•March 5, 2015 • Leave a Comment
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!!!
•February 27, 2015 • Leave a Comment
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!
•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!
•February 14, 2015 • Leave a Comment
UNCLE PETE TALKS CHICKEN AND HAIR PRODUCTS AND LOVE THIS WEEK
Put on your baggy white pajamas and join the action with your valentine on the next DARK VAULT OF PUBLIC DOMAIN as UNCLE PETE brings you the 1980 feature presentation Karate Kids, U.S.A. While Grandpa J.J. and his martial arts 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 maybe get some attention on the coat-tails of another movie that had Karate and Kid in the title that was just being released), it’s Karate Kids, U.S.A.
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 takes the time 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, February 14, 2015, from 10PM to midnight on channel 4 (Channel 19 in Montrose/Sayre, PA and channel 99 in Elmira/Corning/Hornell). It’s Karate Kids, U.S.A., a perfect movie for St. Valentine’s Day cuz nothin’ says lovin’ like a cheesy 70’s action movie, this week on THE DARK VAULT OF PUBLIC DOMAIN!
•February 6, 2015 • Leave a Comment
- UNCLE PETE TALKS TO SHERMAN IN VITO-SAT 1 FROM THE DARK VAULT TRANSMITTER SITE
Join UNCLE PETE, OXNARD, and MAX as they head up to the DARK VAULT Transmitter Site this week to bring you the low-budget sci-fi thriller - The Eye Creatures. A flying saucer is cruisin’ earth and the military is keeping an eye on it, but the first people who have contact with it are some teenagers who frequent a favorite make-out spot outside of town. It’s always good for a plot when teenagers spot the alien first, and these teenagers not only spot it first, but a couple of them wham into one with their car. But nobody believes them (at least not for a while).
This 1965 American International release – directed by Larry Buchanan and starring John Ashley and Cynthia Hull – is a color remake of the 1957 film Invasion Of The Saucer Men and was never released to theaters but went straight to TV with a package of American International Pictures television releases. Be sure to listen for the voice of Peter Graves as the uncredited narrator.
Meanwhile, back at The Dark Vault, UNCLE PETE and OXNARD enjoy some Barbecue sauce, read some viewer mail and have a few frosty cold beverages as they bring you a Bobby Vee video, a special on barbecuing and a whole bucket of trailers from the Dark Vault Transmitter located high above Lake Dark Vault. (side note – after a long and happy career, Bobby Vee has only recently announced his retirement. Happy Days Bobby!)
So grab your leftover BBQ sauce and a few frosty ones and join UNCLE PETE for The Eye Creatures, this Saturday, February 7, 2015 at 10PM on channel 4 in Binghamton, channel 99 in Corning/Hornell/Elmira and channel 17 in Sayre/Montrose) on THE DARK VAULT OF PUBLIC DOMAIN!
•January 30, 2015 • Leave a Comment
UNCLE PETE DOES A LITTLE SECRET AGENTING
International intrigue and espionage (along with some good old butt kickin’) fills the screen 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, it stars 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 and intrigue filled eastern city of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It’s the 1974 educational film: Destruction – Fun Or Dumb? So, join UNCLE PETE and El Vato this Saturday, January 31,2015 from 10PM to midnight on Binghamton’s channel 4, channel 17 in Sayre/Montrose, PA, and channel 99 around Hornell/Corning/Elmira. It’s more action than the Super Bowl and one day earlier with The Impossible Kid on the next installment of THE DARK VAULT OF PUBLIC DOMAIN!
•January 25, 2015 • Leave a Comment
Joe Franklin – broadcasting legend and creator of the television talk show format – passed away last night (Saturday, January 24, 2015) at the age of 88. Joe, born Joseph Fortgang on March 9, 1926, was a pioneer in radio and television broadcasting starting his career on radio in 1940 with The Kate Smith Hour and then Make Believe Ballroom 2 years later. He began his legendary television talk show in 1950 on WJZ (WABC) in New York City and then moved to his longest home at WOR-TV, channel 9 in 1962 where his show aired until 1993. Late nights (and afternoon replays) were filled with Joe’s standard-setting interviews with guests ranging from local entertainers to the biggest of the big, including Charlie Chaplin, Rudy Vallee, Captain Lou Albano, and The Ramones. The shows were highlighted by Joe’s groundbreaking live commercial spots and his discussions of movie, music and entertainment history. Joe was widely recognized as an authority on nostalgia and culture of the first half of the 20th century and would always take time for a “Walk Down Memory Lane”, often including his guests in the discussion. The Joe Franklin Show aired on channel 9 from 1962 to 1993 and over his career, he reportedly interviewed over 300,000 guests. He is in the Guinness Book of World Records for being the longest continuous TV talk show host ever. He continued his radio show after leaving television and was still producing radio nostalgia bits up until his death.
Joe holds a special place in our hearts here in THE DARK VAULT OF PUBLIC DOMAIN. We spent countless hours watching his one of a kind style in the wee hours of the morning back when we still got channel 9 in this area. His list of guests was staggering and whether his guests were banal, stellar, or bizarre, he always made the interview highly entertaining. Joe Franklin was one of the major influences that inspired me to a life in radio and the creation of The Uncle Pete Show and ultimately to our creating The Dark Vault Of Public Domain. Regular viewers may have heard our occasional “tip of the hat” to Joe and noticed, in our background and show ending, a picture of Joe sitting in his famously cluttered office. There was an even larger collection of interesting stuff in Joe’s office than in The Dark Vault!
We’ll miss ya Joe! You were a great part of our lives and there’ll always be a place on our Memory Lane just for you!