THE DIFFICULT – WE SKIP, THE IMPOSSIBLE – WE SHOW!!!

•July 23, 2016 • Leave a Comment

UNCLE PETE DOES A LITTLE SECRET AGENTING

It’s spies, espionage, and action-filled fun this Saturday on THE DARK VAULT OF PUBLIC DOMAIN.  Join UNCLE PETE and THE DARK VAULT gang for the 1982 spy spoof The Impossible Kid.  Directed by Eddie Nicart, and starring the Philippines’ 2 foot 9 inch answer to Sean Connery – Weng Weng (nee – Ernesto De La Cruz).  Known by his code name of  Agent 00, Weng Weng finds himself working with the Manila branch of Interpol.

The evil Mr. X has threatened the Philippines.  Some businessmen have come up with the ransom demanded by Mr. X, but our hero suspects there’s something rotten in Denmark (or Manilla even!).  A little super spy work soon turns up a complex secret plan of evil masterminded by the mysterious Mr. X.  This sequel to Weng Weng’s For Your Height Only stars Nina Sara as Lolita, Romy Diaz as Senyor Manolo, Romy Nario as Mr. X and Ben Johnson (no, not the well-known American Western actor and stuntman) as the Chief.

Back at the Vault, UNCLE PETE brushes up on some of his Double Naught spy techniques (to the annoyance of El Vato) and brings you a short from the streets and playgrounds of the exotic eastern city of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  It’s the 1974 educational film:  Destruction – Fun Or Dumb?  So, join UNCLE PETE and El Vato this Saturday, July 23,2016 from 10PM to midnight on Binghamton’s channel 4, channel 17 in Sayre/Montrose, PA, and channel 99 around  Hornell/Corning/Elmira and Utica/Rome.  And don’t forget our free replays at midnight and 2AM.  It’s more action than throwing a bee hive in a nudist colony with The Impossible Kid on the next installment of THE DARK VAULT OF PUBLIC DOMAIN!

DARK VAULT MEETS SPEEDCULT AT THE NATIONALS

•July 20, 2016 • Leave a Comment
LEN VON SPEEDCULT AND UNCLE PETE AT THE SYRACUSE NATIONALS

LEN VON SPEEDCULT AND UNCLE PETE AT THE SYRACUSE NATIONALS

Yours truly UNCLE PETE just returned from many days at the Syracuse Nationals – the largest car event in the Northeast.  And besides burning up gas and tires in the DARK VAULT HOT ROD, look who he met there.  None other than LEN von SPEEDCULT – head of the SPEEDCULT metal creations empire in Detroit, but maybe better known to many of you as the lead singer and guitarist of the band SNAKE OUT.  Anyone who has listened to The UNCLE PETE SHOW over the years has certainly heard some of SNAKE OUT’s hits like I Ain’t Ghandi, I Was A Teenage Goiter, and a great version of I Put A Spell On You.

UNCLE PETE GOES NATIVE WITH THE DARK VAULT HOT ROD AT THE SYRACUSE NATIONALS

UNCLE PETE GOES NATIVE WITH THE DARK VAULT HOT ROD AT THE SYRACUSE NATIONALS

I stopped into the SPEEDCULT booth to say that they were playing the best tunes at the show (and they were) and in just a matter of a minute or so found out that right there in Syracuse, New York was the purveyor of some of my favorite songs from the past several decades of The UNCLE PETE SHOW.  I had some great conversations with Len and his curvaceous, magenta haired beauty of an assistant (who’s name I have currently spaced on but will share when I recall it) about music and stuff in general.  Real good folks – and real good music!  And some great metal artwork from car/hot rod related to horror to punk to signs of all kinds and cool shirts and apparel too!  To coin a phrase – a good time was had by all.

Watch for Len popping up in a future new episode of THE DVOPD and listen for Len on The UNCLE PETE SHOW, Wednesdays at 10PM on WHRW-FM, 90.5 (or at whrwfm.org).

A SPECTACULAR TV SPECTACULAR ON TV!!!

•July 13, 2016 • Leave a Comment
UNCLE PETE ABSORBS SOME CLASSIC CATHODE RAYS

UNCLE PETE ABSORBS SOME CLASSIC CATHODE RAYS

Put that flat TV behind your fish tank, get a good old curvy one and join UNCLE PETE in THE DARK VAULT OF PUBLIC DOMAIN this week as he brings you the CLASSIC TELEVISION SPECTACULAR (Part I).  It’s down to the Dark Vault Den as we open up the Dark Vault Classic Television Archives.

First up is Clutch Cargo from 1962 featuring the special Synchrovox process which combined animation and live action speaking parts.  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, turn off the lights and prepare for suspenseful spookiness with an episode of The Veil  hosted by Boris Karloff.  Then it’s Destination: Outer Space and a return to the Synchrovox process with Space Angel.  In this episode from 1962 – The Ghost and Crystal Mace (yes, Mace, not that other stuff you were thinking of) –  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 an instant 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  (whatever happened to Mr. Yuk anyway?).

So whether you have a black and white set or one of those new color console sets, 2D, 3D, or 4D, smellavision or not, make sure it’s good and warmed up  this Saturday night July 16, 2016 from 10PM to midnight (with replays at midnight and 2AM) on channel 4 in Binghamton, channel 99 in Elmira/Corning/Hornell and Utica/Rome, and channel 17 in Sayre, PA.  It’s a walk down Television Memory Lane with UNCLE PETE and the Classic Television Spectacular on the next DARK VAULT OF PUBLIC DOMAIN!

HOT RODDIN’ WITH THE MOBILE DARK VAULT!!!

•July 7, 2016 • Leave a Comment

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

The Mobile Dark Vault is on the road again, so join UNCLE PETE and his designated driver rat Max as they hit the blacktop this week in THE DARK VAULT OF PUBLIC DOMAIN with one of our favorite rubber burning, speed limit ignoring features – Hot Rod Girl!  Street racing is runnin’ wild, so Detective Ben Merrill (Chuck Connors) and local top drivers and mechanic, Jeff Northrup (John Smith) set up a drag strip for hot rodders to hot rod 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 too.

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 Star Trek  music). 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 are 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 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 starring Gail Storm entitled How To Go Places .

It’s Hot Roddin, Road Trippin’ Summertime fun this week with Hot Rod Girl, Saturday, July 9, 2016 from 10PM to midnight on channel 4 in Binghamton (channel 17 – Montrose/Sayre, channel 99 – Elmira/Corning/Hornell and Utica/Rome) with replays at midnight and 2AM. Plus, it’s our new remastered version with enhanced sound and picture!. So join UNCLE PETE (and bring your oboe) for the next DARK VAULT OF PUBLIC DOMAIN!

(Ans for our viewers on Roku’s Beta Max TV, it’s ghoul’s night out with Night Of The Living Dead this Saturday night at 10PM!)

COWBOYS, MONSTERS, ATOM BOMBS, AND UNCLE PETE – AN ALL AMERICAN LINE-UP!!!

•July 1, 2016 • Leave a Comment
UNCLE PETE AND SAMMY COUNT TP TWO - AND BEYOND - THIS WEEK IN THE DARK VAULT CRYPT

UNCLE PETE AND SAMMY COUNT TO TWO – AND BEYOND – THIS WEEK IN THE DARK VAULT CRYPT

Independence Day is Monday and that gives a lot of folks a three day weekend.  So, to celebrate the good ol’ U.S.of A.’s birthday,  we’ll match that triple this week in THE DARK VAULT OF PUBLIC DOMAIN  with UNCLE PETE and a double feature.  From The Dark Vault Crypt deep beneath the Cinema Graveyard, we’ll have fireworks galore in the form of six-gun shootin’ and atom bomb blastin’.

TYPICAL VIEWER WAITING FOR THE DARK VAULT TO START

TYPICAL VIEWER WAITING FOR THE DARK VAULT TO START

First up, from 1961, it’s Beast Of Yucca Flats starring Mr. Sexy himself, Tor Johnson, as a Russian defector who wanders into the blast zone of an atomic bomb test. He gets a little mutated and croaks a few of the locals.  Directed by Coleman Francis, this movie used the groundbreaking technique of being filmed entirely without a soundtrack.  They used to call those films silent movies, but in this case we just call it low-budget.  All sounds and dialogue were added afterwards (you may notice that you never actually see anyone talking).  Also starring Douglas Mellor, Barbara Francis and Bing Stafford, it’s Beast Of Yucca Flats.

BILLY AND FUZZY SIZE UP THE SITUATION

BILLY AND FUZZY SIZE UP THE SITUATION

Our second movie features a man who was an Olympic swimmer, Flash Gordon, Buck Rogers, Tarzan, and numerous B western heroes – Buster Crabbe.  He’s joined by sidekick Al “Fuzzy” St. John in Fugitive Of The Plains.   There’s a gang doing crimes and pointing the finger square at Buster (in his frequent role as Billy the Kid), 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 wandering in the Dark Vault Crypt and with all its unexplored passages – some that appear to have been excavated from below – this always proves for an interesting stroll.  So tune in this Saturday, July 2, 2016 on channel 4 in Binghamton,channel 17 in Sayre/Montrose and channel 99 in Elmira/Corning/Hornell and Utica/Rome from 10PM to midnight (replays at midnight and 2AM as UNCLE PETE brings you an explosive double feature to help wish America a Happy Birthday!  It’s Beast Of Yucca Flats and Fugitive Of The Plains on the next DARK VAULT OF PUBLIC DOMAIN!

(And for our Beta Max TV viewers on the Roku system – THE DARK VAULT will be off this Saturday and will have a special 4th Of July showing of Bruce Lee – The Man/The Myth, Monday at 7PM.  Uncle Pete and The DVOPD will return to Saturday night on July 9th at 10PM with Night Of The Living Dead.)

NOTHIN’ SAYS SUMMER LIKE GIANT MONSTERS!

•June 24, 2016 • Leave a Comment

UNCLE PETE TRIES OUT THE NEW SUPER-SPEED INTERNET PROTOTYPE THIS WEEK

Like the song says – Summertime… and the monsters are easy (easy to spot anyway).  On the next DARK VAULT OF PUBLIC DOMAIN, join UNCLE PETE and a slightly disappointed El Vato for the 1969 action-packed, alien filled, monster-stompin’ classic – Attack Of The Monsters.  Starring that kid-lovin’, city-destroying turtle – Gamera and featuring Nobuhiro Kajima, Miyuki Akiyama, and Chrystopher Murphy as brother and sister Akio and Tomoko and friend Tom.  The kids spot a flying saucer land near their home while scanning the stars one night with their telescope.  When the boys board the saucer the next morning 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, especially in outer space – saves them from a meteor storm then decides to follow them along their journey to see what’s up.

GAMERA AND GUIRON PRACTICE THEIR SYNCHRONIZED SWIMMING

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’S WEB PAGE ON VITO-NET(TM)

     UNCLE PETE, back at the VAULT, is surfing the newest internet sensation – Vito-net(tm) – an internet connection thousands of times faster than any other, accessed by a VITO GOLD ENTERPRISES ™ prototype laptop.  He finds unexpected footage of  himself, some other interesting tidbits and a whole passel of great Japanese music videos including some from the Polysics and The Plastics performing songs heard on The Uncle Pete Show on WHRW-FM. He also discovers that prototypes don’t bounce very good sometimes.

A REFRESHING TREAT TO GO WITH THE DARK VAULT!

So grab a can of Toddy and tune in to cable channel 4 in Binghamton, channel 17 in Montrose/Sayre, and channel 99 in Corning/Hornell/Elmira and Utica/Rome this Saturday, June 25, 2016 from 10PM to midnight (replays at midnight and 2AM) as UNCLE PETE kicks off the summer 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!

(And for our Roku viewers, this week it’s Track Of The Moon beast with a moon, a beast, some bowling, and some surprises Saturday at 10PM on Beta Max TV)

KIDS AND RATS AND CHICKENS AND KARATE AND STUFF

•June 16, 2016 • Leave a Comment
UNCLE PETE TALKS CHICKEN AND HAIR PRODUCTS THIS WEEK

UNCLE PETE TALKS CHICKEN AND HAIR PRODUCTS AND LOVE THIS WEEK

Put on your karate leisure suits and join the action on the next DARK VAULT OF PUBLIC DOMAIN as UNCLE PETE brings you the 1980 feature presentation Karate Kids, U.S.A. When Grandpa J.J. and his karate inclined grandsons Zack and Woody (Chris and Pat Petersen) are on vacation, they meet new friend Carol (Sally Boyden), But Carol also meets some backwoods baddies – scheming Angel (played by 50s and 60s TV and movie hottie Ann Southern) and Angel’s two goofball sons – who kidnap Carol and hold her for lots of ransom.  So Zack, Woody, and J.J. decide to come to the rescue.  It’s karate galore and lots of 70’s cars, chases, clothes and humor in this film directed by Curtis Hanson.  Originally titled The Little Dragons (but it was changed to show that they had more karate kids here than in that other slightly less obscure just released movie called The Karate Kid), it’s Karate Kids, U.S.A.

THE SUN GETS TOUGH WITH BOORISH JOHNNY

THE SUN GETS TOUGH WITH BOORISH JOHNNY

Meanwhile, UNCLE PETE is hanging out with Max’s friend Hendrix and trying to coax some breakfast out of a chicken.  He manages to dig up an 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, June 18, 2016, from 10PM to midnight (with replays at midnight and 2AM) on Binghamton’s channel 4 (Channel 17 in Montrose/Sayre, PA and channel 99 in Elmira/Corning/Hornell and Utica/Rome).  It’s Karate Kids, U.S.A., a perfect movie to “kick off” the first full week of summer this week on THE DARK VAULT OF PUBLIC DOMAIN!

(And for all our Roku viewers who watch us on the Beta Max TV channel – we will be airing at 8:00PM this Saturday, June 18, 2016 with a classic spaghetti western – It Can Be Done, Amigo starring Bud Spencer and Jack Palance.  See betamaxtv.com for more.)

 
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