It’s gettin’ chilly but there ain’t no snow outside the DARK VAULT, so we’re gonna head up north for some flurries (and a beer) then back down south for some diamonds (and a gorilla).   Join UNCLE PETE for a film tour this Saturday – first, off to the Yukon with The Fatal Glass Of Beer.  Written by and starring comedic genius W.C. Fields (as Mr. Snavely), it chronicles – with song and flashback –  the sad story of son Chester Snavely (George Chandler) who left his rural, snowbound home for the big city where he succumbed (succamed?) to the evils of hard drink.  Filled with dramatic acting like you read about (if you read the right books), a legendary gloved zither performance, and non-stop gags – especially involving the words “it ain’t a fit night out for man or beast” – it’s The Fatal Glass Of Beer (1933)!

Next, it’s pith helmets on, UNCLE PETE and off to deepest, darkest Africa for our feature with Abbott and Costello in Africa Screams (1949)!  When shady lady Diana Emerson (the gorgeous Hillary Brooke) says she’ll pay big bucks for a lost map created by a legendary African explorer, Buzz Johnson (Bud Abbott) passes off his friend Stanley Livington (Lou Costello) as an explorer who accompanied the creator of the map.  But Buzz discovers the real goal of the expedition is to find a fortune in diamonds and by sheer dumb luck (the best kind) Buzz and Stanley find the diamonds first, along with a village of hungry cannibals.   Fortunately, Stanley’s new gorilla friend just might be able to help.  This famous folks in this film include boxing legends Max and Buddy Baer, two guys familiar with the real Africa and wild beasties – hunter/collector Frank Buck and legendary animal trainer Clyde Beatty, and comedy legends Shemp Howard and Joe Besser in their only appearance together.  Also, it’s the first time Abbott and Costello appeared with Joe Besser and Hillary Brooke, regulars on their TV show.  Directed by Charles Barton, it’s Africa Screams!


UNCLE PETE and Max are in the Control Room of THE DARK VAULT, safe from the raging Yukon snow storm – or so they think until a bit of a blizzard kicks up.  But despite the Arctic conditions, UNCLE PETE still manages to dig up a drift of trailers and fun bits.  So tune in this Saturday, January 5, 2019 from 10PM to midnight (with a replay at midnight) on channel 1301 (Binghamton, Montrose/Sayre, Elmira/Corning/Hornell), channel 99 for the Utica/Rome area, channel 30 in the North Country (Watertown/Champlain/Ogdensburg/Malone/Massena) and channel 2 in Cortland County and the tri-lakes area (Tupper, Champlain, and Saranac).  And in Ithaca, watch us on channel 13 at 9PM and midnight!  From tundra to the jungle, it’s The Fatal Glass Of Beer and Africa Screams on the next DARK VAULT OF PUBLIC DOMAIN!

(And this week on Beta Max TV on all Roku devices and TVs, it’s the Silent Movie Spectacular!!!)


~ by UNCLE PETE on January 5, 2019.

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