Monday, October 31, 2011
Sunday, October 30, 2011
One of my very favorite memories of 1966 is going with my parents to see Don Knotts in THE GHOST AND MR. CHICKEN. I know Don, of course, as Barney on TV's ANDY GRIFFITH SHOW. This solo vehicle perfectly captures that Barney feel while thrusting him into the reluctant hero role he would end up playing in a number of surprisingly good and funny films throughout the decade.
A major component of THE GHOST AND MR. CHICKEN's success was Vic Mizzy's score, some of which can be heard on the trailer below.
Still one of my favorite movies from the sixties.
Saturday, October 29, 2011
Friday, October 28, 2011
Thursday, October 27, 2011
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
The great Carl Reiner and the insane Mel Brooks have been doing their clever and generally hilarious 2000 Year Old man schtick off and on for 5 decades! Here they are in 1966 from an episode of HOLLYWOOD PALACE. (Thanks to Leslie Marley for the tip!)
- CONTENTS FROM WIKIPEDIA
- "Sunjammer" (Arthur C. Clarke)
- "Calling Dr. Clockwork" (Ron Goulart)
- "Becalmed in Hell" (Larry Niven)
- "Apartness" (Vernor Vinge)
- "Over the River and Through the Woods" (Clifford D. Simak)
- "Planet of Forgetting" (James H. Schmitz)
- "'Repent, Harlequin!' Said the Ticktockman" (Harlan Ellison)
- "The Decision Makers" (Joseph L. Green)
- "Traveler's Rest" (David I. Masson)
- "Uncollected Works" (Lin Carter)
- "Vanishing Point" (Jonathan Brand)
- "In Our Block" (R. A. Lafferty)
- "Masque of the Red Shift" (Fred Saberhagen)
- "The Captive Djinn" (Christopher Anvil)
- "The Good New Days" (Fritz Leiber)
This volume came out in 1966 and while the rest of the stories are more or less forgotten today except by true SF buffs, the gem is Harlan Ellison's '"Repent, Harlequin,' Said the Tick-Tock Man." Ellison was already well on his way to becoming one of the most lauded and yet controversial science-fiction writers of all-time.
Also in this collection were Fred Saberhagen and Ron Goulart, both of whom would become favorites of mine in the seventies, and Clifford D. Simak, whose stories I would learn through their fifties old-time radio adaptations.
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Monday, October 24, 2011
Sunday, October 23, 2011
It may look a little dated but FANTASTIC VOYAGE is still riveting today when one actually watches it. In 1966 it was amazing not just for its storyline but for most moviegoers' first major glimpse of former HOLLYWOOD PALACE girl Raquel Welch who would go on to become THE sex symbol of the decade. Wally Wood and Dan Adkins did the comic book adaptation and no less than Isaac Asimov novelized it.
Saturday, October 22, 2011
Friday, October 21, 2011
There had been a couple of stillborn attempts over the past couple of decades as well as some monor appearances in Archie stories, PSA's and single page origin features in the various Digests.
Thursday, October 20, 2011
Hard to believe now but the nearly completely forgotten series, THE TAMMY GRIMES SHOW, about a young, zany heiress, was expected to be a huge success in 1966. Created by George Axelrod who had written Marilyn Monroe's THE SEVEN YEAR ITCH and, also in '66, LORD LOVE A DUCK, its executive producer was William Dozier who had his hands full with BATMAN and THE GREEN HORNET that year. Tammy was a funny lady who had, oddly enough, originally been cast a couple of seasons earlier as Samantha on BEWITCHED, only to pull out at the last minute to do a play. Her twin brother in this series is played by Dick Sargent who would eventually become known as the second Darrin on BEWITCHED! THE TAMMY GRIMES SHOW shot only ten episodes and was cancelled after only four. It was never seen again.
Above is Part One. It should offer you the other two parts on YouTube at the end.
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
The plot deals with a Soviet sub that runs aground off the New England coast causing the locals to think they're being invaded. It was written by Nathaniel Benchley whose father had been a brilliant humorist and whose son went on to write JAWS...which wasn't very funny.
The real draw was the cast. headed by the already legendary Carl Reiner and the just starting out in films Alan Arkin.
Others in the cast included Eva Marie Saint (who reunited with Carl at a live tribute last week), Paul Ford, Jonathan Winters, Brian Keith, Theodore Bikel, Cliff Norton and even old Parker Fennelly, Fred Allen's "Titus Moody."
Norman Jewison who went on to direct THE THOMAS CROWN AFFAIR, IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT and JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, amongst many others, directed.