Classic Movies · Stuff You Should Know

“I said it and I’m glaaaaad!!!”

I’ve had more than a few individuals remark to me in the past that I should seriously consider writing a book on classic films or television or even old-time radio…and while I am most assuredly flattered by such a reaction, I don’t anticipate undertaking any kind of project like that in the near future. You see,… Continue reading “I said it and I’m glaaaaad!!!”

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Movies · Stuff You Should Know

“Bad news travels like wildfire…”

Author Erich Segal, who not only wrote the novel for the critically-panned-but-hugely-popular Love Story (1970) but also the screenplay for the film adaptation, died January 17 at the age of 72. A professor of classics at both Yale and Oxford, he also penned the screenplays for Yellow Submarine (1968), The Games (1971), Oliver's Story (1978), and Man, Woman and Child (1983)—the last two adapted from his novels… Continue reading “Bad news travels like wildfire…”

Stuff You Should Know · Television

A few odds and ends

The New York Post has done an admirable thing—and that may be the first and only time on this blog you will see “New York Post” and “admirable” in the same sentence—by drawing attention to the recent heated discussion as to why the CBS Network is determined to keep twenty-five public domain Jack Benny Program television masters locked away from… Continue reading A few odds and ends

Classic Movies · Stuff You Should Know · Television

A few items of interest, with a lot of shameless name-dropping

There has been a great deal of talk about the current “Late Night” wars on many of the top pop culture/entertainment blogs of late, and the only reason why I didn’t get into the fray is because I don’t really have a dog in the fight…only to say that I have never thought Jay Leno… Continue reading A few items of interest, with a lot of shameless name-dropping

Television

“Ooooooh, would I!!!”

Our RTV affiliate in Atlanta—WSB-DT—recently halved their 10:00am showings of The Jack Benny Program to allow for reruns of The Rifleman (Benny follows Chuck Connors and Johnny Crawford at 10:30), and while I don’t get to check in as much as I would like, I caught an old November 30, 1958 telecast the other day that featured as guest… Continue reading “Ooooooh, would I!!!”

Classic Movies · Stuff You Should Know

DVR-TiVo-Or whatever recording device strikes your fancy-alert!

TCM is going to run what may very well be my favorite Charles Laughton film (although it’s not an easy task to pick just one, what with The Old Dark House [1932], Payment Deferred [1932], The Sign of the Cross [1932], Ruggles of Red Gap [1935], Les Misérables [1935], Tales of Manhattan [1942], The Big Clock [1948], Witness for the Prosecution [1957], and Advise & Consent [1962] all vying for attention), Hobson's… Continue reading DVR-TiVo-Or whatever recording device strikes your fancy-alert!