Eight Days of Christmas, Day 1: Christmas with the Petries

Welcome to the first of Eight Days of Christmas, a celebration of the wintery and often heartwarming holiday cheer churned out by Hollywood. This year’s Eight Days of Christmas will feature films and classic television episodes. It all kicks off today with The Dick Van Dyke Show‘s episode “The Alan Brady Show Presents,” a variety… Read More Eight Days of Christmas, Day 1: Christmas with the Petries

Classic Stars on the Small Screen: I Love Lucy’s “The Ballet”

I Love Lucy‘s season one episode “The Ballet” (originally airing in February of 1952) featured not one, but two veteran Hollywood character actors in guest-starring roles: Mary Wickes and Frank J. Scannell. In the episode, Scannell appears as a comic attempting to teach Lucy a burlesque act, while Wickes plays Madame Lamond, a French ballet… Read More Classic Stars on the Small Screen: I Love Lucy’s “The Ballet”

The Hollywood Comebacks of 1961 (from Modern Screen)

This post is a part of TMP’s Historical Context series, in which I share excerpts from my collection of old magazines. In 1961, several stars saw their Hollywood careers or lives rebound from periods of struggle. Modern Screen acknowledged these comebacks with a special eight-page feature in the annual Hollywood Yearbook, published in 1962. June… Read More The Hollywood Comebacks of 1961 (from Modern Screen)

Recap and React: The Dick Van Dyke Show, Season 5, Episodes 16 – 20

Season 5, Episode 16: “I Do Not Choose to Run” Directed by Jerry Paris Written by Dale McRaven and Carl Kleinschmitt Originally aired January 19, 1966 Recap: After giving a very successful speech on the topic of a proposed shopping center at a New Rochelle city council meeting, Rob is urged to run for a… Read More Recap and React: The Dick Van Dyke Show, Season 5, Episodes 16 – 20

Recap and React: The Dick Van Dyke Show, Season 5, Episodes 11 – 15

Season 5, Episode 11: “Body and Sol” Directed by Jerry Paris Written by Carl Kleinschmitt and Dale McRaven Originally aired November 24, 1965 Recap: After learning that Sally had lunch with his old Army pal “Boom Boom,” a prizefighter, Rob reminisces on his boxing matches when he was in the Army, including one against Boom… Read More Recap and React: The Dick Van Dyke Show, Season 5, Episodes 11 – 15