Review: "Death Valley Days: The Complete First Season" DVD Release From Timeless Media

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By John M. Whalen

Death Valley Days” was a half-hour western anthology series that ran for 20 years on radio starting in 1930, continued on TV for 18 seasons (1952-1970), and is still being shown on cable TV today. The series, noted for its authentic detail and historical accuracy, was created by British writer Ruth Woodman at the request of Pacific Coast Borax, the company that made 20 Mule Team Borax. The company wanted a series that tied in with their detergent product, and since Borax is principally mined in Death Valley, Woodman suggested the series be focused on stories based on the history and geography of that area. She made frequent trips to the borax mines and the surrounding vicinity digging up historical tidbits that could be used as the basis for stories. She eventually became one of the foremost experts on that period and place in history.

For the first 11 years of its run,
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Richard Percy Jones, voice of Disney's Pinocchio, dies at 87

Richard Percy Jones, voice of Disney's Pinocchio, dies at 87
Richard Percy Jones, the voice of Disney's Pinocchio, has died aged 87.

The actor - also known as Dick or Dickie Jones - found fame as a child star in the classic animated 1940 film, and went on to appear in several popular westerns and B-movies.

He died on Monday (July 7) at his home in Northridge, California.

Jones is best known for his starring role as the puppet who wants to be a real boy, and performed the songs 'Give a Little Whistle', 'Hi-Diddle-Dee-Dee' and 'I've Got No Strings'.

He also had small roles in the Our Gang movies, as well as Babes in Toyland, Mr Smith Goes to Washington and Heaven Can Wait.

In the 1950s, he played Dick West and Jimmy the Kid in 78 episodes of the Range Rider TV series.

He later had appearances in The Gene Autry Show and Annie Oakley, and played the title role in Buffalo Bill Jr.
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HorrorBid Interviews Michael Myers from Halloween 2 aka Dick Warlock

We've had the pleasure of sitting down with many members of the film and special effects world over the past few years and to be honest it's possibly one of the most rewarding parts of the job. Today we meet up with the one and only Dick Warlock, a man that has seen it all from cult fame as Michael Myers in Halloween 2 to working with director James Cameron and in between. Sit back as we go one on one with The Dick Warlock...

First and foremost, how did you get into acting and stunt work?

It all started when I was 10 or 11 years old. You might say I was the local daredevil. I would, while playing Cowboys and Indians, fall out of trees and off of different things like porches etc. I once fell out of a tree catching pigeons and broke my wrist. I was playing baseball
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