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  1. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/elizabeth-baur-dead-ironside-actress-was-69-1047822 Elizabeth Baur, who helped Raymond Burr bring the bad guys to justice as Officer Fran Belding on the long-running NBC crime drama Ironside, has died. She was 69. Baur died Sept. 30 in Los Angeles following a lengthy illness, publicist Paul Gendreau announced. On Ironside, which starred Burr as a San Francisco police consultant who solves crimes from his wheelchair, Baur effectively stepped in for Barbara Anderson (as Eve Whitfield), who exited the show after the fourth season. Belding's character was introduced when she helped Robert Ironside and his team nab the gamblers who had murdered her father. Baur went on to appear in 89 episodes over four seasons until the show's conclusion in 1975, then came back for the 1993 telefilm The Return of Ironside. Earlier, Baur starred as Teresa O'Brien, the ward of a rancher (Andrew Duggan), for two seasons on the 1968-1970 CBS Western Lancer. A native of Los Angeles, Baur began her career as a contract player at 20th Century Fox and appeared in the Tony Curtis film The Boston Strangler (1968). She then moved to Universal, where she continued her TV work until exiting the industry to raise her daughter, Lesley Worton, now a producer. Baur also appeared on such shows as Batman, Daniel Boone, Room 222, Emergency!, Police Woman, Fantasy Island and Remington Steele. Survivors also include her husband Steve and a first cousin, Cagney & Lacey star Sharon Gless.
  2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daws_Butler Daws Butler (November 16, 1916 – May 18, 1988) was an American voice actor who specialized in voicing animated films and television series. He worked mostly for the Hanna-Barbera animation production company where he originated the voices of many familiar characters, including Wally Gator, Yogi Bear, Quick Draw McGraw, Snagglepuss, Spike the Bulldog, and Huckleberry Hound.
  3. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/bob-schiller-dead-i-love-lucy-writer-was-98-1047459 Bob Schiller, the legendary sitcom writer known for his work on such shows as I Love Lucy and All in the Family, died Tuesday. He was 98. Schiller, who collaborated with his late writing partner, Bob Weiskopf, for nearly a half-century, died at his home in Pacific Palisades, his daughter, Sadie Novello, told The Hollywood Reporter. Best known for being the first (and only) additions to the original writing team for I Love Lucy, Schiller and Weiskopf came up with some of that series' most beloved episodes, including the one that guest-starred John Wayne and the one that featured Lucy (Lucille Ball) "grape stomping" in Italy. For All in the Family, the pair penned the two-part episode "Edith's 50th Birthday" in which Edith (Jean Stapleton) is the victim of an attempted rape. They also wrote for such popular 1950s comedies such as Make Room for Daddy, The Bob Cummings Show, My Favorite Husband, The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour, The Ann Sothern Show and Pete and Gladys. Their partnership continued through the '60s, '70s and '80s, writing and/or producing for The Lucy Show, The Red Skelton Show, The Good Guys, The Phyllis Diller Show, The Carol Burnett Show, The Flip Wilson Show, Maude and Archie Bunker's Place. The pair carpooled to the office during most of their career and played off each other perfectly — in writing and in person. When Schiller was once asked the reason for the success of their partnership, he responded, "That's easy — we've never agreed on anything!" Weiskopf's witty retort: "Yes, we have." Schiller won two Emmys (shared with Weiskopf for their work on Flip and All in the Family), and they received the Paddy Chayefsky Laurel Award for lifetime achievement from the Writers Guild of America in 1988.
  4. They had faces then: Horace McCoy (1897-1955), author of They Shoot Horses, Don't They? and prolific screenwriter.
  5. Suspense "The Night Reveals" starring Fredric March and Jeanette Nolan May 26, 1949 A fire investigator suspects that his wife is a compulsive arsonist Classic episode adapted from a story by Cornell Woolrich
  6. I was never too crazy about LMAD, but Monty Hall himself had a refreshing sense of humor, as he showed in interviews. At the height of his fame in the early-to-mid '70s, when he was one of ABC's few stars, he hosted several TV specials as well starring in two funny Odd Couple episodes.
  7. I wanted to join -- but they accepted me as a member, so I had to quit
  8. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/obituaries/2017/09/29/jack-good-man-put-pop-music-television-obituary/ Jack Good, who has died aged 86, was the television producer who introduced grey 1950s Britain to the disturbing new phenomenon of rock and roll, launching the careers of, among others, Cliff Richard, Tommy Steele, Adam Faith, Marty Wilde and Billy Fury, and introducing Buddy Holly and Gene Vincent to British audiences.​ Until a few moments ago I had no idea he'd played Trevor Howard's flunky in Father Goose. I'd always pictured him as a cigar-chewing Sid James type.
  9. http://variety.com/2017/tv/news/anne-jeffreys-dead-dies-topper-general-hospital-1202575270/ Anne Jeffreys, the actress and singer known for her roles in the 1950s sitcom “Topper” and long-running daytime soap opera “General Hospital,” has died. She was 94. News of her death was first reported by George Pennacchio, an entertainment reporter with ABC7, who tweeted “The beautiful and elegant actress, Anne Jeffreys, has died at 94. She was a sweetheart.” Jeffreys’ career started in the early 1940s with a number of film roles including “Step Lively,” a musical starring Frank Sinatra. In the late ’40s she turned to Broadway. She replaced Patricia Morison in “Kiss Me, Kate” in 1948, and also appeared in the 1952 musical “Three Wishes for Jamie.” Between 1952 and 1955 she starred in the CBS sitcom “Topper.” Her husband, Robert Sterling, was also part of the show’s central cast. Jeffreys played Marion Kerby, billed in the credits as “the ghostess with the mostest.” In the ’60s she appeared in television shows including “L.A. Law” and “Murder, She Wrote.” Her role in 1972’s “The Delphi Bureau” earned her a Golden Globe nomination. For two decades, between 1984 and 2004, she appeared in “General Hospital” as wealthy socialite Amanda Barrington. She also appeared in the its spinoff, “Port Charles.” Her most recent credit was in a 2013 episode of “Getting On.”
  10. Writers Bob Carroll Jr, Madelyn Pugh, and Jess Oppenheimer, the future brain trust behind I Love Lucy, go over a My Favorite Husband script with star Lucille Ball Ball and co-star Richard Denning rehearse a MFH script. A very rare photo of a bespectacled Lucy.
  11. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/hugh-hefner-dead-playboy-founder-sexual-trailblazer-was-91-708796 Hugh Hefner, who parlayed $8,000 in borrowed money in 1953 to create Playboy, the hot-button media empire renowned for a magazine enriched with naked women and intelligent interviews just as revealing, has died. He was 91. "My father lived an exceptional and impactful life as a media and cultural pioneer and a leading voice behind some of the most significant social and cultural movements of our time in advocating free speech, civil rights and sexual freedom," read a statement from Hefner's son, Cooper Hefner, chief creative officer of Playboy Enterprises. The company announced that Hefner died in his home at the Playboy Mansion of natural causes on Wednesday. While most famous for Playboy, the businessman dabbled in all forms of media, including hosting his own TV shows, beginning with Playboy’s Penthouse in the late 1950s and early '60s. Shot in his hometown of Chicago and syndicated, the show featured Hefner in a tuxedo and smoking a pipe surrounded by “playmates” and interviewing such celebrities as Bob Newhart, Don Adams and Sammy Davis Jr. The show boosted his personal and professional reputation and promoted what eventually became known as the “Playboy Philosophy,” a lifestyle that included politically liberal sensibilities, nonconformity and, of course, sophisticated parties with expensive accouterments and the ever-present possibility for recreational sex – though Hefner maintained he was a relative late bloomer in that department, remaining a virgin until he was 21. Hefner followed that show with Playboy After Dark, which had a similar format but with more rock 'n’ roll, including appearances by The Grateful Dead, Three Dog Night, Harry Nilsson and Linda Ronstadt. The syndicated Screen Gems show was taped at CBS in Los Angeles and ran for 52 episodes in 1969-70. Hefner also co-produced hundreds of Playboy-branded videos and a few feature films, such as Roman Polanski’s Macbeth and Monty Python’s first film, And Now for Something Completely Different, both released in 1971. He had been a sought-after guest on TV shows as far back as 1969 when he played a Control agent in an episode of Get Smart, and more recently he appeared on Curb Your Enthusiasm, Entourage and Sex and the City as well as in animated shows like The Simpsons and Family Guy. Hefner also made cameos in several movies, most recently 2008’s The House Bunny, which told the fictional story of a Playboy “bunny,” played by Anna Faris, who has been kicked out of the Playboy Mansion, the famous real-life, 22,000-square-foot house in Los Angeles where Hefner lived for more than four decades and where he hosted famously decadent parties that attracted celebrities A-list through D. The house sold for $100 million in August with the provision that Hefner be allowed to live there the rest of his life.
  12. That's how I feel about Psycho And look who agrees with me: "I saw a rough cut of Psycho and I thought, it's OK. And then I saw it with the music..." -- Joseph Stefano, screenwriter of Psycho
  13. AFI's 100 Years of Film Scores My choices in bold: 1. Star Wars (1977) - John Williams 2. Gone With the Wind (1939) - Max Steiner 3. Lawrence of Arabia (1962) - Maurice Jarre 4. Psycho (1960) - Bernard Herrmann (my choice for #1) 5. The Godfather (1972) - Nina Rota 6. Jaws (1975) - John Williams 7. Laura (1944) - David Raksin 8. The Magnificent Seven (1960) - Elmer Bernstein 9. Chinatown (1974) - Jerry Goldsmith 10. High Noon (1952) - Dimitri Tiomkin 11. The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938) - Erich Wolfgang Korngold 12. Vertigo (1958) - Bernard Herrmann 13. King Kong (1933) - Max Steiner 14. E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982) - John Williams 15. Out of Africa (1985) - John Barry 16. Sunset Blvd. (1950) - Franz Waxman 17. To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) - Elmer Bernstein 18. Planet of the Apes (1968) - Jerry Goldsmith 19. A Streetcar Named Desire (1951) - Alex North 20. The Pink Panther (1964) - Henry Mancini 21. Ben-Hur (1959) - Miklos Rozsa 22. On the Waterfront (1954) - Leonard Bernstein 23. The Mission (1986) - Ennio Morricone 24. On Golden Pond (1981) - Dave Grusin 25. How the West Was Won (1962) - Alfred Newman --- These people allegedly know their stuff? Most of these are listed b/c the films themselves are popular. I can't believe Mancini's Touch of Evil was left off. Or Jerome Moross' The Big Country. But the big shocker is Ernest Gold's Exodus, which not only beat out Herrmann's Psycho for the Oscar but was also a big pop hit. Has it been forgotten already? I also would have included: E. Bernstein, Hud E. Bernstein, The Man With The Golden Arm Rosza, Double Indemnity Korngold, King's Row Delerue, The Day Of The Dolphin
  14. James Dean grocery shopping in Marfa TX during the filming of Giant
  15. http://www.newsweek.com/2017/09/22/netflix-streaming-movies-classics-664512.html Netflix’s selection of classic cinema is abominable — and it seems to shrink more every year or so. As of this month, the streaming platform offers just 43 movies made before 1970, and fewer than 25 from the pre-1950 era (several of which are World War II documentaries). It’s the sort of classics selection you’d expect to find in a decrepit video store in 1993, not on a leading entertainment platform that serves some 100 million global subscribers. Netflix’s DVD subscribers enjoy a much wider selection (four million customers still opt to receive discs in the mail), but as the company shifts its focus to streaming and original content, cinephiles fear the cinematic canon is being left behind. --- in recent years, DVDs have started going the way of the floppy disk, and Netflix, the golden child of the streaming revolution, has started catering less to the film nerd and more to the average bored consumer. By 2013 or 2014, Fiore had canceled her subscription after noticing the classics selection had dropped off. She subscribes to other streaming services today, like Fandor and Warner Archive Instant, and holds tight to her large DVD collection. Film professors and historians are particularly troubled by the situation. “It was very distressing when Netflix began to phase out their huge inventory of movies available on DVD with the goal of shifting viewers over to the streaming model,” says Stephen Prince, a cinema studies professor at Virginia Tech. “Now we see the danger inherent in this change—an emphasis on mainstream, contemporary movies has replaced what had been a broad archive of world cinema… Convenience biases viewers toward mainstream fare and makes films of the past or from other cultures less visible.” Gone are chains like Blockbuster or the quirky video rental stores that turned Quentin Tarantino into a film fanatic. “It’s getting progressively harder to connect with non-contemporary film cultures outside hubs like L.A., where multiple venues offer gems for all ages,” says Jan Olsson, the Swedish film scholar and author (most recently) of Hitchcock à la Carte. Olsson says access to film archives are essential in the streaming era. (The screenings in his classes at Stockholm University, for instance, are in 35 mm format.) “For educators outside schools close to film archives, this is a big problem. As DVDs are on the verge of being phased out, streams will be the key resource.” Prince has seen the shift away from classic cinema reflected in the classroom. “My students are heavily biased toward what’s new and what can be streamed on portable devices,” Prince says. “What isn't available to stream essentially doesn't exist. I've had students ask if it is okay to watch Vertigo on Youtube.” (No.) Last year Prince taught a course on horror movies, during which he showed The Shining projected on a large screen. “One student who knew the film and had watched it on a laptop was astonished at how powerful it was when seen big.”
  16. For those who don't know, these pics are from Bunny Lake Is Missing
  17. Remember that Gerry Todd sketch on SCTV? He has 10 VCRs running: "And if for some reason you have to leave your house and go outside, do what I do -- tape everything." I believe he's found a taker, but here is the Craigslist ad: https://portland.craigslist.org/mlt/emd/d/trip-down-analog-lane-27/6283808412.html I got my 1st VCR from Circuit City in Norfolk Va. in November/December of 1986] to very early 2014 I video recorded (VHS) television shows of all kinds- news, magazine shows, David Letterman, Johnny Carson, Jay Leno, It's Gary Shandling's Show (the 1/2 hr. comedy show where he was a condo/home owner and had fun with HOA), Siskel and Ebert movie review broadcasts, lotsa' MTV, etc. etc.- using my bank of 12 VCRs and being a virtual slave to VHS purchasing, labeling, and programming. Videotaping was everyday, not just sporadically. I kept the taping continuous and constant. The tapes are arranged in both chronological and numerical order (for example, you can see what the world was doing on a particular date). They are divided into categories, ie, Jay Leno, News, News & Nightline, Today Show, etc. Sports? Just x-games, superbowls, and some Olympics coverage. I feel my video tape collection has some worth, ie, its fascinating to look at TV shows of the past when they were originally presented and see the "outdated" commercials or simply to see living history; I am not married and have no one to really pass them on to (I'm 62)
  18. https://www.ket.org/muse/harry-stanton/ “Harry Dean Stanton: Crossing Mulholland,” a Kentucky Muse production produced by Tom Thurman, examines the life of one of Hollywood’s more eccentric and intriguing personalities. Tracking the actor’s path from humble beginnings in West Irvine, Ky., through a prolific and storied film career, “Crossing Mulholland” paints a striking portrait of this one-of-a-kind Kentuckian. Interviews with family and friends reveal that by the time Stanton left home to pursue acting in California, he had already acquired the raw look and intense presence that would become his on-screen signature. After attending Lafayette High School in Lexington, Stanton served in the Navy. He later attended the University of Kentucky on the G.I. Bill, studying everything from journalism and radio arts to acting and music. From there, he drifted west, finding a home at the Pasadena Playhouse, where he began honing his craft and making a name for himself. “Crossing Muholland” viewers discover that in the 1950s, whenever television called, Stanton was there to play the loner, tramp, killer, thief, or whatever was required. More than half a century ago, he had already acquired that face: wolf-like, lonely, dangerous, and friendly at the same time. Such notable Hollywood figures as actors Billy Bob Thornton and Richard Dreyfuss; musicians Kris Kristofferson and Michelle Phillips; critic Leonard Maltin; and directors John Carpenter and Wim Wenders discuss Stanton’s talents. Producers and directors have turned to Stanton again and again in films like “Paris, Texas,” “Repo Man,” “The Green Mile,” HBO’s acclaimed series “Big Love,” and the 2011 animated feature “Rango.” “Crossing Mulholland” also takes time to look at Stanton’s other passion — music, featuring several intimate, living room jam sessions with friends Michelle Phillips and Jamie James. Stanton expresses his love for singing and playing music, while his unique voice brings a sense of mystery to each song. A favorite of directors, critics, colleagues, and audiences, Kentuckian Harry Dean Stanton has carved his name into the cultural consciousness of cinematic arts. “Harry Dean Stanton: Crossing Mulholland” offers an insightful look at this versatile and talented actor while giving viewers a chance to hang out with a pretty interesting fellow.
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