Sunday, July 20, 2014

A Man Could Get Killed

R.I.P. James Garner, arguably the most charming actor of his generation and a lifelong favorite of mine. Here's what he was doing in '66.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Batman-The Complete Series

At last! Obviously, one of the highlights of '66 was the BATMAN TV series with Adam West and Burt Ward. After years of having to settle for self-recorded reruns or bootleg discs from 16 mm, this November the entire series will be officially released, apparently with all the proper bells and whistles! Stay tuned.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

The Ghost in the Invisble Bikini

One of then great titles of all time for what was essentially the final film in the AIP beach party cycle, in spite of the fact that most original cast members had all already moved on. Even the great Buster Keaton was replaced by (the also great) Benny Rubin in this one. Tying in to the horror craze, Basil Rathbone and Boris Karloff appear and seem to be having great fun. Tommy Kirk and Deborah Walley are the ostensible leads with Aron Kincaid and Harvey Lembeck in their traditional antagonist roles. Some clever spfx shots!

Sunday, June 22, 2014

The Blue Max

In the 1960s, Americans remained fascinated with the biplanes and aerial dogfights of World War I. Thus the appearance of comics like ENEMY ACE and Snoopy's Red Baron fixation. In the movies this was met by the appearance of THE BLUE MAX, a big hit in '66.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Ronald Reagan

'66 was a big year for former Warner Brothers contract lead Ronald Wilson Reagan, seen here in a  LIFE photo that year. His final acting appearances appeared and he moved into politics, campaigning for Governor of California on a very conservative platform...and winning. He would, of course, go on to even bigger government office. Love him or hate him, whether one discusses the history of Hollywood or the US  itself--or even the world of the 20th Century--it can't be discussed without discussing this man.

Sunday, June 1, 2014

F-Troop Comics

F TROOP was ostensibly a western sitcom but was filled with anarchist, MAD-style humor, all built around the antics at Fort Courage and highlighted by the unofficial comedy teaming of once and future tough guy actor Forrest Tucker with former Vaudevillian and cartoon voice actor Larry Storch. The series itself ran for 2 seasons beginning in 1965. The first two issues of the comic book series came out in late '66.

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