jim backus

The cast of ‘Gilligan’s Island’ (1964-7).

January 18, 2018 // 4 Comments

This immensely popular series commenced shooting in late 1963. In the very first shot of the opening credits, the American flag is quite evident, flying at half-mast. Not long before filming began, President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas in November. Back in 1961, Newton Minow was head of the Federal Communications Commission in 1961. He made himself highly unpopular with the [...]

Actors marrying other actors – Pt 11.

September 7, 2016 // 0 Comments

  BRUCE, Virginia                              GILBERT, John                                1932-4 (div.)   Virginia Bruce may have started out as one of the original 20 Goldwyn girls, along with Betty Grable, Paulette Goddard and Ann Sothern, but she soon showed she had talent. In all she chalked up 82 screen credits between 1929 [...]

‘Gilligan’s Island’ – was it really over FIFTY years ago?

September 5, 2016 // 6 Comments

  Gilligan’s Island popped onto our TV screens back in the sixties and, like I Love Lucy, it has just stayed there and stayed there and…The more I think about it (which I admit is not often), most of us probably watch the thing because it is forever cluttering up our TV screens at some hour of the day or night. The entire premise of Gilligan’s Island is absurd, annoyingly so. I was a [...]

More old TV shows trivia.

December 20, 2015 // 0 Comments

  To baby-boomers the name Honor Blackman conjures up two distinct and memorable images – Cathy Gale in all of the first 43 episodes of the hit TV series The Avengers –  and Pussy Galore in the 1964 James Bond classic Goldfinger. In August 2015, the wonderful Honor Blackman turned ninety years of age. Born in England in 1925, she was taught boxing by her brother and became [...]