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Monthly Archives: January 2014

The newly restored version of the 1963 comedy classic “It’s A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World” by The Criterion Collection is five discs of fun for classic film nerds everywhere. A few years back, the American Film Institute placed “It’s A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World” 40th on its list of 100 Funniest Films. It’s […]

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Sorry to learn this morning of the passing of Pete Seeger. I must admit that I don’t know as much about Mr. Seeger as I should. I only know that he always struck me as the kind of man I’d like to be – one of courage and conviction. I’m sure there’s more than enough […]

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I watched a movie this morning on TCM called “A Stranger In Town” starring Frank Morgan, Richard Carlson and Jean Rogers. You’ll no doubt remember Mr. Morgan as the gentleman who plays the less than grand Wizard of Oz from the classic 1939 film of the same name. Today’s film was made four years after […]

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Okay, so it’s been about 2 degrees here for the last week or more, the stupid forced air heat has been blasting out of the vents and turning our skin to dust and everyone’s blaming me because, as a rule, I prefer winter over summer. By the way, I don’t care how GD cold it […]

It should come as no surprise that since the first classic movie I ever recall seeing was “Angels With Dirty Faces,” (1938), that the first female star with whom I fell in love was Ann Sheridan. She is the female love interest in that film for Jimmy Cagney and she is simply wonderful – sweet, […]

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Happy Birthday to First Lady Michelle Obama. Unfortunately I don’t know, nor have I ever met, the First lady but she has certainly impressed me over the past six years with her charm, intelligence and class. Her husband has disappointed me by not being the progressive beacon so many of us had hoped he’d be […]

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In 1989, George Burns wrote a book entitled “All My Best Friends.” It was a memoir of the many friendships and relationships he’d forged through nine decades in show business. He tells about the performers he knew in vaudeville and the various acts they did, he tells about the various performers he knew in radio […]

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Today is my birthday. A rather substantial one in fact. In honor of that, I thought I’d take a quick trip around YouTube and pick some of my all time favorite moments from some of my all time favorite TV shows. I’ll start now and I may add to these as the day goes on […]

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I never quite know how or why I end up watching certain things on YouTube. Yesterday, I ended up watching quite a few of the old Kennedy Center Honors. Here’s two of the honorees from two separate years who both introduce each other’s background segments because of their long friendship and sincere admiration for one […]

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Today is the 84th birthday of singer Julius La Rosa. Best known for the folkloric little ditty, “Eh Cumpari,” La Rosa was actually one of the finest interpreters the Great American Songbook ever had. He was one of the very few vocalists who had the gift of Sinatra or Holiday for singing the lyrics of […]

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