SADDLE UP FOR CLASSIC TV WESTERNS!!!

•August 27, 2015 • Leave a Comment
UNCLE PETE, STONE DOG, AND OL' POTMETAL SETTLE IN A LUXURY SUITE FOR SOME CLASSIC WESTERNS

UNCLE PETE, STONE DOG, AND OL’ POTMETAL SETTLE IN A LUXURY SUITE FOR SOME CLASSIC WESTERNS

It’s time for six-guns, saddles, and a little fishin’ this week in THE DARK VAULT OF PUBLIC DOMAIN!  Join UNCLE PETE and his trusty steed Ol’ Potmetal  as they bring you The Classic Television Spectacular – Part III.  We start whoopin’ it up with Bat Masterson, starring Gene Barry and guest starring William (Frank Cannon) Conrad and James (Roscoe P. Coltrane) Best.  Bat rides into a horse wranglers’ tent city 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 (that’s what the intro tells us) with the First GAl of The Old West –  Annie Oakley, starring Gail Davis.  Gail, a frequent co-star of Gene Autry , appeared each week (for 81 episodes) along with her horse Target, lawman Lofty Cragg (Brad Johnson), and little brother Tag (Jimmy Hawkins) from 1954 through 1957.  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, with Duncan Renaldo as Cisco and Leo Carillo as his sidekick Pancho riding 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 in Ghost Story.

ROY ROGERS AND TRIGGER IN PURSUIT

ROY ROGERS AND TRIGGER IN PURSUIT

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.   Roy must prove that Lucy’s Daddy isn’t an outlaw 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 August 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, August 29, 201 from 10PM to midnight (with replays at midnight and 2AM) on channel 4 (Binghamton), channel 99 (Elmira/Corning/Hornell), and channel 17 (Sayre/Montrose).  Join UNCLE PETE, Stone Dog, and Ol’ Potmetal as they bring you the newly remixed remastered Classic TV Spectacular Pt.III – Western style – on the next DARK VAULT OF PUBLIC DOMAIN!

HEP VAMPIRES AND WEIRD ART – NOW IT’S A PARTY!

•August 20, 2015 • Leave a Comment

UNCLE PETE TRIES OUT HIS NEW GADGET

 

How do you like your meat barbecued?  If the answer is bloody on the inside and outside, you might get along with the vampire zombies in the next DARK VAULT OF PUBLIC DOMAIN!  This week UNCLE PETE digs up the 1973 chiller Messiah Of Evil (aka Dead People).  Arietty (Marianna Hill) heads to see her artist father in a small town only to find a spooky, empty house, a bunch of his weird artworks, his diary and a letter detailing some pretty creepy goings on that Arietty doesn’t really understand (yet).  When she encounters the ever-so hip and sharp dressed Thom (Michael Greer) and his two ever-present groupies, the creepiness begins to unfold (always beware hip, sharp dressed guys who spell Tom with an h, at least in horror movies).  Then of course there’s the legend of the Blood Moon and some grisly deaths thrown in for color (something definitely lacking in her father’s paintings).

This film has a couple of notables as directors/writers/producers – namely Willard Huyck and Gloria Katz who also brought us the film version of Howard The Duck and the screenplay to one of those little known car flics – American Graffitti.

UNCLE PETE, STONE DOG, AND MAX ENJOY A MOVIETIME SNACK

Featuring Royal Dano as the narrator  and Elisha Cook Jr. as the addle-brained town drunk who just might know more that you think, it’s the 1973 chiller – Messiah Of Evil.

Meanwhile, UNCLE PETE digs up the usual good crop of trailers and tidbits and VITO GOLD makes an appearance in a public service announcement to Wipe Out Stoopidity.  So, join UNCLE PETE and the gang for a blood-filled fun-fest, this Saturday, August 22, 201 from 10PM to midnight in the usual places – channel 4 in Binghamton, channel 99 in Elmira/Corning/Hornell, and channel 17 in Sayre and other nearby Pennsylvania locales.  And don’t forget the replays at midnight and 2AM!  It’s a super spooky Saturday with UNCLE PETE and Messiah Of Evil on the next DARK VAULT OF PUBLIC DOMAIN!

PARTY TIME – BRING YOUR OWN SHOVEL!!!

•August 13, 2015 • Leave a Comment

UNCLE PETE SHOWS OFF SOME OF THE HOT TUNES FOR THE JACUZZI PARTY

It’s Everybody In The Pool!!! (well… small, artificial, bubbling pool) in the next DARK VAULT OF PUBLIC DOMAIN. Join UNCLE PETE as he brings you our favorite gang of All-American JDs in the 1941 East Side Kids feature Bowery Blitzkrieg. Once again we have Danny (Bobby Jordan) and Muggs (Leo Gorcey) as long-time pals up to their usual struggles and hi-jinx in the Bowery. Danny is studying and boxing and keeping his nose clean – encouraged by his sister Mary (Charlotte Henry – the one and only Bo Peep from The March Of The Wooden Soldiers).  Muggs is busy using his fists and wise-cracks and hanging out at Clancy’s (played by Key (no second e here) Luke).  Mary’s policeman fiance – whose best childhood buddy wound up on death row – takes an interest in Muggs and gets him involved in the city-wide boxing competition representing the local Bowery’s finest. This and a few other things causes friction between Danny and Muggs and Danny starts to keep company with some seedy characters for some quick cash. In the meantime, Danny’s new creepy friends and their boss try to set up Muggs to take a dive in the championship.

UNCLE PETE AND THE GANG

Will Muggs take a dive? Will Danny go up the river? (lots of refreshing swimming analogies this week).  It’s another dose of great Bowery Boys action, drama and humor. Directed by Wallace Fox and also starring David Gorcey as Peewee, Sunshine Sammy Morrison as Scruno and introducing Huntz Hall as Limpy, it’s Bowery Blitzkrieg.

And don’t forget your swimsuits and towels cuz UNCLE PETE has clone buddies Azul and 42nd Street Jimmy digging a brand new combination giant in-ground jacuzzi/swimming pool/nuclear generator coolant tank for to throw a big ol’ DARK VAULT party. In preparation for the festivities, we find UNCLE PETE in the Nipsey Russell wing of the DARK VAULT RECORD LIBRARY selecting just the right records for the celebration. Unfortunately, the Clones do a little too good a job digging and find that well-known shortcut to China.

MR. TURTLE

Along the way, UNCLE PETE and El Vato dig up some other cinematic nuggets for your entertainment and general enrichment. From 1958, it’s The Grapevine – an educational short about the dangers of rumors. Our favorite animated cutie – Betty Boop – is joined by Koko, Bimbo and Louis Armstrong in 1931’s I’ll Be Glad When You’re Dead You Rascal You. And there’s good old Burt the Turtle in his famous Civil Defense flic – Duck and Cover (perhaps still as informative today as it was when first shown).

So tune in to this Saturday, August 15, 2015 from 10PM to midnight (channel 4 – Binghamton, channel 99 – Elmira/Corning/Hornell, channel 17 – Sayre/Montrose), with replays at midnight and 2AM. It’s a ton of trailers, a selection of shorts, and a fight filled feature in 1941’s Bowery Blitzkrieg with your host UNCLE PETE on the next DARK VAULT OF PUBLIC DOMAIN!

IT’S CLASSIC PUNK SPECIAL TIME AGAIN!!!

•August 12, 2015 • Leave a Comment
GET THOSE TUBES WARMED UP - THE SHOW'S ABOUT TO START

GET THOSE TUBES WARMED UP – THE SHOW’S ABOUT TO START

Tune into The Uncle Pete Show on your crystal sets, radios, computers, phones, and alien receiving devices cuz tonight’s the night for the annual UNCLE PETE SHOW CLASSIC PUNK SPECIAL – PART XXV!!!  It all gets underway at 10PM (eastern-type time) and features music in a punk-type vein released prior to 1995 (this year).  There’s also the Special Special In The Special (TM) featuring a particular theme or subject that gets slipped in here and there throughout the night.  On your radio it’s at WHRW-FM, 90.5.  On your computer and related devices it’s at WHRWFM.ORG.  So be there for this annual extravaganza – the rest of the world will be!!!

POWER TOOLS, GOVERNMENT INTERVENTION…AND BRAINS!!!

•August 6, 2015 • Leave a Comment

UNCLE PETE CLEANS UP THE BRAIN-O-MATIC 3000(TM) AFTER A LITTLE BRAIN SURGERY ON EL VATO

Like the old song says – We’ll have blood, blood, blood ’til her Daddy takes the chainsaw away!  It’s gonna be a bloody good time on this week’s DARK VAULT OF PUBLIC DOMAIN.  Join UNCLE PETE as he breaks out his high-tech cranial cuttin’ device and digs up a brain-ful psycho-thriller from 1976, The Brain Machine.  Sounds like some gadget as seen on TV in a late night extendo-commercial but it’s about a group of people who volunteer for a secret government brain power experiment – ESP and mind control and food dehydrating and like that.  The subjects are subjected to all manner of mind related weirdness and of course, something goes awry.

There are some interesting TV type stars here like James Best – the soon to be Roscoe P. Coltrane who some years earlier had  left his guitar in Mayberry –  as the Rev. Neill.  There’s Gerald McRaney – a Simon from Simon and Simon who would later be a major dad –  as Willie West.  There’s also Barbara Burgess as Dr. Carol Portland and Gil Peterson as another doctor named Elton and director Joy N. Houck, Jr. (son of the guy who brought us a whole bushel of Lash LaRue westerns) – it’s The Brain Machine.  And it’s been brand new-ly remixed and remastered to bring you all the action and psychotronic waves sharper, clearer, and more audio-er than ever before!

UNCLE PETE TRIES TO GET SOME TECH SUPPORT FOR A RAMPAGING EL VATO

Back at the Vault, it’s brain surgery and some unintended side effects.  UNCLE PETE tried some clone modification via a new computer chip that he just got a case of in a storage room auction.  But the cranial implant he installed in El Vato (using the brand new Brain-O-Matic 3000(tm)) has turned El Vato into an ultra-violent killing machine, and that ain’t no good.  So although UNCLE PETE has to seek safety under an out-of-the-way staircase in the Dark Vault while he tries to contact tech support, he still finds time for a little informational ditty about the brand new movie rating system (G, M, R, and X) and a short scare film based-on-a-real-story film from 1976 called Joy Ride – about stealing a nice old Mopar.

It’s brain hacking and brain modifying this Saturday, August 8, 2015 from 10PM to midnight on channel 4 (channel 17 in Sayre/Montrose, channel 99 in Elmira/Corning and Hornell!).  Join UNCLE PETE, his Brain-O-Matic 3000 and El Vato for a remastered The Brain Machine – the next feature presentation on THE DARK VAULT OF PUBLIC DOMAIN!!!

RACING DAMES AND DESIGNATED RATS – IT’S A ROAD TRIP!!!

•July 29, 2015 • Leave a Comment

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

You don’t need a good right arm to drive the Mobile Dark Vault, especially when you bring your designated driver rat along.  So come along as UNCLE PETE hits the blacktop again this week in THE DARK VAULT OF PUBLIC DOMAIN with 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 into a street race and killed to boot (on somebody’s front lawn), Jeff quits the scene for good.  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.)

UNCLE PETE and Max and Stone Dog have decided to do some 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’ Summertime fun this week with Hot Rod Girl, Saturday, August 1, 2015 from 10PM to midnight on channel 4 in Binghamton (channel 17 – Montrose/Sayre, channel 99 – Elmira/Corning/Hornell) with replays at midnight and 2AM. 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!

UNEASY WILD RIDER AND CHICKEN SOUP

•July 23, 2015 • 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

The Dark Vault Hot Rod is waiting to wail – but UNCLE PETE’s lack of a functioning right arm has unfortunately slowed that action down this summer. 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 number one – 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 rumblin’ down the road yet, the pieces are back on and morons have been banned from any further contact with the vehicle, so the DVHR will ride again.  But in the meantime, join UNCLE PETE and the pre-restored Dark Vault Hot Rod this Saturday night, July 25, 2015 from 10PM to midnight (and again at midnight and 2AM) on channel 4, channel 99, and channel 17 in Binghamton, Montrose/Sayre (PA), and Corning/Elmira/Hornell as we bring you our newly remastered version of The Wild Ride, the next feature presentation on THE DARK VAULT OF PUBLIC DOMAIN!

 
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