Archive for January, 2014

Double Dribble: The Story of “The White Shadow” (Part 5 of 5)

Friday, January 10th, 2014

The White Shadow revealed Ken Reeves’ back story in the two-part Season 3 premiere episode Reunion.  Reeves’ Bayside High School Class of 1960 holds its 20-year reunion, furnishing the trigger for Reeves’ return to old friends, lost loves, and family in Queens, New York.  Buchanon’s promotion to Principal upon Willis’ move to Superintendent of Schools in Oakland adds to Reeves’ stress before his trip starts.

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Double Dribble: The Story of “The White Shadow” (Part 4 of 5)

Thursday, January 9th, 2014

The White Shadow benefited from a large cast.  Frequently, an episode focused on one player’s problems.  Always, Coach Reeves got involved.

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Double Dribble: The Story of “The White Shadow” (Part 3 of 5)

Wednesday, January 8th, 2014

The White Shadow depicted issues concerning Coach Reeves and his players without being preachy, moralistic, or condescending to the audience.

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Double Dribble: The Story of “The White Shadow” (Part 2 of 5)

Tuesday, January 7th, 2014

When Ken Reeves arrives at George Washington Carver High School, he is about as welcome as a cat at a mouse convention.  The basketball team doesn’t like him.  The Vice Principal doesn’t like him.  And Reeves doesn’t know how to gain the trust of either.

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Double Dribble: The Story of “The White Shadow” (Part 1 of 5)

Monday, January 6th, 2014

Welcome Back, Kotter meets the fish-out-of-water theme.  That’s The White Shadow.

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First Thing We Do, Let’s Film All the Lawyers (Part 2 of 2)

Friday, January 3rd, 2014

Based on the eponymous play, Inherit the Wind showcases the Scopes Monkey Trial.  This 1960 film stars Spencer Tracy and Fredric March as the fictional counterparts to Clarence Darrow and William Jennings Bryan, respectively.

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First Thing We Do, Let’s Film All the Lawyers (Part 1 of 2)

Thursday, January 2nd, 2014

Lawyers are prominent in films, representing every strata of society from rape victims to Santa Claus.  They are the bastions of justice, their cinematic appearances reinforcing their prevention of order descending into chaos.

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1970s Cartoons and Tunes

Wednesday, January 1st, 2014

A common thread runs through Saturday morning cartoons of the 1970s.

Music.

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