Friday, September 22, 2017
While the title suggests that Betty Boop has earned her medical degree in this short, her doctorate appears to be from the school of snake oil. Betty and company set up their wagon to sell "Jippo," a wondrous cure for all ailments. Some typically odd early 1930's gags and hot jazz ensue, with a interesting Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde ending. From the Internet Archive, here is the 1932 animated short, Betty Boop, M.D.
Thursday, September 21, 2017
According to Pappy's Golden Age Comics Blogzine, prior to World War II, Canadians were able to enjoy U.S. comic books. With the advent of war, however, comic books were not high on the list of import priorities for the Canadian government, so our friends up north made their own. Due to tighter budgets, these comics were in black and white. This comic, Thunderfist, tells the story of a superhero whose powers are apparently thanks to his own inventions, and who defeats the deadly mechanical devices of a foreign power.
Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Monday, September 18, 2017
Destination Tokyo is one of my favorite double wartime movies, being both about and released during WWII. One of the subplots involves a seaman diagnosed by the pharmacists mate with acute appendicitis, and who will certainly die without surgery. The captain (Cary Grant) convinces the pharmacists mate (William Prince) he can perform the surgery. The tension builds as the operation takes place, but the surgery is a success, and the seaman recovers. The entire film is a morale building vehicle for the folks at home, and this story was part of it.
This story, however, was based on fact. As I learned from This Day in World War II History, on September 11, 1942, a pharmacists mate on board the U.S. submarine Seadragon performed an emergency appendectomy on a fellow crewmember in circumstances essentially like those depicted in the film. More details at the U.S. Naval Institute Naval History Blog.
Thursday, September 14, 2017
The Commercial Appeal recently ran an interesting story about Bob and Laura Coleman, who in 1948 or thereabouts, moved into a little house that sat beneath the wooden structure of the Pippin, the Shelby County Fairgrounds roller coaster that later became famous as Elvis Presley's favorite ride. Until it was "disassembled" in 2010 and shipped to Green Bay, Wisconsin, it was the oldest surviving roller coaster in the U.S. Mr. Coleman maintained the Fairgrounds rides until 1960, including the Pippin. Dinner conversation at home may have been difficult during operating hours.