Eight Days of Christmas, Day 5: Christmas with the Fonz

On the fifth day of Christmas, TMP brings to you… the Cunninghams and their pal Fonz, too! That’s right, folks, we’re taking a trip back to the ’50s — by way of the ’70s — and visiting one of the holiday-themed episodes of the long-running sitcom Happy Days. I grew up on re-runs of this series and continue to watch them, so I’ve got a … Continue reading Eight Days of Christmas, Day 5: Christmas with the Fonz

Eight Days of Christmas, Day 3: Christmas with the Bradys

On the third day of Christmas, TMP brings to you… a “lovely lady” with a Christmas flu! Okay, it’s not a flu, it’s laryngitis… but technicalities aside, today we’re spending Christmas with the Bradys and taking a look at “The Voice of Christmas,” the season one holiday episode of The Brady Bunch. This post is also written in tribute to Florence Henderson, the much-loved “Mrs. … Continue reading Eight Days of Christmas, Day 3: Christmas with the Bradys

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 show-style Christmas episode from season three. On to the show!… … Continue reading 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 instructor. The episode has Lucy attempting to steal the spotlight … Continue reading Classic Stars on the Small Screen: I Love Lucy’s “The Ballet”

Classic Stars on the Small Screen: Lucy Meets Orson Welles

I Love Lucy is one of the best-known shows of the midcentury, an enduring classic that continues to win fans through re-runs despite the fact that it first premiered over 60 years ago. Though many of his projects were more serious in tone than I Love Lucy, Orson Welles has a similarly enduring reputation of greatness, continuing to be well-known and respected as an actor, … Continue reading Classic Stars on the Small Screen: Lucy Meets Orson Welles

Recap and React: The Dick Van Dyke Show, Season 5, Episodes 27 – 32

With this post, we reach the end of the Recap and React series for The Dick Van Dyke Show! Because I love this show so much, I’m considering on making a few more posts about it — ranking each season’s episodes, making a list of my favorites, or ranking the seasons. Let me know if you’d be interested in reading this! Until then, let’s take … Continue reading Recap and React: The Dick Van Dyke Show, Season 5, Episodes 27 – 32

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 Allyson and Dick Powell The first two stars to appear … Continue reading 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 position as councilman. Reaction: This episode starts out kind of … Continue reading 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 Boom. Reaction: Leave it to The Dick Van Dyke Show … Continue reading Recap and React: The Dick Van Dyke Show, Season 5, Episodes 11 – 15