Ten Best Big Band Movies

The heyday of the big band era of the 1930s and '40s was a special time in music history. Glenn Miller, Artie Shaw, Benny Goodman, Chick Webb, Harry James, Duke Ellington, Woody Herman, Xavier Cugat and the Dorsey Brothers were just some of the big name swing artists leading the charge. Here are ten big band movies that no fan of swing music should ever miss. Are you "In the Mood?" New York, New York (United Artists, 1977) Robert De Niro plays fictional bandleader Jimmy Doyle, who after V-J Day in 1945 forms his own orchestra. Joining the temperamental Jimmy in the band is his talented girlfriend/wife Francine Evans (Liza Minnelli), with the two carrying on their rocky romance amidst the constant travel, petty jealousies and artistic clashes of their entourage. Robert De Niro, the consummate method actor, learned to play the saxophone for his role as the egotistical, womanizing Jimmy. Liza Minnelli as the perky girl singer Francine, of c...

Ten Best Al Capone Movies

The notorious Al Capone (1899-1947) ruled the Chicago underworld during the Roaring Twenties. Big Al later ran afoul of the tax man in 1931, serving part of his seven-year prison stretch for income tax evasion at infamous Alcatraz Island. Capone died of complications from neurosyphilis at his Palm Island, Florida, home on January 25, 1947. Here are ten movies featuring Al "Scarface" Capone that no film fan should ever miss. The screening room at the Lexington Hotel, Capone's old Chicago headquarters, is now open, with Geraldo Rivera as your genial host... The Untouchables (Paramount, 1987) Robert De Niro winningly plays Al Capone in this $20 million crime drama that also stars Kevin Costner as U.S. Treasury agent Eliot Ness. Set in 1930, the film is centered on Ness and his Untouchables, who work tirelessly to bring down the ruthless Capone and his criminal empire. One of the most memorable scenes – and certainly an extremely violent one at that &ndash...

Steve McQueen in Papillon (1973): Movie Trivia & Fun Facts

Franklin J. Schaffner's Papillon thrilled movie audiences in 1973. Steve McQueen has the title role, playing a resourceful prisoner who mounts several escape attempts from the brutal French Guiana penal institution better known as Devil's Island. Here are 21 amazing Papillon movie trivia items and fun facts... 1. Papillon is based on the 1969 book of the same name by Henri Charriere (1906-1973). Known as Papillon ("the Butterfly") in the Parisian underworld, Charriere had been sent to French Guiana in 1931 following his conviction for the murder of a pimp. Charriere had always maintained his innocence, and later made his successful escape from French Guiana in 1945. Steve McQueen in Papillon (1973) - Heritage Auctions 2. Henri Charriere had begun writing his memoirs in July 1967. By early 1968, he had completed his work, written in longhand and housed in 13 spiral notebooks. The manuscript was then typed by several volunteers in Venezuela, where Charriere ...

Himala (1982): Movie Review

Himala (“Miracle”) is a Filipino film directed by the late Philippine National Artist Ishmael Bernal in 1982. Written by multi-award winner screenwriter Ricky Lee, the movie is based on a true incident of a teenage girl in Cabra Island in the province of Occidental Mindoro between 1966 and 1967. The movie’s heroine is played by Philippine superstar Nora Aunor whose portrayal of Elsa is considered by most Filipino critics as the best of her career. Plot. The movie is set in the small arid town of Cupang. The people believes that the drought they are experiencing is the product of a curse placed upon the town for driving away a leper years before. During a solar eclipse, a local young woman named Elsa claims to see an apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary atop a barren hill. Elsa then begins healing local residents and creates her “Seven Apostles” which includes her friends Chayong and Sepa and entrepreneur Mrs. Alba. Her miracle healing spreads around a...

Ten Best Hollywood Movie Execution Scenes

Capital punishment is very much alive and well in the movies. Here are ten infamous movie execution scenes from the vast archives of Hollywood history. Warning: These are not for the squeamish. Hang 'Em High (1968) - A Swinging Time in the Old West As befitting the movie's title, United Artists' Hang 'Em High features a mass execution on the gallows in 1889 Oklahoma/Indian Territory. Pat Hingle as Judge Adam Fenton – a.k.a. the "Hanging Judge" – orders the execution of six men. Amidst a lighthearted, carnival atmosphere, the condemned are marched up the gallows, hooded and, with a nod from the judge looking on from an upstairs window, sent packing into eternity feet first by Schmidt the Hangman (Bert Freed). When asked if he has a final request, one impatient prisoner (Paul Sorensen), fed up with a long-winded speech by the condemned Francis Elroy Duffy (Michael O'Sullivian), spits out his cigar and answers, " Yeah, t...

Mara Clara Finale Review

Mara Clara's finale is one of the most emotionally compelling last episodes on Philippine television. It features the conclusion of these storylines:  Mara and Clara's exchange to prevent being hurt by Clara's crazed biological father known as Gary. Susan (Mara's pseudo-mother) gives birth to twins that belonged to Gary, yet he did not believe them to be his twins. The Amante-Alvira-Gary love triangle. And since this is the finale, one person from the series would die and it would most likely be Gary. As for the ending itself, it is summarized in these words:  Amante and Alvira visit Gary at an abandoned warehouse with no cops. Mara gets locked up in a water tank by Gary after arguing with the antagonist for a while. Alvira was forced to choose between Amante or Gary, because Gary can only tell Alvira where Mara is unless she shoots Amante. The climax arrived when Amanthe fought Gary and ended up falling down a few storeys from the building where they fought;...

Ten Best Burt Reynolds Movie Characters

Burt Reynolds was big box-office during the 1970s and '80s. Born in Waycross, Georgia, on February 11, 1936, Reynolds made his motion picture debut as Hoke Adams in Angel Baby (1960). Here are Burt Reynolds' ten best movie characters... Burt Reynolds as Lewis Medlock, Deliverance (Warner Bros., 1972) Reynolds appears as Lewis Medlock, a rugged, macho outdoorsman who embarks on a weekend canoe trip down the Cahulawassee River with three other city men (Jon Voight, Ronny Cox, Ned Beatty). The whitewater journey quickly turns into a nightmare, with two mountain men sexually assaulting Beatty and Voight. Witnessing the attack, Lewis grabs his bow and places an arrow dead center into one of the armed hillbillies, setting into motion a series of deadly events as the men bury the body and try to make their way downriver to Aintry. "Insurance? I never been insured in my life. There's no risk," Reynolds' Lewis declares in one scene. On...

Ten Best Billy The Kid Movies

Henry McCarty (1859-1881) – a.k.a. William H. Bonney, Henry Antrim and Billy the Kid – remains one of the Old West's mythic outlaws. In 1911, the first movie based on his life was released by the General Film Company. Titled Billy the Kid, this early, silent effort was directed by Laurence Trimble and starred Tefft Johnson in the title role. Here are ten interesting Billy the Kid movies that no western film fan should ever miss. Draw, pardner... The Left Handed Gun (Warner Bros., 1958) Handsome, blue-eyed Paul Newman stars as Billy the Kid in this well-received western. Also on hand are John Dehner (Pat Garrett), Lita Milan (Celsa), Hurd Hatfield (Moultrie), James Congdon (Charlie Boudre), James Best (Tom Folliard), Colin Keith-Johnston (Tunstall) and John Dierkes (McSween). The movie, centered in New Mexico Territory during the Lincoln County War, provides a sympathetic portrayal of Billy the Kid, who after his mentor is murdered vows revenge against...

Ten Best John Dillinger Movies

John Herbert Dillinger Jr. (1903-1934) was one of America's most notorious gangsters during the Depression-era 1930s. The scowling, flamboyant Dillinger, who met his bloody end outside Chicago's Biograph Theater on July 22, 1934, at the hands of the FBI, has been featured in a number of movie and television productions through the years. Here are the ten best John Dillinger movies... Public Enemies (Universal, 2009) Johnny Depp stars as John Dillinger in Public Enemies, director Michael Mann's $100 million ode to the gangster era. Public Enemies focuses on Dillinger's final years of the early 1930s, where he is living in Chicago. G-man Melvin Purvis (Christian Bale) tracks down Public Enemy Number One, where the latter finally meets his bloody end outside the Biograph Theater after being betrayed by the infamous woman in red. James Russo (Walter Dietrich), David Wenham (Harry Pierpont), Christian Stolte (Charles Makley), Stephen Dorff (Homer Van Meter), Channing T...

Ten Best Hollywood Tornado Movies

Hollywood tornado movies, a sub-component of the larger Hollywood disaster film genre, number but a handful of entries. But what is here is deadly – or in some cases, deadly humorous – with tornadoes playing a major or supporting role in several films. Here are Hollywood's ten best tornado movies. Look to the skies! Twister (Warner Bros., 1996) Twister – not to be confused with the classic party game of the same name – stars Helen Hunt as scientist Dr. Jo Harding and Bill Paxton as TV meteorologist Bill Harding, a married couple who are about to divorce. Bill is smitten with Dr. Melissa Reeves (Jami Gertz), whom he wants to marry after his divorce to Jo is finalized. The three soon find themselves thrown together in Tornado Alley, chasing storms as they try to implant a new scientific device into the hearts of deadly twisters. Made for $92 million, Twister was directed by Jan de Bont and earned two Oscar nominations for, not&...

Ten Best Jesse James Movies

The infamous Jesse James (1847-1882) remains one of the Old West's mythic outlaws. Confederate guerilla, train robber, bank robber and killer, James was a featured character in a number of motion pictures dating back to Hollywood's Silent Age.   Here are ten Jesse James movies that no western film fan should ever miss. Some are good, some are so-so and some are just plain strange... Jesse James (Twentieth Century-Fox, 1939) Tyrone Power claims the title role, with Henry Fonda (Frank James), Nancy Kelly (Zerelda "Zee" Cobb), Randolph Scott (Marshal Will Wright), Henry Hull (Major Rufus Cobb), Slim Summerville (Jailer), Brian Donlevy (Barshee) and John Carradine (Bob Ford) along for the ride in this $1.6 million western. It's mostly fiction, as Jesse and brother Frank turn to robbing trains after an evil railroad agent murders their mother. Jesse later takes a mortal shot to the back from fellow gang member Bob Ford. "It's just like I always told you: I h...

Hollywood's Best Spartan Movies

Ancient Sparta continues to fascinate today. A prominent Greek city-state, Sparta emphasized extreme military training for its males, preparing them for what she considered the ultimate glory – death on the battlefield. The vaunted Spartan phalanx was considered to be the best in ancient Greece, used to great effect against her enemies in battle. "Come back with your shield – or on it," was the reported parting cry of Spartan mothers to their sons as the former headed off to the killing zone.  Here are Hollywood's best Spartan movies. They are very few, to be sure, but what is available is generally worth exploring... 300 (Warner Bros., 2007) The ultimate Spartan movie, 300 is based on the graphic novel by Frank Miller. King Leonidas (Gerard Butler) leads his 300 Spartan warriors and other Greek allies into the Battle of Thermopylae in 480 B.C, taking on Persian forces led by the god-king Xerxes (...

TV's The Big Valley: Interesting Facts & Television Trivia

The Big Valley ran on ABC-TV from 1965-69, generating 112 episodes. Barbara Stanwyck heads the clan as matriarch Victoria Barkley, with Richard Long (Jarrod Barkley), Peter Breck (Nick Barkley), Lee Majors (Heath Barkley) and Linda Evans (Audra Barkley) rounding out the regular cast. Set in California's San Joaquin Valley of the 1870s near Stockton, The Big Valley debuted on September 15, 1965. Along with Gunsmoke (1955-75) and Bonanza (1959-73), The Big Valley is considered to be one of the Big Three in TV westerns. Here is a potpourri of interesting facts and TV trivia surrounding The Big Valley... 1. Charles Briles appeared in eight first season episodes as youngest brother Eugene Barkley. His character was later written out of the show – the storyline had him away attending law school – when the 19-year-old Briles was drafted into the United States Army in June 1965. 2. Richard Long's lawyer character – with offices in Stockton and San ...

10 Movies Where Characters Cheat on Their Partners: Unfaithful, Revenge, The Scarlet Letter and more

Cheating is unfortunately a fact of life. And since movies likes to feed from real life, lots of movies include characters that either cheats or has cheated on their partners at one point in the story. This list doesn’t include details about the movies plots, but just features the parts about cheating. Please note that “cheating” can be defined broadly, but here it is defined as engaging in any sort of sexual activity with someone other than one’s partner. I also mostly mention actors’ names, rather than characters names as it is easier to follow. Here’s the first batch of movies with cheating characters: 1. Le Fate Ignoranti starring Margherita Buy and Stefano Accorsi A man cheats on his wife (Margherita Buy) for 7 years and she finds out about it after he dies. Moreover, the mistress is a guy (Stefano Accorsi). 2. The Scarlet Letter starring Demi Moore, Gary Oldman and Robert Duvall Cheating here wasn’t conscious. Demi Moore’s h...

Ten Best Treasure Hunting Movies

Everyone loves a good treasure hunt, including Hollywood. Here are ten treasure hunting films that no movie fan should ever miss. It's an eclectic bunch, ranging from the classics to the light-hearted, with a scuba diving Elvis Presley even in the hunt! The Deep (Columbia, 1977) Based on the 1976 best-selling novel by Peter Benchley, The Deep is a slam-bang shipwreck mystery movie featuring Nick Nolte and Jacqueline Bisset as vacationing New Yorkers David Sanders and Gail Berke who stumble upon sunken treasure in Bermuda. Throw in Robert Shaw as veteran treasure hunter Romer Treece, Louis Gossett Jr. as evil Hatian drug lord Henri Cloche, Eli Wallach as old salt Adam Coffin, a deadly 12-foot moray eel and a boatload of impressive pyrotechnics, and The Deep is sure to satisfy the most hardcore action-adventure movie buff. There are actually two treasures pursued in The Deep: the untold riches of the sunken Spanish galleon El Grifon and the 98,000 ampules of morphine resting nearby in ...

Ten Best Mission: Impossible TV Episodes

CBS-TV's Mission: Impossible ran on the small screen from 1966 to 1973. Created by the late Bruce Geller (1930-1978), Mission: Impossible debuted on September 17, 1966, with Steven Hill as Dan Briggs, Barbara Bain as Cinnamon Carter, Greg Morris as Barney Collier, Martin Landau as Rollin Hand and Peter Lupus as Willy Armitage heading the cast. In later years, Peter Graves as Jim Phelps took over the reins as the leader of the Impossible Missions Force (I.M.F.), with Leonard Nimoy, Lesley Ann Warren, Sam Elliott, Lynda Day George and Barbara Anderson also appearing as regular operatives. During its seven-year run the I.M.F. battled hostile foreign governments, international drug cartels, renegade scientists, banana republic dictators, traitorous spies, ruthless hit men and organized crime a.k.a. "The Syndicate" in 171 hour-long segments. Here are ten Mission: Impossible episodes that no M.I. TV fan should ever miss. Good morning, Mr. Phelps... "Opera...

Television's Lost: Ten Other Plane Crash & Survival TV Series and Movies

The cult TV series Lost (2004-10) generated 115 memorable episodes in its six seasons on the tube. But Lost was hardly the first television show or movie to employ the plane crash/survival plot. Here are ten TV shows and movies that preceded Lost in the air disaster/strange survival entertainment sweepstakes. Apparently, there's nothing new under the Hollywood sun... The New People (ABC-TV, 1969-70) Created by Larry Gordon and Aaron Spelling, The New People debuted on September 22, 1969. The storyline was wild, featuring a group of American college students who crash-land on the Pacific island of Bomano, which was to be used as a testing site for nuclear weapons. The island comes complete with test buildings and mannequins, along with enough food and provisions to tide them over for a while. A cast of virtual unknowns played the college kids, which included Tiffany Bolling, Zooey Hall, Jill Jaress, David Moses, Dennis Olivieri and Peter Ratray. Rod Serli...

Gunsmoke's New Doctor in Town TV Episode: James Arness, Pat Hingle & Buck Taylor Star

CBS-TV's Gunsmoke (1955-75) reigned as the king of TV westerns. The 1971 episode "New Doctor in Town" introduced Pat Hingle as Dr. John Chapman, Doc Adams' temporary replacement in Dodge City. Gunsmoke's New Doctor in Town: Cast & Credits Jack Miller penned the teleplay for "New Doctor in Town," with Philip Leacock directing. Regulars, guest stars and supporting players are: Marshal Matt Dillon (James Arness) Kitty Russell (Amanda Blake) Festus Haggen (Ken Curtis) Newly O'Brian (Buck Taylor) Dr. John Chapman (Pat Hingle) Sam Noonan (Glenn Strange) Nathan Burke (Ted Jordan) Lathrop (Woody Chambliss) Dump Hart (Lane Bradford) Ma Smalley (Sarah Selby) Cody Sims (Jon Lormer) Halligan (Charles Wagenheim) Saloon Girl (Michelle Breeze) Pat Hingle as he appeared in Hang 'Em High (1968) - United Artists New Doctor in Town: Episode Synopsis Festus Haggen and the other citizens of Dodge City are eagerly awaiting the return of Doc Adams. When Festus eyes Doc's black bug...

Cary Grant's The Bishop's Wife (1947): Movie Trivia & Fun Facts

RKO Radio Pictures' The Bishop's Wife drifted into movie theaters in 1947. Suave, dapper Cary Grant plays Dudley, a guardian angel sent from "up above" who comes to the aid of Episcopalian Bishop Henry Brougham (David Niven) and his wife Julia (Loretta Young) during the holidays. Here are 25 The Bishop's Wife movie trivia items and fun facts... 1. The Bishop's Wife is based on the novel of the same name by Robert Nathan (1894-1985), first published by Bobbs-Merrill in 1928.   The Bishop's Wife one sheet style A movie poster - Heritage Auctions 2. German-born Henry Koster (1905-1988) directed The Bishop's Wife. His other directorial credits include The Rage of Paris (1938), It Started with Eve (1941), The Luck of the Irish (1948), Harvey (1950), No Highway in the Sky (1951), The Robe (1953), My Man Godfrey (1957), Flower Drum Song (1961), Mr. Hobbs Takes a Vacation (1962) and The Singing Nun (1966). William Wyler had been producer Samuel Goldwyn's firs...

Ten Worst Hollywood Movie Set Disasters

History tells us that Hollywood can be a very dangerous place to work, from its early, formative years to the present day. From 1925 to 1930, some 10,794 people were injured in Hollywood movie production. Included in that total were 55 people killed, most of whom were stunt personnel. In 1929 alone, a total of 16 people lost their lives in moviemaking activities. Here are the ten worst Hollywood movie set disasters in history. They are in no particular order, as no premium can be placed on the value of a human life. Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983) -Helicopter Disaster at Indian Dunes It is the early morning hours of July 23, 1982. The location is Indian Dunes, California, where selected cast and crew are filming the $10 million big screen version of Rod Serling's TV classic The Twilight Zone. Director John Landis calls for "action," with actors Vic Morrow (53), Myca Dinh Le (7) and Renee Shin-Yi Chen (6) making their way across a simulated Vietnamese rice paddy. As per script, a vil...

Gunsmoke's The Widowmaker TV Episode: Steve Forrest & Barra Grant Guest Star

CBS-TV's Gunsmoke (1955-75) is one of television's most revered westerns. The 1973 episode "The Widowmaker" guest stars Steve Forrest as Scott Coltrane, a legendary gunfighter who comes to Dodge City to live down his reputation as one of the Old West's fastest guns. Gunsmoke's The Widowmaker: Cast & Credits Paul F. Edwards penned the teleplay for "The Widowmaker," with Leonard Katzman producing and Bernard McEveety directing. Regulars, guest stars and supporting players are: Marshal Matt Dillon (James Arness) Doc Adams (Milburn Stone) Kitty Russell (Amanda Blake) Festus Haggen (Ken Curtis) Newly O'Brian (Buck Taylor) Scott Coltrane (Steve Forrest) Dad Goodpastor (David Huddleston) Kid Chama (Randolph Roberts) Teresa (Barra Grant) Sam Noonan (Glenn Strange) Nathan Burke (Ted Jordan) Hank (Hank Patterson) Buck Lennart (Jerry Gatlin) Preacher (James Chandler) Boy (Don Carter) Deak Towler (Rand Bridges) Sundog Wheeler (J.R. Clark) Townsman (Arthur Tovey) Stev...

Irving Berlin's Holiday Inn (1942): Movie Trivia & Interesting Facts

Paramount Pictures' Holiday Inn came to movie theaters in 1942. Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire, Marjorie Reynolds and Virginia Dale play four entertainers who strut their stuff at a rustic Connecticut showplace called Holiday Inn. Here are 21 Holiday Inn movie trivia items and interesting facts... 1. Irving Berlin (1888-1989) first conceived of Holiday Inn in 1933. Berlin had gotten the idea for a movie musical saluting the major American holidays while writing the song "Easter Parade" for the Broadway show As Thousands Cheer. Bing Crosby and Marjorie Reynolds under the Christmas tree in Holiday Inn (1942) - Paramount Pictures 2. Holiday Inn was produced and directed by Mark Sandrich and filmed from October 18, 1941, to January 30, 1942. The film's budget was a healthy $3.2 million. 3. Holiday Inn was filmed at the original Holiday Inn in Monte Rio, California, and in Sonoma County, California. The Monte Rio Holiday Inn is still in business today, operating under the name Vi...

Ten Best Robert De Niro Movies

Robert De Niro has been on the Hollywood scene since the mid-1960s. Born Robert Mario De Niro Jr. in New York City on August 17, 1943, De Niro is duly recognized as one of the greatest actors of his era. De Niro made his motion picture debut in Trois chambres a Manhattan (1965), playing an uncredited patron at a diner. One of De Niro's latest film projects is Lombardi, where he will portray legendary Green Bay Packers coach Vince Lombardi. Here are ten movies that no Robert De Niro fan should ever miss. And yes, we're talkin' to you! Taxi Driver (Columbia, 1976) Robert De Niro plays Travis Bickle, a disturbed Vietnam War vet who drives a taxi in New York City. The insomniac Bickle works the late shift, ferrying his passengers around a city which he perceives to be engulfed by decadence and sleaze. De Niro's Bickle is a casebook study of a man out of touch with reality, as he tries to rescue a 12-year-old prostitute (Jodie Foster) and romance a campaign worker (Cy...

Ten Best Blaxploitation Movie Characters

Blaxploitation movies were all the rage during the early 1970s. Blaxploitation is simply a term combining the words "black" and "exploitation." Generally low-budget productions, blaxploitation films often feature tough, gritty African-American heroes and villains in challenging urban settings. Here are the ten best blaxploitation movie characters from the Golden Age of that memorable genre. We begin in New York City... Richard Roundtree as John Shaft, Shaft (MGM, 1971) Ernest Tidyman's literary character first came to the big screen in July 1971, with Richard Roundtree playing John Shaft, a black private eye who operates out of an office in mid-town Manhattan. Harlem gangster Bumpy Jonas (Moses Gunn) hires Shaft to find his missing daughter, who's been kidnapped by the Mafia. Roundtree excels in the role as the super cool, self-described "spade detective," greatly assisted by Gordon Parks' direction and Isaac Hayes' Oscar-winning "Th...

Ten Best Gladiator Movies

The gladiator movie comprises a small sub-genre in Hollywood. Here are ten gladiator films that no cinema fan should ever miss. Thumbs up or thumbs down? You be the emperor... Spartacus (Universal, 1960) Kirk Douglas has the title role of the Thracian slave-turned-gladiator who leads a massive rebellion against the mighty Roman Empire. Laurence Olivier (Crassus), Jean Simmons (Varinia), Charles Laughton (Graccus), Peter Ustinov (Batiatus), Tony Curtis (Antoninus), John Gavin (Julius Caesar), Nina Foch (Helena Glabrus), John Ireland (Crixus) and Charles McGraw (Marcellus) also appear in this star-studded spectacular. Of special note are the savage gladiator scenes in the Colosseum, particularly the match pitting Spartacus versus Draba (Woody Strode), the latter of whom wields the deadly trident and net. Spartacus earned six Academy Award nominations, winning for Best Color Cinematography, Best Supporting Actor (Ustinov), Best Color Costume Design and Best...

Child Of Rage: An HBO Documentary

What happens when a child is deprived of love? What are the ramifications of a very young child be physically and sexually abused? What do you do when you are a naïve family who adopts a child who has been deeply damaged at a very young age? Can a young child really be capable of thoughts of murder? These are some of the issues which were addressed in the original HBO documentary Child of Rage which was produced in 1989. Child of Rage is the story of Beth, an extremely disturbed six year old who has seen more horrors than any child should have to endure. As the film opens, we hear the voice of a child screaming “I want to kill you mommy,” as the opening credits roll. This is the voice of Beth, a six-year-old child who had faced the loss of a mother, physical abuse, and sexual abuse all before the age of 19 months. Both Beth and her younger brother Jonathan were put up for adoption. They were adopted by a minister and his wife. This unsuspecting couple quickly learne...

Ten Best Television Western Shows

The TV western series has been a staple on the small screen since the late 1940s. Here are ten classic television westerns that are sure to please die-hard cowboy fans. Head 'em up! Move 'em out! Gunsmoke (CBS-TV, 1955-75) Gunsmoke may well be one of the finest TV shows ever produced. The series began on radio in 1952, with William Conrad providing the voice of Marshal Matt Dillon. On September 10, 1955, Gunsmoke debuted as a half-hour series on CBS-TV, with big John Wayne introducing the first episode, "Matt Gets It." In his introduction Wayne informed viewers that what they were about to see was a new kind of western. The Duke proved to be prophetic, as Gunsmoke – later expanded to an hour in the fall of 1961 – took TV land by storm. Big, strapping James Arness played the venerable Dodge City lawman Matt Dillon, with Amanda Blake (Kitty Russell), Milburn Stone (Doc Adams), Dennis Weaver (Chester Goode), Burt Reynolds (Quint Asper), Ken Curt...

Christmas in Connecticut (1945): Holiday Movie Trivia & Interesting Facts

Warner Bros'. Christmas in Connecticut came to movie theaters in 1945 – the final year of World War II. Although a bit dated, Christmas in Connecticut remains a holiday movie classic, still entertaining the masses with its quaint rustic charm and screwball comedy. Here are 21 Christmas in Connecticut movie trivia items and interesting facts... 1. Christmas in Connecticut is based on a story by Aileen Hamilton. Hamilton and Lionel Houser penned the screenplay. Christmas in Connecticut cast, l-r: Barbara Stanwyck, Reginald Gardner, Dennis Morgan, Joyce Compton, Sydney Greenstreet - Warner Bros./Heritage Auctions 2. Christmas in Connecticut was filmed at Warner Brothers Studios in Burbank, California, from May to July 1944 (sorry, no on-location filming in Connecticut). The Connecticut farm house set was the same one used in Bringing Up Baby (1938) starring Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn. 3. Filming went well on Christmas in Connecticut, with director Peter Godfrey and ...

Ten Best Drug Movies

Illegal drugs are everywhere, especially in the movies. The drug theme is not a particularly new one in Hollywood, but in recent years it has been elevated to an art form. Here are ten illegal drugs/war on drugs movies that no film fan should ever miss. Inhale the cinematic quality... Blow (New Line Cinema, 2001) Johnny Depp stars as George Jung, a New Englander who finds his "niche" in southern California during the 1960s. Not wanting to end up a poor working stiff like his father Fred (Ray Liotta), George begins dealing in marijuana and then the more lucrative cocaine (blow), eventually becoming one of the major drug dealers in the United States. Johnny Depp gives an outstanding performance as Jung, with Penelope Cruz, Franka Potente, Rachel Griffiths, Paul Reubens and Jordi Molla in mind-blowing support. One of the best scenes takes place in Columbia, where Jung meets legendary drug cartel king Pablo Escobar (Cliff Curtis). One almost sympathizes with Jung in one m...

Gunsmoke's The Sodbusters Episode: Alex Cord, Katherine Justice & Harrison Ford Guest Star

CBS-TV's Gunsmoke (1955-75) was the big kahuna of TV westerns. The 1972 episode "The Sodbusters" guest stars Alex Cord as a legendary gunfighter who defends a group of farmers from a ruthless land baron. Gunsmoke's The Sodbusters: Cast & Credits Ron Bishop penned the teleplay for "The Sodbusters," with Robert Butler directing. Regulars, guest stars and supporting players are: Marshal Matt Dillon (James Arness) Kitty Russell (Amanda Blake) Doc Adams (Milburn Stone) Festus Haggen (Ken Curtis) Newly O'Brian (Buck Taylor) Pete Brown a.k.a. John Jobson (Alex Cord) Clarabelle Callahan (Katherine Justice) Maria Callahan (Dawn Lyn) John Callahan (Leif Garrett) Dick Shaw (Robert Viharo) Lamoor Underwood (Morgan Woodward) Deems (Richard Bull) Navin (Joe Di Reda) Gene Hill (Colin Male) Kesting (Jim Boles) Print (Harrison Ford) Dan (Paul Prokop) Dorga (Norman Bartold) Murphy (Evans Thornton) Alex Cord (1933-) - CBS-TV The Sodbusters: Episode Synopsis Land baron La...

Ten Best Leave It To Beaver TV Episodes

TV's Leave It To Beaver was originally telecast from 1957 to 1963. Created by Joe Connelly and Bob Mosher, Leave It To Beaver featured Hugh Beaumont as Ward Cleaver, Barbara Billingsley as June Cleaver, Tony Dow as Wally Cleaver and Jerry Mathers as Theodore "Beaver" Cleaver in the principal roles. Leave It To Beaver debuted over CBS-TV on October 4, 1957, generating 234 half-hour episodes. Here are ten Leave It To Beaver episodes that no classic TV fan should ever miss. Join us as we return to Mayfield, and a slice of pure television Americana... "Box Office Attraction" - February 28, 1963 Wally falls hard for the ticket taker at the local theater, an older, attractive blonde named Marlene Holmes (Diane Sayer). Unable to get up the nerve to ask her out, Eddie Haskell (Ken Osmond) breaks the ice for him. Wally later wins a date with his dream girl, but Beaver and friend Gilbert Bates (Stephen Talbot) have spied Marlene smoking cigarettes and hanging out with...

Ten Best Disco Movies

Disco music hit its peak in the mid to late 1970s. Love it or hate it, disco left its unique mark in the world of music and popular culture. Here are ten disco movies that no fan of the genre should ever miss. "I Want To Put On My My My My My Boogie Shoes..." Saturday Night Fever (Paramount, 1977) John Travolta stars as Tony Manero, a 19-year-old backseat romeo who lives with his parents in the Bay Ridge section of Brooklyn, New York. By day Tony works for a small neighborhood paint store, but when darkness falls Tony becomes the king of disco, plying his considerable dancing talents at 2001 Odyssey, the local hotspot. Tony bums around with pals Bobby C. (Barry Miller), Joey (Joseph Calli) and Double J. (Paul Pape), later entering a disco dance contest with the uppity Stephanie Mangano (Karen Lynn Gorney). Travolta blows away the field in this one, becoming the Fred Astaire of disco as he dances his way to local fame in his spiffy white suit and platform...

Ten Best Political Assassination Movies

Assassination has reared its ugly head throughout history. In the United States, four Presidents have died at the hands of an assassin: Abraham Lincoln (1865), James Garfield (1881), William McKinley (1901) and John F. Kennedy (1963). Here are ten memorable movie thrillers that deal with political assassination. We begin in France... The Day of the Jackal (Universal, 1973) Edward Fox plays an international assassin hired by the ultra-nationalist OAS to take out President Charles de Gaulle in this classic thriller based on the 1971 novel by Frederick Forsyth. Demanding $500,000 for the job, the British hit man operates under the code name "The Jackal," methodically gathering forged documents and a specially modified lightweight rifle with telescopic sight. French authorities are on to the Jackal, who opts to complete his mission despite a nationwide manhunt, deftly penetrating heavy security on Liberation Day and setting up his sniper's nest in a Pa...

Ten Best The Big Valley TV Episodes

ABC-TV's The Big Valley enjoyed a four-year run on the small screen from 1965-69. Created by A.I. Bezzerides and Louis F. Edelman, The Big Valley featured the adventures of the fictional Barkley clan of Stockton, California, whose sprawling 30,000-acre ranch populated the rich San Joaquin Valley during the post-Civil War West of the 1870s. Barbara Stanwyck (1907-1990) starred as the clan's matriarch Victoria Barkley, with Richard Long (1927-1974) as eldest son and practicing attorney Jarrod Barkley, Peter Breck (1929-) as hot-headed middle son Nick Barkley, Lee Majors (1939-) as half-son Heath Barkley and Linda Evans (1942-) as beautiful daughter Audra Barkley. Also appearing in eight early episodes was Charles Briles (1945-) as youngest son Eugene Barkley. The Big Valley, whose reruns can currently be viewed on FamilyNet and other TV outlets, produced 112 hour-long episodes. Here are the ten best The Big Valley television episodes... "Court Martial" - ...

Ten Best The Rockford Files TV Episodes

NBC-TV's The Rockford Files ran from 1974 to 1980. Created by Stephen J. Cannell and Roy Huggins, The Rockford Files generated 118 episodes and starred the incomparable James Garner as ex-con-turned-private detective James Scott Rockford. Other regulars included Noah Beery Jr. as Joseph "Rocky" Rockford, Joe Santos as LAPD detective Dennis Becker, Stuart Margolin as weaselly con man Evelyn "Angel" Martin and Gretchen Corbett as Rockford's attorney Beth Davenport. Here are ten classic The Rockford Files episodes that no Rockfordphiliac/James Garner fan should ever miss. This is Jim Rockford. At the tone leave your name and message. I'll get back to you... "Never Send a Boy King to Do a Man's Job" - March 3, 1979 In this expanded two-hour episode sports promoter Harold Jack Coombs (Robert Webber) cheats Mr. Brockelman (Harold Gould) out of his printing business, paying him $40,000 for a company worth $500,000. Hearing of his father's plight...

Gunsmoke's Lijah TV Episode: Denny Miller, Harry Townes & Erin Moran Guest Star

Gunsmoke (1955-75) is one of television's most revered westerns. The 1971 episode "Lijah" guest stars Denny Miller as a mountain man charged in the murder of a family who's defended in court by deputy Newly O'Brian (Buck Taylor).   Gunsmoke's Lijah: Cast & Credits William Blinn wrote the teleplay for "Lijah, with Irving J. Moore directing. Regulars, guest stars and supporting cast are: Marshal Matt Dillon (James Arness) Kitty Russell (Amanda Blake) Festus Haggen (Ken Curtis) Dr. John Chapman (Pat Hingle) Lijah (Denny Miller) Hale Parker (Harry Townes) Rachel Mae Parker (Erin Moran) Will Standish (William Wintersole) Ed O'Connor (Tom Brown) Lathrop (Woody Chambliss) Dump Hart (Lane Bradford) Howie (Howard Culver) Judge Brooker (Herb Vigran) Frank (Pete Kellett) Sam Noonan (Glenn Strange) Halligan (Charles Wagenheim) Nathan Burke (Ted Jordan) Tack (Dan Flynn Jr.) Hank (Henry Wise) Juror (Bert Madrid) Denny Miller in Gunsmoke's "Lijah" - CBS-TV Lijah...

Ten Best Rod Steiger Movie Roles

Rod Steiger (1925-2002) was one of Hollywood's greatest actors. Steiger made his motion picture debut in Teresa (1951), playing the role of Frank. What followed is a body of movie and television work that is the envy of Hollywood, ably showcasing the brooding actor's many talents. Here are the ten best Rod Steiger movie roles from a distinguished career spanning the years 1951 to 2002. "My career has been 65% virgin and 35% whore. I've refused roles many times because I'd have to lose my integrity, my dreams of doing something worthwhile with regard to character. That's the virgin part of me." - Rod Steiger Rod Steiger as Police Chief Bill Gillespie, In the Heat of the Night (1967) Rod Steiger plays Bill Gillespie, the laid-back police chief of Sparta, Mississippi. When a northern industrialist is murdered in his sleepy southern town, Gillespie is forced to enlist the help of visiting Philadelphia homicide detective Virgil Tibbs (Sidney Poitier), a blac...

Ten Best Jonny Quest TV Episodes

Hanna-Barbera's Jonny Quest ran on television from 1964-65. Created by Doug Wildey (1922-1994), Jonny Quest began life as a prime-time animated adventure series, debuting over ABC-TV on September 18, 1964. The show featured Jonny Quest (Tim Matheson), Dr. Benton C. Quest (John Stephenson, Don Messick), Roger T. "Race" Bannon (Mike Road), Hadji (Danny Bravo) and the family dog Bandit (Don Messick). Dr. Quest was a world-renowned scientist who traversed the globe, with Race Bannon serving as his bodyguard/pilot and son Jonny, his young Indian friend Hadji and of course the mischievous Bandit accompanying him in his travels. The original 1964-65 series produced 26 half-hour episodes. Here are ten Jonny Quest TV episodes that no fan should ever miss. Right, Bandit? "Shadow of the Condor" - November 20, 1964 Experiencing engine trouble, Race is forced to set the jet down on a small airstrip located high up on a plateau in the South Amercian Andes. Here they are greeted by Baron Heinrich ...

John Wayne in El Dorado (1966): Movie Trivia & Fun Facts

Paramount Pictures' El Dorado rode into movie theaters in 1966. John "Duke" Wayne stars as Cole Thornton, an infamous gun-for-hire who gets involved in an Old West range war. Here are 21 El Dorado movie trivia items and fun facts... 1. El Dorado is based on the 1960 novel The Stars in Their Courses by Harry Brown (1917-1986). The 362-page novel was published by Alfred A. Knopf of New York. El Dorado cast members, l-r: John Wayne, Christopher George, James Caan - Paramount Pictures 2. Harry Brown later petitioned producers that his name be stricken from the movie credits, as El Dorado had very little in common with his original 1960 novel. 3. El Dorado was produced and directed for Laurel Productions and Paramount Pictures by the legendary Howard Hawks (1896-1977). Leigh Brackett (1915-1978) penned the sizzling screenplay. 4. Harold "Hal" Rosson (1895-1988) served as cinematographer on El Dorado. Rosson had retired ...

Ten Best Steve McQueen Movie Roles

Steve McQueen (1930-1980) – a.k.a. the "King of Cool" – reigned supreme in Hollywood during the 1960s and early '70s. Here are ten memorable Steve McQueen movie roles. Wild Man McQueen rides again... Steve McQueen as Captain Virgil Hilts, The Great Escape (United Artists, 1963) McQueen plays Captain Virgil Hilts, a downed U.S. Army Air Forces pilot in World War II who plots his escape from a special POW camp in Germany. Hilts is the consummate rebel and dreamer, coming up with various escape schemes which invariably land him in the cooler – solitary confinement – hence his nickname "The Cooler King." Hilts eventually busts out of Stalag Luft III during a mass escape, commandeering a German motorcycle and heading to neutral Switzerland. The thrilling motorcycle scenes, completed with the assistance of stuntman Bud Ekins, were specially written into the script for McQueen's benefit. Lobby card: L-r: James Garner, Steve ...

5 Romantic Comedy Movies Guys Can Enjoy

Romantic Comedy Movies Boys Can Enjoy 1. The Heartbreak Kid starring Ben Stiller, Malin Akerman and Michelle Monaghan  Image via collider.com The Heartbreak Kid is written and directed by The Farrelly Brothers, who have built themselves a solid unisex fan base with movies such as There’s Something About Mary, Dumb and Dumber, Me Myself and Irene, Shallow Hal and more. The Heartbreak Kid is a comedy with some romantic ingredients, but the overall genre is shameless and (occasionally) crude comedy. The real idea is not to show the leads Ben Stiller, Malin Akerman and Michelle Monaghan a good, romantic time but to make the audience laugh. 2. Shallow Hal starring Jack Black and Gwyneth Paltrow  Image via: reezu.com Shallow Hal is also a Farrelly Brothers film. It tells the story of your shallow and average everyday guy (Jack Black) “mistakenly” falling for a very fat woman (Gwyneth Paltrow in a fat suit). The originality of the plot comes from the fact th...

Ten Best Vietnam War Movie Characters

Vietnam War movies are legion in Hollywood. Here are ten unforgettable Vietnam War movie characters and the actors who brought them to the silver screen. "And it's one, two, three/What are we fighting for?/Don't ask me, I don't give a damn/Next stop is Vietnam" - Country Joe and The Fish, "I-Feel-Like-I'm-Fixin'-to-Die Rag" (1967) Robert Duvall as Lt. Colonel Bill Kilgore, Apocalypse Now (United Artists, 1979) Robert Duvall plays Army Lt. Colonel Bill Kilgore, the fearless commander of an Air Cavalry unit during the Vietnam War. Kilgore loves surfing, taking a stretch of beach from Victor Charley (that's the enemy, folks) so California surfing legend Lance Johnson (Sam Bottoms) can hang ten, baby. Kilgore hits the enemy full force with his attack helicopters while blaring Richard Wagner's operatic "The Ride of the Valkyries" from loudspeakers. Duvall, who earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor, cops one of the classic lines in movie history, eloquently deli...

Matt Damon in Rounders (1998): Movie Trivia & Fun Facts

Miramax Films' Rounders came to movie theaters in 1998. Matt Damon and Edward Norton star as a pair of young poker players, plying their trade in the underground gambling dens of New York City. Here are 21 Rounders movie trivia items and fun facts... 1. Rounders owes its origins to screenwriters Brian Koppelman and David Levien. As the story goes, Koppelman had just visited his first private poker club in New York City, where he had lost all of his $750 bankroll. At around 2:30 in the morning, an excited Koppelman phoned his friend, David Levien, relating his experiences in the underground club and telling him, “We have to write a movie about this.” The Rounders script then made the rounds to various agents, where it was eventually discovered in a slush pile in the office of producer Ted Demme, who brought it to the attention of Miramax Films. Edward Norton, Gretchen Mol and Matt Damon in Rounders (1998) - Miramax Films 2. Budgeted at $12 million, Rounders wa...

Ten Best Immortality Theme Television Shows & Episodes

Immortality is mankind's oldest dream. To stay young, healthy and live forever is the still the stuff of science fiction, but who knows what groundbreaking scientific and medical advances loom on the horizon? The immortality theme has been the subject of an array of television shows and episodes. Here are the ten best immortality theme TV shows and episodes from the dusty vaults of television history... The Immortal, 1970-71, ABC-TV The late Christopher George plays race car driver Ben Richards in this short-lived science fiction series which debuted on September 24, 1970. Ben is apparently one-of-a-kind, a freak of nature endowed with special blood whose miraculous antibodies could theoretically enable him to live forever. On the trail of the fleeing Richards is multimillionaire Arthur Maitland (David Brian), who wishes to tap into his quarry's blood supply so he too can enjoy the fruits of immortality. Based on the James Gunn novel The Immortals, ABC-TV's The Immortal pr...

Ten Best Hollywood Beach Movies

The venerable beach movie – sun, surf, sand, girls, music, romance – has been around since the 1950s. Here are ten beach movies that no film fan should ever miss – unless of course you have a note from your parents. Beach Blanket Bingo (American International, 1965) Often considered the big kahuna in the genre, Beach Blanket Bingo stars that dynamic duo of Frankie Avalon (Frankie) and Annette Funicello (Dee Dee) in one of Hollywood's all-time sun and surf romps. It's all here – beach parties, a surf rock band (the Hondells), the Malibu Rat Pack motorcycle gang headed by Eric Von Zipper (Harvey Lembeck) and a comely Linda Evans in the role of girl singer Sugar Kane. Frankie and Annette sing "Beach Blanket Bingo" and "I Think You Think" while the Hondells perform "Cycle Set" and Donna Loren croons "It Only Hurts When I Cry." Deborah Walley, John Ashley, Jody McCrea, Marta Kristen, Timothy Carey, Pa...

The Big Valley's Days of Wrath Episode: Michael Strong & Sandra Smith Guest Star

ABC-TV's The Big Valley (1965-69) reigns as one of television's more popular westerns. The 1968 episode "Days of Wrath" guest stars Michael Strong as Cass Hyatt, an ex-con who plots his revenge against lawyer Jarrod Barkley. The Big Valley's Days of Wrath: Cast & Credits Ken Pettus penned the teleplay for "Days of Wrath," with Lou Morheim producing and Virgil W. Vogel directing. Regulars, guest stars and supporting players are: Jarrod Barkley (Richard Long) Nick Barkley (Peter Breck) Heath Barkley (Lee Majors) Victoria Barkley (Barbara Stanwyck) Cass Hyatt (Michael Strong) Beth (Sandra Smith) Sheriff Zack Fane (Kevin Hagen) Cliff Hyatt (Peter Hobbs) Silas (Napoleon Whiting) Doc Saxton (Jon Lormer) Stationmaster (Carl Prickett) Charles (Bobby Johnson) Sheriff Fred Madden (Douglas Kennedy) Richard Long (1927-1974) as Jarrod Barkley - ABC-TV Days of Wrath: Episode Synopsis Jarrod Barkley returns from a trip to San Francisco with his new bride Beth in tow. The n...

Ten Best Movie Mob Hits

Gangster movies inhabit their own sub-genre in Hollywood. One of the highlights – or lowlights if you prefer – of any gangster film is the mob hit or rub-out. Here are ten classic movie mob hits no fan should never wanna miss. Capiche? The Godfather (1972) - Bada-bing...Sonny Corleone Gets Dinged Santino "Sonny" Corleone (James Caan) is the eldest son of Vito Corleone (Marlon Brando), who heads one of the five Mafia crime families in New York City. Seeking revenge against the Corleone family is Don Emilio Barzini (Richard Conte), who lures the hot-headed underboss to a remote toll station where he is ambushed by hoods brandishing Thompson submachine guns. Sonny's dance of death is a grisly sight, as flying lead ruins his nice expensive suit and turns him into a bloody pin cushion. The special effects people painstakingly attached 147 explosive squibs to James Caan's body, delivering what many feel is the all-time number one movie mob&nb...

Which is the Best Movie Version of The Picture Of Dorian Gray?

I'm on a hunt for good movie versions of The Picture of Dorian Gray.  The Picture of Dorian Gray, sometimes erroneously called "The Portrait of Dorian Gray", is a story by writer Oscar Wilde, a genius writer whose life ended badly and disgracefully because of what he called "the love that dare not speak its name", which was as he said, "in this century misunderstood"; instead of dying a man richly rewarded for the rich contributions he made to literature that is still enjoyed to this day.   Dorian Gray is a beautiful young man who serves as inspiration for artist Basil Hallward to paint a masterpiece portrait of Dorian.  Influenced by the views of Basil's friend Lord Henry Wotton who believes beauty and fulfillment of the senses are the only things worth pursuing in life, Dorian makes a wish that he could stay young and beautiful like this picture of him in the portrait, instead of having to grow old and sickly, always looking with envy at the portrait image Doria...

Ten Best Television Lawyer Shows

The TV lawyer has been in practice since the early days of the small screen. Here are the ten best TV law shows and the actors who made them great. Any objections? Overruled! Perry Mason (CBS, 1957-66) Erle Stanley Gardner's immortal Perry Mason ruled the legal airwaves from Elvis Presley to the Beatles. The incomparable Raymond Burr had the title role as the fictional defense attorney, with William Hopper as private eye Paul Drake, Barbara Hale as secretary Della Street, William Talman as the hapless district attorney Hamilton Burger and Ray Collins as police Lt. Arthur Tragg. Burr's Mason was a powerhouse in the courtroom, winning every case but one (which he later added to the victory column on appeal) in 271 hour-long episodes. The formidable Mason not only got his clients off, but also exposed the real culprit, often during withering cross examination. When Perry Mason's memorable theme song, "Park Avenue Beat" by Fred Steiner, began to play, viewers knew they were in for a real...

Ten Best Hollywood Sea Disaster Movies

Disaster at sea is a Hollywood movie favorite. Monster waves, giant icebergs, killer storms and ships in peril all conspire to make for slambang entertainment. Here are the ten best Hollywood sea disaster movies. Batten down the hatches, we're in for a rough ride... The Poseidon Adventure (Twentieth Century-Fox, 1972) Based on the novel by Paul Gallico, The Poseidon Adventure was first brought to the silver screen in December 1972 by producer Irwin Allen – better known as the "Master of Disaster." When a monster wave swamps the big luxury liner S.S. Poseidon on the open sea, a motley group of survivors – Gene Hackman, Ernest Borgnine, Red Buttons, Carol Lynley, Roddy McDowell, Stella Stevens, Shelley Winters, et al. – embark on a hazardous journey, trying to make their way to safety and eventual rescue in the capsized ship. Ronald Neame – with uncredited assistance from Irwin Allen – directed this granddaddy of sea disaster films, with plenty o...

Ten Best Television Science Fiction Shows of the 1960s

The turbulent 1960s produced some pretty fantastic television. Here are ten classic science fiction TV shows from the decade that no fan of the small screen should ever miss. "You're traveling through another dimension – a dimension not only of sight and sound but of mind. A journey into a wondrous land whose boundaries are that of imagination. That's a signpost up ahead: your next stop..." The Twilight Zone (CBS, 1959-64) Creator Rod Serling (1924-1975) hosted this revered anthology series that often featured a science fiction/fantasy theme. The original The Twilight Zone produced 156 memorable episodes, including the pilot segment "Where Is Everybody?" (10/2/59) which starred Earl Holliman as an astronaut in training who imagines himself as the last man on Earth. And who could forget the chilling episode "To Serve Man" (3/2/62) in which aliens come to Earth promising peace and love. Finally, a linguist (Sus...

Gunsmoke's Snow Train TV Episode: Tim Considine, Gene Evans & Loretta Swit Guest Star

Gunsmoke (1955-75) ruled the airwaves as TV's longest-running western. The 1970 two-part episode "Snow Train" features Matt, Doc and Festus as passengers on a train which is halted by Sioux Indians in the rugged mountains of Colorado. The Indians' demands: that the two unknown men who sold their braves bad whiskey be turned over to them. Gunsmoke's Snow Train: Cast & Credits Preston Wood wrote the gripping teleplay for "Snow Train," with longtime Gunsmoke hand Gunnar Hellstrom directing. Regulars, guest stars and supporting players are: Marshal Matt Dillon (James Arness) Doc Adams (Milburn Stone) Festus Haggen (Ken Curtis) Al (Eddie Applegate) Scott Coleman (Tim Considine) Ada Coleman (Pamela Dunlap) Pennigrath (Dana Elcar) Tibbett (Roy Engel) Billy (Gene Evans) Hap (Eddie Firestone) Floyd Coleman (Ron Hayes) Sam Wickes (Clifton James) Bud (Richard Kelton) Mae (Doreen Lang) Lucas (Ken Lynch) Clay Foreman (John Milford) Sarah (Anne Seymour) Donna (Loretta Swit)...

Gunsmoke's Tara TV Episode: Michele Carey & L.Q. Jones Guest Star

Gunsmoke (1955-75) enjoyed a long, wild 20-year run on CBS. The 1972 episode "Tara" guest stars Michele Carey as Tara Hutson, a Dodge City dressmaker whose jailbird husband reportedly squireled away $5,000 from a railroad heist. Gunsmoke's Tara: Cast & Credits William Kelley penned the teleplay for "Tara," with Bernard McEveety in the director's chair. Regulars, guest stars and supporting players are: Marshal Matt Dillon (James Arness) Doc Adams (Milburn Stone) Kitty Russell (Amanda Blake) Festus Haggen (Ken Curtis) Newly O'Brian (Buck Taylor) Tara Hutson (Michele Cary) Gecko Ridley (L.Q. Jones) Roy Hutson (Larry Delaney) Dirk (Ken Swofford) Mr. Fletcher (James McCallion) Pudge (Ken Mayer) Bank Officer (Harry Hickox) Bank Teller (John Dullaghan) Sam Noonan (Glenn Strange) Nathan Burke (Ted Jordan) Ma Smalley (Sarah Selby) Woman (Natalie Masters) Barney (Charles Seel) Howie (Howard Culver) Shotgun (Gene Tyburn) Young Man (Don Pulford) Messenger (Denny Arnol...

Alfred Molina Through His Bad Roles and Good Films

Alfred Molina may just be another ordinary face we usually see in the movies but despite his showbiz career doing bad roles he did prove his worth in it which made him earn most villainous parts in films. The good part of doing those bad parts is what enabled him to endure from film to another the reason why we still see him whereas most Hollywood stars has sparkled for awhile and was left and forgotten. Born of an Italian mother and a Spanish father on 24 May 1953, Alfred Molina is a British actor who started out as a mere stand-up comedian on the streets making out life through odd jobs and tips before finding his calling by joining the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1977. Four years later, he was figured on a short role in “Raiders of the Lost Ark “playing alongside Harrison Ford. From then on he will always be immortalized as that ill-fated guide who deceived Indiana Jones by taking the treasured statue from the latter and leaving him behind at the opening of said movie. ...

Ten Best The Brady Bunch TV Episodes

ABC-TV's The Brady Bunch ran from 1969 to 1974, racking up 117 half-hour segments. The principal cast was comprised of Robert Reed (Mike Brady), Florence Henderson (Carol Brady), Barry Williams (Greg Brady), Maureen McCormick (Marcia Brady), Christopher Knight (Peter Brady), Eve Plumb (Jan Brady), Mike Looklinland (Bobby Brady), Susan Olsen (Cindy Brady) and Ann B. Davis (Alice Nelson) – better known as those fine folks craning their necks during the show's opening and closing. Here are ten The Brady Bunch episodes that no fan (or detractor) of the show should ever miss. And remember, it's always Marcia, Marcia, Marcia!  "Our Son, the Man" - February 5, 1971 Now a freshman in high school, Greg decides that he has reached manhood, dressing in the latest fashion, converting Mike's den into his own bachelor pad and opting out of a family weekend excursion. The 15-year-old Greg really goes "mod" in this episode, adopting hip lingo...

Julia Roberts in Sleeping with the Enemy (1991): Movie Trivia & Fun Facts

Twentieth Century Fox's taut thriller Sleeping with the Enemy hit movie theaters in 1991. Julia Roberts stars as Laura Burney, an abused wife who fakes her death and starts a new life in Iowa. Here are 21 Sleeping with the Enemy movie trivia items and fun facts... 1. Sleeping with the Enemy is based on the novel of the same name by Iowa-born author/poet Nancy Price. The book was published by Simon & Schuster in 1987 and garnered some excellent reviews. Reported Louise Erdrich in the Minneapolis Star and Tribune: “A tense, tightly woven novel…Price has managed in the writing to be absolutely faithful to the villains as well as the victims…” Sleeping with the Enemy one sheet poster - Twentieth Century Fox 2. Leonard Goldberg produced Sleeping with the Enemy for Twentieth Century Fox. Penning the screenplay was Ronald Bass, with Joseph Ruben directing. Jerry Goldsmith created the original music score, which features selections from He...

Ten Valuable Gone with the Wind Movie Collectibles

Gone with the Wind made its world premiere in Atlanta, Georgia, on December 15, 1939. Based on the novel by Margaret Mitchell, the film features a stellar cast headed by Clark Gable (Rhett Butler), Vivien Leigh (Scarlett O'Hara), Leslie Howard (Ashley Wilkes), Olivia de Havilland (Melanie Hamilton Wilkes), Thomas Mitchell (Gerald O'Hara), Barbara O'Neil (Ellen O'Hara), Evelyn Keyes (Suellen O'Hara), Ann Rutherford (Careen O'Hara), Hattie McDaniel (Mammy) and Butterfly McQueen (Prissy). Gone with the Wind earned 13 Academy Award nominations, taking home Oscar for Best Picture, Best Director (Victor Fleming), Best Actress (Leigh), Best Adapted Screenplay (Sidney Howard), Best Supporting Actress (McDaniel), Best Color Cinematography, Best Film Editing and Best Art Direction.  Here are ten valuable Gone with the Wind film collectibles that are sure to excite movie memorabilia buffs. Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn... Gone with the Wind One Sheet Movie Poster Original 1939 Gon...

Ten Best TV Private Detectives

Television has featured an array of private detectives through the decades. Here are ten-plus memorable TV private eyes and the actors who portrayed them on the small screen. James Garner as Jim Rockford, The Rockford Files (NBC, 1974-80) James Garner stars as James Scott Rockford, an ex-con-turned-private eye who operates the Rockford Agency out of his decrepit trailer in Malibu, California. In 118 mostly memorable episodes, Rockford took on a number of cases, including that of Sara Butler's (Lindsay Wagner) in the show's pilot movie "Backlash of the Hunter" (3/27/74), in which he locates the killer of her derelict father. Rockford charged his clients a hefty $200 a day plus expenses, but he certainly earned his pay, taking it on the chin from a number of toughs and hoodlums. Nominated five times for his role as Jim Rockford, the tall, easy-going James Garner won a lone Emmy Award for Rockford in 1977. James Garner as Jim Rockford in T...

Ten Best Alcatraz Movie Characters

Alcatraz, the infamous federal penitentiary located off the coast of San Francisco, was open for business from 1934 to 1963. Nicknamed "The Rock," Alcatraz has been the subject of a fair amount of Hollywood films through the decades. Here are ten memorable Alcatraz movie characters and the actors who portrayed them on the big screen. I can see San Francisco from my prison cell... Burt Lancaster as Robert Stroud, Birdman of Alcatraz (United Artists, 1962) Burt Lancaster stars as real-life killer Robert Stroud (1890-1963), who called Alcatraz home from 1942-59. Although fairly loose with the facts – Stroud in fact kept his birds at Leavenworth and not on Alcatraz – this absorbing movie nonetheless features a bravura performance by Lancaster as the famous "Birdman," the self-taught ornithologist who wrote two textbooks on bird diseases. Lancaster, who was paid $150,000 for his services, earned a Best Actor Oscar nominati...

Gunsmoke's Jaekel TV Episode: Eric Braeden & Julie Gregg Guest Star

CBS-TV's Gunsmoke (1955-75) was one of television's first adult westerns. The 1971 episode "Jaekel" guest stars Eric Braeden as Carl Jaekel, a sociopathic ex-con who returns to Dodge City to take up with his old flame Beth Wilson (Julie Gregg).  Gunsmoke's Jaekel: Cast & Credits Calvin Clements Jr. wrote the teleplay for "Jaekel" based on a story by True Boardman. Old Gunsmoke hand Bernard McEveety directed the action. Regulars, guest stars and supporting players are: Marshal Matt Dillon (James Arness) Kitty Russell (Amanda Blake) Festus Haggen (Ken Curtis) Newly O'Brian (Buck Taylor) Carl Jaekel (Eric Braeden) Beth Dormand Wilson (Julie Gregg) Norman Wilson (John Crawford) Penny Wilson (Mia Bendixsen) Dirks (Vic Tayback) Sam Noonan (Glenn Strange) Warden (James Chandler) Doctor (Scott Edmonds) Guard (Bob Golden) Nathan Burke (Ted Jordan) Eric Braeden, who also acted under his original name of Hans Gudegast - CBS-TV Jaekel: Episode Synopsis Carl Jaekel...

Ten Best Pool Movies and Television Episodes

Pool, or billiards if you prefer, is a fascinating game. For pool aficionados, check out these top pool/billiards movies and TV episodes that are sure to entertain and get the competitive juices flowing. Rack 'em up!  POOL MOVIES The Hustler (Twentieth Century-Fox, 1961) Hollywood pool doesn't get any better in this classic film directed by Robert Rossen. Jackie Gleason plays the veteran pool champion Minnesota Fats while Paul Newman counters as the cocky challenger Fast Eddie Felson. The gaming action is fast and heavy, with Gleason and Newman engaging in two high-stakes marathon pool sessions at New York City's Ames Billiards while George C. Scott's beady-eyed gambler Bert Gordon looks on from the gallery. The legendary Willie Mosconi taught Newman how to shoot pool, and performs a number of trick shots in the movie as well. "You know, I got a hunch, fat man. I got a hunch it's me from here on in. One ball, corner pocket. I mean, that ever happen to you? ...

Ten Best World War II Movie Quotes

World War II represents a very big movie genre, featuring many of the best Hollywood films ever made. Here are the ten best World War II movie quotes and the actors who delivered them on the silver screen. Saddle up! The Counterfeit Traitor (Paramount, 1962) "Strange...You can read about a hundred atrocities, hear about a thousand, but you only have to see one." - Ernst Schroder as Baron Gerhard von Oldenburg, after witnessing the Nazis hang a conscripted worker after he and his cohorts attempted a sitdown strike One sheet movie poster: The Counterfeit Traitor (1962) - Heritage Auction Galleries Patton (Twentieth Century Fox, 1970) "Now I want you to remember that no bastard ever won a war by dying for his country. He won it by making the other poor dumb bastard die for his country." - George C. Scott as General George S. Patton Jr. The Bridge on the River Kwai (Columbia, 1957) "Do not speak to me of rules. This is war! This is...

Gunsmoke's Eleven Dollars Episode: Susan Oliver & Diane Shalet Gust Star

CBS-TV's Gunsmoke (1955-75) spanned three decades on the small screen. The 1972 episode "Eleven Dollars" features Ken Curtis as Festus Haggen, who journeys all the way to Abilene to settle up with family friend Charity Spencer. Gunsmoke's Eleven Dollars: Cast & Credits Paul Savage penned the teleplay for Eleven Dollars, with Irving J. Moore in the director's chair. Regulars, guest stars and supporting performers are: Marshal Matt Dillon (James Arness) Doc Adams (Milburn Stone) Kitty Russell (Amanda Blake) Festus Haggen (Ken Curtis) Newly O'Brian (Buck Taylor) Sarah Elkins (Susan Oliver) Charity Spencer (Diane Shalet) Chad Elkins (Josh Albee) Clay Elkins (Ike Isenmann) Jeb Spencer (E.J. Andre) Nathan Burke (Ted Jordan) Sandor (Roy Engel) Beckwith (Phil Chambers) Halligan (Charles Wagenheim) 1st Wolfer (Sam Edwards) 2nd Wolfer (A.G. Vitanza) Hotel Clerk (Owen Bush) Claire (Gloria LeRoy) Charlie the Bartender (Tom Waters) Townsman (Bert Madrid) Susan Olive...

Gunsmoke's Sam McTavish, M.D. Episode: Vera Miles Guest Stars

CBS-TV's Gunsmoke produced 635 episodes from 1955 to 1975. Vera Miles guest stars as "Sam McTavish, M.D.," a female doctor who comes to Dodge City during the beginning of an epidemic. Gunsmoke's Sam McTavish, M.D.: Cast & Credits Gerry Day and Bethel Leslie wrote the teleplay for "Sam McTavish, M.D., with Bernard McEveety directing. Regulars, guest stars and supporting players are: Marshal Matt Dillon (James Arness) Galen "Doc" Adams (Milburn Stone) Kitty Russell (Amanda Blake) Festus Haggen (Ken Curtis) Newly O'Brian (Buck Taylor) Dr. Samantha "Sam" McTavish (Vera Miles) Barnaby Bascomb (Arch Johnson) Christina Bascomb(Lisa Gerritsen) Ellen Bascomb (Dee Carroll) Minnie Carver (Amzie Strickland) Harley (Tom Fadden) Bridget O'Reilly (Kathleen O'Malley) Sam Noonan (Glenn Strange) Johnson (Harry Harvey) Dan Slade (Read Morgan) Joe Slade (Robert Rothwell) Tom Slade (Lance Thomas) Frank O'Reilly (Glenn Redding) Vera Miles, Miss Kansas of 1948, from her Hollywo...

Paul Walker, Jessica Alba & Scott Caan in Into the Blue (2005)

Sony Pictures' Into the Blue sailed into movie theaters in September of 2005. It's a classic sunken treasure film, featuring a group of four young divers who get caught up in gold fever and the dangerous world of drug trafficking. John Stockwell Directs Into the Blue Matt Johnson wrote the screenplay, with John Stockwell (Under Cover, Blue Crush, Turistas) directing. Paul Haslinger provided the original music, with Shane Hurlbut as cinematographer, Nicolas De Toth and Dennis Virkler as film editors and Maia Javan as production designer. Paul Walker (Jared), Jessica Alba (Sam), Scott Caan (Bryce) and Ashley Scott (Amanda) head the cast as the treasure hunting quartet. Also in the mix are Josh Brolin (Bates), James Frain (Reyes), Tyson Beckford (Primo), Dwayne Adway (Roy), Javon Frazer (Danny), Chris Taloa (Quinn), Peter R.V. Bowleg Jr. (Jake), Clifford McIntosh (Kash), Adam Collins (Raolo), Gill Montie (Big Dave) and Dan Ballard (Scuba Bob). Into the Blue one s...

The Waltons' The Sinner TV Episode: John Ritter Guest Stars

The Waltons ran on CBS-TV from 1972 to 1981. The 1972 episode "The Sinner" guest stars John Ritter as the Reverend Matthew Fordwick, a young Baptist preacher who arrives on Walton's Mountain to deliver an important sermon at a camp revival meeting. The Waltons' The Sinner: Cast & Credits John Furia Jr. penned the teleplay for "The Sinner," with Philip Leacock directing. Regulars, guest stars and supporting players are: John-Boy Walton (Richard Thomas) John Walton Sr. (Ralph Waite) Olivia Walton (Michael Learned) Esther "Grandma" Walton (Ellen Corby) Zebulon "Grandpa" Walton (Will Geer) Mary Ellen Walton (Judy Norton) Jason Walton (Jon Walmsley) Erin Walton (Mary Elizabeth McDonough) Ben Walton (Eric Scott) Jim-Bob Walton (David W. Harper) Elizabeth Walton (Kami Cotler) Ike Godsey (Joe Conley) Narrator (Earl Hamner Jr.) Yancy Tucker (Robert Donner) Emily Baldwin (Mary Jackson) Mamie Baldwin (Helen Kleeb) Reverend Ethel Prissom (Collin Wilcox-Home) Reverend Matt...

Ten Best The Adventures of Superman TV Episodes

TV's The Adventures of Superman ran in syndication from 1952 to 1958. One of television's most popular TV shows of the Baby Boomer era, The Adventures of Superman featured George Reeves as Superman/Clark Kent, John Hamilton as Daily Planet editor Perry White, Jack Larson as cub reporter Jimmy Olsen, Phyllis Coates and Noel Neill as feisty reporter Lois Lane and Robert Shayne as Metropolis Police inspector Bill Henderson. Bill Kennedy narrated the show's rousing introduction. Superman produced 104 half-hour episodes during its six-season run on the tube. Here are ten episodes that no dedicated Superman fan should ever miss. Jeepers, Superman! "Mystery in Wax" - January 2, 1953 The mysterious, self-proclaimed clairvoyant Madame Selena Dawn (Mira McKinney) and her husband Andrew (Lester Sharpe) operate a wax museum in Metropolis. Madame Selena is given to "visions," predicting the deaths of prominent Metropolis citizens within a six-month time period. A wax figure o...

Gunsmoke's Alias Festus Haggin Episode: Ramon Bieri & Lieux Dressler Guest Star

CBS-TV's Gunsmoke (1955-75) produced 635 episodes during its 20-year run on the tube. The 1972 segment "Alias Festus Haggin" guest stars Ramon Bieri as Doyle, a special agent who transports Festus Haggen back to Rock Creek to stand trial for the murder of three men. Gunsmoke's Alias Festus Haggin: Cast & Credits Calvin Clements Sr. penned the teleplay for "Alias Festus Haggin," with Vincent McEveety directing. Regulars, guest stars and supporting cast are: Marshal Matt Dillon (James Arness) Doc Adams (Milburn Stone) Kitty Russell (Amanda Blake) Festus Haggen/Frank Eaton (Ken Curtis) Newly O'Brian (Buck Taylor) Doyle (Ramon Bieri) Susie Johnson Eaton (Lieux Dressler) Walker (Robert Totten) Rand (Booth Colman) Guthrie (Gregg Palmer) Bennett (William Bryant) Grebbs (Rayford Barnes) Judge Brooker (Herb Vigran) Judge Clayborne (Jon Lormer) Sam Noonan (Glenn Strange) Nathan Burke (Ted Jordan) Bailiff (Bill Erwin) Luke (Tom McFadden) Sheriff Buckley (Rusty Lane) Sc...

Ten Best Tommy Lee Jones Movies

Tommy Lee Jones is one of Hollywood's most respected actors. Born in San Saba, Texas, on September 15, 1946, Jones made his motion picture debut as Hank Simpson in Love Story (1970). Five years later Jones made his dramatic television debut as Dr. Jim Medford in the Barnaby Jones episode "Fatal Witness," telecast on November 14, 1975. Here are ten movies that no Tommy Lee Jones fan should ever miss. Are you ready to run with the big dog? The Fugitive (Warner Bros., 1994) Tommy Lee Jones plays Samuel Gerard, a United States deputy marshal who's given the task of bringing in escaped murderer Dr. Richard Kimble (Harrison Ford). Jones establishes his authority immediately, taking charge of the manhunt following a prison bus-train collision that freed Kimble and sent him on the lam. Tough, caustic, witty and relentless, Jones' Gerard pursues Kimble with almost religious fervor, cornering the desperate Kimble in a storm drain high atop a dam, whereb...

Twilight Saga 101: 33 Things You Should Know About Twilight Before Seeing New Moon

I went to see the third movie of the Twilight Saga Eclipse with two friends and one of them hadn’t read the books or seen the first two movies- Twilight and New Moon. While I did my best to update him before and during the movie, he would have been better off with a background guide. The story of Eclipse is not complicated and not knowing anything won’t keep you from enjoying the movie. However knowing a little might help you have more fun. And of course, there will be spoilers concerning Twilight and New Moon. So read on at your own risk.  Below is the guide to the Twilight movie. Image via http://3aymun.files.wordpress.com   Above, Robert Pattinson as Edward Cullen and Kristen Stewart as Bella Swan in Twilight 1. Bella Swan’s (Kristen Stewart) parents got divorced when she was little. 2. She is a high school student who lived with her mother most of her life. Image via http://users.atw.hu/twilighter/charliescard.jpg Billy Burke as Charlie Swan, Be...

The Big Valley's The Midas Man Episode: Tom Tryon & Walker Edmiston Guest Star

ABC-TV's The Big Valley (1965-69) entertained TV western fans for four seasons on the tube. The 1966 episode "The Midas Man" guest stars Tom Tryon as Scott Breckenridge, a shrewd financier and land speculator who comes to Stockton in order to capitalize on the continuing drought. The Big Valley's The Midas Man: Cast & Credits Margaret Armen wrote the teleplay for "The Midas Man," with Arnold Laven directing. Regulars, guest stars and supporting players are: Jarrod Barkley (Richard Long) Nick Barkley (Peter Breck) Heath Barkley (Lee Majors) Audra Barkley (Linda Evans) Victoria Barkley (Barbara Stanwyck) Scott Breckenridge (Tom Tryon) Titus McKelvy (Walker Edmiston) Ed Mead (Hal Lynch) Jace Holman (Richard O'Brien) Tom Tryon (1926-1991) - findagrave.com The Midas Man: Episode Synopsis Dashing, well-heeled financier Scott Breckenridge comes to the valley to pay a visit to his old friend and lawyer Jarrod Barkley. Breckenridge has a well-deserved reputation as the m...

Ten Best Western Movie Heavies

The heavy is an integral part of many western movies. He's the bad guy, generally some mean, menacing thug who fills the screen with his brutality and downright cussedness. Here are ten unforgettable western movie heavies that no film fan should ever miss. It's okay – even encouraged – to boo these ornery, godforsaken bastard sons of the Hollywood Old West... Jack Palance/Shane (Paramount, 1953) Walter Jack Palance, as he is billed, plays the evil gunslinger Jack Wilson, who is summoned by aging cattle baron Rufus Ryker (Emile Meyer) to deal with the stubborn settlers whose land he covets for his burgeoning empire in Wyoming. Standing in Ryker's way is the mysterious, buckskin-clad stranger Shane (Alan Ladd), who later faces Wilson in a classic showdown. Palance, whose face would never be mistaken for a matinee idol, is the perfect heavy, a leering, heartless dark gun for hire who dresses in black, drinks black coffee from a black pot and sports t...

Review of HACHIKO: A Dog's Story

REVIEW OF HACHIKO: A DOG’S STORY Based on a true story from Japan, Hachiko Monogatari (literally “The Tale of Hachiko”) is about a loyal dog Hachiko – a symbol of loyalty. Hachiko is more than a statue or a tale; he was a real dog whose story is known throughout Japan and the world. The word Hachiko has come to be synonymous with loyalty, and for good reason. The story has a few variations depending on who tells it but the basic facts are well documented. Here is a film version. Hachiko: A Dog's Story is a 2009 American drama film based on the true story of the faithful Akita Hachik?. It is a remake of the 1987 Japanese film Hachik? Monogatari. It was directed by Lasse Hallström, written by Stephen P. Lindsey and stars Richard Gere, Joan Allen and Sarah Roemer. YouTube The opening of the film was set in a class full of young students giving oral presentations about personal heroes. A boy named Ronnie stands up and writes on the board “HACHIKO&r...

Dear John Review: Spoiler

The latest movie to come out of the Nicholas Sparks franchise features performances by Channing Tatum (as John Tyree), Amanda Seyfried (Savannah Curtis, and Richard Jenkins (Mr. Tyree). Tatum plays the part of John Tyree, a super-strong Special Forces staff sergeant that apparently had a habit for tearing up the local bar back in his hometown. He is gone from town frequently as an Active Duty soldier, but he comes back to visit his father occasionally. John's father is autistic and extremely uncommunicative through the film, although John is unaware of this for a long time. Dear John is a tear-jerker that runs in a similar vein as The Notebook, but it spends more time gambling to win popularity from public sentiment about the events of September 11, 2001 than it does presenting a clear and sensible plot. Dear John is not a terrible movie, but it fails to excel past average and critics have given it mostly negative reviews. The opening scene shows Sergea...

Ten Best William Holden Movies

William Holden was one of Hollywood's top stars of the 1950s and '60s. Born William Franklin Beedle Jr. in O'Fallon, Illinois, on April 17, 1918, Holden made his motion picture debut as an inmate in Prison Farm (1938). Holden later appeared on television, most notably playing himself in the I Love Lucy episode "Hollywood at Last," telecast on February 7, 1955. William Holden died in Santa Monica, California, on November 16, 1981. Here are ten William Holden movies that no dedicated film fan should ever miss. As the actor often announced on the set, "Bill Holden is ready!" Stalag 17 (Paramount, 1953) William Holden plays Sgt. J.J. Sefton, a wheeler dealer American noncom who provides creature comforts for a price at a German POW camp during World War II. His fellow prisoners distrust Sefton, believing him to be a source for leaks when their escape attempts end in tragedy. But Sefton is on to the real culprit, a fellow named Price (Peter Graves), who...

Ten Best Outlaw Biker Movie Characters

The outlaw biker movie has been terrorizing audiences since the early 1950s. Here are ten classic biker movie characters and the actors who played them on the silver screen. Marlon Brando as Johnny Strabler, The Wild One (Columbia, 1953) Marlon Brando comes out smokin' as Johnny Strabler, the tough, leather-jacked leader of the Black Rebels motorcycle club. Johnny and his boys come roaring into the small town of Wrightsville, California, on their British Triumph motorcycles, raising hell and upsetting the local yokels. The Black Rebels later square off with their rivals the Beatles, led by the grubby Chino (Lee Marvin), with the townsfolk and law enforcement caught in the middle. Brando cops one of the greatest lines in movie history when young Mildred (Peggy Maley) asks him what he's rebelling against. "Whaddya got?" Brando's surly Johnny replies.    Lobby card: Marlon Brando as Johnny Strabler with Mary Murphy in The Wild One (1953)  Peter...

Robert De Niro in Cape Fear (1991): Movie Trivia & Fun Facts

Martin Scorsese's remake of Cape Fear hit movie theaters like a thunderclap in 1991. Robert De Niro stars as Max Cady, an ex-con who returns to his hometown in order to seek revenge against his former lawyer. Here are 21 Cape Fear movie trivia items and fun facts – though "fun" is hardly an appropriate word for the terrifying Cape Fear... 1. Cape Fear owes its origins to the 1958 novel The Executioners by acclaimed American mystery/science fiction writer John D. MacDonald (1916-1986). MacDonald, who begin his literary career in the 1940s, is best remembered for his popular series of 24 crime novels featuring private eye Travis McGee. 2. The Executioners was published by Simon & Schuster and numbers a slim 215 pages. The novel, originally priced at $3.50, received excellent reviews upon its publication in 1958. Reported Anthony Boucher in The New York Times (6/1/58): "MacDonald not only tells, with quiet realism, a powerful and frightening story; he ...

Ten Best Hollywood Movie Private Eyes

The private eye has a long and glorious history in Hollywood films. Here are ten unforgettable private detectives and the actors who portrayed them on the silver screen. Humphrey Bogart as Sam Spade, The Maltese Falcon (Warner Bros., 1941) Bogie plays Dashiel Hammett's immortal Sam Spade, who with partner Miles Archer (Jerome Cowan) own the Spade and Archer Detective Agency in San Francisco. Fate casts its long shadow one day when a knockout dame calling herself Ruth Wonderly a.k.a. Brigid O'Shaughnessy (Mary Astor) walks into the agency, seeking the private eyes' help in locating her missing sister. That leads to Archer's murder, violent run-ins with unsavory characters and the search for a priceless statuette known as the Maltese Falcon. Gladys George, Peter Lorre and Sydney Greenstreet ably complement Bogart's memorable performance. Bogie's voice, hat, mannerisms, etc. – Sam Spade never looked better. One sheet movie poster: Bogie as Sam...

Gunsmoke's Waste TV Episode: Jeremy Slate, Ellen Burstyn & Ruth Roman Guest Star

Gunmsoke (1955-75) rode the wild prairies of Kansas for twenty incredible seasons. The 1971 two-part episode "Waste" features series star James Arness as Matt Dillon, who's on the trail of outlaw Bed Rodman (Jeremy Slate) in the rugged Utah Territory. Gunsmoke's Waste: Cast & Credits Jim Byrnes wrote the teleplay for "Waste," with Vincent McEveety in the director's chair. Regulars, guest stars and supporting players are: Marshal Matt Dillon (James Arness) Ben Rodman (Jeremy Slate) Amy Waters (Ellen Burstyn) Willie Hubbard (Johnny Whitaker) Preacher (David Sheiner) Oakley (Rex Holman) Speer (Ken Swofford) Lucas (Don Megowan) Jed Rascoe (Shug Fisher) Maggie Blaisedell (Ruth Roman) Silas Hubbard (George Chandler) Drunk (Don Keefer) 1st Prospector (Emory Parnell) 2nd Prospector (Lloyd Nelson) Victoria (Lieux Dressler) Shirley (Merry Anders) Lisa (Claire Brennan) Orphan Girl (Lee Pulford) Jeremy Slate (1926-2006) as he appeared in The Sons of Katie Elder (1965...

Gunsmoke's Yankton TV Episode: James Stacy & Forrest Tucker Guest Star

Gunsmoke (1955-75) blazed new horizons during its phenomenal 20-year run on television. The 1972 episode "Yankton" guest stars James Stacy as a saddle tramp who's determined to marry the daughter of wealthy rancher Will Donavan (Forrest Tucker). Gunsmoke's Yankton: Cast & Credits Jim Byrnes authored the teleplay for "Yankton," with Vincent McEveety directing the action. Regulars, guest stars and supporting players are: Kitty Russell (Amanda Blake)  Will Donavan (Forrest Tucker) Henrietta Donavan (Nancy Olson) Emma Donavan (Pamela Payton-Wright) Yankton (James Stacy) Lathrop (Woody Chambliss) Nathan Burke (Ted Jordan) Hank (Hank Patterson) Dressmaker (Margaret Bacon) Sam Noonan (Glenn Strange) Pete (Tom Sutton) Cowboy #1 (Bill Hart) Cowboy #2 (Bennie Dobbins) Man at Bar (Bert Madrid) James Stacy in Gunsmoke's "Yankton" - CBS-TV Yankton: Episode Synopsis Wandering saddle tramp Yankton tries to buy a poker pot at the Long Branch Saloon, throwing $600 into...

The 3 Huge Age Gaps Michelle Pfeiffer Had With Her On-Screen Partners: Robert Redford, Ashton Kutcher and Rupert Friend

I recently saw Up Close and Personal, a 1996 movie where Michelle Pfeiffer plays Tally, an ambitious reporter-to-be, who works hard and lands herself a gig at a TV station. She is at first just answering phones and taking notes and making coffee, but she manages to prove to her mentor, seasoned reporter Warren Justice (Robert Redford) that she is talented and hard-working enough to appear in front of the camera. The two form a very close relationship, but they don’t let things get romantic until it is time for her to move to another city for her promotion. From then on, they both do everything they can to be together and manage their careers at the same time. During the making of the movie, Robert Redford was 60-years-old and Michelle Pfeiffer was 38. The story was well-told, intense, romantic and heart-felt and they seemed like the perfect couple. The age difference wasn’t distracting. 13 years later, in 2009, Michelle Pfeiffer starred in the film Personal Effects, a...

Gunsmoke's The Lost TV Episode: Mercedes McCambridge & Royal Dano Guest Star

CBS-TV's Gunsmoke (1955-75) rode the rugged range for twenty seasons on the small screen. The 1971 episode "The Lost" showcases Amanda Blake as Kitty Russell, who encounters a wild girl in the Badlands following a stagecoach accident. Gunsmoke's The Lost: Cast & Credits Jack Miller wrote the teleplay for "The Lost" based on a story by Warren Vanders. Old Gunsmoke hand Robert Totten directed the action. Regulars, guest stars and supporting players are: Marshal Matt Dillon (James Arness) Kitty Russell (Amanda Blake) Festus Haggen (Ken Curtis) Newly O'Brian (Buck Taylor) Mrs. Mather (Mercedes McCambridge) Henry Mather (Royal Dano) Wild Child (Laurie Prange) Lamond Mather (Link Wyler) Valjean Mather (Charles Kuenstle) Mrs. Grayson (Dee Carroll) Abel Grayson (Jerry Brown) Mrs. Bess Roniger (Peggy Rea) Maria (Marie Mantley) Jon (Jon Jason Mantley) Elsie (Terri Lynn Wood) Mercedes McCambridge from the late 1940s - Columbia Pictures The Lost: Episode Synopsis Miss...

Don Knotts in The Ghost and Mr. Chicken (1966): Movie Trivia & Fun Facts

Universal Pictures' raucous comedy The Ghost and Mr. Chicken came to movie theaters in 1966. The incomparable bug-eyed Don Knotts stars as Luther Heggs, a wanna-be newspaper reporter who cracks a 20-year-old murder mystery at the old Simmons Mansion. Here are 21 The Ghost and Mr. Chicken movie trivia items and fun facts... 1. Budgeted at $750,000, The Ghost and Mr. Chicken bore the original working title Running Scared. Don Knotts as Luther Heggs in The Ghost and Mr. Chicken (1966) - Universal Pictures 2. James Fritzell and Everett Greenbaum, two veteran writers from The Andy Griffith Show (1960-68), penned the screenplay. Brought in by Don Knotts to help out with the script was an uncredited Andy Griffith. Alan Rafkin, also a fixture on The Andy Griffith Show, directed the movie. Vic Mizzy, of TV's The Addams Family fame, provided the spooky music. 3. The Ghost and Mr. Chicken marked Don Knotts’ first feature film since leaving The Andy Griffith Show. K...

Ten Best Dennis Hopper Movie and Television Roles

Dennis Hopper has been on the Hollywood scene since the mid-1950s. Born Dennis Lee Hopper in Dodge City, Kansas, on May 17, 1936, Hopper made his motion picture debut in Johnny Guitar (1954). His dramatic television debut came on January 3, 1955, when he appeared as Robert on an episode of Medic titled "Boy in the Storm." Here are ten memorable Dennis Hopper movie and television roles that no serious fan should ever miss. Dennis Hopper rides again, man! MOTION PICTURES Hoosiers (1986) Dennis Hopper plays Wilbur "Shooter" Flatch, the alcoholic father whom Norman Dale (Gene Hackman) takes on as his assistant basketball coach at small-town Hickory High School in hoops-mad Indiana. Tiny Hickory proves to be a giant killer, eventually winning the state basketball championship in 1952. It's the perfect role for Hopper as the hard-drinking yet knowledgeable super fan who helps guide Coach Dale and his boys to the ultimate high school hoops prize. Hopper ...

Spin City TV Show Guest Stars Trivia: Amanda Peet, Gabriel Macht, Paula Marshall & Tracy Pollan

image via: tvshowsondvd.com Spin City is a comedy series (1996-2002) about the New York deputy mayor Mike Flaherty (Michael J. Fox), his staff and the mayor (Barry Bostwick). Michael J. Fox starred in the first 4 seasons and produced the show until he had to leave. - Amanda Peet - as Mike (Michael J. Fox)’s old high school flame Amanda Peet image via itusozluk.com Amanda Peet guest-starred in the episode Snowbound as Shelly, an ex-flame of Michael’s. Because she hit 30, she was following her to-do list. They both had a crush on each other in high school but didn’t have a chance to act up on it. She had a great one night stand planned but the snow messed with their plans. The same episode also featured Gabriel Macht. Amanda Peet is best known for her movies Touch Me co-starring Michael Vartan, A Lot Like Love co-starring Ashton Kutcher and Something’s Got to Give starring Jack Nicholson, Diane Keaton, Keanu Reeves and Frances McDormand. She also starred i...

Gunsmoke's Phoenix TV Episode: Glenn Corbett & Mariette Hartley Guest Star

CBS-TV's Gunsmoke (1955-75) is the big kahuna among TV westerns. The 1971 episode "Phoenix" guest stars Glenn Corbett as an ex-convict who's contracted to kill a former lawman (Gene Evans). Gunsmoke's Phoenix: Cast & Credits Anthony Lawrence penned the teleplay for "Phoenix," with Paul Stanley directing. Regulars, guest stars and supporting players are: Marshal Matt Dillon (James Arness) Festus Haggen (Ken Curtis) Newly O'Brian (Buck Taylor) Phoenix (Glenn Corbett) Kate Hume (Mariette Hartley) Jess Hume (Gene Evans) John Sontag (Ramon Bieri) Frake (Frank Corsentino) Nathan Burke (Ted Jordan) Man in Bar (Bert Madrid) Phoenix: Episode Synopsis At Fort Leavenworth, John Sontag has just been recaptured after a failed prison break. He offers another convict named Phoenix $2,000 in hidden double eagle gold coins to kill an ex-lawman named Jess Hume. At first, Phoenix turns down the offer, but then reconsiders after thinking about the money and the fresh start it co...

The Unlucky Vampire Diaries Characters: Ian Somerhalder's Damon, Nina Dobrev's Katherine & Steven R. McQueen's Jeremy

This article lists the unfortunate events that happened to The Vampire Diaries characters Jeremy Gilbert, Damon Salvatore and Katherine. This is a sequel to the article The Unlucky Vampire Diaries Characters Feat. Nina Dobrev's Elena Gilbert & Paul Wesley's Stefan Salvatore. Katherine (played by Nina Dobrev): image via fanpop.com - When Katherine was a young woman centuries ago, she had the misfortune of having a baby out of wedlock in Bulgaria. - Her father didn’t even let her hold her baby and because it was considered morally unacceptable, she was expelled from her home and family. - She started a life in England, but there she became the prey for one of the original vampires who wanted to sacrifice her. - She ran but realized that the vampire was only interested in a human sacrifice so she found a way to become a vampire. - However her family was killed as a payback to her behavior. After that, Katherine ran away from her past and lived as a “selfish, ma...

The Big Valley's Last Train to the Fair Episode: Richard Anderson & Karl Swenson Guest Star

ABC-TV's The Big Valley roamed the Wild West from 1965 to 1969. Richard Anderson guest stars as Dr. Travers, a former outlaw and now a practicing physician who is forced to operate on an ill Audra Barkley during a train ride to the California State Fair. The Big Valley's Last Train to the Fair: Cast & Credits Paul Savage penned the teleplay for "Last Train to the Fair," with Virgil W. Vogel directing the action. Regulars, guest stars and supporting players are:  Jarrod Barkley (Richard Long) Nick Barkley (Peter Breck) Heath Barkley (Lee Majors) Audra Barkley (Linda Evans) Dr. Travers a.k.a. Lucien Kelleher (Richard Anderson) Aaron Moyers (Karl Swenson) Andy Moyers (Tim McIntire) Charlie Wellman (James McCallion) Silas (Napoleon Whiting) Cora Wellman (Nora Marlowe) Ab Stullman (Hal Lynch) Grace Stullman (Betty Harford) Deakes (Ken Mayer) Mel (Chuck Bail) Ford (Charles Horvath) Richard Anderson tends to Linda Evans in "Last Train to the Fair." Observing a...

Steve McQueen's The Cincinnati Kid (1965): Movie Trivia & Fun Facts

MGM's The Cincinnati Kid came to movie theaters in 1965. Steve McQueen has the title role, playing a young gambler in Depression-era New Orleans who aspires to be the number one stud poker player in the land. Here are 21 The Cincinnati Kid movie trivia items and fun facts... 1. The Cincinnati Kid is based on the 1963 novel of the same name by Richard Jessup (1925-1982), published by Little, Brown & Co. "The Cincinnati Kid is a skinny 26-year-old rambling-gambling man, known along the 3-river (Missouri, Ohio, and Mississippi) professional gambling circuit as a real comer. He wants to sit down with Lancey Hodges, the best stud poker player on the circuit, for, should he take Hodges, the Kid will become 'The Man,' number one player..." reported Library Journal (12/1/63). Steve McQueen as Eric Stoner in The Cincinnati Kid (1965) - MGM 2. Numbering a slim 154 pages, The Cincinnati Kid was originally priced at $3.95. 3. Producer Martin Ransohoff purchased the mo...

The Rifleman's Death Never Rides Alone Episode: Lee Van Cleef & Rex Holman Guest Star

ABC-TV's The Rifleman (1958-63) produced 168 memorable episodes. The 1962 segment "Death Never Rides Alone" guest stars Lee Van Cleef as Johnny Drako, a notorious gunfighter who plans to settle down in North Fork in order to live down his reputation. The Rifleman's Death Never Rides Alone: Cast & Credits David P. Harmon wrote the teleplay for "Death Never Rides Alone," with Joseph H. Lewis directing. Regulars, guest stars and supporting players are: Lucas McCain (Chuck Connors) Mark McCain (Johnny Crawford) Marshal Micah Torrance (Paul Fix) Lou Mallory (Patricia Blair) Johnny Drako (Lee Van Cleef) Billie Graves (Rex Holman) Nils Swenson (Joe Higgins) Sweeney (Bill Quinn) Mac Jones (Mel Carter) Red Evans (John Rayborn) Barfly (Tom Kennedy) Barfly (Buddy Roosevelt) L-r: Lee Van Cleef, Chuck Connors and Paul Fix in "Death Never Rides Alone" - ABC-TV Death Never Rides Alone: Episode Synopsis Gunfighter Johnny Drako comes to North Fork, New Mexico Territory, immed...

Gunsmoke's No Tomorrow TV Episode: Sam Groom & Pamela McMyler Guest Star

CBS-TV's Gunsmoke (1955-75) blazed new trails in television history. The 1972 episode "No Tomorrow" guest stars Sam Groom as Benjamin Justin, a young man wrongly convicted of horse stealing who is sentenced to life in prison. Gunsmoke's No Tomorrow: Cast & Credits Richard Fielder penned the teleplay for "No Tomorrow," with Irving J. Moore in the director's chair. Regulars, guest stars and supporting players are: Marshal Matt Dillon (James Arness) Doc Adams (Milburn Stone) Kitty Russell (Amanda Blake) Festus Haggen (Ken Curtis) Ben Justin (Sam Groom) Elizabeth Justin (Pamela McMyler) Morris Cragin (H.M. Wynant) Garth Brantley (Steve Brodie) J. Luther Gross (Henry Jones) Old Luke (Richard Hale) Judge Brooker (Herb Vigran) Eli Bruder (Liam Dunn) Warden (Robert Nichols) Rider (Joe Haworth) Hargis (Leo Gordon) Sam Noonan (Glenn Strange) Nathan Burke (Ted Jordan) Kyle Brantley (Dan Flynn) Bailiff (Alan Fudge) Courtroom Spectator (Bert Madrid) Sam Groom as Jer...

The Rockford Files Super TV Trivia

NBC-TV's The Rockford Files ran from 1974-80. James Garner headed the cast as private eye James Scott Rockford, with Noah Beery Jr. (Joseph "Rocky" Rockford), Joe Santos (Sgt./Lt. Dennis Becker), Gretchen Corbett (Beth Davenport), Stuart Margolin (Evelyn "Angel" Martin) and Bo Hopkins (John Cooper) in support through the years. Here are 25 super TV trivia items from The Rockford Files. "This is Jim Rockford. At the tone leave your name and message. I'll get back to you." [Beep]. "Mr. Rockford, Miss Miller of the Bartlett Book Club. 'Great Detectives of America' is not in stock, so we sent you 'Cooking Made Easy.' Hope you enjoy it!" 1. Jim Rockford drove a tan Pontiac Firebird with California license plates 853 OKG. His usual fee, when he was able to collect it: $200 a day plus expenses.     James Garner as James Scott Rockford - NBC-TV 2. Beth Davenport was Rockford's attorney and sometime girlf...

Gunsmoke's McCabe TV Episode: Dan Kemp, Jim Davis & Mitch Vogel Guest Star

CBS-TV's Gunsmoke (1955-75) spanned three decades on the small screen. The 1970 episode "McCabe" stars Dan Kemp as John McCabe, an outlaw gunslinger who returns home to see his terminally ill wife and resentful young son before he's sent away to prison. Gunsmoke's McCabe: Cast & Credits  The prolific Jim Byrnes penned the teleplay for "McCabe," with Bernard McEveety directing the action. Regulars, guest stars and supporting players are: Marshal Matt Dillon (James Arness) John McCabe (Dan Kemp) Sheriff Shackwood (Jim Davis) Clay White (David Brian) Dobie (Mitch Vogel) Judge Clairborne (Jon Lormer) J.W. Hicks (Robert Sorrells) Kipp (Mills Watson) Weaver (Lew Brown) Ami (Tani Phelps a.k.a. Tani Guthrie) Abigail Hartly (Marie Cheatham) Train Conductor (Trevor Bardette) Lennie (Tom Sutton) Bartender (Pete Kellett) Jim Davis as he appeared in the 1950s - Republic Pictures McCabe: Episode Synopsis At Silver Creek Matt Dillon boards the train, looking for outl...

Once Upon a Time TV Series Cast and Guest Stars Trivia

Ginnifer Goodwin image via images3.wikia.nocookie.net Casting for TV shows usually goes two ways: casting people either choose newer, fresher actors to introduce to the audience, or they pick actor who have already gained familiarity (if not fame) with the earlier projects in their career. For instance, Bones’ FBI Agent Booth David Boreanaz was relatively unknown prior to being cast as Angel in Buffy the Vampire Slayer. However his vampire character gained such a fan base that Buffy’s makers created a spin-off show – Angel- just for him after he co-starred in Buffy. Bones pretty much started right after Angel went off air after a successful 5-season run. When Kiefer Sutherland starred in 24, he had already established his reputation as a great actor, whether he played the lead or the supporting role. He was however primarily a film actor. Audiences were especially familiar with Once Upon a Time’s 3 actors: Ginnifer Goodwin (who plays Mary  Margaret/Sn...

Gunsmoke's Luke Episode: Morgan Woodward & Katherine Justice Guest Star

CBS-TV's Gunsmoke rode herd on TV westerns, running from 1955 to 1975. The 1970 episode "Luke" features Morgan Woodward, Katherine Justice and Anthony Costello in a story of a badly wounded outlaw who wants to meet with his long-lost daughter for the final time. Gunsmoke's Luke: Cast & Credits Jack Miller wrote "Luke" for the small screen, with old Gunsmoke hand Bernard McEveety directing. Regulars, guest stars and supporting players are: Marshal Matt Dillon (James Arness) Doc Adams (Milburn Stone) Festus Haggen (Ken Curtis) Newly O'Brian (Buck Taylor) Luke Dangerfield (Morgan Woodward) Doris Prebble a.k.a. Kathy Allen (Katherine Justice) Austin Keep (Anthony Costello) Moses Reedy (Rex Holman) Sam Noonan (Glenn Strange) Howie (Howard Culver) Bull (Victor Izay) Morgan Woodward as Boss "No Eyes" Godfrey in Cool Hand Luke (1967) - Warner Brothers/Seven Arts Luke: Episode Synopsis While passing through Kansas outlaw Luke Dangerfield and his young partner Austin Ke...

Ten Best The Andy Griffith Show TV Characters

The Andy Griffith Show, which ran on CBS from 1960-68, is one of television's iconic sitcoms. Created by Sheldon Leonard, the series generated 249 half-hour episodes and two spinoff shows, Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. (1964-69) and Mayberry, R.F.D. (1968-71). Interestingly, The Andy Griffith Show was a spinoff itself, with the episode "Danny Meets Andy Griffith" airing on February 15, 1960, via The Danny Thomas Show. Here are ten memorable The Andy Griffith Show characters and the actors who portrayed them on the small screen. Gas up the old Ford Galaxy squad car, grab some of Aunt Bee's fried chicken and return with us now to Mayberry... Don Knotts as Deputy Barney Fife Don Knotts (1924-2006) appeared in 141 episodes as "fearless" Deputy Barney Fife, Sheriff Andy Taylor's cousin, best friend and right-hand man on the Mayberry police force. Knotts, who won five Emmy Awards for his role as Barney (1961, 1962, 1963, 1966, 1967), was a riot as the thin, wiry Mayberry peace offic...

Ten Best Hollywood Juvenile Delinquency Movies

Youth gone bad is a familiar theme in Hollywood. Here are ten classic juvenile delinquency movies that are sure to please film fans of the genre. Crazy, mixed-up kids! Please pass the popcorn, brass knuckles and switchblades? Rebel Without a Cause (Warner Bros., 1955) The big daddy among juvenile delinquency films, Rebel Without a Cause stars the incomparable James Dean as Jim Stark, with Natalie Wood, Sal Mineo, Corey Allen, Dennis Hopper and Nick Adams also portraying troubled youth. There's plenty of teenage angst and juvie action in this one, including underage drinking, gangs, tire-slashing, a knife fight pitting James Dean vs. Corey Allen, the infamous "chickie run" involving two cars careening toward a cliff and a police standoff at Griffith Park Observatory. Rebel Without a Cause roared into movie theaters on October 27, 1955. James Dean, however, was not at the premiere, having been killed in a car crash some four weeks earlier on September 30, 1955....

Gunsmoke's Drago TV Episode: Buddy Ebsen & Ben Johnson Guest Star

CBS-TV's Gunsmoke (1955-75) ranged far and wide on the small screen. The 1971 episode "Drago" guest stars Buddy Ebsen in the title role, a legendary mountain man who tracks down the Hannon gang after they killed a woman and injured a young boy. Gunsmoke's Drago: Cast & Credits Jim Byrnes wrote the teleplay for "Drago," with Paul Stanley directing the action. Regulars, guest stars and supporting players are: Marshal Matt Dillon (James Arness) Newly O'Brian (Buck Taylor) Dr. Chapman (Pat Hingle) Drago (Buddy Ebsen) Hannon (Ben Johnson) Trask (Edward Faulkner) Flagg (Del Monroe) Gillis (Rick Gates) Clara (Tani Phelps Guthrie) Sheepherder (Jim Skaggs) Larry (Larry Randles) Ruben (Mitchell Silberman) Buddy Ebsen (1908-2003) - biography.com Drago: Episode Synopsis The notorious Hannon gang is on the loose, having burned a town to the ground and now hightailing it to The Nations. They come to a farm looking for fresh horses where they are met by a rifle-toting Clara...

Best Villains from the Crime Drama/Thriller Series: The Closer Starring Kyra Sedgwick

This article is a sequel to Best Villains from 2 Crime Drama/Thriller Series: Simon Baker's The Mentalist and Nathan Fillion's Castle. The villains selected are from the TV series The Closer starring Kyra Sedgwick, J.K. Simmons, Tony Denison, Corey Reynolds, Michael Paul Chan and Robert Gossett and Jon Tenney.   Please be aware that there will be major plot spoilers included. The Closer – Episode: The Power of Attorney - The lawyer played by Billy Burke – Season 4, Episode 13 When a man is caught at the scene of a rape-murder, he immediately calls his lawyer (Billy Burke, Bella’s father from Twilight series). The guy is in serious trouble because the crime scene fits a number of other rapes that happened in the area. He has also been charged with sexual molestation of minors twice but was let go due to lack of evidence. It was this lawyer that represented at both times and he is certain his client won’t be able to be convicted as the evidence isn&rsquo...

Hollywood's Best Viking Movies

The Vikings played an important role in world history. Love 'em or hate 'em, the Norsemen continue to fascinate today. Here are five Viking movies that no rowdy, axe-wielding wannabe Norse film fan should ever miss. On to Valhalla! The Vikings (United Artists, 1958) Kirk Douglas as Einar heads the cast of this thrilling saga that easily claims the top spot among Norse movies. The Vikings has it all: drunken beer blasts, raids on the English coast, a kidnapped Welsh princess, rad Norse mythology, ritualistic dancing on the oars, a sibling rivalry between two half-brothers, a climactic sword battle to the death and a fiery Viking funeral. Tony Curtis plays Einar's half-brother Eric, with Ernest Borgnine as a robust Ragnar, Janet Leigh as beautiful Morgana and James Donald as the English king Egbert. When that big Norse horn wails at the beginning of the picture and those magnificent Viking long ships appear in the harbor, every Vik...