Mittwoch, 25. April 2012

Due to the recent seizure of by the FBI, most of my (legal) files  (under EU law where this blog originates and in accordance with the Copyright Act of 1976, 17 U.S.C. § 107) are no longer accessible.

I feel that the U.S. Government/the FBI is TOTALLY ABUSING its powers by negating CITIZENS OF FOREIGN COUNTRIES the right to use a LEGAL SERVICE THEY HAVE PAID FOR!!!!

I have heard that EF (Electronic Frontier Foundation) is helping to get U.S. users to get their legally stored Megaupload files back (if they're still on the servers) -- but what about international users?

Is there any way to sue the FBI for not allowing me to use a (legal) service I have paid for, with hard-earned money?

Dienstag, 29. Juni 2010

Possibly Episode 114: "Man from Music Mountain" (1938)

Episode 114 of "Western von Gestern" (Westerns of Yesteryear), broadcast by ZDF, Germany, on March 4, 1983 as "Das Gold der Betsy-Lee Mine" ("The Gold of the Betsy Lee Mine"), was probably a severely abridged (less than 25 minutes) condensation of Joseph Kane's 1938 "Man from Music Mountain", starring Gene Autry, and NOT "The Man from Music Mountain", starring Roy Rogers, from 1943.

Given the above German title (and its reference to "gold"), it is highly likely that the reference to "The Man from Music Mountain" at (and elsewhere) is INCORRECT, whereas Episode 116 ("Der Weidekrieg" - "Range War") from March 18, 1983 could be a condensation of 1943's "The Man from Music Mountain".
"Plenty of riding, roping, and shooting in this Gene Autry oater, 10 February 2006
Author: krorie from Van Buren, Arkansas
Gene sings a song called "Man from Music Mountain" near the beginning of the movie when Frog tells him that he needs to pep things up. The song is about as close as the story gets to the title of this action-filled shoot-'em-up. It seems that an eastern pair of shysters is getting rich selling shares in a worthless gold mine located near a ghost town. The crooks are also selling realty in the deserted mining town telling the buyers that the government is going to reopen the area by pumping water and electricity their way as a result of Boulder Dam. The only problem is the government is by-passing the area so the land is virtually worthless. In rides Gene and his cowhands to try to thwart the efforts of the bad guys. Gene even grub stacks the new arrivals until he figures out a way to get their money back and run the swindlers out of the country.

The film opens with a homage to President Roosevelt's New Deal, showing the magnificent "Eighth Wonder of the World," Boulder Dam. Hollywood continually championed the New Deal during the 1930's, helping Roosevelt in his attempt to strangle Ol' Man Depression. It's doubtful if any other American President has been so favored by the mass media as Roosevelt throughout his twelve years in the White House.

There's more than the usual amount of music in this Gene Autry outing. Most of it written by Gene, Frog (Smiley Burnette), and an up and comer Fred Rose, who would later discover Hank Williams, Sr, and help found the huge conglomerate, the Roy Acuff, Fred Rose Publishing Company in Nashville. Rose and Smiley were two of the best song writers around so expect some fine tunes. Smiley was a consummate musician, much better in that category than in the humor department, although in "Music Mountain" he does have some funny parts. One standout routine is "She Works Third Tub At The Laundry" with really raunchy lyrics for 1938 with a few sexual innuendos thrown in for good measure...."

(Divx as multi-part rar-file):

Part 1 (95 MB)
Part 2 (95 MB)
Part 3 (95 MB)
Part 4 (95 MB)
Part 5 (95 MB)
Part 6 (95 MB)
Part 7 (95 MB)
Part 8 (27 MB)


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Freitag, 25. Juni 2010

The Trail Beyond (1934) (Episodes 152 and 153 of "Western von Gestern")

The Trail Beyond, starring John Wayne, was broadcast by ZDF in abridged form (less than 50 minutes total) as episodes 152 and 153 of "Western von Gestern" (Westerns of Yesteryear) on July 2, 1986 as the penultimate movie in that series under the German title Gier nach Gold (Greed for Gold).

Info from Wikipedia:
The Trail Beyond is a 1934 movie in the western genre starring John Wayne, Noah Beery, Sr., and Noah Beery, Jr..

This film presents an extremely rare opportunity to see Wallace Beery's brother and nephew appear together in a movie. Noah Beery, Jr., who played "Rocky" in The Rockford Files forty years later, has an extremely large role as John Wayne's character's best friend and appears alongside Wayne in almost every scene, while the senior Beery enjoys only a few minutes of screen time despite his higher billing. Wayne was 27 years old when The Trail Beyond was shot, while Beery, Jr. was 21.
Stunning location backgrounds filmed around Mammoth Lakes, California set this film firmly apart from most of the other Poverty Row westerns shot during the decade in which Wayne found himself trapped between his screen masterpieces The Big Trail (1930) and Stagecoach (1939).



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PART 1 (95 MB)          PART 2 (95 MB)

PART 3 (95 MB)          PART 4 (95 MB)

PART 5 (95 MB)          PART 6 (95 MB)

PART 7 (95 MB)          PART 8 (2.88 MB)     



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Sonntag, 20. Juni 2010

Billy the Kid Returns (1938) (Episode 7 of "Western von Gestern")

In Episode 7 of "Western von Gestern" (Westerns of Yesteryear), German TV audiences were introduced to Roy Rogers through a 25-minute abridged version of "Billy the Kid Returns" (1938), which was broadcast under the German title "Billy the Kid lebt" on June 23, 1978.

Info from Wikipedia:

Plot summary

Following the shooting of Billy the Kid by Pat Garrett lookalike deputy sherriff Roy Rogers, assisted by travelling musical instrument salesman Frog Millhouse, takes his place to defend the honest settlers of Lincoln County, New Mexico from evil ranchers.


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PART 3 (95 MB)
PART 4 (95 MB)
PART 5 (95 MB)
PART 6 (95 MB) 
PART 7 (60 MB)

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Freitag, 18. Juni 2010

Zorro Rides Again (Republic Serial, 1937) (Episodes 01 through 06 of "Western von Gestern")

The first six 25-minute episodes of "Western von Gestern" (Westerns of Yesteryear) presented an abridged version (150 minutes) of the 1937 12-part Republic Serial "Zorro Rides Again" (Zorro reitet wieder).

These episodes were broadcast May 5 to June 16, 1978.

Info from Wikipedia:


In contemporary (for the 1937 production) California, villain J. A. Marsden aims to take over the California-Yucatan Railroad with the aid of his henchman El Lobo. The rightful owners, Joyce and Phillip Andrews, naturally object. Their parter, Don Manuel Vega summons his nephew, James Vega, to help them as he is the great grandson of the original Zorro, Don Diego de la Vega. He is disappointed, however, to find that his nephew is a useless fop (presumably Don Manuel had not paid too much attention to his family history).

Nevertheless, James Vega installs himself in the original Zorro's hideout and adopts the Zorro identity to defeat Marsden and El Lobo. This Zorro uses twin pistols and (like the original Zorro) a whip as his main weapons of choice, rather than a more traditional sword.




Zorro Rides Again was budgeted at $98,110 although the final negative cost was $110,753 (a $12,643, or 12.9%, overspend). It was filmed between 8 September and 5 October 1937. The serial's production number was 423. Zorro Rides Again was influenced by the Singing Cowboy trend of the time. Carroll's "best moments" in costume were singing (Lyrics include "Zorro rides again into the night...")
It was shot in Bronson Canyon, Red Rock Canyon State Park, Angeles National Forest, and Chatsworth, Los Angeles.


In the opinion of Cline, one of the most memorable stunt scenes in the history of film serials is shown in Zorro Rides Again. Stuntman Yakima Canutt plays Zorro as he gallops up to the cab of a moving truck and swings from the saddle to its running board. Even a small mistake during this sequence would have been lethal for Canutt.

User review from IMDB:
Author: raygun-3 from Margate, Florida
I first saw this serial on TV in the 1950s in New York. It was my first exposure to the "anachronistic westerns" that republic pictures produced at that time. Six Guns, railroads, airplanes horses,gunfights,a machine gun and automobiles; what a combination in a western serial. One would probably have thought seeing this and other republic features made along these lines that people walked around with six guns like the old west in modern times living in California. This formula however in my opinion worked very well. Republic's music scores of that time were wonderful with basically the same themes used in this and other films of 1937. The casting was fine for this serial. John Caroll made a wonder modern Zorro. In a change of pace, Richard Alexander, the unselfish prince Barin of Flash Gordon,1936, makes a marvelous villain as the character, El Lobo (Brad Dace). Kudos to the rest of the cast especially Duncan Renaldo.... The closest of films that we see today that even approach the mood and mystique of this serial would probably be the Star Wars epics. This is one of my favorite serials....

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Episode 01 
(Death from the Sky) (29:42)
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PART 2 (95 MB)
PART 3 (95 MB)
PART 4 (65 MB)

Episode 02
(The Fatal Minute) (18:01)
PART 1 (95 MB)
PART 2 (95 MB)
PART 3 (16 MB)

Episode 03 
(Juggernaut) (15:55)
PART 1 (95 MB)
PART 2 (92 MB)

Episode 04
(Unmasked) (16:18)
PART 1 (95 MB)
PART 2 (95 MB)
PART 3 (891 KB)

Episode 05
(Sky Pirates) (16:51)
PART 1 (95 MB)
PART 2 (86 MB)

Episode 06
(The Fatal Shot) (16:30)
PART 1 (95 MB)
PART 2 (95 MB)
PART 3 (4.41 MB)

Episode 07
(Burning Embers) (15:29) 
PART 1 (95 MB)
PART 2 (71 MB) 

Episode 08
(Plunge of Peril) (17:10)
PART 1 (95 MB)
PART 2 (81 MB)

Episode 09
(Tunnel of Terror) (17:06)
PART 1 (95 MB)
PART 2 (81 MB)

Episode 10
(Trapped) (17:24)
PART 1 (95 MB)
PART 2 (63 MB)

Episode 11
(Right of Way) (15:46)
PART 1 (95 MB)
PART 2 (63 MB)

Episode 12
(Retribution) (15:55)
PART 1 (95 MB)
PART 2 (85 MB)

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