Exotica

Girlie Film: Hot Number - 1940's

You know how it is ...

You get home after a day out, and it's just so hot you feel the urge strip to your undergarments.

Girlie Film: Walkin' Home, Again - 1920's

A bevy of flappers prances around the beach, having such a good time they can't help but strip to their skivvies. A ragamuffin, who watches them from behind a rock, swipes their clothes as they play carelessly in the waves.

The Three Suns: Beyond the Blue Horizon - 1940's

The Three Suns was an American instrumental pop group, popular in the 1940s and 1950s.

The group was formed in 1939 by Al Nevins (guitar) and Morty Nevins (accordion) and Artie Dunn (vocals, electronic organ). They later signed with RCA Victor.

In 1944, their first hit record was "Twilight Time", written by the band along with Buck Ram. "Twilight Time" sold over four million copies and was awarded a gold disc.

Bowling: The Golden Years - 1960

Brunswick was founded by John Moses Brunswick who came to the United States from Switzerland at the age of 15. The J.M. Brunswick Manufacturing Company opened for business on September 15, 1845, in Cincinnati, Ohio. Originally J. M. Brunswick intended his company to be mainly in the business of making carriages, but soon after opening his machine shop, he became fascinated with billiards and decided that making billiard tables would be more lucrative, as the better tables then in use in the United States were imported from England.

Trailer: Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! - 1965

 Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! is a 1965 exploitation film directed by Russ Meyer, who also wrote the script with Jack Moran. It stars Tura Satana, Haji, and Lori Williams.

The film features gratuitous violence, sexuality, provocative gender roles, and campy dialogue. It is one of Meyer's more boldly titled and unflinchingly exploitative films, yet unlike most of his movies, it contains virtually no nudity.

Martin Denny: Quiet Village "Hawaii Calls"- 1950's

Here's a rare clip of Martin Denny and his group playing their most popular tune, "Quiet Village", on Webley Edwards "Hawaii Calls."

Martin Denny was an American piano-player and composer best known as the "father of exotica." In a long career that saw him performing well into his 80s, he toured the world popularizing his brand of lounge music which included exotic percussion, imaginative rearrangements of popular songs, and original songs that celebrated Tiki culture.

Flagellants of Nocera Terinese - 1960's

Every seven years in the town of Guardia Sanframondi in Calabria, Italy, a mysterious rite hundreds of years old still takes place to this day.

On Good Friday, Flagellants from the surrounding villages perform the ritual of the battenti.

In this tradition, the participants embed shards of glass in pieces of cork, then forcefully drive the makeshift scourges into their bare legs. Bleeding, they jog the route of the Easter procession, enduring the pain and suffering of religious sacrifice in the name of spiritual cleansing.

Lionel Hampton: Bongo Interlude - 1950's

Lionel Hampton performs Bongo Interlude, a number that oozes with the exotica motifs prevalent in American pop culture at that time.

Lionel  Hampton  was an American jazz vibraphonist, pianist, percussionist, bandleader and actor. Along with Red Norvo, Hampton was one of the first jazz vibraphone players. Hampton ranks among the great names in jazz history, having worked with a who's who of jazz musicians, from Benny Goodman and Buddy Rich to Charlie Parker and Quincy Jones. In 1992, he was inducted into the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame.

Century 21 Calling: Bell Labs promo film - 1962

Occassionally, people do get the future right, as they seem to have done in this film, Century 21 Calling, made more than 45 years ago to promote Bell Labs at the 1962 Seattle World's Fair.

 

Call-waiting, call-forwarding, pagers, auto-dialing, news & weather info retrieval, central computer databases that log all of your private information (so that's where it came from).

 

Still waiting on that solar battery business, though.

 

20th Century Vamp - 1940's

This Vamp takes it off to an early jazz score. In this stag film just hauled out of basement, a Twentieth Century Vamp strips to her knickers to a raucous early jazz score.

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