Saturday, May 26, 2018

MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE - "The Pilot Episode" (1966)

Tonight's Saturday Night Special is the pilot episode from the 1960's TV show, and one of my favourites, "Mission Impossible!" 

And why wouldn't it be one of my faves, "Mission: Impossible" is almost perfect! "Mission: Impossible" was good enough that it was on TV for seven years, and by now there have been at least seven or eight movies made too! The weird thing is I don't remember the series when Steven Hill had the lead role and not Peter Graves, but that's the way it was for the whole first season, and I've never seen any of the movies, except maybe the 1969 feature "Mission Impossible Versus The Mob!"

In the beginning of this pilot episode, Steven Hill as Daniel Briggs receives his first set of instructions via this 33 1/3 Record!

There's some obscure third world island nation in the Caribbean with some nuclear warheads stashed in a bank safe deposit box, and the mission is to get to get them the Hell out of there!

As would happen later with many a tape, the record self destructs after the message has been delivered!

A man of faith and principles, Steven Hill quit the show after the first season, because the production schedule required him to work on Saturday, the Jewish Sabbath, and as an Orthodox Jew, it was just something he couldn't, or wouldn't do!

But for this first episode he has to gather up some team members that include smokey Barbara (Space:1999) Bain as Cinnamon Carter! Barbara Bain was born Midred Fogel and should be having her 87th birthday party in September!

When you need a gadget man, it's time to call Barney Collier! Barney was played by one of the first black TV stars, Greg Morris. Greg was in everything from "Captain Kangaroo" to "Vega$!" He was in the "Twilight Zone" Episode called "The 7th Is Made Up Of Phantoms," and also 161 episodes of "Mission: Impossible!" Unfortunately, Greg was a heavy smoker and died from cancer at the age of 62.

You gotta have a strong man, and the only other person beside Greg Norris on all 161 episodes of "Mission: Impossible" was Peter (aka Rock Stevens) Lupus as Will Armitage! Peter has many crowns to his name, and holds the Guinness world record for oldest person to bench press over 300 pounds. He'll turn turn 86 next month, and probably can still kick your ass!

Barbara Bain's husband and "Space: 1999" co-star was Martin Landau as Rollin Hand! At this point Martin was only a guest star, but would go on to be a regular cast member in 76 episodes, because they needed a guy who could disguise himself as almost anybody! Martin Landau has the distinguished honor of being in not one, but two "Twilight Zone" episodes, "Mr. Denton On Doomsday," and "The Jeopardy Room," and two episodes of "The Outer Limits," "The Man Who Was Never Born," and "The Bellero Shield!"

This was actually my favourite part of this episode, another guest star, the voice of "Underdog," Wally Cox as the bank robber Terry Targo! Wally starred in two TV shows in the 50's, one called "Mister Peepers," and another called "The Adventures Of Hiram Holliday!" He was also in a "Twilight Zone" episode titled "From Agnes - With Love."

One of  Cinnamon's jobs is to always be a distraction, and she's real good at it!

This story is one big cat and mouse game!

Wally looks pretty freaky all up close and sweaty!

Rollin Hand's job is to impersonate General Rio Dominguez, the leader of this sovereign land. Here he's watching a film, and trying to mimic his gestures!

Hey, is that he..................?

........Or am I me??

 When things get totally out of control, Cinnamon has to be extra distracting!!

The freakin' General slams the door and breaks all of Terry Targo's fingers in the process! That's it, Wally Cox is never in another episode of "Mission: Impossible!"

This was one of three episodes of "Mission: Impossible" directed by the honourable Bernard L. Kowalksi! I got lucky, and not because of anything I did, I was able to meet Bernie a couple of times. He was the nicest guy in the world, and when I gave him a copy of "The Creep," he was kind enough to write that "He loved it!" (I think that's what it says, it's kind of hard to read) and that was good enough for me! We might not ever have got rich or famous but at least Bernie Kowalksi, one of the greatest directors of all time, signed my copy of "Attack Of The Giant Leeches!" What more could a person want from life?

Friday, May 25, 2018

BEANY & CECIL In 'A Trip To The Schmoon' / Bob Clampett - 1959

Grab your space gear! it's another Funnie Friday, today's feature is a Beany & Cecil cartoon from their first season. This time we get to go on a trip to the Schmoon!.. Read a little further to find out what in the Hell a Schmoon is...

The boys have left Earth and are on their way to the Schmoon!.. You can see that they simply attached a rocket to the good old Leakin' Lena.

Okay, here you go, see that little dot there to the right of the Moon? Well, that's the Schmoon!

Captain Huff'n'puff shows Beany and Cecil some drawings he came up with depicting what Schmoon creatures might look like, one drawing he did is of a blob!

I wonder how much fun Robert and his pals had coming up with this crazy shit, first of all, what's up with the Schmoon?! Then, they land on the very edge and almost fall off!

The Captain plants a flag on top of a large mound to claim the Schmoon for themselves! Unfortunately, the mound is actually a sleeping blob with a bad attitude!

The blob has the voice of Ralph Kramden! And if you think about it, well, what else?!.. Trip to the Moon!,, Pow, right in the kisser!!

Cecil tries to battle the blob but it keeps transforming into different things. making lotsa trouble for our big buddy.

It even tries to drop Beany off the edge but Cecil rescues his pal in the nick of time!

I mean, the thing cleans Cecil's clock at every turn!.. C'mon Cec!!

Cecil puts his Super Cecil suit on and goes head to head with the transformer tank... And!!..

Cecil wins the day and sends the blob on a trip to the Moon!! Welp, that wraps it up for today, we are back tomorrow with something you'll want to check out I bet, later...

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

GARO: YAMI O TERASU MONO - "Ryuga" (2013)

Tonight's Wednesday Weirdness is a Japanese TV show from 2013 called "GARO: Yami o Terasu Mono"

It's also known as "The One To Shine Light Into The Darkness!"

As weird as it may seem, "Garo" and  "Grimm" have a lot in common, well, maybe not a lot, but they are both killers of monsters who have infiltrated into society!

And it appears that just like in "Grimm," the Makai Knights are the only ones who see the monsters, the only difference is that in this show they call the monsters horrors!

"Ryuga" was the first episode of this series, but the whole "Garo" deal got started back in 2005. Junya Ikeda has the lead role as one bad sumbitch named Ryuga Douga. I think he has a horny cousin called Ahooga Douga!

Ryuga has got no lack of confidence!

Ryuga has found this horror right at the time that she's supposed to get married!

Yep, she's one of them all right!

Ryuga is really ruining her wedding plans, and it really pisses her off!

The bride shows her true self! What a bitch!

Ryuga is not bashful, and disposes of her right in front of the guests and the whole wedding party!

Cool ring! It talks!

Good doggie, Fetch!!

When it gets to a point where Ryuga can't handle the situation, then it's time for GARO to take over!

I wasn't quite sure why Ryuga needed to turn into GARO, because he was kicking everybody and everything's ass quite handily already without the suit, but then what else made sense in this show? Not exactly anything, but at least it wasn't boring!

Monster Music

Monster Music
AAARRGGHHH!!!! Ya'll Come On Back Now, Y'Hear??