Sunday Morning Video: Star In The Night

Tis the day after Christmas and I’m posting some holiday fare. It’s a short film made in 1945.  It tells the “no room at the inn” story in then contemporary drag. It’s good but its pedigree is more interesting than the film. It was the first directorial outing for the great Don Siegel and an early outing for cinematographer Robert Burks who would go on to shoot most of Hitchcock’s films from 1951 to 1964. Continue reading Sunday Morning Video: Star In The Night

SMV: The Smithereens Live In Pleasantville

Longtime readers know that I’m a fanatical Smithereens fan. I thought I’d seen every Reens set available on the YouTube. I was wrong. Lead singer Pat DiNizio had just a year to live in 2016. He looks terrible but sounds great. He does not, however, play rhythm guitar. Jim Babjak makes up for that with a bravura performance. The most interesting thing about this set is the presence of keyboard player Andy Burton. The Reens rarely had a keyboard player in concert. Burton is good and kills it on the rarely performed song Indigo Blues. And yes, Pleasantville, NY looks … Continue reading SMV: The Smithereens Live In Pleasantville