November 17, 2018

Boys Beware: An Anti-Homosexuality Propaganda Film From the 1960s

“No matter where you meet a stranger, be careful if they are too friendly. One never knows when the homosexual is about.”
Boys Beware is a dramatic short social guidance propaganda film released through Sid Davis Productions. It deals with danger to young boys from predatory homosexuals. The film was released in 1961 and, under the copyright laws in the United States at the time of its release, has lapsed into the public domain and is available from the Prelinger Archives.

The film, shot partially in the Los Angeles suburb of Inglewood, California, and produced with the cooperation of the city's police department and the Inglewood Unified School District, is narrated by a police detective on his way to a school meeting to discuss the issue of sexual predators who attempt to lure young adolescent males.

Aside from the film's early 1960s-culturally influenced conclusion that homosexual men are inherently dangerous to young boys, the film has been noted for its unusual perception of police procedure: the first boy, named Jimmy, was supposedly playing a game of ball and did not feel like walking home, so he decided to “thumb” a ride. A few moments later, a car pulls up and Jimmy enters the stranger’s car. Jimmy and the stranger start a conversation while on the way to Jimmy’s house. They arrive at his house and Jimmy gets out of the stranger’s car.

The following day, the stranger was in his car waiting for him. Jimmy noticed that it was the same car and decided to ride once again. Instead of going straight to Jimmy’s house, “They went to a drive-in and the stranger treated him to a Coke.” The scene after shows ducks in a pond, and then switches to Jimmy and the stranger fishing together on a dock. Jimmy and the stranger (Ralph) reveal their names when they pull out their lunch. Jimmy then eats a sandwich, while Ralph pulls out a deck of “pornographic pictures.” Later, Jimmy is taken to a hotel with Ralph, presumably to be molested, and later reports the crime. The perpetrator is arrested; the victim is put on probation.

Another incautious, unsuspecting boy, Mike, is seen playing a game of basketball with a group of friends while ignoring a man watching them. The group decides to leave, but Mike decides to stay and practice. The man then joins Mike, which is better than playing alone, according to Mike. Mike then decides to leave, and the stranger offers him a ride home. Mike accepts the offer, and enters the vehicle. Mike is supposedly killed that night, having “traded his life for a newspaper headline.”

A third boy, Denny, is tricked into entering a man’s car while he and his friend were sorting out newspapers. The car leaves, and the friend writes down the license plate number. Denny’s friend is later delivering papers and talks to Denny’s mother, who is seen watering her lawn. Denny’s mother decides to go inside and call the police. Right after Denny’s mother called the police, the car is quickly spotted, and the stranger is arrested.

A fourth boy is Bobby, who was in a beachside restroom where he and his friends were changing. Bobby’s friends decide to head for home together, while Bobby decides to take a “shortcut” under a pier. As Bobby is walking to the shortcut, he notices that a man, who was seen at the restroom, was following him. Bobby then waves to his friends, and runs to join them.

The film equates homosexuals with child molesters and hebephiles, repeatedly describing homosexuality as a mental illness. True to the stereotypes of its time, the gay men in the film have mustaches, sunglasses and/or bow ties.

The film has other odd moments, probably the result of its $1,000 budget—a minuscule sum for a short film, even in 1961. Most notably, in the third scenario, the stranger is seen driving the same car (a 1959 Chevrolet Biscayne) as the detective.

Davis was friendly with the police in Southern California and would accept their suggestions of topics to make films about, allowing them to guide the films’ message and development.

(via Wikipedia)

36 Candid Photographs Capture Marilyn Monroe at an All-Star Soccer Game in Ebbets Field, New York, 1957

The tight blue dress and the spiked-heeled shoes were not the regulation uniform. But Marilyn Monroe managed to make the first kick at this all-star soccer game between Israel Hapoel and the American Soccer League All-Stars at Ebbets Field on May 12, 1957.

The game was part of a Salute to Israel program. The Hollywood goddess arrived at the stadium, home of the Brooklyn Dodgers, riding on the back seat of a convertible and waving as fans cheered. Despite her skimpy blue dress, whose shoulder straps slipped dangerously low at times, Marilyn made three ceremonial kicks - two for photographers and one for the soccer players. There were two minor casualties. One of her kicks sailed off course and smacked a United Press photographer square in the head. And the actress had a slight limp as he was escorted off the field.

November 16, 2018

The Greatest Finish in the History of NASCAR: The Final-Lap Battle Between David Pearson and Richard Petty at Daytona, 1976

The 1976 Daytona 500, the 18th running of the event, happened on February 15th, 1976 at Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, Florida. It is remembered for the late-race duel and accident between David Pearson and Richard Petty. Pearson got his car re-fired and limped across the line for the win while Petty’s car sat inches short of the finish line, where his crew came and pushed him across.

Many fans consider this finish to be the greatest in the history of NASCAR. The end of the race was televised live on American network ABC.

“Yet for all the races I won,” said Petty, “the race I’ll be remembered most for--and the one I remember most myself--was one I lost.”

“I wanted to move up in front of him to keep him from coming back around me. I thought I’d cleared him. I lacked about six inches,” Petty said later about the crash.

In the 1976 Daytona 500, Petty took the white flag in the lead, his No. 43 Petty Blue and Day-Glo Red Dodge ahead of the iconic No. 21 Wood Brothers Racing Mercury.

On the backstretch, Pearson went low, pushing hard for the win. Pearson took the lead going into Turn 3, with Petty moving to the bottom line to try and re-pass Pearson as the two entered Turn 4.

As they exited Turn 4, Petty was ahead of Pearson, but he got loose, drifted up the track and made contact with Pearson, sending the Wood Brothers Mercury nose first into the frontstretch wall.

Petty hit the wall a split second later, when he was well ahead of Pearson. But just as it appeared Petty would take the checkered flag and win another 500, his car spun into the infield and stalled, just yards short of the start-finish line.

Pearson, meanwhile, was able to re-fire his heavily damaged Mercury and limped to the checkered flag, taking the victory.

“He went around me … and I dove on under him and when I did, the front end broke loose and got him sideways,” said Petty.

“I drafted by him going down the backstretch and naturally, I guess, his car got to pushing or something and he just pushed right on up into me and spun me around and I got into the wall,” said Pearson in Victory Lane.

Petty’s crew attempted to push his car across the line, but that isn’t allowed under NASCAR rules. He still was credited with second place.

There were no hard feelings, just two warriors who had given their all, producing a finish that will be remembered for the ages.

22 Amazing Vintage Photographs Prove That Rock Stars Can Rock Short Shorts

And some who should stick to pants...

In 2015, a study that “examined 1980s heavy metal groupies, musicians, and fans at middle age” found they were “significantly happier in their youth and better adjusted currently than either middle-aged or current college-age youth comparison groups.” What was the difference between then and now? Short shorts, of course!

Shorts can be a divisive topic among men. Some wear them from the moment the temperature climbs above 50 until the first snow. Others wouldn’t be caught dead in shorts, even when the mercury climbs into the hundreds. Below are some amazing photographs of classic rock stars embraced shorts—mostly short shorts.

1. The Beatles

2. John Lennon

3. Paul McCartney

4. George Harrison

5. Ringo Starr

Wartime Fashion: 45 Found Snaps That Defined Men's Fashion During WWII

Men's fashion in the 1940s enjoyed what some may consider its last great hurrah in true gentlemanly style and elegance. It was an era that initially began with practical styles due to the Second World War starting in 1939 and ending in 1945. Once the war was over, the end of strict rationing was celebrated by fashion becoming more extravagant and stylish.

Men's suits lost their vest, pocket flaps and trouser cuffs. Since the majority of men were out fighting the war, those who remained at home wanted to appear as austere as possible. All clothes became basic which led to the male wardrobe becoming much more simple and plain, with such a shortage of fabric the level of detail on men's clothes became simple if not almost nonexistent.

Take a look at these found snaps to see what men looked like during the Second World War.


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