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    2014 In Memoriam programming

    TCM always has one of the best memoriam reels each year, although there are always going to be omissions, this year a few coming to mind including Patrice Wymore, Tom Adams, and Jeremy Lloyd who is seen in that wonderful moment in tonight's showing of "A Hard Day's Night" dancing and jumping high next to Ringo in the disco scene, Mr. Lloyd having just passed away over a week ago (having gone on to become a legendary TV writer particularly of Britcoms), and there are always the mainly TV people deemed to be without enough association with theatrical films to be included every year, this time including Ken Weatherwax, Ann B. Davis and Dave Madden (although the latter two did have "Lover Come Back" for Davis, and "Charlotte's Web" and "Eat My Dust" for Madden). But the omission that disappoints me the most this year is Ed Nelson, who seems to be excluded from every memoriam tribute this year. Despite Ryan O'Neal and Mia Farrow having gone on to become the top movie stars to come from "Peyton Place," Ed Nelson was for any fan of the series the definitive star of that great show having appeared in every episode from the very first scene set on a train to the last one in a prison cell. As the moral center of that series, Nelson's Dr. Michael Rossi became one of my favorite characters, and I believe I took his performance to heart to the degree where I emulate him in considering matters of conscience. But Nelson also was a major staple of the early films of Roger Corman, including "Attack of the Crab Monsters", "Invasion of the Saucer Men" "Night of the Blood Beast", "The Devil's Partner" and "The Brain Eaters" (opposite Leonard Nimoy in one of his first appearances as an alien being), as well as "Cry Baby Killer" opposite Jack Nicholson starring in his first film. And he also finally did get into big movies in his own small way, in "Airport 1975" as the ill-fated first pilot trying to transfer to the damaged plane before Charlton Heston has better luck achieving the stunt, as well as "Midway" again with Heston, playing an officer who does Chuck the favor of allowing his Navy son to marry a Japanese bride in the wake of the attack on Pearl Harbor. And some other big movies he could be seen in in very small roles included "Elmer Gantry", "Judgment at Nuremberg" and "Soldier in the Rain". He was surely a TV actor primarily, one who should be revered as a legend in that regard, but as I expect the Emmys and Golden Globes to exclude him as they are always the worst offenders of forgetting people, I was hoping TCM would make a point of remembering him.
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    Mankiewicz Error

    I stand corrected. Ben Mankiewicz was correct but could have been clearer. "The Great Mouse Detective" actually did feature the voices of Rathbone and Bruce from one of their 1940s radio performances as Holmes and Watson, applied to a black-and-white movie of the mouse version of the duo. And "Crazy House" likely served to make it fifteen films before that.
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    Malachai Throne (Otherwise Known As ?)

    Very sorry to learn of his passing earlier today. I enjoyed "It Takes a Thief" a lot, and it was too bad they didn't keep him in the show for the final season, when they switched over to two other bosses for Robert Wagner, both very fine actors--Edward Binns of "12 Angry Men" and John Russell of TV's "Lawman"--but neither matching the chemistry that Throne had with Wagner in every scene they did together. I'm most sorry that Throne never got to work alongside Fred Astaire's character as Wagner's dad. The resulting scenes would no doubt be priceless. As for his role as FalseFace on "Batman," Malachi's passing leaves only eight Special Guest Batvillain actors left. Not including henchmen, the last two male stars in this group are now John Astin and Eli Wallach. The remaining women are Julie Newmar, Joan Collins, Barbara Rush, Dina Merrill, Glynis Johns and Zsa Zsa Gabor, also not including villains' molls such as Lesley Gore, Grace Lee Whitney and Lee Meriwether (King Tut's "queen" in addition to playing Catwoman in the '66 movie). Also,Throne was the only actor apart from Leonard Nimoy and Majel Barrett to work in the "Star Trek" original pilot "The Cage" (supplying the voice of the Keeper which was played physically by actress Meg Wyllie) and the original series (as Commodore Mendez) in the two-parter "The Menagerie" which as background interspersed most of the footage of "The Cage," The result was they hired a different actor to voice over the Keeper's dialogue for the series episode to avoid that same prominent voice coming from two different characters. Throne also appeared in the "Star Trek: The Next Generation" two-parter "Unification" with Nimoy reprising his role as Spock. Perhaps the most surprising "Star Trek" link to Malachi Throne is that he was reportedly offered the role of Dr. McCoy but turned it down because he didn't want third billing behind Shatner and Nimoy. Among the many sci-fi TV appearances to his credit were "The Six Million Dollar Man" two-part episode that introduced the Jamie Somers "Bionic Woman" character, plus "The Outer Limits" with Shatner, "Lost in Space," "Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea," "Land of the Giants," "Ark II," "Wild Wild West," "Babylon 5" and another of my favorites, "Electra Woman and Dyna Girl." Some of the other roles I remember him playing were a musical version of "Superman" that appeared late night in the mid-70s (which I understand is the same version, "Up, Up and Away," currently on stage somewhere in New York right now), plus the early all-star disaster TV movie "Doomsday Flight" that was written by Rod Serling. Add to that "Mission: Impossible," "The Fugitive," "Hawaii Five-O," "Perry Mason," "Ben Casey," "The Untouchables," "Naked City," "Mannix," "Ironside," "Kojak," "Starsky and Hutch" and "Hogan's Heroes" just as the tip of the iceberg. Now that's a career with range.
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    Mankiewicz Error

    After 1940's "The Mark of Zorro" aired earlier this evening, Ben mentioned despite portraying memorable villainous characters in this film and 1938's "The Adventures of Robin Hood," actor Basil Rathbone was best known for playing Sherlock Holmes in a series of 15 films--16 he countered, if you include supplying the voice of the mouse version of Holmes in 1986's "The Great Mouse Detective." Actually, Rathbone was dead for two decades by this point. although the film did pay proper tribute to Rathbone by naming the character Basil of Baker Street. And another voice prominent in the film was an actor who had worked with Rathbone in "Tales of Terror" many years before, Vincent Price. Rathbone and NIgel Bruce, however, did portray Holmes and Watson in yet another film outside their actual series of Holmes films, namely the Oleson and Johnson comedy "Crazy House" from 1943, also featuring Lon Chaney Jr. as himself, plus Chaney's "Wolf Man" leading lady Evelyn Ankers, Andy Devine, Count Basie and his orchestra, Hans Conried, Shemp Howard and others. That's the "sixteenth" film that Ben should have mentioned.
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    What is the name of this movie?

    Or if you got the state wrong, perhaps "Christmas in Connecticut"?
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    What is the name of this movie?

    My initial guess would be the Jeanne Crain movie "Margie." Can you give some other clues?

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