DANGER ON THE HIGH SEAS AND OUT WEST TOO!!!

•September 12, 2014 • Leave a Comment

UNCLE PETE PREPARES TO DO BATTLE WITH THE LAKE DARK VAULT MONSTER

There are rumblings around Lake Dark Vault this week and it’s not just UNCLE PETE’S stomach!  Join us this week in THE DARK VAULT OF PUBLIC DOMAIN as UNCLE PETE will hit the waves to do some monster hunting in the SS PETE and bring you two feature presentations.

CHEYENE AND MANNY DISCUSS MUSIC AND SIDEWINDERS

Up first, it’s horsepower of the four hooved kind with the riproarin’, sixgun shootin’ action packed western The Cheyene Kid.  The Kid (Jack Randall) has a reputation as a  gamblin’, ne’er-do-well kinda guy but he decides that he and sidekick Manny (Frank Yaconelli) are going  to be square shootin’ honest cowpokes from now on.  He gets a cowhand job and soon becomes foreman.  The rancher sends him off with $1000 to pick up a few doggies (that’s cattle to all you dudes).  But a former ranch hand who wanted to be foreman teams up with the evil saloon owner to frame our hero for stealing and murder too.

UNCLE PETE ARMS HIMSELF IN A LAKE DARK VAULT PILLBOX

There’s a necktie party waiting for our hero unless he and Manny can set things straight.  Directed by Bernard B. Ray and also starring Louise Stanley as Ruth and George Chesbro as Davis, from 1940, it’s The Cheyene Kid.  (And make sure to catch Manny’s great musical number, Cross-eyed Son Of A Gun).

Next up, it’s terror on the high seas with Torture Ship.  The evil Dr. Herbert Stander (Irving Pichel) has a theory that criminal behavior is a gland problem and can be modified with his treatments.  He lures seven baddies onto a ship claiming he will take them to a place where they’ll be safe from the law.  But being an evil scientist, he lied.  It’s bizarre treatments, fights terror, and suspense instead.  But Lieut. Bob Bennet (Lyle Talbot) might have something to say about this.  With Jacqueline Wells as Joan, and Wheeler Oakman as Ritter, from writer Jack London and director Victor Halperin, it’s 1939’s Torture Ship.

UNCLE PETE FIRES A SALVO FROM THE SS PETE

But it’s not just a double feature – it’s double danger too!!!  The fearsome Lake Dark Vault Monster – Lakie –  is on the prowl again.  Several lake-goers have already turned up mostly missing  (Lakie always was a sloppy eater).  UNCLE PETE is on the case though.  He’s brought the SS PETE out of dry dock, loaded her with cannonballs a-plenty and armored himself for a fight to the finish with the dreaded beastie.  After all, the prospect of getting eaten is not good for the tourist trade.

So join UNCLE PETE, his state-of-the-art maritime marauder the SS PETE, and a rare daylight glimpse of a prehistoric behemoth, this Saturday night, September 13, 2014 from 10PM to midnight on channel 4 (Binghamton), channel 17 (Sayre and nearby areas in PA), and channel 99 (Corning/Hornell/Corning).  It’s double feature night with The Cheyene Kid and Torture Ship on the next DARK VAULT OF PUBLIC DOMAIN!!!

A CAUTIONARY TALE FOR YOU BACK-TO-SCHOOLERS (AND A SMOKIN’ GOOD TIME)!!!

•September 5, 2014 • Leave a Comment

UNCLE PETE READIES FOR ANOTHER TRIP INTO CINEMA WONDERLAND

We here in THE DARK VAULT rarely miss an opportunity to perform a valuable public service when such an opportunity presents itself.  So, since school of all levels is newly back in session, UNCLE PETE figured it was high time to warn students and faculty, young and old, about some of the dangers that you may try, er, uh, face in the midst of your scholastic endeavors.  With that in mind, join UNCLE PETE this week for REEFER MADNESS a bona fide cult classic scare film and one of our fan favorites. Originally released in 1936 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.  It also stars one of the DARK VAULT’S favorite performers Dave “Tex” O’Brien as Ralph, a strung out, unbalanced ex-college student (someone we can relate to).  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.

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 assorted refreshments and snack breaks along the way.

UNCLE PETE FINDS SOME SHOWS ARE MORE RELAXING THAN OTHERS

So grab lots of munchies and turn on (your TV set) and tune in this Saturday night,  September 6, 2014 from 10PM to midnight on channel 4 (Binghamton), channel 99 (Elmira/Corning), and channel 17 (Sayre, PA).  It’s murder, debauchery, and some jazzed up piano playing as UNCLE PETE goes green with the 1936 cult classic Reefer Madness, our feature presentation on the next DARK VAULT OF PUBLIC DOMAIN.

BACK TO SCHOOL WEAR FROM THE DARK VAULT

•August 31, 2014 • Leave a Comment
DARK VAULT SHIRT -  DESIGN #1

DARK VAULT SHIRT – DESIGN #1

DARK VAULT SHIRT- DESIGN #2

DARK VAULT SHIRT- DESIGN #2

 

Summer is still hanging on, but it’s Back To School time too!  Looking for that one extra special fashion accessory to make the scene at your school?   Be the best dressed student on your campus with official DARK VAULT OF PUBLIC DOMAIN T-Shirts.  They come in two designs – Dark Vault Logo (“in glorious analog” not included) and Uncle Pete in the Vault.  So far they’ve all come in black, but they come in colors too! (Let us know your preference and we’ll check).  Perfect for home room, study hall, lunch, free periods, nap time, watching the Dark Vault, cruisin’ in your hot rod, skateboarding, or just hanging around and being the hit of wherever you are.  You can even wear them to class (especially if your teachers are DARK VAULT fans.  We’re not sure about gym, though).  Available in a whole bunch of sizes from nursery school to post-graduate!

Contact Uncle Pete at unclepeteshow(at)gmail.com (don’t forget to put an @ sign in there where the (at) is) for more information and start your school year off juuuuuust right with THE DARK VAULT OF PUBLIC DOMAIN!

GIANT CRITTERS AND WOODCRAFT

•August 29, 2014 • Leave a Comment

UNCLE PETE COMBINES SHARP OBJECTS, WOOD AND ALIENS THIS SATURDAY NIGHT

Looking for a fun and creative project for your Labor Day Weekend?  Well break out the power tools and help save the Earth this Saturday with UNCLE PETE in THE DARK VAULT OF PUBLIC DOMAIN.  Join UNCLE PETE and EL VATO as they discuss the never-ending reconstruction of the DARK VAULT and bring you the feature presentation – Killers From Space!  Before Peter Graves undertook Impossible Missions, he stared here as Dr. Douglas Martin (yeah, that’s right, Doc Martin), an atomic scientist who crashes in his plane while taking some readings around a recent atomic test site.  He’s found wandering dazed (we know how that is) soon after with no recollection of what happened. And there’s a mysterious scar on his chest to boot.  The FBI, suspicious of atomic scientists with memory loss and strange scars,  takes him off his project.  Angered, Martin steals some data sheets, takes off and crashes his car (an obvious bad insurance risk kinda guy).  Under a dose of truth serum, he recollects being captured by aliens who plan to take over the Earth using huge bugs and lizards created from atomic energy gathered from the tests.  There are gigantic crawly things and bug-eyed aliens a-plenty in this 1954 release also starring Barbara Bester as Ellen Martin.

Directed by W. Lee Wilder and written by his son Miles (who also had a hand in many classic TV shows including McHale’s Navy and CPO Sharkey), this film was so excited about its future showing on The Dark Vault Of Public Domain that it got itself re-released in 1956.

Meanwhile, back at the Vault, UNCLE PETE and El Vato discuss the rebuilding plans of the Dark Vault and bring you a short created by the Air Force called Wings for Roger Windstar.  And then it’s out to the Dark Vault Transmitter storage-shack/woodshop/woodshed/smokehouse for a little woodcraft and power saw fun.  Who knows what will emerge from that combination!

It’s sawdust, sharp objects, egg-shell eyed aliens and giant reptiles this Saturday, August 30, 2014, at 10PM on Binghamton’s channel 4, Sayre’s channel 17, and Elmira/Corning/Hornell’s channel 99 as UNCLE PETE presents Killers From Space on the next DARK VAULT OF PUBLIC DOMAIN!!!

 

IT’S A ROAD TRIP DRAG RACE THIS WEEK FOR SURE IN THE DARK VAULT

•August 22, 2014 • Leave a Comment

UNCLE PETE AND HIS DESIGNATED DRIVER ON A ROAD TRIP IN THE NEXT DVOPD

Well, the DARK VAULT HOT ROD is slowly nearing completion and the roads will soon be a little more adventurous for everyone once UNCLE PETE hits the blacktop again, so this week in THE DARK VAULT OF PUBLIC DOMAIN we’re gonna bring you one of our favorite rubber burning, speed limit ignoring features – Hot Rod Girl!  Drag racing in the streets has gotten out of control, so Detective Ben Merrill (Chuck Connors) and one of the town’s top drivers and mechanics, Jeff Northrup (John Smith) set up a drag strip for the hot rodders to do some racing in a little safer setting (at least when they wreck, it won’t be on somebody’s front lawn).  Everything is real George and the top dragger just happens to be Lisa Vernon (Lori Nelson) – Jeff’s girl – in her T-Bird! But when Jeff’s younger brother gets goaded into a street race and killed to boot (on somebody’s front lawn), Jeff quits the scene for good.  But when a JD by the name of Bronc shows up in his high-powered mill and starts bugging Lisa, Jeff gets sucked into a street race, a kid on a bike gets croaked and the evidence points to Jeff.  It’s up to Lisa, Detective Ben, and the gang to help Jeff straighten out this mess and give Bronc a straightening out.

Directed by Leslie Martinson (Green Hornet, Dusty’s Trail, CHiPs), the flic also features Frank Gorshen as Flat Top, Eddie Ryder as Two Tanks, and Dabbs Greer as service station owner Henry Frye. The swinging soundtrack was composed and conducted by Alexander Courage (who later did the music for Star Trek). One of the few hot rod movies you’ll find with an oboe player listed in the credits (Gordon Schoneberg), from 1956, it’s Hot Rod Girl. (Check out some of the famous band members in the credits including a new trumpet player by the name of Maynard Ferguson.)

And it’s UNCLE PETE and Max and Stone Dog cruising in Mobile Vault One on a road trip up to Lake Dark Vault. While UNCLE PETE runs into (and over) a plethora of interesting characters on the way, he also finds time to bring you some music (Jody Miller singing Things), a spot about the brand new 1956 Ford Thunderbird, a James Dean safe driving public service announcement, and a Chevrolet sponsored short about preparing for a trip entitled How To Go Places starring Gail Storm.

It’s Hot Roddin, Road Trippin’ fun this week with Hot Rod Girl, Saturday, August 23, 2014 from 10PM to midnight on channel 4 in Binghamton (channel 17 – Sayre, channel 99 – Elmira/Corning. Plus, it’s our new remastered version with enhanced sound and picture!  And our second movie with Chuck Connors in it. So join UNCLE PETE (and bring your oboe) for the next DARK VAULT OF PUBLIC DOMAIN!

THE WILD RIDE TO CONFUSION

•August 22, 2014 • Leave a Comment
UNCLE PETE DOES AN UN-BUILD OF THE DARK VAULT HOT ROD

UNCLE PETE DOES SOME INVESTIGATIN’ AND RESTORATIN’ ON THE DARK VAULT HOT ROD

Work is progressing on the rebuild of the Dark Vault Hot Rod.  A total lack of brakes slowed things down for a bit (funny how no brakes can slow things down).  But it’s onward and upward this week as UNCLE PETE dives into some engine work and digs up the 1960 counterculture hot rod film – The Wild Ride.  It stars Georgianna Carter, Robert Bean, Carol Bigby, and Jack Nicholson. Nicholson is a hard-nosed anti-society dirt track racer who loves partying and rebelling and being on top – no matter what the cost to others. There’s drinkin’, fightin’, playin’ chicken, and all sorts of mayhem in director Harvey Berman’ s The Wild Ride.

     Meanwhile, UNCLE PETE hits the Dark Vault Garage to try to find out why the Dark Vault Hot Rod is not performing like it should. Along the way he finds time to bring you the 1954 Popeye car-toon Taxi Turvy and our favorite cartoon cutie – Betty Boop – hoppin’ in her race car (with a cold) in Ker Choo. Plus, we’ve got some good advice for all you JD Hot Rodders out there in Road Runners.

CHICKEN SOUP AND CARBURETORS DON’T MIX

Although the Dark Vault Hot Rod isn’t back on the road yet, we are making progress now that the new paint job is dry (no, we didn’t use brushes, we did it the professional way – with rollers).  Pieces are going back on instead of getting destroyed, so the DVHR will ride again.  But in the meantime, join UNCLE PETE and the pre-restored Dark Vault Hot Rod this Saturday night, August 16, 2014 from 10PM to midnight on channel 4, channel 99, and channel 17 in Binghamton, Sayre (PA), and Corning/Elmira as we bring you our newly remastered version of The Wild Ride, the next feature presentation on THE DARK VAULT OF PUBLIC DOMAIN!

BiIG TIME ROCK AND ROLL AND THE LATEST COMPUTER THINGY

•August 8, 2014 • Leave a Comment
UNCLE PETE IN A RECONSTITUTED DARK VAULT

UNCLE PETE IN A RECONSTITUTED DARK VAULT

Pull out those 45 records and dust off that phonograph this week  cuz UNCLE PETE is gonna bring you a big ol’ Rock and Roll Party in the next DARK VAULT OF PUBLIC DOMAIN!  It’s the 1956 rock and roll spectacular Rock Rock Rock! It stars Alan Freed as Alan Freed, Tuesday Weld (in her film debut) as Dori, and teen idol Teddy Randazzo as Tommy. Dori and Tommy have a thing goin’ and Dori wants to buy a strapless evening gown for the big rock and roll dance at the school. Unfortunately, she gets caught up in a crooked money-making scheme cuz she didn’t pay attention in math class. Tommy is a budding rock and roll singer and belts out a few numbers along the way.  And all this takes place while the legendary Alan Freed is organizing the entertainment for the dance with some big names like Chuck Berry, The Moonglows, The Flamingos, LaVern Baker and Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers.

UNCLE PETE DISPLAYS THE NEW BIO-AUDIO VITOPOD (TM)

Meanwhile, UNCLE PETE will show off the recently remodeled Vault and share a few trailers and musical numbers including the Hondells doing Sea Cruise. Plus you’ll get to see the new must-have bio-audio personal computing device component system – The VitoPod (TM) – beating the next clever phone to market by months!

So join us this Saturday, August 9, 2014 from 10PM til midnight on channel 4 (Binghamton), channel 17 (Sayre), and channel 99 (Corning/Hornell/Elmira) as UNCLE PETE brings you a Sock Hop on your TV with Rock Rock Rock – the next feature presentation on THE DARK VAULT OF PUBLIC DOMAIN!

 
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