From "The Morning Call" pt. 3 - Thursday, April 9, 2015

Today, the American Treasure Tour blog is going to jump right into a discussion of one of the ads included in Page 29 of the Allentown, PA-based The Morning Call newspaper on display in the Music Room.  We have a double feature to announce:  There Goes Kelly and Docks of New York.  

Neither movie is much longer than sixty minutes, so this would be an easy double feature to enjoy in the theater.  Of course, two isn't always better than one.  There Goes Kelly tells the story of two amateur sleuths trying to discover who murdered the star singer at a radio station.  The one review I found of it on-line offers less than glowing reviews:  poorly written, badly acted, a humorless comedy.  I admit to having never seen the film, but I do hope it wasn't this bad.  Docks of New York is another film dealing with a murder.  It stars the East Side Kids, the twentieth of their twenty-two films together.  The East Side Kids was a gang of tough street kids with hearts of gold, inspired by such other gangs as the Dead End Kids or the Little Tough Guys.  Some of the actors from the Our Gang series appeared in these films as well.  So, get your popcorn, buy a soda, sit back and enjoy.  Most importantly, forget your troubles!
QUESTION:  With 22 films released between 1940 and 1945, the East Side Kids were very busy. Which film studio produced all of these films?
A)  Monogram
B)  Warner Brothers
C)  Allied Artists
D)  United Artists

BIG SKY PURCHASE.  Things were a little crazy in the United States in 1867.  President Johnson was far from a popular leader, juggling his own convictions, the ideals of the Radical Republicans and some very unhappy southerners after the Civil War.  Count on Secretary of State William H. Seward, one of Abraham Lincoln's team of rivals who remained in office after the assassination, to propose the purchase of Alaska from the Tsar of Russia.  The vote was taken, and the purchase approved on this day in 1867 - but just.  Approval was given because of one vote.

THE KOO-KOO-KOOKIEST.  Yesterday, we went to Hong Kong to celebrate the birthday of Jackie Chan.  Today, we're leaving the borders again to celebrate the Canadian-born children's television visionary Marty Krofft.  Born in 1937, he is celebrating his 86th today, this innovator dominated Saturday morning television in the 1960s and '70s with such shows as H.R. Puff'N Stuff, Land of the Lost, The Bugaloos, and too many more to mention.  With his brother Sid, Marty Krofft can look back upon a legacy of very strange television programming, and we can all thank him for that.  I think.  

QUOTE:  People say nothing's impossible, but I do nothing every day. - Winnie the Pooh

ANSWER:  A)  Monogram.  In 1953, Monogram transitioned into the Allied Artists Picture Corporation, so if your answer was C), you win partial credit!