May 6, 2016

Around the dial

Ah, the Cone of Silence. It's one of the memorable bits from Get Smart, and the subject of the latest entry into The Museum of Comfort TV, a museum I'd patronize regularly if it actually existed. By the way, how do you commemorate a Cone of Silence? Surely not with a moment of silence, would you?

Thrilling Days of Yesteryear takes us back to the past with the late-50s series Broken Arrow, now appearing on the Heroes and Icons Channel, one of those channels I accidentally stumbled over a few months ago myself. The preponderance of Westerns on classic TV channels and on DVD is quite interesting considering the Western itself only makes occasional big-screen appearances nowadays. Is it that there are so many of them available out there, or are the viewers (and there must be some) looking for something they're not finding elsewhere?

If you've ever wondered how an author researches the life of a subject for a biography, or if you've been considering it yourself, Carol has a very good article on it at Vote For Bob Crane. She's the author of the definitive Crane bio, which you need to buy if you haven't already done so!

After reading Lincoln X-ray Ida's latest Adam-12 review, I think I understand better why my wife is distracted whenever I yawn while she's driving. That's not the focal point of the episode, of course; it's another typically compelling story of Malloy and Reed and a "Child in Danger." Kent McCord, by the way, will be part of the fun at September's Mid Atlantic Nostalgia Convention, which we'll be talking about as it gets closer.

Cult TV Blog takes a break from his Avengers posts to give us a closer look at "A Game of Murder," I love this description he provides -   "For ages it has been one of the suggestions that come up on Amazon for people who like Our Sort Of Television." I'm going to appropriate that label - Our Sort of Television. It reminds me of the slogan for one of my favorite websites, Uni Watch, which bills itself as being "For People Who Get It." Anyway, I digress - read about the show!

Remember the Singing Raisins? Micheal's TV Tray certainly does!

Classic TV History Blog's latest is "Among the Missing," and it's not about the long wait since the last post (unfortunate for us fans), but it refers to the 1963 drama "The 91st Day," starring Patrick O'Neal and Madeleine Sherwood, and broadcast on NET. It's a story about mental health and the inadequate ways of treating it, and Stephen makes a good case for this being considered the first made-for-TV movie.

Lucille Ball did, of course, have a career prior to I Love Lucy, and Recap Retro thankfully reminds us with this piece on one of her movie appearances, Room Service, featuring the Marx Brothers. It's not the last time she works with Harpo Marx, though - remember this classic bit from her own show? TV  

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