"Damn Yankees was done on NBC, 1966 I think, when the real Yankees were terrible, so it had to run on nostalgia. The stars were Lee Remick and Phil Silvers, with Joe Garagiola introducing it. I remember that it was a curious production. Much of the…"
Armstrong Tile sponsored TV remakes of this one and also Carousel, Kismet and Kiss Me Kate. You could get the soundtrack LPs for a dollar at their stores, and can still find used copies of these in thrift stores.
They never had video…"
"Musicals, remakes of which I wouldn’t mind seeing …
The play is nice fantasy, but the MGM film of 1954 is pretty bad unless you like endless dancing.
The 1958 Warner Bros. film is clumsy and flat, except when…"
"No, only part of it, but I did record it, and may watch it yet. What I did see was suitably outrageous.
(Rather strange use for a "live" production, but indicative of our attempts to keep up with the technology!)"
"I had to check it, but Adventure Comics #462 ("April 1979"), in its Justice Society feature, has "The Death of Batman." It's the Earth-2 Batman, complete with old uniform (no yellow bulls-eye). That's the one I…"
"My parents ran a grocery store, so as kids, my brother and I spent a lot of time at one grandma's house or the other's.
Fortunately, each place had an older, black-and-white TV set on the back porch or in the basement. So, while grandma…"
"I don't know if Fu was ever lost, but for some time it was available only in a bowdlerized cut, with the racial slurs in both directions trimmed out. TNT used to run the "PC" version in those days before TCM existed."
"Yes, once. Early 1980s, I was coming out of a grocery store in West Columbia SC with my wife and son, and this teenage boy asks "Mister, would you please buy a Grit newspaper?"
Very soft sell, but what a blast from the past.I felt…"
"Readers used to write in "Can't you just put all the ads in the back of the book so they don't break up the stories?" And the editors had to nicely explain that advertising doesn't work that way, and that these businesses…"
"Lately they've been playing a clip of Vice President Biden saying "that's a lot of malarkey!" Don't recall if it's recent, but whenever, it sounds pretty quaint.
(Once long ago, President Reagan said he'd had it…"
"I remember seeing that on the Sunday funny pages. Wasn't it just slipped right into the end of the Dick Tracy strip, taking up part of its alotted space, for a time? It seemed that artists could get away with that back then."
"Then again, "captain" has uses outside the military. You can be captain of a sporting team or a project as well as of a non-military airplane or boat.
If someone is a major or a colonel, you'd be looking for a military association,…"