Monthly Archives: November 2021

A CHRISTMAS CAROL GOES WRONG (2017)

Christmas Carol-A-Thon 2021 rolls along here at Balladeer’s Blog with this look at a very good comedic rendition of the Dickens classic.

christmas carol goes wrongA CHRISTMAS CAROL GOES WRONG (2017) – The players from Great Britain’s Mischief Theater Company strike again in their guise as the Cornley Polytechnic Amateur Dramatic Society. After the absolute disaster they made of their 2016 production of Peter Pan (see Peter Pan Goes Wrong), the Society were banned from the BBC.

Undeterred, the troupe take over a live broadcast of A Christmas Carol starring Derek Jacobi. They do this via an all-out commando raid hilariously carried out through action movie cliches like the kind of wire work Tom Cruise has done in multiple Mission Impossible films.

christmas c g wFrom there the Society mount their own production with their highly flawed but immensely likable players, highlighted by Chris (Henry Shields), Annie (Nancy Zamit), Robert (Henry Lewis) and others. Naturally, a LOT goes wrong.

The iconic Diana Rigg, like Jacobi, plays herself as the narrator and is the fictional aunt of Society player Sandra, who is portrayed by actress Charlie Russell. Continue reading

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BIDEN CRIME FAMILY AND THE WHITE-COLLAR CRIMINAL GANG CALLED DEMOCRATS

repub dem otherWe need alternate political parties. The Democrats have become basically “The Party” in 1984 fashion, with intolerant functionaries pushing Democrat Dogma into every aspect of the social, professional and educational aspects of life for the rest of us. Dissenting from Democrat Party policy has become grounds for driving people out of their jobs and even out of entire professions.

Elected Republicans simply look on in envy. They’d love to be able to wield such power but could never pull it off, so they simply sell out their own constituents on a regular basis and settle for their lesser share of influence and graft. There is no true opposition party, just two rival gangs of white-collar criminals.

Oh, and by the way, Biden’s travel bans from Africa are just fine to the repulsively hypocritical Democrats. Under Trump such bans were absurdly called “racist” and were one of the Apocalypses of the Week that Democrat media outlets forced on us for years.

Here’s a roundup of just some of the latest examples of Democrats oppressing the rest of us:

eric adamsERIC ADAMS ON THE DEMOCRATS’ READY-MADE “PROFESSIONAL RIOTERS” WHO POUR ONTO CITY STREETS AT A MOMENT’S NOTICE.

JOE BIDEN’S FEDERAL RESERVE VICE CHAIR IS MARRIED TO HIS “ASIA TSAR” WHO HEADLINED A CONFERENCE FOR A HUNTER BIDEN-LINKED ORGANIZATION FOR CHINA. The Biden Crime Family is fairly blatant about their dubious behavior.

THE DEMOCRATS’ FACULTY LOUNGE FASCISTS TELL STUDENTS IT IS “EVIL” TO CELEBRATE THANKSGIVING. And remember, the Biden Regime has labeled parents “Domestic Terrorists” for asking questions at School Board meetings regarding what their children are taught in school.

biden senilus maximusSMASH AND GRAB FLASH-MOBS EMBOLDENED BY DEMOCRAT DAs WHO DECRIMINALIZED RETAIL THEFT ARE BECOMING INCREASINGLY VIOLENT. The Democrat Dystopia expands.

BIDEN REGIME DOING AWAY WITH TRUMP DEPT OF EDUCATION POLICY TO TRACK SEX CRIMES COMMITTED BY TEACHERS. More HERE. Thanks, “Teacher’s” Unions (really Democrat Unions). Continue reading

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A JETSON CHRISTMAS CAROL (1985)

JetsonsA JETSON CHRISTMAS CAROL (1985) – Christmas Carol-A- Thon 2021, my 12th annual Christmas Carol-A-Thon, continues here at Balladeer’s Blog! This 1985 animated version of the Dickens classic incorporates the characters from the Hanna Barbera program The Jetsons. They were a family who were the far-future counterparts of the Stone Age family The Flintstones. 

A Jetson Christmas Carol is not very good but it’s a lot better than the irritatingly awful Flintstones Christmas Carol. If you know the characters you can fill in the blanks yourself:

George Jetson is the substitute for the novel’s put-upon Bob Cratchit, and finds himself ordered to work very late on Christmas Eve, disappointing his wife Jane and their kids Elroy and Judy.  Continue reading

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COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF RESULTS FROM NOVEMBER 27th

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Northwestern College Red RaidersFIRST QUARTERFINAL – The NORTHWESTERN (IA) COLLEGE RED RAIDERS took the field against the MARIAN UNIVERSITY KNIGHTS. The Red Raiders led 6-3 in the 1st Quarter and 19-10 come Halftime. In the 3rd Quarter the Knights pulled to within 19-17 before Northwestern College won out in the 4th 25-20.

HELMETGrand_View_IASECOND QUARTERFINAL – In this game the GRAND VIEW UNIVERSITY VIKINGS played the CONCORDIA (MI) CARDINALS. A 7-3 Cardinals edge in the opening Quarter became a 17-10 Vikings lead at the Half. The 3rd Quarter ended with Concordia University trailing by just 17-16 but it was all Grand View U in the 4th as they won the game 31-16. Continue reading

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SPIDER-MAN: 1970s CLASSICS 13: PUNISHER, MOSES MAGNUM AND CYCLONE

Here’s Part Thirteen of Spider-Man 1970s Classics. For Part One click HERE.

spider man giant 4GIANT-SIZE SPIDER-MAN Vol 1 #4 (April 1975)

Title: To Sow the Seeds of Death’s Day

Villain: Moses Magnum (First Appearance)

Synopsis: We pick up an unknown amount of time after the previous story. J Jonah Jameson is still in Paris, using his lawyers to fight being brought back for questioning regarding the new Mysterio, whom he hired to kill Spider-Man last time around.

Peter Parker, in his Spider-Man costume, is web-slinging around New York City one night when he hears a woman scream “EEEE!”. (Or it could be Ned Beatty, I guess.) Following the sound to its source he sees four masked men kidnapping a nightie clad woman from her apartment.

deaths dayOur hero defeats three of the four and a bullet fired from a rooftop by the Punisher kills the fourth. The Punisher flees the scene while Spider-Man takes care of the still-frightened woman. An ambulance and some cop cars show up on the scene. The police insist Spider-Man must come in to answer questions regarding the deaths of Captain John Stacy and Norman Osborn, both of whom he is mistakenly suspected of killing.

Spider-Man gets away from the cops and swings off to the Punisher’s van, which he enters without the Punisher catching on. He rides along to the Punisher’s latest secret hideout and surprises his old enemy/ ally when he opens up the back door of the van. Continue reading

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CHRISTMAS CAROL-A-THON 2021 KICKS OFF: LOST TV CAROLS

mascot chair and bottle picIf it’s the Friday after Thanksgiving, then regular readers of Balladeer’s Blog know it’s the day when I kick off my annual Christmas Carol-A-Thon in which I review several versions of A Christmas Carol. I look at movies, television shows, radio shows and books which adapt the Dickens classic. Every year I present new reviews and a few old classics since new readers will have missed them.

To start off this year’s edition Balladeer’s Blog will look at what little is known about lost television versions of A Christmas Carol from the days of live broadcasts, when not even kinescopes were being kept. Previously, the Rufus Rose Marionettes adaptation from 1948 was the only lost version I looked at.

christmas present and scroogeA CHRISTMAS CAROL (1943) – An early experimental broadcast on December 22nd, 1943 from Dumont TV’s station W2XWV in New York, presumably to mark the 100 year anniversary of the publication of A Christmas Carol.

Very, very few people would have seen this production. George Lowther directed the Montebank Players, while William Podmore wrote the teleplay AND starred as Ebenezer Scrooge. This program aired around 9:30 PM and was the second hour of a two-hour slate of music, World War 2 coverage, commercials and a film short.

           Radio and Television Weekly called it “the longest and most elaborate studio play yet presented over television” and extravagantly praised the antique furniture and costumes in the production. Reviews of the time indicated that this Carol resorted to narration from the Dickens novel to cover story elements which could not be depicted by the primitive special effects of the time.

dumontCHRISTMAS, 1944 (1944) – This half hour production of the Carol aired on December 19th, 1944 at 8:45 PM as part of the Video Varieties television series. Dumont TV station WABD in New York presented the show in conjunction with WOR-TV in New Jersey. Reviews of the time indicated it was an adaptation of the story of Scrooge set in 1944.

A CHRISTMAS CAROL (1944) – The long-gone Dumont Network stikes again! The very next night – December 20th, 1944 at 9:30 PM came this half hour presentation. Oddly, though the existing records do not show who played Scrooge in this production, it is known that Carl Eastman played Bob Cratchit, Helen Jerome played his wife and Bobby Hookey played Tiny Tim. Continue reading

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POST THANKSGIVING NEWS CATCH UP

Independent Voter site Balladeer’s Blog takes a quick look at some news items that I set aside in order to celebrate the national holiday of Thanksgiving.

Congressman Byron DonaldsCONGRESSMAN BYRON DONALDS BLASTS JOE BIDEN’S “BUILD BACK” SCAM FOR WHAT IT REALLY IS. As Donalds points out the beneficiaries of Biden’s package are “the rich people in Blue States.” He also pointed out that “This is a complete giveaway to people who support Joe Biden”

DEMOCRAT PROPAGANDIST JEN PSAKI GETS FACT-CHECKED ON HER LIES ABOUT BIDEN’S DISASTROUS HANDLING OF INFLATION.    

democrat platform hatredEVEN THE DEMOCRATS AT THE NEW YORK TIMES ADMIT THAT DEMOCRAT HYPOCRISY FUELS INEQUALITY IN AMERICA.   Welcome to the party, pals! We former Democrats who became Independent Voters have been pointing out for years that financially comfortable Democrats are as callous and uncaring toward the poor and the working class as the worst George W Bush/ Mitt Romney style Republicans ever were.

biden callously liesBIDEN CALLOUSLY LIES THAT “SHELVES ARE WELL STOCKED” AS GROCERS RATION FOOD. The Biden Regime has been a running example of ruling class contempt toward the poor and the working class.

COURAGEOUS ASIAN-AMERICAN REPORTER ANDY NGO ON THE CAREER CRIMINAL ARRESTED FOR THE WAUKESHA MASSACRE. This brave journalist has suffered beatings at the hands of the Democrats’ hate squad yet perseveres. Meanwhile, Democrat news outlets go with headlines like “SUV Hits Parade.” Continue reading

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JAMES BATMAN (1966): A THANKSGIVING TURKEY

james batmanJAMES BATMAN (1966) – HAPPY THANKSGIVING! Balladeer’s Blog takes a Turkey Day look at a film from the Philippines. This movie teams up Batman, Robin and James Bond as they battle an evil organization called C.L.A.W. It’s another of the many unauthorized Batman movies from around the world. 

James Batman is in Tagalog with English subtitles and stars Filipino actor Dolphy as both Batman and James Bond, who is sometimes called James Wong in the subtitles and sometimes called James Hika. Dolphy also plays millionaire Dolpho, Batman’s secret identity (?). Robin, played by Boy Alano, is Batman’s brother. It’s that kind of movie.

Filipino Batman and RobinDolpho is in love with Shirley (Shirley Moreno), but she considers Dolpho boring and has the hots for Batman. Just as Shirley is oblivious to the fact that Dolpho really IS Batman, she has no idea that her sister (Bella Flores) is secretly the sultry costumed villainess called Black Rose.

Shirley and Bella’s father is the Chairman of the Free Nations, a quasi-United Nations outfit which is given five days to surrender to C.L.A.W. – a communist organization that desires world domination. Continue reading

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THANKSGIVING EVE WITH OLIVER!

"Please, sir, may I have some more?"

“Please, sir, may I have some more?”

It’s that time of year again! Just a note in the spirit of the holiday season to mention my favorite Thanksgiving Eve movie.

Every Wednesday before Thanksgiving I make a point out of watching the musical Oliver! And yes, I know it has nothing to do with Thanksgiving.

I know the musical sentimentalizes  several characters that Dickens portrayed in a sinister way in the book (especially Fagan and The Artful Dodger) but the finished product has always seemed very holidayish to me. Continue reading

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THE NATIONAL CHAMPION MATCHUP IN NJCAA DIVISION THREE FOOTBALL SET

DuPage Chaparralsnassau lionsThe COLLEGE OF DUPAGE CHAPARRALS and the NASSAU COLLEGE LIONS are the two teams competing in the 2021 National Championship Game in NJCAA Division Three football. This is the first year that NJCAA football has been separated into different divisions. Continue reading

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