Wednesday, August 25, 2010

What's that?..Say Junior...Hope and Crosby!

The Bob Hope Show was similar to the Bing Crosby Show. Like Crosby, he came to radio early and stayed late. He shared with Crosby an ability with words, a glibness, a keen intelligence. They did not however share their styles. Crosby on the air was slow and mellow: Hope was a machine gun, constantly firing off jokes.
Showcased in the show were the likes of James Melton, Jane Froman, Jack Kirkwood, Patricia Wilder, Johnny Mercer, and Frank Parker.
The Pepsodent Show with Yehudi became intertwined with Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson but all along, Hope was definitely the star.
No one had ever told jokes quite like Bob Hope. His monologues were rapid-fire blasts of comedy, extremely topical and wildly appreciated by all of his audiences.
Hope had Olympic style writers writing for him and he insisted that the script be exactly 37 minutes long. It was then whittled down joke by joke until only the surefire material remained. The result on the air was a breathless gush, with six laughs a minute guaranteed.

Just the facts ma'am...Dragnet!

"Ladies and gentlemen: the story you are about to hear is true. Only the names have been changed to protect the innocent.
Tuesday, February 12. It was cold in Los Angeles. We were working the day watch out of robbery division. My partner's Ben Romero. The boss is Ed Backstrand, chief of detectives. My name's Friday"

At first a Radio crime drama, which later became both a TV series and Films, about the cases of a dedicated Los Angeles police detective, Sergeant Joe Friday, and his partners. The show takes its name from an actual police term, a "dragnet", meaning a system of coordinated measures for apprehending criminals or suspects.

This episode "The Big Tooth" aired February 15, 1953

Saturday, August 7, 2010

More from Show #5!

These are the album covers, movie posters, and stills from the films featured in Show #5.
Along with that, also some examples of the Todd-AO and Cinerama processes.

Michael Todd and his Todd-AO camera

3 separate images projected together to form one image

Cinerama Projector from the front

Cinerama Projector from the back.