Wednesday, September 30, 2020

The Diamond Triangle - The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries ( 1977 )

Nancy Drew and her friend George take to the skies in a glider in "The Diamond Triangle", the fourth episode in The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries ( 1977 ). 

While soaring high above River Heights, Nancy witnesses an antique Auburn Cord plunge off a dirt road. Once back on the ground, however, she is informed by the sheriff that the road has been unused since the bridge collapsed and no automobile could possibly have been on that road. No accident had been reported, either. Quite a mystery. 

Things get stranger when Nancy and George track down the owner of one of the few Cords in River Heights and discover that his car has been stolen...from a locked barn! 

The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries was an entertaining television series that aired on Sunday nights on ABC between 1977-1979. These one-hour episodes alternated with mysteries featuring juveniles sleuths Frank Hardy and his brother Joe and River Heights' famous "part-time investigator" Nancy Drew. The Hardy Boys episodes were the more popular of the two because they featured teen-heartthrobs Parker Stevenson and Shaun Cassidy but I always preferred the spunky Nancy Drew, admirably portrayed by Pamela Sue Martin. 

This episode is particularly fun because of its antique car theme and the presence of Nancy's friends George Fayne ( Jean Rasey ) and Ned Nickerson ( George O'Hanlon Jr. ). The threesome were quite a team and George and Nancy's witty exchanges always livened up the mysteries. "'We'll be down in a few minutes"...."That's what I'm afraid of!" There is also some nice glider footage and we get a good look at Nancy's sporty Mustang which appeared in just a few of the episodes. 

Guest-starring in The Diamond Triangle were some very familiar television character actors including Phillip R. Allen ( The Bad News Bears ), Len Lesser ( Seinfeld ), Robert Karnes, Gordon Jump as Officer Hooper, and William Schallert in his recurring role as Nancy's father Carson Drew. 

Monday, September 28, 2020

Jonathan Winters on The Jack Paar Show ( 1964 )

Jonathan Winters was a great stand-up comedian who was best known for taking on the personalities of a number of characters while he delivered his monologues. In this January 31, 1964 episode of The Jack Paar Show, Winters recounts a horror film that he saw and does a marvelous imitation of Boris Karloff.  Unfortunately, his story was cut short by a commercial break but it is a hoot while it lasts! 

Check it out! 

Friday, September 25, 2020

The Impossibly Difficult Name that Movie Game


Now here is a group of happy partygoers enjoying their fancy dress ball. There were a number of films made with a scene like this, so don't be surprised if your first guess is not the right guess! 

If you have no idea what this game is about, simply click on this link here for the rules and the prizes.

Monday, September 21, 2020

British Pathe: Autumn Hat Fashions

This month's British Pathe newsreel takes us high up at the Carlton Tower Hotel in London, where a bevy of beauties are displaying the latest fashion in hats....on a very windy day! These designer creations are quite fetching to look at and have very appealing names, too: Coach and Horses, Leafy Glade, Laura, etc. There is something for everyone, even for trolls, who would especially like the South Sea Bubble hat. 

These mod designer creations were reasonably priced at 2-12 pounds each, which is equivalent today to $45-$150 USD. 

The Carlton Tower Hotel ( now known as Carlton Hotel Jumeirah ) is one of London's most popular hotels. It gained its fame for being the tallest hotel in London. It opened in 1961 so it was fairly new when the British Pathe newsreel crew came for a visit. To celebrate its fiftieth anniversary, author Clive Aslet published "All That Life Can Afford", a pictorial history of the hotel's celebrated past and the star-studded international travelers who passed through their doors. 

Ready to watch Autumn Hat Fashions? Simply click on this link. 

Other similarly themed British Pathe shorts: 

Pringle Fashions ( 1968 ) - 3:32 sec

Pierre Cardin Fashions for 1966 - 3:44 sec 

Your Hat for Autumn ( 1961 ) - 0:53 sec 

Thursday, September 3, 2020

From the Archives: Telly....Who Loves Ya, Baby?


Telly Savalas was at the height of his fame from his starring role in the television series "Kojak" that CBS gave him his own television special in February 1976 - "Telly...Who Loves Ya, Baby?" Barbara Eden, Diahann Carroll and Cloris Leachman acted as co-stars in this singing/dancing/comedy special. This enabled the publicity department to pen the clever tagline "Three Beautiful Women and One Telly". 

From the Archives is our latest series of posts where we share photos from the Silverbanks Pictures collection. Some of these may have been sold in the past, and others may still be available for purchase at our eBay store :