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R.I.P. Brittany Murphy

Okay—this one I’m having a great deal of difficulty believing. My good friend Craig Zablo mentioned it on Facebook, and the only source I’ve been able to locate is (and to paraphrase a quote from frequent TDOY commenter Tom, “I don't trust anything on TMZ!”). Nevertheless, it would appear that actress Brittany Murphy shuffled off this mortal coil from… Continue reading R.I.P. Brittany Murphy


Yuletide on the YouTube

Because I rose and shone a bit early this morning than is my usual, I spent some time catching up on reading some of favorite blogs—and in glancing over the list, came across this Christmas episode of My World and Welcome to It (“Rally Round the Flag”; 12/15/69) over at Kliph Nesteroff’s Classic Television Showbiz. Now, I need to stress here… Continue reading Yuletide on the YouTube

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R.I.P. Connie Hines is reporting on its Facebook page that actress Connie Hines, best remembered by legions of television fans as Carol Post—the spouse of architect Wilbur Post (Alan Young), who owned the talking horse known as Mister Ed in the 1961-66 sitcom of the same name. I’ve not been able to locate an online obituary as of this posting, but… Continue reading R.I.P. Connie Hines

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Movies I’ve stared at recently on TCM #49 (“Evenin’, chillun—how you-all?” edition)

Kay Kyser, “The Ol’ Perfesser” himself, was the subject of two feature films shown on Turner Classic Movies yesterday and because I had nothing pressing on my schedule I decided to tune in even though I’d seen both films before. The first on the agenda was Kyser’s debut film for R-K-O, That's Right - You're Wrong (1939),… Continue reading Movies I’ve stared at recently on TCM #49 (“Evenin’, chillun—how you-all?” edition)

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R.I.P. Jennifer Jones

So I take a teensy break away from the computer yesterday…only to come back and learn of the passing of Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Jones, who died yesterday of natural causes at her Malibu home. She was 90. Because I have made it a long-standing policy here at Thrilling Days of Yesteryear to be as honest as I possibly can, it… Continue reading R.I.P. Jennifer Jones

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“Did you Bogie with your baby…”

Ladies and gentlemen—start your DVRs, TiVos and any other recording device that strikes your fancy! TCM’s Star of the Month tribute to Thrilling Days of Yesteryear idol Humphrey Bogart continues in one half-hour, and will feature these Bogie favorites (titles highlighted in green will be new additions to the dusty TDOY archives): 06:00 AM Becoming Attractions: Humphrey Bogart (1996) 07:00 AM The… Continue reading “Did you Bogie with your baby…”

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R.I.P. Val Avery

There’s precious little to write about here at Rancho Yesteryear today—I’ve been catnapping rather than flexing any movie or TV-watching muscles—but I caught this blurb from Dennis Cozzalio over at Sergio Leone and the Infield Fly Rule that reports the passing of character actor great Val Avery. Avery shuffled off this mortal coil at the age of 85 from undisclosed causes at… Continue reading R.I.P. Val Avery