“Radar” O’Reilly’s real name in the 1970 film and 1972-83 CBS TV series “M*A*S*H*” was Walter. Gary Burghoff played the character in both TV and film.
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No, Krakatoa is not east of Java. The volcanic island of Krakatoa is in the Sunda Strait west of Java, making the title of the 1969 movie (Krakatoa, East of Java) incorrect.
The Harder They Fall (1956), directed by Mark Robson, was Humphrey Bogart’s last film. Humphrey Bogart died of cancer in 1957.
The Invisible Man (1933) was Claude Rains’s American film debut. As the title character, Jack Griffin, Rains was never visible until the last shot, but his voice was heard throughout.
Clint Eastwood said, “Go ahead. Make my day” in the movie Sudden Impact (1983).
Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers starred in ten films together. They are: 1. Flying Down to Rio (1933) 2. The Gay Divorcee (1934) 3. Roberta (1935) 4. Top Hat (1935) 5. Follow the Fleet (1936) 6. Swing Time (1936) 7. Shall We Dance (1937) 8. Carefree (1938) 9. The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle […]
What is now the magazine TV Guide with the largest national circulation first appeared on April 3, 1953. It had editions in ten cities and an initial circulation of 1,560,000.
Clint Eastwood’s first screen appearance was as a lab assistant in Revenge of the Creature (1955). His second appearance was as “Jonesy” in Francis in the Navy (1955).
Lorenzo Music provided the voice of Carlton the Doorman on “Rhoda” (CBS, 1974-78). He was never seen.
John Ratzenberger (Cliff Clavin) of “Cheers” (NBC, 1982) was a staff person at NASA Mission Control in Houston in Superman II (1980).
Edith Bunker died after “All in the Family” (CBS, 1971-79) had become “Archie Bunker’s Place” (CBS, 1979-83). The 1980-81 season opened with Archie grieving over her death, which was not portrayed directly.
Director Rouben Mamoulian in City Streets (1931) introduced the use of “subjective sound”, a voice-over showing what a character is thinking. While Sylvia Sidney lay alone in bed, she “remembered” what Gary Cooper had said to her earlier, and Gary Cooper’s voice was heard on the soundtrack.
Did Richard Beymer and Russ Tamblyn ever team up between West Side Story (1961) and “Twin Peaks” (ABC, 1990-91)?
Yes, Richard Beymer and Russ Tamblyn teamed up between West Side Story (1961) and “Twin Peaks” (ABC, 1990-91) in Free Grass (1969). It also starred Natalie Wood’s sister, Lana Wood.
Bad Sister (1931) was Bette Davis’s film debut.
Nine people were in the lifeboat in the movie Lifeboat (1943). The actors playing them were Heather Angel, Mary Anderson, Tallulah Bankhead, William Bendix, Hume Cronyn, John Hodiak, Henry Hull, Canada Lee, and Walter Slezak.
Alfred Hitchcock’s first film with sound was Blackmail (1929). He actually filmed two versions, sound and silent. In the sound version, the German star Ann Ondra’s voice was supplied by English actress Joan Barry.
Bernard Herrmann’s final movie score was the Oscar-winning score was for Taxi Driver (1976).
What was the powerhouse Saturday night lineup that baby boomers remember watching on CBS in the 1973-74 season?
The powerhouse Saturday night lineup that baby boomers remembered watching on CBS in the 1973-74 season was: 8:00 “All in the Family”; 8:30–“M*A*S*H”; 9:00 “The Mary Tyler Moore Show”; 9:30—”The Bob Newhart Show”; 10:00 “The Carol Burnett Show.”
Bwana Devil (1952) was the first film in 3-D.
“Roseanne” (ABC, 1988) was the top-rated TV program in 1990.
Garry Moore’s sidekick on “The Garry Moore Show” (CBS, 1958-67) was Durward Kirby. Andy Griffith’s sidekick on “The Andy Griffith Show” (CBS, 1960-68) Don Knotts (as Barney Fife, 1960-65). Adam West’s sidekick on “Batman” (ABC, 1966-68) was Burt Ward (as Robin, or Dick Grayson).
Little Sheba was the name of Lola Delaney’s (Shirley Booth’s) dog in Come Back, Little Sheba (1952).
Louis (1864-1948) and Auguste (1862-1954) Lumiere developed the first motion picture projector (which also served as a camera), the Cinematographe, patented February 13, 1895. December 28, 1895, is widely considered the birthday of cinema. This was the first time the Lumiere brothers showed their films to paying customers at the Grand Café in Paris. The […]
The first watch tested for durability on television was not a Timex. In 1955, a Bulova “Clipper” watch attached to a weighted ball survived the “Niagara Falls Test.”
“Texaco Star Theater” (NBC, 1948-56) was the top-rated TV program in 1950.
The word “video” comes from the Latin word for “I see.”
“Family Ties” (NBC, 1982-89) star Michael J. Fox played a werewolf in the movie Teen Wolf (1985). Jason Bateman, star of “Valerie/The Hogan Family” (NBC, 1986-90; CBS, 1990-91) played the werewolf in the sequel, Teen Wolf Too (1987).
No, Dooley Wilson didn’t actually play the piano in Casablanca (1942). Wilson sang in the movie, but couldn’t play piano. Accompaniment was dubbed in.
Kristin Shepard (Mary Crosby), J. R.’s sister-in-law, shot J. R in the last episode of the 1979-80 season of “Dallas” (CBS, 1978-91). J. R. Ewing was played by Larry Hagman.
Barbara Stanwyck starred in two TV shows: “Barbara Stanwyck Theater” (NBC, 1960-61), a drama anthology that she hosted and in which she regularly performed; and “The Big Valley” (ABC, 1965-69), in which she played Victoria Barkley, matriarch of the Barkley clan.
Yes, a Hollywood Canteen was more than the title of a 1944 movie featuring Joan Crawford and Bette Davis. During World War II, it was a gathering place in Hollywood for servicemen and women. It was founded by Bette Davis and John Garfield.
Jim Henson and the Muppets made their national TV debut in 1957 on “The Tonight Show” (NBC, 1954), hosted then by Steve Allen. Kermit (only one year old at the time) sang “I’ve Grown Accustomed to Your Face” to a monster who ate its own face and tried to eat Kermit’s as well.
The cornfield in Field of Dreams (1989) was filmed near Dyersville, Iowa.
Rhoda Morgenstern from the TV series Rhoda got married on October 28, 1974. Rhoda Morgenstern (Valerie Harper) married Joe Gerard (David Groh). They separated early in the 1976-77 season, and eventually divorced. “Rhoda” ran from 1974 to 1978 on CBS.
What was the first soap opera to change its format from fifteen minutes to thirty minutes each weekday?
“As the World Turns” (CBS, 1956) was the first soap opera to change its format from fifteen minutes to thirty minutes each weekday.
Montgomery Clift’s first movie was Red River (1948), in which he played Matthew Garth, the child informally adopted by John Wayne’s character, Tom Dunson.
Gloria Swanson’s last film was Airport 1975 (1974).
No, John Davidson who appears in old movie credits has no relation to TV’s John Davidson. The earlier John Davidson (1886-1968) was a character actor who usually played dapper, sinister foreigners in silent and sound films. His movies included The Green Cloak (1915), Romeo and Juliet (1916), Dinner at Eight (1933), A Tale of Two […]
Longfellow Deeds (Gary Cooper) in Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936) was portrayed in newspapers as “Cinderella Man”. The newspaper reporter writing about (and falling in love with) him was Babe Bennett (Jean Arthur).
Dr. Pasteur in The Story of Louis Pasteur (1936)—Paul Muni Dr. Ehrlich in Dr. Ehrlich’ s Magic Bullet (1940)—Edward G. Robinson Dr. Newman, U.S. Navy, in Captain Newman (1963)—Gregory Peck Dr. Strangelove in Dr. Strangelove (1963)—Peter Sellers
Leonard Nimoy appeared in the science-fiction TV series Zombies of the Stratosphere (1952) before “Star Trek” (NBC, 1966-69). Nimoy played Narab, a Martian.
Katharine Hepburn’s film debut was A Bill of Divorcement (1932).
Humphrey Bogart never said “Tennis, anyone” in any movie or play, though Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations has quoted him as saying it.
The great Sarah Bernhardt, in Queen Elizabeth (1912, France), was the first actress to play Queen Elizabeth I.
NBC began regular television transmission to the American public in 1939.
Robert Duvall’s film debut was Boo Radley in To Kill a Mockingbird (1962).
Elvis Presley did not make his TV debut on “The Ed Sullivan Show” (CBS, 1948-71), but on “The Jackie Gleason Show” (CBS, 1952-55, 1956-57, 1962-70). Elvis first appeared there in January 1956.
The Wizard of Oz (1939) was first broadcast on TV on November 3, 1956, from 9:00 to 11:00 P.M. EST on CBS. It got a 33.9 rating and a 52.7 percent audience share.
Kevin Costner’s debut in a major film was a one-word part in Frances (1982).
Yes, Mr. Memory (Wylie Watson) in The Thirty-Nine Steps (1935) was based on a real person. Director Alfred Hitchcock said the man with the phenomenal memory was based on a music hall performer known as Datas.
Gone With the Wind is longer, by one minute. It runs 220 minutes. Heaven’s Gate was originally shown at 219 minutes, but was later cut to 149 minutes.
Geena Davis’s screen debut was in Tootsie (1982), where she played the dressing-room mate of Dustin Hoffman.
Lucy had her baby on “I Love Lucy” (CBS, 1951-57) on January 19, 1953.
Silent film star Francis X. Bushman (1883-1966) was known as “The Handsomest Man in the World”.
The first movie based on a TV series was Dragnet (1954). It was based on the NBC series of the same name (NBC, 1952-59, 1967-70).
The Trail of the Lonesome Pine (1936), directed by Henry Hathaway, was the first outdoor movie to be filmed in three-strip Technicolor”. It starred Sylvia Sidney, Fred Mac-Murray, and Henry Fonda. It was set in backwoods Kentucky in the early 1900s.
The Black Maria, built in 1893 by Thomas Alva Edison, near his laboratories in West Orange, New Jersey, was the world’s first film studio. Films were shot there for Edison’s peepshow-style kinetoscope viewer.
Jack Nicholson’s first job in the movies was as an office boy in MGM’s cartoon department.
Alfred Hitchcock did not win any directing Oscars.
What role did Corbin Bernsen of “L.A. Law” (NBC, 1986) play in the black action film Three the Hard Way (1974)?
Corbin Bernsen of “L.A. Law” played a “boy” in the black action film Three the Hard Way (1974). The film, directed by Gordon Parks Jr., starred Jim Brown, Fred Williamson, and Jim Kelly.