Category: Humor

Fandango the Escape Artist Who Brought Down “Machine Gun Kelly” [2008]

Last night my wife and I were watching the 1958 Roger Corman cult film Machine Gun Kelly  starring Charles Bronson. Morey Amsterdam, who is probably best known for his classic role as Buddy Sorrell on The Dick Van Dyke Show, was one of the co-stars. Amsterdam played a swishy, one-armed weasel named Fandango who eventually brings about Machine Gun Kelly’s downfall, but before he does there’s a scene that’s so unintentionally funny that I’ve got to tell you about it.


So the police have brought Fandango into the station. Fandango is a small, wimpy wanna-be bad guy that everyone pushes around. The cops have been sweating him in order to find Machine Gun Kelly. Despite their best efforts they’re unable to get Fandango to break so they turn him loose.

After Fandango leaves the room the head detective tells his partner not to worry, he’s put his best man on trailing the one-armed weasel. Less than five seconds later the door opens and a cop says, “He got away. I lost him. He slipped into the ladies room and got away.”

My wife and I both burst out laughing. Their best cop lost a small, one-armed man named Fandango before he could even get out of the police station! The next scene showed Fandango arriving at the hideout and he was still wearing his huge overcoat with the sleeve pinned up. He didn’t even have to try to disguise himself or lose his overcoat.

There’s a lesson here. If you really need a quick get away, hit the women’s room and don’t look back. Not even the best cop will be able to track you through there.

UFOs and Extraterrestrials

When I was a little kid I loved movies about UFOs and extraterrestrials. As I got older, I still enjoyed the [good] movies featuring them, but I became less and less convinced that we’d ever find conclusive proof that they truly exist.

Sure, I’ve seen tons of videos of UFOs like this one flying over the beach which claim to be real. I’ve seen even more like this one which proves itself to be less than a UFO. I’ve heard claims from all kinds of UFO experts and even folks like this former Governor, this former candidate for President, and this former President. But it may be the expert known as the UFO Guy that presents the strongest case ever for the existence of extra, uh, exterter, um, exterest… aliens.

Look Out for Femme Noir

Next month, the first issue of Femme Noir: The Dark City Diaries, written by Chris Mills and drawn by Joe Staton, will be listed in Diamond Comics Distribution’s Previews. If you get Previews, I’d like you to check it out. My guess is after doing so, you’ll want to order a copy. If you don’t get previews, then please ask your local comic shop owner to take a look at it.

Femme Noir is a cartoon crime comic inspired by Eisner’s The Spirit, Gould’s Dick Tracy, plus a healthy mix of cliffhanger serials, B-movies, pulp magazines, and more. Each issue will feature a 28 page standalone story [how rare is that!] plus two pin-ups by guest artists!

Issues #1 and #3 are inked by Horacio Ottolini, issues #2 and #4 by Mark Stegbauer. Colors are provided by Melissa Kaercher and Matt Webb. As an added bonus, each issue is offered with two covers: one pencilled by Joe Staton and then digitally painted by Alfredo Lopez Jr, with the second by a guest artist. Those guest artists are Brian Bolland, Matt Haley, Phil Hester, and the late Mike Wieringo. [Some fans will buy the issues just for the guest covers!]

The official Femme Noir website is Check out the website and if you like what you see, help me spread the word. [And no, I’m not getting any kickbacks. I like Chris Mills’ work — especially his crime comic Gravedigger — and I’d like to see Chris and Joe Staton get the audience they deserve on Femme Noir. If it wasn’t a worthy comic, I wouldn’t be talking it up… and you wouldn’t still be reading this.]

The 4 Stooges

Since everyone here loves The Three Stooges [and don’t try to tease me by saying you don’t], I thought that you’d get a kick out of a clip of the only time that Larry, Curly, Moe and Shemp played a scene together. Mark Evanier explains here how this scene came about. Thanks to M.E. for the link and explanation.

He Ain’t Heavy…

I gotta admit that the Stepbrothers trailer made me chuckle even though you can see the jokes coming from a mile away. Maybe it’s because I can imagine Beatty and I playing the lead roles. And Big John knows which of the brothers that I’d be.
Before you watch, please know this is the mature audiences trailer.  If you’re offended by profanity or stupidity, then don’t click it.