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Discussion in 'The Golden Era' started by LizzieMaine, Sep 25, 2019.
Hey Jack, take a good look at your buddy Fats there, with his three little ones. THAT COULD BE YOU!
Oh, Benny Goodman, I would like to buy a ticket and see him in person. SIGH
The Smilin' Jack version of those Charles Atlas ads of the scrawny kid on the beach getting sand kicked in his face.
"The most typically exotic" seems like an oxymoron, right?
I'm not sure they solved that whose-money-will-we-live-on issue.
Clearly Downwind is not a think-on-the-fly guy.
Three explosions, all occurring within the space of an hour today rocked factories in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, killing at least thirteen people and possibly as many twenty-one, and injuring at least thirty-eight more. The first explosion occured at the plant of the United Railway and Signal Company at Woodbridge, New Jersey, about 15 miles south of the battery, a detonation that could be heard as far away as Jersey City, and that broke windows in Bayonne and on Staten Island. That explosion, at about 8:30 this morning, was followed in rapid succession by blasts at the Burton Powder Works, owned by American Cyanamid Corporation, at New Castle, Pennsylvania, and at the Trojan Powder Company plant outside Allentown, Pennsylvania. The series of explosions ended around 9 AM. Of the three factories, only the Allentown plant is known to have had defense contracts, but the Federal Bureau of Investigation is looking into the incidents. There is at this time no indication of sabotage.
Meanwhile, in Atlanta, Georgia this morning, a fire swept thru a municipal auditorium where the Georgia National Guard had been training, and destroyed more than $1,000,000 worth of arms and equipment. The manager of the auditorium publicly called the blaze the result of sabotage.
British air raids today blasted Albanian bases behind the Italian invaders of Greece, according to a report from the Greek High Command, while Greek troops pursued fleeing Italian forces all along the entire fighting front. Rome also acknowledged today that British bombers inflicted severe damage on an Italian warship moored at Taranto.
The Supreme Court ruled today that the National Labor Relations Board did not have the right to require a company found guilty of violating the Wagner Act to reimburse governmental relief agencies for wages for employees held to have been deprived of their regular work. "We do not think," wrote Chief Justice Hughes in his majority opinion, "that Congress intended to vest in the board a virtually unlimited discretion to devise punitive measures." The litigation grew out of an NRLB order requiring the Republic Steel Corporation to reinstate 5000 or more employees who were fired by the company due to their participation in the Little Steel strike of 1937. The Court has refused to review the reinstatement order itself.
German Fuehrer Adolf Hitler and Soviet Foreign Minister V. I. Molotov met for the first time in Berlin last night, conferring far into the evening on matters that may exert a profound effect upon Axis movements toward the Dardanelles and the Near East. Accompanied by German Foreign Minister Joachim von Ribbentrop, Soviet Foreign Vice-Commissar V. G. Dekanozoff, and an interpreter, the two officials remained in a Chancellery conference room for several hours.
Sonja Henie, skating Norwegian motion picture star, must pay a promoter from St. Paul, Minnesota a total of $77,133.44 for breach of contract, following a ruling today in Manhattan Supreme Court. Miss Henie, wife of Football Dodgers owner Dan Topping, had been sued by promoter Dennis Scanlan for refusing to meet the terms of a 1936 contract requiring her to pay him ten percent of her earnings. Mr. Scanlan alleged that once Miss Henie signed a motion picture contract in Hollywood, she refused to make any further payments under the agreement. Counsel for Miss Henie indicated that the ruling will be appealed.
("Powermatic shifting" is some kind of vacuum-assisted gearshift thing -- but given how easy it is to shift a regular 1941 Mopar transmission -- one finger is enough -- I don't see what the point of it is. Just a gimmick you don't need that can go out of order.)
Wendell L. Willkie's declaration in a radio speech last night that the Republican Party must serve as a "loyal opposition" during President Roosevelt's upcoming third term is being lauded by GOP leaders in Congress. Senators Robert Taft of Ohio, Arthur Vandenberg of Michigan and John Townsend of Delaware all endorsed the principles of Mr. Willkie's talk, but none of them indicated that they viewed the speech as indicating that Mr. Willkie intends to run again for the White House in 1944.
(A half-pint serving of New England Fried Clams in 2020 will run you anywhere from $14 to $22 depending on market price of the day. And you usually have to pay extra for fries and slaw.)
(Good idea to avoid the Port Alba Borough Park Tavern for a while.)
The movie censors up in Albany weren't sure just how much Bohemianism New York residents could handle, so they ordered about a hundred feet cut out of the Czechoslovakian comedy "The Merry Wives," now showing at the Bryant Theatre, and what's left doesn't live up to the hullaballoo generated by the picture. Those turning out in hopes of getting something juicy will be disappointed, with no debasement to be found in the film. Instead, they'll see a haphazard comedy of the putty-nosed school of humor, featuring "a bosomy Czech wench" who is outclassed ten different ways by "most of the decollete ladies" to be found on the Times Square stages.
The Three Stooges, in person, headline the new vaudeville bill this week at the Majestic Theatre. The slapstick stars of Columbia comedies will share the stage with radio songstress Dinah Shore, romantic tenor Dick Stone, novelty dancers Timmy and Freddie, and Jack Denny's Orchestra. Selected short film subjects will round out the program.
(It was well known in 1940 that nicotine was an addictive poison. But just how poisonous cigarettes were was actively suppressed by the American newspapers that depended heavily on tobacco advertising.)
The American Social Hygiene Association issued a warning this week that organized prostitution rings, operated by racketeers, are preparing to prey on draftees, National Guardsmen, and other young men called into service at military camps. Dr. William F. Snow and Dr. Thomas A. Storey recently toured small towns in the vicinity of Army camps soon to receive conscripted trainees, and reported that unless something is done to provide wholesome diversions and entertainment, they will fall victim to the racketeers who have already rented farmhouses, dance halls, and beer joints to prey upon them.
(It's gonna be a long war.)
The acquisition of Kirby Higbe by the Dodgers is the latest in a series of big-money deals swung by Larry MacPhail in the cause of nailing a pennant to the Ebbets Field flagpole, and it could very well pay off in 1941. Starting with Dolph Camilli in 1938, Pee Wee Reese in 1939, Joe Medwick in 1940, and now Higbe, Mr. MacPhail has expended $387,500 of the Brooklyn Trust Company's money for just those four players, along with innumerable smaller transactions, challenging Tom Yawkey of the Boston "Gold Sox" as baseball's most profligate spender. By comparison, in all the years of the Dodgers' history before MacPhail came to town, only one trade had ever carried even a $50,000 price tag, the acquisition of Lefty O'Doul and Fresco Thompson in 1930.
Roger Peckinpaugh has been officially named manager of the Cleveland Indians, with Tribe president Alva Bradley unceremoniously unveiling his new field boss at a sportswriter's luncheon with the anticlimactic declaration "here's the new manager." The 49-year-old former star shortstop is back for his second tenure as Indians' manager, and was given a two-year contract to run the troubled Tribe. The Indians have won only a single pennant over forty seasons in the American League, but finished just one game behind the Tigers last season.
Tennis star Alice Marble, leading female player in amateur racket circles, announced today that she is going professional. Miss Marble signed a contract with promoter Jack Harris for a series of matches to begin at Madison Square Garden on January 6th. No opponents have yet been named, but it was announced that Miss Marble will tour the pro circuit alongside Don Budge and bill Tilden.
Mr. and Mrs. Leo Durocher could be your neighbors soon, with the First Couple of the Dodgers announcing plans to move from St. Louis to Brooklyn next year. Mrs. Grace Durocher, prominent dress designer under the "Carole King" label, will continue her fashion work locally, but the firm itself is expected to remain in St. Louis.
"Information Please" gives up its familiar Tuesday-at-8:30 PM time period this week, moving to Fridays at 8:30, and shifting from NBC's Blue network to the Red, a change mounted as the program's longtime ginger ale sponsor gives way to a cigarette firm. Locally, the program moves from WJZ to WEAF, and the first program in the new time period will feature that king of all adlibbers Fred Allen alongside John Kieran, Franklin P. Adams, and Oscar Levant. But Tuesday night listeners will not be entirely bereft -- the new sponsor has engaged WMCA to air a transcription of each previous week's program in the former Tuesday time period.
(Sparky is rethinking the whole superhero thing. Better to go back to selling magazine subscriptions door-to-door, life was simpler then.)
(You know, when Jo goes on about "those lowbrow neighbors" I usually figure she's just exaggerating. But in this case...)
(Betcha didn't know Bill was a sprinter in the 1912 Olympics.)
(C'mon Dan, you can do better dialogue than that.)
And in the Daily News...
"Roach Powder" in 1940 was often phosphorus-based, which makes this story even more gruesome.
"And you can be sure that if WE have a contest, it won't be stupid!"
Oh c'mon now. The News has "Terry and the Pirates." The Worker has "Pinky Rankin." That's how you tell the difference.
Yeah, close personal attachments sure are a wonderful thing. What do you hear lately from the Tecums?
More to the point, is it a "Whoohoo!" of riotous excitement or a "whoohoo!" of ghostly horror? YOU'RE CONFUSING US, GUS.
C'mon, Chops, you didn't drug the tea? Good thing Cheery Blaze isn't around, she'd put you in your place.
"And if we work hard and really apply ourselves, maybe someday we can break into the punchboard racket!"
A weasel hasn't got much chance among the wolves.
Well, you're not gonna let 'em go to waste are you?
You'll never get $100,000 out of MacPhail with a pitching motion like that.
I know factories had less safety protocols in those days, so they did go boom more often, but three in one hour is very suspicious. Our comic-strip writers should be taking notes.
From what we've been reading in the Eagle, it seems like the Greeks didn't even need the help.
Agree completely - and we see the same suppression, sometimes for political reasons (on both sides), sometimes for profit reasons with many things including covid today. But the flip to all this is, like with Germany in the '30s, you had to want to not know the truth to avoid it. Sure, it was suppressed, but people knew (if they paid attention) cigarettes were bad for them - based on what I've read and seen - as far back as the '30s and the evidence only mounted over the years. I'm not making excuses for the venality of the newspapers, corporations and government, I'm just saying that all those people who claimed, "we didn't know," were, knowingly to some extent, telling themselves lies. I watched my dad and other family member do so until they didn't.
Men line up for brothels on Hotel Street in WWII, Honolulu, Hawaii
As the strip itself noted earlier, perhaps we should ask Sally her opinion about all this.
It's a gruesome Page Four all round today.
That bar has been set pretty low. Cute truck.
I kinda get it, but still seems like a lot of effort for not a ton of money in a plan that is bound to fail. Gould might want to pivot to a story about foreign agents blowing up several factories in the US, simultaneously, just sayin'.
Wilbur is learning that the real world is a lot harder to push around than an innocent kid in a small office.
US Navy, please take note. The IJN certainly did.
Seven members of the faculty at Brooklyn College, including five professors, have been subpoenaed to appear before a state legislative committee investigating un-American activities. All seven have been accused of "leftist sympathies" of one form or another by various groups at the college, and "one or two" have "taken part in student strikes." But one of the seven, Professor of English Bernard Grebanier, received wide publicity in 1939 when he "denounced the college's Communist elements." Professor Grebanier is reported to have already testified before the committee in closed session, but the others have reportedly declined to appear on advice of legal counsel.
The British Admiralty reported today that air and naval forces have knocked out seven to ten Italian warships and supply vessels, and have damaged others in two smashing victories that "decisively affected the balance of power in the Mediterranean region." Six or seven of those warships were identified as "main units of the Fascist fleet" were reportedly destroyed in a British raid on Taranto, port at the heel of the Italian boot.
Reports from the Greek Legation at Sofia, Bulgaria state that all Italian forces involved in the invasion of Greek territory have now been entirely driven from that territory.
Brooklyn's Congressional delegation will launch an intensive drive next week to secure $65,000,000 in Federal funding to bring to completion Parks Commissioner Robert Moses' plan for the construction of four new "super highways" intended to fill gaps in the city's arterial highway system. Brooklyn's share in the funding would bring about the construction of a six-lane ribbon of road running from Queens to the western end of Flatbush Avenue, intended to relieve the bottleneck at the Brooklyn approaches of the lower East River bridges and to provide a direct arterial link to the Long Island highway and parkway systems.
Sabotage is still being considered as a possiblity by FBI agents investigating three explosions yesterday at explosive manufacturing plants in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, although it has evidently been discounted as a factor in one of the blasts. Authorities believe sabotage did not play a role in the blast at the United Railway Signal Company plant in Woodbridge, N. J., a factory manufacturing railroad flares and similar devices, but the question remains open in the other cases.
The government of Vichy France today appealed to all followers of Gen. Charles de Gaulle to "return to the Fatherland" by declaring that "all is forgiven." The appeal directed to young soldiers in Gen. de Gaulle's Free French movement declared that they have been "led astray" by "intensive propaganda."
Assistant Attorney General John H. Amen today declared the disbarment of former Assistant District Attorney Francis A. Madden as "one of the most significant accomplishments" of his investigation into official corruption in Brooklyn. Madden, who served under former District Attorney William F. X. Geoghan, was ordered disbarred late yesterday by the Appellate Division on the basis of a report documenting instances of bribery, perjury, and submission of false vouchers during his service under Mr. Geoghan, in connection with the abortion racket operated in the borough by Drs. Louis Duke and Henry Blank. Mr. Amen stated that Madden's disbarment will "reveal to the public more eloquently than words the conditions that prevailed" during Geoghan's tenure as District Attorney.
Sylvia Ageloff, daughter of a wealthy Brooklyn realtor, has been cleared of all charges in connection with the assassination of exiled Bolshevik Leon Trotsky, and may be on her way home from Mexico soon. Her father, Samuel Ageloff of 191 Joralemon Street, is reported to be awaiting final word on arrangements for her discharge from custody in Mexico City.
($21.95? Pfft. Deafy can get you a bike for $3.)
(The "Spectra-Dermascope" is a "black light," similar to that used in early television to determine how makeup colors will come across thru the iconoscope cameras. And I'd report what Sally has to say about her maid wanting to look pretty too, but she's too busy laughing. Big, gulpy, snorting laughs. Joe is a little concerned.)
Harold Lloyd, bespectacled silent-era favorite, may be returning to the acting game as soon as he finishes production duties on "Three Girls and a Gob" at RKO. Lloyd's been off the screen since "Professor Beware" was not a hit in 1938.
(Not coming soon to a Brooklyn theatre near you.)
(Jo Bungle's older sister out in Massapequa)
The Eagle Editorialist commends the Football Dodgers, long the obscure cousins of their baseball counterparts, for grabbing the borough's attention this year like never before. Credit goes to coach Jock Sutherland, whose accomplishments with the grid Flock this year stand on a par with those achieved on the diamond by Messrs. Durocher and MacPhail.
Don't get overconfident about the Dodgers' pennant chances next year just because Kirby Higbe has joined the Flock -- because there's a lot else that can happen. What if Whit Wyatt and Luke Hamlin have poor years next summer? What if Pete Coscarart's slump continues? (Sally stops laughing and begins to seethe.) What if there's another barrage of injuries such as struck the club in 1940? And don't forget, we still need a first-class catcher. Still, we should feel thankful that we aren't Phillies fans, without question the most abused fans in all the game, doomed forever to dwell in baseball's equivalent of the Eternal Pit. Something really ought to be done about the Philadelphia National League club -- it's nothing but an employment agency that places good players with respectable clubs for a price, which it then pockets.
Big Frank McCormick, first baseman for the World Champion Cincinnati Reds, is the National League's Most Valuable Player for 1940, as voted by the Baseball Writers' Association of America. Corpulent Fred Fitzsimmons of the Dodgers, who led all Senior Circuit pitchers in winning percentage, placed fifth in the balloting.
Gabby Hartnett is out as manager of the Chicago Cubs, and it appears that Jimmy Wilson, who made a dramatic shift from coach to catcher to help the Reds take the pennant and the World Series title, will be his replacement. Wilson managed the Phillies before joining Bill McKechnie's coaching staff last year.
(Wait, Alice singing opera? Why have we been denied a recording of this?)
("Powerful Katrinka," in the slug line, is a character in the "Toonerville Folks" strip, a big rowdy Swedish lady who puts men like Slappy in their place without breaking a sweat. Wish she'd make a guest appearance today.)
(Ah, I see what's going on here. Mr. Tuthill is dipping his pen in the unaccustomed ink of political allegory. The two neighbors are Germany and Czechoslovakia, and George is Neville Chamberlain. And you know what happened to him.)
(Point of order, Slim -- the number was written down as "MA-4910," and you're just assuming that's "MAin." Maybe it's MAyfair, or MArgate, or MAdison, or MArket. Or maybe Bill copied it down wrong because he's kind of a boob.)
("I dunno, Dan, this coat's a little tight in the shoulders. Look, you guys got anything in a 54-Stout?")
And in the Daily News...
Wait, it was an "oral contract?" How did he make that stick?
Nothing says "romantic wedding night" like the aftermath of a Hungarian sauerkraut dinner.
It's not uncommon to find turkeys in a neighborhood movie theatre, but giving them away in raffles is a new wrinkle.
Look, I know you want to succeed in this dressmaking game, but is sewing Myrna into a piece of old carpet really the best way forward?
"Foosh" = obscure 1940 slang for a male homosexual. Mr. Caniff is slipping a lot past the editor today. On top of that, note that Pat appears to be speaking in a stereotypical "stage nance" voice, which is no doubt why Raven looks like she's about to bust out laughing in panel four.
Wait until they get into a price war with Davega.
Very striking artwork today, Gus -- but wasn't Halloween two weeks ago? Did you miscalculate your lead time again?
Sally Snipe, Queen of the Trolls.
All that time Harold was destitute on the street he spent playing chess with those old guys in Central Park.
Years ago, Moon refused to give a nickel to a starving actor he met on the street -- and the actor cursed him. And now we see that curse coming to fruition -- poor Moonshine will spend the rest of his days wandering the country as an eternal straight man for an endless legion of vaudeville stereotypes. Coming up next: Paddy the Irishman.
If it wasn't sabotage, it is an incredible coincidence. Let's say the other two were sabotage, then what would be the odds of a third factory having an unrelated explosion at about the same time?
For "instances of bribery, perjury, and submission of false vouchers," why stop at disbarment, aren't these crimes - by a district attorney (one of the sainted "public servants") - that should be fully prosecuted?
"We should be able to release your daughter in a few days sir."
"Umm, thank you, but no rush, take all the time you need."
"Don't worry, a few days should suffice and then we can send her to you."
"Are you sure you don't need more time or want to keep her there for some other reason?"
[sighing] "Never mind, send her home when you're through."
Even stolen, the $3 price seems crazy and unprofitable - that enterprise, even crooked, still has costs.
Does anyone know if the Elgin bike company has any relationship to the Elgin watch company?
I'm with Sally, that line was a little tough to swallow.
1. Dear God, if baseball teaches us anything, it's that a lot of things can go wrong and some or all usually will.
2. Sally's fired up this morning, even for her.
3. The line about Philly being an employment agency is smart and funny.
Mr. Fitzsimmons: "Where's our thesaurus, I bet it's another fat reference?"
Mrs. Fitzsimmons: "Now Freddie, baseball season's over, just let it go."
Mr. Fitzsimmons: "Sure" [muttering] "stupid Eagle."
Mrs. Fitzsimmons: "Freddieeeee"
And by this time, her life was only really getting started.
By panel four, Dan's about as close to wanting to shoot Irwin as he's ever been.
Agreed - odd. All the lawyers I've ever worked with in business tell you that if it isn't documented properly (in a contract or similar doc with witnessed signatures, etc.) it isn't worth anything.
The tone is always off in these. Somebody, either the head of marketing or the owner of Child's, has a bad ear for advertising.
Did not know what "foosh" meant - thank you. I can hear Cary Grant in "Bringing up Baby" when he did his I'm-gay bit.
Raven might want to think twice about laughing as Chopstick's next move might be, "well, if she ain't Raven, I'll just let my men, all of them, have their way with her, before we kill her." Not so funny now, is it Raven?
She's got game.
Wonder how our pals Jack, Downwind and Joy are getting along with their love triangle?
Joy's dad is John L. Lewis??? Or perhaps kin to Harold Teen's pal Mr. Pipdyke? Either way, he needs to go up a size on his vest.
Meanwhile, it seems that Elgin Watch and Elgin Bicycle (and Elgin Sewing Machine) were related in the distant past, but the bicycle company was taken over by Sears and Roebuck in the 1910s, who continued to sell bikes under that label at least into the late '40s. Most of them were made on contract by Westfield or Murray, companies known for good quality basic bikes, but were tarted up by Sears with all sorts of jazzy trimwork, tanks, and other streamlined hoopty-doodads that make them very popular with collectors today. Junior Tracy would pretty much be the direct target market for a 1940 Elgin bike.
The "Smilin' Jack" panels that got edited out:
Mr. Beaverduck: "I need a new vest."
Salesman: "Of course sir, what neck size are you?"
Mr. Beaverduck: "I don't know, measure me."
Salesman: "Yes sir, [pulls out tape measure and then looks closely at Mr. Beaverduck] umm, er, are you sure you don't know your neck size?
Mr. Beaverduck: "Do your job man, measure my neck."
Salesman: [In a thought bubble] "I don't get paid enough."
Lizzie, thank you re the Elgin info.
Eight divinity students from the Union Theological Seminary who refused to register for the draft as required under the conscription law were sentenced today in Manhattan Federal Court to a year and a day in prison. Sticking to their principles to the end, the eight students refused a final opportunity to register, even though they would, under the law, most likely be exempt from conscription. One of the students, former Yale athlete David Dellinger, told reporters as the group was being led out of the courtroom "we regret that our attempt to live as closely as possible after the teachings of Jesus had to cause this friction and inconvenience. But our consciences are more moving than any man-made penalty. War, which is systematic mass murder of our human brothers, is completely contrary to our best intelligence as well as to the teachings of Jesus."
In addition to Dellinger, those convicted and sentenced are George M. Hauser of Denver, Col., Joseph Bevilaqua of Buffalo, Howard Spragg of Malden, Mass., Meredith E. Dallas of Grosse Point, Mich., William Lovell of Poughkeepsie, Donald Benedict of Newark, and Richard J. Wichlei of Binghamton. Family members and sweethearts of the convicted men wept as they were led away for imprisonment. One spectator was heard to exclaim "Hitler has triumphed!" as sentence was pronounced.
Amidst scenes of disorder and cries of "You skunk!" from an audience packed into City Hall, the Board of Estimate today approved plans for a $17,000,000 sewage disposal plant to be constructed in Bay Ridge. Neighborhood residents strongly oppose the project, planned for the foot of 69th Street near Owl's Head Park, and a delegation from the section led by City Councilman Joseph Sharkey and State Senator Philip Kleinfield appeared at the meeting this morning to declare their hostility to the project. Major Herman Shockley, representing the Bay Ridge Citizens Committee, denounced the proposed sewage plant as "a $17,000,000 privy on our front lawn."
("Hah!" says Joe. "Whoozgotta lawn?" "Allem Bay Ridge people walk aroun' wit'ere noses inna air like they smellin' sumpin' funny," adds Sally. "Ottasoot'em fine.")
A proposal to release students from school one hour early one day each week so that they might receive religious instruction in the faith of their choice has stalled before the Board of Education after Protestant, Catholic, and Jewish religious leaders opposed the idea of instituting the early-release period for Wednesdays. Clergymen asked the Board to consider staggering the early-release by faith groups over the course of the week, since taking the students all at once would lead to problems with securing classroom space and assigning teachers. The classes would not take place on school grounds, nor would they use public school teachers. In Brooklyn, the program would take place, for now, only in Bay Ridge. A dissenting view of the entire proposal came from Queens Board of Education member Mrs. Johanna M. Lindhof, who called it "a fundamental violation of the separation of church and state." Professor John Dewey, noted educator and philosopher, echoed Mrs. Lindhof's opposition.
Adolf Hitler and Soviet Foreign Minister V. I. Molotov are reported by "sources generally in the know" to have agreed on a plan to assign a "Soviet Sphere of Influence" between Japan's Far Eastern sphere and those of Germany and Italy in Europe and Africa. Under the agreement, it is believed by those sources that Turkey will fall within the "Russian Sphere." Official confirmation of these reports is impossible, as the Wilhelmstrasse has made it clear that there will be no public discussion of what happened in the meeting other than to confirm that it took place.
A five-day drinking party in Queens has left two persons dead. The bodies of 46-year-old Charles McGovern and his 36-year-old wife Nellie were found today in their home at 191-15 Linden Boulevard in St. Albans. Police confirmed the deaths were the result of alcohol poisoning brought on by excessive drinking, and a friend of the couple, 49-year-old disabled war veteran Victor Prysby of Jamacia, who found the bodies, confirmed that he had participated in the drinking binge that began over the past weekend. In addition to empty whiskey bottles scattered about the house, a bottle containing a small quantity of denatured alcohol was found at Mrs. McGovern's feet.
Mayor LaGuardia intends to take personal command in both New York and Washington of the fight for approval of Parks Commissioner Robert Moses' $65,000,000 super-highway plan intended to fuse the city's arterial highway stem, terming the project essential for national defense. The Parks Commissioner stated that he prepared the proposal at the instance of the Mayor himself, who had asked for a report on what the city needs to do to facilitate the rapid movement of troops and war materiel in the event of war.
Herbert Cohn made his way to the Broadway Theatre in Manhattan last night for the premiere of Walt Disney's latest feature-length animated cartoon, "Fantasia," and calls it "a sheer delight when it is sending little cherubs scampering across the screen," and "brilliant when it is making Mickey Mouse into a half-baked magician." But when it tackles Bach, it is in "dangerous waters," resorting to impressionistic "symbolism" which "lacks both charm and effective meaning."
(Good lord. Clyde McCoy is the apex of corn. Rufe Davis is a specialist in goofy hayseed novelty songs. Mildred Bailey is the greatest white jazz singer of her generation. One of these things is not like the others.)
Opening today at the Patio, it's James Stewart and Rosalind Russell in "No Time for Comedy," paired with John Garfield and Pat O'Brien in "Flowing Gold."
Three hundred and fifty well-wishers paid tribute to Eagle columnist Clifford Evans in a testimonial dinner last night at the Bossert Hotel, marking the second anniversary of his "Ears To The Ground" column. Acting Mayor Newbold Morris and District Attorney William O'Dwyer cited the columnist for his "generous and fair interpretations" of Brooklyn life.
(Joe Adonis was unable to attend. Fortunately for Cliff.)
(Oysters for Thanksgiving? Remind me to stay away from Montauk.)
The Brooklyn Eagle has been informed that a woman giving the name of Helen Worth has been soliciting alms in the subway. This woman is, of course, an impostor, and persons approached by her will do this newspaper a favor by reporting her activities to the City Editor of the Eagle.
(Jeez, Helen, there's easier ways to campaign for a raise.)
(Take note of the first "Army food" joke of the war. There will be many more.)
The New York hockey season faces off tonight at Madison Square Garden as the Americans host the Chicago Black Hawks. The Amerks blanked the Hawks in Chicago last week as the National Hockey League season began its annual fade-in, and the Hawks will be out for revenge against Red Dutton's boys when they invade the Garden tonight. Bert Lee will broadcast the game starting at 9:30 PM over WHN.
Jimmy Wilson says he's happy where he is in Cincinnati, and he does not consider himself a candidate to replace Gabby Hartnett as manager of the Cubs. Reports yesterday placed the 40-year-old coach-catcher-World Series hero at the head of P. K. Wrigley's list, and Wilson says he would certainly give the matter "careful consideration" if he is actually approached. But he insists he is not actively seeking to leave the Reds. Meanwhile, Mr. Wrigley is making other moves -- appointing a 36-year-old Chicago sportswriter as his new General Manager. James T. Gallagher, lately of the Chicago Herald-American was tapped to head up the Cubs' front office, an appointment which was as surprising to him as it was to his former colleagues in the Chicago press corps.
Leo Durocher has emerged from the woods of Utah to declare his excitement at having Kirby Higbe in his pitching rotation for 1941. Leo has shaken off the pine needles and is now relaxing at the Beverly Hills home of his good friend, actor George Raft. Lippy had spent two weeks roaming the forests on a hunting trip with several Dodger players while the negotiations for Higbe went on.
The Football Dodgers could score a tie for first place in the National Football League's Eastern Division if they beat the Cleveland Rams this Sunday at Ebbets Field. The Sunday contest could easily be the most important of the season for the Grid Flock -- if they win, and the Chicago Bears beat the Redskins, Washington and Brooklyn will be deadlocked for the division lead, bringing the race down to the final games of the season.
(So Sparky and Slappy earn the honor of being the first denizens of the comic pages to receive their greetings from Uncle. Let's see now -- George Bungle, Bill Biff, and Andy Gump are clearly overage, Harold Teen, Skeezix Wallet, and Terry Lee are, for the moment, all under age. Irwin Higgs is too fat, and Pat Patton is probably too dumb. Uncle Bim Gump and Sam the Presser aren't American citizens. John Blackston, as an elected official, is exempt. So that leaves Pat Ryan, Dude Hennick, Dan Dunn, Dick Tracy, Smilin' Jack Martin, and Moon Mullins, along with our two yardbirds here, as prime draft bait. Hey, you could make a swell WWII movie with that cast. )
("George Bungle -- Fight Promoter?" I'm up for that.)
(Hmmmm. And Slim just happens to have access to those boxes. He couldn't possibly have arranged this to incriminate Leach, could he? COULD HE??)
(You're supposed to wear the cartridge belt around your waist, Irwin -- oh. Never mind.)
And in the Daily News...
"Millionaire cement tycoon from Hackensack." Uh, Mr. Pallette, you're wanted on the phone -- sounds like another casting call.
$35?? That's a hell of a price for a fine radio! Oh, wait -- very funny, Davega, you got me good. Give your layout people in the ad department my love.
("I bettIwenna Erasmus wittiss poisson!" declares Sally. "Prollyat Dorot'y Killgallen.")
Mr. Gray considers a midlife career change, and auditions today for a job on the writing staff for "Oxydol's Own Ma Perkins."
Careful where you touch it kid, it's really hot.
"You fat old thing!" Ohhh Murgatroyd....
And even if Andy wasn't overage, he'd never pass the physical.
Whoa, Mr. King goes all cinematic with us in Panel Four.
Next week: Ma Teen vs. All The Other Mothers. Don't miss the carnage!
It's a common trope in 1940-ish comics, movies, and radio that anyplace west of St. Louis hasn't progressed an iota since 1870. So make way for a rip-roarin', yee-hawin' story as Moon and Mush invade Cowboy Country!
Whoozgotta, wit'ere and Ottasoot'em.
When he got back to the USSR and Stalin asked him how come he felt this agreement would work out better for Russia than the Munich Agreement did for England, I wonder what Molotov said.
These are normally frat-house stories as most people who make it to the ages of 46 and 36 are smarter than this.
"No Time for Comedy" is not the best romcom of the era, but it's still worth the watch and one that Sally and Joe would enjoy: Sally, in particular, as the woman, Russell, is the one with the brains in the Stewart-Russell marriage. Comments on the movie here: #25683 (it runs on TCM from time to time).
The Eagle clearly believes in Mr. Evans' ability to sell papers as that is one expensive dinner it hosted.
Duroscher clearly had a Hollywood-party itch as, in the '50s and and '60s, he'd run with Sinatra for a time.
As you imply, the bank has one of the keys and the holder of the box the other and, at least today (and I'd bet then, too), it takes a lot of legal work to get permission to "open" (by force) a safe deposit box. Things are getting very interesting.
No kidding, as I was reading the millionaire-cement-tycoon story, with a daughter who eloped against her father's wishes, I was thinking Pallette or Walter Connolly. No matter the movie, Connolly's daughters never gave him a minute of peace.
Seriously, the fire inspector nearly set himself on fire.
If we didn't know before, I think this fully clarifies what type of company Davega is.
This is awful, Gray needs to spend some time partying with Durocher to get out of this cloying period.
Maybe Peg was Nick's "girlfriend" in her showgirl days. You know Nick had to have a "part ownership" in some clubs. That would be a nice way to bring our friend and some spice back. This strip is slowly killing me.
I don't want to live in a country where he would qualify for military service.
He's inconsistent, but when he puts in the effort, King is an outstanding illustrator.
If they'd take the shackles off these guys, the real story King would be writing is one where Skeezix and our Ms. Snipe are having sleepovers. Hence, Skeezix would be quite happy to have Nina away at college in another town where he could visit occasionally and show her all the new things he's learned. He'd be very happy to keep his two worlds separated.
Did you know in 1928 Harold Teen was so popular the comic strip became a movie, here is the trailer. And you can watch the full film over on youtube.
Very neat - fun trailer, thank you for posting. There seems to be some good lines tucked into this one. I checked, though, the movie was from 1934, as I was surprised that they had put out such a polished "Harold Teen" talkie as early as '28.
The Jazz Singer," considered the first talkie, was only released in late '27 and it seemed to take the studios several years to really get their hands around how to make them.
Also, a bit surprising that Harold is played by a curly haired actor as straight hair is so a part of his cartoon character's look.
Separately, Jack, here's something to worry about - Joy can say and believe anything she wants, I'd be plenty worried about her adjusting from a life a luxury to one of counting pennies.