The Big Clock (1948) was the basis for No Way Out (1987), set in the world of magazine publishing instead of at the Pentagon. Ray Milland played the role later taken by Kevin Costner and Charles Laughton played the Gene Hackman role.
The Brass Bottle (1964), starring Tony Randall, was about a genie and featured Barbara Eden. Eden played not the genie but Randall’s girlfriend Sylvia. Burl Ives played Fakrash, the genie.
The American word “buckaroo” comes from the Spanish vaquero, meaning cowboy. It was picked up as Americans moved into western lands once owned by Mexico.
Judy Blume’s first book was Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret, published in 1970.
There were no male actors that appeared in The Women (1939). The all-female cast includes Norma Shearer, Joan Crawford, Rosalind Russell, and Paulette Goddard.
The RKO movie studio come to an end in 1958, when it was sold to Desilu.
The name of the Italian mouse on “The Ed Sullivan Show” (CBS, 1948-71) was Topo Gigio.
President Lyndon Johnson’s first lady was born Claudia Alta Taylor.
The mysterious man who gave away $1 million each week in “The Millionaire” (CBS, 1955-60) was named John Beresford Tipton. He was never seen; his voice was provided by Paul Frees, who also provided the voice of Boris Badenov on “The Bullwinkle Show” (ABC, NBC, 1959-63).
The Saint Valentine’s Day Massacre lasted eight minutes. Several members of the George (“Bugs”) Moran gang were killed that day, February 14, 1929, along with a man in the garage who looked like Moran. Moran himself escaped the massacre to die a natural death of lung cancer on February 25, 1957.