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That’s Entertainment! #6: The Cast of Emergency!, 1970s

My current favorite TV show aired its last episode in 1979, but I watch it every week. I’m talking about the 1970s medical drama Emergency!, which aired weekly on NBC from 1972 to 1977 (with a half dozen TV movies in 1978 and ’79). Thanks to Cozi TV I can check out the adventures of Los Angeles County Fire Department Squad 51 and Rampart General Hospital every Saturday evening.

The Cast of Emergency!, 1970s

Here’s a publicity still of the show’s main cast: Kevin Tighe (Firefighter Paramedic Roy DeSoto, L.A. County FD Squad 51) and Randolph Mantooth (Firefighter Paramedic John Gage, L.A. County FD Squad 51) on top, then Bobby Troup (Joe Early, M.D., F.A.C.S., A.C.E.P.), Julie London (Dixie McCall, R.N.) and Robert Fuller (Kelly Brackett, M.D., F.A.C.S., A.C.E.P.) on the bottom.

Brochure Beauties #9: RCA Victor’s Popular Records for January 1947

You kids with your YouTube and streaming services have it so good. Back in 1947 the main way to listen to recorded music at home was rather brittle shellac 78 rpm records. One of the leading brands in that market was RCA Victor, who issued this brochure highlighting some of the most popular songs and artists at the beginning of 1947.

RCA Victor's Popular Records for January 1947

RCA Victor's Popular Records for January 1947

This brochure features songs from the likes of Desi Arnaz, Perry Como, Betty Hutton, Tex Beneke, Herbie Fields, and Spike Jones. Here’s one of those tunes, “Tia Juana” by Desi Arnaz and His Orchestra.

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Comic Book Rack #2: Guns Against Gangsters, 1949

Guns Against Gangsters comic book cover, 1949

If you’re a beautiful dame and find yourself underwater and face-to-face with a man-eating shark, you want a giant bowie knife at your side. I just need to know how she ended up in the water wearing those red short shorts and heels.

Guns Against Gangsters #6, July-August 1949; published by The Premium Group of Comics (aka Novelty Press); art by LB Cole.

Album Cover of the Week: Alice Cooper, School’s Out

I’d say this album cover is quite appropriate for this time of year. It’s the 1972 rock classic School’s Out (Warner Bros. Records ‎– BS 2623), and boy does this one have a lot.

The original album cover (designed by Craig Braun) was designed to look like a wooden school desk complete with etchings by members of the band. The desk opened to reveal the vinyl. Underneath, an image is provided of the other contents of the ‘desk’ including gum, marbles, and crayons. The finishing touch was the legs on the base which could be opened up to turn it into an actual desk of sorts. The vinyl record inside was wrapped in a pair of panties (not included in the European versions), though this was later discontinued as they were found to be flammable.

Track Listing:

A1 School’s Out
A2 Luney Tune
A3 Gutter Cat Vs. The Jets
A4 Street Fight
A5 Blue Turk
B1 My Stars
B2 Public Animal #9
B3 Alma Mater
B4 Grande Finale

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Now Playing #4: A 1971 Creature Double Feature!

Horror fans in the Bradenton, Florida area must’ve been thrilled when this double feature was released in 1971. Now showing at the Bradenton Village Theatre is Beast of the Yellow Night and Creature with the Blue Hand.

Beast of the Yellow Night and Creature with the Blue Hand newspaper ad

The main attraction was new for ’71 and was produced in the Philippines. Notably it was distributed by New World Pictures, started the year prior by Roger Corman. Creature with the Blue Hand, meanwhile, was originally released in West Germany in 1967 and was based on the 1925 novel The Blue Hand by Edgar Wallace. New World acquired the rights in 1971.

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Car Crazy #6: 1977 Lincoln Continental Town Coupé

Soft lighting, feathered hair, and a giant automobile that would never fit in your garage. It must be the 1970s! 1977 to be precise, in the form of a dealer postcard for the 1977 Lincoln Continental Town Coupé.

1977 Lincoln Continental Town Coupé

This was one of two full-size Lincolns for the 19777 model year, the other being the fabled Town Car. This particular car was also used in one of the company’s sales brochure, so if I’m not mistaken this gorgeous paint color was called “cinnamon gold moondust.” Outstanding.