Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Magnum, P.I. (1980 - 1988)

Simon & Simon (1981 - 1988)

Starsky & Hutch (1975 - 1979)

Adam-12 (1968 - 1975)

Kojak (1973 - 1978)

77 Sunset Strip (1958 - 1964)

Mannix (1967 - 1975)

Cannon (1971 - 1976)

Barnaby Jones (1973 - 1980)

The Untouchables (1959 - 1963)

Hawaii Five-0 (1968 - 1980)

Ironside (1967 - 1975)

The Streets of San Francisco (1972 - 1977)


Actress Carol Channing is 91 years old today. Channing was born in Seattle, Washington. Her father was a city editor at the Seattle Star; his newspaper career took the family to San Francisco when Carol was only two weeks old. She is the recipient of three Tony Awards, including one for lifetime achievement, a Golden Globe, and an Oscar nomination. Channing is best remembered for originating, on Broadway, the musical-comedy roles of bombshell Lorelei Lee in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, and matchmaking widow Dolly Gallagher Levi in Hello, Dolly!

Monday, January 30, 2012


Actress Dorothy Malone turns 87 years old today. Malone was born Dorothy Eloise Maloney in Chicago on January 30, 1925. Her family moved to Dallas, Texas, where she worked as a child model and began acting in school plays at Ursuline Convent and Highland Park High School. While performing at Southern Methodist University, she was spotted by an RKO talent agent and was signed to a studio contract, making her film debut in 1943 in The Falcon and the Co-Eds. Much of her early career was spent in supporting roles in B-movies, many of them Westerns, although on occasion she played small but memorable roles, such as the brainy, lusty, bespectacled bookstore clerk in The Big Sleep (1946) with Humphrey Bogart, and the love interest of Dean Martin in the musical-comedy Artists and Models (1955).
From 1964-1968, she played the lead role of Constance MacKenzie on the ABC prime time serial Peyton Place, except for a brief stretch where she was absent due to surgery. In 1968, she was written out of the show after complaining that she was given little to do, especially in light of the show's concentration on the love story between young leads Mia Farrow and Ryan O'Neal. Malone sued 20th Century-Fox for $1.6 million for breach of contract; it was settled out of court. She would later return to the role in the TV movies Murder in Peyton Place (1977) and Peyton Place: The Next Generation (1985). Malone had a featured role in the miniseries Rich Man, Poor Man (1976). In her last screen appearance, she played a mother convicted of murdering her family in Basic Instinct (1992) with Michael Douglas and Sharon Stone.


Actor Gene Hackman turns 82 years old today. Hackman was born in San Bernardino, California, on January 30, 1930. His family moved frequently, finally settling in Danville, Illinois, where they lived in the house of his English-born maternal grandmother. Hackman's father operated the printing press for the Commercial-News, a local paper. Hackman's parents divorced in 1943 and his father subsequently left the family. He lived briefly in Storm Lake, Iowa, and his sophomore home room photograph is in the 1945 Storm Lake High School "Breeze" year-book. At age sixteen, Hackman left home to join the United States Marine Corps, where he served four-and-a-half years as a field radio operator. After his discharge, he moved to New York, working in several minor jobs. In 1956, Hackman began pursuing an acting career; he joined the Pasadena Playhouse in California. It was there that he forged a friendship with another aspiring actor, Dustin Hoffman.
Nominated for five Academy Awards, winning two, Hackman has also won three Golden Globes and two BAFTAs in a career that spanned five decades. He first came to fame in 1967 with his performance as Buck Barrow in Bonnie and Clyde. His major later films include The French Connection (1971), in which he played Jimmy "Popeye" Doyle; The Poseidon Adventure (1972); The Conversation (1974); Young Frankenstein (1974); Superman (1978), in which he played arch-villain Lex Luthor; Hoosiers (1986); Mississippi Burning (1987); Unforgiven (1992); Get Shorty (1995); The Birdcage (1996); Enemy Of The State (1998); and The Royal Tenenbaums (2001). His final screen appearance was in 2004 in Welcome to Mooseport.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Laurie - Dickey Lee (1965)

Treat Her Right - Roy Head (1965)

Roses and Rainbows - Danny Hutton (1965)

Danny Hutton was one of the founding members of Three Dog Night.

(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction - The Rolling Stones (1965)

Save Your Heart For Me - Gary Lewis & The Playboys (1965)

Plane Talk (1965)

What the World Needs Now Is Love - Jackie De Shannon (1965)

Eve of Destruction - Barry McGuire (1965)

1965 Chevrolet Commercial

Do the Freddie - Freddie & The Dreamers (1965)

Heart Full of Soul - The Yardbirds (1966)

Like a Rolling Stone - Bob Dylan (1965)

California Girls - The Beach Boys (1965)

Help! - The Beatles (1965)

I'm Henry VIII, I Am - Herman's Hermits (1965)

You Were on My Mind - We Five (1965)

I Got You Babe - Sonny & Cher (1965)

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Battle Circus (1953)

Starring Humphrey Bogart, June Allyson, Keenan Wynn, Arthur Space, Alvy Moore, Sarah Selby, and Philip Ahn. Directed by Richard Brooks. A nurse assigned to a Mobile Army Surgical Hospital near the front lines during the Korean War meets and is roughly romanced by one of the unit's surgeons.

Battling Butler (1926)

Starring Buster Keaton, Sally O'Neill, Walter James, Budd Fine, Francis McDonald, and Mary O'Brien. Directed by Buster Keaton. A wimpy millionaire goes on vacation with his valet and falls in love with a beautiful young girl who barely acknowledges his existence. Without his master's knowledge, the valet tells the valet that his boss is in reality boxing champion Battling Butler. The real champ gets wind of this deception and decides to allow the man to continue the charade, fully intending to mop the floor with the puny millionaire in the boxing ring.

Beach Blanket Bingo (1965)

Starring Annette Funicello, Frankie Avalon, Paul Lynde, Buster Keaton, Linda Evans, Don Rickles, Deborah Wallaey, Donna Loren, Harvey Lembeck, Jody McCrea, and Donna Michelle. Directed by William Asher. A motorcycle gang kidnaps singing star Sugar Kane whose manager hires sky-diving surfers for a publicity stunt.

Beach Party (1963)

Starring Annette Funicello, Frankie Avalon, Vincent Price, Robert Cummings, Dorothy Malone, Elizabeth Montgomery, Morey Amsterdam, Harvey Lembeck, Meredith MacRae, and Jody McCrea. Directed by William Asher. A teenager who takes his girlfriend to a beach house in southern California for a surfing vacation is upset to find a crowd of their friends already there, invited by his girl.

The Beast With Five Fingers (1946)

Starring Robert Alda, Peter Lorre, J. Carrol Naish, and Patricia Barry. Directed by Robert Florey. An invalid concert pianist dies, leaving a will that does not include his personal secretary as a beneficiary. Furious, the left-out man cuts off a hand from the corpse and plots revenge. Unfortunately for him, the hand inherits a life of its own and relentlessly stalks the wild-eyed man as he flees in vain.

The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms (1953)

Starring Cecil Kellaway, Kenneth Tobey, Frank Ferguson, Lee Van Cleef, James Best, Ross Elliott, Merv Griffin, and Steve Brodie. Directed by Eugene Lourie. As a result of an arctic nuclear test, a carnivorous dinosaur thaws out and starts making its way down the east coast of North America, devouring nearly everything in its path.

Beat the Devil (1953)

Starring Humphrey Bogart, Jennifer Jones, Gina Lollobrigida, Peter Lorre, and Robert Morley. Directed by John Huston. Five disreputable adventurers trying to get uranium out of East Africa end up facing extermination by an Arab firing squad.

Because They're Young (1960)

Starring Dick Clark, Roberta Shore, Michael Callan, Tuesday Weld, Warren Berlinger, Doug McClure, James Darren, Chris Robinson, Marlyn Mason, and Duanne Eddy. Directed by Paul Wendkos. A new high school teacher in town, still haunted by a tragic event in his past, wins the hearts of some of the school's more troubled teens and is able to help them both in and out of school. But these same attributes make him an enemy of the principal who discourages such close relationships between teachers and students.

Bedtime For Bonzo (1951)

Starring Ronald Reagan, Diana Lynn, Walter Slezak, Jesse White, and Herb Vigran. Directed by Frederick De Cordova. A professor's engagement to the dean's daughter hit a rocky patch by the revelation that his father was a habitual convict. To prove the dean's genetic theory of inherited traits is wrong, the professor starts a secret experiment with the science department's chimpanzee with the goal of showing that one's environment affects reaction to right and wrong.

Bells Are Ringing (1960)

Starring Judy Holliday, Dean Martin, Jean Stapleton, Fred Clark, Frank Gorshin, Donna Douglas, Madge Blake, Herb Vigran, and Olan Soule. Directed by Vincente Minnelli. A telephone operator who works for an answering service run by her cousin becomes involved in the lives of her customers, which brings her to the attention of a dim-witted police detective who suspects that the business is a front for a house of ill repute.

Beneath the 12-Mile Reef (1953)

Starring Robert Wagner, Terry Moore, Peter Graves, Gilbert Roland, Richard Boone, J. Carrol Naish, Jay Novello, and Jacques Aubuchon. Directed by Robert D. Webb. A Greek father and son dive for sponges off the coast of Florida. After they are robbed by crooks, they decide to take their crew to the dangerous 12-mile reef to dive for more sponges.