Light In The Fog: Streets Of San Francisco’s Mike Stone

Mon 23 Mar 2015 - Filed under: 1970s,Film — Christian
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When we ran our profile of a tradly dressed Washington DC police officer last week, a reader left a comment invoking the name of Mike Stone, the cop played by Karl Malden on the ’70s TV show “The Streets Of San Francisco.”

In contrast to his wide-lapelled and groovy necktie-wearing partner (played by a young Michael Douglas), Mike Stone was a throwback to an earlier era in his fedora (only fogeys wore hats at the time), buttondown shirts, cardigans and traditional neckties. To all the hippies on Haight-Ashbury, he would’ve been the very embodiment of The Establishment.

Turns out the anniversary of Malden’s birth was yesterday. Here’s a small gallery to the cop they would’ve trusted in Pacific Heights. — CC (Continue)

The Dover Boys At Pimento University, 1942

Mon 29 Dec 2014 - Filed under: Film — Christian
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A reader tipped us off on this one. It’s amazing what you guys know. — CC


Katnip Kollege, 1938

Sun 28 Dec 2014 - Filed under: Film — Christian
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OK, it’s officially Cartoon Week. This one’s from 1938, three years into the swing era. The music is decidedly different from 1932’s “Freddy The Freshman.” — CC


Raw! Raw! Rooster, 1956

Sat 27 Dec 2014 - Filed under: Film — Christian
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It’s inevitable that things wind down at the end of the week, but to devolve into Cartoon Week? Sheesh….

On the plus side, it may be a short week. I did some extensive googling for collegiate-themed animated shorts from the ’30s, but couldn’t actually find anything. Suggestions appreciated. Were there any Madison Avenue spoofs? — CC


Freddy The Freshman, 1932

Fri 26 Dec 2014 - Filed under: Film — Christian
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All those holiday cartoons are for kids. This one’s for college men.


Call The Style Police: The 3/1 Roll

Sat 20 Dec 2014 - Filed under: Film — Christian
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Does this man look guilty to you? Does it look like he’s hiding something?

In fact he is: he has fastened only the top button on his three-button jacket.

Pictured above is Tyrone Power from the fantastic 1957 Billy Wilder film “Witness For The Prosecution,” which features an incredible performance by Charles Laughton as a celebrated barrister who takes one final case, defending Power’s character from the charges of murder.

The film is set in London, but Power plays an American who stayed in Europe after the war. To sartorially separate him from his environment, Power is dressed in an Ivy-cut herringbone sportcoat. It features a hook vent, so likely not Brooks, correct? J. Press? Norman Hilton?

Regardless, I’ve no idea if it was the idea of the actor, director or costumer, but when Power first shows up on screen to plead innocence of the charges against him, his jacket is buttoned in this odd fashion, visually sending a signal to even the least clothes-observant audience member that something is slightly off. Call it a 3/1 roll, and for Power, the “roll” of a lifetime.

“Witness For The Prosecution” is currently available from Netflix streaming and is well worth a view. — CHRISTIAN CHENSOVLD


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