Joe DeRita (12 July 1909 – 3 July 1993)

I can’t believe it was 29 years ago that I’d heard the news…

I first heard about DeRita’s death as I was going to the kitchen to top off my diet Coke–just by pure coincidence, the CBS News was announcing it right as the Stooges were between shorts (Idiot’s DeLuxe, if I’m not mistaken.) The only Stooge left was The Man Who Would Be Stooge, Emil Sitka…and I count him as a Stooge (don’t @ me, folks!)

Of course, I’m a bit late with this, but better late than never (oh, and those that think he was the worst Stooge? Why was Larry able to convince Moe to hire him AND hire him at an equal salary?)

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Where Were YOU on 3 June 1969?

Welp, if you were I, you wouldn’t be a twinkle in your parents’ eyes yet. (Oh, did I say “twinkle?” I meant “pink eye that will never be cured.”)

However, since you’re a nerd like I, you know exactly what day today is…it was the day a certain show about space ended with William Shatner camping it up like…well, William Shatner (or John Carradine in Billy the Kid vs. Dracula or Bigfoot.) No, I’m definitely not insulting these fine actors–to each and every actor, there’s gotta be a little ham. To bring this ’round to the Three Stooges, what would’ve been their last film, 1975’s The Jet Set would’ve been so campy Cabela’s wouldn’t have stock for YEARS!

Anyhoo…it’s hard to believe that it’s been FIFTY-THREE YEARS since Star Trek was cancelled. Think about what was happening at that time–man would be landing on the moon THE VERY NEXT MONTH! AND THE THREE STOOGES WERE STILL TOURING! NO. LIE!

May 4, 1969 (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

So in conclusion, I made an article about the last episode of Star Trek ALL ABOUT THE THREE STOOGES BECAUSE I CAN!

Reefer Madness (1936)

There’s more degrees of Stoogeration in this turkey than you’d think! The judge is immediately recognizable from “Disorder in the Court,” which also came out in 1936!

and you call yourself a scientist!?

“And more vicious, more deadly even than these soul-destroying drugs is the menace of—marijuana!”

Director:  Louis J. Gasnier

Starring:  Kenneth Craig, Dorothy Short, Lillian Miles, Dave O’Brien, Carleton Young, Thelma White, Warren McCollum, Pat Royale, Joseph Forte, Mary MacLaren

Screenplay:  Arthur Hoerl and Paul Franklin, based upon a story by Lawrence Meade

Synopsis:  Dr Alfred Carroll (Joseph Forte) addresses a meeting in which he exhorts the parents of school students to campaign for compulsory education on narcotics—particularly marijuana. He goes on to illustrate the dangers of marijuana by speaking of a recent tragedy… Mae (Thelma White) and Jack (Carleton Young) own an apartment near a high school, where they deal marijuana. While Mae concentrates on supplying to artists and musicians, Jack works to hook the local school students on the drug, much to Mae’s disgust. Jack makes contact with Ralph (Dave O’Brien), who knows many of…

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MILL CREEK DRIVE-IN MOVIE CLASSICS: Slave of Cannibal God (1978)

Proof that even Stacy “I can save any damn movie and that includes Butterfly” Keach couldn’t save this one…I’ll still watch on Tubi just to see how badly that train gets wrecked.

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EDITOR’S NOTE: We originally wrote about this movie on February 22, 2018. We’ve added to that original article in this revision for our Mill Creek month. 

Also known as La Montagna del Dio CannibaleSlave of the Cannibal Godand Prisoner of the Cannibal God, don’t be fooled by the pedigree of having big stars like Ursula Andress and Stacy Keach. This film may seem restrained at first, but it goes absolutely insane by the final ten minutes. I mean, when has Sergio Martino (All the Colors of the DarkYour Vice is a Locked Room and Only I Have the Key) ever steered us wrong?

Susan Stevenson (Andress, the original Bond girl) is looking for her husband Henry, an anthropologist who has gone missing in the jungles of New Guinea. Along with her brother Arthur and Professor Edward Foster (Keach), they travel to the mountain…

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Q & A Time with Author, Paul Talbot, on His Favorite Actor and Mine …. Charles Bronson

I’m sorry, but the first thing to come to mind when I read this is that he’s got one degree of Stoogeration and the infamous line from Death Wish 3: “They’re teeth.” He was a damn fine actor and proved that sequels don’t HAVE to get worse as they go on–my older sister and I caught Death Wish 5 after dozing through whatever big budget junk that would’ve been out then. Ah, the old days…cigarette machines in the lobby, no one caring why you had that yuge purse, and the ability to pay for one movie and go to the next when it sucked.

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One thing that the internet has allowed me to do since starting Mike’s Take nearly 8 years ago is to connect with fellow film fans and in some cases, writers and historians. I guess it was inevitable that I would cross paths with Paul Talbot who has quickly become the leading authority on the career of Charles Bronson. I guess that makes me second????? He’s been kind enough to visit Mike’s Take on occasion and I’m very happy to have shared some old articles and trivia bits with him when I thought it might be beneficial in his research.

I’m also very excited to have him join me here for this spotlight on Charles Bronson as we celebrate his 100th birthday this month.

Paul Talbot is the author of the books BRONSON’S LOOSE!: THE MAKING OF THE “DEATH WISH” FILMS and BRONSON’S LOOSE AGAIN!: ON THE SET WITH CHARLES BRONSON…

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It’s Only Been a MONTH?!

For some reason, I thought that it had been more than a YEAR since I’d placed my pallid purges to paper, but it’s only a month! Hoooo, boy! What a time I’ve had since January 2020…lost my father, lost any semblance of respect I had of the medical profession (looking at YOU, chemotherapy and the lies you fed an old man that wouldn’t have had HALF the pain and agony he had if he had told y’all to blow it out your butts and gone to Valhalla blazing away like a Cheech and Chong audience.)

I’m the last to say I know more than an oncologist, but when I can catch you in lie after lie, it makes me wonder if you got your degree from the same school Dr. Nick (Elvis’s doctor) and the Three Stooges got theirs.

I am angry and bitter and will remain so for a looooong time. I guess I shouldn’t have expected any better when doctors looked at me like I was a freak due to having heart failure at 29…