1. Manfish (1956) and Reap the Wild Wind; Lobby Cards

    Edgar Allan Poe’s The Gold Bug and The Tell-Tale Heart were updated and woven together into a single narrative in the ultra-cheap adventure yarn Manfish.

    John Bromfield, Lon Chaney Jr. and Victor Jory head the cast as three fortune hunters, combing the West Indies in search of buried treasure.

    The heavy of the piece is Jory, who murders Bromfield, weighs down the body and throws it overboard, with consequences not unlike those suffered by Poe’s Tell-Tale Heart protagonist. Poor, simple-minded Chaney ends up coming out the winner, if only by default.

    The feminine angle is handled by Barbara Nichols (bad, brassy blonde) and Tessa Pendergast (good, dark-skinned native lass).

    Because of a handful of West Indian song interludes, Manfish was re-realeased as Calypso, in hopes of cashing in on the then-popular musical craze. +

  2. Submarine (Columbia, 1928)

    Navy man Jack Reagon (Jack Holt) falls for dance-hall girl Bessie (Dorothy Revier) and they marry, but she can’t adjust to the bonds of matrimony.

    A love affair starts between Bessie and Reagon’s longtime Navy pal Bob Mason (Ralph Graves), who later becomes trapped underwater in a sunken submarine.

    Bessie admits her unfaithfulness to Reagon but reassures him of Mason’s honorableness, and Reagon succeeds in rescuing his best friend.

    So successful was Submarine that director Frank Capra would reunite with Jack Holt and Ralph Graves for two more romantic-triangle rescue dramas: his early talkies Flight (1929) and Dirigible (1931), in which the men fought over Lila Lee and Fay Wray, respectively. +

  3. Ghost Diver (20th Century Fox, 1957)

    Roger Bristol (James Craig) is the star of a popular TV adventure series. To further boost his ratings, Bristol promises his viewers that he will locate a sunken treasure off the coasts of South America.

    True to his word, Bristol, his secretary Anne Stevens (Audrey Totter) and his skindiver son Bob (Lowell Brown) embark on his dangerous quest, using the cryptic messages carved on an ancient idol as his guide to the treasure.

    Their mission is threatened by a covetous local diver (Nico Minardos), who will stop at nothing to get his hands on the treasure. (allmovie)

  4. Underwater! (RKO, 1955). Window Card / movie poster; LaNora Theatre; Pampa, Texas

    Drama.Starring Jane Russell, Gilbert Roland, Richard Egan, Lori Nelson, Robert Keith, Joseph Calleia, Eugene Iglesias and Ric Roman. Directed by John Sturges

  5. Tugboat Annie (MGM, 1933)

    Directed by Mervyn LeRoy. Starring Marie Dressler, Wallace Beery, Robert Young and Maureen O’ Sullivan.

  7. Maritime Monday for August 12th, 2013:
    Movies About Ships, Part V

    Captain of the scavenger ship Ghost, Wolf Larsen, (Edward G. Robinson) is a heartless tyrant who can tolerate no sign of weakness in anyone, and reigns over his hellish vessel in true satanic fashion. Idealistic writer Humphrey Van Weyden (Alexander Knox) and fugitive from justice Ruth Webster (Ida Lupino) are picked up by the Ghost when their ferryboat capsizes.

    Realizing that their chances of getting off the boat alive are nil, Van Weyden and Ruth conspire with embittered cabin boy Leach (John Garfield) to escape.  They drift in a small open boat for days, only to return to the Ghost, which has apparently been scuttled by the mutinous crew.

    Ultimately, the Ghost sinks beneath the waves, carrying Larsen and Van Weyden to their doom. Ruth and Leach manage to save themselves, rowing toward the safety of a nearby island.

  8. Who’s yer Papi?  (video)

    Big Papi holds baby during national anthem

    Boston Tender  :)

  9. pianolin:

    Mattapoisett Bathing Beach, Massachusetts
    Negative, Glass, Dry Plate

    (via fuckyeahmassachusetts)

  10. The Tidal Wave (Thomsen-Ellis Corp., Baltimore-New York, 1918) WWI Poster

    by Joseph Clement Coll (1881 -1921), a prolific magazine illustrator who was one of the earliest to work in the new medium of unengraved drawings. His thousands of illustrations in a host of periodicals is said to have had a profound influence on the pulp magazine artists of the 1930s and 40s.

  12. oldbookillustrations:

    The prologe of the tale of the manne of lawe.

    Edward Burne-Jones, from The works of Geoffrey Chaucer, Hammersmith, 1896.

    (Source: archive.org)

  13. I don’t think that hideous sculpture is doing it any favors, either.


    (via Your Holidays Pictures Francesca Lanaro | Le Journal de la Photographie)

    Big Ships are destroying Venice © Francesca Lanaro