Archive for April, 2013

Origins: “The Dick Van Dyke Show”

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

Carl Reiner created The Dick Van Dyke Show as a parallel to his own life as a television comedy writer.  Indeed, Reiner initially played the main character, Robert Petrie, in a failed television pilot.

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Origins: “Happy Days”

Monday, April 29th, 2013

A logical nexus can be drawn between the 1973 film American Graffiti and the television show Happy Days, ABC’s prime time juggernaut that debuted in 1974.  Drive-In hamburger stand.  Rock and Roll.  Teenagers.  Ron Howard.

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1960s Sex Symbols: Catwoman Is Purrrfect

Friday, April 26th, 2013

Julie Newmar’s sex appeal as Catwoman on the 1960s television show Batman stemmed not only from a statuesque figure, a skin-tight outfit, and a beautiful visage.  Newmar’s self-assuredness was a powerful force, too.

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1960s Sex Symbols: Ginger or Mary Ann?

Thursday, April 25th, 2013

Ginger or Mary Ann?  It’s a question that’s puzzled baby boomers and Generation Xers that watched Gilligan’s Island, a show that lasted three years on CBS (1964-67) and enjoyed a thriving life in reruns in the 1970s and 1980s.

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1960s Sex Symbols: Spy Girls

Wednesday, April 24th, 2013

The success of the James Bond franchise during the Cold War inspired several imitators.  Like any trend, the spy genre invited parody.  In the 1960s, especially.

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1960s Sex Symbols: Private Eyes

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

Honey West only lasted the 1965-66 season on ABC, but it proved that a sexy, sassy, smart woman can be just as good a private detective as the guys from 77 Sunset Strip, Surfside Six, or Bourbon Street Beat.

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1960s Sex Symbols: Witch or Genie?

Monday, April 22nd, 2013

Who would you rather have as your other half in romance, marriage, and domesticity?  A witch or a genie?

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Hollywood and the Homefront

Saturday, April 20th, 2013

Warner Brothers churned out animation during World War II like an assembly line.  Its animated short films injected optimism into the American spirit.

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Mr. Robinson and Mr. Rickey

Tuesday, April 9th, 2013

42:  The Jackie Robinson Story opens in theatres on Friday, April 12th.  The date is appropriate — nearly 66 years to the day when Jackie Robinson made his official debut in Major League Baseball on April 15, 1947.  He played, of course, for the Brooklyn Dodgers.  Baseball has never been the same since.  Thankfully.

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Tarzan Takeoffs in Comic Books

Sunday, April 7th, 2013

Tarzan takeoffs conquered comic books.  Naturally.  When something is worth parodying or paralleling, it’s worth parodying or paralleling as much as possible.  The comic book arena provided another platform for creators to capitalize on Tarzan’s popularity.

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