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Magic Smackdown!: When 'Amazing' Randi Humiliated Uri G...

July 15, 2019

In 1973, spoon-bending "psychic" Uri Geller appeared on The Tonight Show -- and walked into a trap set by host Johnny Carson and the magician/skeptic James "...

Before Rocky And The Fonz, They Were Lords Of Flatbush

July 14, 2019

The 1974 indie film The Lords of Flatbush became a hit on the backs of its stars Sylvester Stallone and Henry Winkler, who were nobodies at the time the movie wa...

Diner: The Stellar Cast List And Subtle Story That Chan...

July 11, 2019

Barry Levinson's 1982 coming-of-age movie Diner was a small movie with a nothing cast that was only modestly successful -- but its actors went on to become b...

Service Before Stardom: Photos Of 28 Icons Who Served I...

July 4, 2019

Left: Willie Nelson playing a show in South Carolina in 1996. Right: Nelson during his time in the air force, circa 1950. Sources: (Paul Natkin/WireImage; Wikim...

Mr. Wizard, TV's Original Science Guy: Highly Experimen...

July 3, 2019

For decades, Don Herbert, better known as Mr. Wizard, wowed American youngsters with science. Watch Mr. Wizard's demonstrations of chemistry and physics, oft...

Comic Book Rip-Off Ads: Sea Monkeys, X-Ray Specs, And M...

July 1, 2019

Sea Monkeys were actual humanoids with tails and funny crowned heads that lived in a bowl. A pair of glasses enabled you to see through clothing. And a seven...

The Wild Bunch: Violence Sam Peckinpah Hoped Would Repu...

June 30, 2019

Left: Ben Johnson, Warren Oates, William Holden, and Ernest Borgnine in The Wild Bunch, 1969. Right: William Holden. Sources: Silver Screen Collection/Getty Ima...

Clint Eastwood: A Cowboy On Screen And In The Director'...

June 29, 2019

As "Dirty" Harry Callahan, Josey Wales, and "The Man With No Name," Clint Eastwood established himself as one of the great screen badasses of the '60s and '7...

'Roots:' The Show About Race That United American Viewe...

June 27, 2019

Left: LeVar Burton as Kunta Kinte in 'Roots.' Right: Lloyd Bridges (as Evan Brent) and Georg Stanford Brown (as Tom Harvey). Source: IMDB; Walt Disney Televisio...

Karen Allen: The Girl Who Had Indiana Jones' Number, Th...

June 25, 2019

We met Karen Allen as the sweetheart, much-too-nice girlfriend of Boon in Animal House (1978), but it was really with Raiders Of The Lost Ark (1981) that aud...

Stories From The Making Of 'Jaws:' Fiasco On The High S...

June 20, 2019

Left: Bruce the shark. Right: Richard Dreyfus feigns happiness during production. Sources: IMDB; Universal Pictures/Getty Images Jaws (1975) has taken on lege...

Charlie's Angels 2019: What To Expect From Elizabeth Ba...

June 17, 2019

On November 15, 2019, a new group of Angels will follow in the footsteps of Farrah Fawcett, Cheryl Ladd, and Kate Jackson when they answer a call from the un...

Cybill Shepherd: Your Young 'Taxi Driver' Crush, Then A...

June 13, 2019

Cybill Shepherd is the rare model-turned-actress who has thrived in both worlds. From her early career on the covers of Seventeen and Glamour to films includ...

Dr. Strangelove Or: How Stanley Kubrick Invented Black ...

June 11, 2019

Stanley Kubrick's 1964 nuclear-war farce Dr. Strangelove Or: How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Bomb has been called the first black comedy in film ...

Lola Falana: From Sammy Davis Jr. Protegee To Queen Of ...

June 10, 2019

Left: Publicity photo of Lola Falana circa 1970. Right: Lola Falana portrait from CBS-TV. Source: Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images; Wikimedia Commons Lola F...

Tamara Dobson As Cleopatra Jones: Blaxploitation's Forg...

June 1, 2019

Tamara Dobson as Cleopatra Jones. Left: a detail of the UK poster for the first movie (1973). Right: from the poster for the sequel, Cleopatra Jones And The Cas...

When 'Dallas' Left Us All Asking 'Who Shot JR?'

May 28, 2019

Left: Actor Larry Hagman on the set of the television soap opera 'Dallas', 18th July 1979. (Photo by Maureen Donaldson/Getty Images). Right: People magazine asks the quest...

Carol Wayne, Johnny Carson's 'Art Fern' Sidekick: A Lat...

May 25, 2019

Left: Carol Wayne with Johnny Carson in an 'Art Fern' sketch on 'The Tonight Show.' Right: Wayne in another 'Tonight Show' appearance. Source: NBC/NBCU Photo Ba...

Robby The Robot: The Sci-Fi Prop Who Thinks He's An Act...

May 23, 2019

Left: Peter Falk as Columbo and Robby the Robot in a guest-starring role on a 1974 episode of 'Columbo.' Right: Robby in a colorized lobby card for 'Forbidden P...

Cool Hand Luke's 'Failure To Communicate:' Paul Newman,...

May 21, 2019

Left: Paul Newman as Luke, attempting to eat fifty hard-boiled eggs in an hour in the film 'Cool Hand Luke', 1967. (Photo by Silver Screen Collection/Getty Imag...

Vampira, Ghoulardi, Dr. Shock: 20 Classic Creeps Of Reg...

May 17, 2019

Left: Finnish-born actor and television host Vampira, a.k.a. Maila Nurmi, circa 1956. Source: Hulton Archive/Getty Images. Right: Dr. Shock and Bubbles on the c...

Hammer Horror: How Christopher Lee's Dracula Rebooted A...

May 14, 2019

Left: Veronica Carlson with Christopher Lee in a publicity portrait issued for the film, 'Dracula Has Risen from the Grave', United Kingdom, 1968. (Photo by Sil...

Doris Day, 'Pillow Talk' Star, Was America's '50s Sweet...

May 13, 2019

Portrait of Doris Day from the '60s; with Rock Hudson on the movie poster for 'Pillow Talk' (1959). Sources: Bettmann/Getty; IMDB Doris Day, the Calamity Jane...

The Truth About Bela Lugosi: Iconic Dracula's Hollywood...

May 7, 2019

Left: Bela Lugosi and Helen Chandler in 'Dracula' (1931). Right: An undated publicity photo of Lugosi. Sources: IMDB; John Springer Collection/CORBIS/Corbis via...

Young Ursula Andress: Original Bond Girl Honey Ryder, T...

May 6, 2019

Securing her place in film history as Dr. No's Honey Ryder, Ursula Andress was the original Bond Girl in the 007 film franchise. Following her turn opposite ...

Adrienne Barbeau: 'Swamp Thing' Scream Queen, Then And ...

April 30, 2019

With a string of early-'80s movies like The Fog, Escape From New York, The Cannonball Run, Swamp Thing, and Creepshow, Adrienne Barbeau established herself a...

30 Best 'Blazing Saddles' Quotes: Stinking Badges To Sc...

April 28, 2019

Starring Cleavon Little and Gene Wilder, Blazing Saddles is one of two groundbreaking films that Mel Brooks released in 1974 (the other was Young Frankenstei...

Vaughn Meader's 'First Family:' The JFK Comedy Album Th...

April 21, 2019

In 1962, comedian Vaughn Meader satirized John F. Kennedy on The First Family, a live comedy album that both lampooned and celebrated the Kennedy family. At ...

Goldfinger's Golden Girl, Then And Now: Shirley Eaton L...

April 18, 2019

In Goldfinger, Shirley Eaton's gold-painted character Jill Masterson is discovered dead by James Bond, played by Sean Connery. It's one of the most memorable...

Where Are They Now? The Original 'Lost In Space' Cast

April 17, 2019

For fans of the original "Danger Will Robinson!" show, Lost In Space, the stranded Robinson family is headed by Guy Williams and June Lockhart, and includes Marta...

Celebrities From The Groovy Era Who Took On Cancer, And...

April 16, 2019

No one is safe from cancer -- celebrities can get the disease just as easily as plain folks, as we've been reminded by the recent revelation from Jeopardy! h...

Scilla Gabel: The Sophia Loren Body Double We Never Kne...

April 14, 2019

Actress Scilla Gabel was Sophia Loren's body double in a couple of films in the 1950s -- not a bad claim to fame. But while her uncanny resemblance to Loren ...

'Warriors, Come Out To Play:' Story Of The Line From A ...

April 12, 2019

"Warriors, come out to play."The line from The Warriors is like a secret code for lovers of the cult classic film -- while a lot of people haven't even seen ...

What Is 'Deliverance's 'Squeal Like A Pig' Scene Really...

April 4, 2019

You've heard the line "squeal like a pig!" and you're probably aware that it's from the 1972 film Deliverance. What happens in the "squeal like a pig" scene ...

50 Visual Gags In 'Airplane!' -- Surely You Caught Them...

April 2, 2019

There are few movies as dense and re-watchable as the 1980 comedy Airplane! Its gags and jokes come fast and furious, with some of them happening simultaneou...

'American Graffiti:' True Stories About The First Ever ...

March 26, 2019

Ron Howard and Cindy Williams on the set of the film 'American Graffiti', 1973. (Photo by Universal Pictures/Getty Images) The 1973 film American Graffiti is ...

Redd Foxx, TV's Fred Sanford: Facts About Sanford & Son...

March 25, 2019

Close up of actor Redd Foxx in his TV show, Sanford & Son. Source: (Bettmann/Getty images) Redd Foxx, Sanford & Son's Fred Sanford, was one of the most amusin...

The Tough Guys And Oddballs Who Beat The Germans In 'Th...

March 24, 2019

The Dirty Dozen's cast list includes some of the greatest movie tough-guys of the late '60s, as well as a few stars you might not place in a rollicking WWII ...

Actress Jean Seberg And The Black Panthers: Did The FBI...

March 22, 2019

June 18: 1957: Actress Jean Seberg (1938 - 1979) arriving at London Airport a week before attending the premiere of Otto Preminger's film Saint Joan in which sh...

'I'm Walkin' Here!:' Dustin Hoffman's 'Midnight Cowboy'...

March 18, 2019

It's an involuntary reaction for many of us -- when a car pulls into the crosswalk we're about to use, we just blurt out "I'm walkin' here!" And thus Midn...

Bob & Doug McKenzie: How 'Strange Brew's Original Hoser...

March 16, 2019

Bob McKenzie, played by Rick Moranis, and his brother Doug, played by Dave Thomas, appear at Flip Side Records in Chicago, Illinois, January 14, 1982. (Photo by...

Celebrities Who Did 'Dating Game' Before They Were Famo...

March 15, 2019

Maureen McCormick on 'The Dating Game' on March 27, 1973. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) Long before The Bachelor, people who turned to te...

The 1974 Oscars Streaker: Stealing The Show By Showing ...

March 10, 2019

The 1974 Academy Awards ceremony will always be remembered for its least expected performer -- the Oscar streaker. Robert Opel dashed across the stage in his...

'Love Means Never Having To Say You’re Sorry:' What Doe...

March 9, 2019

Ali MacGraw as Jennifer Cavalleri and Ryan O'Neal as Oliver Barrett IV in a scene from 'Love Story', directed by Arthur Hiller, 1970. (Photo by Archive Photos...

Captain Marvel In The '70s: The Far-Out Epic Behind The...

March 7, 2019

If you're looking to take in the latest heroic blockbuster, you might have wondered -- who is this Captain Marvel, and what does she have to do with any of t...

The 'Cannonball Run' Cast: Totally Awesome, Or Godawful...

February 28, 2019

The 1981 film The Cannonball Run's cast list featured Burt Reynolds, Farrah Fawcett, Roger Moore, Jamie Farr, Peter Fonda, Terry Bradshaw, Dean Martin, Sammy...

The 'Mad, Mad World' Cast: 1963's All-Star Game Of Come...

February 26, 2019

Buddy Hackett and Mickey Rooney panic at the controls of an aircraft in a still from director Stanley Kramer's film 'It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World'. (Photo by Hu...

How Marlon Brando and Sacheen Littlefeather Changed Osc...

February 24, 2019

Marlon Brando in 'The Godfather;' presenters Roger Moore and Liv Ullmann on stage with Sacheen Littlefeather at the 1973 Academy Awards. Credits: IMDB.com; Bett...

William Frawley, 'I Love Lucy's Fred Mertz: A Bit Of A ...

February 22, 2019

William Frawley as Fred Mertz on the television comedy 'I Love Lucy', 1952. (Bettmann/Getty Images) On I Love Lucy, Fred Mertz, played by William Frawley, was...

How VHS Tapes Invented On-Demand Everything

February 17, 2019

August 30, 1983 -- models pose with VHS releases from Embassy Home Video Entertainment, touting a promotion via the UK's Sun newspaper. (Photo by Russell McPhedran/Fairfax Med...

Did Alfred Hitchcock Sexually Harass His Female Stars?

February 6, 2019

Alfred Hitchcock English film director and producer Alfred Hitchcock (1899 - 1980) frames a shot with his hands, 1964. Source: (Tony Evans/Timelapse Library Ltd./Ge...

'I Love The Smell Of Napalm In The Morning:' The 'Apoca...

February 2, 2019

Lionsgate/United Artists "I love the smell of napalm in the morning" from Apocalypse Now (1979) is one of those perfect movie quotes that applies to us all...

Alka-Seltzer's 'I Can't Believe I Ate The Whole Thing:'...

January 29, 2019

Certain TV commercial catchphrases from the 1970s stand out as landmarks, as famous as any movie quote. Alka-Seltzer's "I can't believe I ate the whole th...

What's In A Line? The Godfather's 'Offer He Can't Refus...

January 27, 2019

It's the most famous line ever uttered by a movie gangster -- a simple promise delivered by Marlon Brando, playing Don Vito Corleone, in The Godfather: "I'm ...

The Cast Of 'The Outsiders:' Where Are They Now?

January 20, 2019

Left: Matt Dillon, C. Thomas Howell and Ralph Macchio in 'The Outsiders.' Right: Tom Cruise. Source: IMDB/Warner Home Video In what movie can you find Tom Cruise, Rob L...

'Go Ahead, Make My Day:' Dirty Harry's Famous Dare

January 13, 2019

It's been one of the all-time most repeatable movie lines ever since Clint Eastwood uttered it on screen in Sudden Impact: "Go ahead, make my day." "Dirty" Harry Cal...

Battle Of The Network Stars: This Is Celebrity Sparta!

January 12, 2019

'Battle of the Network Stars' - 11/13/76 on the ABC Television Network competition 'Battle of the Network Stars'. Source: (Photo by ABC via Getty Images) When fam...

The Graduate: Rare Facts About An Era-Defining Film

January 11, 2019

Released in 1967, The Graduate launched Dustin Hoffman's career -- but do you know your Graduate trivia? The movie has been endlessly analyzed as a document of the ...

Tatum O’Neal, Child Star: Then And Now

January 9, 2019

Kristy McNichol (left) and Tatum O'Neal in the 1980 film 'Little Darlings.' (Photo by Sunset Boulevard/Corbis via Getty Images) Tatum O'Neal's performances in Paper Moon (1973)...

Sam Elliott: The Mustache And The Man

January 7, 2019

Actor Sam Elliott attends the 'Tennis and Crumpet Tournament Hosted by Hugh Hefner' on May 21, 1977 at Playboy Mansion in Beverly Hills, California. Source: (Photo by Ron Galella/Wi...

Tonight Show Guest Hosts: Keeping Johnny Carson's Seat ...

January 5, 2019

The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson - Season 12 Pictured: (l-r) Ohio State football coach Woody Hayes, guest host Jerry Lewis on December 27, 1973. Sourc...

'Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid:' Why That Ending?

January 3, 2019

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid's ending, a freeze-frame of our outlaw heroes right before they charge half of the Bolivian army, is sudden and might even make th...

Electra Woman and Dyna Girl From The Krofft Supershow: ...

January 1, 2019

'Electra Woman and Dyna Girl', starring Judy Strangis and Deidre Hall- Airdate September 11, 1976. Source: (ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) In 197...

Peggy Lipton, Mod Squad's Julie Barnes, Was An Icon Of ...

December 31, 2018

Peggy Lipton in publicity photos for 'The Mod Squad' from in 1969 and 'Twin Peaks' from 1990. Photos: ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty; IMDBImages) Actress Pe...

Groovy Celebrities Who Were Born on Christmas

December 25, 2018

Photo of Barbara Mandrell, circa 1970. Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images Christmas Day is a magical and special time of year. For some people, however, the day h...

Madeleine L’Engle: A Groovy Writer

December 23, 2018

Madeleine L'Engle reads with her granddaughters, Charlotte and Lena, in 1976. Crosswicks Ltd./McIntosh While the Groovy era is widely known for launching the careers of numerous ac...

McHale, 'MASH,' And Gomer Pyle: War Is Hell, And Makes ...

December 20, 2018

The U.S. military is such a huge part of our life and national culture -- it's no wonder military-themed TV shows have been a staple of television since its ...

Indy, Han, Deckard, And Beyond: Harrison Ford, Then And...

December 19, 2018

Left: Anthony Daniels and American Harrison Ford on the set of 'Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back' (1980). Right: Ford in 'Blade Runner' (1982). So...

Doug Henning Was The Magic Rainbow Unicorn Of Magic

December 11, 2018

In the 1970s, the world of magic was dominated by two people, the dashing and debonair David Copperfield, and the groovy hippie Doug Henning. Magic is show business...

Disneyland's Opening Day Mishaps, And Disney World's Tr...

December 9, 2018

Vice President Richard Nixon at Disneyland at Anaheim, California, August 11, 1955. (Photo by USC Libraries/Corbis via Getty Images); a Disneyland ticket book. ...

They Say This Was The Worst TV Show Ever. Are They Righ...

December 8, 2018

There have been plenty of terrible sitcom ideas in the history of television, but the short-lived series My Mother The Car, a worst-show-ever candidate, was ...

Bo Derek Then And Now: Behind The Braids And The Bikini

December 6, 2018

Bo Derek wasn't always Bo Derek -- she came into this world as Mary Collins, and as a teenager she wasn't exactly driven. In fact, the future 10 star and poster gir...

'Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch?' Why The Four Tops Didn't Like...

December 4, 2018

Released on June 19, 1965, "I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch)" thrust The Four Tops into the mainstream with their first chart-topping hit. The qu...

'The Band Is Out On The Field:' Cal-Stanford 1982 And '...

December 4, 2018

Left: John Elway #7 of the Stanford Cardinal warms up before the Big Game against the California Golden Bears played on November 20, 1982. Right: Chaos on the f...

Groovy Game Shows – Some of America’s Favorites!

December 3, 2018

A Contestant Coaxing -The Big Wheel Round Bob Barker, and a contestant named James look on as the Big Wheel spins around on the game show 'The Price Is Right', Februa...

The UFO Craze Of The '60s and '70s

November 30, 2018

UFOs sightings happen fairly frequently (at least according to UFO sighting witnesses), but in the 1960s and '70s, alien crafts were spotted almost every week throughout America and the...

More Than Madge the Manicurist: The Marvelous Jan Miner

November 29, 2018

Promotional portrait of American actor Jan Miner (1917 - 2004) for the radio program, 'Second Mrs. Burton,' circa 1946. (Photo by CBS Photo Archive/Getty Images) ...

Lisa Loring As Wednesday: 'Addams Family's Creepy, Cute...

November 24, 2018

Lisa Loring as Wednesday Addams in 1964, and during the 1980s. Source: ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images; thehollywoodstore.com On The Addams Family, Li...

Christmas Episodes From The Groovy Era

November 23, 2018

With Christmas music starting the day after Halloween and retail giants having their Black Friday sales on Thanksgiving Day, it can be quite easy to become overwhelmed by the ma...

Beatlemania: 52 True Stories About The Craziest Fans Th...

November 22, 2018

The Beatles' "Love Me Do" was released in 1962; the following year saw the release of "Please Please Me," "From Me To You," "She Loves You," "I Want To Hold Your...