Category Archives: 1930s

Batman

Despite what the official credits say, Batman was the creation of Bob Kane and Bill Finger.  Kane was assigned by his editor to come up with another character in the vein of their hit “Superman” hero, and with substantial input … Continue reading

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Frankenstein

One of the reasons that Frankenstein’s monster is one of the best-known horror characters is the classic film adaptation of Mary Shelley’s novel directed by James Whale, simply called Frankenstein. Another reason is the fact that the character has been … Continue reading

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Namor the Sub-Mariner

The Sub-Mariner – known to his friends as Prince Namor – is one of the first superheroes, and probably the first super anti-hero.  He was created by Bill Everett and introduced in 1939 by Timely Comics (the publisher now known … Continue reading

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“Exactly Like You”

“Exactly Like You” is a song from the Broadway musical Lew Leslie’s International Revue with lyrics by Dorothy Fields and music by Jimmy McHugh. It was a popular hit in 1930 along with “On the Sunny Side of the Street”, … Continue reading

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Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats

T.S. Eliot’s collection of poems entitled Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats is best known today as the basis for the mega-hit musical Cats.  The poems were originally written for his godchildren, whimsically inventing a society and psychology for the … Continue reading

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The Big Trail

John Wayne’s first starring role was in The Big Trail, a western written by Hal G. Evarts and directed by Raoul Walsh.  It was this film in which handsome 23-year-old Marion “Duke” Morrison became “John Wayne”, a name chosen by … Continue reading

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Slam Bradley

Although none have been quite as popular as their character in the blue tights and red cape, Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster created other comic book characters too.  One was Slam Bradley, who debuted more than a year earlier.  He … Continue reading

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“In the Mood”

One of Glenn Miller’s most lasting contributions to popular culture is “In the Mood”.  It’s an instrumental jazz tune that most people will recognize, even if they don’t know the name… or even who the legendary trombonist and bandleader was.  … Continue reading

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