Performers and Programs

Performer Information  
Performer name: Keith Crocker
Phone: 516-377-0011
Mailing address: P.O. Box 1742
North Baldwin, NY 11510
E-mail address: drfaustusmd@verizon.net
Previous appearances at: Towers Country Club , Franklin Square Public Library , Mid Island Y , Long Island Alzheimer's Foundation, Elmont Public Library
Contact information for New York State Public Libraries
Information last updated: 10/06/2018

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Program
Category
Description
Fee
CLASSIC MUSICAL SHORTS OF THE 1930's & 40's History,
Media- Film,
Media- Other
Here’s a great program for both seniors & young. During the 1930's & 40's in many bars and restaurants you could put a dime in a machine and view a “soundie” of Glenn Miller’s orchestra playing their latest record. Well, now you can relive those fantastic cinematic moments as Keith Crocker presents a selection of vintage short musical numbers featuring the biggest acts of the day. Each program is one hour long and contains 16mm short subjects plus a fantastic seminar on the history of these “pre-MTV” musical numbers. Program 1: South of the Border Songs + Sentimental Journey - Featuring Rita Rio, Ellen Connor, The Velasco’s, Glen Gray’s Orchestra, Sonny Dunham, and the Dinning Sisters. Program 2: Musical Capers + Old Time Tunes - Featuring Al Trace, Chris Cross, Milt Britton, Daring Young Man, The Four Lady Killers and Snooky Lanson. Program 3: Cuban Rhythm + Sports Parade - Two very interesting theatrically shown short subjects. Cuban Rhythm explores exotic dances and actually teaches how to do them, while Sports Parade shows us a day in the life of Rodeo Stars, complete with cowboys roughing it up rodeo style.
$101- $200
The Golden Age of TV Comedy - When Comedy Married Television History,
Media- Video,
Media- Film
Here is a follow up to my most popular program The Golden Age of Rock & Roll - When TV married Music. Ed Sullivan brought a barrage of entertainment to the masses, and introduced us to some of the most popular comedians of all time. Here is a sampling of clips of the masters of comedy doing what they do best as was represented by the Ed Sullivan show; Jackie Mason, John Byner, George Carlin, Milton Berle, Red Skelton, Flip Wilson, Richard Pryor, Rodney Dangerfield, Joan Rivers, Phyllis Diller, Stiller & Meara, Myron Cohen, Smothers Brothers, The Three Stooges, etc...If your constituency loved the Ed Sullivan musical program, then they are going to eat this up!
$101- $200
Lon Chaney Sr - Man of a Thousand Faces and More!: History,
Media- Film,
Performing Arts- Theater
Perhaps one of the least spoken about talents from the golden days of silent Hollywood film productions, Lon Chaney's influence on modern Hollywood make-up effects is second to none. Not only was he a fantastic make-up man, he was also one of the best actors of his time, very often choosing to underplay a part rather than go for the typical theatrics that punctuated the bulk of the performances from that era. Chaney had a smooth style all his own, and proved he could play just about any role handed to him which in turn, kept him from being typecast. Join us as we watch clips from some of Chaney's work including classics such as Phantom of the Opera (1925), The Unholy Three (1925), Tell it to the Marines (1926), and many more. This would make a great double booking with my Lon Chaney Jr. presentation. Perfect for the Halloween season!
$101- $200
SPAGHETTI WESTERNS - How Europe Changed the Face of Western Cinema Media- Film,
Performing Arts- Other,
Visual Arts- Other
This seminar explores how Italian filmmakers took an American genre of film-making and completely reshaped it giving the world a very different view of the old west. The Good, The Bad and the Ugly blurred the definition of good and evil. We will cover the work of Sergio Leone as well as explore the countless spin-offs as done by the Spanish, Germans, Mexicans and others. A delicious selection of DVD clips punctuate the footage used to draw examples. The casual cinema viewer will broaden their outlook and appreciate other film genres via this presentation. *NOTE* Due to the nature of the subject matter, I do insist this seminar be classified for "Adults". Westerns by nature can be violent, so don't aim this program at children or pre-teens. It is meant for "Adults". Thank you!
$101- $200
From Gothic Short Story To Cinematic Reality History,
Media- Film,
Media- Other
Here is a killer program for both the enthusiastic reader and the avid cinema goer! Using two examples of classic, Gothic horror literature, Ambrose Bierce’s “An Occurrence At Owl Creek Bridge”, and Edgar Allen Poe’s “The Tell Tale Heart”, we explore the power of both mediums, the written word and the cinematic image, and the difficulties encountered in transferring the written word to the big screen! I will be utilizing two Academy Award winning short subjects, Robert Enrico’s 1961 adaption of Owl Creek Bridge, and Jules Dassin’s 1941 adoption of Tell Tale Heart, in showing the translation from pen to projection. This is a 16mm film presentation that includes a movie memorabilia show and a question and answer session. Runs 90 minutes and would make a perfect pre-Halloween show for adults and young adults alike!
$101- $200
I LOVE LUCY - Lucille Ball - From Hollywood to Television History,
Media- Film,
Performing Arts- Clowning
This program is a delightful examination of the career of comedic actress Lucille Ball, from her humble beginnings in Jamestown, NY to her rise to stardom in Hollywood and her later television career, Lucille Ball was one of the most beloved and trend setting female comic in the history of motion pictures and television. And while her whole output as an actress is explored, we give special attention to her television career, I Love Lucy in particular. In fact the highlight of this program is a 16mm showing of a rare I Love Lucy episode title Paris At Last. For years programers and audiences alike have been asking for this, and here it finally is...
$101- $200
3-D MOVIES - Comin' at Ya! History,
Media- Film,
Performing Arts- Theater
When Hollywood received competition from the television studios in the 1950's, they pulled out a secret weapon called 3-D. Wearing a pair of blue and red cardboard glasses literally allowed the images on the movie screen to jump right off the screen and right into the audiences lap. 3-D was a process that was far from perfect, but for a brief period of time it was a rage country wide and gave some new excitement to the idea of going to the movies. Recently, 3-D has re-emerged and is again gaining in popularity and giving the couch potato audience a reason to rise out of their seats and come back to the movies. This program is one of the most complete you'll ever see in regards to the history of 3-D films and it includes a memorabilia show including posters and stills, plus a DVD presentation of trailers for films originally shot in 3-D. NEW 2012
$101- $200
Ed Wood - Hollywood's Worst Filmmaker, or Misunderstood Genius? Media- Film,
Performing Arts- Other,
Visual Arts- Other
Ed Wood the man who directed the infamous and unintentionally funny Plan 9 From Outer Space has often been accused of being Hollywood's worst filmmaker but is this criticism fair? In this program, we explore the life of Ed Wood, from his days as a marine Corporal during WWII were he served in the battle of Tarawa to his career as a screenwriter in Hollywood, penning such classics as The Bride & The Beast (1958) and later working his way to directing cult classics as Bride of the Monster (1955), Plan 9 From Outer Space (1959) and Night of the Ghouls (1959). Woods somewhat autobiographical Glenn or Glenda (1953) explored his passion for dressing like a woman. Writer Jim Morton said of Ed Wood; "Eccentric and individualistic, Edward D. Wood, Jr. was a man born to film. Lesser men, if forced to make movies under the conditions Wood faced, would have thrown up their hands in defeat." As a bonus, we will also explore other filmmakers whose works are so bad it proves that Ed Wood was actually quite ahead of his time.
$101- $200
HAL ROACH - Hollywood's Hidden King of Comedy Media- Film,
Media- Video,
Performing Arts- Clowning
Hal Roach was certainly a well know producer, but so few realize that this man gave us some of the best comedic acts that Hollywood had to offer. From his humble roots being born to Irish immigrant parents in Elmira NY, to his journey to California to become a successful prospector, Hal Roach himself never envisioned becoming the King of Comedy. But he did, giving us Harold Loyd, Laurel and Hardy, The Little Rascals and so many more. This program focuses on Roach's early career and creative output, and will use 16mm comedy shorts to exemplify Roach's output.
$101- $200
The Madness That is the Marx Brothers History,
Media- Film,
Media- Other
For you lovers of vintage comedy, there can be no finer a comedy team than the Marx Brothers, a zany trio of real life brothers who gave a whole new meaning to the word funny. With the Marx Brothers being masters of both visual and verbal humor, the audience will regale in laughter as we view clips of the Marx Brothers in their classic comedy Monkey Business, and then the audience will enjoy an educational history of the trio as explained through lecture and memorabilia. This is a 90 minute program complete with a 16mm film presentation.
$101- $200
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