Gypsy (1962)

Based on the memoirs of striptease queen Gypsy Rose Lee, the film follows her early years in vaudeville, which involved being dragged from one musical theatre to another by her domineering and ambitious mother. Rosalind Russell stars as Stephen Sondheim and Jule Styne's fabulous Rose Hovick, the mother (and-a-half) of real-life stripper Gypsy Rose Lee,(...)

Lusty Men, The (1952)

This touching, realistic drama stars Robert Mitchum as the former rodeo champ forced to retire through injury and Arthur Kennedy as the young man whom Mitchum coaches. Of course, there's also a woman - Susan Hayward, who's married to Kennedy and takes Bob's fancy. Mitchum extended his range considerably with this role, and Lee Garmes's sombre(...)

Pulp (1972)

An author becomes embroiled in murder and intrigue in the Mediterranean while ghostwriting the autobiography of an ageing actor with a murky past. One of the more interesting teams in the British post-New Wave period was that of the three Michaels - star Caine, writer/director Hodges, producer Klinger - who failed to hit their former(...)

Iron Mistress, The (1952)

Steely-eyed Alan Ladd stars as Jim Bowie, famed inventor of the knife - the "iron mistress" - that bears his name, in this would-be rip-roaring Warner Bros adventure. Bowie arrives in New Orleans and quickly falls under the spell of Southern beauty Judalon de Bornay (Virginia Mayo). Bowie's actions in his attempt to win Judalon's(...)

Australia’s Naughtiest Home Videos

1 9 9 2 (Australia) 1 x 34 minute episode (!) Aussie clip show Australia's Naughtiest Home Videos was hauled off the air midway through its very first installment in 1992 – after just 34 minutes, to be precise.   Hosted by hugely popular Aussie radio DJ Doug Mulray, the show was interrupted by a(...)

Buffalo

Sydney band Buffalo was one of Australia's pioneering heavy rock outfits, and by virtue of the band's appearance on the Vertigo label (they were the first Australian outfit signed to the collectable label), their sound became familiar to record collectors around the world. Formed in 1971, Buffalo was one of the loudest and heaviest Aussie(...)

On the Up

1 9 9 0 - 1 9 9 2 (UK) 19 x 30 minute episodes Self-made millionaire Tony Carpenter (Dennis Waterman) struggles his way through life, dealing with a snooty wife, troublesome daughter, opinionated mother and quirky domestic staff. At his side the whole time is his lifetime friend Sam who, nonetheless wishes his boss were(...)

Quest, The

1 9 8 2 (USA) 9 x 60 minute episodes The tiny Mediterranean kingdom of Glendora has a problem. According to a medieval treaty, the kingdom would revert to France if there was ever no ruling monarch. The current ruler, King Charles, is now of advanced years and unlikely to produce an heir. Four Americans are found to(...)

Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

1 9 8 2 - 1 9 8 3 (USA) 23 x 60 minute episodes There was a lot of singin', dancin', whoopin', hollerin' and stompin' in this series, loosely based on the 1954 MGM musical. That's what you get when you take a spirited filly like Hannah Moss (Terri Treas) and marry her off to Adam(...)

Crystal Voyager (1973)

Crystal Voyager - a surfing biography about legendary design innovator and photographer George Greenough - is one of the most beautiful surfing movies ever made and one of the most successful. Greenough’s search for uncrowded waves drives his construction of a 37-foot ocean-going yacht that he claims is virtually unsinkable. With his surfing friends Richie West, a(...)

Saved by the Bell

1 9 8 9 - 1 9 9 3 (USA) 90 x 30 minute episodes The comedic misadventures of six students at Bayside High School. Zack Morris (Mark-Paul Gosselaar) was the cool trouble maker, A.C. Slater (Mario Lopez) was the kind-hearted jock, "Screech" Powers (Dustin Diamond) the smart and funny nerd, Kelly Kapowski (Tiffani Thiessen) the(...)

Ilsa, Harem Keeper of the Oil Sheiks (1976)

Finding a new employer, and not looking a day older since the end of World War II, Ilsa now works for an Arab sheik who enjoys importing females to use as sex slaves. An American millionaire's daughter, a movie star, and an attractive equestrienne are among his latest victims. Ilsa Dyanne Thorne Cmdr. Adam Scott(...)

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),(...)

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