I'm All Tingly with Anticipation ... Or Going Bald

Some snippets from my half of yesterday's Facebook conversation with Matt . . .

This just in:
I want to marry the Prelinger Archives.

(This statement inspired by Resource of the Week: Prelinger Archives on Resource Shelf.)

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Sometimes on Turner Classic Movies they show these old shorts from the '40s/'50s/'60s as filler between features — but you can never tell when they're going to be on.

I saw one last weekend that was about male pattern baldness (except they didn't call it that yet; I think they used alopecia instead) and was full of nutty advice. I got interrupted in the middle, though — I think I had to go to my grandparents' house to say Happy Father's Day. I wonder if I can find it in the archives ....

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OMG. I looked at the "most downloaded" titles in the archive:

  • Blonde Stag Film
  • Peeping Tom's Paradise
  • Perversion for Profit
  • New Girl in the Office (Part 2)


(Those aren't the only titles that were most downloaded, they just happen to fit the theme of "vintage porn" that I was commenting on. )

Most Downloaded Items Last Month

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Ooh! I found it in the monthly TCM schedule — I guess they do list the short films. Who knew?

"So You Want To Keep Your Hair" (1946) is part of a series known as the Joe McDoakes shorts, the Behind the Eight Ball series, or the So You Want... series.

Joe McDoakes Title Card — From Wikipedia

You can watch the film itself on the Vitaphone Shorts page at Dr. Macro's High Quality Movie Scans.

Have I mentioned lately that I heart the Internet?


I forgot to title this as a Friday timewaster, but that's totally what it is.

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  1. You can't marry an archives, silly. But keep coming to meetings and perhaps we can hook you up with one of the many eligible archivists that troll our conferences.

    But I'm glad to see that you are enjoying the Kool-Aid.

    "Drink your juice, Shelby."

  2. I've never seen Steel Magnolias, so I had to do a lot of Googling to figure out that reference.

    Oh, and minor correction:

    Despite it's porny-sounding title, "New Girl in the Office (Part 2)" is actually a government-produced short on the evils of sexism and racism, starring Ed Asner as the new girl.

    Just kidding. He's probably one of the businessmen who realize that if you hire a black secretary, you can show off your integrated office when you bid on government contracts.

    Or so I gather from the comments section — I haven't actually watched it myself.