Monday, May 25, 2015

Jill Freedman’s Circus Days by Trav S.D.

Jill Freedman: Circus Days at Higher Pictures through Mar 9  Higher Pictures presents the first New York exhibition of Circus Days by Jill Freedman. The show will include over twenty vintag…

SOURCE: Trav S.D. at 05:58PM
Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Anita Ekberg: The Comedies by Trav S.D.

On Sunday Anita Ekberg had the bad fortune to pass away as 1.5 million people were filling the streets of Paris. This is my apology (and my excuse) for not getting to this little tribute unt…

SOURCE: Trav S.D. at 02:40PM

Kay Francis: Unlikely Queen of Hollywood by Trav S.D.

Today is the birthday of Kay Francis (Katharine Edwina Gibbs, 1905-1968). Most folks in my set discover her from her role as the vamp in the Marx Brothers first film The Cocoanuts (1929), …

SOURCE: Trav S.D. at 01:19PM

Laurel and Hardy in “Oliver the Eighth” by Trav S.D.

  Today is the anniversary of the release date of the hilarious Laurel and Hardy short Oliver the Eighth (1934. In this classic, Laurel and Hardy are barbers. Laurel sees an ad in the pa…

SOURCE: Trav S.D. at 08:47AM

On Shorty Blanche: Indispensable Stooge of W.C. Fields by Trav S.D.

Today is the birthday of William “Shorty” Blanche (1875-1931). Described a little unfairly as a “toothless dwarf” by W.C. Fields biographer James Curtis (see photo a…

SOURCE: Trav S.D. at 08:29AM
Monday, January 12, 2015

Dick Cavett: Brief Encounters by Trav S.D.

Among the reassuring pleasures of the age has been Dick Cavett’s blog for the New York Times. Reassuring because Cavett is excellent. He’s always deserved a prominent forum from …

SOURCE: Trav S.D. at 05:48PM

That Langdon Thing by Trav S.D.

I was tickled pink to get the opportunity recently to (almost) complete my Harry Langdon education by seeing the lion’s share of his extant talkies. (I had already seen some of the fea…

SOURCE: Trav S.D. at 02:55PM

Ellen Terry as Lady MacBeth by Trav S.D.

Today is the birthday of the great American portraitist John Singer Sargent (1856-1925). His 1889 portrait of Dame Ellen Terry as Lady MacBeth seemed an appropriate painting of his to celebr…

SOURCE: Trav S.D. at 10:39AM

White Elephant Burlesque Launches Tonight by Trav S.D.

Filed under: Burlesk, Contemporary Variety, PLUGS Tagged: Rock Bar, White Elephant Burlesque

SOURCE: Trav S.D. at 10:19AM
Sunday, January 11, 2015

Arbuckle and and Keaton in “The Garage” by Trav S.D.

Today is the anniversary of the release date of the Roscoe Arbuckle-Buster Keaton comedy short The Garage (1920). This is the last in their historic series of pairings. After this, Arbuckl…

SOURCE: Trav S.D. at 03:43PM

Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle in “Leap Year” by Trav S.D.

Today is the anniversary of the first release date (in 1924) of the Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle feature-length comedy Leap Year. The release, however, was in France, not the U.S. &…

SOURCE: Trav S.D. at 08:46AM
Saturday, January 10, 2015

Today on TCM: John Wayne in “Big Jake” by Trav S.D.

  Today at 4:oopm (EST) Turner Classic Movies will be showing the late phase John Wayne western Big Jake (1971). A great movie, well constructed and entertaining — yet really out of…

SOURCE: Trav S.D. at 01:02AM
Friday, January 9, 2015

Last Night at the Circus by Trav S.D.

  Any night I get to have popcorn, hot dogs and soda for dinner is a good night, and the only restaurant I know that serves those all together is the concessionaire at the circus. And among…

SOURCE: Trav S.D. at 02:18PM

Rod Taylor: R.I.P. to a V.I.P. by Trav S.D.

Just learned that Rod Taylor had passed away. I inevitably would have written about him; today seems an appropriate occasion. Taylor was one of the last of the old school leading men, with …

SOURCE: Trav S.D. at 11:22AM

Force Majeure Has Another Killer Line-Up This Weekend! by Trav S.D.

Filed under: Contemporary Variety, PLUGS, Vaudeville etc. Tagged: Bushwick, Coba Club, Force Majeure, Sara Valentine, Tanya Solomon, vaudeville

SOURCE: Trav S.D. at 11:13AM

Anita Louise by Trav S.D.

Today is the birthday of Anita Louise (Anita Louise Fremault, 1915-1970). Anita Louise began as a child actress in the early 1920s, briefly on Broadway but also almost immediately in films, …

SOURCE: Trav S.D. at 08:30AM

Fatty and Mabel Adrift by Trav S.D.

  Today is the anniversary of the release date of the Keystone comedy Fatty and Mabel Adrift (1916), starring Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle and Mabel Normand, and directed by Arbuck…

SOURCE: Trav S.D. at 07:47AM
Thursday, January 8, 2015

Bring a Dead Star Back to Life! by Trav S.D.

Not this one! The one above, Miss Molly Pope, is the very definition of ALIVE, which is why she was cast as the most electrifying star of the 19th century, the one and only Adah Isaacs Menke…

SOURCE: Trav S.D. at 02:41PM

Tonight on TCM: Cabin in the Sky by Trav S.D.

Tonight (tomorrow really) at 12:30am eastern, Turner Classic Movies will be showing the seminal 1943 MGM film version of the musical Cabin in the Sky, directed by Vincent Minnelli.  The fi…

SOURCE: Trav S.D. at 11:37AM

Gary Beeber: The “Mona” Series by Trav S.D.

You’ve no doubt heard the name Gary Beeber here many a time. He co-produced the edition of Angie Pontani’s Burlesque-a-pades I got to direct, was the long-time producer of Gotham…

SOURCE: Trav S.D. at 11:22AM

Here Comes Klezmer! by Trav S.D.

Filed under: Contemporary Variety, Jews/ Show Biz, Music, PLUGS Tagged: City Winery, Isle of Klezbos, Lincoln Center, Metropolitan Klezmer

SOURCE: Trav S.D. at 08:12AM
Wednesday, January 7, 2015

On the Glorious Smorgasbord of Religion by Trav S.D.

I cooked up the idea for this post several weeks ago; events in Paris this morning made me think today would be a good day to finish it up and share it. Most Americans (ranging from the fana…

SOURCE: Trav S.D. at 04:38PM

Seems Like a Good Morning to Share This Cartoon with as Many People as Possible by Trav S.D.

Filed under: VISUAL ART Tagged: Charlie Hebdo

SOURCE: Trav S.D. at 08:42AM
Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Tomorrow A.M. on TCM: 2 Strange Comedies of the Great Depression by Trav S.D.

Tomorrow morning on Turner Classic Movies: Two somewhat idiosyncratic comedies from the depths of the Great Depression! 7:00am (EST) : Sidewalks of New York (1931) Buster Keaton‘s talk…

SOURCE: Trav S.D. at 03:03PM

Celebrations of New York, Uptown and Downtown by Trav S.D.

Last night the Mad Marchioness and myself had ourselves a double header. The first leg was the book launch event for Kevin Fitzpatrick’s new tome The Algonquin Round Table New York: A …

SOURCE: Trav S.D. at 01:18PM

Tonight on TCM: Two Redford Westerns by Trav S.D.

Tonight on Turner Classic Movies, a pair of groovy hippie westerns starring Robert Redford. WARNING: the below contains spoilers!  10:15pm (EST): Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969,…

SOURCE: Trav S.D. at 08:44AM

Charlie Chaplin in “The Circus” by Trav S.D.

Today is the anniversary of the American release date of Charlie Chaplin feature The Circus (1928). Despite being an estimable hit in its day (the 7th most successful film financially of th…

SOURCE: Trav S.D. at 07:29AM
Monday, January 5, 2015

The Travalanche Readers Have Spoken by Trav S.D.

As we do every year here at Travalanche, we begin 2015 with some rough statistical and categorical analysis to try and learn what types of posts have been most successful with readers so we …

SOURCE: Trav S.D. at 01:55PM

Laurel and Hardy in “Tit for Tat” by Trav S.D.

Today is the anniversary of the release date of the Laurel and Hardy comedy short Tit for Tat (1935). The film is the sequel to their earlier film Them Thar Hills. Sort of. In actuality …

SOURCE: Trav S.D. at 09:35AM
Sunday, January 4, 2015

Harry Langdon in “The Sea Squawk” by Trav S.D.

Today is the anniversary of the release date of the Harry Langdon silent comedy short The Sea Squawk (1925), directed by Harry Edwards.  The setting is an ocean liner at sea, where a dete…

SOURCE: Trav S.D. at 09:18AM

Laurel and Hardy in “Night Owls” by Trav S.D.

Today marks the anniversary of the release date of the Laurel and Hardy comedy short Night Owls (1930), directed by James Parrott.  The set-up: There have been 42 unsolved burglaries in t…

SOURCE: Trav S.D. at 09:01AM

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