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…

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,…

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…

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…

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…

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.…

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…