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Princess Comes Across [VHS]
Princess Comes Across [VHS]
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4.0 out of 5 stars "Princess Comes Across (1936) ... Lombard & MacMurray ... William R. Howard (Director) (1995)", November 29, 2011
Paramount Pictures presents "PRINCESS COMES ACROSS" (1936) ~ (76 min/B&W) -- Starring: Carole Lombard, Fred MacMurray, Douglass Dumbrille, Alison Skipworth & William Frawley

Directed by William K. Howard

Our mystery comedy begins something like this, Wanda Nash (Carole Lombard) is an alluring Swedish beauty who travels under the name of Princess Olga. Everyone whom she meets en route to America on the steamship Mammoth bows and scrapes to the Princess, while Hollywood anxiously awaits her arrival to star her in a big-budget film. Only the ship's band leader, King Mantell (Fred MacMurray), refuses to defer to Olga, sensing that she may not be all she claims. Mantell's instincts are right on target: the "Princess" is a phony, a Brooklyn girl who has adopted a royal guise thanks to drama coach Lady Gertrude Allwyn (Alison Skipworth) - its a publicity stunt. Unfortunately, blackmailer Darcy (Porter Hall) becomes aware of Wanda's true identity and offers to keep quiet in exchange for a huge cash settlement.

At the same time, Darcy is attempting to shake down several other passengers on the Mammoth, including King Mantell. Inevitably, Darcy is found murdered in the Princess's stateroom, and Wanda finds herself one of several likely suspects, among them Mantell. A quintet of international detectives, traveling to a convention in America, sets out to solve the mystery, which becomes even more mysterious when one of the detectives also turns up dead. Taking matters in his own hands, Mantell vows to clear Wanda's name, and in the course of things he realizes that he's madly in love with her - but will Wanda give up her hoax, and her future showbiz career, for Mantell's sake?

There is much chemistry between Lombard and MacMurray, who both could play drama and comedy, only a handful of actors can do both.

* Special footnote: - George Raft initially was cast as Carole Lombard's co-star, but he walked off the set at the start of production. He objected to Ted Tetzlaff as the cinematographer.

BIOS:
1. William K. Howard [Director]
Date of Birth: 6 June 1893 - St. Marys, Ohio
Date of Death: 21 February 1954 - Los Angeles, California

2. Carole Lombard [aka: Jane Alice Peters]
Date of Birth: 6 October 1908 - Fort Wayne, Indiana
Date of Death: 16 January 1942 - Table Rock Mountain, Nevada (airplane crash)

3. Fred MacMurray
Date of Birth: 30 August 1908 - Kankakee, Illinois
Date of Death: 5 November 1991 - Santa Monica, California

4. Douglass Dumbrille
Date of Birth: 13 October 1889 - Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Date of Death: 2 April 1974 - Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California

5. Alison Skipworth
Date of Birth: 25 July 1863 - London, England, UK
Date of Death: 5 July 1952 - New York City, New York

6. William Frawley
Date of Birth: 26 February 1887 - Burlington, Iowa
Date of Death: 3 March 1966 - Hollywood, California

Mr. Jim's Ratings:
Quality of Picture & Sound: 4 Stars
Performance: 5 Stars
Story & Screenplay: 5 Stars
Overall: 4 Stars [Original Music, Cinematography & Film Editing]

Total Time: 76 min on DVD/VHS ~ Paramount Pictures ~ (September 12, 1995)


Yellowstone Kelly [Remaster]
Yellowstone Kelly [Remaster]
DVD ~ Clint Walker
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5.0 out of 5 stars "Yellowstone Kelly (1959) ... Clint Walker At His Best ... Gordon Douglas (Director) (2011)", November 28, 2011
Warner Bros. Pictures present "YELLOWSTONE KELLY" (1959) ~ (91 min/Color) -- Starring: Clint Walker, Edd Byrnes, John Russell, Ray Danton & Claude Akins

Directed by Gordon Douglas

Clint Walker has the opportunity to shine and convey significant "screen presence" under the tight direction of Gordon Douglas and wonderful script by Burt Kennedy, who penned so many of those wonderful Randolph Scott / Budd Boetticher westerns --- this is Clint Walker at his best.

Our plot and story line, during the late 1870s, fur-trapper Luther `Yellowstone' Kelly (Clint Walker), who once saved the life of a Sioux chief, is allowed to set his traps in Sioux territory. Reluctantly he takes on a tenderfoot assistant Anse Harper (Edd Byrnes) and together they give shelter to runaway Arapaho woman, Wahleeah (Andra Martin). Tensions develop when Anse falls in love with the woman and when Sioux chief Gall (John Russell) arrives with his warriors to re-claim her - drama and action packed scenes develop until the final credits.

In this film two wonderful character actors Claude Akins and Warren Oates, who always gave their best, whether on the big screen or the small screen.

Plus the great John Russell (Lawman TV Series/Soldiers of Fortune) is memorable in any role he portrayed.

Special footnote: - This product is manufactured on demand using DVD-R recordable media ... Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1

If you enjoyed this film with Clint Walker, check out ... Fort Dobbs [Remaster]

BIOS:
1. Gordon Douglas (Director)
Date of Birth: 15 December 1907 - New York, New York
Date of Death: 29 September 1993 - Los Angeles, California

2. Clint Walker [aka: Norman Eugene Walker]
Date of Birth: 30 May 1927 - Hartford, Illinois
Date of Death: Still Living

3. Edd Byrnes [aka: Edward Breitenberger]
Date of Birth: 30 July 1933 - New York City, New York
Date of Death: Still Living

4. John Russell
Date of Birth: 3 January 1921 - Los Angeles, California
Date of Death: 19 January 1991 - Los Angeles, California

5. Ray Danton [aka: Raymond Kaplan]
Date of Birth: 19 September 1931 - New York City, New York
Date of Death: 11 February 1992 - Los Angeles, California

6. Andra Martin [aka: Sandra Rehn]
Date of Birth: 15 July 1935 - Rockford, Illinois
Date of Death: Still Living

7. Claude Akins
Date of Birth: 25 May 1926 - Nelson, Georgia
Date of Death: 27 January 1994 - Altadena, California

8. Warren Oates
Date of Birth: 5 July 1928 - Depoy, Kentucky
Date of Death: 3 April 1982 - Los Angeles, California

Mr. Jim's Ratings:
Quality of Picture & Sound: 5 Stars
Performance: 5 Stars
Story & Screenplay: 5 Stars
Overall: 5 Stars [Original Music, Cinematography & Film Editing]

Total Time: 91 min on DVD ~ Warner Bros. Pictures ~ (January 24, 2011)


Trail of the Snake
Trail of the Snake
by Norvell Page
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars "Trail of the Snake (1930's) ... Smoking Guns Action Packed Chapters ... Norvell Page (author) (2011)", November 27, 2011
This review is from: Trail of the Snake (Paperback)
Black Dog Books presents "TRAIL OF THE SNAKE" (Paperback) ~ by Norvell Page (Author), Bill Crider (Introduction), Tom Roberts (Afterword), Walter M. Baumhofer (Cover Design).

Author Norvell Page, who we remember wrote "The Spider" series, if you're a "pulp fan" you may have read some of his best work. He also penned pulp westerns, which are inclusive with five stories that are loaded with action packed scenes, hard riding, rooms filled with smoking guns, and yes, even beautiful ladies with some spicy scorching pages, plus villains you can take down, because "right is might", with all the zest of those pulp magazines from the 30's.

Being a fan of Louis L'Amour, Larry McMurtry, Zane Grey and Max Brand have been collecting for a number of years. Have just discovered Tom Robert's 'Black Dog Books', a publication that has taken pulp magazines to a new horizon.

Trail of the Snake is another beautifully produced book from Black Dog Books has tightly released a book and a look from the past ... wonderful introduction by Bill Crider and Tom Roberts gives us an insight to our author Norvell Page. All five stories laid out for our adventurous enjoyment, with Lawmen bringing in the old west justice, that we have grown to love and respect.

Very reasonable and a good value for the price --- For product description and editorial review check this out on the Amazon site above my review.

TABLE OF CONTENTS: (Chapter, Title and Page Numbers)

"Norvell Page and Me" by Bill Crider --- 7

"Trail of the Snake" --- 9
(1935) Ranger Publications Inc - "Masked Rider Western Magazine" (Feb/1935)

"Secret Guns" --- 24
(1936) Better Publications Inc - "Thrilling Western" (May/1936)

"Brand of the Cougar" --- 38
From Spicy Western Magazine, (Nov/1935) - as by N. Wooten Poge

"Hell's Backtrail" --- 57
From Spicy Western Magazine, (Nov/1935) - as by N. Wooten Poge

"Corralled" --- 72
From Magazine Publishers, Inc - Western Trails (Oct/1930) - as by N. Wooten Poge

Once again the cover art by Walter Baumhofer grabed my attention, he was best known as the 'King of the Pulps', captured a pretty girl in a handsome man's arms as easily as he could grab readers with a pulp monster threatening the world ... and because of his talent, he was soon churning out crime, western, and thriller paintings. Some 550 pulp covers grace his resume ... not bad for a man who just enjoyed drawing and receiving a paycheck for his trouble.

In closing, Black Dog Books have for over ten years, been publishing collections of rare and obscure fiction from the golden age of the pulp magazines (roughly 1920-1945). -- Great job from publisher Tom Roberts and his staff at in bringing forgotten series of characters and hard-to-find works from rare magazines -- reliving those days of yester-years!

Frontier justice spills out of every page of "Trail of the Snake", a good read, with five stars hanging over the marshals door for good measure ~ Highly recommend!

If you enjoyed this book, check out Unmasked: The Forgotten Origins of Hollywood Most Famous Western Heroes

Total Page: 86 Pages ~ Black Dog Books #ISBN-13: 978-1884449178 ~ (September 2, 2011)


Fort Dobbs   [Remaster]
Fort Dobbs [Remaster]
DVD ~ Clint Walker
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4.0 out of 5 stars "Fort Dobbs (1958) ... Clint Walker ... Gordon Douglas (Director) (2011)", November 26, 2011
This review is from: Fort Dobbs [Remaster] (DVD)
Warner Bros. Pictures present "FORT DOBBS" (1958) ~ (93 min/B&W) -- Starring: Clint Walker, Virginia Mayo, Brian Keith, Richard Eyer & Russ Conway

Directed by Gordon Douglas

Gar Davis (Clint Walker) is a wanted man who having eluded a posse rescues Celia Gray (Virginia Mayo) and her young son, Chad (Richard Eyer) from a Comanche attack. He then escorts the pair to the (presumed) safety of U.S. Cavalry Fort Dobbs. Along the way Celia (and then Chad) begin to believe that their rescuer was in fact responsible for the recent death of her husband.

Big screen debut for Clint Walker.

Great direction by Gordon Douglas and Burt Kennedy to do the script. Also, the music was by Max Steiner, who always has the pulse on the film.

BIOS:
1. Gordon Douglas (Director)
Date of Birth: 15 December 1907 - New York, New York
Date of Death: 29 September 1993 - Los Angeles, California

2. Clint Walker [aka: Norman Eugene Walker]
Date of Birth: 30 May 1927 - Hartford, Illinois
Date of Death: Still Living

3. Virginia Mayo [aka:Virginia Clara Jones]
Date of Birth: 30 November 1920 - St. Louis, Missouri
Date of Death: 17 January 2005 - Thousand Oaks, California

4. Brian Keith [aka: Robert Keith Richey Jr.]
Date of Birth: 14 November 1921 - Bayonne, New Jersey
Date of Death: 24 June 1997 - Malibu, California

Mr. Jim's Ratings:
Quality of Picture & Sound: 4 Stars
Performance: 4 Stars
Story & Screenplay: 4 Stars
Overall: 4 Stars [Original Music, Cinematography & Film Editing]

Total Time: 93 min on DVD ~ Warner Bros. Pictures ~ (January 24, 2011)


Unmasked: The Forgotten Origins of Hollywood Most Famous Western Heroes
Unmasked: The Forgotten Origins of Hollywood Most Famous Western Heroes
by Tom Roberts
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars "Forgotten Origins of Hollywood's Most Famous Western Heroes ... UNMASKED ... Tom Roberts (author) (2011)", November 25, 2011
Black Dog Books presents "UNMASKED: THE FORGOTTEN ORIGINS OF HOLLYWOOD MOST FAMOUS WESTERN HEROES" (Paperback) ~ by Tom Roberts (Author, Editor), Francis M. Nevins (Introduction), George J. Rozen (Cover Design)

Editor and author Tom Roberts, brings us the origins of the greatest cowboy legends on the planet - four heroes from the pages of books, radio, the big and small screens. When growing up in St. Louis, Missouri, was all I could do to keep up with Hopalong Cassidy, The Cisco Kid, Zorro and The Lone Ranger.

As the introduction by Francis M. Nevins, author of "Hopalong Cassidy On the Page and On the Screen", and "The Cisco Kid: American Hero, Hispanic Roots", in his own words -- "If you were a child in the early 1950s and your parents had bought their first television set, you were almost certain to be exposed, as I was, to Western movies and TV series and Western heroes. You probably had no idea until much later in your life that four of the most enduring of those heroes had originated in other medias, or that three of the four had made their first appearances in prose fiction. This book brings together some of that fiction".

As a collector of 'Pulp Western Magazines' and 'Dell Comics Westerns' (The Lone Ranger, The Cisco Kid & Zorro), 'Fawcett' & 'DC Comics' (Hopalong Cassidy), have read just about every origins on legendary Western heroes there are, but this book goes into detail within the depths of each character that sheds a light on the unknown facts which brought them to the public and fans.

I'm one of those collectors who are drawn to the cover art of a book, if the art is good and interesting, they just about have me hooked - that's why besides the title of this book, the art caught my eye - cover art by George J. Rozen ... notice the horse next to 'The Lone Ranger', doesn't look like his "Great Horse Silver", or his friend Tonto's horse "Scout", but still love the cover art.

Very reasonable and a good value for the price --- For product description and editorial review check this out on the Amazon site above my review.

TABLE OF CONTENTS: (Chapter, Title and Page Numbers)

INTRODUCTION -- Francis M. Nevins --- 7

HOPALONG CASSIDY
The Fight At Buckskin -- Clarence E. Mulford --- 27
The Vagrant Sioux -- Clarence E. Mulford --- 39
Trials of a Peaceful Puncher -- Clarence E. Mulford --- 54
Hopalong Keeps His Word -- Clarence E. Mulford --- 62
The Advent of McAllister -- Clarence E. Mulford --- 71
Holding the Claim -- Clarence E. Mulford --- 86

THE CISCO KID
The Caballero's Way -- O. Henry (William Sydney Porter) --- 101

ZORRO
The Curse of Capistrano (excerpt) -- Johnston McCulley --- 113

THE LONE RANGER
The Masked Rider's Justice -- Anonymous --- 145

** Special footnote: - Must make mention of the 'Publisher's Dedication:

"This collection is dedicated to my father, R.J. Roberts, for introducing me
to the kind of heroes found in this volumbe, and for the countless enjoyable hours
spent together watching their silver screen adventures",
"That's my steak, Valance!"

In closing, author Tom Roberts and his staff at Black Dog Books have for over ten years, been publishing collections of rare and obscure fiction from the golden age of the pulp magazines (roughly 1920-1945). -- Great job in bringing forgotten series of characters and hard-to-find works from rare magazines -- for all the collectors in us!

This book is a five star and more ..... A must read ~ Highly recommend!

Total Page: 198 Pages ~ Black Dog Books #ISBN-13: 978-1884449178 ~ (July 13, 2011)


Ragtime Tricks
Ragtime Tricks
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5.0 out of 5 stars "Ragtime Tricks ... Stephanie Trick ... Next Rising Star In Sride Piano (2010)", November 25, 2011
This review is from: Ragtime Tricks (Audio CD)
CDBY presents "RAGTIME TRICKS" -- One of the few female stride pianists to command mastery of this technically and physically demanding jazz piano style, she has been called "the next rising star in the stride world" and one of "only three or four people alive today" with the potential to recreate "the magic" of stride legend masters such as James P. Johnson, Fats Waller, Willie "The Lion" Smith, Art Tatum, and Jelly Roll Morton. A classically trained pianist and organist, Stephanie began playing piano at the age of five -- and has developed this beautiful stride style.

While in college, it became clear to Stephanie that she wanted to pursue stride and classic jazz styles professionally -- With a music style resembling a mixture of old blues and boogie woogie plus Fats Waller and Teddy Wilson, Stephanie has performed all over the United States as well as in Europe in a variety of venues, including The Sheldon Concert Hall in St. Louis, Missouri, Philippe Carment's music studio in Normandy, France, Mimi Blais & Friends' Concert in Versailles, Missouri, and the West Coast Ragtime Festival in Sacramento, California.

Ragtime Tricks (Track Listings & Time):

1. Troublesome Ivories (Blake) - 3:46
2. American Beauty Rag (Lamb) - 3:25
3. Rialto Ripples (Gershwin) - 3:23
4. Peacherine Rag (Joplin) - 3:24
5. The Chevy Chase (Blake) - 3:00
6. Maple Leaf Rag (Joplin) - 3:41
7. Dizzy Fingers (Confrey) - 2:04
8. Solace (Joplin) - 6:05
9. Pineapple Rag (Joplin) - 2:51
10. Ragtime Nightingale (Lamb) - 3:57
11. Elite Syncopations (Joplin) - 3:06
12. The Easy Winners (Joplin) - 3:29
13. The Entertainer (Joplin) - 3:48
14. Carolina Shout (Johnson) - 2:49

Mr. Jim's Ratings:
Quality of Sound: 5 Stars
Performance: 5 Stars
Mixing: 5 Stars
Overall: 5 Stars [Arrangements & Song Selection]

Special footnote: If you enjoyed this album, check out ... Piano Tricks .. also .. Hear That Rhythm! .. also .. Stephanie Trick Live .. also .. Something More

Total Time: 49 min on 14 Tracks ~ CDBY ~ (June 8, 2010)


Christmas Carol: 60th Anniversary Diamond Edition (Blu-ray + DVD)
Christmas Carol: 60th Anniversary Diamond Edition (Blu-ray + DVD)
DVD ~ Alastair Sim
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "A Christmas Carol ... Alastair Sim ... VCI Has Raised The Bar On This One (5 or More Stars) (2011)", November 24, 2011
VCI Entertainment present "A CHRISTMAS CAROL" (aka: Scrooge) ~ (96 min/B&W) (Fully Restored/Dolby Digitally Remastered) - The definitive version - In Glorious Black and White --- Starring: Alastair Sim, Kathleen Harrison, Mervyn Johns, Hermione Baddeley, Michael Hordern, George Cole, Rona Anderson, John Charlesworth, Glyn Dearman, Clifford Mollison, Patrick Macnee, Jack Warner

Produced & Directed by Brian Desmond Hurst

The perfect story if you want to get your family together for a quiet evening of holiday viewing, over a half century later, "A Christmas Carol" is still working its little magic.

Brian Desmond Hurst directs a fine cast, headed by the incomparable Alastair Sim (a man who can play both malevolent and humorous) as the about-to-be-redeemed Ebenezer Scrooge -- Sim's reactions are priceless and he settles down well in the role --- Sim's performance transcends all description of greatness -- Hurst's direction evokes the ideal emotions at all the right moments --- The rest of the cast remain faithful to the Dickens' characterizations.

It is a version which has holly, plum pudding and carol singers written all over it -- One of the major contributing aspects to the impact of the film is the memorable score by Richard Addinsell, conjuring up (and alternating between) both fear and joy, darkness and light, grief and happiness, the music stands out as the best of any film adaptation of the story.

This Blu-ray edition has been digitally restored from a new 1080p, 24fps high definition transfer master produced from the 35mm negative and fine grain.

Looks great on a Big Screen Television/Monitor -- just like being in a movie theater.

Very reasonable and a good value for the price --- For product description and editorial review check this out on the Amazon site above my review.

BIOS
1. Charles Dickens (Author)
Date of Birth: 7 February 1812 - Portsmouth, Hampshire, England, UK
Date of Death: 9 June 1870 - Gad's Hill, Rochester, Kent, England, UK.

2. Brian Desmond Hurst (Producer & Director)
Date of Birth: 12 February 1900 - Castle Reagh, Ireland
Date of Death: 26 September 1986 - London, England, UK.

3. Alastair Sim
Date of Birth: 9 October 1900 - Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
Date of Death: 19 August 1976 - London, England, UK.

2. Kathleen Harrison
Date of Birth: 23 February 1892 - Blackburn, Lancashire, England, UK
Date of Death: 7 December 1995

3. Mervyn Johns
Date of Birth: 18 February 1899 - Pembroke, Wales, UK
Date of Death: 6 September 1992 - Norwood, England, UK.

4. Hermione Baddeley
Date of Birth: 13 November 1906 - Broseley, Shropshire, England, UK
Date of Death: 19 August 1986 - Los Angeles, California

5. Michael Hordern
Date of Birth: 3 October 1911 - Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, England, UK
Date of Death: 2 May 1995 - Oxford, Oxfordshire, England, UK

6. George Cole
Date of Birth: 22 April 1925, Tooting, London, England, UK
Date of Death: Still Living

7. Glyn Dearman
Date of Birth: 30 December 1939
Date of Death: 30 November 1997 - London, England, UK.

8. Richard Addinsell (Music Score Composer)
Date of Birth: 13 January 1904 - London, England, UK
Date of Death: 15 November 1977 - Chelsea, London, England, UK

ALL NEW SPECIAL BONUS FEATURES:
1.) - Commentary Tracks By Marcus Hearn and George Cole
2.) - INTRODUCTION BY LEONARD MALTIN
Many, Many more in this one of a kind collection.

Mr. Jim's Ratings:
Quality of Picture & Sound: 5 Stars
Performance: 5 Stars
Story & Screenplay: 5 Stars
Overall: 5 Stars [Original Music, Cinematography & Film Editing]

Total Time: 2 DVD Set ~ VCI Home Video. ~ (November 1, 2011)


Stephanie Trick Live
Stephanie Trick Live
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Live ... Stephanie Trick ... Magic on the Keys in Stride, Nothing Like Her On The Scene (2010)", November 24, 2011
This review is from: Stephanie Trick Live (Audio CD)
CDBY presents "STEPHANIE TRICK LIVE" ~ Stephanie Trick LIVE was recorded in St. Louis' acoustically-perfect Sheldon Concert Hall in May 2010, and includes many favorite songs from her concerts which had not previously been recorded. A video version of the Sheldon concert with bonus material was released on DVD in June 2011.

Didn't attend this "Live" performance -- but have witnessed Miss Trick at the Sheldon Concert Hall, when she played during the breaks of the performing St. Louis Ragtimers, who played a dynamic style of ragtime and dixieland jazz, featuring Phil Mason on coronet, Al Striker on banjo, Don Franz on tuba and Trebor Tichenor on the piano ... saw Trebor at their performance and stated he shouldn't have Stephanie playing while they're on break, he looked shocked asked why, my explanation was, "they might not want her to leave the stage, she's unbelievable with her magic on the keys" ... he laughed and stated that Stephanie has a long and successful career ahead of her .... and you know what, he was right!

Stephanie's playing is Ralph Sutton, James P. Johnson, Dick Hyman and Fats Waller, all rolled up into one pretty package.

As one reviewer on this page states - The sound is so close and direct that the listener feels as though one is sitting on the bench next to her -- I concurr that it is so clear and real that you feel as if you're sitting in the first five rows of the Sheldon, which doesn't have a bad seat in the concert hall.

Stephanie Trick Live (Track Listings & Time):

1. Viper's Drag (Waller) - 3:32
2. In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning (Mann/Hilliard) - 3:26
3. Liza (Gershwin/Kahn) - 4:29
4. Mule Walk (Johnson) - 2:43
5. Anitra's Dance (Grieg) - 2:53
6. Blues for Alfie (Trick) - 3:22
7. Handful of Keys (Waller) - 3:26
8. Roberto Clemente (Roberts) - 4:36
9. Shout for Joy (Ammons) - 2:35
10. Everything Happens To Me (Dennis/Adair) - 3:35
11. Bach Up To Me (Waller) - 3:03
12. St. Louis Blues (Handy) - 3:30
13. Les Champs-Élysées (Wilsh/Deighan/Delanoe) - 2:21
14. I Ain't Got Nobody (Williams/Graham) - 2:50
15. Nothin' (Roberts) - 3:20
16. Echoes of Spring (Smith) - 3:24
17. Truckin' (Bloom/Koehler) - 3:28
18. Hallelujah (Youmans/Grey/Robin) - 3:27
19. Harlem Strut (Johnson) - 3:00

Mr. Jim's Ratings:
Quality of Sound: 5 Stars
Performance: 5 Stars
Mixing: 5 Stars
Overall: 5 Stars [Arrangements & Song Selection]

Special footnote: If you enjoyed this album, check out ... Piano Tricks .. also .. Something More .. also .. Hear That Rhythm!

Total Time: 63 min on 19 Tracks ~ CDBY ~ (October 26, 2010)


Tim Holt Western Classics Collection Vol.3 (5 Discs)
Tim Holt Western Classics Collection Vol.3 (5 Discs)
DVD ~ Esther Williams
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5.0 out of 5 stars "Western Classics Vol. Three ... Tim Holt ... RKO Radio Pictures (2011)", November 23, 2011
RKO Radio Pictures presents "TIM HOLT WESTERN CLASSICS VOL. THREE" (1950/51/52) (605 min/B&W) -- Tim Holt was a popular second generation cowboy star, the son of Jack Holt (silent western star) -- When George O'Brien (RKO's top cowhand) left the studio in 1940, Tim took over his series of low-budget Westerns, gathering a strong following over in the 1940s - in each of these well budgeted entries he was "assisted" by comic Cliff Edwards - then came Richard "Chito Jose Gonzalez Bustamante Rafferty" Martin was Holt's saddle pal for the final years of Holt's B-Westerns.

I've been a big fan of the B-Western, have watched everything I could get my hands and eyes on --- Tim Holt is right at the top of my all time favorite oaters -- Feel Tim was probably one of the most under-appreciated heroes of the genre.

The Western Classics Collection includes:

1.) - STORM OVER WYOMING (1950) - (61 min/B&W) ~ Starring: Tim Holt, Richard Martin, Noreen Nash, Tom Keene
(Directed by Lesley Selander) .... Tim and his sidekick Chito, cowhands looking for work, arrive in Sundown Valley, Wyoming just in time to stop sheep ranch foreman Bill Kennedy from lynching cattleman Tom Keene.

2.) - RIDER FROM TUCSON (1950) - (60 min/B&W) ~ Starring: Holt, Martin, Elaine Riley, Douglas Fowley
(Directed by Lesley Selander) .... Tim and Chito, friends of Tug's, over a gold claim find Jane and take her to safety from villains.

3.) - BORDER TREASURE (1950) - (60 min/B&W) ~ Starring: Holt, Martin, John Doucette, Jane Nigh, House Peters Jr.
(Directed by George Archainbaud) .... Inez Cooperf is raising money for Mexican earthquake victims. Transporting valuables across the border, she is attacked by Doucette and his gang. When Tim and Chito drive them off, they plan another attack.

4.) - RIO GRANDE PATROL (1950) - (60 min/B&W) ~ Starring: Holt, Martin, Douglas Fowley, Tom Tyler, Jane Nigh
(Directed by Lesley Selander) .... Tim and Chito are trying to nab gun smugglers across the borders.

5.) - LAW OF THE BADLANDS (1951) - (59 min/B&W) ~ Starring: Holt, Martin, Robert Livingston, Harry Woods, Joan Dixon
(Directed by Lesley Selander) .... The Texas Rangers send Tim and Chito into the badlands to see if they can locate a counterfeiting operation. They arrive posing as wanted outlaws and this gets them into the gang.

6.) - SADDLE LEGION (1951) - (60 min/B&W) ~ Starring: Holt, Martin, Dorothy Malone, Robert Livingston, George J. Lewis
(Directed by Lesley Selander) .... Tim is suspicious of the phony Cattle Inspector and rides off to check with the Chief Inspector in case of cattle rustling.

7.) - Gunplay (1951) - (61 min/B&W) ~ Starring: Holt, Martin, Joan Dixon, Harper Carter, Mauritz Hugo
(Directed by Lesley Selander) .... Landry has Sam Martin killed. When Tim and Chito find Martin and his son, Chip says Matt Potter was responsible. But when Tim and Chito start their search, no ones knows a Matt Potter.

8.) - Hot Lead (1951) - (60 min/B&W) ~ Starring: Holt, Martin, Joan Dixon, Ross Elliott, John Dehner, Robert J. Wilke
(Directed by Stuart Gilmore) ... Thorne is after the gold shipments that go by train. His plan is to put Collins in the telegraph office to alert him. Holt sees through his plan and sets a trap.

9.) - Road Agent (1952) - (60 min/B&W) ~ Starring: Holt, Martin, Noreen Nash, Mauritz Hugo, Robert J. Wilke, Tom Tyler
(Directed by Lesley Selander) .... When Tim and Chito rob Brand to recover only their overcharge, they accidently end up with all of Brand's money -- what happens next is exciting and action packed.

10.) - Target (1952) - (61 min/B&W) ~ Starring: Holt, Martin, Mary Jo Tarola, Walter Reed, Harry Harvey, Lane Bradford
(Directed by Stuart Gilmore) .... To aid ranchers against a crooked land agent, Tim and Chito recruit a famed El Paso marshal...who turns out to be female --- * please take note this is my least favorite Holt Western, but still watchable.*

* Please note - Screen Aspect: 4 X 3 FULL FRAME

* Special footnote: -- Picture and sound quality is very sharp and clear, about time we have these great B-Westerns on DVD -- Good supporting cast, and location cinematography is a plus -- Highly recommend for all fans of Tim Holt and B-Western fans.

*** Agree with fellow reviewer Martin Grams Jr.:
Warner Archive came out with three sets and all of them are just as gorgeous as this volume -- also Warner Brothers has been releasing these DVDs in DVD-R format -- some may think this a bootleg, that could be a problem for some of the fans and collectors.

1.Tim Holt
Date of Birth: 5 February 1919 - Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California
Date of Death: 15 February 1973 - Shawnee, Oklahoma

2. Richard Martin
Date of Birth: 12 December 1917 - Spokane, Washington
Date of Death: 4 September 1994 - Newport Beach, California

3. Cliff Edwards (aka: Ukulele Ike]
Date of Birth: 14 June 1895 - Hannibal, Missouri
Date of Death: 17 July 1971 - Los Angeles, California

If you enjoyed this set, check out the others ... Tim Holt Western Classics Vol.1 .. also ..Tim Holt Western Classics Volume 2 (5 Disc)

Mr. Jim's Ratings:
Quality of Picture & Sound: 5 Stars
Performance: 5 Stars
Story & Screenplay: 5 Stars
Overall: 5 Stars [Original Music, Cinematography & Film Editing]

Total Time: 605 min on DVD ~ RKO Radio Pictures ~ (November 11, 2011)
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5.0 out of 5 stars "Something More ... Stephanie Trick ... Jazz Pianist Preserves Early Styles in Stride (2011)", November 23, 2011
This review is from: Something More (Audio CD)
Victoria Records presents "SOMETHING MORE" ~ Stephanie Trick's fifth album, "Something More", recorded on the Victoria Records label in March 2011, features her work with a trio - featuring Danny Coots (drums) and Jay Hungerford (bass) .... And this is one of her BEST!

One of the nicest gifts to arrive on the jazz piano scene in recent times is named Stephanie Trick, it's not enough to refer to her as a fine jazz pianist, there are many these days, thank goodness.

Stephanie, however is something more in addition to presenting her own increasingly creative improvs, she is a preserver of older pieces and early styles-like many of us, a sort of performing archivist.

In this recording, she presents a program studded with links to that tradition including Louis Mazetier's witty ode to Willie "The Lion" Smith. "Look Out, Lion, I've Got you!", as well as my own arrangement of an early Duke Ellington piece, "Jubliee Stomp". There are many others - Fats Waller's "Valentine Stomp", Meade Lux Lewis "Honky Tonk Train Blues." standards such as "You Took advantage of Me" and "Taking a Chance On Love" -- Stephanie trick herself has now become a strong link in our tradition, and we couldn't be more delighted to welcome her. (so states Dick Hyman-pianist)

Something More (Track Listings & Time):

1. Rosetta (Hines) - 4:32 *
2. Jubilee Stomp (Ellington, arr. Hyman) - 2:37
3. I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter (Ahlert, Young) - 4:06 *
4. Look Out, Lion, I've Got You! (Mazetier) - 3:46 **
5. You Took Advantage of Me (Rogers, Hart)/Takin' a Chance on Love (Duke, Latouche, Fetter) - 7:11 *
6. Honky Tonk Train Blues (Lewis) - 3:26 *
7. In the Shade of the Old Apple Tree (Van Alstyne, Williams) - 5:10
8. The Minor Drag (Waller, arr. Hyman) - 2:57 *
9. These Foolish Things (Strachey, Maschwitz) - 5:44 *
10. Valentine Stomp (Waller) - 3:36
11. Tango Seville (Mazetier) - 3:32 **
12. Passionette (Smith) - 2:54
13. Two Sleepy People (Carmichael, Loesser) - 3:51 *
14. Black Beauty (Ellington) - 3:22 *
15. Keep Your Temper (Smith, arr. Lambert and Mazetier) - 4:04

* Trio with Danny Coots (drums) and Jay Hungerford (bass)
** Duo with Danny Coots

Hats off to our music man William Becker (executive producer and the owner of Victoria Records), as we enjoy another winner from his stable of jazz artists at Victoria Records.

* Special footnote: - Bill Becker dedicates this recording to the memory of Dorothy Gleason ... Dorothy and her husband (Roy) founded Webster Records in Webster Groves, Missouri. This company has always offered the very best in Classical and Jazz recordings for the St. Louis community ... Dorothy wiill be greatly missed but her legacy lives on.

Mr. Jim's Ratings:
Quality of Sound: 5 Stars
Performance: 5 Stars
Mixing: 5 Stars
Overall: 5 Stars [Arrangements & Song Selection]

Special footnote: If you enjoyed this album, check out ... Hear That Rhythm! .. also .. Piano Tricks

Total Time: 61 min on 15 Tracks ~ Victoria Records ~ (November 8, 2011)


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