Avengers Assemble!

There sure are a lot of Marvel Comics actors in this “get out the vote” video. They don’t mention Donald Trump by name, but by inference. The video features Tony Stark, and Natasha Romanova (or, if you prefer, Romanoff), and Bruce Banner, and S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Coulson, but where’s Steve Rogers, aka Captain America? Wouldn’t he be the most effective spokesman against bullying and Demagoguery?

The return of an audio classic?

Amazon is listing the Technics SL1200MK5 turntable as being “temporarily out of stock.” But it was discontinued a long time ago and hasn’t been available, except used, for years. If Panasonic were going to start producing it again you’d expect the listing to be a pre-order.


Well, the fact is that Technics did put the venerable SL1200 back into production this year, in a limited edition with Abbey Road Studios. It’s a 2-year licensing deal, and the thing costs $4000, but according to The Vinyl Factory in London there will also be a standard edition. If that’s what Amazon is offering, for less than $500, the actual model number will be SL1200G. But I have my doubts, as the standard edition is supposed to be priced about the same as the limited edition.

Who Was That Lady?

TCM West is showing “Who Was That Lady?” Good question, because who’s the blonde in the middle of this scene? Why, it’s B-movie bombshell Joi Lansing.


Joi appeared in “Superman’s Wife,” one of the more memorable episodes of “The Adventures of Superman” that, as a kid, I was always particularly excited to see.


And who was that guy on the left, from the same movie? It’s an uncredited appearance by my mother’s old friend, Vincent Beck playing, of course, a Russian, as he would later do in episodes of “The Monkees” and “Gilligan’s Island.”

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