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John Candy & John Hughes' Iconic Uncle Buck

December 5, 2021

The 1989 comedy hit, “Uncle Buck”, featured two legends of laughter: John Candy and John Hughes. At that point, Hughes had just ripped off an incredible run of writing and ...

Mel Brooks’ Farcical Take On The History Of The World

December 3, 2021

In 1981, Mel Brooks wrote, directed, produced, and acted in History of the World, Part I. Although the film received mediocre reviews, for the most part, it per...

The Pinnacle of Buddy Action Movies: Lethal Weapon

December 1, 2021

When it comes to buddy cop movies Starsky and Hutch may have laid the foundation but the gold standard remains Mel Gibson’s and Danny Glover’s “Lethal Weapon.” Howev...

This Mystery And Credit Of "Norwegian Wood" Unraveled

November 27, 2021

“Norwegian Wood,” The Beatles’ 1965 hit off their Rubber Soul album exemplifies the iconic group in many ways. First and naturally foremost, it features a battle ...

“The House Of The Rising Sun” The #1 Hit That Killed Th...

November 23, 2021

“The House Of The Rising Sun” dates back to at least the 18th century as an African American folk song. But it rose to prominence in 1964 thanks to the ...

The Disputed Origins Of The Beatles' “Lucy In the Sky W...

November 19, 2021

“Lucy In the Sky With Diamonds,” the hit song off The Beatles’ iconic “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band'' album, ranks as one of the most memorable Be...

Doctor Who’s First Incarnation

November 17, 2021

On Saturday, November 23, 1963, the first episode of Doctor Who aired on BBC One. It was designed as a family show, to be aired from 5 to 6 p.m., sandwiched between more adult shows a...

"I Get Around" By The Beach Boys, The Happiest Song Wit...

November 15, 2021

On July 4th, 1964, “I Get Around” scored the Beach Boys their first #1 hit in America. Released as a double single with “Don’t Worry Baby,” the pairing ranks...

Dana Plato: A Career Cut Short

November 7, 2021

Dana Plato was born Dana Michelle Strain on November 7, 1964. Her mother was an unwed teenager who was already raising an 18-month-old. Plato was adopted by Dean and Florine “Kay” Plato...

Children's Books Of The 1960s & 1970s

November 5, 2021

Children in the 1960s & 1970s had quite a range of literature to choose from. In the 1960s, Roald Dahl began writing his novels, Peggy Parish entered the literary scene with Ame...

1956: The Wizard of Oz Shown For The First Time On TV

November 3, 2021

Before 1955, most major Hollywood studios did not broadcast feature films on network television, with the exception of Walt Disney. By 1956, this had begun to cha...

Behind The Scenes Facts About "Halloween" And The Creat...

October 31, 2021

Like Charlie Brown to Thanksgiving or Rudolf to Christmas, Halloween wouldn’t feel right without Michael Myers haunting your TV set. John Carpenter’s “Hallow...

Carnival of Souls: Creating Horror On A Low Budget

October 28, 2021

In 1961, Herk Harvey was working for Centron, an industrial and educational film company. He was driving home to Lawrence, Kansas, when he stopped to explore the Sal...

It’s A Small World: A Long-lasting Ride With Good Inten...

October 18, 2021

“It’s a small world” was not originally built for one of the Disney theme parks, although it did end up in both of them. Instead, it was created for Pepsi-...

WKRP In Cincinnati: When Radio Was On TV

October 6, 2021

WKRP in Cincinnati was a delightful combination of music, sight gags, funny situations, and quirky characters. It humanized these odd-balls working in a radio station, helped ...

"Alfred Hitchcock Presents" made its premiere on CBS-TV...

October 2, 2021

After World War I, Alfred Hitchcock discovered an interest in creative writing, and became a founding editor and business manager of The Henley Telegraph, wh...

The Wild Story Of The Real "My Sharona" And The Knack's...

September 28, 2021

Sometimes, beautiful relationships develop out of strange, even weird, situations. Doug Fieger, lead singer of The Knack, and Sharona Alperin of “My Sharona”...

The Electric Company: When Television Taught Us To Read

September 26, 2021

On May 20, 1968, the Children’s Television Workshop was created, with the goal of using television to reach needy kids and provide them with an educational reso...

“Dancing Queen” by ABBA, The World's First Europop Disc...

September 24, 2021

“Dancing Queen” by ABBA hits the mark so perfectly that Queen Elizabeth once said, "I always try to dance when this song comes on because I am the Queen and I...

Louise Fletcher: The Woman Who Brought A Villain To Lif...

September 22, 2021

Louise Fletcher, who was born on July 22, 1934, in Birmingham, Alabama. Her parents were both deaf. Her father, the Reverend Robert Capers Fletcher, founded ...

Silent Movie: Slapstick In The Seventies

September 2, 2021

In 1926, Brooklyn native Mel Brooks was born. He got his start as a writer and comic for Sid Caesar’s Your Show of Shows, which ran from 1950-1954, where he worked alongside N...

James Caan: From A Mobster To A Romance Writer

August 19, 2021

James Caan has had quite the career, appearing not only in more than 70 films, but also acting on stage and on television. James Caan was born in the Bronx and grew up i...

Supertrain: The Show That Almost Derailed A Network

August 15, 2021

In 1977, ABC found success with The Love Boat, a show which followed a particular pattern: each episode had three storylines, with one storyline focused solely on t...

Wonder Twins: The Lesser Known Heroes Of Saturday Morni...

August 13, 2021

The popularity of Wonder Woman and The Six-Billion Dollar Man helped to bring about the advent of The All-New Super Friends Hour in September 1977 on ABC. Ea...

1971: Release of the film "The Omega Man" - Last Remain...

August 1, 2021

In 1954, Richard Matheson published the novel I Am Legend. The novel was adapted for the film The Last Man on Earth (1964), starring Vincent Price. Then, in ...

Vera Miles: Hitchcock's Potential Replacement For Grace...

July 25, 2021

Vera Miles was born Vera June Ralston in Boise City, Oklahoma on August 23, 1929. She was crowned Miss Kansas in 1948; she went on to become the third runner...

Jack Nicholson's Oscar Winning Performances over the De...

July 15, 2021

Jack Nicholson was born on April 22, 1937, to June Frances Nicholson, who was only 17 when he was born. June’s parents agreed to raise Nicholson as their own...

The Spy Who Loved Me

July 7, 2021

The James Bond movies function similar to the Presidency. The faces may change but the institution remains the same. For James Bond, “The Spy Who Loved Me” represented a return to prominence. Aft...

In '9 to 5,' Parton, Fonda And Tomlin Spoke To Workers ...

July 2, 2021

The film “9 to 5” starring Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, and Dolly Parton became a massive hit in 1980 thanks to its headliners and its forward-thinking ideas. Be...

Time Bandits: A Monty Python Director Gets Small With A...

June 25, 2021

Terry Gilliam, other members of Monty Python and George Harrison of the Beatles created a production company called HandMade Films in 1978 to finance Life of...

Magnum PI: Have Stache And Hawaiian Shirt, Will Investi...

June 23, 2021

Magnum P.I. became one of the highest-ranking and most beloved television shows, thanks to Tom Selleck, Hawaii, and a great car. For eight years starting in ...

How The Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders Became America's Sw...

June 21, 2021

America’s team, the Dallas Cowboys, evoke either endless adoration or complete disdain with very little in between. Like the New York Yankees and the Los Ang...

Catherine Schell, The Bond Girl Who Became Maya On 'Spa...

June 7, 2021

Catherine Schell is the daughter of a Hungarian diplomat, Paul Schell von Bauschlott and a countess, Katharina Maria Etelka Georgina Elisabeth Teleki de Szék...

A Show With Lynda Carter And Loni Anderson Couldn't Pos...

June 1, 2021

Lynda Carter and Loni Anderson were two of the most popular actresses of the groovy era, with Lynda Carter crafting the role of Wonder Woman and Loni Anderso...

Kim Novak: The 'Vertigo' Star Who Walked Away In '66, T...

May 30, 2021

American actress Kim Novak poses circa 1956. (Photo by Archive Photos/Getty Images) Kim Novak, born Marilyn Pauline Novak, defined Hollywood’s fiercely indepe...

Jay Silverheels As Tonto: The TV Indian Who Really Was ...

May 26, 2021

The Lone Ranger and Tonto, played by Clayton Moore and Jay Silverheels. Source: Getty Images / Bettmann / Contributor Actor Jay Silverheels and Tonto, the cha...

Debra Winger: The Wonder Girl Of 'Urban Cowboy,' 'Offic...

May 16, 2021

Debra Winger in 'Urban Cowboy.' Source: IMDB / Paramout Pictures With a streak of hot movies in the early '80s -- Urban Cowboy, Cannery Row, An Officer And A ...

Sleestaks, Grumpy And Cha-Ka: 'Land Of The Lost' Facts ...

May 8, 2021

For three seasons, Land Of The Lost's Sleestaks, Cha-Ka and and other creatures captivated children and the occasional adult. Created by the Krofft brothers,...

Carolyn Jones: Morticia Addams, Elvis Co-Star And Oscar...

May 4, 2021

Carolyn Jones will forever be known as Morticia Addams, the matriarch of The Addams Family. However, Jones had a long career that lasted for most her young l...

'Just A Flesh Wound:' 13 Best Monty Python & Holy Grail...

May 2, 2021

In 1975, Monty Python And The Holy Grail, a quote-laden classic farce from British troupe Monty Python, opened in theaters. The low-budget film went on to re...

Shirley MacLaine, Then And Now: From 'The Apartment' To...

April 26, 2021

Actress Shirley MacLaine in London, 21st August 1960. (Photo by Don Smith/Mirrorpix/Getty Images) Shirley MacLaine, most famous for her comedic role in The Ap...

Valerie Bertinelli, 'One Day At A Time's Barbara Cooper...

April 24, 2021

Valerie Bertinelli is best known for her role as the teenager Barbara Cooper on the 1970s hit series One Day At A Time -- and for her marriage to Eddie Van H...

'Forget It, Jake, It's Chinatown:' What The Movie Line ...

April 21, 2021

American actor Jack Nicholson on the set of Chinatown, written and directed by Polish-French filmmaker Roman Polanski. (Photo by Paramount pictures/Sunset Boule...

Summer of '42: Nostalgia-Driven Coming Of Age Movie Fro...

April 18, 2021

Actress Jennifer O'Neill and actor Gary Grimes in a scene from the Warner Bros. movie 'Summer of '42.' (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images) In the 19...

Who Was Eden Ahbez? The First Hippie's Strange Biograph...

April 16, 2021

In the 1940s, eden ahbez's look of long hair, beard, sandals, and flowing garments wasn't common. Nor was his back-to-earth lifestyle -- he was a hippie befo...

The Thorn Birds Cast: A Mini-Series About Australia Fil...

April 14, 2021

Richard Chamberlain and Rachel Ward in 'The Thorn Birds.' Photo by Walt Disney Television via Getty Images Photo Archives/Walt Disney Television via Getty Image...

Excalibur: King Arthur's Sword And Story Of The 1981 Fi...

April 10, 2021

John Boorman's 1981 medieval fantasy epic Excalibur provides a bleak and gruesome telling of England's most beloved folk tale. Based on the 15th-century Arth...

The Night David Copperfield Made The Statue Of Liberty ...

April 8, 2021

The greatest magic trick on TV? David Copperfield's disappearing Statue of Liberty, without a doubt. When Copperfield pulled off this vanishing act -- live -...

Bad News Bears: Cast List Of The Little League Blockbus...

April 7, 2021

Walter Matthau, Tatum O'Neal. (Photo by FilmPublicityArchive/United Archives via Getty Images) The 1976 baseball comedy The Bad News Bears featured Walter Mat...

Joi Lansing: 'Beverly Hillbillies' Gladys Flatt And All...

April 6, 2021

Joi Lansing, 1950's. (Photo by Film Favorites/Getty Images) Joi Lansing was an actress and model popular in the age of the blonde bombshells, and while she di...

TV Guide: History Of The Most Popular Magazine Of The '...

April 3, 2021

TV Guide was the most popular magazine in America at the height of the Groovy Era. In today's world where everything is on-demand and available at your finge...

Debbie Reynolds: 'Singin In The Rain' Actress Who Was C...

April 1, 2021

It's an understatement to say that Debbie Reynolds was a major Hollywood star. As close to a literal rags to riches story as you can find in the groovy era, ...

How WrestleMania Made The WWF: Hulk Hogan And Mr. T On ...

March 31, 2021

On March 31, 1985, Madison Square Garden played host to one of the most historic nights in professional wrestling. With the gamble that was the first Wrestle...

One-Eyed Jacks, The Only Film Marlon Brando Directed: F...

March 30, 2021

Director and star Marlon Brando on the set of 'One Eyed Jacks,' 1961. Photo by FilmPublicityArchive/United Archives via Getty Images In the Marlon Brando cano...

Lynda Carter In 'Bobbie Jo And The Outlaw:' The Young W...

March 27, 2021

Before Lynda Carter locked down the part of '70s Wonder Woman, she made a film called Bobbie Jo And The Outlaw. A B-movie about young people on a Bonnie and ...

Tommy (The Movie), 1975: Cast List Of The Who's Rock Op...

March 22, 2021

The 1975 musical film Tommy, based on the Pete Townshend-penned rock opera of the same name, brought together a cast of Tina Turner, Elton John, Eric Clapton...

Nancy Kovack: Star Trek Siren, Joker Accomplice, and Ar...

March 15, 2021

Nancy Kovack, famous for her portrayal of Medea in Jason And The Argonauts and TV work including Batman, Star Trek, and Bewitched, was the ultimate dream gir...

The Banana Splits: The Funny Animal Bubblegum Pop Band,...

March 14, 2021

The Banana Splits were a band consisting of anthropomorphic animals -- actors in costumes -- who played pop music on their show The Banana Splits Adventure H...

Caddyshack: 20 Best Quotes From The Most Quotable Movie...

March 13, 2021

Bill Murray eye to eye with a gopher in a scene from the film 'Caddyshack', directed by Harold Ramis, 1980. (Photo by Orion Pictures/Getty Images) Gathering s...

Liza Minnelli, 'Cabaret' Phenom and Judy Garland's Daug...

March 12, 2021

When you're born the daughter of Judy Garland, as Liza Minnelli was, singing, dancing and acting are not casual pursuits. If you didn't inherit mama's pipes,...

Lawrence Welk Played Champagne Music On TV For 31 Years

March 11, 2021

You could depend on the Lawrence Welk Show for 31 years -- like it or not. Lawrence Welk was a bandleader and host who delivered incredibly square entertainment...

Chuck Norris Can Do Anything: How The Badass Became A M...

March 10, 2021

Toughest guy on the internet? That's easy -- it's Chuck Norris, obviously. This star of action films got his start in the '70s, learning from Bruce Lee and t...

'There Can Be Only One:' Highlander's Famous Line Expla...

March 7, 2021

The line from Highlander -- "There can be only one" -- is an immortal movie quote, a sentiment so simple and ominous that it resonates with people whether th...

Retro Futurism: 1969's 'Moon Zero Two' Was Set In The Y...

March 6, 2021

What will the year 2021 hold? In 1969, Moon Zero Two, a film from the Hammer studio famous for horror movies, pondered just that question. Starring Catherine...

Before Arrested Development And Archer: Young Jessica W...

March 5, 2021

Left: Jessica Walter publicity portrait for the film 'Lilith', 1964. Right: Walter in 'Play Misty For Me.' Sources: Photo by Columbia Pictures/Getty Images; IMD...

Repo Man, Cult Classic: Facts And Trivia About The Punk...

March 2, 2021

The life of a repo man is always intense. Maybe the most cult of cult movies, Repo Man is a hard film to pin down. Part comedy, part science-fiction, and par...

Why Did Sha Na Na Exist? '50s Nostalgia For Hippies, Bo...

February 28, 2021

Jon 'Bowzer' Bauman, of the group Sha Na Na, performs onstage at the Holiday Star Theater, Merilville, Indiana, February 2, 1982. (Photo by Paul Natkin/Getty Im...

Joanne Woodward: 'Three Faces Of Eve' And Mrs. Paul New...

February 27, 2021

Joanne Woodward wearing an outfit by Travilla with a straw hat by Yorn, circa 1965. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images) Joanne Woodward, winner of an Oscar...

Slap Shot: How The Hanson Brothers Hijacked Paul Newman...

February 25, 2021

When Paul Newman made the hockey comedy Slap Shot, he might not have expected to lose the spotlight to the Hanson Brothers. It's a funny script, Newman plays...

Mamie van Doren, Bad-Girl Blonde Of '50s Cult Cinema, T...

February 24, 2021

Peruse Mamie Van Doren's filmography -- Untamed Youth (1957), High School Confidential (1958), Born Reckless (1958), Girls Town (1959), Vice Raid (1960), Sex...

Sandy Duncan: Young 'Peter Pan' Actress And Wheat Thins...

February 20, 2021

Pixie, they name is Sandy Duncan! A constant celebrity without a real TV or movie hit, short-haired Sandy Duncan entertained audiences (and Wheat Thins snack...

Young Rene Russo: Cosmopolitan/Vogue Cover Girl Turned ...

February 17, 2021

Rene Russo was a modeling sensation, shooting cover after cover for Vogue and Cosmopolitan, long before she made her screen debut in the 1989 sports comedy M...

Do You Feel Lucky, Punk? Clint Eastwood's Misquoted Dir...

February 16, 2021

Dirty Harry is one of Clint Eastwood's great roles, and has given us lines like "Do you feel lucky?," "Go ahead, make my day," and "A man's got to know his l...

Clutch Cargo: 'Syncro-Vox' Animation Was An Unlikely Hi...

February 15, 2021

Airing in 1959-60, Clutch Cargo was unlike any other cartoon, thanks to the miracle of "Syncro-Vox" animation. In Syncro-Vox, a human talking mouth is superi...

Lois Maxwell As Moneypenny: The Bond Girl Who Resisted ...

February 14, 2021

Miss Moneypenny, played by Lois Maxwell, was the constant Bond Girl, sparring with 007 through the Sean Connery, George Lazenby and Roger Moore eras. The sec...

Coulda Been A Contender: De Niro's 'Raging Bull' Quote ...

February 13, 2021

"I could've been a contender" was a powerful line when Marlon Brando said it to Rod Steiger in 1954's On The Waterfront; when Jake La Motta (Robert De Niro) ...

What's a 'Stepford Wife'? The Anti-Feminist Stereotype ...

February 12, 2021

Even if you've never seen The Stepford Wives, the dark 1975 film sci-fi/horror film where wealthy suburban men turn their partners into subservient robots, y...

Leslie Nielsen, The 'Airplane!' And 'Naked Gun' Actor W...

February 11, 2021

Left: Anne Francis and Leslie Nielsen in 'Forbidden Planet.' Right: Nielsen and Jeannette Charles in 'The Naked Gun.' Sources: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/Sunset Boulev...

Mary Steenburgen, Young 'Melvin And Howard' Actress, Th...

February 9, 2021

Mary Steenburgen is an Oscar-winning actress who had early successes with Goin' South (1978), Time After Time (1979), Melvin And Howard (1980) and Ragtime (1...

Anouk Aimee: Muse Of 'Dolce Vita' And '8 1/2,' Then And...

February 5, 2021

With the Fellini movies La Dolce Vita (1960) and 8 1/2 (1963), as well as the global hit A Man And A Woman (1966), Anouk Aimée became one of a few French act...