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).
Movies & TV
James Cagney’s last movie was Ragtime (1981).
Blackboard Jungle (1955) was the first film to feature rock music. Bill Haley’s “Rock Around the Clock” played over the opening credits.
Lorenzo Music provided the voice of Carlton the Doorman on “Rhoda” (CBS, 1974-78). He was never seen.
The correct pronunciation of Demi Moore’s first name is Duh-MEE.
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).
No one won the Cannes Film Festival prize for Best Film in 1968. Political demonstrations led by directors like Francois Truffaut, Jean-Luc Godard, and Claude Lelouch forced the festival to close in mid-proceedings that year.
The infamous TV quiz show scandals were from 1958 to 1959.
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.
Jack Nicholson ordered a plain omelet, a cup of coffee, and a chicken salad sandwich on wheat toast, hold the butter, lettuce, mayonnaise, and chicken (i.e., just bring the toast), at the diner in Five Easy Pieces (1970).
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).
The name of the fraternal order to which Ralph Kramden and Ed Norton belonged on the movie “The Honeymooners,” was The Raccoons. The name of Ralph’s bowling team was The Hurricanes.
“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).
Walter Brooke tells Dustin Hoffman in The Graduate (1967) the one word: “Plastics”.
“Roseanne” (ABC, 1988) was the top-rated TV program in 1990.
The full name of Khan, the “Star Trek” villain was Khan Noonian Singh (Ricardo Montalban). He was seen on the TV series (NBC, 1966-69) in an episode called “Space Seed” and in the theatrical movie Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982).
The Bedford Falls Company, producers of “thirtysomething” (ABC, 1987-1991), got its name from the town of Bedford Falls, New York, in It’s a Wonderful Life (1947). The company’s logo is a house in a snowstorm, based on the house in the movie, with the musical tag “. . . and dance by the light of […]
Each second of screen time, projected at the normal sound speed of 24 frames per second, takes up 1.5 feet of 35-millimeter film. A two-hour movie uses 10,800 feet of film, or a little over two miles.
Lucy had her baby on “I Love Lucy” (CBS, 1951-57) on January 19, 1953.
“Dallas” (CBS, 1978-91) was the top-rated TV series in 1980.
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.
Katharine Hepburn’s film debut was A Bill of Divorcement (1932).
The Virginian (1929) introduced the line, “If you want to call me that, smile”. Gary Cooper said it. Owen Wister, author of the novel The Virginian, phrased it as “When you call me that, smile!”
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 […]
“Gunsmoke” (CBS, 1955-75) was the top-rated TV show in 1960.