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“I have traveled in 201 countries and the strangest thing I saw was man.” – Robert Ripley

A word that is 184 letters long? A three-story home built by a blind man? A man who can pick up and hold, in one hand, twelve billiard balls? Allow Mr. Robert Ripley to answer all of these burning questions, and more, with a nostalgic look back to 1930 from his “Ripley’s Believe It Or Not” short subject

I’m sure you’re familiar with Ripley’s books and television shows. But, did you know that Ripley (and the company bearing his name) produced his syndicated cartoon features in over 200 worldwide newspapers, broadcast several radio series to every world nation, created thirty-two “Odditorium” museums around the world, maintains an website and blog, and made an early talkie film series for Warner Brothers? Believe it or not!

Ripley was an avid artist, an explorer extraordinaire, a tireless traveler, and a generally busy guy, who, if had been a cat, would have surely died too soon from his insatiable curiosity. 

Enjoy more Ripley videos on MrJadedtom’s YouTube channel.

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Posted by on July 17, 2013 in Movie, Short Subject, Video

 

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Makin’ Music with Sheldon and Leon!

Sheldon and Leon are showing off their musical talents: they are both producing eerie sounds from an instrument called the theremin. First, listen to Sheldon: he’ll play the “Star Trek” theme and “Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve Seen” on his modern theremin. Next, listen to Leon: he’ll perform “The Swan” on his classical theremin…the original! 

You might have heard this strange voice-like instrument before, maybe in movies like “The Day the Earth Stood Still,” or “The Lost Weekend,” or “Spellbound.” The theremin was the first electronic musical instrument, a 1919 creation by Russian inventor, Leon Theremin, who originally made it for classical music. 

When I was young, my grandfather, who played violin and saxophone, also played the theremin, and I was fascinated to watch him sweep his hands over the antennae, magically producing music! 

You can read more about Leon, his theremin, and its predecessors at Theremin World.

 
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Posted by on July 7, 2013 in Music, TV, Video

 

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“The Chalk Garden” (1964) Be careful who you expose!

Wild and unruly, 16-year-old Laurel (Hayley Mills) is intent on exposing the mysterious past of her new nanny, Miss Madrigal (Deborah Kerr). However, did Laurel go too far this time?

The 1964 suspense/drama, “The Chalk Garden,” includes a wonderful, Scottish and British cast: Deborah Kerr, Hayley Mills, John Mills (Hayley’s father), and Dame Edith Evans. Originally, a play written by Enid Bagnold, this movie provides all of the cast an excellent chance to demonstrate their dramatic skills. 

If you have trouble finding this movie, the video above is Part 1 of 10 that can be watched on YouTube.

 
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Posted by on June 6, 2013 in Movie

 

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“George Clooney as “Ace” in the 1984 “E/R”!

Many of us loved George Clooney in the popular 1994 TV series, “ER.”  But, did you know he was in a TV comedy 10 years before that called “E/R”?  Clooney plays “Ace,” a hunky med tech in a Chicago hospital emergency ward. “E/R” has a talented cast, which includes younger versions of Elliott Gould, Mary McDonnell, and Conchata Ferrell.  Sorry to say, that the series only lasted a year, mostly because it couldn’t decide if it was a comedy or a drama. Some good performances though, and who can pass up George Clooney!

 
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Posted by on May 14, 2013 in Movie, TV, Video

 

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