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This is my latest for O.Henry magazine - one of the most remarkable Hollywood stories of all, its never been told until now. Just as movie star Jayne Mansfield was speeding towards washed-up status she takes an unlikely gig in an unlikely southern city that turns everything around. Back on top, soon things begin to unravel again leading to her near decapitation death just four years later! Read: The Last Days of Jayne Mansfield.
Why Did They Fire TV's Captain Marvel?
"It was a precedent setting case at the Screen Actor's Guild, and Filmation
had to pay me for all the shows they didn't use me on, plus residuals.
Still, these clown's actions doomed a marvelous show. It wasn't John Davies'
fault that he was suddenly thrown into the part of Captain Marvel. It
was a rush job. I was fired at 1:00 PM that day, and he was out on the
set at 3:00 PM. That's pretty darn fast, I'd say. One of the Execs' reasoning
was "The kids'll never know the difference." Riiight. John's
a fine actor, but he's no more Captain Marvel than I am Wonder Woman."
1950s TV Thanksgiving
Jump back in time for a nostalgic look at Thanksgiving as it was portrayed on TV in the nifty fifties.
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Dialing For Dollars?
Many a housewife in the 1960s, and well into the mid-1970s, would be sitting at home eating Bon Bons when the phone rang and a familiar voice asked, "This is Charlie Harville from Channel Eight's Dialing for Dollars calling. Do you know the count and the amount?" If fair maiden was watching the morning or afternoon movie she would know that the "count" was the number spun on the wheel early in the program, and the "amount" (what she could win) would be the money accumulated since the last winner.
with a Show Business Legend
creator of Mack & Myer For Hire was Mickey Deems, a true keeper
of the old-school flame of classic comedy. Mickey, who is alive and well
and living in California, was kind enough to share with us some of his
memories of this wonderful forgotten comedy series.
The Lone Ranger!
The Lone Ranger character originated on radio in 1933, and the program followed the exploits of a former Texas Ranger roaming the West atop his steed Silver and with his faithful Indian sidekick, Tonto, alongside him. Three actors lent their voice to the Lone Ranger during its radio days, and two more played the part in 1930s movie serials. Clayton Moore brought the role to television. The show first aired Sept. 15, 1949, on ABC.
episode-by-episode review of all 180 plots of the classic series (a
content analysis as the highfalutin' academics might call it), in
the end presents a very different image of this beloved series and
a surprising reassessment of a central character we all thought we
knew so well.
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The Betty White Show
Traditionally, the 'Queen of Television' title goes to Lucille Ball but since she's gone I believe the mantle has been passed to Betty White; no other TV star has enjoyed so much success over the last 60 years. But her 1970s sitcom never really got off the ground.
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TV Moms Reunion
generation identifies with a particular TV family. In the 1950s it was
"Ozzie & Harriet" and "Father Knows Best". For
me and other baby boomers, it was "Leave it to Beaver." For
some kids growing up in the 1970s it was "The Brady Bunch" while,
a decade later, "The Cosby Show" provided a role model for youngsters
of all ages and races. For Kathryn Morris, star of the hit CBS drama "Cold
Case," it was "Family Ties."
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Anatomy of My TV Crushes
I was 11 years old when I had my first television crush. I’d just learned at 10 that I wouldn’t be allowed to marry my mother—apparently, that sort of thing is not only frowned upon, it’s also illegal—so it was time to move on, time to find a new woman. It didn’t take long for me to pick a replacement. My new crush was on television every Saturday night at 8:30.
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They Made an Album?!?
Yes, most of us are already aware that the likes of William Shatner, John Travolta and various “Brady” kids have all had their dreams of musical greatness and have all put out albums of their warblings at one time or another. But… they are far from alone in the world of surprising others who have also attempted to parlay their notoriety or fame in one field into the world of the recording arts.
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who grew up in New York in the 50's and 60's had to know Sandy Becker.
He shaped a lot of our personalities. Along with Hambone, Norton Nork,
and The Old Professor, I remember his lovable puppets, Geeba Geeba and
Marvin Mouse. Sandy
Becker was one of a kind. He really seemed to care about his audience
and about the welfare of the younger generation. We could sure use a Sandy
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TV on DVD - Archived Reviews!
Jones, Twin Peaks, Stargate Atlantis, Voyage to the Bottom of the
Sea, Dallas, Men Behaving Badly, Captain N, Hootenanny, ER, Wanda
Sykes, Adventures of Superman, Battlestar Galactica, F Troop, and
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TV Wrestling - Greats and Near Greats!
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Hitchcock's look back at the heart of Mid-Atlantic Wrestling - with
grapplers known and unknown. Wahoo McDaniel! Ric Flair! Dusty Rhodes!
Jim Cornette! Magnum TA! Buddy "Killer" Austin! Johnny Weaver!
Johnny Valentine! Harley Race! Dick Murdock! Jimmy Garvin! Nikita Koloff!
Have you ever heard of these guys?!?
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In the early-eighties, young people in Los Angeles were flocking to
makeshift clubs in droves to see new, up and coming bands. Live new
music, not DJs, was what they craved. These writings provide a sketchy
look at the underground club scene in Los Angeles during the time
that groups like X, Missing Persons, The Go-Go's, The Minutemen and
Wall of Voodoo entered the public consciousness.
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