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Occasional Wife - Failed Sitcom For the 1966-67 season NBC introduced a new sitcom titled Occasional Wife. Here was the premise of the show: Peter Christopher (played by Michael Callan), an eager employee of a baby food company, is not allowed to progress up the corporate ladder unless he has a wife. He solves his problem by having a female friend, Greta Patterson (played by Patricia Harty)--who lives two floors up in the same apartment building--pose as his wife whenever necessary to fool his boss. Many humorous sequences occurred on the fire escape where a nosy neighbor--known only as Man-in-the-Middle (played by Bryan O'Byrne)--observed the deceitful goings-on. Occasional Wife started out well in the ratings but had slid into 64th place by the end of its only season. It was axed after 24 episodes. In real life Callan and Harty fell in love while making the show and were married during its short run. They eventually divorced, however. The narrator heard in the opening sequence should be recognizable to baseball fans: It's longtime Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully!
Tags: sitcom  NBC  Occasional  Wife 
Added: 17th October 2015
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Atom Ant - NBC Cartoon Show Atom Ant was an NBC cartoon show that aired from 1965 to 1968. It was about a super-powered, crime-fighting insect! Here is the opening sequence. Interestingly only 26 episodes were made--just enough for the 1965-66 season, but NBC continued to air them for a second season. In 1967, NBC aired them again, combining Atom Ant with another show, The Secret Squirrel, through the summer of 1968.
Tags: Atom  Ant  NBC  cartoon 
Added: 4th March 2015
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Elusive Andy Griffith Show Character - Mr. Schwump The Andy Griffith Show has some of the most fanatically devoted watchers of any sitcom in history. Despite their zeal, no one has been able to positively identify the actor who played 'Mr. Schwump' in at least 26 episodes from 1964 through 1968. Actually, fans of the show can't even agree on the character's name. The late Everett Greenbaum, who wrote many of the scripts, claimed the character was actually written as 'Mr. Schwamp,' but it seemed to be pronounced as 'Schwump' whenever he was acknowledged. Whatever the case, Mr. Schwump was the classic background character: He can be seen in crowd shots at Mayberry's social gatherings, at public meetings, at private parties, at church services, sitting on a public bench, as a customer in stores, etc. He never once uttered a single line in any episode nor was he given any screen credit. He is only noteworthy at all because in several episodes Andy Taylor passes by him and says, "Hello, Mr. Schwump." It is generally acknowledged that he appears to be about 60 years old and wears a hairpiece. Efforts by zealous fans to find out who the actor was have proven fruitless. On April 1, 2012 an elaborate post was made on the Facebook page of The Andy Griffith Show Rerun Watchers Club declaring that researchers had determined Mr. Schwump was an actor named Patch S. Wimmers originally from Camp Threw, MS. Although it was supposed to be an obvious April Fools Day prank, many die-hard fans did not realize the information was bogus and still accept the Patch S. Wimmers story as gospel. None of the surviving cast members ever remembers learning Mr. Schwump's real name. One theory claims the mysterious actor was a friend of Andy Griffith and his occasional appearances in the show were an inside joke. Mr. Schwump's true identity remains unknown.
Tags: Mr  Schwump  Andy  Griffith  Show  sitcom 
Added: 4th March 2015
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Polo at the Olympics Polo was contested at five Summer Olympics: 1900, 1908, 1920, 1924 and 1936. Over the years only nine different countries participated. That's not to say the tournaments were necessarily small: At the 1900 Olympics in Paris there were 13 teams--but six of them were French and the other seven were British! At the 1908 London Olympics the entire field of 12 teams were comprised of British squads. At the final Olympic tournament in Berlin in 1936, the Argentinian team (show in the photo) was easily the class of the five-team field. In their only two matches they outscored Mexico and Great Britain by a combined score of 26-5. The IOC invited India and the Unites States to enter teams, but neither country showed any desire to send a polo squad to Berlin. Why was polo discontinued at the Olympics? The expense of transporting horses overseas combined with a general lack of interest doomed polo to extinction from the Olympic program.
Tags: polo  Olympics 
Added: 5th March 2015
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Baseball Fan Killed By Stray Bullet - 1950 On Tuesday, July 4, 1950, while awaiting the start of a Brooklyn Dodgers-New York Giants holiday doubleheader at the Polo Grounds in Manhattan, 53-year-old Barney Doyle was killed from a bullet to the head. Doyle, a passionate Giants fan from New Jersey, had come to the sold-out event with his 13-year-old neighbor, Otto Flaig, who had been eagerly awaiting the trip to the Polo Grounds for weeks. Just as the teams entered the field, Doyle turned to speak to his youthful companion and then suddenly slumped over. Fans seated nearby thought Doyle had merely fainted, but quickly realized the situation was far more serious when they saw blood pouring from a severe head wound. Police later discovered that a 14-year-old boy, Robert Peebles, at a nearby housing project on Coogan's Bluff had fired the shot indiscriminately over a five-foot parapet to celebrate the Fourth of July. He had found the .45-caliber gun in Central Park. Newspapers also reported that fans who had bought standing-room passes for the sold-out doubleheader callously fought over Doyle's vacated seat. Because of his age, Peebles shockingly could only receive a juvenile delinquency charge. Doyle had recently been forced to retire from his job due to health concerns; attending ballgames had become one of the few outings he was permitted to do. The photo below ran in the next day's New York Daily News. (If anybody cares, the Giants and Dodgers split that day's doubleheader.)
Tags: Barney  Doyle  Murder  Polo  Grounds  baseball   
Added: 6th March 2015
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Alice Pearce - The First Gladys Kravitz The ABC sitcom Bewitched is certainly famous for having two different actors play Darrin Stephens. Many fans, however, forget there were two actresses who played Gladys Kravitz, the Stephens' nosy neighbor who often caught glimpses of Samantha's acts of witchcraft, but could not get her uninterested husband Abner to believe what she had seen. Alice Pearce played Gladys in the first two seasons starting in 1964. Known for her comical facial expressions, Pearce was well known to her Bewitched colleagues for being extremely funny and entertaining off camera. Pearce had achieved success on Broadway in Our Town and had a few appearances in movies and other TV shows before landing the role of Gladys Kravitz. Unbeknownst to any cast members, Pearce had a terrible secret: She had been diagnosed with ovarian cancer even before the first episode was shot. Only her husband new of her condition. Pearce continued to work on the series even after it was obvious that she was quite ill. In some of the second season's episodes, Pearce is dressed in a long coat or a heavy sweater to hide the emaciating effects of her disease. At the end of her life she weighed a mere 70 pounds. Pearce worked almost until the day she died (March 3, 1966 at the age of 48) and was replaced in the cast by Sandra Gould who was reluctant to assume the role because Pearce had played Gladys Kravitz so well. Pearce posthumously won an Emmy for best supporting actress in a comedy series. Her husband accepted it for her.
Tags: Alice  Pearce  first  Gladys  Kravitz  Bewitched  sitcom 
Added: 9th March 2015
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Vanishing TV Character - Bub OCasey My Three Sons was one of televisions's longest-running sitcoms, airing 380 episodes over 12 seasons. It first aired on ABC from 1960 through 1965 and then on CBS from 1965 through 1972. The premise of the show was that Stephen Douglas (played by Fred MacMurray) was a widowed aeronautical engineer with three sons whose ages spanned about 12 years. We never learn much about his deceased wife--not even her first name. With Stephen Douglas often busy, his father-in-law, crusty but good-natured Bub O'Casey, was brought into the family fold to be the equivalent of the 'mother': the person who would cook, clean, shop, do laundry, mend clothes, and so forth. Bub was played by William Frawley who had earlier gained TV fame as Fred Mertz on I Love Lucy in the 1950s. The show was immediately popular but never quite managed to crack the Nielsen top 10 in ratings. Fred MacMurray, who was once the highest paid actor in Hollywood, only agreed to be in the show if he could shoot all his scenes in three months. ABC agreed to this unusual demand. This meant the scripts for an entire season had to be prepared so MacMurray's scenes could all be shot over the space of three months and then pieced together with scenes involving only the other cast members who had a standard shooting schedule. Four seasons into the show, a problem arose: Frawley's health was declining to the point where ABC could not get him insured in case it had to pay for an entire season of episodes to be re-shot with a replacement if Frawley died or was incapacitated by illness. Thus ABC felt it was financially prudent to unceremoniously drop Frawley from the cast midway through the 1964-65 season. (It was explained that Bub had gone to Ireland to look after his 104-year-old Aunt Katie.) Enter William Demarest, who took on the role of Charley O'Casey--Bub's seafaring brother. He was persuaded to become the new Mr. Mom at the Douglas home and proved to be even more grumpy than Bub, but just as lovable deep down. Bub was seldom mentioned again once Uncle Charley entered the scene. Apparently Frawley resented Demarest for replacing him in the cast. Because only the 1965 to 1970 episodes are widely syndicated, many newer fans of My Three Sons are utterly unaware of Bub O'Casey. The insurance concerns were very valid: Frawley died suddenly in March 1966 at age 79.
Tags: Bub  OCasey  My  Three  Sons  William  Frawley 
Added: 9th March 2015
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Tony Wilding - Tennis Champ Killed in WW1 Anthony (Tony) Wilding of New Zealand was the gentlemen's Wimbledon singles champion for four consecutive years (1910 to 1913). After coming through the ranks to win the championship in 1910, he only had to play one match each year to defend it, as the reigning champion was given a bye directly into the final. This system lasted until the early 1920s. Handsome and popular, Wilding is among his country's most successful international athletes ever. One newspaper account said Wilding's "dashing" style of "manly play" had female spectators "swooning." When Wilding lost the 1914 final to Australia's Norman Brookes, many of his female admirers in the stands openly wept. Because of the First World War, the 1914 Wimbledon was the last played until 1919. Wilding enlisted at the outbreak of hostilities in 1914 and was made an officer of a motorized unit in France. On May 9, 1915, Wilding was killed when a German shell exploded on top of the dugout in which he was sitting. He was 31 years old.
Tags: tennis  Tony  Wilding 
Added: 13th March 2015
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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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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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