June 2016

Johnny Stompanato – Stud to the Stars.

June 9, 2016 // 6 Comments

    The quaint little town of Woodstock, Illinois has produced several interesting individuals, prominent among them actors Orson Welles and Jessica Biel, cartoonist Chester Gould the creator of Dick Tracy, and gangster, mob enforcer Johnny Stompanato. It was also the location for the 1993 film Groundhog Day that starred Bill Murray. It should not, however, be confused with the 1969 [...]

Nostalgia TV – Sitcoms, comedies & family shows – Pt 8.

June 7, 2016 // 0 Comments

    1979-80 #2        THREE’S COMPANY #4        ALICE #7        FLO (1980-1). Polly Holliday’s popularity as a waitress in Alice for four seasons was acknowledged in 1980 when she was given her own show portraying the same character; relocated to a bar in Cowtown, Texas. The series climbed to #7 on the ratings in its first season. As seems to happen a lot in the [...]

Nostalgia TV – Sitcoms, comedies & family shows Pt 6.

June 6, 2016 // 2 Comments

  1975-6 #1        ALL IN THE FAMILY #3        LAVERNE AND SHIRLEY (1976-83). Laverne De Fazio and Shirley Feeney are single working girls in 1950s Milwaukee and later in 1960s Los Angeles. Cindy Williams (Shirley) actually walked off the show in 1976, complaining that Penny Marshall (Laverne) was getting all the best lines. She returned two days later. Writer and creator Garry [...]

Hollywood The Skeletons Are Out!

June 5, 2016 // 0 Comments

See larger image Hollywood The Skeletons Are Out!: Over 1,200 direct quotes by actors and directors about themselves, their colleagues and their films SAMPLES FROM ‘Hollywood – The Skeletons Are Out’ BANKHEAD, TallulahTallulah’s was asked why she had left the stage to try her luck in Hollywood: ‘To fuck that divine Gary Cooper.’ BARDOT, Brigitte French star Yves Montand loathed [...]

Nostalgia TV – Comedies, sitcoms & family shows – Pt.7

June 5, 2016 // 2 Comments

  1977-8 #1        LAVERNE AND SHIRLEY #2        HAPPY DAYS #3        THREE’S COMPANY #5        ALL IN THE FAMILY #8        ALICE #10      ONE DAY AT A TIME #12      EIGHT IS ENOUGH #13      SOAP (1977-81). This was possibly the first American series to feature an openly gay character (in this instance played by Billy Crystal) as a regular [...]

Nostalgia TV – Sitcoms, Comedies & Family Shows Pt. 5

June 1, 2016 // 4 Comments

    1972-3 #1        ALL IN THE FAMILY #2        SANFORD & SON #4        MAUDE (1972-80). A spin-off from the iconic All in the Family series, Maude was classed as a sitcom but it also dealt with a number of controversial issues of the day, none more so than abortion. A 2-part episode was shot in November 1972 amid little controversy, but all that changed when [...]
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