Elvira: Mistress of the Dark (1988)

1988-Elviramistressofthedarkposter-WikipediaElvira, Mistress of the Dark is an American comedy horror film. Cassandra Peterson plays the role of horror hostess Elvira in the character’s feature film debut.

Elvira makes her Big Scream Debut in her Hot New Comedy.

Released September 30, 1988 (US)

When a chauvinist millionaire buys the television network where the sexy Elvira is the horror hostess of a late show, she quits her job with the intention of producing her own show in Las Vegas. However, the producers demand $50,000 from her and Elvira does not have the money. Out of the blue, she receives a telegram informing that her great-aunt Morgana died and she has an inheritance to receive. Elvira drives to the uptight town of Fallwell, Massachusetts, where her convertible breaks down. While repairing her convertible, Elvira inherits an archaic mansion, a recipe book and a poodle. Her great-uncle Vincent Talbot proposes to buy her book, but the poodle hides it in the sofa. Meanwhile, the conservative council of Fallwell feels uncomfortable with Elvira’s clothes and behavior and does not let her find a job. But cinema owner Bob Redding and the local teenagers help Elvira. When she decides to cook a dinner to impress Bob, she uses Morgana’s recipe and finds that it is indeed a spell book that belonged to her mother Divana. Further, Morgana has protected her from the warlock Vincent that wants the book to take over the world and destroy Elvira, who is a powerful witch. When Elvira refuses to sell the spell book to Vincent, he convinces the council that she is a witch that must be burned at the stake. How will Elvira stop the evil warlock Vincent? [IMDb*]

Notable Cast

  • Cassandra Peterson, “Elvira” / “Aunt Morgana Talbot”
  • W. Morgan Sheppard, “Great-Uncle Vincent Talbot”
  • Edie McClurg , “Chastity Pariah”
  • Kurt Fuller, “Mr. Glotter”
  • Jeff Conaway, “Travis”
  • William Duell, “Lesley Meeker”
  • Frank Welker, voice of “Algonquin”

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Room Service (1938)

Room Service (1938), lobby card

Room Service is an RKO film comedy, based on the 1937 play of the same name. The film stars the Marx Brothers and also features Lucille Ball and Ann Miller.

This is the only Marx Bros. film that was not written especially for the team. Less frenetic and more physically contained than their other movies, the plot revolves around the shenanigans of getting a stage play produced and funded by mysterious backer Zachary Fisk, while evading paying a large hotel bill.

Better . . . Battier . . . Funnier Than Ever !

Released September 30, 1938 (US)

Notable Cast

  • Harpo Marx, “Faker Englund”
  • Groucho Marx, “Gordon Miller”
  • Chico Marx, “Harry Binelli”
  • Lucille Ball, “Christine Marlowe”
  • Ann Miller, “Hilda Manney”

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“Summer Nights” by John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John is UK No 1 for seven weeks

Travolta-Newton_John-Summer_Nights“Summer Nights” is a popular song from the musical Grease. Its best-known version was recorded by John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John for the big-screen adaptation of the musical, and released as a single that same year.

The single reached #1 in the UK on chart date September 30, 1978, for seven weeks.

Doctor Who: “The Pirate Planet”

The Pirate Planet (1978), title card

The Pirate Planet was the second serial in season 16 of Doctor Who. It was the second story in the Key to Time arc. The Pirate Planet was the only transmitted story for which Douglas Adams received sole on-screen credit.

Preceded by The Ribos Operation

Followed by The Stones of Blood

The Doctor and Romana I learn the second segment of the Key to Time is on the planet Calufrax. Yet they arrive on a planet called Zanak, which has been hollowed out and fitted with hyperspace engines, allowing its insane, half-robot Captain to materialise it around smaller planets and plunder their resources.

Douglas Adams reserved the novelisation rights to his television stories for himself, saying that he would like to novelise The Pirate Planet and City of Death when he had “run out of things to do”, and didn’t want another author writing them. However, he never got around to writing them before his death in 2001. It was the latest serial of the “classic” era to be novelised, only receiving this treatment in January 2017.

Notable Cast

  • Doctor WhoTom Baker
  • RomanaMary Tamm
  • Voice of K9John Leeson
  • The Captain – Bruce Purchase
  • Mr. Fibuli – Andrew Robertson

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Joe 90 (ITV, 1968-1969) debuts on ITV

Joe 90 (1968-1969), titlecard

Joe 90 is a British science-fiction television series that follows the adventures of a nine-year-old boy, Joe McClaine, who starts a double life as a schoolchild-turned-superspy after his scientist father invents a device capable of duplicating expert knowledge and experience and transferring it to a human brain. Equipped with the skills of the foremost academic and military minds, Joe is recruited by the World Intelligence Network (WIN) and, as its “Most Special Agent”, pursues the objective of world peace and saving human life. Created by Gerry and Sylvia Anderson and filmed by Century 21 Productions, the 30-episode series followed Thunderbirds and Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons.

First broadcast in the UK between September 29, 1968 and April 20, 1969 on the ATV network, Joe 90 was the sixth and final of the Andersons’ productions to be made exclusively using the form of marionette puppetry termed “Supermarionation”. Their final puppet series, The Secret Service, used this process only in combination with extensive live-action filming. As in the case of its antecedent, Captain Scarlet, the puppets of Joe 90 are of natural proportions as opposed to the more caricatured design of the characters of Thunderbirds.

Although not as successful as Century 21’s previous efforts, since its inception, Joe 90 has been praised, among other aspects, for the level of characterisation of its smaller puppet cast and the quality of its model sets and special effects. Critics have interpreted Joe 90’s spy-fi theme and the choice of a child character as the protagonist as either a “kids play Bond” concept or an enshrinement of children’s powers of imagination. Points of criticism range from the violence depicted in a number of episodes to the absence of female characters, which is interpreted either as the inevitable result of the series’ composition as a “boy’s own adventure” or as being tantamount to sexism.

As for its earlier productions, Century 21 launched a number of merchandising campaigns based on Joe 90, which included toy cars and comic strips featuring the continuing adventures of Joe McClaine. The series was syndicated in the United States in 1969, re-broadcast in the UK during the 1990s and released on DVD in most regions in the 2000s. The idea of a live-action film adaptation of Joe 90 has been considered more than once since the 1960s, but without further development.

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Matt & Luke Goss

Matt and Luke Goss (1968-)

Matt Goss (born September 29, 1968) is an English singer-songwriter and musician. He is the lead singer of 1980s pop group Bros, which also features his twin brother Luke as drummer (and originally Craig Logan as bass player).

Luke Goss (born September 29, 1968) is an English actor and former drummer in late 1980s band Bros. He has appeared in numerous films including Blade II (2002) as Jared Nomak, One Night with the King (2006) as King Xerxes, Hellboy II: The Golden Army (2008) as Prince Nuada, Tekken (2010) as Steve Fox and Interview with a Hitman (2012) as Viktor.

20th Century Highlights (Bros)

  • “I Owe You Nothing” (1987), UK #1
  • “When Will I Be Famous” (1987), UK #2
  • “Drop The Boy” (1988), UK #2
  • Push (1988), UK #2
  • “I Quit” (1988), UK #4
  • “Cat Among the Pigeons”/”Silent Night” (1988), UK #2
  • “Too Much” (1989), UK #2
  • “Chocolate Box” (1989), UK #9
  • The Time (189), UK #4
  • “Sister” (1989), UK #10

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Bookends by Simon & Garfunkel’s returns to No 1

Bookends (1968) by Simon & Garfunkel

Bookends is the fourth studio album by American music duo Simon & Garfunkel.

Bookends is a concept album that explores a life journey from childhood to old age.

The album first went to No 1 in the UK Albums Chart on chart date August 17, 1968 for five weeks, followed by a further two weeks from September 28, 1968.