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A Very Merry “Cannonball Christmas” on #MeTV

How Sweet It Was Posted by Aurora on Nov 27, 2015

MeTV is unwrapping a Holiday Season’s worth of Classic TV Christmas favorites and the Classic TV Blog Association is hosting a Very Merry MeTV Blogathon to celebrate! My entry to the blogathon is dedicated to a charmer, if I do say so myself, the Christmas episode from the first season of read more

The Story of Dick Van Dyke and the Ottoman

How Sweet It Was Posted by Aurora on Sep 21, 2015

Dedicated to physical comedy is the See You in the ‘Fall’ Blogathon hosted by Movie Movie Blog Blog.  During the event’s four-day run you’ll find descriptions of scenes and comedians that defy the laws of physics.  For the first of my two entries I chose an iconic Television read more


How Sweet It Was Posted by Aurora on May 27, 2015

According to “Superman on Earth” the premiere episode of The Adventures of Superman Television series it was on the 10th day of April that a small craft crashed onto the Earth in Smallville, Kansas.   The craft had a baby inside, the sole survivor of a race of supermen who was (miraculo read more

Goodbye Mad Men

How Sweet It Was Posted by Aurora on May 19, 2015

Originally posted on Outspoken and Freckled: Social media and water coolers alike have been a buzz since the series final episode of “MAD MEN” aired. Some have wondered just why the series became such an intensely popular phenomenon. Was it the nostalgia and quirky fun of Janie Bryant’s wardrobes read more

Have a Happy Easter with #OTR

How Sweet It Was Posted by Aurora on Apr 4, 2015

Happy Easter to one and all! The night is over, the sun is tall. The day did break with a tiny beam And flooded life with Light supreme. ― Paul F. Kortepeter, Holly Pond Hill: A Child’s Book of Easter ◊ From March 24, 1951 an Easter episode of ‘My Favorite Husband’ starring Lucil read more

Star Trek: Let That Be Your Last Battlefield

How Sweet It Was Posted by Aurora on Apr 1, 2015

When I read that A Shroud of Thoughts was hosting the Favorite TV Episode Blogathon I had but one choice, an episode from Star Trek’s third season directed by Jud Taylor titled “Let That Be Your Last Battlefield.”  Based on a controversial story, “Portrait in Black and White read more

Enter #COLUMBO to the Classic TV Detectives Blogathon

How Sweet It Was Posted by Aurora on Feb 25, 2015

If I was to consider making a list of great moments in the annals of Television I would argue for one specific moment, a moment repeated numerous times over the course of a decade (give or take), a moment that cannot be equaled.  That moment follows a strict formula – a murder has been commit read more

Halloween Variety on Old-Time Radio

How Sweet It Was Posted by Aurora on Oct 21, 2014

As you plan your Halloween, fill candy bags and/or answer the door for ghouls and goblins listen to these entertaining Old-time radio Halloween episodes – a respite from the horror!  Enjoy. ◊ ◊ ◊ This episode aired on 10/31/44, but it has little to do with Halloween.  Instead, George read more

In Praise of Vintage: 10 Classic TV Shows + Where to Watch Them

How Sweet It Was Posted by Aurora on Jul 30, 2014

Aurora: A must read – get your classic TV on! Originally posted on cinematically insane: “I can’t stand old movies,” my Uncle Tommy once said to me. “Any time I see a guy wearing a hat, I change the channel.” Despite his dismissal of a filmmaking era I love, and have since childhood, read more

4th of July All-star #OTR salutes

How Sweet It Was Posted by Aurora on Jul 4, 2014

George Gershwin ♦ From July 4th 1934 an episode of “Calling All Cars” ♦ The Chase & Sanborn Hour celebrating the 4th of July 1937 with a fantastic array of guest stars – ZaSu Pitts, Dorothy Lamour, Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy, Hoagy Carmichael, Don Ameche and more! read more

“Father Knows Best” OTR Double Feature

How Sweet It Was Posted by Aurora on Jun 15, 2014

Most are familiar with “Father Knows Best” as it appeared on television starting in 1962, but a relative few know that the program originated as a radio series in 1949 on NBC Radio. Like its television counterpart, the radio version of “Father Knows Best” portrays an ideal read more

‘The Rifleman’ on Summer of #MeTV

How Sweet It Was Posted by Lucas McCain: “ on Jun 5, 2014

I don’t quite remember how or when I first came across The Rifleman as I wasn’t yet a planned entity when it originally aired.  I did see it during my childhood, however, and vividly remember being charmed by the unique Western with heart at its core.  Those memories were so vivid, in fact, that read more

4077th M*A*S*H on Summer of #MeTV

How Sweet It Was Posted by Aurora on Jun 2, 2014

PA announcement:  Attention all personnel.  The exploits of the cast and crew of the 4077th are featured players on MeTV’s Summer of Me schedule! ◊   I was - in essence if not reality – staring at a blank page for a few days trying to think of what to say about M*A*S*H, one of read more

Archie Andrews debuts on radio on May 31, 1943

How Sweet It Was Posted by Aurora on Jun 1, 2014

If I’m waiting on line in a supermarket and happen to catch a glimpse of an Archies comic book it instantly brings back memories of my childhood.  Along with Elvis records (remember those?), TV Guide and Hollywood magazines whatever money I got my hands on was spent on The Archies.  That̵ read more

Gracie Allen, Eve Arden and others – Mother’s Day on OTR

How Sweet It Was Posted by Aurora on May 7, 2014

On everyone’s agenda as part of the festivities honoring Mother’s Day should be listening to good, old-fashioned entertainment – on the radio.  In case you have none of that handy, included here is a nice collection to get you started so have fun and share with the entire family - read more

Babyface Bogart on The Jack Benny Show

How Sweet It Was Posted by Aurora on Mar 20, 2014

  Jack Benny was one of the most beloved entertainers in the world by the time he brought his talents to the small screen in 1950 with The Jack Benny Show, the television version of his popular radio show.  The Jack Benny Show ran until 1965, which gives a good indication of the show’s read more

Return to Walton’s Mountain (2)

How Sweet It Was Posted by Aurora on Feb 14, 2014

Aurora: R.I.P. Ralph Waite Originally posted on cinematically insane: The 66-year-old veteran character actress was partially paralyzed and her ability to speak was severely impaired. Producer Earl Hamner Jr. (who wrote Spencer’s Mountain, the autobiographical novel upon which the series was based, read more

Valentines Day with Jack Benny

How Sweet It Was Posted by Aurora on Feb 14, 2014

Jack Benny was born on Valentines Day in 1894, which makes this the 120th anniversary of his birth. Today I share the love for both the special day and the special man with three old-time radio episodes of the Jack Benny Program.  Naturally, all three commemorate both occasions.  Enjoy!  These read more

Big Stars on the Small Screen Blogathon

How Sweet It Was Posted by Aurora on Feb 5, 2014

I’ve been very lucky to have had the opportunity to co-host several successful blogathon events dedicated to topics such as 31 Days of Oscar, Dynamic Duos in Classic Film, What a Character! and the Classic Movie History Project all centered on classics of the silver screen.  Now I’m v read more

Letter to Loretta

How Sweet It Was Posted by Aurora on Jan 5, 2014

Letter to Loretta was the original title of what would later be The Loretta Young Show, an anthology series that ran from 1953 to 1961.  Loretta Young hosted the show and also played the lead in many of the dramatic teleplays featured each week. The show’s original title was based on the pr read more