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The Original Walking Dead: How George Romero Created Zo...

October 19, 2019

Zombies are everywhere these days, from The Walking Dead to Zombieland: Double Tap, but these horror and Halloween mainstays are not the age-old phenomenon y...

'Here's Johnny!:' The 'Shining' Line Than Younger Peopl...

October 18, 2019

Of all the stolen movie lines, "Here's Johnny!" might be the best.It happens in The Shining, starring Jack Nicholson and directed by Stanley Kubrick, which i...

Veronica Carlson: Frankenstein & Dracula Damsel, Then A...

October 17, 2019

Peter Cushing and Veronica Carlson in a publicity portrait issued for the film, 'Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed', United Kingdom, 1969. Photo by Silver Screen C...

Behind The 'Monster Swim' and Other Halloween Tracks Yo...

October 16, 2019

When Bobby “Boris” Pickett and his group of Halloween-mad studio musicians laid down the “Monster Mash” in 1962 they were just trying to cash in on teen danc...

The Original 'MASH:' Cast List Of The 1970 Movie

October 14, 2019

Before MASH became a television show, it was first a film directed by Robert Altman with a remarkable cast. The list of actors begins with Elliott Gould and Donald Sut...

The Curse Of The Exorcist: Behind The Scenes Of The Sca...

October 12, 2019

When The Exorcist premiered in 1973, horror-movie audiences had never seen anything quite like it. But was the movie cursed? The tale of a young girl possess...

Mie Hama: Bond Girl Kissy Suzuki, Then And Now

October 11, 2019

In 1967's You Only Live Twice, Mie Hama played Kissy Suzuki, one of the attractions awaiting  Sean Connery's James Bond in Japan. Along with Akiko Wakabayashi, who playe...

'They Call Me Mr. Tibbs!' Sidney Poitier Demands Respec...

October 6, 2019

When Sidney Poitier stepped onscreen as Virgil Tibbs in In The Heat of the Night (1967) he presented an arresting figure the audience to connect to, but the ...

Dan Haggerty Really Was Grizzly Adams: True Story Of TV...

October 4, 2019

Bozo the Bear as Ben, and Dan Haggerty as James 'Grizzly' Adams. Photo by: Frank Carroll/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images Dan Haggerty won us over as Griz...

'The Endless Summer' Was The First Real Surfing Movie

October 2, 2019

Before The Endless Summer, Bruce Brown's 1966 documentary, surfing films weren’t really films about surfing. They were beach party films that were less about catc...

One Guy Did The Laugh Track On All Of Your Favorite Sho...

September 28, 2019

You have one man to thank, or curse, for the laugh track you hear on old TV sitcoms: Charles "Charley" Douglass, a CBS sound engineer and keeper of the "Laff...

Why 'Star Trek' Fans Should Thank Lucille Ball of 'I Lo...

September 25, 2019

Star Trek couldn't have happened without Lucille Ball of I Love Lucy. Though the two shows seem like opposites, they're connected by Desilu Productions, a st...

1976: 'Network' Newsman Rants, 'I'm As Mad As Hell, And...

September 18, 2019

Even if you’ve never seen the 1976 movie Network, you know the line delivered by TV newsman Howard Beale (Peter Finch): "I'm as mad as hell, and I'm not goin...

Early Nintendo: With 1966's 'Ultra Hand,' Future Game B...

September 16, 2019

What's the symbol of Nintendo -- Mario the plumber? True, the little guy with the mustache, and his brother Luigi, and Princess Peach and Bowser... there's a...

O.J. Simpson Was Passed Over For 'Terminator' Role For ...

September 15, 2019

Left: O.J. Simpson poses for a portrait in circa-1985 in Los Angeles, California. Right: Schwarzenegger in 'Terminator.' Sources: Harry Langdon/Getty Images; IM...

'Guess Who's Coming To Dinner' Was A Racial Reality Che...

September 14, 2019

In Guess Who's Coming To Dinner, Sidney Poitier plays John, a black man meeting his white fiancee's parents, who are played by Spencer Tracy and Katharine He...

Claudia Cardinale, Young Italian Beauty Of American Wes...

September 5, 2019

Left: Claudia Cardinale on the set of 'The Adventures of Gerard' at Cinecitta Studios in 1968. Right: Cardinale in '8 1/2' (1963). Sources: Photo by Ron Galella...

How Ninjas, As You Know Them, Only Date Back To The '60...

September 2, 2019

How old are ninjas?Pop culture in the U.S. and Japan has long been fascinated by the ninja, a black-clad assassin practicing ancient Japanese martial arts an...

Ali MacGraw: Young 'Love Story' Beauty, Then And Now

September 1, 2019

Ali MacGraw in a fashion photo shoot for Glamour magazine, 1967. Photo by Sante Forlano/Condé Nast via Getty Images Ali MacGraw, co-star of Love Story (1970) and Th...

How The 1960s Made Us Scared Of Quicksand

August 31, 2019

Why were we afraid of quicksand? On TV shows and in movies of the '60s and '70s, quicksand was a go-to plot twist that could be inserted virtually anywhere for a jolt of susp...

Starsky & Hutch Were Based On These Two Awesome Cops

August 30, 2019

Left: David Soul (L) and Paul Michael Glaser talk outdoors in a still from the television series, 'Starsky and Hutch,' circa 1977. Right: NYPD cops Telano and Sepe su...

The Studio Sabotaged 'Psycho' And The Fact That It Was ...

August 29, 2019

Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho is one of the most claustrophobic thrillers of the 20th century, and it features easily the most famous shower scene in film histor...

With 'The Harder They Come,' Jimmy Cliff Brought Reggae...

August 22, 2019

In 1973, reggae music came to America thanks to... Jimmy Cliff? Bob Marley fans might beg to differ, but The Harder They Come, a surprise hit movie starring ...

Gina Lollobrigida: The Classic Italian Screen Siren, Th...

August 18, 2019

Left: Gina Lollobrigida in 'The Hunchback of Notre Dame,' 1956. Right: In 'Trapeze,' 1956. Sources: IMDB; Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images Gina Lollobrig...

Stephen King's Wife Dug 'Carrie' Out Of The Trash And M...

August 17, 2019

Left: Horror writer Stephen King in 1986. Right: Cover of the first edition of King's debut novel 'Carrie,' published in 1974. Sources: Ted Thai/The LIFE Pictur...

Animated 'Lord of the Rings' From 1978: Ralph Bakshi's ...

August 14, 2019

In 1978, The Lord Of The Rings hit movie theaters and introduced Frodo, Gandalf, Gollum, and the rest of J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle Earthlings to a generation o...

Barbara Feldon: 'Get Smart's Agent 99, Then And Now

August 12, 2019

Left: Barbara Feldon circa 1965. Right: Feldon with Don Adams on 'Get Smart.' Sources: Silver Screen Collection/Hulton Archive/Getty Imagesl IMDB Audiences fell in l...

The 12 Most Fascinating Muppets Of The '70s

August 11, 2019

Left: The Swedish Chef. Right: Beaker. Sources: Jay David Buchsbaum/The Muppets Studio/Walt Disney Television via Getty Images; IMDB Jim Henson's puppet variety show, The Mu...

'That's Incredible!' & 'Real People:' The Birth Of Real...

August 5, 2019

Two early-'80s TV shows -- That's Incredible! and Real People -- brought us oddballs and daredevils, and we've never really recovered. Reality TV's voyeurist...

Galaxy Conquests: Captain Kirk's 10 Hottest Star Trek G...

August 4, 2019

Space ladies: the final frontier.Star Trek's Captain James T. Kirk, played by William Shatner, was a cosmic Casanova. Every week on the show that brought us ...

1955 Lincoln Futura: The '66 Batmobile's Secret Identit...

August 1, 2019

Left: Adam West as Batman in the Batmobile, 1966. Right: The 1955 Lincoln Futura on display in a publicity photo. Sources: Walt Disney Television via Getty Imag...

Carroll Baker, 'Baby Doll's Scandalous Star: Her Rise A...

July 31, 2019

Left: Carroll Baker as depicted on the lurid poster for 'Baby Doll.' Right: Baker in character in the title role of 'Sylvia.' Sources: IMPAwards.com; Sunset Bou...

While He Created Dungeons & Dragons, Gary Gygax's Wife ...

July 28, 2019

In 1974, wizard Gary Gygax brought Dungeons & Dragons to the masses, and role-playing games have been a massive phenomenon in the decades since. Gygax (and h...

Who Is Austin Butler, And Can He Play Elvis In A Movie?

July 25, 2019

Left: Vanessa Hudgens and Austin Butler attend Sony Pictures' 'Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood' Los Angeles Premiere on July 22, 2019. Right: Elvis Presley. Sour...

11 Forgotten Sci-Fi Films From The 1970s: 'THX-1138,' '...

July 23, 2019

After the independent film revolution of the late ‘60s it was easier than ever to film a movie and find distribution. Coupled with advances in special effect...

Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory: Untold Stories Fro...

July 21, 2019

In 1971, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, starring Gene Wilder, took audiences into a world of pure imagination. The sinister children’s story has beco...

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 Midnigh...

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...