January 26, 2018

Around the dial

One of our favorites, the Oscar-winning actress and star of Peyton Place Dorothy Malone, died over the weekend at the ripe old age of 92. (I wrote about her here.) The British always have a wonderful way with obituaries, so here's hers, from The Guardian.

Also passing on this week was Bradford Dillman, who always seemed to be guesting on a classic television program (usually as the bad guy) whenever you turned around. I always enjoyed his work.

Not to make this morbid, but I ran across this last week quite by accident, and found it rather charming. It's the 2010 obituary for Dorothy M. Provine Day, who as Dorothy Provine was in many a show of the '50s and '60s, most notably The Roaring Twenties.. There's no question she was a star, and you can find the star obituaries out there, but reading this she could havAe been your next-door neighbor, or the woman you saw in the grocery store; yes, she was a singer, dancer and actress, but she also was a wife, mother, grandmother, and aunt, and moved back to the Pacific Northwest to be near family. As I said, charming.

At Cult TV Blog it's a look at The Avengers episode "Take-Over," with an interesting tie-in to a couple of movies at the end. It's another strong episode of a series that is almost always great fun to watch.

David at Comfort TV remembers some top moments from the career of the very funny Paul Lynde. I was watching some clips of him on The Hollywood Squares the other day, and he always made me laugh out loud. It's one thing to have funny lines, it's another to deliver them for maximum impact.

July 19 was the birthday of Edgar Allen Poe, and Jordan at The Twilight Zone Vortex examines Poe's influence on The Twilight Zone. As he writes, "one could safely say that without Edgar Allan Poe there would be no Twilight Zone."

You'll recall that back in 2015 Television Obscurities did an entire year of TV Guide, from the beginning of the 1964 season to just before the start of the 1965 season. Now he's given us an index to each installment in the series - if you haven't read it before, or if it's been a while, I think you'll really enjoy it.

At The Lucky Strike Papers, Andrew views Dion's 1968 Smothers Brothers appearance, in which he performs "Abraham, Martin and John," in the year that both Martin and John's brother Bobby were assassinated. It's a very intense moment.

We're always sharing fashion layouts from the pages of TV Guide, so it seems appropriate to look at Garroway at Large, where Jodie shares the proof that Dave was something of a fashion plate himself!

Classic Film and TV Café presents seven things to know about Chuck Connors. I particularly like number four, his friendship with Soviet premier Leonid Brezhnev, which I first learned about in this TV Guide.

And finally, Hal at The Horn Section takes us on a tour of the latest episode of Love That Bob!, in which Mr. Cummings is surrounded by contestants from the Miss Perfect Body pageant. In other words, he's right where he wants to be!

And you'll want to be here tomorrow, when we browse through the pages of another TV Guide. See you then.  TV  


  1. RIP, Bradford Dillman. I remember very well seeing him in tv & movies going back about 40 years. I think I first remember seeing him as JW Booth in "The Lincoln Conspiracy", and then not long after he played an industrialist who died & left his wife (Elizabeth Montgomery) to run his company in a tv movie called "Jennifer, a Woman's Story". I don't recall ever seeing him on TWILIGHT ZONE, but I have seen him in a few ALFRED HITCHCOCK PRESENTS/HOUR, once appearing alongside Ed Asner, who is just a few months older than he was. I just saw him earlier today dubbing an old TV Land broadcast of MARCUS WELBY, MD, where he played the father of a leukemia patient played by Barry Williams, during the first season of both this show and THE BRADY BUNCH.


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