IT’S ANIMATED ARMAGEDDON AND A TUBA – THIS WEEK IN THE DARK VAULT!!!

•December 3, 2016 • Leave a Comment
UNCLE PETE GETS ANIMATED IN THE LAB THIS WEEK

UNCLE PETE GETS ANIMATED IN THE LAB THIS WEEK

The houses are getting decorated.  The trees are getting lit and so are some of the decorators).  And the cartoons are cavalcading!!!  Jingle those bells and nog those eggs.  With Christmas coming, the DARK VAULT OF PUBLIC DOMAIN is breaking out some seasonal fare.  Join UNCLE PETE this week for an awesome amount of animated action as he presents The Cavalcade Of Cartoon Carnage – Part I!  It’s down to The Dark Vault Laboratory where UNCLE PETE will dig deep into the animated end of the Cinema Graveyard for a carton of cartoon crazies – some famous, some forgotten, and all fun!

We’ve got Felix the Cat boozin’ it up, Grampy throwin’ a party, and Gumby with rioting robots (and we have certainly been there!).  There’s Bosko and Bugs up north, Tom and Jerry (the guys, not the critters),  and tuba playin’ like ya read about!  You don’t see drinkin’ and smokin’ and tubas much in cartoons these day.  But we have ’em all here and more.

Plus there’s UNCLE PETE in the lab, surrounded by many of his animated buddies and making with some tasty tidbits about the animated antics and even a special gift from El Vato.  We’ve even remastered the goodies in The DARK VAULT Production Chamber for more animated definition!  So tune in this Saturday night, December 3, 2016 from 10PM to midnight (with replays at midnight and 2AM) on channel 4 (Binghamton), channel 99 (Elmira/Corning/Hornell and Utica/Rome), channel 17 (Sayre/Montrose, PA) and channel 30 in the north country (Watertown/Ogdensburg/Massena/Malone/Champlain).  Let the Christmas Traditions begin as UNCLE PETE presents The Cavalcade Of Cartoon Carnage – Part I on the next DARK VAULT OF PUBLIC DOMAIN!  And get ready for The Cavalcade Of Cartoon Carnage – Part II, a brand new episode as the saga continues next week!

(For all our Beta Max TV viewers (on the Roku system), this week it’s Crime Boss with Telly Savalas at 7PM this Saturday.)

OUT OF LEFTOVERS? TRY OUR BRAND NEW CLASSIC TV SMORGASBORD!!!

•November 26, 2016 • Leave a Comment
UNCLE PETE AND GANG WARM UP THE TUBES

UNCLE PETE AND GANG WARM UP THE TUBES

Have you run low on turkey and stuffing already?  Try THE DARK VAULT OF PUBLIC DOMAIN this week for a heaping helping of Classic Cathode Cutlets for a BRAND NEW EPISODE – the Classic Television Spectacular – Pt. V.  Join UNCLE PETE as he once again digs deep into the Classic Television section of The Cinema Graveyard for five dusty, moldy gems from the golden days of the small screen.

Blast off with UNCLE PETE for an episode of Space Patrol.  Produced by Roberta Leigh, a confidant of Gerry Anderson and the first British female producer to own her own film company, Space Patrol ran for 39 episodes featuring marionette characters from Earth, Venus, Mars, and beyond as they traveled through the galaxy exploring, rescuing, and generally adventuring in a gyroscope-looking ship that could travel faster than the speed of light (and disappeared when it did!).  This 1963 episode – The Buried Spaceship – features Slim from Venus,, Husky from Mars, and Earth’s own Capt. Larry Dart – voiced by celebrity obit and Monty Python writer Dick Vosburgh.

From aliens, we join that lil’ ol’ shapeshifter hero – Tom Terrific!  Tom aired during the Captain Kangaroo Show in 5-part episodes each week from 1957 to 1961.  With funnel on head, Tom could transform into anything from a train to a tree to a Vault dwelling denizen (well, maybe not that last one).  Along with his sidekick – Mighty Manfred the Wonder Dog, Tom’s Ever Faithful Companion, he battled the evil schemes of such ne’er-do-wells as Crabby Appleton, a man rotten to the core.

Next, hold your breath as we head under water with Sea Hunt.  Lloyd Bridges stars as Mike Nelson, a navy frogman turned freelance diver and underwater expert.  It ran for 156 episodes between 1958 and 1961.  Produced by Ivan Tors with advisor Jon Lindbergh (son of Charles) is entitled Mark Of The Octopus.

Comedy follows with Cliff Norton in The Funny Manns.  Cliff, a very busy side character in dozens of early TV shows, starred as a variety of people all with the last name Mann.  Each had a special calling – Fisher Mann, Law, Mann, Hu Mann, Ro Mann and so on.  He introduced what were supposed to be films of his relatives but what were actually segments of early silent slapstick comedies.  This bit is called Taxi Mann.  Then we wrap things up with the legend himself – Buster Keaton in The Buster Keaton Show.  Buster, whose unmatched show biz career as an actor, producer, director, writer, and stunt man spanned 68 years, starred in a variety of comical situations starting with a local Los Angeles show in 1950 and going national in 1951.  Here we find Buster trying to get physically fit in Buster In Training.

UNCLE PETE is reclined in The Dark Vault Den/Viewing Room with Max and Stone Dog and Charlotte, bringing you tidbits of knowledge about the shows and comments that no one else could (or should) bring to your TV tube.  So join UNCLE PETE this Saturday night, November 25, 2016 from 10PM to midnight with replays at midnight and 2AM on channel 4 (Binghamton), channel 17 (Montrose/Sayre), channel 99 (Utica/Rome and Corning/Hornell/Elmira) and channel 30 (North Country – Champlain/Malone/Massena/Ogdensburg/Watertown).  It’s a BRAND NEW EPISODE filled with aliens, sea beasts, shape shifters, and plenty of pratfalls with the Classic Television Spectacular – Pt. V on the next DARK VAULT OF PUBLIC DOMAIN!!!

(And this week on Beta Max TV available on the Roku streaming system it’s Trinity Is Still My Name, Saturday at 7PM.)

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!

•November 24, 2016 • Leave a Comment

turkeyWe here at THE DARK VAULT are always thankful for all you fans, new and old and for every day that The Vault doesn’t blow up or get attacked by aliens.  So from all of us to all of you –

HAPPY THANKSGIVING FROM THE DARK VAULT OF PUBLIC DOMAIN!!!

(And watch for  a brand new episode on Saturday!)

THE THANKSGIVING EVE TRADITION WILL RISE AGAIN!!!

•November 23, 2016 • 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

The Uncle Pete Show Annual Thanksgiving Eve Special will return to the airwaves Wednesday, November 23, 2016 from 10PM (until who knows when) on WHRW-FM, 90.5 in the Binghamton, NY area.  For those of you farther away than your coat hanger antenna will be able to pick up the signal, you can listen at whrwfm.org.  Be a part of the Thanksgiving Eve Tradition decades in the making!  See you on the radio.

UNCLE PETE GOES SIX STRINGS WORTH OF WILD THIS WEEK!!! (NEW EPISODE TOO!)

•November 19, 2016 • Leave a Comment
UNCLE PETE JAMS WITH ARCH HALL JR. THIS WEEK

UNCLE PETE JAMS WITH ARCH HALL JR. THIS WEEK

Tune up those gee-tars cuz UNCLE PETE is bringing out a way out, wild, rock and roll action classic this week on THE DARK VAULT OF PUBLIC DOMAIN!  It’s a Brand New Episode, so join him this Saturday night for the 1962 Ray Dennis Steckler gem – Wild Guitar.Arch Hall Jr. stars as Bud Eagle, an aspiring singer/song writer has hopped on his motorcycle and headed to Holllllllywood (gotta put 6 or 7 L’s in there cuz everything’s big out there).  He meets Vickie (Nancy Czar) at a diner (where else), and being an aspiring dancer, she’s gonna put him on the right track to stardom.  After he wow’s ’em on a variety show, agent Mike McCauley (Arch Hall, Sr.) takes Bud under his wing and into the stratosphere!  But McCauley is a no-good, shifty, unscrupulous agent (imagine that) and Bud tries to break his ties with the agent, although henchman Steak (Ray Dennis Steckler, billed as Cash Flagg) might have something to say about that.  To complicate matters even more, three barely ept thugs from the diner decide to kidnap Bud.  There’s intrigue, romance, comedy, a little ice skating, and a whole bunch of rockin’.  From 1962, it’s Wild Guitar.

But, there’s more!  In the DARK VAULT, there’s always more!  UNCLE PETE, back in THE DARK VAULT CONTROL ROOM, has found a 1937, Duane Esper directed bit of educational film called How To Undress, an early exploitation short that was far more risque than it turns out to be now.  There are also trailers galore!  And besides causing some destruction, UNCLE PETE breaks out the old ukulele for a couple musical interludes.  So tune in this Saturday night, November 19, 2016 from 10PM to midnight (with replays at midnight and 2AM) in Binghamton on channel 4, Sayre/Montrose on channel 17, Corning/Hornell/Elmora and Utica/Rome on channel 99 and all over the north country (Watertown/Malone/Massena/Ogdensburg/Champlain) on channel 30.  It’ll be an action packed rockin’ good time and it’s a Brand New Episode!  It’s Wild Guitar, the next feature presentation On THE DARK VAULT OF PUBLIC DOMAIN!!!

NEW STUFF (AND A GUITAR)!!!

•November 18, 2016 • Leave a Comment
DO NOT ADJUST YOUR SET - IT WON'T HELP

DO NOT ADJUST YOUR SET – IT WON’T HELP

Spread the word – there’s a Brand New Episode coming to THE DARK VAULT OF PUBLIC DOMAIN this Saturday night!!!  What will it be???  Watch this space for more info soon!

R.I.P. ZACHERLEY – THE COOL GHOUL WILL LIVE FOREVER!!!

•November 15, 2016 • 1 Comment
ZACHERLEY - THE COOL GHOUL

ZACHERLEY – THE COOL GHOUL

The world lost a legend from the land of Monsters and Horror Hosts as Zacherley, The Cool Ghoul passed away for the last time on October 27, 2016 at the human age of 98 years old.  Born John Karsten Zacherle in Philadelphia in September 1918, he was a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and served in the army in World War II, achieving the rank of major.

He started his television career on WCAU in 1953 as a variety of characters in the western series Action In The Afternoon.  In October 1957, he became the host of The Shock Theater, showing old – often not very good – horror movies and accenting the program with a variety of puns, props, and strange surroundings.  He was a smash hit in very short order.  In 1958, he recorded the novelty record Dinner With Drac which cracked Billboard’s Top 10.  Several other records followed, all great but none quite as successful.

zacherley-3Late in 1958, Zacherley moved to New York City where he hosted Shock Theater on WABC.  He later moved to WOR and WPIX where he also hosted Chiller Theater, The Mighty Hercules Cartoon Show, and even The Three Stooges Show.  Hosting gigs on a Newark dance show and several NYC area radio stations followed, keeping The Ghoul busy through the late 90’s.  He often appeared at Horror Host conventions up until his death.

Zacherley passed away in his Manhattan home.  Although not the first Horror Host (that honor is credited to Vampira), he was perhaps the most popular and most influential.  He will be missed by all of us here in THE DARK VAULT OF PUBLIC DOMAIN.  In no small way, Mr. Zacherley, we are here because you were there.  And, to borrow his famous farewell – Good night, whatever you are!!!

 
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