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The Alternate TV Title Game (Volume 2)

Classic Film & TV Cafe Posted by Rick29 on Dec 6, 2018

Here are the rules: We will provide an "alternate title" for a classic TV series and ask you to name the actual show. Most of these are pretty easy. Keep in mind that they're older series (e.g. classic television). Please answer no more than three questions per day so others can play. Good luck read more

The Five Best Philo Vance Movies

Classic Film & TV Cafe Posted by Rick29 on Dec 3, 2018

Having been a Philo Vance aficionado since my teenage years, I can attest that no actor has captured the uppity, intellectual sleuth. Willard Huntington Wright, writing under the pseudonym S.S. Van Dine, penned twelve Vance novels between 1926 and 1939. The first four are excellent mysteries that mi read more

Two Disney Rareties: Rob Roy and Emil

Classic Film & TV Cafe Posted by Rick29 on Nov 29, 2018

Richard Todd as Rob Roy. Richard Todd made three British-filmed historical adventures for Walt Disney in the 1950s: The Story of Robin Hood and His Merrie Men (!952); The Sword and the Rose (1953); and Rob Roy: The Highland Rogue (1953). James Robertson Justice co-starred in all three and Glyn read more

The Five Best Monty Python Skits

Classic Film & TV Cafe Posted by Rick29 on Nov 26, 2018

The members of Monty Python. Everyone has their favorite Monthy Python skits, so compiling a "five best" is an impossible task. That said, I think we've come up with five pretty funny, laugh-out-loud classics. Our only rule was that we limited our picks to skits that appeared on the TV series  read more

Fred MacMurray and Jane Wyman Say Bon Voyage!

Classic Film & TV Cafe Posted by Rick29 on Nov 22, 2018

Fred MacMurray playing another Dad. Fred MacMurray made seven films for Walt Disney Productions, starting with The Shaggy Dog (1959) and ending with Charley and the Angel (1973). There were big hits (The Absent-Minded Professor) and big flops (The Happiest Millionaire). One of Fred’s least su read more

Stirling Silliphant--The Poet Laureate of 1960s Television

Classic Film & TV Cafe Posted by Rick29 on Nov 18, 2018

Stirling Silliphant and his wife Tiana Alexandre. For years, I knew producer-writer Stirling Silliphant as the guy that wrote In the Heat of the Night (a favorite) and The Poseidon Adventure (a guilty pleasure). I had also read where he and James Coburn were good friends with Bruce Lee. That was pr read more

We Apologize for the Inconvenience!

Classic Film & TV Cafe Posted by Rick29 on Nov 16, 2018

Blogger, the software currently used for the Cafe, is experiencing some technical difficulties. As a result, you may be unable to leave comments under your Blogger account name--or you may be unable to leave comments at all. One workaround may be be to post your comments anonymously. That seems to read more

Movie-TV Connection Game (November 2018)

Classic Film & TV Cafe Posted by Rick29 on Nov 15, 2018

Richard Anderson and Nancy Walker. With Thanksgiving this month, we give thanks for having the smartest classic movie and TV buffs play this game every month. We're constantly surprised by the additional answers to the connections  identified by the Cafe's staff. For those of you playing this read more

Sean Connery Stages the Great Train Robbery

Classic Film & TV Cafe Posted by Rick29 on Nov 12, 2018

Sean Connery as Edward Pierce. In addition to writing bestselling novels like Jurassic Park and The Andromeda Strain, Michael Crichton also found time to moonlight as a film director. One of his most successful efforts was The Great Train Robbery (1978), based on his own popular novel--which w read more

Fairs, Carnivals, and Amusement Parks in Classic Movies

Classic Film & TV Cafe Posted by Rick29 on Nov 8, 2018

Judy Garland in Meet Me in St. Louis. Fairs on film have evoked a nostalgic atmosphere of Americana, as typified by the three film versions of State Fair.  Will Rogers starred in the original 1933 film about a family’s adventures at the Iowa State Fair, but the 1945 version, boasting Rod read more

Classic Movies on Amazon Prime in November 2018

Classic Film & TV Cafe Posted by Rick29 on Nov 5, 2018

Aubrey Hepburn has breakfast. It's been a couple of months since we last explored what Amazon Prime had to offer in the way of classic movies. Its current line-up includes a nice mix of popular fare, a rare Stanley Kubrick movie, a quartet of first-rate Westerns, and some cult classics. If you gra read more

The Phantoms of the Opera

Classic Film & TV Cafe Posted by Rick29 on Oct 31, 2018

Claude Rains as the Phantom. Just eleven years after Lon Chaney thrilled audiences in The Phantom of the Opera (1925), Universal was planning a remake. However, it wasn’t until 1941 that the production got the green light for a Technicolor extravaganza. Studio executives wanted Deanna Durbin read more

Children of the Damned

Classic Film & TV Cafe Posted by Rick29 on Oct 29, 2018

Clive Powell as Paul. Children of the Damned (1964) is not a sequel to the 1960 science fiction classic Village of the Damned, but rather a rethinking. That's a good thing for the most part, as I'm not sure where a sequel could have gone. The second film takes the original's themes and extrapo read more

Movie-TV Connection Game (October 2018)

Classic Film & TV Cafe Posted by Rick29 on Oct 25, 2018

What do these actors have in common? As you enjoy the brisk days of October, you can still pull out your phone or tablet and play the Cafe's most popular game. As always, you will be given a pair or trio of films or performers. Your task is to find the common connection. It could be anything--two s read more

What's My Line?

Classic Film & TV Cafe Posted by Rick29 on Oct 22, 2018

One of the summer's most pleasant--and surprising--viewing experiences was the 1955 season of the long-running CBS quiz show What's My Line? My wife and I discovered this classic TV series on Amazon Prime and we were hooked after the third episode. The premise is simple: Four panelists try to read more

George C. Scott Unravels the Mystery of "The Changeling"

Classic Film & TV Cafe Posted by Rick29 on Oct 18, 2018

George C. Scott as John Russell. When we recently asked our Twitter followers to name their favorite scary movie, several responded with an unexpected choice: The Changeling (1980). Since October evenings are a fine time for ghost stories, we took an opportunity to watch this atmospheric tale about read more

Seven Things to Know About Neil Simon

Classic Film & TV Cafe Posted by Rick29 on Oct 14, 2018

1. In a 1979 interview in Playboy, Neil Simon noted: "There are two million interesting people in New York and only seventy-eight in Los Angeles." 2. Simon and Stephen Sondheim once considered collaborating on a musical version of The Front Page. Simon wrote in his memoir The Play Goes On: "The one read more

Blacula Is "One Strange Dude"

Classic Film & TV Cafe Posted by Rick29 on Oct 11, 2018

William Marshall as Blacula. Based on Count Dracula's reputation alone, I question the rationale in seeking his support to abolish slavery. But that's what Prince Mamuwadle and his wife Luva attempt in the prologue of 1972's Blacula. Not surprisingly, the Count comments that "slavery has merit" and read more

The Hardy Boys, Disney, and Pieces of Eight

Classic Film & TV Cafe Posted by Rick29 on Oct 8, 2018

Tommy Kirk and Tim Considine. I was probably too old to fully appreciate The Mickey Mouse Club by the time it was syndicated in my home town. Honestly, I don't think the Mouseketeers' musical numbers would have appealed to me at any age. And, in regard to the cartoons, I'm a Warner Bros. kind of gu read more

Our YouTube Channel Reaches a Milestone

Classic Film & TV Cafe Posted by Rick29 on Oct 4, 2018

This past week, we uploaded the 100th video to our YouTube channel, which was established in October 2014. Today, we have over 2,600 subscribers (thank you!) and our videos have been viewed over 1.4 million times. (By the way, click on the titles to view any of the videos mentioned below.) Ava Ga read more
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