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.…