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Jimmy Stewart Accepts Oscar for Gary Cooper At the 1961 Academy Awards ceremony, Gary Cooper was given a special lifetime achievement Oscar. At the time, only a few of his closest friends knew that Cooper was terribly ill with incurable cancer. Jimmy Stewart accepted the award on behalf of his ailing buddy. Stewart's emotional acceptance speech gave the secret away. Cooper died about a month later, just a week after his 60th birthday.
Tags: Oscar  Gary  Cooper  Jimmy  Stewart 
Added: 22nd March 2015
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Threes A Crowd - Failed Spinoff After Three's Company left the airwaves in the spring of 1984, ABC cast John Ritter in his Jack Tripper role once again that autumn in Three's A Crowd. The premise of this spinoff was that Jack was now living with his stewardess girlfriend Vicky Bradford in an apartment above his restaurant (Jack's Bistro). Complicating matters was that Vicky's meddlesome father James owned the building. Like many spinoffs, Three's a Crowd lacked the magic of its parent show. It was cancelled after just one season. Here is the opening montage.
Tags: spinoff  Threes  A  Crowd  John  Ritter 
Added: 24th March 2015
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1980s Canadian Telemarketing Commercial This was one of a series of Canadian commercials, sponsored by a telephone company (of course) that introduced the new idea of 'telemarketing' as a way for businesses to expand their markets. I honestly think the original idea for telemarketing was for a legitimate business to keep in contact with its regular customers. It didn't yet have the negative connotations it has today (i.e. to call complete strangers at dinnertime from a phone bank in India to ask them if they want their ducts cleaned.)
Tags: telemarketing  commercial  Canada 
Added: 31st March 2015
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Failed Spinoff - The Tortellis In the early seasons of Cheers, some of the funniest episodes centered around the antics of Nick Tortelli, the sleazy ex-husband of Cheers barmaid Carla. Played by Dan Hedaya, Nick was a TV repairman who eventually married ex-showgirl Loretta (played by Jean Kasem and described by Total Television as "statuesque but dippy"). NBC figured the duo of Nick and Loretta had the potential to be comedy gold, so in January 1987 they were given their own sitcom titled The Tortellis. The show's premise was that Nick and his trophy wife had already split up and Loretta had returned to Las Vegas. They reconcile in the pilot episode and remain in Nevada in a crowded household. The couple lived with Nick's oldest son and his teenage wife--and Nick's pragmatic sister and her young son. The show never caught on, despite occasional special appearances by Cheers cast members. The Tortellis was dropped by NBC after the 13th episode aired on May 12, 1987 less than four months after its debut. Nick and Loretta made one more appearance on Cheers in which it was explained that Nick's TV repair business had failed.
Tags: NBC  failed  sitcom  The  Tortellis  Cheers  spinoff 
Added: 1st April 2015
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Senator Dirksen - Gallant Men Now for something a little bit different: One of the most recognizable senators of the 1950s and 1960s was Everett Dirksen of Illinois. His disheveled appearance belied a quick mind and masterful debating skills. Dirksen was so well known that he was a mystery guest on What's My Line? in 1967 and a special guest on Red Skelton's variety show. Although he was staunchly conservative, Dirksen was one of the senators most responsible for drafting civil rights legislation. In 1966 Dirksen recorded Gallant Men which cracked the Billboard top 40.
Tags: Senator  Everett  Dirksen  Gallant  Men  record 
Added: 2nd April 2015
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Boys Novel - Scouts in Bondage I'm going to assume when this novel was published in 1930 that the very literal meaning of 'bondage' (being under the supervision or control of another person) was intended here.
Tags: Scouts  in  Bondage  novel  title 
Added: 6th April 2015
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Curious Book Title - Fellow Fags Proving that words often dramatically change meaning over time, here's another curiously titled book: Fellow Fags. This 1933 British youth novel--aimed to reinforce Christian principles!--is about underclassmen in a school who were required to perform menial tasks for older students as part of a hazing ritual. (That's what fag meant at the time in Great Britain. Really!)
Tags: Fellow  Fags  British  youth  novel 
Added: 10th April 2015
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Ron Howard Happy Days TV Guide Cover 1974 Happy Days began its 10-year run on ABC on January 15, 1974 as a mid-season replacement show. Its nostalgic look at 1950s America was well received by people of all ages. This TV Guide cover from June 1974 shows Ron Howard and actress Kathy O'Dare. Despite what the caption says, O'Dare was not a regular on the series. In fact, she was only in two episodes that aired more than a year apart in which she played two different characters. However, O'Dare was in the very first episode, titled 'All The Way.' The plot has Potsie arranging a date for Richie with classmate Mary Lou Mulligan, a vapid, shapely lass who has 'a reputation.' It turns out that Mary Lou's alleged reputation is based on mere gossip and she really is 'a nice girl.' O'Dare also appeared on an episode of The Brady Bunch in 1974 as the apple of Peter Brady's eye. O'Dare later reunited with Howard when they co-starred in a forgettable 1976 southern-style car-chase film titled Eat My Dust. O'Dare died at the young age of 52 in 2010.
Tags: TV  Guide  cover  Happy  Days  Ron  Howard  Kathy  O 
Added: 10th April 2015
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Love American Style - The Elopement Love American Style was a light-hearted program that aired on ABC from 1969 to 1974. It was usually comprised of three unrelated segments that involved some sort of romantic entanglement. The show had no ongoing cast; familiar actors from other TV shows normally played the lead roles. The show's main segments were separated with 'blackouts'--short, comedic vignettes. Love American Style was considered somewhat risque for its time because of its bedroom humor. Here's a good example: Davy Jones and Karen Valentine star in this 10-minute clip from 1970 about an elopement that goes wrong when the groom-to-be enters the wrong girl's window. It is preceded by a 'blackout' that would have raised a few eyebrows in 1970. (Try to ignore the logo that appears in the middle of the screen.)
Tags: Love  American  Style  Davy  Jones  Karen  Valentine 
Added: 10th April 2015
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Forgotten Sitcom - Temperatures Rising In the fall of 1972 ABC introduced a hospital-based sitcom called Temperatures Rising. The show starred Cleavon Little and James Whitmore as doctors at Capitol General Hospital in Washington, DC. Joan van Ark played the head nurse. This is the opening sequence. Its 1972-73 season was fondly remembered by its fans, but ABC felt the ratings were disappointing. An enormous makeover revamped the show for its second season which was awkwardly retitled The New Temperatures Rising Show. Only Cleavon Little remained with the cast. The rest were axed. Whitmore was replaced by Paul Lynde and Little's role was basically downgraded to being Lynde's straight man. (Lynde had had his own self-titled sitcom on ABC in 1972-73 but it had been canceled after one season!) Furthermore the show's type of comedy changed drastically. The second season focused on the 'dark humor' of the hospital's exploitation of patients. The viewing public hated the new version of the sitcom. After 13 episodes The New Temperatures Rising Show was cancelled. Happy Days replaced it in its Tuesday time slot. The show resurfaced in the summer of 1974 with most of the first season's cast back in the fold, but by that time its viewership was gone. ABC quietly dropped Temperatures Rising from its lineup before the 1974-75 season began.
Tags: Temperatures  Rising  sitcom 
Added: 11th April 2015
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