this week on the show we take a look at one of the smallest players in the movie making machine of Hollywood of the fifties that just happened to be one that packed a really big punch…news on the demise of the Hukilau event in Florida plus the best lounge and exotica from across the globe along with the best parties to end the year with.
Clouseaux Search For a Vulcan
Tiki Lounge Crew Suburbia 62
Reg Owen Everyday
Percy Faith Theme From A Summer Place
Octobop Jazz Goes To Siwash
Tiki Joe’s Ocean Night Of The Jungle
Martin Denny Exotica
Janet Seidel Miami Beach Mambo
Barney Mcall Mysteriss
Sir Julien You Only Live Twice
O Som Do Jazz Nanna
Nina Simone Wils Is The Wind
Mob City Set to Debut This week (USA TODAY)
Not only is it a great history of an era that I’m fascinated with, but I also did see the clear opportunity to do something in the noir tradition. I have been a lover of the noir in literature and films since I was a kid,” says Darabont, who cites the novelist Raymond Chandler and films such as Double Indemnity and Sunset Boulevard. “I’m so absorbed by that wonderful storytelling where the stakes are high, the guys are desperate, everybody has an angle and the women could be dangerous.”
In Mob City, real-life characters, such as straight-arrow police captain (and eventual chief) William Parker (Neal McDonough) – “He was like the sheriff who rode into town and wanted to clean it up,” Darabont says — and mobsters Ben “Bugsy” Siegel (Ed Burns) and Mickey Cohen (Jeremy Luke), are set off against fictional creations, including the hard-to-read Marine-turned-cop Joe Teague (Jon Bernthal).
Peppered into the postwar mix are Mob lawyer Ned Stax (Milo Ventimiglia), enforcer Sid Rothman (Robert Knepper), police detective Hal Morrison (Jeffrey DeMunn), MayorFletcher Bowron (Gregory Itzin) and alluring woman of mystery Jasmine Fontaine (Alexa Davalos).
McDonough praises Darabont for staying true to the non-fictional characters while weaving in fictional elements. He wants to “make sure we tell the right story within the confines of the show,” he says.
Teague, whose motives aren’t always clear as his work brings him in contact with the Mob, “is every noir hero I’ve ever wanted to write,” Darabont says. He “is a guy looking for true north on his moral compass. But he’s pretty freshly back from a very ugly and brutal war, and I don’t think this world seems entirely real to him yet. He doesn’t have quite the graces, and his impulses are not entirely under control.”
Teague is a complex product of his era, affected by war and the Depression, and Mob City will tackle related issues, such as post-traumatic stress disorder, Bernthal says.
“There’s a real sense that because of the things he’s been through and the things he’s been asked to do and the things he has done, especially in war, that he does not feel he is a man fit for happy and healthy relationships. He just wants to keep everybody safe and watch from afar,” says the actor, who worked with Darabont on The Walking Dead.
The actors, who hope Mob City extends beyond the six episodes, say they find the film noir genre appealing.
“We had that night in downtown Los Angeles … where you’ve got the fedora on, the Craftsman houses, the 1940s car, the period street lamps. I half-expected Edward G. Robinson to walk out of one of the houses,” Burns says. “It’s like, ‘Oh, we’re doing that.’ This is our Cagney, Bogey moment.”
Ventimiglia sees a romance to the place and the era, which is reflected in shooting locations that remain from that time, such as historic Union Station.
“In the ’40s, (Los Angeles) was a little kid. It was figuring out who it was. It had very two strong forces, the LAPD and the crime syndicate. A lot of people thought that Mob stories were very East Coast and Midwest, but L.A. was kind of the Guadalcanal of a war,” he says. “There was a lot happening there that people don’t understand or expect to happen because of all the glitz and glamour of Hollywood, but there was a very dark side to the city of Los Angeles that we explore.”
Mob City will examine the allure and ugliness of show business, but will also visit other parts of a diverse city that often aren’t given as much attention, Bernthal says.
“The Hollywood studio system and its influence on the police and the (Mob) involvement with that is dealt with,” he says. In addition, “it really goes into Central Avenue, the jazz bars and the African-American community. Los Angeles is very much billed in this time as being this lily-white community with orange trees growing on every street, and people don’t realize it was one of the most racially diverse cities in America. It had big Mexican and African-American populations.”
Darabont, who was unceremoniously pushed from the helm of AMC’s Walking Deadduring its second season, says TNT executives “were really decent people to work for, which is an experience I needed after my last one,” calling the outcome “pretty reprehensible” and “pretty sleazy.” (DeMunn, who has worked in many Darabont productions, asked to leave Walking Dead because of Darabont’s treatment. “I didn’t like what they did,” he says.)
For TNT, Darabont adds a prestigious pedigree along with the ability to attract a well-regarded cast.
“He’s a true, old-fashioned film guy, who has a vision, sticks with it and everyone around him respects him,” Knepper says. “He’s proven, he has an opinion and, at the same time, he’s loving and trusting of his actors.”
A couple of years ago I had the pleasure of speaking to the great Comedian Shelley Berman, well he’s back on the show to talk about a book of poetry he’s has written along with extraordinary ability to adlib. I’ve got a free vintage online magazine to check out, and a nice box set for you in time for Christmas
David Carbonara A Beautiful Mine
Cocktail Inn Brief And Breezy
Enoch Light Bingo Bango Bongo Baby
Mancini Brothers Go To Mothers
Ixtahuele Rarohengen Dance
Morton Stevens Hawaii Five O
Mr Ho’s Orchestrotica Would You like Bongos With That Fugue
Nutty Back In Black
Plas Johnson Mean To Me
101 Strings A Man And A Woman
John Barry 7 Underground Lair
Count Basie April In Paris
With the 50 year anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s death upon us, it’s only appropriate that we honor his legacy here at The Cocktail Nation radio show by featuring a photo tour of the presidential yacht, “Honey Fitz”.
The 93-foot wooden yacht was originally built in 1931 by Defoe Shipyard in Bay City, Michigan for Sewell Avery, a prominent businessman from Chicago, who mostly used it to cruise around Lake Michigan. The yacht was purchased, or possibly expropriated, from Avery in 1942 by the U.S. government and assigned to the coast guard.
The yacht first gained Presidential status with President Harry S. Truman, who used it mostly as a tender for the much larger, and more lavish, Williamsburg. In all the yacht was used by five U.S. Presidents – Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon – but was most famous for its role as the presidential yacht for John F. Kennedy, who renamed it “Honey Fitz” after his grandfather.
Kennedy is said to have spent some of the happiest times of is life on the Honey Fitz. During he presidency, he would use it extensively to entertain family and close friends, cruising up and down the eastern seaboard from the Potomac River in D.C. to Cape Cod.
The yacht was eventually sold to a private buyer during the Nixon Administration in 1970. Recently, the yacht underwent an extensive, two-year restoration to bring it back to its “Camelot” era glory days it is most known for.
check out this interview that Dean Abbott did with me on his show “Your Neighborhood Almanac “
Please pour yourself a drink & make yourself comfortable for your introduction to the silken-voiced Mr Koop Kooper…
This swank gentleman is the host of the Cocktail Nation – a lounge and exotica podcast out of the sydney penthouse… each week kooper talks to the movers and shakers of the lounge & tiki scene & plays the very best in swingin’ tunes.
He is a DJ, writer & voiceover artist… and known around sydney town as a hepster who is always on the lookout for some crazy music… he mostly listens to lounge and exotica & loves the new stuff that is coming out these days in what is a vibrant scene…
Kooper is an avid collector of late fifties and early sixties furniture for over fifteen years now & has some truly amazing pieces… clothing is naturally something that this swinger digs & he firmly believes that a well-dressed man should be a well-dressed man in vintage threads at all times, not just weekends…
This is a man who can cut a rug when required but more than likely this swingin’ animal is most likely found propping up the bar… his diet includes the famed blue martini & most finger foods… working in the media as he does, he is often pictured at A-list events & is often likely to turn up at the opening of a letter…
Must be why the ladies like him… he’s manly, but well dressed & boy, can he pack a punch!