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Another Liebster Award!

Hello, my darlings! It is time to party; I received a Liebster from MIB’s Instant Headache. I cannot tell you how flattered I am. If you are not following MIB’s Instant Headache, his blog covers anime, WWE, and films, how fun is that?

The Liebster Award is peer award distributed amongst bloggers. Peer awards are great because your fellow bloggers realize exactly how much effort it takes to maintain a blog, and applaud your continued work.

The rules for the Liebster Award are:

  • Post the award on your blog
  • Thank the person who nominated you
  • Provide 11 random facts about yourself
  • Answer the 11 questions they set you
  • Pick another 11 bloggers (and let them know they are nominated!)
  • Set them 11 questions

So here we go!

11 Liebster Facts: Serendipitous Anachronisms is usually a kitschy and classic movie blog, but I will use the Liebster Award as an opportunity to share some unusual facts.

  1. I am an avid reader; I am currently reading a book called “Maps of Time” by David Christian, the best way I could describe this book is macro history, it looks at the history of the planet earth from the big bang to the present. I prefer micro-history, but this book is fascinating so far.
  2. My favorite flavor is usually citrus, except for gummi bears, my favorite gummi bear is the clear pineapple one.
  3. I love fine art and cartoons equally.
  4. In addition to writing, I love performing, playing guitar, singing, dancing, sewing, and crocheting. My next two projects are a Tom Baker Doctor Who scarf and a Mary Poppins scarf.

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5. Apparently, I like quirky Brits in scarves.

6. The other day I opened my front door, and the squirrel that lives in my magnolia tree screamed at me, I guess I startled him. Then I screamed because he startled me, and we were both screaming for a good 30 seconds at 6 a.m. I am sure my neighbors loved that. Normally the squirrel and I are cool, not sure why we were both so jumpy that day.

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7. I bought that super cool deep blue lipstick that everyone keeps pinning on Pinterest, but no one wears IRL. Now I know why. It looks terrible on me. Do not buy it.

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8. In college, I majored in Biology before switching to Theatre Arts.

9. My favorite holiday is Halloween.

10. My nails are currently gray with yellow polka dots. Okay, that is scraping the barrel.

11. I love to bake but never have the time. I really need to prioritize my life.

11 Liebster Questions – these are the questions my nominator asked me to share.

Q1: If you could direct a film and cast any actor or actress, living or dead, who would it be?

A1: Gosh, that is a hard question, there are many actors I would love to direct. I will keep my list short and pick a few contemporary stars: John Lithgow, Cate Blanchett, William H. Macy, and Kevin Spacey. Not sure what we are making but I know it would be amazing.

Q2: Which superhero did you want to be as a kid?

A2: Why is there an age limit here? I still want to be Wonder Woman, but not any Wonder Woman, Lynda Carter as Wonder Woman. 

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Q3: Do you believe in God?

A3: The quick answer is yes, but we try to keep things relatively secular here at Serendipitous Anachronisms, so moving on to the next question.

Q4: Should man-buns/topknots be banned (except for Samurai of course)?

A4: Depends on the guy… 

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Q5: Have you ever joined or set foot in a gym?

A5: Not only join, but I also teach dance there, too, occasionally.

Q6: What was your favorite childhood toy?

A6: Gosh, too many stuffed animals, my Barbie dream house was fantastic!  

Q7: Do you currently have or have you ever had a pet?

A7: I would love to, but I am not home enough. 

Q8: And if so, what is/was it?

A8: I had a white rabbit and a black cat at separate times when I was little, the rabbit I had to give away when we moved to the U.S. I got the cat when we first moved to the U.S., but the cat ran away. 😦

Q9: Can you recall the first film you ever saw at the cinema?

A9: No, but the last film I saw was “Love and Friendship” the costumes were gorgeous.

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Q10: What was the best music concert you ever attended?

A10: Brooks and Dunn toured with Sugarland, that was a pretty amazing tour.

Q11: Is there a particular word you have trouble pronouncing?

A11: I have a touch of sibalance, so my S’s are hissy. 

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Normally these awards are distributed amongst blogs you follow, I am shaking things up. There is an abundance of Liebster Awards going around the classic movie blogosphere, so I am taking a different approach and finding 11 blogs I have never seen before, that are outside my small classic movie circle but show great promise to be continually interesting:

  1. Hawaii Mom Blog this blog has some pretty killer looking baked goods and noodles.
  2. Blogtor Who weeeeee raging fans of the Doctor unite!
  3. Dominique Major makes totally cute girly floral dresses.
  4. The Vintage Dressmaker makes darling early 20th-century dresses.
  5. Mailbox Mermaid has a passion for pastel colors, fairytales, and retro magical realism.
  6. A Year in Disney Movies need I say more? I am surprised I have not found this one yet.
  7. Puccini’s Chronicles opera, cinema, and live theater (woo-hoo).
  8. Meddling Medlars share Elizabethan, Tudor, and Medieval recipes, how cool is that?
  9. Monica’s Spice Diary Indian recipes and baked goods, yum.
  10. Ninja Toes does some pretty intricate paper crafting and offers patterns you can download and try yourself.
  11. In Search of the Classic Mystery reviews classic detective fiction, this looks like a great place when you need a good read.

Hopefully, this will inspire some of my readers to go forth and try some of the blogs mentioned above, or find something new that sparks a new interest.

There are many Liebster award badges available online, you are welcome to select one of the existing badges online or create your own.

Ciao for now, dearies!

Summer

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The Bad Seed (1956)

Darling Readers, do you have one of those films? One of those perfect go-to films, that just make everything okay? Maybe you are not quite sure what I mean. But I think a lot of classic movie fans will get this.

There is a comfort in classic cinema; the films are consistently entertaining, you don’t have to worry about the content being dated because you have already accepted the content is from another era. And the films, well they are like a comfortable old friend. You know where it is going, you know what is going to happen, and yet you return to the story again and again because the content is just that good.

One of those films you have seen enough times that it has entered into your vernacular, you quote the film unconsciously, one of those films.

In my household, we have a few films we can quote endlessly: The Bad Seed is one of those films.

I was having one of those days, I was angry, I am not even sure what the root of the anger was, although I am certain it was political because a lot of my random anger seems to stem from politics lately.

All I wanted was to go home, eat a bowl of tomato soup, and watch The Bad Seed.

The Plot

Little Rhoda Penmark (Patty McCormack) is a special little girl. She is as pretty as a picture, polite, and sweet. Oh yes, very sweet, sugar and spice, and everything nice. And maybe just a little touch of arsenic.

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But within the heart of little Rhoda lies a cruel, cold, and calculating murderess who will stop at nothing to get what she wants.

Like a penmanship medal. It was the only gold medal her teacher would hand out, and naturally, it should have come to Rhoda. After all, she is the perfect little girl. But when her teacher Miss Fern gives the medal to her classmate Claude Daigle, well Rhoda sees fit to remedy that little situation. She drowns the little boy, beats him with her tap shoes, and steals the medal.

But of course, no one would suspect dear, sweet, little Rhoda.

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Except for Rhoda’s teacher, and Mrs. Daigle, and the janitor, Leroy (Henry Jones).

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Leroy: Do you know the noise the electric chair makes? It goes “Zzzt!” And when that juice hits you, it parts your hair neat! “Bzzzt!” Like lightnin’ struck ya!
Rhoda: Oh, go on with your lawn mower. They don’t put little girls in the electric chair.
Leroy: They do! They got a little blue chair for little boys and a little pink chair for little gals!

As it turns out, Claude Daigle is not Rhoda’s first victim. Nor will he be the last.

Rhoda’s mother Christine (Nancy Kelly) becomes suspicious when she considers how indifferent Rhoda is to Claude’s passing, and her suspicions are confirmed when she finds the medal in Rhoda’s jewelry box.

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The problems are exacerbated when Christine discovers she was adopted, her mother was a serial killer named Bessie Denker, and Rhoda clearly has inherited her grandmother’s tendencies.

Based on the novel by William March and adapted by playwright Maxwell Anderson, The Bad Seed centers on the argument of whether evil tendencies can be inherited. The film seems more like a play than a film from Monica’s (Evelyn Varden) rapid-fire line delivery to the monologues peppered throughout the script.

This film is well directed and well acted, with memorable performances from all its characters.

Highly recommended for rainy days, or combating the blues, make sure you stick around for the post-film credits.

 

Blog Update

Dear Readers, please note it was not my intention to be so un-bloggish lately, I have no excuse other than the fact that I have a fantastic job, and I write all day long.

Meanwhile, do not fret dear readers, Serendipitous Anachronisms shall return because we still have plenty of lovely things to discuss.

So, don’t delete those bookmarks!

Ciao for now, Dearies!

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Annie Get Your Gun (1950)

This post is a fantastic post to tell you, dear readers, about the time I ran away to join the circus. I know there are plenty of kids that dream about doing this, but if you know me, you know, when I make a decision I stick with it. So, when I decided to join the circus, I took off.

You can imagine my mother’s horror when she arrived to pick me up from elementary school, and her daughter was nowhere to be found. This horror was compounded when my teacher told her I did not show up to school that day. I am certain her horror was even worse being in a foreign country.

Oh, did I mention I was five years old?

There are many things in my life I regret, but doing that to my mother is the worst.

This circus was pretty exciting it was a combination circus and carnival, but believe me, life in the circus is not all it is cracked up to be. It is work, work, work; I watched the roustabouts lay out hay, raise tents, build rides, and feed elephants and monkeys (that was the highlight). I remember the men were nice and were happy to explain what they were doing, but in retrospect, it is weird that no one thought to take the wandering five-year-old child back to the school across the street.

Fortunately, my mother found me, and thus ended my brilliant career as a German circus performer. I will be honest there is a part of me that wonders “what if,” because there is no business like show business:

“Annie Get Your Gun” is a film adaptation of the Irving Berlin musical based on the life of legendary sharpshooter, Annie Oakley, a woman who (unlike me) had a brilliant career in the circus. Here is the real Annie Oakley in a short film made by Thomas Edison in 1894.

The Broadway musical was written as a vehicle for Ethel Merman. Judy Garland was originally cast in the cinematic version; however, Garland suffered from exhaustion during filming and MGM recast Betty Hutton in the lead role. As a general rule, I am always on #TeamJudy, and it is unfortunate that Judy Garland was unable to complete the part. And despite being the better singer, Judy Garland does not seem the right choice for Annie Oakley.Here is Judy performing Annie’s first number, “Doin’ What Comes Natur’lly”

Judy performs well, but you can’t help but feel she is rolling her eyes at the number.

Here is Betty Hutton, performing the same scene, Betty Hutton is a natural comedian and is clearly having the time of her life. She is a much better choice for Annie, so, in this case, I am on #TeamBetty.

The Plot

“Annie Get Your Gun” follows Colonel Buffalo Bill Cody (Louis Calhern) and his famous Wild West show, a traveling circus, headlined by the smug, womanizing, and chauvinistic star performer Frank Butler, played by Howard Keel.

The circus issues a shooting challenge, to promote the circus to the locals. Famous sharpshooter Frank Butler will compete in a shooting competition with the local town hero if the shooter can outshoot Frank they will get $100. A local hotel owner sees Annie’s natural ability and her ignorance and offers her $5 to compete against Frank.

The dashing and handsome Frank reduces tough Annie to a slackjawed idiot, but Annie’s charms do little for Frank.

Annie arrives at the competition and she out shoots Frank and is immediately offered a job in the circus. Annie having fallen head over heels for that snappy dresser Frank agrees to join the show.

As the tour continues, Annie focuses on her goal becoming a woman Frank would be attracted to and appears as though her plan is perfect. Frank finally sees Annie as a woman.

Meanwhile, Buffalo Bill’s competitor Pawnee Bill keeps arriving in the neighboring town, with his headliner Sitting Bull. To attract an audience, Buffalo Bill decides to make Annie the main attraction; Frank attempts to swallow his pride, after all; he wants to marry Annie. …Until he sees her act.

Professional jealousy kicks in, and Frank leaves the circus to work with Pawnee Bill.
Annie becomes an international sensation, touring throughout Europe. Pawnee Bill and Buffalo Bill decide to unite and create one unified show.

But when Annie meets Frank the competition starts back up!

In true old Hollywood fashion, this mismatched couple manages to transcend their differences; but while “Annie Get Your Gun” is a charming musical with many enjoyable numbers and an adorable cast, so much of this film is cringe-worthy.

I’m An Indian Too
The most obvious problem is the song “I’m an Indian, too.” Fans of the 1999 Broadway revival version may not recognize this song, it was removed from the production and replaced with an adorable duet for two secondary characters “Who Do You Love, I Hope?”
“I’m an Indian, too” contains such charming lyrics as:

Just like Rising Moon, Falling Pants, Running Nose
Like those Indians
I’m an Indian too
A Sioux

But before we judge, we should consider the song in the context of its source. Irving Berlin, the composer, was a staunch activist for racial equality, as were Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, the original Broadway producers. The song plays to an alarming number of racial stereotypes, though less alarming considering the film was made in 1950, and while the lyrics are disturbing, “Annie Get Your Gun” offers a positive portrayal of its native American characters.

Sitting Bull is an educated, shrewd businessman who is a wise counsel with matters of the heart. There is a complete acceptance between Annie and Sitting Bull, he adopts her as his daughter, and she is proud to become a member of his family, while the film appears to highlight cultural differences, it presents an entirely happy and accepting blended family, quite shocking for a movie from the 1950s.

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The film seems extremely sexist; Frank tells Annie to “put down her daddy’s gun and get her knitting needles.”

Annie defies the audience’s expectations; the circus attendees laugh at female entering a shooting competition, but she is clearly the more talented shooter. Then we consider Annie’s motivations, everything she does is to get Frank to want to marry her; songs drive home repeatedly that men do not want women who can shoot; they want a soft feminine woman; Annie immediately works to become Frank’s ideal woman. She joins the circus to be near him and is happy to work as an assistant, allowing Frank to shine. But while Annie is willing to bend, and wear beautiful dresses, it is Frank who must check his ego, and accept that he his second best.

“Annie Get Your Gun” ultimately teaches its audience that if a woman wants to catch a man, she has to be feminine, but women can be the breadwinner, and the one in charge, but they have to let men think they are in charge. Not tremendously bad advice.Especially for a 1950s film.

And while it is not a feminist masterpiece, “Annie Get Your Gun” is forward thinking for its times.

At The Circus

“Annie Get Your Gun,” tells a fictional account of real-life circus performers, and the song “There’s No Business like Show Business” perfectly captures the excitement of performing. Its circus scenes are thrilling, and the trick riding is impressive. I am fairly sure had I stayed with the circus, I would have been a trick rider.

–Summer

This post is part of the #AtTheCircus Blogathon.

The #AtTheCircus Blogathon has a soft rollout date see Le’s lovely post for an explanation.

http://criticaretro.blogspot.com/2016/11/atthecircus-blogathon-update-and-entries.html

Be sure to stick with Le and me, we will gradually roll out the posts for #AtTheCircus throughout the month of November.

We will gladly accept and promote your posts as we receive them!

 

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At The Circus – Blogathon

While it has been a shocking week for many in the U.S. and around the world, we hope you find a happy blogathon a welcome relief and join us for At The Circus.

My charming co-host Le and were very fortunate to have so many talented, excited, and willing participants for this online writing event, a salute to the greatest show on earth, so without further ado, I present AT THE CIRCUS.

Should you choose to join us this weekend, or at the later date Le has announced, your posts can be sent to my charming co-hostess Le here or to me directly on this page.

Thank you for standing with us, as we approach times of uncertainty and offering a burst of sunshine by posting #AtTheCircus!

This page will be updated throughout the day as posts are received!

Ciao for Now, Dearies

Summer

The Roster:

A Bug’s Life | Champagne for Lunch

Annie Get Your Gun | Serendipitous Anachronisms

At The Circus | Movie Movie Blog Blog

Big Top Bunny | Once Upon a Screen

Billy Rose’s Jumbo | Love Letters to Old Hollywood

Bronco Billy | Movie Rob

Captive Wild Woman | Virtual Virago

Carnival of Souls | Moon in Gemini

Charlie Chan at the Circus | Caftan Woman

Charlie Chaplin and the Flea Circus | Big V Riot Squad

Circus Clowns | Movies Silently

Circus du Soliel – Worlds Away | Thoughts All Sorts 

Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away | Thoughts all Sorts

El Circo/The Circus | Crítica Retro

Five Men in the Circus | Recap Retro

Freaks | Cinema Parrot Disco

Houdini | Phyllis Loves Classic Movies

Killer Klowns from Outer Space | The Midnite Drive-In

La Strada | Cinematic Scribblings

Lili | Christine Wehner

Lon Chaney goes to the Circus | Critica Retro

Nightmare Alley | Cinema Cities

Ring of Fear | Red Kimono

Roustabout | Wide Screen World

Shadows & Fog | Movie Rob

Something Wicked This Way Comes | A Shroud of Thoughts

Stephen King’s IT | The Movie Rat

Sunny | A Person in the Dark

Susan Lennox, Her Fall and Rise | Old Hollywood Films

The Big Circus | Laura’s Miscellaneous Musings

The Dark Tower | Speakeasy

The Greatest Show on Earth | Silver Scenes

The Walk | Reel Weegie Midget

Trapeze | The Wonderful World of Cinema

Wings of Desire | Moody Moppet

 

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Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)

Dear Reader, if you have received this post via email, please go direct to Serendiptious Anachronisms, there are plenty of video clips embedded in the blog post and watching the clips will enhance your enjoyment of this post.

I was fortunate to grow up in a pro-Python family. Their bawdy, ridiculous, random sense of humor is hardwired into my DNA. My “Python” love is another trait I attribute to my grandmother. When I was little, she and I used to go to the movies and play “Cinema Roulette” basically buying a ticket for whichever movie was showing next. Well, in the pre-Summer days, she went to the theater and the ticket guy said “The Life of Brian” started a couple of minutes ago… She sat down in the theater to discover a biblical film and was quite pleased with her random choice… Until she saw the woman they cast as the Virgin Mary (Terry Jones) all she could think was “what a horrible woman!” Soon, she realized it was a comedy, which she enjoyed thoroughly, and ever since, all things Python have been a part of our family.

I love all things Python-related whether directly or indirectly, but my favorite Python film is “Monty Python and the Holy Grail.”

Why? This film has the BEST villain of all time.

Caerbannog!

“Behold the cave of Caerbannog!” In the blink of an eye, this vicious foe kills some of the bravest knights of legend. It takes a holy weapon to take out this vicious, cruel beast, with its razor sharp teeth:

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And he is a rabbit! This is what I wanted when I read Bunnicula, none of the blanched vegetable business. Caerbannog: mayhem and terror in an adorable bunny rabbit.

Of course, this not the first Rabbit to cause destruction in the film either.

Behold the Trojan Rabbit:

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In case you have not noticed this is a rather silly film, and the anachronisms are serendipitous.

For those who have not seen the movie a million times, let me give a brief synopsis. A very random British sketch comedy troupe lampoon the Arthurian legend. God sends King Arthur (Graham Chapman) on a holy quest, to find the Holy Grail, hilarity ensues.

montypythonholygrail390_0For a comic film, this film boasts incredible production values, with fairly authentic medieval costumes. Yet it is evident the expense went to securing prime locations, costumes, ambient lighting, and properties; there are no horses.

To remedy this lack of horses, Arthur’s manservant Patsy (Terry Gilliam) follows with two coconut shells providing the horse sound effect. There are no horses in the entire film.

In the clip above, you will notice they go on and on about swallows, this pattern is repeated throughout the film and most importantly in the bridge of death scene during the film’s climax, and you might think this is just a random running joke. But you would be mistaken. Readers of T.H. White’s The Once and Future King may recall the overlong ornithological conversations about birds between Merlin and Wart (Young King Arthur). The text, Medievalisms: Making the Past in the Present suggests medieval scholars may notice the connection with the von Strasbourg’s tale of Tristan, there is a passage about a swallow traveling long distances for unusual nesting materials.

Like coconuts?

Okay, maybe that is stretching things, but it is evident that this film is well researched.

But what makes this film brilliant is the anachronisms.

It is hard to make the medieval world funny because it is removed from our own experience, yet this film succeeds because it taps into a modern response to divine mandates of kingship and power.

See a Marxist Peasant (Michael Palin) responding to the arrival of the King.

By disregarding medieval customs, we get great comedy.

At other times, the comedy lies in adhering to medieval logic Sir Bedevere (Terry Jones) can clearly identify a witch.

This film accurately depicts the grim and gritty life of medieval England but certainly has fun with it.

This movie is hysterical if you haven’t seen it I highly recommend it, and if you know it by heart, then by all means treat yourself and see it again.

This blog is part of the Monty Python Movie Blogathon hosted by MovieMovieBlogBlog! Be sure the go there and check out all the great entries!

And beware of Rabbits!

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Ciao for now, dearies!

Summer

 

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Camp Kitsch Week 1: The Paul Lynde Halloween Special (1976)

 

Hello, welcome to Serendipitous Anachronisms, if this is your first visit, then be warned: this blog fluctuates between very high and very low cinematic arts. And we are going very low this Halloween.

Welcome back kiddie cats because CAMP KITSCH is back in session!

This year’s theme is “Kitsch Me Baby One More Time.” Yes, I did get my title from a Britney Spears song. If you have not experienced Camp Kitsch, check out last year’s session “Summer Camp: The Season of the Kitsch” For “Kitsch Me Baby One More Time”  we have only two rules:

  1. All films reviewed are Halloween specials.
  2. All of these films have been pre-screened by yours truly; hence the name, this will avoid covering less savory pics such as Werewolf in A Girl’s Dormitory. (No, really, don’t try to watch this film, I know it is a tempting title, trust me).

The Paul Lynde Halloween Special

the-paul-lynde-halloween-special-adReaders, you may recognize Paul Lynde as “Uncle Arthur” on Bewitched and “Harry MacAfee” in Bye Bye Birdie. If not, then you are missing out on something truly spectacular, if you want to know the definition of the word “Campy” watch Paul Lynde.

Snarky, hysterical, why should this man not be given a Halloween special?

Too bad he wasn’t given one.

Let’s just say right now this show may have witches and pumpkins on the set, but this show has nothing to do with Halloween.

And the jokes, oh the jokes, that is where the true horror lies.

To put it simply this show is stupid, it is awful, it is terrible, and yet I cannot help but love this travesty.

The show opens with a series of vignettes featuring Paul Lynde dressed as Santa, the Easter Bunny, and ready for Valentine’s Day. The running joke is his housekeeper Margaret (played by Margaret Hamilton) telling him, it’s not Christmas, it’s not Easter… The joke goes on way too long, will someone please buy this man a calendar?

MARGARET. I’ll give you a hint; it’s filled with witches, spooks, and weird creatures of the night.

LYNDE. Oh, sounds like Hollywood Squares.

While the pre-recorded laugh track goes crazy, it’s a stinker, and when the opening monologue starts the jokes get even worse.

LYNDE. I was fat, Mom put me in a shower curtain, it didn’t fit. So she let it out, and I went as the Hindenberg, it was a disaster.

Speaking of disasters, we go into our first musical number which is a parody of the song “Kids” from the musical Bye Bye Birdie.

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So Margaret and Paul, having enough of those “pesky kids,” get in the car and drive to Margaret’s sister’s house.

As it turns out, they are both witches!

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I guess the Doctor Who scarf was readily available in 1976, totally jelly.

In exchange for helping the witches clean up their bad PR, Lynde is granted three wishes.

What follows is the most hastily compiled mess of skits I have ever seen in my life.

“The Rhinestone Trucker”

lyndepinkyLynde uses his first wish to be a trucker named “Big Red.” Big Red wears a white leather rhinestone jacket, unbuttoned to the navel with a hairy chest, white leather pants, and silver boots.

Big Red and his arch rival played by Tim Conway, both want to marry the same waitress “Kinky Pinky.”

The writers having written themselves into a hole choose to exit the scene by transitioning to a CB Radio, hoe-down, musical wedding number. Here is a sample of the lyrics:

I am tired making these silly calls,

I wanna get out of my overalls.”

Umm… You’re not wearing overalls. This number makes absolutely no sense.

Just when things get horrifically unwatchable, KISS arrive to play “Detroit, Rock City!”

What? Why are they in Witchiepoo’s house? Who cares! It’s KISS!

“The Great Lover”

paul-lynde-florence-hendersonFor Paul Lynde’s second wish he is transported to the Sahara Desert, for a romantic Rudolph Valentino fantasy, with an icy British adventuress, played by Florence Henderson (a.k.a. Carol Brady) a woman so cold she turns a glass of wine into ice cubes:

HENDERSON. Why are you wearing that earring? 

LYNDE. Because I am a very chic sheik. 

Oh, the horror.

Strangely enough, Lynde is still wearing the silver platform boots from the Big Red sketch.

“The Hollywood Disco”

For the third wish, Lynde takes the two witches to a “Hollywood Disco.” The house infiltrated by dancers in orange wigs. For entertainment, and I use that word very loosely, Florence Henderson sings an operatic rendition of “Old Black Magic” to a disco arrangement. This song might be the worst thing I have ever heard in my life.

Just when things hit an all-time low, KISS return and sing “Beth.”

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Lynde: I can take one look at you, and tell you how you got your look and your name, you had a fight, and your mothers told you to kiss and make up.

D’oh! These jokes are not just bad they are terrible. Fortunately, someone had the foresight to end this banter early and let KISS play “King of the Night Time World.”

But rather than end the show on a high note, they opt for a full company rendition of “Disco Lady.” Everyone is doing the hustle. Except for KISS, who are banished to the balcony. Like they are too cool for school. But hindsight is 20-20, we know they were just plotting on how to tap into this disco craze because three years later they recorded their own disco song “I was Made for Loving You.”

My understanding is that The Paul Lynde Halloween Special is a “lost treasure” it aired on ABC October 29, 1976. Bootleg copies were distributed amongst KISS fans for years. The original footage was found, and The Paul Lynde Halloween Special was released on DVD.

I think you would have to be a KISS fan, to render this madness watchable, but if you are in the mood for some truly terrible jokes, a few completely unplausible storylines, and a strange mish-mash of musical numbers, then, by all means, watch  The Paul Lynde Halloween Special.

Ciao for now, Dearies!