball sons. They decide they should kidnap Carol and hold her for lots of ransom. So Zack, Woody, and J.J. decide they have to try to come to the rescue. It’s karate galore and lot’s of 70′s cars, chases, clothes and humor in this film directed by Curtis Hanson. Originally titled The Little Dragons (but I hear it was changed when some other movie about Karate and Kid(s) was coming out and the other guys figured re-titling this unknown B-movie would help their film, or something like that), it’s Karate Kids, U.S.A.
THE SUN’S NOT HAPPY WITH JOHNNY
Meanwhile, UNCLE PETE is hanging out with Max’s friend Hendrix and trying to coax some breakfast out of a chicken. He takes the time to dig up a little educational and entertaining short from 1946 called Johnny Learns His Manners – a film that should be required viewing for all Americans and especially El Vato. So tune in this Saturday, May 4, 2013 (Fortho de Mayo) from 10PM to midnight on channel 4. It’s Karate Kids, U.S.A., the next feature presentation on THE DARK VAULT OF PUBLIC DOMAIN!
(P.S. – Watch for a new way to contact UNCLE PETE – coming soon!)
•April 26, 2013 • Leave a Comment
UNCLE PETE ABSORBS SOME CLASSIC CATHODE RAYS
It’s time to warm up those old cathode ray tubes again as UNCLE PETE brings you the CLASSIC TELEVISION SPECTACULAR (Part I) this week in THE DARK VAULT OF PUBLIC DOMAIN. With UNCLE PETE being enveloped last week by a strange relaxed feeling (as well as a strange cloud of smoke from El Vato’s imported “incense”), he decided to stay put in the Dark Vault Den for another week and open up the Dark Vault Classic Television Archives (while the Dark Vault Film areas get aired out a bit).
First up is an episode of Clutch Cargo from 1962 featuring the special Synchrovox process which combined animation and live action speaking parts. In this episode, Clutch, his sidekick Spinner and that pugnacious pooch Paddlefoot meet up with Mister Abominable. More action follows from 1967 with episode 1 of Johnny Socko and His Flying Robot. Johnny, his pal and his giant robot defend the earth against all sorts of evil and assorted giant beasties.
Next we turn to suspenseful spookiness with a little seen series from the 50s called The Veil hosted by Boris Karloff. Then it’s Destination: Outer Space and a return to the Synchrovox process with Space Angel. In this 1962 episode called The Ghost and Crystal Mace, Space Angel and his crew encounter a planet inhabited by some very upset and mischievous ghosts.
Finally, it’s back to earth where evil is afoot once again in The Adventures Of Dr. Fu Manchu, one of the first syndicated television programs. This episode finds the evil doctor kidnapping a famous plastic surgeon to do some work on an evil-doer who has been in hiding since the fall of his former stomping grounds – Nazi Germany. Naztiness abounds in this episode entitled The Master Plan Of Dr. Fu Manchu.
Back at the Dark Vault Den, UNCLE PETE tries to get his robot buddy to demonstrate the process of Luffing (and we’re still not sure what Luffing is), and grows a Fu Manchu moustache. Plus, there’s a cameo appearance by our friend, Mr. Yuk, the guy who replaced the old Skull and Crossbones as the symbol of poison.
So whether you have a black and white set or one of those new color console sets, make sure it’s good and warmed up for this Saturday night April 27, 2013 from 10PM to midnight on channel 4. It’s a walk down Television Memory Lane with UNCLE PETE and the Classic Television Spectacular on the next DARK VAULT OF PUBLIC DOMAIN!
•April 19, 2013 • Leave a Comment
UNCLE PETE CELEBRATES TRAINS AND EARTH DAY AND OTHER GREEN THINGS
Back in the old days, when UNCLE PETE was working on the railroad, they used to call the refrigerated train cars “reefers”. So UNCLE PETE was all kinds of reminiscing and stuff about trains when he heard El Vato had dug up a movie all about refrigerator cars. Turns out REEFER MADNESS isn’t about trains, but it is a bona fide cult classic scare film and one of our fan favorites. Join UNCLE PETE in the DARK VAULT DEN this week for our feature film from 1936 originally released as Tell Your Children, an anti-marijuana educational film. It stars Carleton Young (as Jack) and Thelma White (as Mae) – a couple of scurvy pot dealers – and Dave “Tex” O’Brien) as Ralph, a strung out, unbalanced ex-college student. They soon get youths Jimmy (Warren McCollum) and Bill (Kenneth Craig) turned on to some real good cigarettes, starting them on a downward slide into the dark, destructive world of cannabis.
Reefer Madness is probably the greatest departure in the career of Dark Vault favorite Dave “Tex” O’Brien who spent much of his long career in westerns (many with Tex Ritter) and East Side Kids movies. Originally intended as an educational movie directed at parents to warn them about the pitfalls of pot, Reefer Madness made its move into cult movie super stardom after NORML founder Keith Stroup bought a cheap copy in 1971 and began to circulate it in the college movie circuit.
Meanwhile, back at the Dark Vault, UNCLE PETE seems to be feeling the effects of something El Vato is burning. But while relaxing in the den, he brings you the usual offbeat assortment of shorts, a film from the 60′s called Keep Off The Grass and a musical interlude called Radiation Baby. Azul stops by to demonstrate a new use for a Vito Gold product, and UNCLE PETE tickles the ivories between a few refreshments and snack breaks along the way.
The Dark Vault gets a jump on Earth Day and goes green this Saturday night, April 20, 2013 at 10PM on channel 4. It’s murder, debauchery, and some jazzed up piano playing as UNCLE PETE bring you the 1936 cult classic Reefer Madness. The smoking lamp is lit – and so are UNCLE PETE and EL VATO – on the next DARK VAULT OF PUBLIC DOMAIN!
•April 13, 2013 • Leave a Comment
UNCLE PETE MIXES UP SOME TASTY TREATS IN THE DARK VAULT DISTILLERY
It’s a bunch of crime, a lot of action, and a little concoctin’ this week in THE DARK VAULT OF PUBLIC DOMAIN. Join UNCLE PETE for the 1973 crimedy spectacular Mean Frank and Crazy Tony. It stars DARK VAULT fave Lee VanCleef as mob boss Mean Frank and Tony LoBianco as Crazy Tony – a mob boss fanatic from Hoboken who idolizes Mean Frank. Frank gets himself in prison as an alibi for a crime he’s tied up with, but Tony decides that he’s gonna spring his ideal no matter what anybody says or does to try to stop him. The film also stars Edwige French and Romano Pupo (from Little Rita Of The West). An unofficial 1973 crime remake of My Name Is Nobody, from director Michele Lupo (Sheriff and the Satellite Kid), it’s Mean Frank and Crazy Tony.
A SELF-PROPELLED JUG
UNCLE PETE is hard at work in THE DARK VAULT DISTILLERY developing a new flavor of schnapps (or something like that). Having tested and eliminated chlorine and motor oil flavors, UNCLE PETE still has a whole bunch of additives yet to try (and you can be sure there’s some bar-b-que sauce nearby). To keep in the theme of things, UNCLE PETE also has a cartoon treat from 1947 – Little Brown Jug– a sing-a-long you can all join in on.
It’s an action packed, flavor filled night this Saturday, April 13, 2013 at 10PM on channel 4. So be sure to join UNCLE PETE for Mean Frank and Crazy Tony, the next feature presentation on THE DARK VAULT OF PUBLIC DOMAIN!