RIDIN’ THE RANGE WITH UNCLE PETE AND OL’ POTMETAL!!!

•January 19, 2019 • Leave a Comment

UNCLE PETE, STONE DOG, AND OL' POTMETAL SETTLE IN A LUXURY SUITE FOR SOME CLASSIC WESTERNS

UNCLE PETE, STONE DOG, AND OL’ POTMETAL SETTLE IN A LUXURY SUITE FOR SOME CLASSIC WESTERNS

Dust off that Stetson and soap up that saddle cuz it’s time to ride the range with UNCLE PETE and his trusty steed Ol’ Potmetal  as they bring you The Classic Television Spectacular – Part III on this week’s DARK VAULT OF PUBLIC DOMAIN!!!.  We’ll ride with Bat Masterson (Gene Barry) and guest stars William (Frank Cannon) Conrad and James (Roscoe P. Coltrane) Best as Bat moseys into a tent city just about to hold a necktie party.  But the guest of honor might be innocent so Bat steps in and gunplay and brawlin’ ensue in Stampede In Tent City.

For hard ridin’, straight shootin’, and suspense, you can’t beat the First Gal of The Old West –  Annie Oakley (Gail Davis).  At least that’s what the intro tells us!  Gail, a frequent co-star of Gene Autry , appeared in 81 episodes along with her horse Target, lawman Lofty Cragg (Brad Johnson), and little brother Tag (Jimmy Hawkins) from 1954 through 1957.  Here in Shadow At Sonoma  (1956), there’s trouble at the county fair as Annie spots a dead ringer for Lofty who ain’t no straight shooter.

Next we add a little color (literally) with an episode of The Cisco Kid.  The “Robin Hood Of The Old West” came to TV from radio in 1950 with Duncan Renaldo as Cisco and Leo Carrillo as his sidekick Pancho.  Each week they and their horses Diablo and Loco righted wrongs, helped the unfortunate and rescued the put-upon.  In this episode Cisco and Pancho face bushwhackers, murderers, and some spooky stuff in Ghost Story.

ROY ROGERS AND TRIGGER IN PURSUIT

ROY ROGERS AND TRIGGER IN PURSUIT

Then it’s the King Of The Cowboys – Roy Rogers (played by Roy Rogers).  Roy, horse Trigger, dog Bullet, sweetie Dale Evans – Queen Of The West, Dale’s horse Buttermilk and comic sidekick Pat Brady with his jeep Nellie Belle rode the range finding bad guys and helping out folks that needed help.  The show aired from 1951  to 1957. In this episode, Roy and his gang help little Lucy who has just lost her Mommy and whose Daddy has a price on his head for some hanky panky at the banky, er bank.   Roy must prove Lucy’s Daddy isn’t an outlaw before the law or the bad guys settle his hash first.  It’s Unwilling Outlaw on The Roy Rogers Show.

UNCLE PETE, having just vaporized the ice off Lake Dark Vault, finds time for a little fishing for some of the Lake’s interesting creatures.  There’s also some viewer mail.  It’s fast six-guns, horses, action aplenty and a little Happy Trails To You this Saturday, January 19, 2019 from 10PM to midnight (with a replay at midnight) on channel 1301  for the areas in and around Binghamton, (Elmira/Corning/Hornell, Sayre/Montrose, northern PA and southern NY, channel 30 throughout the North Country (Watertown/Malone/Masena/Ogdensburg/Plattsburgh), channel 2 for the Saranac/Champlain/Tupper Lakes area and Cortland County and channel 99 for the Utica/Rome area.  In Ithaca the show times are 9pm and midnight on channel 13.  Join UNCLE PETE, Stone Dog, and Ol’ Potmetal as they bring you the Classic TV Spectacular Pt.III – Western style – on the next DARK VAULT OF PUBLIC DOMAIN!I

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CHASE AWAY THOSE WINTER BLAHS WITH A BEACH, A PARTY, AND A MONSTER!!!

•January 12, 2019 • Leave a Comment
UNCLE PETE FIRES UP THE SPECTRAL DISEMBOBULATOR (tm) FOR A NIGHT OF MUSIC, MONSTERS, AND MAYHEM!

UNCLE PETE FIRES UP THE SPECTRAL DISEMBOBULATOR ™ FOR A NIGHT OF MUSIC, MONSTERS, AND MAYHEM!

The cold, gray, and dreary gettin’ to you?  Join UNCLE PETE a dancin’, surfin’, music-filled monster party on THE DARK VAULT OF PUBLIC DOMAIN!  First up is UNCLE PETE’S Music Picks,  a video jukebox with many rare videos from China, Japan, Canada, and the good ol’ USA – rockabilly, punk, and classics from the likes of Johnny Cash, D.O.A., and others including a video from the Bastards Of Imperialism whose lead singer wrote the theme song for THE DARK VAULT OF PUBLIC DOMAIN (as performed by The Nation Of Salami).

Then we head to the beach for lots of surfin’, dancin. and eatin’ (of the surfers and dancers) in The Beach Girls And The Monster.  Famed oceanographer (that’s like a fish doctor) Dr. Otto Lindsay (John Hall) is kind of a bigamist – married to his research and younger and good lookin’ Vicky (Sue Casey) too.  Vicky is upset with the Doctor’s lack of attention to her.  The Doctor’s upset with his surf-crazy son Richard (Arnold Lessing).  And the beach monster is upset because he’s hungry.  And some beach-goers look mighty tasty!  The doctor says the monster is a giant mutated carnivorous South American fish that comes on shore to feed.  But does the monster have a work visa or even a passport???  With direction and cinematography also from Jon Hall, music by the Illusions, and a theme song (Dance Baby Dance) written by Frank Sinatra Jr., from 1965, it’s The Beach Girls And The Monster.

UNCLE PETE is well self-contained in the Dark Vault Control Room where he computerizes up some spiffy music videos and a whole bunch of trailers and great commercials including spots for the Tiger and Swingin’ Cat Electric Guitars and the Big Bash drum by Emenee (Jumpin’ Jiminy! It’s By Emenee!).  So tune in this Saturday night, January 12, 2019, from 10PM to midnight (with replays at midnight) on channel 1301 in Binghamton, Hornell/Corning/Elmira, Montrose/Sayre, northern PA and southern NY, channel 99 for Utica/ Rome, channel 30 in the whole north country of New York State, and channel 2 for Cortland County and the Saranac, Champlain, and Tupper Lakes area  Watch the goodness on channel 13 in Ithaca at 9pm and midnight.  It’s UNCLE PETE’S Music Picks followed by The Beach Girls And The Monster on the next DARK VAULT OF PUBLIC DOMAIN!!!

(And this week on Beta Max TV (https://www.facebook.com/BetaMaxTV/, www,betamaxtv.com) on all Roku TVs and devices, it the action drama with a big dose of comedy and music – Cop In Drag)

GLOBAL TREKKING WITH UNCLE PETE…AND A BEER!!!

•January 5, 2019 • Leave a Comment

UNCLE PETE BRAVES THE ELEMENTS THIS WEEK!

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!

NO MERE STORM CAN STOP THE DARK VAULT!

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!!!)

A NEW YEAR’S EVE PARTY AND PARADE WITH UNCLE PETE!!!

•December 30, 2018 • Leave a Comment
UNCLE PETE GOES LIVE ON LOCATION FOR NEW YEAR'S EVE

UNCLE PETE GOES LIVE ON LOCATION FOR NEW YEAR’S EVE

Get prepared proper-like for the new year with a rousing viewing of the annual DARK VAULT OF PUBLIC DOMAIN NEW YEAR’S EVE CELEBRATION SPECIAL!  Join UNCLE PETE as he once again assumes the role of this year’s Grand Marshall of the Stockton, California New Year’s Eve Parade and Festival with a LIVE broadcast from the parade and the site of all the festivities.  But DARK VAULT travel arrangements rarely put UNCLE PETE where he expects to be, so we’ll see what happens.  Nevertheless, UNCLE PETE has some great festivities of our own planned for THE DARK VAULT and all our viewers.

Our feature takes us down to the Bowery for the East Side Kids in Pride Of The Bowery.  Muggs (Leo Gorcey) has a chance to be the Golden Gloves Boxing Champion, but he doesn’t like training in the gang’s stuffy old gym.  Danny (Bobby Jordan) and the gang trick Muggs into signing up for a CCC Camp (no, that’s not a 300 Camp in Roman numerals, that’s a Civilian Conservation Corps Camp) where Muggs will get plenty of training and they’ll all make a few bucks to send home to Ma.  But things are never quite that simple for Muggs as we soon find out.  Also with David Gorcey as Peewee, Donald Haines as Skinny and Sunshine Sammy Morrison as Scruno, from 1940 it’s Pride of the Bowery.

COUNT DOWN TO THE NEW YEAR WITH THE TRADITIONAL DROPPING OF THE LIGHTED RAT

COUNT DOWN TO THE NEW YEAR WITH THE TRADITIONAL DROPPING OF THE LIGHTED RAT

But before the feature hits the screen, UNCLE PETE kicks things off with the Little Rascals – in The Pooch, where Stymie and Petey the Dog (perhaps the only dog to ever have been made up by Max Factor himself) run afoul of the evil dog catcher.  Then we’ll stop by the tailor shop where altercations are a specialty with Moe, Larry and Shemp in Sing A Song Of Six Pants.  And join in the countdown for the annual Dropping of the Lighted Rat (Times Square ain’t got nothin’ on us).   This year we’ve coordinated the rat to drop almost exactly somewhere around actual midnight!  Plus, make sure to stay for the special presentation of this year’s segment of famous friends we lost this year and some extra special greetings, messages and music at the end of the show.  And it’s Oxnard’s screen debut too!

So chill that bubbly, cut up some confetti and join UNCLE PETE, Vitobot ™, VITO GOLD, and the Clones this Saturday, December 28, 2018 from 10PM to midnight on channel 1301 in the Binghamton area, Montrose/Sayre, PA, and Elmira/Corning/Hornell, channel 99 Utica/Rome, channel 2 in Cortland County and the Champlain/Saranac/Tupper Lake areas and on channel 30 for all our viewers in the North Country (Champlain/Ogdensburg/Malone/Massena/Watertown) with late-night replays at midnight.  And in Ithaca on channel 13 at 9pm and midnight.  It’s a fun-filled, action packed New Year’s Eve episode with UNCLE PETE live on location on the next DARK VAULT OF PUBLIC DOMAIN!  (And for all you Roku watchers of Beta Max TV, you can catch the Spectacular over there all week too!)

UNCLE PETE , OXNARD, AND SANTA SAVE CHRISTMAS!!!

•December 23, 2018 • Leave a Comment
UNCLE PETE AND OXNARD SHARE SOME CHRISTMAS TRADITIONS AT THE DARK VAULT RESEARCH FACILITY

UNCLE PETE AND OXNARD SHARE SOME CHRISTMAS TRADITIONS AT THE DARK VAULT RESEARCH FACILITY

Saturday is Christmas Eve Eve Eve!  And in keeping with the festivities, on this week’s THE DARK VAULT OF PUBLIC DOMAIN, UNCLE PETE and his trusty sidekick OXNARD present the fourth part of our month-long Christmas party – the 1959 classic – SANTA CLAUS.  Made entirely in Mexico (the obvious place to make a movie about Santa Claus), this gem reveals some of the previously unknown secrets of Santa’s workshop and how he manages that annual trip bringing joy to all the world’s good girls and boys.

SANTA GETS READY FOR HIS ANNUAL TRIP 'ROUND THE WORLD

SANTA GETS READY FOR HIS ANNUAL TRIP ‘ROUND THE WORLD

But Santa has more than delivering toys and foggy nights to worry about this year.  The devil doesn’t like Christmas so he sends Pitch, one of his henchmen, to foul up things for Santa.  It’s a battle of good versus evil with some science, a little magic and a large dose of fun in UNCLE PETE’s favorite Santa Claus movie.  Made in 1959 and released in the U.S.A. a few years later, it’s SANTA CLAUS.

UNCLE PETE AND OXNARD SHARE SOME CHRISTMAS GOODIES BEFORE THE TRIP BACK TO THE VAULT

UNCLE PETE AND OXNARD SHARE SOME CHRISTMAS GOODIES BEFORE THE TRIP BACK TO THE VAULT

UNCLE PETE and OXNARD were working on some experiments and observing a few DARK VAULT Christmas traditions at a remote research facility and are heading back to the DARK VAULT for the annual Boiler Room Christmas Party.  Except, the research facility is so remote that UNCLE PETE isn’t sure how to get back there.  So it’s up to the miraculous, infallible sniffer of the mighty OXNARD to lead them home to the party.  Along the way, UNCLE PETE digs up the first Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer cartoon, some slick singing sisters performing Winter Wonderland, a Christmas short with Paul Winchell and Jerry Mahoney and several other Christmas shorts and great toy commercials (including one for Gaylord, the niftiest mechanical hound dog ever!).  There’s even some vintage footage of UNCLE PETE’s family (including his Mom, Dad, and brother) whooping it up in a Christmas of long ago .

EVER-FAITHFUL OXNARD PREPARES TO SAVE UNCLE PETE ONCE AGAIN

EVER-FAITHFUL OXNARD PREPARES TO SAVE UNCLE PETE ONCE AGAIN

Join in the festive fun with UNCLE PETE and his best friend OXNARD (in her farewell appearance in a DARK VAULT episode) this Saturday night, December 22, 2018 from 10PM to midnight on channel 1301  for the Binghamton, Sayre/Montrose, northern PA, Corning/Elmira and southern NY areas, channel 99 around Utica/Rome, channel 30 in the north country (Ogdensburg/Watertown/Malone/Massena/Champlain), and channel 2 around the tri-lakes area (Champlain, Saranac and Tupper), and Cortland County with replays at midnight.  Watch the action in the Ithaca, NY area in channel 13 at 9pm and midnight.  Do up Christmas Eve Eve Eve the right way with UNCLE PETE and THE DARK VAULT CHRISTMAS SPECIAL – II, featuring SANTA CLAUS.  It’s the fourth part of our month-long celebration with UNCLE PETE and OXNARD and everyone in THE DARK VAULT OF PUBLIC DOMAIN!!!  (And SANTA CLAUS is also available on Beta Max TV on all Roku TVs and Roku devices – www,betamaxtv.com, https://www.facebook.com/BetaMaxTV/)

CARTOONS FOR YOUR PRE-CHRISTMAS, UNCLE PETE BLOWS UP!!!

•December 15, 2018 • Leave a Comment
UNCLE PETE GETS ARTISTIC THIS WEEK

UNCLE PETE GETS ARTISTIC THIS WEEK

It’s time for the third hunk of the DARK VAULT OF PUBLIC DOMAIN month-long Christmas celebration!  Join UNCLE PETE for some amazing animated antics in The Cavalcade Of Cartoon Carnage – Part II.  Picking up where the now legendary inaugural Cavalcade Of Cartoon Carnage – Part I left off, UNCLE PETE has been diggin’ some diggin’ in the animated section of The Cinema Graveyard to bring you some of the best, the worst, and the most obscure cartoons from the 1920s to the 1950s.

Popeye and Bluto become business competitors in more ways than one and there’s The 3 Bears like you may never have seen them. There’s an installment from the Alice series of live/animation mixed creations that saved a certain studio for a certain mouse.  And speaking of mice, Herman the mouse does a little coaching for a timid rooster.  From the VanBeuren/Paul Terry world, Tom and Jerry make some surreal drawings and Farmer Alfalfa channels UNCLE PETE on the radio.  Gumby and The Three Stooges have some automotive mishaps and our favorite cartoon cutie – Betty Boop – follows suit in the Musical Mountaineers.  And Felix Finds Out (but finds out what?).     For all you cartoon firearms fans,   Molly Moo Cow tries to preserve nature in The Hunting Season and Oswald the Rabbit gets fired up in Great Guns.  Then it’s time for the big musical finale as Owl Jolson croons in I like To Singa and Popeye, Peepeye, Poopeye, Pipeye, and Pupeye tear up the place with a full-blown jam session in Me Musical Nephews.

Down in The Dark Vault Laboratory, UNCLE PETE cavorts with his cartoon buddies, does a self-portrait, and receives yet another suspicious candle from El Vato.  Will this candle be a blast too, or will UNCLE PETE learn from history.  To find out, tune in this Saturday night from 10PM to midnight on channel 1301 in the Binghamton area and the Corning/Hornell/Elmira and Montrose/Sayre, PA vicinity, channel 2 around Champlain, Saranac and Tupper Lakes, channel 2 in Cortland County, and channel 30 throughout the rest of the North Country (Watertown/Champlain/Massena/Malone/Ogdensburg/etc.).  And for all you who might be shopping, baking, wrapping, or festivating late – don’t forget the replay at midnight!  Watch us in the Ithaca, NY area on channel 13 at 9pm and midnight.  And this week, you can also see this episode on Beta Max TV on all Roku TVs and devices (www.facebook.com/BetaMaxTV/, www,betamaxtv.com).  The Christmas revelry continues with UNCLE PETE and The Cavalcade Of Cartoon Carnage – Part II – a Brand New Episode – on the next DARK VAULT OF PUBLIC DOMAIN!!!

UNCLE PETE, SANTA, A PARTY AND MARTIANS – THAT’LL FILL UP YOUR SATURDAY NIGHT!!!

•December 8, 2018 • Leave a Comment

UNCLE PETE GETS THE DARK VAULT READY FOR THE CHRISTMAS PARTY!

Red Planet, green men (and women).  Red jacket, green dinosaur.  It’s all lookin’ Christmassy in the movie and in the boiler room at THE DARK VAULT OF PUBLIC DOMAIN this Saturday!  UNCLE PETE’S red fez and the green Christmas tree, El Vato’s red eyes and that green leafy stuff he carries around (he claims it’s spearmint) all fits in for week 2 of our Christmas celebration with The Annual Dark Vault Of Public Domain Christmas Special – Number 1 featuring one of the most beloved Christmas movies of all time – Santa Claus Conquers The Martians!!!  The whole DARK VAULT gang will be in and around The Dark Vault Boiler Room for some tree trimming, gift giving, story telling, refreshment consuming, and loads of holiday cheer.  UNCLE PETE and El Vato have once again braved the frozen things in the Cinema Graveyard to resurrect some great Christmas shorts and commercials too.  Bundle up cuz we’re gonna take a trip to the North Pole before our feature in the cartoon – The Shanty Where Santy Claus Lives.

UNCLE PETE TAKES A BREAK FROM DECORATING TO RECEIVE A GIFT FROM 42ND STREET JIMMY

UNCLE PETE TAKES A BREAK FROM DECORATING TO RECEIVE A GIFT FROM 42ND STREET JIMMY

VITO GOLD AND HIS SINGING TREE GETTING FESTIVE

VITO GOLD AND HIS SINGING TREE GETTING FESTIVE

You’ll see VITO GOLD and Vitobot, a singing Christmas Tree, El Vato and the rest of the Clones and lots of visitors.  Light up a fruitcake and cut yourself a slice of eggnog and join UNCLE PETE for The Annual Dark Vault Of Public Domain Christmas Special – Number 1!  It’s the second part of our Christmas gift to you and if you work it right, you can make it your Christmas gift to your friends too!  And if your friends aren’t quite satisfied, tell them that they’ll get the other half of their present in the next couple week’s of DVOPDs (but only if they bring some Christmas goodies).

It’s the perfect break from Christmas errands!  Enjoy a Christmas tradition with UNCLE PETE for Santa Claus Conquers The Martians this Saturday, December 8 , 2018 from 10PM to midnight on channel 1301 around Binghamton, Elmira/Hornell/Corning and (Sayre/Montrose and northern PA, channel 99 around Utica/Rome, channel 30 throughout the north country (Ogdensburg/Champlain/Watertown/Massena/Malone), channel 2 around the tri-lakes area (Champlain, Saranac and Tupper Lakes), and channel 3 in Cortland County  with a replay at midnight.  And around the Ithaca, NY area, we’re on channel 13 at 9pm and midnight.  It’s The Annual Dark Vault Of Public Domain Christmas Special – Number 1 – Santa Claus Conquers The Martians right inside your TV on THE DARK VAULT OF PUBLIC DOMAIN!

And if you have a Roku TV or a Roku device, you can watch The Dark Vault Of Public Domain on Beta Max TV (www.betamaxtv.com and http://www.facebook.com/BetaMaxTV)

 
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