Archive for March, 2013

“M*A*S*H” Is Anti-War But Not Antiseptic

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

On September 17, 1972, CBS introduced television viewers to M*A*S*H, a half-hour comedy filmed with a laugh track and set in an Army hospital situated approximately three miles from the front lines of the Korean War.  The M*A*S*H acronym stands for Mobile Army Surgical Hospital.

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“Kid Power”

Friday, March 15th, 2013

Kid Power aired on ABC during the 1972-73 television season — it was another product of the Rankin-Bass animation machine that relied heavily on transforming the creations of others.  Based on Morrie Turner’s Wee Kids comic strip, Kid Power centered on a group of kids and its organization — Rainbow Club.

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“The Wizard of Oz,” “Pinocchio,” and Rankin-Bass

Wednesday, March 13th, 2013

Arthur Rankin Jr. and Jules Bass created animation legacies.

A Canadian studio, Rankin-Bass entered the American market in 1961 with versions of two classic stories in first-run syndication.

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“King Kong” and “Tom of T.H.U.M.B.”

Tuesday, March 12th, 2013

King Kong is a New York City film icon.  He climbed to the top of the Empire State Building in the 1933 and 2005 King Kong films.  In 1976, he climbed to the top of the World Trade Center.

But the 1966-67 Saturday morning cartoon series King Kong depicted the title character as domesticated with a family in the jungle.

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Mad Comedians and Mad Monsters

Monday, March 11th, 2013

Baby boomers and Generation Xers most likely recall Rankin-Bass as the studio responsible for the stop-motion animation television specials Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town.

Rankin-Bass also produced two specials that were quite mad.  Literally.

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Lionel Trains: On the Right Track

Saturday, March 9th, 2013

Mandy Patinkin shared his passion for Lionel Trains on an episode of Chicago Hope.  As Dr. Jeffrey Geiger, Patinkin brought his hobby to millions of viewers.

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Nancy Sinatra’s Comeback

Friday, March 8th, 2013

In 1995, Nancy Sinatra made a comeback culminating in the cover and a photo spread for the May issue of Playboy.  She also toured for the first time in more than two decades, made a new album, and re-released vintage tunes.

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Nancy Sinatra and Elvis Presley

Thursday, March 7th, 2013

When Nancy Sinatra co-starred with Elvis Presley in the 1968 film Speedway, she fulfilled a prophecy of sorts that began about eight years prior. (more…)

Nancy Sinatra, Jack Benny, and the Mod Generation

Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

Jack Benny was an icon of 20th century comedy.  With an eponymous radio show and television show, he dominated comedy from the 1930s through the 1970s.

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“Movin’ With Nancy” (Sinatra)

Monday, March 4th, 2013

1967 was quite a year for Nancy Sinatra, the daughter of the Chairman of the Board.  She starred in a prime time television special and achieved #1 song status.  Sponsored by Royal Crown Cola, Movin’ With Nancy aired on NBC on December 11, 1967.

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