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  1. Here's some really cool film footage, shot in New York in 1911. You get some good perspective of what the world looked like (or New York, at least) at the time Lucille Ball was born.
  2. Click bait. But . . . this has been referred to as his coming out. He talks here about how he spent the majority of his career hiding his beliefs. Now he has "come out" of hiding. At 2:30, he uses that very term in talking about George Carlin: "Several years later, George Carlin sort of came out . . . ." I don't know how else to refer to this process.
  3. I had forgotten about him being on Hollywood Squares until he reminded us in this video. And I had forgotten about him being on That's Incredible! What I mostly remember him for is his early 1980s talk show, which included a memorable (to me) guest appearance by Lucille Ball. I remember him asking her to say the first words that came to her mind when he mentioned the names of several people she had worked with through the years. When he got to Gale Gordon's name, her response was "I love him! I love him! I love him!" Later in the decade, I remember him having a strange round circle of gray hair on the side of his head. I have never seen such a thing either before or since. Most men start turning gray at the temples, and then get scattered strands of gray hair throughout the head. But he just had this weird gray spot on the side of his head and nowhere else. I much prefer this full head of gray hair he has now because that gray spot really bugged me.
  4. As she states, this wasn't the death of the musical, but the death of a certain type of musical. Musicals certainly didn't die after the 1960s. Few movie musicals have ever been as big as Saturday Night Fever and Grease, the later of which is now considered a classic.
  5. Really? My all-time favorite actor was in Lenny? I must check that out.
  6. I put the link in my OP above. Good question about what those box office figures reflect. I can't tell from the information provided, but I would have to assume that the box office numbers of all of the movies listed there were determined on the same basis. However, it would certainly make a difference whether those numbers reflect earnings just during 1974, or whether they are for the entire period the respective movies were playing in theaters, which could have extended into 1975. This is what is stated on the site: "Finding box office information for movies made before 1980 is not an easy task. For somebody looking for box office information on 1974 it is very very frustrating. Over the years, we have researched and collected information on over 36,000 movies. So we figured we would show all the 1974 movies in our database. To make this list a movie had to be made in 1974. This page will looks at 115 1974 Movies. The movies are listed in a massive table that lets you rank the movies from Best to Worst in six different sortable columns of information. This only represents about 33% of the movies made in 1974….but should cover the top box office movies." So while I don't know whether these are gross or net box office figures, assuming everything was done on an equal basis, that last sentence that these 115 movies only represent about 33% of the total for 1974 "but should cover the top box office movies" is significant. That means that Mame ranked #30 of 115 movies, but rather #30 of around 345 movies, which puts it in the top 9%! So how did that rumor start? I see people stating that repeatedly on the Internet as if it's fact. ANY way you figure it? If Warners was expecting it to be one of the top 10 movies for the year, but it just wound up in 30th place, then yes, it was a BO disappointment. And if they needed for it to be in the top 10 to cover costs, it was a BO disappointment. But relative to the BO of the vast majority of movies that year, it was a big success.
  7. That's all I've ever heard about this movie, that it was a box office flop. I can accept that it was a flop with critics, and I understand full well why critics did not like it, but many years ago I saw a book in my university library that contained a list of 1974 movies ranked by box office numbers. My memory was that, while Mame was not ranked anywhere near the top for the year, it was still far from the bottom. Now I have found this website which confirms my memory. It shows 117 movies released that year, and if you sort by box office earnings, it comes in at 30th place. That puts Mame in the top 26% of movies that year in terms of box office numbers. According to this site, it earned $18,200,000 (or $87,200,000 in today's dollars). That sounds pretty impressive to me. What's more, according to IMDB, Mame had a budget of $12 million. $18.2 million in earnings on a film that cost $12 million means a 52% return! Please sign me up for any opportunity to make 52% on my investment! And look at some of the movies that year that did less box office than Mame. Harry and Tonto, for example, which won Art Carney an Oscar. And The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams, which NBC apparently thought was a big enough hit to turn it into a TV series a couple years later. And It's Alive, which spawned a sequel. There are a number of other movies further down the list below Mame that are familiar to me but which I've never heard referred to as bombs. So what gives? Why is Mame repeatedly called a box office bomb? https://www.ultimatemovierankings.com/1974-movies/ Rank Movie Stars Box Office (Millions) Adjusted B.O. (Millions) Review %age Oscar Noms/Wins 1 Blazing Saddles (1974) Gene Wilder & $118.1 $566.5 81 3/1 Mel Brooks 2 The Towering Inferno (1974) Paul Newman & $114.8 $550.9 69 8/3 AA Best Picture Nom Steve McQueen 3 Young Frankenstein (1974) Gene Wilder & $85.2 $408.8 88 2/1 Mel Brooks 4 Earthquake (1974) Charlton Heston & $78.6 $377.2 45 4/1 Ava Gardner 5 Airport 1975 (1974) Myrna Loy & $76.7 $367.8 43 0/0 Charlton Heston 6 Murder on the Orient Express (1974) Ingrid Bergman & $58.0 $278.0 78 6/1 Sean Connery 7 Benji (1974) Peter Breck & $50.9 $244.2 62 1/1 Deborah Walley 8 Herbie Rides Again (1974) Ken Berry & $50.0 $239.8 56 0/0 Helen Hayes 9 The Godfather: Part II (1974) Al Pacino & $47.5 $228.1 95 11/6 AA Best Picture Win Robert Duvall 10 Dirty Mary Crazy Larry (1974) Peter Fonda & $46.1 $220.9 70 0/0 Roddy McDowall 11 The Longest Yard (1974) Burt Reynolds & $43.0 $206.3 76 1/1 Geoffrey Lewis 12 The Great Gatsby (1974) Robert Redford & $43.0 $206.4 49 2/2 Bruce Dern 13 Freebie and the Bean (1974) James Caan & $40.9 $196.2 65 0/0 Alan Arkin 14 Lenny (1974) Dustin Hoffman & $35.2 $168.6 84 6/1 AA Best Picture Nom Valerie Perrine 15 For Pete's Sake (1974) Barbra Streisand $32.3 $155.0 60 0/0 16 The Island At The Top Of The World (1974) David Hartman $30.3 $145.4 64 1/1 17 Chinatown (1974) Jack Nicholson & $29.2 $140.1 94 11/1 AA Best Picture Nom Faye Dunaway 18 The Man with the Golden Gun (1974) Roger Moore $28.5 $136.6 60 0/0 19 The Groove Tube (1974) Chevy Chase $27.9 $133.7 52 0/0 20 Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (1974) Jeff Bridges & $27.6 $132.3 78 1/1 Clint Eastwood 21 Macon County Line (1974) Alan Vint $27.6 $132.3 68 0/0 22 That's Entertainment! (1974) MGM Film Clips $26.9 $129.0 73 0/0 23 Death Wish (1974) Charles Bronson $26.7 $127.9 68 0/0 24 The Four Musketeers: Milady's Revenge (1974) Charlton Heston & $26.6 $127.4 74 1/1 Faye Dunaway 25 Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore (1974) Ellen Burstyn & $23.9 $114.8 84 3/1 Directed by Martin Scorsese 26 The Front Page (1974) Jack Lemmon & $23.8 $114.3 69 0/0 Walter Matthau 27 Uptown Saturday Night (1974) Sidney Poitier & $22.4 $107.6 67 0/0 Richard Pryor 28 The Trial of Billy Jack (1974) Tom Laughlin $21.5 $103.2 47 0/0 29 A Woman Under the Influence (1974) Gena Rowlands & $18.5 $88.9 86 2/1 Peter Falk 30 Mame (1974) Lucille Ball $18.2 $87.2 54 0/0 31 Beyond the Door (1974) Juliet Mills $17.1 $81.9 45 0/0 32 Return of the Dragon (1974) Ramon Zamora $15.8 $75.6 68 0/0 33 S*P*Y*S (1974) Donald Sutherland & $15.8 $75.7 38 0/0 Elliott Gould 34 Harry and Tonto (1974) Art Carney $13.9 $66.9 80 2/1 35 The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams (1974) Dan Haggerty $12.7 $61.1 68 0/0 36 Bootleggers (1974) Paul Koslo & $12.7 $61.1 59 0/0 Slim Pickens 37 McQ (1974) John Wayne & $12.4 $59.6 57 0/0 John Sturges 38 The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974) Marilyn Burns $12.1 $58.1 85 0/0 39 California Split (1974) George Segal & $12.1 $58.1 78 0/0 Elliott Gould 40 The Bears and I (1974) Patrick Wayne $12.1 $58.1 58 0/0 41 Emmanuelle (1974) Sylvia Kristel $12.1 $58.1 50 0/0 42 Gone in 60 Seconds (1974) H.B. Halicki $12.1 $58.1 38 0/0 43 The Yakuza (1974) Robert Mitchum & $10.9 $52.3 61 0/0 Brian Keith 44 Mr. Majestyk (1974) Charles Bronson $10.6 $50.9 67 0/0 45 The Lords of Flatbush (1974) Sylvester Stallone $9.4 $45.0 65 0/0 46 Claudine (1974) Diahann Carroll & $9.1 $43.6 74 1/1 James Earl Jones 47 Buster and Billie (1974) Jan-Michael Vincent $9.1 $43.6 69 0/0 48 Three The Hard Way (1974) Jim Brown & $9.1 $43.6 64 0/0 Fred Williamson 49 The Odessa File (1974) Jon Voight $8.5 $40.7 70 0/0 50 The Tamarind Seed (1974) Julie Andrews & $8.0 $38.4 70 0/0 Omar Sharif 51 The Land That Time Forgot (1974) Doug McClure $7.6 $36.3 59 0/0 52 The Castaway Cowboy (1974) James Garner & $7.6 $36.3 43 0/0 Vera Miles 53 The Sugarland Express (1974) Goldie Hawn & $7.5 $36.0 78 0/0 Directed by Steven Spielberg 54 Foxy Brown (1974) Pam Grier $7.3 $34.9 64 0/0 55 Seven Alone (1974) Aldo Ray $7.2 $34.8 56 0/0 56 It's Alive (1974) John P. Ryan $7.1 $34.2 60 0/0 57 Truck Turner (1974) Isaac Hayes $6.8 $32.4 71 0/0 58 Nine Lives of Fritz the Cat (1974) Skip Hinnant $6.2 $29.7 52 0/0 59 Conrack (1974) Jon Voight $6.1 $29.1 73 0/0 60 Abby (1974) William Marshall $6.1 $29.1 55 0/0 61 Zardoz (1974) Sean Connery $5.5 $26.5 50 0/0 62 The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz (1974) Richard Dreyfuss $5.2 $24.7 71 1/1 63 Phantom of the Paradise (1974) Directed by Brian De Palma $4.8 $23.3 78 1/1 64 The Parallax View (1974) Warren Beatty $4.8 $23.3 77 0/0 65 Pardon My Blooper (1974) Kermit Schafer $4.5 $21.4 66 0/0 66 Big Bad Mama (1974) Angie Dickinson & $4.5 $21.8 59 0/0 William Shatner 67 Juggernaut (1974) Anthony Hopkins & $4.5 $21.8 56 0/0 Richard Harris 68 The Conversation (1974) Gene Hackman & $4.4 $21.2 91 3/1 AA Best Picture Nom Harrison Ford 0 69 Bring Me The Head of Alfredo Garcia (1974) Warren Oates & $4.3 $20.5 78 0/0 Isela Vega 70 The Teacher (1974) Jay North $4.2 $20.4 45 0/0 71 Law And Disorder (1974) Ernest Borgnine $3.9 $18.9 54 0/0 72 TNT Jackson (1974) Jeannie Bell $3.9 $18.9 45 0/0 73 Where the Lilies Bloom (1974) Julie Gholson $3.6 $17.4 71 0/0 74 Busting (1974) Elliott Gould & $3.6 $17.4 64 0/0 Robert Blake 75 The Black Godfather (1974) Rod Perry $3.6 $17.4 42 0/0 76 Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1974) Walter Matthau & $3.3 $16.0 85 0/0 Robert Shaw 77 Huckleberry Finn (1974) Paul Winfield $3.3 $16.0 56 0/0 78 Cockfighter (1974) Warren Oates & $3.0 $14.5 79 0/0 Harry Dean Stanton 79 The Gambler (1974) James Caan & $3.0 $14.5 78 0/0 James Woods 80 11 Harrowhouse (1974) James Mason & $3.0 $14.5 69 0/0 Candice Bergen 81 The Little Prince (1974) Gene Wilder $3.0 $14.5 67 2/1 82 Our Time (1974) Pamela Sue Martin $3.0 $14.5 66 0/0 83 Policewomen (1974) Sondra Currie $3.0 $14.5 63 0/0 84 Daisy Miller (1974) Cybill Shepherd $3.0 $14.5 60 0/0 85 Gold (1974) Roger Moore & $3.0 $14.5 54 1/1 Ray Milland 86 Golden Needles (1974) Joe Don Baker $3.0 $14.5 49 0/0 87 Bank Shot (1974) George C. Scott $3.0 $14.5 49 0/0 88 Lovin' Molly (1974) Susan Sarandon & $3.0 $14.5 39 0/0 Anthony Perkins 89 The Arena (1974) Pam Grier $2.9 $13.8 45 0/0 90 Zandy's Bride (1974) Gene Hackman & $2.9 $13.8 40 0/0 Liv Ullmann 91 The White Dawn (1974) Warren Oates $2.8 $13.4 73 0/0 92 Ginger In The Morning (1974) Sissy Spacek $2.7 $13.1 54 0/0 93 Black Christmas (1974) Olivia Hussey & $2.6 $12.4 72 0/0 Margot Kidder 94 The Spikes Gang (1974) Lee Marvin & $2.6 $12.4 52 0/0 Ron Howard 95 Thieves Like Us (1974) Keith Carradine & $2.4 $11.6 74 0/0 Directed by Robert Altman 96 The Terminal Man (1974) Jill Clayburgh & $2.4 $11.6 58 0/0 George Segal 97 The Girl From Petrovka (1974) Anthony Hopkins & $2.4 $11.3 43 0/0 Goldie Hawn 98 Klansman (1974) Lee Marvin & $2.4 $11.6 39 0/0 Richard Burton 99 Rhinoceros (1974) Gene Wilder $2.0 $9.4 59 0/0 100 The Savage Is Loose (1974) George C. Scott $2.0 $9.4 49 0/0 101 Phase IV (1974) Nigel Davenport $1.9 $9.2 70 0/0 102 The Midnight Man (1974) Burt Lancaster $1.8 $8.9 63 0/0 103 The Internecine Project (1974) James Coburn & $1.8 $8.7 56 0/0 Lee Grant 104 Conversation Piece (1974) Burt Lancaster $1.6 $7.5 75 0/0 105 Mama's Dirty Girls (1974) Gloria Grahame $1.6 $7.6 56 0/0 106 The Black Windmill (1974) Michael Caine $1.6 $7.6 45 0/0 107 Open Season (1974) William Holden & $1.4 $6.6 61 0/0 Peter Fonda 108 Mixed Company (1974) Basketball Movies & $1.4 $6.6 44 0/0 Barbara Harris 109 Soft Beds Hard Battles (1974) Peter Sellers $1.3 $6.0 47 0/0 110 Billy Two Hats (1974) Gregory Peck & $1.2 $5.8 49 0/0 Jack Warden 111 The Last 4 Days (1974) Henry Fonda $0.9 $4.4 48 0/0 112 Shanks (1974) Marcel Marceau $0.8 $3.7 55 1/1 113 Dark Star (1974) Directed by John Carpenter $0.5 $2.4 70 0/0 114 The Destructors/The Marseille Contract (1974) Anthony Quinn & $0.5 $2.3 56 0/0 Michael Caine 115 Seizure! (1974) Oliver Stone $0.2 $0.7 37 0/0 116 Celine & Julie Go Boating (1974) Juliet Berto $0.0 $0.2 78 0/0 117 The Second Coming of Suzanne (1974) Richard Dreyfuss $0.0 $0.1 29 0/0
  8. John Davidson's parents were Baptist ministers. He has apparently held these beliefs since he was a very young man, long before he was on Here's Lucy, but he had to keep quiet because of this career. I'm glad he now feels free to talk.
  9. Do you remember anything about Lou's office set? There's a strange thing about that set that makes it appear that the wall between Lou's office and the newsroom was movable. In the scenes inside that office, the wall is angled towards the right, apparently so that the studio audience has good visibility of Lou's office (and I've read that Lou's office was at the far end of the stage, so that would make sense). But in scenes in the newsroom, the wall is angled towards the left. So it seems they would swing the wall back and forth depending on whether they were filming a scene inside Lou's office or in the newsroom. In some episodes they have to go back and forth repeatedly between the newsroom and Lou's office, which would mean an a lot of swinging of that wall. I would think that would be very distracting for someone sitting in the studio audience because they would have had to repeatedly stop filming every time they need to move the wall. Does any of this ring a bell?
  10. OMG, I MUCH prefer the domestic episodes. That office banter between Buddy, Sally and Mel really gets on my nerves and I never found any of it funny. But I have always loved the interactions between Rob and Laura. Van Dyke and Moore had incredible chemistry. But THAT episode is great! I actually like that TAGS Christmas episode. I find it very heartwarming, which makes it perfect for the season. It brought a tear to my eye. I LOOOOVE "Chuckles Bites the Dust"! It was groundbreaking in its ability to treat death with humor, and MTM was spectacular. There were great moments in that episode for the entire cast. But TMTMS has many, many great episodes.
  11. You hit the nail on the head regarding Pioneer Women, except it does not make me laugh out loud. That episode, like most S1 episodes, just leaves me cold. The most memorable scene is, ironically, the one that ruins the episode for me, and that's when that six-foot loaf of bread instantly pops out of a two-foot deep oven perfectly shaped and fully baked. The suspension of disbelief is too much for me, as is the case with many of the first season episodes. (And never mind the technical flaw in that you can see within the space between the wall and back of the oven that the loaf is being shoved from behind the wall through the oven.) There's really not much from the first season that I enjoy. While I think the Vitameatavegamin scene in "Lucy Does a TV Commercial" is brilliant (although the name "Vitameatavegamin" is a linguistically inappropriate spelling; a personal pet peeve), the earlier scene with Lucy completely wrecking a television set just to make a point that she should be on TV, and then Ricky intentionally trying to electrocute her, spoils the episode as a whole. Very little in the first season is relatable or believable to me. But the rest of the series, starting with S2, is a masterpiece. If one of the purposes of these colorized episodes is to appeal to a younger generation, episodes from S1 are not going to serve that goal. I, too, would love to see a Connecticut episode colorized. I guess "Lucy Does the Tango," or maybe "Lucy's Night in Town" or "Lucy Wants to Move to the Country" would be best for that purpose (there are few great ones in that batch), but really "The Celebrity Next Door" or "Lucy Makes Room for Danny" would be most ideal in terms of delivering the biggest and best laughs.
  12. Spare me, please. Valerie Jarrett didn't just show up out of nowhere. She's been a high profile person for years now and has never hidden her ethnicity. And that goes for Susan Rice, too. So when Roseanne tweeted "Susan Rice is a man with big swinging ape balls," did she also not know Susan Rice is African American? Give me a break! Roseanne tweeted that Hillary Clinton is a "jew hater" (never mind that Clinton's son-in-law is Jewish), that Huma Abedin is "a filthy nazi whore," lied about George Soros, calling him a " a nazi who turned in his fellow Jews 2 be murdered in German concentration camps & stole their wealth" (all lies), has tweeted anti-transgender comments and negative tweets about the gay community, and tweeted multiple conspiracy theories like "pizzagate," and on and on. ABC should have never put this woman back on the air. People like Roseanne Barr should not be normalized because that just gives them a bigger platform. What she represents with her words in recent years is the very darkest and most dangerous nature of our society. Our country is in a very precarious position at this moment in our nation's history (read "How Democracies Die"). Our defenses are dwindling, so anything commercial entities like ABC can do to push back and protect our values needs to be supported.
  13. My apologies if this has already been posted. I've never seen this interview before.
  14. I've never understood why in this episode, while singing The Twelve Days of Christmas, when they get to the part about "three French hens," they sing "three red hens" instead. I've looked online at the lyrics from various sources and they all say "three French hens," not red hens. I've never heard "red" sung in place of "French" anywhere except in this episode of The Lucy Show. Does anybody know why they did that? It seems rather bizarre to me.
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