The first “All in the Family” (CBS, 197179) aired on January 12, 1971, at 9:30 P.M.
Movies & TV
The first all-talking movie was not The Jazz Singer (1927), which only featured sound in parts, but The Lights of New York (1928), a Warner Brothers gangster movie. The New York Times called it “seven reels of speech.”
“Dr. Kildare”: “Three Stars Will Shine Tonight,” sung by Richard Chamberlain (reached #10 in 1962) “Dragnet”: “Dragnet Theme,” Ray Anthony Orchestra (reached #3 in 1953) “The Greatest American Hero”: “Believe It or Not,” by Joey Scarbury (reached #2 in 1981) “Happy Days”: “Happy Days,” by Pratt and McLain (reached #5 in 1976) “Hawaii-Five 0”: “Hawaii […]
It was a stand-in who stabbed Janet Leigh in Psycho (1960), a young woman wearing a wig, not Anthony Perkins.
“Roseanne” (ABC, 1988) was the top-rated TV program in 1990.
Yes, Jodie Foster has starred in a TV series. During the 1974-75 season, she played Addie Pray on “Paper Moon,” an ABC sitcom based on the 1972 Peter Bogdanovich movie.
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.
Chuckles the Clown’s sign-off line on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” (CBS, 1970-77) was “A little song, a little dance, a little seltzer down your pants.” The words were remembered by those mourning Chuckles’s death after he was killed by a rogue elephant. Chuckles was dressed as Peter Peanut at the time.
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.
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).
A montage is the assembling together of images in a film, usually in quick succession, often dissolving into one another. It can be used to convey action and the passage of time, newspaper headlines and theater marquees flying by as a dancer rises to stardom, or, as in the work of Sergei Eisenstein, to evoke […]
The 1981 Oscar telecast was delayed for one day because on March 30, the day of the telecast, President Ronald Reagan was shot by John Hinckley, Jr.
How did the practice of movie stars’ placing their footprints in front of Grauman’s Chinese Theatre begin?
The practice of movie stars’ placing their footprints in front of Grauman’s Chinese Theatre was an accident at first. It started when Sid Grauman put his footprints into unset concrete outside his own theater in 1927.
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.
Walter Brooke tells Dustin Hoffman in The Graduate (1967) the one word: “Plastics”.
David Huddleston played Santa Claus in the movie Santa Claus (1985).
The Harder They Fall (1956), directed by Mark Robson, was Humphrey Bogart’s last film. Humphrey Bogart died of cancer in 1957.
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.
No, Lawrence of Arabia (1962) was not Peter O’Toole’s first film. O’Toole played several secondary roles in Ombre Bianche, Les Dents du Diable, The Savage Innocents, The Day They Robbed the Bank of England, and Kidnapped (all 1960). He did not become famous until he appeared as T. E. Lawrence in Lawrence of Arabia.
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.
The RKO movie studio come to an end in 1958, when it was sold to Desilu.
It is not “Till Death Do Us Part,” but “Till Death Us Do Part” (BBC, 1966-68, 1972-74), was British series which was the basis for “All in the Family” (CBS, 1971-79), starring Warren Mitchell as bigot Alf Garnett.
The infamous TV quiz show scandals were from 1958 to 1959.
Bad Sister (1931) was Bette Davis’s film debut.
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.
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.
Katharine Hepburn’s film debut was A Bill of Divorcement (1932).
For which show did a TV network president accept an Emmy and say, “This is the best show I ever canceled”?
A TV network president accept an Emmy and said, “This is the best show I ever canceled” for “He and She,” which ran in 1967-68 on CBS and starred Richard Benjamin and Paula Prentiss. The network president was Mike Dann, of CBS.
Humphrey Bogart—The Harder They Fall (1956) Gary Cooper—The Naked Edge (1961) Buster Keaton—A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1967) Errol Flynn—Cuban Rebel Girls (1969) Maurice Chevalier—Monkeys Go Home (1956)
Spencer Tracy’s last words on film were “Well, Tillie, when the hell are we going to get some dinner?”. It was the last line of Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (1967).
Edward Platt did not play the Chief in The Nude Bomb (1980), the movie based on “Get Smart” (NBC, 1965-70). He starred as the Chief in the series but who died in 1974. Dana Elcar, later the “chief” in “MacGyver” (ABC, 1986), took the role. The porn star Sylvia Kristel played Agent 34 in the […]
Walt Disney’s animated cartoons first appeared in Kansas City in 1919. Disney started working for the Kansas City Film Ad Company, which produced short cartoon commercials to be shown in local theaters. By 1922, Disney had developed his own series of theatrical cartoons, “Laugh-O-Grams,” which were parodies of fairy tales.
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.
The DuMont TV network started operating in 1944 with station WABD in New York (now WNYW). It had financing from Paramount Pictures but lacked a radio network such as the other networks had. Owning a radio network made it easier to sign up TV station affiliates. Further, complicated court rulings prevented DuMont from owning as […]
Clarence the Cross-Eyed Lion (1965), was the basis for the TV show “Daktari” (CBS, 1966-69) , with Betsy Drake and Marshall Thompson.
Tillie’ s Punctured Romance (1914), directed by Mack Sennett, was the first feature-length comedy.
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 […]
W. K. L. Dickson (1860-1935), Thomas Edison’s assistant, was the first film director. He directed Edison’s first films in 1889.
“The Man Trap,” televised as a “sneak preview” on September 8, 1966, was the first episode of “Star Trek” to be televised. The episode dealt with a creature on planet M-113 who lives on salt sucked from humans.
James Cagney’s last movie was Ragtime (1981).
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.
“Gimme a whiskey, ginger ale on the side. And don’t be stingy, baby.” were Greta Garbo’s first spoken words on film. She said them in Anna Christie (1930).
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.
Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton appeared on “Here’s Lucy” (CBS, 1968-74) in 1973.
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
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.
“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.
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.”
Two of the four of Bing Crosby’s sons have killed themselves. Lindsay Crosby shot himself in 1989; Dennis Crosby shot himself in 1991.
The first on-screen Don Juan was John Barrymore in the 1926 movie Don Juan, the first movie to synchronize sound effects into a sound track.
Lucy had her baby on “I Love Lucy” (CBS, 1951-57) on January 19, 1953.
The first TV series to star a black woman was “Beulah” (ABC, 1950-53), starring successively Ethel Waters, Hattie McDaniel, and Louise Beavers as Beulah, a black maid. “Julia” (NBC, 1968-71), starring Diahann Carroll as nurse Julia Baker, was the second.
The great Sarah Bernhardt, in Queen Elizabeth (1912, France), was the first actress to play Queen Elizabeth I.
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.
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).
The sun sets in the east in the closing moments of the movie The Green Berets (1968).
In his confrontation with a bank robber in Dirty Harry (1971), did Harry Callahan (Clint Eastwood) fire five shots or six?
In his confrontation with a bank robber in Dirty Harry (1971), Harry Callahan (Clint Eastwood) fired six shots. The robber was not shot.
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.
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.
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!”