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“Listen to me very carefully…I shall say this only once…”

Because I decided to start a Facebook page for Thrilling Days of Yesteryear some time back, the social media behemoth takes it upon itself every now and then to remind me when I haven’t generated any new content on the blog.  (As if I wasn’t already aware of this.  Facebook must be taking guilt lessons… Continue reading “Listen to me very carefully…I shall say this only once…”

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Buried Treasures: Carve Her Name with Pride (1958)

It is July 1940 in London, and accompanied by her friend Winnie (Billie Whitelaw), Violette Bushnell (Virginia McKenna) invites a soldier named Etienne Szabo (Alain Saury) to her family’s home for dinner.  Violette was born to a French mother (Denise Grey) and English father (Jack Warner), and what started out as a tribute to a French… Continue reading Buried Treasures: Carve Her Name with Pride (1958)

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The passings parade

Last week, I wasn’t able to include (as longtime TDOY chum Brent McKee mentioned in the comments) an obituary for musician Clarence “The Big Man” Clemmons because the renowned tenor saxophonist with Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band played his last solo shortly after I posted the news of the week’s passings from the areas of music, TV, movies and… Continue reading The passings parade

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The passings parade

I made myself a promise last week that I would wait no longer than a week to commemorate those celebrities we’ve recently said goodbye to on the grounds that putting together that post was a major pain in the gluteus maximus (it had been almost a month-and-a-half between obituary posts).  So unless I get sidetracked… Continue reading The passings parade

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The passings parade

I’m not going to mince words here—I am waaaaaaay behind on chronicling the passings of certain celebrities in the fields of film, TV, music and what have you.  But when I saw on Facebook yesterday that actor James Arness—a boob tube legend best-known for his starring role as Marshal Matt Dillon on the series Gunsmoke—has ridden… Continue reading The passings parade

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The passings parade

This edition of TDOY’s regular feature recognizing the passing of certain celebrity notables was kick started by an e-mail I received yesterday evening alerting me of the death of British actor Trevor Bannister, who, as long as public television still exists here in the U.S. of A., will live on in television immortality as the randy Dick… Continue reading The passings parade

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When you’re here, you’re family…so get ready to be somewhere else

Last August, a black wreath was hung outside the doorstep of Rancho Yesteryear when the BBC axed the longest-running situation comedy in television history, Last of the Summer Wine.  So with the news that the Beeb has put another one of its sitcom veterans on the chopping block, My Family, the florist may be a little busy: The BBC have… Continue reading When you’re here, you’re family…so get ready to be somewhere else