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Posted on Jun 21 2011 by Greg
The superb Sherman Brothers version of Mark Twain's Tom Sawyer (a great summer movie), with Johnny Whitaker, Jodie Foster and Celeste Holm can be watched on your computer for free here, along with lots of other good (and not so good) MGM owned movies through Hulu.



If you like the musical score, the original album is available on CD, not for free, but very much worth it.







SURVIVANNETTE
Blog, Records
Posted on Mar 26 2011 by Greg
It was widely reported this month that our beloved Annette Funicello suffered but recovered from smoke inhalation when her house caught fire. I don't know the extent of the home damage, but it's yet another thing she and her husband Glen has weathered in addition to her ongoing MS condition.

The best way to show support for her would logically be to contribute to The Annette Funicello Fund For Neurological Disorders, which she founded to help fund research. Every fan I meet feels the same way -- why should Annette, of all people, have to have had this happen? This is a celebrity who has always been the benchmark of kindness and unpretentiousness.



And say what you want about those frothy beach movies, they always seen over and over again, maybe because they're such a total respite from daily cares. And so is her peppy, pop music, which has once again seen a resurgence thanks to a new Collectors Choice CD called First Name Initial: All Her Chart Hits & More. We wish her nothing less than the best.






HALLOWEEN CD PICKS
Music, Records
Posted on Oct 17 2009 by Greg
If you're shopping for just the right music or stories for Halloween creepiness, allow me to recommend:

CHILLING THRILLING SOUNDS OF
THE HAUNTED HOUSE

This 1963 LP is the granddaddy of all creepy sound effects records, much imitated but never equaled. Laura Olsher (Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol) narrates the first set of stories in sound, followed by the sounds themselves, compiled over decades of Disney Studios and Hollywood history by legendary Jimmy MacDonald. It's on iTunes.

When some of us were kids in the 60's and 70's, this is all we had. But it's still entertaining, and very interesting as pop curio as well as a who's-who of Hollywood voice actors and singers: Thurl Ravenscroft, Peter Renaday, Eleanor Audley, Robie Lester and yes, a teenaged Ron Howard. It's a little corny but it was produced before the attraction opened so it includes omitted details like the raven and the fabled Hatbox Ghost (he's on the front cover). The CD also includes an abridged soundtrack so you also get the voices of Paul Frees, Bill Lee, Loulie Jean Norman and many others, since the album recreates some elements. PLUS, the CD cover includes the storybook in Liliputian form AND you can access the original Collin Campbell art from the disc (did you know that the crystal ball now floats because of inspiration from this art?). Well worth having and bargain priced.



THE HAUNTED MANSION
ATTRACTION SOUNDTRACK

Producer/Historian Randy Thornton once again outdid himself by revising and expanding the soundtracks to both the Walt Disney World and Disneyland attractions and adding in the new features, plus "Ghost Host" Paul Frees' voice sessions, organ music by Gaylord Carter, new music box music and a magnificent full suite from Phantom Manor by Joel McNeely. This album was created to be sold in Disney Parks and was also being sold at the D23 Expo as part of a box set with a vinyl version of the story album.

COUNT CHOCULA'S HAUNTED HOUSE OF SOUNDS
I found this at Target a few weeks back and cannot find it online. It's kind of fun, tongue-in-cheek stuff with the Count, Frankenberry and Boo Berry in a "theater of the mind" comedy.

You can play this one through the living room window and creep out the trick-or-treaters -- it's hours of chilling music from the unique ABC gothic soap, composed by Bob Cobert, who also wrote the "Password" TV theme!











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