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88 Views, no bites. Trying one more clue, working through the stars. The Public Defender has had several series roles, most recently as the benevolent father of two overachieving sons. One son was an FBI Agent; the other was a mathematics whiz who got his Doctorate when very young. The actor in the defendent role recently had a cameo in a sitcom. When a main character was in a loony bin, this guy was the patient in the next bed.

 

Will retire the question if not answered tonight.

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At 110 Views, retiring the question. *The Law*, first aired 22 Oct 1974, Was a pilot that was followed by a 4-episode miniseries, that failed to generate a series. Star Judd Hirsch went on to play major roles in Taxi, Delvechio and Numb3rs. The space-cadet walkingwounded client was played by Gary Busey. Both very good performances. Maybe the time was not yet right for such a series.

 

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{font:Times New Roman}A Best Supporting Actor Oscar winner (of the 1970s) teaches music, specifically singing, in this 1980 tv movie which also features the matriarch of a much-loved tv series. Name the stars and the film.{font}

 

Edited by: allaboutlana on Jan 12, 2012 1:54 PM

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It must be *A Christmas Without Snow* (TVM 1980) starring John Houseman (who won his supporting Oscar for *The Paper Chase* - 1973)) and Michael Learned who, of course, was Olivia Walton, the beloved matriarch of *The Waltons* television series.

 

Back to you, Lana, or the thread is open.

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School-age kids defeat a monster, but it turns out to be temporary. It comes back when they are adults, and they must confront it again. Only one has stayed in their home town. The others must gather from other parts of the world. One of them, learning of the call to return, commits suicide.

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Correct, Sixes. The miniseries did justice to the source nove. I figured the question would collapse when I clued in "Penny Wise the Clown"

 

Sixes' thread.

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One of the guest cameos: An actor who was a teenager in a midcentury series turns up in this TVM as the same character, fully adult, teaching horsemanship to actors in the budding movie industry. Serving as stand-in in some of the difficult cases.

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Another guest cameo: Midcentury series about a man who worked various assignments; Cavalry scout, lawman, ranch hand, etc. Had a government contract that sent him in the same direction as the title hero. They escorted each other through some hostile territory.

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Framing device for these nostalgia nuggets: The title hero is on an urgent dash across the West to San Francisco. A deadline; an event that many others also want to attend.

 

 

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The star of a 50s series about a knockabout dandy, sometimes a lawman, appears as that character serving as referee at a championship boxing match.

 

 

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Correct. The plot had Kenny Rogers' "Gambler" character in a hurry to get to San Francisco for a special high-stakes poker game. Along the way the folks he met included Clint Walker as Chyenne Bodie, and Gene Barry, as mentioned, in the role of Bat Masterson. Others: Hugh O'Brien as Wyatt Earp; David Carradine as Kung Fu 's Caine. Brian Keith in his The Westener persona. A real nostalgia roundup focusing on the midcentury TV Westerns.

 

One point noted: Doug McClure was just "Doug" and James Drury was just "Jim". No use of their Man From Shiloah characters' names, "Trampas" and "The Virginian". Chuck Conners and Johnny Crawford from The Rifleman were in different scenes. Crawford was the one helping start the movie business. When it got to the big game in Frisco, Jack Kelly was present as Bart Maverick.

 

lavenderblue's thread.

 

Edited by: flashback42 on Feb 3, 2012 12:50 AM

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Thanks.

 

 

 

This 1980's mini-series is based on a best selling book. An impressive cast including Oscar winners. It's focus is on the early life of someone still alive today. What's impressive besides the cast, is how a life that started out so screwed up turned into a succesful respected one. Name the mini series and maybe some of the stars that appeared in it.

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It sounds like "Little Gloria...Happy At Last" which was about the custody battle for young Gloria Vanderbilt. Besides Christopher Plummer and Martin Balsam, it featured some real "Grande Dames" of acting, Angela Lansbury, Bette Davis, Maureen Stapleton, and Glynis Johns. By the way, even though she had been a major star for fifty years, in the credits, Miss Davis' first name is spelled B-e-t-t-y, according to IMDB.

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Thanks. There was another TV movie about a real life figure who inspired the song "I Found A Million Dollar Baby In The Five And Ten Cent Store". Who was this person, what was the name of the TV movie, and who starred in the title role?

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Miles this is a hard one. I could only find Bicentennial Man 1999 starring Robin Williams. Henry James doing the music but Bing Crosby and Doug Gillepsie are also mentioned with this particular song. Let me know if I'm on the right track.

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You are way off, stick. "Bicentennial Man" was a theatrical movie. I'm talking about a made for TV movie from the eighties about a real life wealthy woman.

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Good clue- Woolworth and EF Hutton heiress Barbara Hutton , Poor Little Rich Girl starring Farrah Fawcett playing probably one of the silliest, wasteful people I can think of. ???

 

Edited by: lavenderblue19 on Feb 6, 2012 12:01 PM

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