Wednesday, June 10, 2015

General Mills True Heat Iron Commercial (1951)

This commercial for the General Mills True Heat Iron aired in 1951. Also includes a promotion for the Betty Crocker Picture Cookbook, the "fastest selling book in America". The iron was advertised for $14.95 with the cookbook added at no additional cost.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Count Basie Orchestra- Take Me Back Baby (1941)

This classic Soundie dates back to 1941 and features the Count Basie Orchestra performing “Take Me Back Baby” with Jimmy Rushing doing the vocal. In the clip, Rushing plays a sax player who falls asleep on the bandstand and dreams he is singing the blues to his gal. 'Soundies' were an early version of the music video, displayed on a Panoram (a coin-operated film jukebox) in nightclubs, bars, restaurants, factory lounges and amusement centers during the early-mid 1940s.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

One Touch of Venus- Movie Clip (1948)

In this scene from the 1948 movie One Touch of Venus, a young window dresser named Eddie Hatch kisses a statue of Venus, which then comes to life in the form of Ava Gardner. Soon afterwards, she falls in love with him. The film stars Robert Walker, Ava Gardner, and Dick Haymes. It was released in August 1948.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Meet Gene Autry Contest (1946)

This vintage theatrical commercial announces an upcoming "Meet Gene Autry" contest that was shown in theaters in 1946. The winner would get to meet Gene Autry in person, have lunch with him, get a personalized autographed photo, and attend the rodeo at Madison Square Garden as his guest. The World's Championship Rodeo was scheduled from October 8th to October 26th. This is a wonderful vintage clip and most certainly an exciting contest for all of the kids.