(and Happy Dyngus Day on Monday too!)
Easter is this Sunday, and many of you may be looking for that special item for your Easter family get together or something to stuff in your Easter basket to make it juuuust right. Well, look no further than this week’s episode of THE DARK VAULT OF PUBLIC DOMAIN hosted by the go t0 guy when it comes to finding the stuff you needs to buy – VITO GOLD, Mastermind of the VITO GOLD Empire!
UNCLE PETE, the Clones and the rest of the gang from THE DARK VAULT OF PUBLIC DOMAIN have the night off to dye their eggs, cook their kielbasas and prepare for the big DARK VAULT Easter Feast on Sunday. So this Saturday it’s all VITO for The Two Hour Vito Gold Shopping Spectacular!
VITO, the man who brings you “The Stuff Youse Needs To Buy!”(tm), will be showcasing tons and tons of great gift ideas from the VITO GOLD catalog at crazy prices. From the ever-popular, classic Purk to the Bowling Watchometer(tm) to the Vitobot(tm) to some items never before seen from the VITO GOLD storehouses, it’s all there and with operators standing by, you can get all your stuff right from in front of your TV!
Plus, there’s all kinds of great informational entertainment dug up from the Shorts Section of The Cinema Graveyard. You’ll see all about animation and In-line 6 cylinder engines, learn all about how those new-fangled stereos work and get tips on setting up and even building your own, get some driving etiquette tips from Edgar Kennedy and get a first look at the futuristic 7 function wireless remote control TV. Plus there’s a pirate cartoon called Pegleg Pedro with a Chevy as the hero and if you’re looking to outfit your bowling alley with the latest coordinated designer equipment, we have a short from Brunswick to tell all you need to know.
There’ll be 28K gold bullion record holders, Radonian Vaporizer Ray Guns, and the brand new Self-Defense Bunny, the perfect Easter gift, and a whole lotta entertainment and house-bustin’ deals. So join VITO GOLD, Mastermind Of The VITO GOLD Empire this Saturday night April 19, 2014 from 10PM to midnight on channel 4 (Channel 99 in Elmira/Corning, channel 17 in Sayre). You’ll have some fun, learn some stuff, get some great deals, and help out the Easter Bunny all in one night as you watch The Two Hour VITO GOLD Shopping Spectacular on the next DARK VAULT OF PUBLIC DOMAIN!
We’re heading out west for bombs and buckaroos this week in THE DARK VAULT OF PUBLIC DOMAIN. Join UNCLE PETE for a double feature from The Dark Vault Crypt deep beneath the Cinema Graveyard in an evening of radioactive rowdies and six-gun slingin’ sidewinders.
First up, from 1961, it’s Beast Of Yucca Flats starring big bald scary guy Tor Johnson as a Russian defector who wanders into the blast zone of an atomic bomb test. He gets a little mutated, and, as mutated atomic monsters often do, croaks a few of the locals. Directed by Coleman Francis, this movie used the groundbreaking technique of being filmed entirely without a soundtrack. All sounds and dialog were added afterwards (notice how you never actually see anyone talking). Also starring Douglas Mellor, Barbara Francis and Bing Stafford, it’s Beast Of Yucca Flats.
Our second feature takes us to the old west with a man who was not only an Olympic swimmer, but also played Flash Gordon, Buck Rogers, Tarzan, and numerous B western heroes. It’s Buster Crabbe along with his sidekick Al “Fuzzy” St. John in Fugitive Of The Plains. Buster once again reprises his role as Billy the Kid. There’s a gang doing crimes and pointing the finger square at him, so he and Fuzzy set out to clear their names. Directed by Sam Newfield, it also stars Maxine Leslie and features seasoned western side men Kermit Maynard (Ken’s brother) as Spence and George Cheesbro as Baxter. It’s the 1943 horse opera, Fugitive Of The Plains.
UNCLE PETE and Sammy are still wandering in the Dark Vault Crypt. With all the unexplored passages – some that appear to have been excavated from below – this always proves for an interesting stroll. So tune in this Saturday, April 12, 2014 on channel 4 (channel 17 in Sayre and channel 99 in Elmira/Corning) from 10PM to midnight as UNCLE PETE brings you a brand new double feature: Beast Of Yucca Flats and Fugitive Of The Plains on the next DARK VAULT OF PUBLIC DOMAIN!
It’s an evening of hard ridin’ and straight shootin’ this week in THE DARK VAULT OF PUBLIC DOMAIN as UNCLE PETE presents the Classic TV Spectacular – Pt. III featuring a buckboard full of classic western shows plucked from the golden days of the cathode ray tube.
The whoopin’ and hollerin’ starts up with Bat Masterson, starring Gene Barry as Bat and guest stars William (Frank Cannon) Conrad and James (Roscoe P. Coltrane) Best. Bat rides into a horse wranglers’ tent city named Prosper and sees a man chained to a post waiting to be the guest of honor at a necktie party. A pretty girl (required in every Bat Masterson episode) tells Bat that the man on the post is innocent and needs help. Bat takes up the task and gunplay and brawlin’ ensue – but is the gent in question really innocent? Find out as we see Bat Masterson in Stampede In Tent City.
Next up is a dose of hard ridin’, straight shootin’, and suspense (as the show’s intro told us every week). It’s the best shootin’ gal of the Old West, Annie Oakley, starring Gail Davis. Gail, a frequent co-star of Gene Autry , appeared each week along with her horse Target, lawman Lofty Cragg (Brad Johnson), and little brother Tag (Jimmy Hawkins) from 1954 through 1957 in a total of 81 episodes. Here in Shadow At Sonoma (1956), there’s bad guys afoot at the county fair as Annie spots a dead ringer for Lofty who ain’t no straight shooter.
Up next we add a little color (literally) with an episode of The Cisco Kid. After a long and successful run as a radio drama, it moved to television – airing from 1950 to 1956, starring veteran actors Duncan Renaldo as Cisco and Leo Carillo as his sidekick Pancho riding hither and yon on their horses Diablo and Loco righting wrongs and helping the unfortunate and put-upon. This episode finds our Robin Hood of the Old West challenged by bushwhackers, murderers, and some spooky stuff too in a story entitled Ghost Story.
Our fourth installment brings us the King Of The Cowboys – Roy Rogers (played by Roy Rogers). Each week Roy, horse Trigger, dog Bullet, sweetie Dale Evans – Queen Of The West, Dale’s horse Buttermilk and comic sidekick Pat Brady with his jeep Nellie Belle rode the range finding bad guys and helping out folks that needed help. The show aired from 1951 to 1957 and in this episode from 1952 Roy and his gang help little Lucy who has just lost her Mommy and whose Daddy has a price on his head for some hanky panky at the banky, er bank. Lucy doesn’t think her Daddy is an outlaw and neither does Roy, but he must prove that before the law or the bad guys settle his hash first. It’s Unwilling Outlaw on The Roy Rogers Show.
UNCLE PETE, having just vaporized the ice off Lake Dark Vault, finds time for a little fishing for some of the Lake’s always interesting creatures. There’s also some viewer mail. It’s fast six-guns, horses, action aplenty and a little Happy Trails To You this Saturday, April 4, 2014 from 10PM to midnight on channel 4 (Binghamton), channel 99 (Elmira/Corning), and channel 17 (Sayre). Join UNCLE PETE, Stone Dog, and Ol’ Potmetal the Horse as they bring you the newly remixed remastered Classic TV Spectacular Pt.III – Western style – on the next DARK VAULT OF PUBLIC DOMAIN!
We here in THE DARK VAULT OF PUBLIC DOMAIN are no strangers to disasters, so this week, UNCLE PETE and El Vato have dug up a big time, big budget, big cast, big disaster of a disaster movie - Virus. There’s a killer virus that the government has developed and the people in charge decide to move it from one place to another. So they put it on a plane. And the plane crashes. And the virus, which is extremely contagious, very deadly, and for which there is no cure, is released. The world gets wiped out. The End.
But not so fast! The virus can’t survive in extreme cold (Binghamton is safe!), so eight hundred-some scientists and staff in Antarctica and a submarine crew are still alive and the task of not getting contaminated and keeping the earth going falls to them, with evil germs, contaminated people, and the apocalypse in their way.
Directed by Kinji Fukasaku, this was the most expensive Japanese film made at that time. It had a huge cast, including Masao Kusakari, Sonny Chiba, Glenn Ford, Robert Vaughn, Henry Silva, George Kennedy, Edward James Olmos, Bo Svenson, and Olivia Hussey. It was filmed on location in Antarctica, Alaska, Halifax, Machu Pichu and features 2 for real submarines and the ocean. It also bombed at the box office. Which is why we have it here in THE DARK VAULT OF PUBLIC DOMAIN. From 1980, it’s Virus.
UNCLE PETE and Max are back down in the Dark Vault Crypt where no virus would dare survive – although Max does have the sniffles. Although this is one of the newest, longest, and by far, the biggest budget movie we’ve shown in the DARK VAULT, UNCLE PETE still manages to dig up a couple of disaster flick trailers as well. So tune in this Saturday, March 29, 2014 from 10PM to midnight on channel 4 (Binghamton), channel 99 (Corning/Elmira), and channel 17 (Sayre) for the 1980 disaster spectacular Virus, the next feature presentation on the DARK VAULT OF PUBLIC DOMAIN!!!
And, in the Cosmic Lattice Of Coincidence Department, Oderus Urungus, front-man for the great and bizarre band GWAR, passed away this past Sunday (March 23, just in time for UNCLE PETE’S Birthday). Oddly, his last original Tweet on Twitter was a comment about the television show The Rifleman. This week’s feature, Virus, which was scheduled (but not announced) several weeks ago to air this week, stars Chuck Connors who was the star of The Rifleman. Additionally, Rifleman co-star Johnny Crawford called the Uncle Pete Show on the radio the last time Uncle Pete was on the air. It just goes to show you that sooner or later, all things connect up with THE UNCLE PETE SHOW and THE DARK VAULT OF PUBLIC DOMAIN!!!
If you happen to be in one of the unusual places or dark recesses that UNCLE PETE passes through today (Sunday, March 23), be sure to wish him a Happy Birthday and a hep-dee-doodley-dee!!! We’re not sure which birthday this is, but by best figgerin’, we make it to be somewhere between his 179th and 512th (going by some of the photos and scrolls we’ve found down in the crypt). So Happy Birthday UNCLE PETE!!!
Spring is here – a time for the flowers to start bloomin’, the birds to return northward, and the giant atomic turtles to start fighting. So join UNCLE PETE and a slightly disappointed El Vato on the next DARK VAULT OF PUBLIC DOMAIN this week for the 1969 action-packed, alien filled, monster-stompin’ classic – Attack Of The Monsters, starring that kid-lovin’ giant turtle – Gamera, Nobuhiro Kajima as Akio, Miyuki Akiyama as his little sister Tomoko, and Chrystopher Murphy as their friend Tom. The kids see a flying saucer land near their home and the boys, of course, go on board to investigate. They are whisked away to an alien world called Terra, located on the exact opposite side of the sun from earth. While on their way, their good buddy Gamera - who always senses when kids are in danger – saves them from a meteor storm. Gamera then decides to follow them along their journey to see what’s up.
The boys meet the last 2 members of an alien race looking for a new planet to take over and some brains to eat. They also meet the giant beastie Guiron, the aliens’ protector, who battles with bird-like Gaos. Meanwhile, back on earth, Tomoko is having little success convincing anybody that the boys were taken into outer space. It’s up to Tom and Akio and Gamera to try to save Earth.
Also starring Eiji Funakoshi (who appeared in the original Gamera) as Dr. Shiga and directed by Noriaki Yuasa, from 1969, it’s Attack Of The Monsters!
UNCLE PETE, back at the VAULT, is deeply engrossed in trying out the brand newest internet sensation – Vito-net(tm) – an internet connection thousands of times faster than any other – accessed by the prototype laptop he’s trying out courtesy of VITO GOLD ENTERPRISES ™. He manages to find some unexpected footage of himself, some other interesting tidbits and some great Japanese music videos including ones from the Polysics and The Plastics performing songs heard on The Uncle Pete Show on WHRW-FM. He also discovers that sometimes prototypes don’t bounce very good.
So grab a can of Toddy and tune in to cable channel 4 (Binghamton area), channel, 17 (Sayre area) and channel 99 (Elmira/Corning area) from 10PM to midnight this Saturday, March 22, 2014 as UNCLE PETE kicks off Spring with some great tunes and some great monster battles. It’s Attack Of The Monsters, the next feature presentation on THE DARK VAULT OF PUBLIC DOMAIN!