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Friday, September 2, 2011
Report From The 1st Night Of The 2011 Leo Carrillo Film Festival
Mood:  caffeinated
Topic: Other Cons


The 1st Night of the 2011 Leo Carrillo Film Festival - August 26th

Subtitled: 'No Hotdogs!'

Held at the Leo Carrillo Ranch Historic Park in Carlsbad, California

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Left Column Top Photo:  After the pizza arrives from Allen's New York  Pizza... much happier with real food on the table!
Topmost Photo This Column:  Finding out that there wasn't any hot dogs on the 1st Night of the 2011 Leo Carrillo Film Festival... 
  Photo Directly Above:  The credits running after the 1942 film "What's Cookin'?" was over... Showing that indeed, it was Donald O'Connor in an early film appearance!   The rest of the dancers were called 'The Jivin' Jacks & Jills!

TODAY'S FEATURE - Blog #3499:

As blogged about in blog #3492, the 2011 Leo Carrillo Film Festival started last Friday night, August 26th, in Carlsbad, San Diego County, California.

The previous Friday night had been a fund raiser event, which we had to unfortunately miss, as it was also the last evening of the 2011 TGIF Jazz In The Park series, also in Carlsbad. (See this photo album for pics from the last night!)

So, a couple of our neighbors and my youngest son decided to take in the 1st evening of the 2011 Film Festival.   Tina was not feeling well, and decided that she needed to conserve her strength for the 2nd Annual So Cal Comic Con that was taking place the next day. (See blog #3495 for that report.)

Everything went well packing for the 1st evening... We had our high back chairs, which meant we had to sit in the back of the expected crowd, and appropriate clothes for being outside in the dark, along with flashlights.  We didn't bring our table with us for a picnic, as after attending the TGIF Season, we wanted a break from bringing food.  Plus the Leo Carrillo Historic Park staff had great hot dogs the previous season!

So we arrived there after 6PM and there were just a few parking spaces open for us to park.  We took our chairs and walked down to the house where the Cisco Kid episode & the feature film would be shown.

After grabbing an open table that no one was occupying, I went to the food shack and was very surprised to see that wasn't any food!   Except for candy, pop corn & ice cream!   That was very disturbing, as it wasn't mentioned on the websites, nor on the flyer!  And we had brought nothing but wine!

We decided to call for pizza to be delivered.  The first choice, as we knew it would be hard to get delivery to a non-residence / non-business place would be hard, was Domino's.  After 10 minutes haggling with the people on the phone... No, they wouldn't deliver to the Historic Park.  Sheesh! 

Thank goodness for Allen's New York Pizza in Carlsbad!  They came through for us!   AND the pizza was very good!   We all enjoyed this pizza, as it was getting pretty late, and I missed the opening scenes of the Cisco Kid episode. 

Oh, I mentioned the Cisco Kid?   In the earlier blog #3492, (linked above), I mentioned that Leo Carrillo was 'Pancho', sidekick to the Cisco Kid, which is why I'm blogging about this Film Festival here. The Cisco Kid had 40 comic book issues as well, as seen here.  That is the 'tie-in' and why I've blogged about the Film Festival for the past several years. (Note:  I sell western comics, including issues of the Cisco Kid, when available, at my online comic book shop.).

The film that was shown? Well... It was from 1942, and titled: What's Cookin'?, which I found very appropriate for the lack of food on that Friday night!   What's Cookin'?  Definitely NOT Hotdogs!

What was the "What's Cookin'?" film about?  Here's what is at the Imdb for the 69 minute film:

A group of entertainers visit the home of a radio singer to try to get her to book them on her show.

J. P. Courtney wants to update the music on the radio program he sponsors, but his wife, Agatha Courtney, is the final authority and addicted to the classics and won't allow him to replace Professor Bistell and his symphonic orchestra. Conspiring with his daughter Sue and her friends, Marvo the Great, the Andrews Sisters, Anne Payne and bandleader Woody Herman, they devise a sabotage plot that gets rid of Professor Bistell, and a new sound is soon heard on the program.

Here's a list of the credited cast:

The Andrews Sisters...Patty, Maxene, LaVerne

Jane Frazee...Anne

Robert Paige...Bob

Gloria Jean...Sue

Leo Carrillo...Marvo

Charles Butterworth...J. P. Courtney

Billie Burke...Agatha Courtney

Grace McDonald...Angela

Donald O'Connor...Tommy

Franklin Pangborn...Professor Bistell

Charles Lane...Reynolds

Tag-a-long (as Tag-a-long)

The Jivin' Jacks and Jills...Themselves

Woody Herman and His Orchestra...Themselves

So... what did we think?  Mary Lou thought it was the worst film she had ever seen.   Joe thought it was pretty bad, but spotted that Donald O'Connor was in the cast first, as a young man.  My son Vinnie was kind of closed mouth about the film, but liked the Cisco Kid episode that was shown first.

As for myself... I enjoyed seeing this for what it was.  A 'war time film'.  A 'feel good' film to make those watching the film in the theater forget what was happening in the outside world, WWII.   I expected more upbeat 'swing' music, because the whole premise of the film was that 'swing' was bad.   Shades of what rock n' roll would be 'bad' ten years later!  

The film was okay for a period pieced, but yes, it could have used some addition editing!   The Andrew Sisters were fine in the film, and made it worth watching.  And Leo Carrillo?  Another one of his typecast roles, which he couldn't help but pull off!  Funny guy!

So, yeah, I'm going again tonight to the 2nd evening of the 2011 Leo Carrillo Film Festival!  Along with Tina & Mary Lou.  Whether there is a 'report' or not afterwards... I don't know.

I do know this, however:   We are definitely bringing our own food tonight!  If you are coming, I'd suggest you do the same!  There's No Hotdogs!   

Here are a few links you may want to check out further:

Photo Album:  1st Night of 2011 Leo Carrillo Film Festival - What's Cookin'?

Photo Album:  2nd Night of 2011 Leo Carrillo Film Festival - Larceny with Music.

link to the 2011 Leo Carrillo Film Festival flyer so you can see what the rest of the films being shown are this season.

I also want to mention that the Leo Carrillo Ranch Historic Park has a Facebook Fan Page, that I suggest readers of this blog 'LIKE', if you are into Leo Carrillo, the Cisco Kid, and / or the Leo Carrillo Film Festival.


~Michael D Hamersky - who is asking you for your vote in the current voting going on over at The Shel Dorf Awards web site. I was nominated for 'Comic Blogger of the Year' on Monday, August 8th!   While being honored to be nominated, I'd also like to win! The competition has some other good nominees for the same category I was nominated for, so I'm asking for your help on this!

If you have enjoyed this blog or any of the others in the now over 3,498 blogs in this series of mine, I'd appreciate your vote!

Here is a direct link to the voting page. 'Comic Blogger of the Year' is the category, and 'Michael Hamersky On Comics' is the name I'm listed as to vote for.

Here is a link to blog #3481, where I went more into depth on this topic.

My thanks to any of you that take the time to vote for me!  The voting ends on September 4th of 2011, only two days away!


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