Monday, November 16, 2015

"Big Man" quote

Vic Mature was in a movie called Kiss of Death. 

His character is a jailbird, trying to go straight. He meets Richard Widmark when they are handcuffed together on the train to Sing Sing.

At the end of the movie, they reunite. His friend keeps making fun of him.

"The Big Man"

Like Rosemarie, The Big Woman!

Don't forget that it was Vic Mature who gets the vacuum to the HEAD and the Monkees get sucked up like so much dandruff.

It's a great old Hollywood movie that shows who VM was when he was just a little older than the Monkees.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Movies which Inspired Episodes #2 and #46

Here's a two-fer.

I was watching TCM, always a great source of offbeat Hollywood.

Monkee See, Monkee Die, #2, written by Treva Silverman
One movie, based off of Agatha Christie's Ten Little Indians, "And Then There Were None"(1945), is the (semi)classic tale of 10 people being invited to a desert island, by an unknown host.  They are all to be killed, according to a nursery rhyme, and to give full credit to the villain, all are thought to have gotten away with murder in the first place.  Note the mansion on an island setting, mysterious overnighting in a haunted mansion, a record of the departed indicating his will.  And lots of other spookiness besides.
More Monkee-specific trivia can be found at the Tripod site, which did a lot to contribute to the Trivia Screens on the box set DVD release.

Monkees on the Wheel, #46, written by Coslough Johnson
The other, in which Warren Beatty plays a playboy named Barney Lincoln (??), "Kaleidoscope" (1966).  It's not a remarkable film, except for the elements of the zeitgeist it uses. The cute & riveting Susannah York adds to the influence of pretty girls in sparkly outfits and boas, (as well as mod outfits). Clever dialogue (not enough for me), mod clothes, and the suspense of gambling are the lynchpins.  Also some random plot about cheating at cards and getting caught, tables turning, etc.  Also note the corny (almost Batman-like) scene segues, and "60's-Oriental" sound cues. There is a gunshot which richochets off a large globe, making it spin.  It's not a direct influence, and may also be playing off the idea of the fantasy playboy/gambler life which explores all the fun someone can have if you just have the right method (see Peter's sliderule explanation).
The Tripod entry can be found here.
"Will the REAL---- please stand up?" is a phrase taken from "What's My Line?", the format of which would be staged in a Monkees episode and was used in this movie.  Everything was available to be stolen! ;)

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Obituary for Edward Hoh, Drummer

Fast Eddie Hoh was a larger than life character and was known for doing the best, most intricate riffs on songs like "PVS", "Star Collector" and "Goin Down".  He was keeping time with and for a lot of great groups.

Melanie Mitchell includes a memory from Peter (taken from a comment on FB): I always think of Peter's comment on The Devil and Peter Tork, when there's a particularly intricate fill (I think that's the term) near the end of Salesman. "You know Micky did not play that drum lick," he said. "Almost certainly Fast Eddie Hoh." Which it was.

(Below taken from his online obit and reprinted here in case it gets taken down.)

Life Legacy

Edward “Fast Eddie” Hoh, age 71, passed away Saturday, November 07, 2015 in Westmont, IL. An American rock drummer who was active in the 1960s. He played the drums on several well-known rock songs and albums, including those by Donovan and the Monkees. He also performed at the seminal 1967 Monterey Pop Festival as a member of the Mamas and the Papas touring band. In 1968, he participated in the recording of Super Session, the highly successful 1968 Mike Bloomfield/Al Kooper/Stephen Stills collaboration album. Hoh first became known around 1964 on the Los Angeles club circuit as a drummer for the Joel Scott Hill groups the Strangers and the Invaders. Hill recorded several singles and the Strangers were an opening act for the 1964 T.A.M.I. Show, headlined by the Rolling Stones and James Brown. His flurry of activity came to an end by the early 1970s and has since remained out of the public eye. Services and Interment will be private. Info Knollcrest Funeral Home, 630-932-1500


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