March 3, 2023

Around the dial

Fridays have been my favorite night of the week since I was in grade school, so it makes sense that I'd identify with David's latest entry at Comfort TV, where his journey through 1970s TV lands on Friday nights, 1971. We often talk about murderers-row lineups, and look at ABC's on Friday nights: The Brady Bunch, The Partridge Family, Room 222, The Odd Couple, and Love American Style.

At Realweegiemidget, Gill looks back at the Hallmark Hall of Fame's 1976 presentation of Peter Pan, with Mia Farrow in the role made famous by Mary Martin, Danny Kaye in the dual roles of Captain Hook and Mr. Darling that Cyril Ritchard played in the original TV version, and John Gielgud as the narrator. How does it compare to the original? See what you think.

There's a long tradition of children's stories in which a group of kids are entrusted by the plot to take down a gang of criminals, and so it makes sense to have an entire television series built around the concept of kids in the world of gangsters. At Cult TV Blog, John looks at this 1986 series, Running Scared, including a theme by Kate Bush.

I've always enjoyed film noir, as I think I've mentioned before, so how can I possibly resist this month's Movie Quote Game at Classic Film & TV Café, where Rick looks at famous film noir quotes. I mean, how can you not fall for a genre that includes lines like, ""I get the general idea. She was a tramp from a long line of tramps."

It's farewell to one of the legends this week, Ricou Browning, who died aged 93. He's best known as the Creature in the movies Creature from the Black Lagoon, Revenge of the Creature, and The Creature Walks Among Us, as well as co-creating Flipper. Martin Grams remembers the man, who was one of the celebrities at the Mid-Atlantic Nostalgia Convention. TV  

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