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Monthly Archives: June 2013

I was so, SO sorry to hear about the passing of Gary David Goldberg this past weekend in California. Goldberg, best known as the creator of “Family Ties,” apparently died of brain cancer at the all-too-young age of 68. He started his career as a writer for shows like “The Bob Newhart Show,” “Lou Grant” […]

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Here’s a clip from what I assumed was the 1947 film “Variety Girl.” However, when I looked it up on IMDB, I could not find Walter Catlett and Arthur Treacher in the list of full cast and crew. Upon further research, I discovered it’s from a film made five years before “Variety Girl” entitled “Star-Spangled […]

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Here’s one of my all-time favorite Sammy Cahn lyrics which, I suppose, I could say about almost every Sammy Cahn song ever. I remembered this song very clearly from my youth when I used to watch The Crosby Clambake from Pebble Beach every February. That golf tournament is a big reason why as an eight-year-old […]

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Oh my gosh, I almost let Sammy’s Centennial slip by me and that would have been a travesty. Sammy Cahn was more than one of the greatest lyricists of the Great American Songbook era, he was also a great showman. His contributions, his humor, his talent and his legacy cannot be overstated. If you don’t […]

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If it weren’t for the images which are obviously and authentically from the early 1950s, you’d think this is a parody being done on “MadTV” or “SNL.” This is truly that awful. While reading Mark Rothman’s wonderful blog today I was inspired to go find this wonderfully odious clip on You Tube. Check out Rothman’s […]

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I just watched a wonderful film on TCM entitled “The Hoodlum Saint.” It’s the kind of film I absolutely love because of all the familiar faces in it. I’ve said it a thousand times and I’m sure I’ll keep saying it forever – I LOVE the old character actors and actresses. When I was a […]

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