E-Type Jaguar

The E-Type Jaguar encapsulated the needs of the male driver in 1961 – a streamlined body with the fastest speed of any production car – up to 150 mph. The car caused a stir when it was unveiled at the Geneva car show on 15 March 1961. The audience were stunned at the £2,196 price(...)

Blackstar

1 9 8 1 (USA) 13 x 30 minute episodes A short-lived Filmation cartoon series featuring astronaut John Blackstar who passes through a black hole and crashes on the planet Sagar. He is rescued by the gentle Trobbits, who live under the tyranny of the Overlord, possessor of one-half of an all-powerful sword. Armed with the(...)

Trollkins

1 9 8 1 (USA) 13 x 30 minute episodes This animated series from Hanna-Barbera aired for one season on CBS. The Trollkins were a race of green, blue, and purple trolls who lived (unsurprisingly) in Trolltown. Episodes followed the adventures of well-meaning but slightly screwy teenager Blitz Lumpkin (voiced by Australian playwright Steve J. Spears),(...)

Bananas (1971)

Not everyone can stomach Woody Allen films but, fan or not, you're sure to get a few laughs out of this one. Actor-writer-producer-director Allen is a self-confessed neurotic and laughs at himself all the time. One memorable scene involves a completely ad-libbed conversation about maturity, "maturation" and "maturiosity" between Allen and Louise Lasser as Nancy, a(...)

Sporting Chance

1 9 8 1 (Australia) 10 x 50 minute episodes Ray Barrett had the lead in this ABC (Australia) drama series, playing a freelance sports journalist assisted by budding young reporter Liddy Clark. For the series, ABC-TV carpenters built an almost full-scale model of the Sydney Journalist's Club at a giant studio in Frenchs Forest. The carpenters(...)

Mississippi

John Mower Vocals Graham Goble Guitar, vocals Russ Johnson Guitar, vocals Beeb Birtles Guitar, vocals Colin DeLuca Bass Derek Pellici Drums Harvey James Guitar Andre Santos Bass, vocals Charlie Tumahai Bass, vocals

Valentinos, The

The Valentinos sang mighty fine gospel - their 1961 version of Yield Not To Temptation is exquisite. But at the instigation of Sam Cooke, role model, producer, and SAR label owner, they switched to R&B and delivered future classics Lookin' For A Love and It's All Over Now. The first - a secular rewrite of Couldn't Hear Nobody Pray - broke(...)

Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1961)

With the Earth threatened by a blazing radiation belt, the inventor of a new nuclear submarine must make a difficult decision if the world is to be saved. Walter Pidgeon and Joan Fontaine are top billed in this entertaining sci-fi outing, but the real star is the submarine Seaview. Accounting for $400,000 of the picture's(...)

Laughter in Paradise (1951)

Four beneficiaries of a practical joker's will are each set to receive a substantial sum of money, but only if they fulfil certain outrageous condition Films made up of interwoven stories are notoriously difficult to do well, as it's all too easy either to lose the thread of the difficult episodes or to become impatient(...)

Coronado 9

1 9 6 0 - 1 9 6 1 (USA) 39 x 30 minute episodes Former State Trooper star Rod Cameron played soft-spoken Dan Adams, a retired Naval intelligence officer now working as a private detective. Adams lived on the island of Coronado in San Diego, California. COronado 9 referred to his telephone exchange. Dan Adams(...)

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