June 1, 1959: Juke Box Jury

Juke_Box_Jury-1959Juke Box Jury is a music panel show which originally ran on the BBC Television Service from 1 June 1959 until 27 December 1967. The programme was based on the American show Jukebox Jury, itself an offshoot of a long-running radio series.

Throughout its run the series featured celebrity show business guests on a rotating weekly panel judging the hit potential of recent releases. By 1962 the programme attracted 12 million viewers weekly on Saturday nights.

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David Jacobs was host throughout the series 1959–1967, with Pete Murray standing in on a number of occasions.  On the first show the panellists were Murray, singers Alma Cogan and Gary Miller, and TV presenter (Magpie and PaperplaySusan Stranks.

The concept was later revived by the BBC for one series in 1979 and a further two series in 1989/1990. [Wikipedia]

Watch Nina & Frederick and Jill Ireland & David McCallum decide if Pinky & Perky are a HIT or a MISS on TheVIDEO BEATdotCOM YouTube Channel.

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June 1, 1946: Introduction of the television licence in the UK

Event-06-01-1946When television broadcasts in the UK were resumed after a break because of the Second World War, it was decided to introduce a television licence fee in order to finance the service. When first introduced on 1 June 1946, the licence covering the monochrome-only single-channel BBC television service cost £2 (equivalent to £74.82 as of 2015). The licence was originally issued by the General Post Office (GPO), which was then the regulator of public communications within the UK. The GPO also issued licences for home radio receivers powered by mains electricity and was mandated by laws beginning with the Wireless Telegraphy Act 1904, to administer the licensing system. Households which bought a TV licence did not need to hold a separate radio licence as the TV licence covered both TV and radio reception. [Wikipedia]

Find out more about the history of TV licensing at radiolicence.org.uk.

June 1, 1927: The Hardy Boys solve their first mystery

06-01-1927-Hardy_Boys_1st_EdThe Tower Treasure is the first volume in the original The Hardy Boys Mystery Stories. By 1977, the novel had sold 2,132,677 copies, with at an average of 70,000 copies per year between 1973 and 1976. This book is one of the “Original 10”, generally considered by historians and critics of children’s literature to be the best examples of all the Hardy Boys writing.

This book was written for the Stratemeyer Syndicate by Leslie McFarlane in 1927. Between 1959 and 1973 the first 38 volumes were systematically revised as part of a project directed by Harriet S. Adams, Edward Stratemeyer’s daughter. While some volumes only had minor changes, the original version of this book had the plot significantly rewritten in 1959 by Adams.

Frank and Joe Hardy barely avoiding being hit by a speeding driver Later, the driver attempts a ferry boat ticket office robbery and successfully steals a jalopy called Queen from the Hardys’ friend, Chet Morton. It is learned that the thief returned to Chet’s home to steal a tyre, helping Frank and Joe to find Queen abandoned in a public wooded area.

It is reported that there has been a robbery of $40,000 in securities and jewels from the Tower Mansion owned by siblings Hurd and Adelia Applegate. Hurd Applegate is convinced that the Tower’s caretaker, Henry Robinson, is the guilty party. The Hardys are especially concerned by this accusation, because Henry’s son, Perry, is a friend of theirs who will have to quit school to work since his father can no longer get a job as a result of Applegate’s accusation. The only “proof” of Henry Robinson’s guilt is that he was suddenly able to pay off a debt, and refused to reveal where he got the money to do so.

The Hardys suspect that the driver may be involved with the Tower robbery and search the place where The Queen was found. The Hardy Boys and their detective dad, Fenton, go to New York and learn of a criminal named John “Red” Jackley. Jackley is injured in a railroad handcar accident, causing him to be hospitalized. About to die, Jackley confesses that he committed the Tower Mansion robbery and put the loot “in the old tower …” Jackley dies before he is able to explain further. After searches inside and outside of the Tower Mansion, the stolen loot is still not found.

Frank and Joe decide to go to the railroad where Jackley used to work to find more information. The Hardys soon realize that Jackley was referring to an old water tower, not the Tower Mansion. Inside the water tower they find the stolen items, but are locked in the tower by a man calling himself Hobo Johnny. Johnny believes that anything in the tower belongs to him. Frank and Joe break out of the water tower and return the missing securities and jewelry, whereupon they receive the $1,000 reward. Following the revelations and with the stolen loot returned, Hurd re-hires Henry with an increase in salary and Hurd builds the greenhouse that Henry has been wanting. [Wikipedia]

June 1, 1979: Phantasm

“IF THIS ONE DOESN’T SCARE YOU, YOU’RE ALREADY DEAD!”

Phantasm-1979Phantasm is an American horror film directed, written, photographed, co-produced, and edited by Don Coscarelli. It introduces the Tall Man (Angus Scrimm), a supernatural and malevolent undertaker who turns the dead into dwarf zombies to do his bidding and take over the world. He is opposed by a young boy, Mike (Michael Baldwin), who tries to convince his older brother Jody (Bill Thornbury) and family friend Reggie (Reggie Bannister) of the threat.

Phantasm was a locally financed independent film; the cast and crew were mostly amateurs and aspiring professionals. Though initial reviews were mixed in regards to the dream-like, surreal narrative and imagery, later reception was more positive and the film became a cult classic. It has appeared on several critics’ lists of best horror films, and it has been cited as an influence on later horror series. It was followed by four sequels: Phantasm II (1988), Phantasm III: Lord of the Dead (1994), Phantasm IV: Oblivion (1998) and Phantasm: Ravager (2016).

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Watch the trailer on the Movieclips Trailer Vault YouTube Channel.

June 1, 1968: Bandolero!

“There are ‘Westerns’ and ‘Westerns’. Every now and then comes a NEW kind of Western. This is ‘BANDOLERO!'”

Bandolero-1968Bandolero! is a western directed by Andrew V. McLaglen starring James Stewart, Dean Martin, Raquel Welch and George Kennedy. The story centres on two brothers on a run from the posse, led by a local sheriff who wants to arrest the runaways and free a hostage that they took on the way. They head into the wrong territory, which is controlled by “Bandoleros”.

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Watch the trailer on the FoxInternationalHEAU YouTube Channel.

June 1, 1990 – In UK cinemas: We’re No Angels

“The con is on.”

We're_No_Angels-1989We’re No Angels is a 1989 American comedy film directed by Neil Jordan based on a 1955 Christmas comedy film of the same name starring an ensemble cast of Humphrey Bogart, Peter Ustinov, Aldo Ray, Joan Bennett, Basil Rathbone, and Leo G. Carroll. This version stars Robert De Niro, Sean Penn, and Demi Moore.

A couple of 1930s Great Depression-era convicts, Ned and Jim, jailed on never-specified charges and abused by a ruthless warden, are dragged along when a vicious killer named Bobby escapes the electric chair. The two end up in a small upstate New York town near the Canada–US border, where they are mistaken for a pair of priests expected at the local monastery. They want to flee but cannot, since misunderstandings and the warden’s search party looking for Bobby make a trip across the bridge to Canada almost impossible.

Ned and Jim continue to masquerade as priests, trusted and welcomed by Father Levesque. An opportunity presents itself in the form of a procession to the church’s sister church across the border. Each priest participating has to bring along someone who needs help, so they decide on the deaf-mute daughter of Molly, a local laundress and prostitute.

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Bobby is killed by police during the procession. Ned saves Molly’s daughter from drowning, after this event she is able to speak. Jim is befriended by a young monk and decides to stay in the monastery to actually become a priest. Ned takes Molly and her daughter to Canada. [Wikipedia]

Watch the trailer on the ParamountmoviesDigital YouTube Channel.

June 1, 1967 – In UK cinemas: Crawford & Reed are ‘The Jokers’

“The Robbery of the Century…it would be a crime to miss it!”

The_Jokers-1967The Jokers is a comedy film written by Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais, and directed by Michael Winner. The film stars Michael Crawford and Oliver Reed as brothers who hatch a plot to steal the Crown Jewels.

Very much of its time – “Swinging London” – the film makes great use of London locations. Included was a short sequence of Jezebel, a 1916 Dennis N-Type fire engine that is still owned and run by the Royal College of Science Union at Imperial College London.

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The film also features Harry Andrews, Daniel Massey, Michael Hordern, Frank Finlay, Warren Mitchell, Peter Graves and Edward Fox.

Watch the opening credits on the ebaytrailers3 YouTube Channel.

June 1, 1946 – In UK cinemas: The Blue Dahlia

“Tamed by a brunette – framed by a blonde – blamed by the cops!”

The_Blue_Dahlia-1946The Blue Dahlia is a film noir, directed by George Marshall based on an original screenplay by Raymond Chandler. The film marks the third pairing of stars Alan Ladd and Veronica Lake. It was Chandler’s first original screenplay. [Wikipedia]

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An ex-bomber pilot is suspected of murdering his unfaithful wife.

Watch the trailer on the Nouvelles archives du sorcier YouTube Channel.