Reel To Real: Take Ivy 1984

Fri 1 May 2015 - Filed under: 1980s,Film — Christian
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Deep Google searches on the phrase “Take Ivy” often return an image of a mysterious green VHS cassette with art from illustrator Kazuo Hozumi — evoking fantasties that the mythic 1965 film was once available as a commercial release. Six months ago, a former VAN Jacket employee handed me this very videotape after cleaning out his closet and told me to figure out what it was. This was exciting — a lost relic of Japanese Ivy history!

The text on the cover revealed that the video was actually from 1984, made for the 30th anniversary of Men’s Club magazine. I pulled my VCR out of storage to do a proper screening.

After watching the entire video, I can report back that Take Ivy 1984 is the trad equivalent of Al Capone’s vault — 59 minutes of nothing.



Just Give Them Some Space: The Astronaut Wives Club

Tue 28 Apr 2015 - Filed under: 1960s,Film — Christian
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When one door closes, the saying goes, another one opens. Or when one TV show ends, another begins. In our case, farewell “Mad Men” and welcome to earth “The Astonaut Wives Club.”

ABC is currently advertising the series, which is set during the ’60s Space Race; it will debut in June.


Boys Town

Sun 26 Apr 2015 - Filed under: 1960s,Film — Christian
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As we approach our 1,200th post, I suppose it’s inevitable that we start recycling things every once in a while. It offers those of us who’ve been here all along to revisit certain topics (I’m certainly at the stage where I’ve forgotten half the stuff on here), while giving new readers the chance to see things they might have missed.

This post originally ran in May of 2009, and came up in conversation the other day with friend and colleague Bruce Boyer, mostly apropos of college mating rituals. Given that it’s springtime I thought it worth reposting, and the contrast in music from then (highbrow avant-garde) to now (twerking lowbrow) still fascinates. — CC

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As a follow-up to our previous post on George Hamilton, Ivy-Style looks at 1960’s “Where the Boys Are,” in which Hamilton plays a rich college boy on Spring Break in Fort Lauderdale at the dawn of the Sexual Revolution. (Continue)


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

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