WATCH ONE, GET ONE FREE!!! (WELL, ACTUALLY, THEY’RE BOTH FREE…)

•March 27, 2015 • Leave a Comment
UNCLE PETE BREAKS OUT THE SAFETY CHICKEN IN THE CRYPT THIS WEEK

UNCLE PETE BREAKS OUT THE SAFETY CHICKEN IN THE CRYPT THIS WEEK

In another week or so, Peter Cottontail will be hopping down that old bunny trail – and that’s pretty tiring.  So for a little extra entertainment and relaxation this week, we’re gonna give Mr. Cottontail and all our viewers not one, but two classic slices of cinema this Saturday night.  Join UNCLE PETE for a double dose of disaster this week in THE DARK VAULT OF PUBLIC DOMAIN as he traipses through the uncharted corridors deep in the Dark Vault Crypt beneath the Cinema Graveyard.  The first gem stars one of our favorite scary guys – Bela Lugosi.  It’s Murder By Television.  Professor James Houghland (Charles Hill Mailes) has discovered a way to instantly broadcast television signals anywhere in the wold.  All the networks want to get their hands on this, but he won’t sell (we here in the Dark Vault discovered the original blueprints, but El Vato spilled grape juice on them and we can’t read a thing).  When the professor is murdered during a demonstration of his invention, it’s time to do a little investigatin’.  It also stars June Collyer and Huntly Gordon and, before Hattie McDaniel was forced to take parts in such obscure and minor movies as Gone With The Wind and Song Of The South, she was able to land a juicy role in this feature as Isabella the Cook.  From 1935, it’s Murder By Television.

Then we hop on down to the Bowery for another adventure with our favorite juvenile delinquents.  From 1942, it’s Let’s Get Tough.  Pearl Harbor has just been bombed, and Muggs, Danny, Glimpy and the rest of the boys want to join up with the army or navy or anybody that’ll have them and give those Japs some what for.  But they’re too young, so they decide to see what they can do around their home turf.  When a Chinese shopkeeper is murdered, the gang stumbles onto a spy ring.  And to add trouble, it looks like Danny’s brother, who was dishonorably discharged, might be mixed up in it.  Directed by Wallace Fox and starring Leo Gorcey, Bobby Jordan, Huntz Hall, David Gorcey and Sunshine Sammy Morrison, it’s Let’s Get Tough.

INSTANT DARK VAULT CAN BE DANGEROUS

INSTANT DARK VAULT CAN BE DANGEROUS

And as difficult as it may be to believe, UNCLE PETE has reached new depths this week in the Dark Vault Crypt. He’s so far subterranean that they’re pumping air in and he’s had to bring a Rubber Safety Chicken with him just to monitor the quality of the air down there (or whatever it is that he’s actually breathing).  Will we discover the professor’s murderer?  Will the Gang break up that spy ring?  Will El Vato quit stepping on the air hose?  Tune in this Saturday night, March 28, 2015 from 10PM til midnight on channel 4 in the Grating Binghamton area, channel 17 around Sayre and Montrose, PA, and channel 99 for the Elmira/Corning/Hornell area for Murder By Television and Let’s Get Tough – our next Double Feature presentation in THE DARK VAULT OF PUBLIC DOMAIN!

IT’S A SEPIA-TONED SPECTACULAR THIS WEEK!!!

•March 20, 2015 • 1 Comment

UNCLE PETE MAKES SURE IT’S REALLY A SILENT MOVIE

In THE DARK VAULT OF PUBLIC DOMAIN, UNCLE PETE and El Vato don’t need to speak to get into trouble and this week they prove it as we present the Silent Movie Spectacular.  For those of you not familiar with the time of silent movies, here’s a little background.  Prior to the late 1920’s, people hadn’t yet learned how to record voices when somebody was looking at them.  They could record their voice on 78 rpm record (that’s kind of a big CD with sound on 2 sides and no shiny part), but when they tried to record speaking with a camera pointed at them, it just weren’t no good.  So instead, they used to hold up signs with words on them to let you know what they said.  Strangely, even though we can now record any sound and send our voices all around the world and out into space and back, many people have reverted to this primitive method of posting signs to communicate with people instead of talking and they call it texting.

Well anyway, this Saturday, UNCLE PETE and El Vato will head back to those thrilling silent days and take you with them.  And in sepia-tone!

STAN LAUREL AS DR. PYCKEL

The first installment features one of the kings of early comedies, Charlie Chaplin, in The Tramp.  It follows a good-hearted wandering bum-type guy as he travels down life’s road – with a lot of slapstick and wacky hi-jinx.  Next up is Stan Laurel before teaming with Oliver Hardy.  Stan’s in 19th century England experimenting to separate good and evil in 1925’s Dr. Pyckel and Mr. Pride.  (And as the movie informs us, the “y” in Pyckel is pronounced as in dill!).  Next is another of Stan’s solo comedies from 1924 – West Of Hot Dog.  Stan heads waaaaay out west to claim his late uncle’s estate including the Last Chance Saloon.  But the other nephews – two hard-boiled western bad guys – learn that the will that leaves everything to them if Stan should meet his maker.  Watch for some great special effects when Stan gets shoved out a window.

BUSTER KEATON GETS FRAMED BY A PICTURE

UNCLE PETE also has the true master of timing and pratfalls – Buster Keaton, a man who flawlessly executed perfectly timed stunts to rival or surpass anything filmed in all the years since – in The Goat.  Buster plays a man down on his luck who gets mistaken for Dead Shot Dan – a notorious criminal wanted for murder.  Buster, thinking he really killed a man he accidentally knocked down, takes off when the cops start after him.  It’s non-stop action with cars, trains, elevators, and a little dog.  Finally, it’s off to outer space in 1902 with George Melies’ classic fantasy A Trip To The Moon.  Lavish sets, great special effects and a moon with a rocket stuck in its eye highlight this example of one of the earliest space travel movies.

Silent movies had no musical soundtracks, so later releases of the films often included added musical soundtracks.  Some copies of these early films, like our version of A Trip To The Moon, do not include music nor did our “In the Vault” bits.  We thought about coming to your houses and playing the accompaniment live.  But since we couldn’t be in all our viewers houses at once (no one can be in 3 places at the same time), we tapped one of the country’s  best and most prolific composers and performers of contemporary ragtime music – Hiawatha, a close personal friend of UNCLE PETEHiawatha was kind enough to grant us permission to use some of his compositions as music for our Vault bits and for A Trip To The Moon – representing but a small sample of the dozens and dozens and dozens of ragtime tunes he has penned.  So, thanks Hiawatha!

NUTS TO YOU!

As an added bit of trivia, watch for the censored bit.  When UNCLE PETE offers El Vato a snack, he utters “Nuts to you”.  This salty language was apparently not allowed by the Board of Dark Vault Silent Censors and was banned from showing in a title board.  It’s only cuz we’re here on the internet that I can even write these words without any fallout (I hope).  So grab some silent popcorn and prepare for a fun-filled evening, this Saturday night, March 21, 2015 from 10PM to midnight on channel 4 Binghamton, channel 99 (Hornell/Elmira/Corning), and channel 17 (Sayre/Montrose).  It’s the Silent Movie Spectacular – our first show of Spring – with your host UNCLE PETE on the next DARK VAULT OF PUBLIC DOMAIN!

KUNG FU STYLES UNKNOWN TO HUMANS (OUTSIDE THE DARK VAULT ANYWAY)

•March 11, 2015 • Leave a Comment
A RARE ON SCREEN CONVERSATION BETWEEN UNCLE PETE AND VITO GOLD

A RARE ON SCREEN CONVERSATION BETWEEN UNCLE PETE AND VITO GOLD

We’ve got it all this week in THE DARK VAULT OF PUBLIC DOMAIN!    Of course El Vato always thinks he’s got it all, but this week UNCLE PETE will bring you the whole front to back, side to side version of the 1973 fight fest – Chinese Hercules.  We’ve remastered this classic low-budget Kung Fu feature to bring you the complete and wide-screen version in stunning DVOPD definition.

Our hero, while training for a fight, is provoked into an unexpected street fight and kills his potential brother-in-law.  He vows to never fight again and gets a job working on the docks.  But the docks are ruled by an evil boss man who is ruled by an even more evil gangster who squeezes every penny he can from the  struggling dock workers.  And his rule is enforced by none other than Chinese Hercules, (Bolo Yeung).  Despite his powerful Kung Fu, our hero refuses to fight this menace even though his fellows are being squashed like grapes.  While searching for him, his ex-girlfriend gets involved with the mess as well.  Will he snap out of his Kung Funk and fight?    From 1973, and also starring Fan Chiang as Miss Ho, it’s Chinese Hercules.

Low budget Kung Fu movies show us that formidable fighting styles can overcome some pretty powerful opponents.  But as UNCLE PETE finds out this week, the power of lostkeylockeddoor style is formidable indeed.

Being a little dry and dusty in THE DARK VAULT this week, UNCLE PETE heads out into the DARK VAULT COMPLEX to get a cool beverage and accidentally gets locked out of the VAULT area.  So this week, we find UNCLE PETE wandering the halls of the complex and running into all sorts of interesting characters including 42nd Street Jimmy, Rojo Gato, and Vito Gold – all of whom do not have a key either.  But ever prepared as he is, UNCLE PETE is still able to bring you a ton of trailers, some music, and an interesting interlude at the VITO COLA ™ machine.

So tune in this Saturday, March 14, 2015 from 10PM til midnight on Binghamton’s channel 4, Sayre/Montrose’s channel 17, and Corning/Elmira/Hornell’s channel 99 as UNCLE PETE wanders the halls of THE DARK VAULT COMPLEX in search of the lost key.  It’s Saturday the 14th – a pretty scary day – and it’s also Chinese Hercules and a unique look at The Vault on the next DARK VAULT OF PUBLIC DOMAIN!

DON’T LOOK IN THE MAILBOX!

•March 6, 2015 • Leave a Comment

UNCLE PETE DEMONSTRATES THE LATEST BATTERIES-FREE CAMERA

Some correspondence should be marked return to sender and this week UNCLE PETE is going to bring you some of those notes from a real Dead Letter Office.  This Saturday night, tune in to THE DARK VAULT OF PUBLIC DOMAIN for the 1961 scarefest – The Devil’s Messenger.  Lon Chaney Jr. stars as Lou C. Fer himself in a movie based on the Swedish anthology series 13 Demon Street. Here we have 3 tales of dastardly deeds – stories of a scientist who discovers a girl frozen in ice, a lecherous photographer (aren’t they all), and a man who was no gentleman.

ANOTHER DAY AT THE OFFICE FOR THE DEVIL

The devil is on a recruitment drive (as if there aren’t already enough mortals lining up to join) and he enlists the assistance of lovely evil dead girl Satanya (played by Karen Kadler).  Plus, just for fun, he’s also plotting the destruction of all mankind by way of a nuclear explosion.

To add to the scares, UNCLE PETE also has an episode of the creepy classic  One Step Beyond, hosted, as always, by your guide John Newland. This episode from 1959 is entitled The Devil’s Laughter about  an evil doer sure he has cheated death.  UNCLE PETE keeps busy with Max, tries to capture El Vato’s soul (or is it his sole) with his special camera, reads some viewer mail, and makes up a batch of brain squeezins.  And don’t forget to send us your e-mail at darkvaultpd@gmail.com or unclepeteshow at gmail.com.

So join UNCLE PETE for some devilish entertainment, this Saturday night, March 7, 2015 from 10PM to midnight on channel 4 (Binghamton), channel 99 (Elmira/Hornell/Corning) and channel 17 (Sayre/Montrose)for The Devil’s Messenger on the next DARK VAULT OF PUBLIC DOMAIN!

DARK VAULT INFLUENCE REARS IT’S HEAD AGAIN!!!

•March 5, 2015 • Leave a Comment
UNCLE PETE AND THE GANG

UNCLE PETE AND THE GANG

Here’s yet further proof even of how THE DARK VAULT OF PUBLIC DOMAIN is influential on just about everything.  A couple of weeks ago we showed Karate Kids U.S.A. featuring veteran film dame Ann Southern.  This month, a certain classic movie cable station has decided to feature none other than Ann Southern as their star of the month!

Ah, the spiny tendrils of UNCLE PETE, El Vato, and THE DVOPD reach far and wide!!!

GO WEST, YOUNG CLONE!

•February 27, 2015 • Leave a Comment
UNCLE PETE, PANCHO. AND WELL CHOMPED CIGAR - PERFECT INGREDIENTS FOR A GREAT WESTERN SATURDAY NIGHT

UNCLE PETE, PANCHO. AND WELL CHOMPED CIGAR – PERFECT INGREDIENTS FOR A GREAT WESTERN SATURDAY NIGHT

Break out your poncho and put in a good supply of Pepe Lowbrow (a Vito Gold Enterprises (TM) product) cuz this week in THE DARK VAULT OF PUBLIC DOMAIN, UNCLE PETE and El Vato are riding into the Italian sunset to bring you the brawl-packed, lead-flyin’ feature It Can Be Done Amigo!  From 1972, it stars Bud Spencer as Coburn, an affable two-fisted drifter, and Jack Palance as the fastest gun in the west who is aimin’ to use his talents to get revenge on Coburn for trifflin’ with his sister’s affections – a trifflin’ that Coburn claims was a misunderstanding.  And to make the plot a little juicier, a dying old man makes Coburn promise that he will help the old man’s orphan nephew take possession of the old man’s land.  Brawls, bullets and comic mayhem ensue in this great action flick from director Maurizio Lucidi.

UNCLE PETE takes time out to demonstrate some of the dramatic eye twiches and cigar shiftin’ that legend has it he taught to Clint Eastwood just before Eastwood’s meteoric rise in the world of Spaghetti Westerns.

So pop up a big bowl of spaghetti and join UNCLE PETE this Saturday, February 28, 2015 from 10 PM to midnight on channels 4, 17, and 99 in Binghamton, Sayre/Montrose, and Elmira/Corning/Hornell for It Can Be Done Amigo! – the next feature presentation on THE DARK VAULT OF PUBLIC DOMAIN!

GORILLAS IN THEIR NATIVE HABITAT – BROOKLYN – THIS WEEK IN THE VAULT!

•February 17, 2015 • Leave a Comment

UNCLE PETE AND EL VATO SENDING OUT ANOTHER DARK VAULT GEM

There are always clones somewhere in the VAULT but we have a couple of clones in the film too this week.  Join UNCLE PETE in THE DARK VAULT OF PUBLIC DOMAIN as we bring you the wacky romantic music-filled comedy horror classic Bela Lugosi Meets A Brooklyn Gorilla.  It stars Duke Michell as Duke Mitchell and Sammy Petrillo as Sammy Petrillo in their only cinematic outing presenting their clone-like impersonations of Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis (another couple of actor/singer/comic type guys who also had movie and recording careers, or so I’ve heard).

SAMMY , DUKE AND NONA AT THE SHINDIG

Duke and Sammy, flying on their way to entertain the troops stationed in Guam, mistake the Out Door for the powder room and wind up landing on a deserted (or so they think) island (good thing they were wearing their parachutes).  It turns out they’ve landed on the very inhabited island of Kola Kola at the far end of the Zamboanga group (and as you may know, the monkeys have no tails in Zamboanga – but that’s another song…).  The chief’s daughter Nona (played by Charlita) saves the boys’ lives and sparks fly between Nona and Dukey.  But there’s a Mad Scientist in the ointment.  There’s a castle nearby owned by Dr. Zabor (Bela Lugosi) that the natives avoid like a porcupine in a nudist colony.  But since Nona has a job as a lab assistant with the Doctor, Duke and Sammy head up there to see about getting off the island.  Unfortunately, Zabor also has eyes for Nona and decides to get Duke out of the way by using him as the donor for his brain transfer experiment involving a big ol’ gorillillilla!  As might be expected, wacky hi-jinx ensue!  This 1952 gem from director William Beaudine also features Ramona the Chimp, and you gotta love any movie with a Ramona in it.

UNCLE PETE SPREADS ADVICE ON THE AIRWAVES EARLY IN HIS CAREER

     Meanwhile, UNCLE PETE gets a bit of a disappointment when he finds the big name Hollywood feature presentation he had planned ain’t gonna happen.  He slips into a flashback of his days as host of a radio advice phone-in show with some interesting callers.  But he also manages to dig up not one, but two, helpings of our favorite cartoon cutie, Betty Boop, with 1933’s The Old Man Of The Mountain (featuring Cab Calloway and His Orchestra) and 1932’s Betty Boop’s Bamboo Isle!  Pull out your sarongs, your grass skirts and your half coconut drinking cup things.  It’s two hours of songs, dances, and snappy patter this Saturday, February 21, 2015 from 10PM to midnight on channel 4 in Binghamton, channel 17 in Sayre/Montrose, and channel 99 in Hornell/Elmira/Corning.  Flashbacks and a gorilla with UNCLE PETE and Bela Lugosi Meets A Brooklyn Gorilla, the next feature presentation in THE DARK VAULT OF PUBLIC DOMAIN!

 
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