HAPPY THANKSGIVING FROM THE DARK VAULT OF PUBLIC DOMAIN!!!
We’ve got another great OXNARD show coming up in a world premier set to air on December 21st, but to finish up OXNARD month, we’ve got another furry creature and some cinematic clones this week with UNCLE PETE in THE DARK VAULT OF PUBLIC DOMAIN! Join us as we bring you the wacky romantic music filled comedy horror classic Bela Lugosi Meets A Brooklyn Gorilla. It stars Duke Michell as Duke Mitchell and Sammy Petrillo as Sammy Petrillo in their only cinematic outing presenting their clone-like impersonations of Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis.
Duke and Sammy, flying on their way to entertain the troops stationed in Guam, mistake the Out Door for the powder room and wind up landing on a deserted (or so they think) island (good thing they were wearing their parachutes). It turns out they have landed on the island of Kola Kola at the far end of the Zamboanga group (and as you may know, the monkeys have no tails in Zamboanga – but that’s another song…). The chief’s daughter Nona (played by Charlita) saves the boys’ lives and sparks begin to fly between Nona and Dukey. But, there’s a Mad Scientist in the ointment at a castle nearby owned by Dr. Zabor (Bela Lugosi). Nona happens to have a job as a lab assistant with the Doctor, so Duke and Sammy head up there to see about getting off the island. Unfortunately, Zabor also has eyes for Nona and decides to get Duke out of the way by using him as the donor for his brain transfer experiment involving a big ol’ gorillillilla. As might be expected, wacky hi-jinx ensue! This 1952 gem from director William Beaudine also features Ramona the Chimp, and you gotta love any movie with a Ramona in it.
Back at the VAULT, UNCLE PETE slips into a flashback of his days as host of a radio advice phone-in show with some interesting callers. But he also manages to dig up two, helpings of our favorite cartoon cutie, Betty Boop, with 1933′s The Old Man Of The Mountain (also featuring Cab Calloway and His Orchestra) and 1932′s Betty Boop’s Bamboo Isle! Pull out your sarongs, your grass skirts and your half coconut drinking cup things. It’s two hours of songs, dances, and snappy patter (and flashbacks) with UNCLE PETE and Bela Lugosi Meets A Brooklyn Gorilla, the feature presentation this week,Saturday, November 30, 2013 from 10PM to midnight on channel 4 in THE DARK VAULT OF PUBLIC DOMAIN!
Thanksgiving – a day when people look forward to parades, football, eating, and preparing to get in line in the middle of the night to wait for a store to open so they can experience the true meaning of Christmas as soon as possible and get it over with just as soon. Of course there are those few oddballs who also gather together with their families to enjoy their company, share a good meal and reflect on life’s blessings and joys.
That’s Thanksgiving Day.
But as the cool people know, the real blessings happen a day earlier on Thanksgiving Eve.
Tune in at 10PM on Thanksgiving Eve (November 27, 2013) for the greatest Thanksgiving Eve Tradition ever – THE UNCLE PETE ANNUAL THANKSGIVING EVE DIFFERENT KIND OF AN UNCLE PETE SHOW THING STUFF ETC.!!! In its 153 year (or something like that), The Uncle Pete Thanksgiving Eve Special showcases music that you might not usually hear on a regular Uncle Pete Show (whatever that really is) but stuff that is great and seldom heard anywhere else on the radio – psychedelic, garage, rock-a-billy, the roots of punk, novelties and all sorts of stuff like that there.
If you’re within through the air listening range, tune in WHRW 90.5 on your FM dial. If you’re anywhere else in the universe, tune in at www.WHRWFM.org. You can phone in requests at 607-777-2137 or IM me somehow through the WHRW website (it’s voodoo to me – it just sort of happens and I’m not sure how) It’ll be at least 3 hours (probably more) of the longest running Thanksgiving Eve Tradition on radio.
Wednesday, November 27, 2013 from 10PM ’til who knows when. The UNCLE PETE ANNUAL THANKSGIVING EVE SPECIAL! I’ll see you on the radio!
It’s the fourth week of OXNARD Month and we’ve got a battle of the titans as we find Dracula Vs. Muggs this week in THE DARK VAULT OF PUBLIC DOMAIN! Join UNCLE PETE and his ever faithful Beagle OXNARD at LAKE DARK VAULT for the suspense filled 1943 comedy thriller Ghosts On The Loose. Muggs (Leo Gorcey), Glimpy (Huntz Hall), Danny (Bobby Jordan), Scruno (Sunshine Sammy Morrison) and the rest of the gang are preparing for the wedding of Glimpy’s sister Betty (played by Ava Gardner in one of her early roles). Jack (Rick Vailin), Betty’s intended, has purchased a little home in the suburbs for which to settle in with his new bride. The Gang decides to go out and do a little extra fixin’ up for the happy couple but mistakenly goes to the mansion next door. Meanwhile, when Jack receives an offer to sell his cottage he learns that the mansion next door is said to be haunted. Mysterious things have the Gang thinking there are ghosts about, but they don’t realize that Emil (Bela Lugosi) has his Nazi bunch hidden in the mansion plotting all kinds of evil. One of the most classic exchanges in all of filmdom occurs between Scruno and Emil as the Boys explore the secret passages and Scruno utters the immortal “Who Dat!” The film also features popular film star Wheeler Oakman as Tony and Stanley Clements as Stash. Clements, who didn’t appear in any more East Side Kids films would resurface in the 1950′s as Duke, the leader of The Bowery Boys after Leo Gorcey’s retirement. Plus, make sure to listen for (and watch) Bill Bates as Sleepy, who actually plays the organ in his only East Side Kids appearance in this week’s feature – Ghosts On The Loose.
UNCLE PETE, OXNARD, Max and Stone Dog are relaxing at LAKE DARK VAULT and trying a little whittling with his 47 blade pocket knife – including the sterling steel dinner service. UNCLE PETE also finds time to bring you a 1936 short from our favorite trio The Three Stooges in Disorder In The Court. Who Dat Say Who Dat When I Say Who Dat? Find the answer in two hours of hound dogs, ghosts and a few eye pokes this Saturday, November 23, 2013 from 10PM to midnight on channel 4. Grab a hunk o’ board and your pocket knife and whittle the time away with UNCLE PETE and OXNARD as they bring you Ghosts On The Loose, the next feature presentation on the DARK VAULT OF PUBLIC DOMAIN!
Haven’t gotten your Thanksgiving turkey yet? Don’t worry, we’re never short of turkeys here in THE DARK VAULT OF PUBLIC DOMAIN. It’s the third week of OXNARD Month, so join UNCLE PETE and OXNARD this week for some body snatchin’, swamp swimmin’ horror as we present Swamp Of The Lost Monster. Bodies and villagers are disappearing in the village near the swamp and there’s rumor of a beastie roaming about. Gaston (Gaston Santos), well-known bullfighter, cowboy, and all-around good guy, gets involved when at a family funeral, the body disappears. Astride his mighty steed Rayo de Plata (Moonlight, or perhaps Silver Ray), he heads out after the evil, foul-smelling, gilled monster. Also starring Manola Saavedra as Julietta, from 1957 it’s Swamp Of The Lost Monster.
UNCLE PETE and OXNARD are hanging around Lake Dark Vault recounting scary maritime tales about the fate of the SS Ella Fitzgerald, mysteriously lost with all hands on board during a routine evening party mission. They also work on trying to figure out the recently delivered pre-fab Dark Vault kit. UNCLE PETE finds time to present a rarely seen episode of The Veil, a series presenting strange and unexplained tales, hosted by Boris Karloff (Happy Birthday Boris – Nov. 23).
It’s spookiness and monsters with Swamp Of The Lost Monster this Saturday night, November 16, 2013 on channel 4 from 10PM to midnight. You’re in for a real shocker with OXNARD and UNCLE PETE (as he tries his hand at wiring up the Vault) on the next DARK VAULT OF PUBLIC DOMAIN!
It’s the second week of OXNARD Month, featuring a few of our favorite four-footed friend’s on-screen appearances in THE DARK VAULT OF PUBLIC DOMAIN, and one of her favorite fun-time activities was riding in the various Vault-mobiles. So buckle up as OXNARD and UNCLE PETE take you on a two hour car chase this week with the 1977 auto-action thriller Double Nickels.
A couple of California Highway Police decide to get involved with a some repo work. Or is it really repo work? It stars stunt man Jack Vacek as Smokey, George Cole as George, Ed Abrams as Ed and Heidi Schubert as Tami. Jack also produced, directed, and setup the car stunts. And look for Ma and Pa Vacek as Mercedes owners in the movie. UNCLE PETE also has a short corporate info film on the Sears Coldspot Time Bank freezers starring Laugh-In’s Judy Carne and Arte Johnson called Freeze In.
Meanwhile, UNCLE PETE and OXNARD are wandering through various locations in the general proximity of The Dark Vault. And with the repo theme in the feature, be sure to look for UNCLE PETE’s not so subtle tips of the hat to Repo Man with a rare bit of melodic vocalizin’ too. So join us this Saturday, November 10, 2013 at 10PM on channel 4 for Double Nickels, the next feature presentation on THE DARK VAULT OF PUBLIC DOMAIN!
As many of you know, THE DARK VAULT OF PUBLIC DOMAIN lost it’s most beloved member, OXNARD (aka MOLLY), in July of this year. So with Thanksgiving fast approaching, we’ve declared November to be OXNARD MONTH. To celebrate all she contributed to creation and production of THE DARK VAULT, we will be featuring some of our favorite OXNARD episodes starting with UNCLE PETE and OXNARD spending some quality time at their favorite get-a-way – Lake Dark Vault. It’s strange “fish”, rare wildlife, and ghosts and gangsters as we present the 1940 East Side Kids classic Boys In The City.
It’s a hot day in the Bowery, and Muggs (Leo Gorcey), Danny (Bobby Jordan), Pete (David Gorcey), and the gang decide to borrow a fire hydrant to cool off. Well, the local flatfoots don’t appreciate this and the boys are once again pinched. Algy (Eugene Francis) has his Dad go to bat for the boys and it’s agreed they will be released to go up to Dad’s place in the Adirondacks under the supervision of Knuckles (Dave “Tex” O’Brien) who is trying to help the gang stay on the straight and narrow. So off to the mountains they go.
But also on the same road is Judge Parker (Forrest Taylor), a man slated to testify against the mob guys and a man whose life is in peril because of it. After some car trouble, the gang and the Judge wind up at the Judge’s mysterious mountain castle, complete with creepy housekeeper, scary cook, nearby cemetery, and at least one restless ghost. There are secret passages, an invisible organ player, disappearances, mystery, action, and non-stop hi-jinx. Also featuring Sunshine Sammy as Scruno, from director Joseph H. Lewis it’s Boys In The City.
Meanwhile, UNCLE PETE and OXNARD have a little heart to heart about living a dog’s life and explosions and monsters and stuff. Then it’s time for a little fishing, and there’s always an interesting catch from Lake Dark Vault. UNCLE PETE takes time out from angling to bring you Betty Boop and Grampy from 1932 in House Cleaning Blues. Then UNCLE PETE goes in search of some rare and unique wildlife including the always accessorized Vito-Necked Pheasant, but not before a double-header of George Burns and Gracie Allen. First, George tries to buy some cigars from sales clerk Gracie in 100% Service (1931), then George is a street cleaner and Gracie a nurse in Walking The Baby (1932).
It’s action and adventure, fishin’ and fun, and a card game with wildlife (with OXNARD under the table just to keep things on the up and up). So join UNCLE PETE and OXNARD this Saturday, November 2, 2013 from 10PM til midnight on channel 4. as they bring you Boys In The City, the next feature presentation on the DARK VAULT OF PUBLIC DOMAIN!!!