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Boy, Did I Get a Wrong Number

The tastes of moviegoers is always changing. Back in the 40’s and 50’s, Bob Hope was a pretty big box office draw. Howerver, his star started to decline in the 60’s and by the time I was a kid in the 70’s he was doing more TV specials than movies. The late 60’s though saw…

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Wild in the Streets

Well kiddos, the election is just about upon us. In just a few hours everyone will be out there trying to cast their ballots. It’s going to be a madhouse! We’re talkin’ tons of people. But imagine how many more people would be in line with you if the voting age were lowered…like, let’s say,…

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Inspector Clouseau

What happens when a studio has a nice little franchise going but a major player decides they don’t want to return? If you think that’s stopping anyone then you don’t know much about movies. In 1963 Blake Edwards’ The Pink Panther was a big hit with Peter Sellers, who was not the lead character, stealing…

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The Misadventures of Merlin Jones

I grew up on the Mickey Mouse Club. Even before the New Mickey Mouse Club was introduced in the late 70’s, I was watching reruns of the original 50’s version. I didn’t realize it wasn’t a current show and that all those kids were now adults. Of course the biggest star to come out of…

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I’ll Take Sweden

Though Bob Hope had a big career in the movies, I always think of his TV specials first. My family would always tune in for his NBC specials when I was a kid. I always remember the ones where he would introduce all the players on the All-American college football team. I still haven’t seen…

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The Trip

Everybody knows Jack Nicholson as an Academy Award winning actor, but his talents aren’t just in front of the camera. He does have a handful of writing credits sprinkled throughout his career. One film that I always remember Nicholson had a hand in writing is Head…the 1968 film debut of the made-for-tv band The Monkees.…

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Oh! What a Lovely War

I remember that my high school history classes didn’t always give equal time to all of the major conflicts that the US was involved in. We spent a lot of time on the Vietnam War, after all it had occurred within our lifetimes, but the Korean War only got a short unit. I remember that…