Titanic; Disaster in the Atlantic 1929.

The Forgotten Titanic movie.

In my recent searches to find classic movies to play on my channel I often come into view on some real forgotten gems. Like this movie.  The 1929 movie Titanic, Disaster in the Atlantic.  This was filmed 15 years after the sinking and was the first ‘talkie ‘ movie.  There were 2 silent movies produced before this masterpiece. 

I say masterpiece because that’s what I immediately thought after I first watched this. My other thought was, this movie is far more superior than the 1997 James Cameron  movie.  Bold statement I’m sure, but I am absolutely right in my own assumption.

I would go far as saying this is my favorite Titanic movie narrowly beating out the 1958 movie A Night to Remember. Way better than the 1943 German main movie and the 1953 cookie cutter version with Barbara Stanwyck, which hers was the only outstanding performance in that movie. 

The 1997 movie may have been a little bit more true to actual events, like the boat snapping in half because more studying had been done over the years, and A Night To Remember used some scenes from the 1943 German produced movie, Titanic 1929 stands out as it’s own movie. 

Each Titanic movie thats been released over the decades stand as there own movie.  But as I mentioned before, non has shown the human impact that the 1929 movie  shown. 

There is no Rose and Jack which consumed most of the 1997 movie but there is a newlywed couple,  Monica and Lawrence but thier story doesn’t consume the movie.  In fact, what the 1929 Titanic movie does is centre around the human emotions.  Love, honor, courage are all displayed individually by each character once they found out that the unsinkable ship they once thought was safe will go down in 3 hours. 

My trailer for Titanic Disaster in the Atlantic.

Titanic 1929 also bolstered a huge all-star cast of actors of that time. You can see all the names on the movie poster below. Some comedian actors also put in an amazing dramatic performance such as Monty Banks.

Original poster for the 1929 movie.

The film was produced and directed by Ewald Andre Dupont.  Two versions were made, the English version and a German language version called Atlantik. Both were filmed simultaneously.  A different French version called Atlantis began filming in 1930 using different footage and a fourth version was released as a silent movie.

Madeline Carroll (left) as Monica and Ellaline Terriss as Alice Rool

The film centres around a group of characters. An elderly couple, the Rools who are on their anniversary. Lawrence and Monica are on their honeymoon, the Hughes family, who’s husband and father was found having an on board affair, Officer Lanchester who befriended the characters and tried to help them the best he could and the lovable Dandy and Major Boldy and Padre the ships Priest.

From far left, Joan Barry as Betty Hughes, Arthur Hardy as Major Boldy, John Longden as Lanchester, Madeleine Carroll as Monica, John Stewart as Lawrence, Francis Lister as Padre, Monty Banks as Dandy and Helen Hayes as Clara Hughes.
Franklin Dyall as John Root. Monica is teasing him about his set in stone yet lovable grumpy demeanor. Some fun bantering before the disaster strikes.
Same scene as above with John Rool finally admitting defeat as Monica wins her teasing argument with a little pout lip and beedy eyes.
The Captain (Sydney Lynn) and another officer on the lookout.

The group are discussing the potential of spotting an iceberg and some are delighted that the boat had struck one the very first time out. They are unaware that the boat is sinking.

Once the Captain realizes the severity of the damage. He orders everyone to the bridge wearing their life jackets. Women and children first aboard assuring their safety.

Once the three alarm bells sound, Padre begins to question the safety of everyone on board. When Lanchester arrives to tell the group to put on their life jackets, he tells them it’s just a drill as to not panic the women. After some disgruntled mumbling, Clara Hughes and her daughter, Betty decide to ‘go along’ with the drill.

Once alone, Padre confronts Lanchester and with no words spoken from Lanchester, realizes the sudden danger everyone is in.

Lanchester then goes to see Mr Rool, who’s in a wheelchair and confides in him what is going on. They thought they were alone but was over heard by Dandy, who cries out in shock.

Comedian Monty Banks as the lovable and doomed Dandy.

What follows then for the majority of the movie is the evacuation of the women and children, and how each character faces their Adversity.

A couple of the standout performances for me are Monty Banks as Dandy. A strong performance and his way of dealing with his upcoming demise won’t shock anyone. I might do the same thing if I was in his shoes. (It’s either that or go out in a blaze of glory.)

Lawrence convincing his new bride that going on a life boat was very touching knowing he’d never see her again.

The Captain ordering Lanchester to save a lost little girl before the ship goes down was quite the scene as well. “Even if that means you can’t get on a boat yourself Lanchester. ” Lanchester takes his final order and swims off into the Atlantic with the little girl.

But it was Madeleine Carroll performance as Monica that stole the movie for me. So innocent, beautiful, loving and when she’s taken away from Lawrence and put on a life boat her cries of despair broke my heart. (Even writing this part I have tears.) Her performance is Oscar worthy.

Heartbreak for Monica as she is taken from Lawrence.

Mr Rool is the biggest hero of the movie. His gruff demeanor vanished quickly as the movie goes on. If it wasn’t for him, most of the female cast wouldn’t have been saved. There’s only one he couldn’t convince. His beloved wife Alice who decides to stay at his side.

Titanic 1929 was the first movie to use the song song ‘Nearer, My God to Thee’ as the boat was sinking into the Atlantic.

Saying the Lord’s Prayer as the ship sinks. From the left, Major Boldy, Dandy, Freddie Hughes, Padre and Mrs Rool clutching onto Mr Rool.

The ending was very powerful as the song Nearer, My God to Thee was played by the band and sung out loud by most of the remaining passengers.

The Titanic is lost at sea.

The final shot of the Titanic sinking was omitted in the original film in fears that it would upset surviving families at the time. It was added later on. You can find both versions on YouTube. The original ends just as the water breaks through the entire ship and the picture goes black with just the sound of the disaster. I actually preferred that version because I felt it packed more of an emotional punch since the next scene after that was sun and sky.

Anyway, thats it about this fantastic movie. I highly recommend it. It deserves more love than it has been shown over the years. How this movie wasn’t an Oscar contender baffles me. But, I guess that’s makes it even more special.

Below is the movie . Enjoy it. Leave a comment on here or on my YouTube channel to let me know what you thought of it.

The following videos are survivor interviews. It’s a good thing these are recorded for future watch since there are no more survivors left to tell their story.

The Vampire Lovers and Supernatural 1933 Blu-ray.

I watched The Vampire Lovers reissue last night. It’s my all time favorite Hammer Horror movie. The Direction, the story, the main cast and especially the secondary character. All brilliant. It’s even my favorite soundtrack.


This reissue is friggin amazing. The pictures is vibrant and clear, the sound is amazing, I heard things I never heard before. They did an awesome job showing it the love it deserves. This movie is over 50 years old and it looks like it was made yesterday.


The special features are worth it as well. Especially the recent interview with Madeline Smith. It was fun listening to her stories about the making of the movie and cast memories.


What really struck me (and I’m already a big fan of) was how beautiful and vibrant Ingrid Pitt is in this movie. There are closeup shots of her eyes that took my breath away. Especially the scene when Carl (Jon Finch) holds up the daggers handle that’s in the shape of a cross. Beautiful!
Awesome job to everyone that was involved in bringing this fantastic movie back to life!

Poster for Supernatural. (1933)

The 1933 Supernatural movie, which I was excited to see get a DVD released, really shines on the blu-ray reissue.

It has a stellar cast, a few racey lines being a precode-hollywood movie and is a widely forgotten horror movie.

I am a huge fan of precode-hollywood. Women were strong, damaged, racey and twisted. So many brilliant actresses of the time were able to shine. That’s not to say actresses didn’t shine after the Hayes code took over Hollywood, but Women became the damsel in distress rather than the tough no holes barred of the precode years.

The picture is crisp and clear in this HD transfer. The music is eerie and the story is brilliant.

Of course the standout performance is its main star, Carol Lombard, known primarily as a comedy actress, her turn as the grieving sister was a quiet somber performance. But, when she gets possessed by the female killer, Ruth (played by Vivian Osborne) that’s when she really shone.

Lombard’s performance from quiet and grieving to dark and sinister is brilliant. The way she moved to her facial expressions and her eyes, the expressions she was able to convey just by looking at the other characters is simply amazing.

These two horror movies are worth spending money on. I’m stoked that I now have them in my collection and look forward to many viewings.

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Top Gun Maverick Review

My thoughts on Top Gun Maverick. Was is everything people said it was? Yes and more! What a fantastic movie! Cast was amazing, sound was amazing and full of awesome nostalgia. It was awesome to see Val Kilmer again as well.
Also, if you have seen the movie, did you pick up a little nod to Jennifer Connolly (who’s aged like a fine wine btw) and David Bowie? They had a movie out the same year called Labyrinth . And when you see Jennifer Connolly for the first time in the bar, they are playing Let’s Dance by David Bowie. (I’m such a music nerd)🤓.
If you haven’t seen the movie yet I highly recommend it!

I see and people complaining about Tom Cruise because of his religious beliefs and how they aren’t going to watch and support him. When did that even matter. Who care what people believe in, or who they support. As long as they aren’t harming you or anyone else, it shouldn’t matter. Tom Cruise is a good actor. His movies do what they are supposed to do . Provide an escapism for the viewer.

I have never turned away from anyone because of their beliefs. That’s their life, that’s their choice. I go to the movies because I want to be entertained, and today I was throughly entertained for the 2+ hours of the movie.

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Precode Hollywood

When the stock market crashed in October 1929, half of the banks in America failed, and millions of people found themselves out of work. How did a desperate population cheer itself up? By going to the movies—the early years of the Depression coincided with a magical period in the history of U.S. cinema. These motion pictures, known as “pre-Code” films, were fast-talking, funny, and sometimes, frankly, filthy, flaunting a degree of sexual permissiveness that would not return for decades.

The cinematic hijinks were short-lived. In 1934, a conservative establishment pushed back, instituting a puritanical set of regulations known as the Hays Code, and the wild pre-Code days came to a screeching halt. The new rules prohibited a movie from “lowering the moral standards of those who see it,” and forbade, among other things, depictions of homosexuality, nudity, lustful kissing, and suggestive dancing. Religion and the traditional family were to be revered; evil could never be seen to triumph. Even cartoon characters were not exempt—Betty Boop had to lengthen her skirts.

But in the brief window that preceded the prudish Hays Code, Hollywood had so much fun: so much unbridled passion, so much dirty dancing! In our own dark hour, don’t you want to see booze-soaked soirees, faithless spouses, illicit affairs, shameless ladies of the evening, and irresistibly sexy hoodlums? These days, you don’t even need to go to the cinema—you can obey social distancing rules and stream these films straight to your living room. #precode #Hollywood #precodeHollywood

Us and Them. A Tail of enduring music.

As the title of this blog suggests, I had just recently finally sat down and watched, the Roger Waters tour, US and Them. The link to the show posted on my YouTube playlist is linked right here: 👇 https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLYMw_nExGRZ2WUtDl5ttv3tP_dtk09aBN

I had put off seeing the show that was recorded back in 2019, not because of lack of interest, but because I had too much going on at the time with work and family at the time. I had always planned on returning to the concert but as time usually goes, I had forgotten about it when other things in life pop up.

To say that I’m a Pink Floyd fan, would be an understatement. I’m lucky enough to have seen them live three separate times. Pulse, Delete Sound of Thunder and The Wall back when it was the original lineup of Waters, Gilmore, Mason and Wright. What a show that was! Not to say that the other two concerts weren’t good, they were excellent, but too see the original members together was something magical. Unfortunately, I’d never get to see them play all together after that. What a shame. But more about that later.

I never had the opportunity and experience to take in a Roger Waters show, which is a huge shame because I don’t think I will ever have that experience. But, never say never right? Right!?

What finally reminded me to watch this show, 3 years later? Well, if you read my previous blog, you would remember me talking about a band called Lucius. Holly and Jess, the two founding members and lead singers of the band joined Roger on this tour. I had just recently discovered them after watching a Roger Waters Lockdown sessions video. Link here: 👇https://youtu.be/aC9rY4HeN6A

I then started going back into their catalog of music, which finally brought me to the US and Them tour. Not only did Roger Waters sound fantastic both both girls did a fantastic job a background vocals. Link to a performance here: https://youtu.be/XqC5GUVCZ_M

As I watched the show, I found myself getting emotionally nostalgic. I was lost in the music and the performances. It made me miss those days back in 81. When the concert was over, all I could think about was a final reunion show that might ever come. All members are pushing 80 now. One would think that age and the passing of time, some reconciliation between Waters and David Gilmore would happen. It still might, never say never, right? But, I’m not hopeful. Besides, it wouldn’t be a full band reunion because Richard Wright passed away in 2008.

I speak of a reunion, I’m not talking about the one off reunion they did at the live 8 concert in 2005, which was broadcast on Canada day here, and I left celebrations with friends to watch the 3 song performance. I’m talking about a tour. ( A man can dream right?) Both Waters and Gilmore have said that this would never happen. So, Both men continue to keep the Pink Floyd legacy alive separately.

Going back to that Roger Waters show, what I found emotional, was that there was a wide range of ages in the audience coming together for one common goal, music. To see these young kids and adults singing together and enjoying the music was a sight to see, and a testament to the legacy of Pink Floyd, and Roger Waters. Too see them tear up at a song made me feel emotionally proud, and even made me tear up.

Even Roger himself teared up at the end when he addressed the audience. What a proud moment as a fan, as a viewer. I can only imagine the feeling Roger had at that moment. At his age, 74, at that time, could this be his final concert? Let’s hope not. Time will tell.

I know there are a lot of people who aren’t fans of Roger Waters because of his personal stance and political views, but if you put all that aside, you have a music legend. A man who has written and performed for over 50 years. A true music revolutionist. I myself, in my younger years, found it distracting from the music, but as I got older, came to realize and understand what he was saying. Lately, now as I am in my 50s, agreeing with some of the things he is saying, especially about the message being said during the show.

Fuck the system. Fuck these government types who feel they have our best interests in mind. The only people that have our best interests at heart, is ourselves. But more on that later on in a different blog. What I’m saying here, is that, people’s political beliefs have no bearing on the good music they play. Providing your a fan of that particular music.

Anyway, I highly recommend you watch the US and Them tour. Whether your a newbie or a Pink Floyd/ Roger Water aficionado, the music, performances and visual presentation is amazing.

See you all on the next one. Rock on….

New Music…The Journey

I’m always interested in finding and listening to new bands but lately my journey hasn’t been successful, I find new bands today, to put it bluntly, shit. There is no substance to new music, there’s no relying on the most powerful instrument,  the voice. There’s no band playing instruments,  and what I mean by that is, there is no texture,  no sitting back and taking the sounds in. That complex sound that different instruments make when played separately or together.  Gone are the days when bands would play 10-15 minute songs, if not longer. Gone are the days you can put an album on and get lost in the complexity,  the texture,  the instruments. Gone are the days when you can close your eyes,  and open then up again after a song is finished and say, wow, how fucking amazing is was that.  I know rely on the classic bands of yesterday for that journey,  bands like, Pink Floyd,  early Genesis, early Rush, Triumph,  CSN, EL&P, The Moody Blues etc. Even some of the Metal bands took you on a journey,  like Rainbow,  Black Sabbath, Judas Priest etc. 

There is no instrument structure anymore.  For example,  Billie Eilish, I don’t see any talent there whatsoever, yet she has her fans and her awards. She has a vocal resemblance to Amy Winehouse, who had talent I might add, I might not have been a big fan of hers, but he had my respect as an artist. Shame her demons were too much for her and she was taken way too young. Anyway, I am only using Billie Eilish as and example here, but if you listen to the new James Bond theme, No Time to Die, it sounds cold and out of place so to speak. The orchestra sounds amazing, but Billie’s voice sounds out of place like it was overdubbed over the music. There was heart and substance in the orchestra, but no heart and substance in the vocals. Shame as it has the sound of the James Bond themes of the 60s and 70s. I personally think it would have been better off as an orchestral instrumental.

I haven’t heard any new bands that have impressed me. It’s been new releases of bands and artists that have been around for a while. The new Nightwish album, Epica, Kansas, Blue Oyster Cult came back this year and showed these new artists how it is done. Steve Hackett released a fantastic album last year and released an instrumental album this year, both fantastic albums.

So, I have been listening to indie bands trying to find some resemblance of music. There is a lot of hidden talent out there somewhere. Which leads me to this band, Lucius. Apparently they have been together for 11 years now. I didn’t know anything about them until recently when I watched the Roger Waters Lockdown sessions. Which if you haven’t seen it yet, I highly recommend it. You can find it on YouTube. He performs 5 songs, Bravery of Being out of Range, Mother, Vera, The Gunners Dream and Two Suns in a Sunset.

Apparently the the two girls from Lucius even toured with him on his, US and Them tour, which I never paid attention too. (Until now). The harmony in their vocal is amazing. Two different voices coming together to form one beautiful voice. I was blown away. I have been catching up on them this week and I have found some excitement in finding new music to listen to.

There are bands/ artists out there with good voices and talent. A new journey begins. Soundcloud is a big help in find indie talent. On my channel there, I have various different playlists focusing on good indie talent. There is a renewed interest now in me to find new exciting bands that haven’t been picked up and swayed by big record labels that don’t have artists best intrests at heart. All they care about is the next big hit or artists. They are the reason there is no structure anymore. Corporate greed has taken over. There is no thought or love for “music”.

The listener that still enjoy structure and soul in music keep the dream alive. We are the ones that crave music to take us away, to give us chills and goosebumps, we are the lucky ones to feel that and crave it. Those bands/ artists are out there. By luck we will find them.

The journey continues….

Doctor Who: Timelash Revisited

In 1985 I was a ripe young age of 14. At that time, Doctor Who was being played twice a week (Tuesdays and Thursdays on TV Ontario PBS station, and Saturday nights on an American PBS station out of Boston. That station edited the parts together like it was one long movie episode, which I liked, because it was less editing involved by me on my beta machine player. There were no spoilers back then, so I heavily relied on the TV Guide for a description of what the next Doctor Who was either going to be called and hopefully there was a Description of the episode. The week before, The Two Doctors had wrapped up, I was still beaming at the end of that episode. How exciting was it to see one of the earlier Doctors again on screen, played brilliantly by Patrick Troughton (The 2nd Doctor).

I waited eagerly for one of my parents to buy the TV guide since I yet didn’t have a job. That won’t come for another year. Every Friday, the next weeks Guide would be put up the on the Store shelves and I eagerly awaited it’s arrival. Sometimes, my parents waited until Saturday to pick up the TV guide for the week. On those days, I would grow impatient and walk down to the nearest department store, which for me at that time was across the street at Towers department store. I walked up to a closed cash register isle where magazines were on display and

flipped through the pages until I reached Tuesday and it read:

Timelash: The Doctor: Colin Baker. Part One. The people of Karfel are terrorized by the sinister Borad.

Then I turned the page to Thursday, same description.

Then I flipped the pages to Saturday night and the Description read. The Carnival of Monsters. 90 minutes. Doctor Who (Jon Pertwee) and Jo Grant become trapped in an alien peepshow.

It was a good time back then to be a Doctor Who fan, I had three nights a week to watch my favorite program! My mind would race after reading those descriptions, I couldn’t wait for Tuesday, Thursday nights to happen and then Saturday nights! Saturday nights were the special one. Not only did I get to see previous Doctors, I was able to stay up late and watch one long movie version of it. Tuesday and Thursday episodes aired at 7pm, Saturday nights would air at 11pm.

So here I am, after dinner sitting in my room waiting for Doctor Who to start. Laying on my bed, looking at the TV descriptions again before the episode would start then, the opening TV Ontario episode reminder would prep me:

“Coming up next, Doctor Who: Timelash.”

I scooted to the edge of my bed and waited. After a couple of station programming adds, the title music would play, then with a whoosh, the Doctor Who logo would appear then the name of the episode. It’s hard to describe the amount of excitement I had back then growing up on Doctor Who. I needed that escapism, that excitement. I needed my hero. They were the fastest 25 minutes on TV, only one other show would seen shorter in that same time limit, and that was the Muppet show.  Saturday nights. Went fast as well, but not as fast. Especially the 6- or 7-part stories that would start at 11pm and finish around 2:30am sometimes 3am. The War games was a marathon watch. That one I will tell on another podcast.

At this point, I should admit, that I wasn’t a Colin Baker fan at this time. I found his portrayal brash and cruel, especially towards Peri. I thought he was too violent towards his adversaries. A huge departure from my favorite Doctor Tom Baker, and even more so from the 5th Doctor. I also found it hard to take him seriously with that outfit that he wore. But I faithfully watched because it was Doctor Who.

I do remember liking the episode. I was thoroughly entertained; the cliffhangers were excellent. Upon original watch it was shown in 4 parts. It wasn’t until I was older and started to collect all the episodes on DVD when they became available, that I found out it was shown in two 45-minute episodes. I much preferred the shorter parts.

It wasn’t until I purchased the DVD and watched it 10 years ago now, that I finally saw some issues with the show. The biggest issue for me was, when did the 3rd Doctor and Jo Grant visit Karfel? The bickering the Doctor and Peri did was a huge turn off and took away from the story for me.

Fast forward to this week, I just watched the episode for the first time in 10 or so years in preparation for an upcoming Script Doctors live stream on YouTube. I have been re watching a lot of old classic episodes lately, and they still give me joy just like they did all those years ago.

Yes, the bickering still bothered me, but it didn’t take me out of the story. Yes, the 3rd Doctor reference still bothered me, but didn’t take me out of the story. I found myself enjoying Colin Baker’s performance.  There is some of aspects of the 1st Doctor in his attributes. I found myself paying less attention to his outfit and more to the story. Nicola Bryant was brilliant as Peri and did the damsel in distress perfectly. I enjoyed the banter between the Doctor and Herbert as well.

I found myself chuckling throughout the story. Especially when the characters were taking the piss out of each other. Especially Herbert towards the Doctor. I really enjoyed Paul Darrow”s performance as Tekker. He was brilliantly over the top evil. It was the little things in the episode I was enjoying. I enjoyed the story. It was simple. It entertained.

Most people hate this story, but I enjoyed it. Maybe it’s my age now, I don’t know, but I was able to see past the things that bothered me 10 years ago. I was able to sit back with my hero for some nostalgic escapism fun.

At the end of the day, that’s all we really want, right?