Going Blanc

I have returned from my 5-month long hiatus and to celebrate my return and my 100th blog post, I am posting a video of Mel and Noel Blanc on the CBS summer series That’s My Line from August of 1980. I saw this when it aired and I had a hunch about what this was leading up to….and when Bob Barker didn’t ask Noel what his name was, I knew what was coming. Enjoy!

A Couple of Plugs For OH MY GOODNESS…IT’S PAUL LYNDE! Starring Michael Airington

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My talented friend Michael Airington will be performing his awesome one-man show Oh My Goodness…It’s Paul Lynde! in Palm Springs at The Purple Room January 22nd – 24th and in San Diego at Martinis Above Fourth January 28th and 29th. I’ve posted previously about Michael’s show here and here….and am always happy to give him a shout out whenever he is appearing somewhere. I believe very strongly in Michael and his show….I have said this before and I will say it again – Michael doesn’t just portray Paul Lynde….he channels him!


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If you will be in the Palm Springs area January 22nd, 23rd or 24th, click here to get more information and to purchase tickets.


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If you will be in the San Diego area January 28th or 29th, click here for more information and to purchase tickets.

Oh My Goodness…It’s Paul Lynde! is not to be missed! Here’s a promo for a previous version of this hilarious show:


Farewell to Some of Those We Lost in 2014

It seems like a lot of notable people in the field of entertainment in 2014. As they do every year, the folks at Turner Classic Movies put together an “In Memoriam” reel in honor of those in front of and and behind the camera….and, inevitably, a notable person died after this compilation was put together, that person being Luise Rainer, who died on December 30th at the age of 104. UPDATE: Actor Edward Herrmann died on December 31st at the age of 71.

Those who stand out immediately in my mind include James Garner, Sid Caesar, Mickey Rooney, Shirley Temple, Joan Rivers and, most of all, Robin Williams. His death is going to hurt for a long time to come.

TCM Remembers 2014:


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Back in 2000 Noel Blanc teamed with Warner Bros. to create this tribute to his dad, “the man of a thousand voices”, Mel Blanc. This “living” artwork was called a Power Picture and it moved to a synchronized soundtrack of sound bytes of Mel speaking about the characters and clips of the characters.

Of special note is the final statement from Mel in which he says, “Life is a great thing. You live once, love what you’re doing….you’ll live to a long, healthy life.” That came from a May 1984 conversation that my best friend Walt Mitchell and I had with Mel while visiting with him in his hotel room in Schenectady, NY where he was appearing to deliver one of his college talks. Walt and I were honored when Noel asked us to contribute a sound clip to this wonderful project.

Going Bananas

I love silly songs and this has been a favorite of mine since I was a kid. Here is Guy Marks performing his hit novelty song, Loving You Has Made Me Bananas.

Remembering a Legend….Jack Benny


Jack Benny February 14, 1894 – December 26, 1974


40 years ago today the world lost one of the greatest comedians who ever lived when Jack Benny died at the age of 80….of course, Jack would have insisted that he was 39.

Jack Benny’s career ranged from vaudeville to radio to movies to television to concert stages to personal appearances….and he continued to perform almost until his death from pancreatic cancer. He was even set to co-star with Walter Matthau in the film The Sunshine Boys….that role would played instead by Benny’s best friend of 55 years, George Burns. I’ll bet that Jack would have been pleased that George’s career was revived by his Oscar-winning turn in the movie.

NBC aired a half-hour tribute tribute on December 27th that was hosted by Tom Snyder and CBS aired the following hour-long tribute on December 29th, the day of Benny’s funeral. Hosted by Charles Kuralt, this special includes comments from Benny’s co-stars Eddie “Rochester” Anderson, Frank Nelson, Don Wilson, Dennis Day and Mel Blanc, plus Milton Berle, Danny Thomas, Danny Kaye, CBS founder/chairman William S. Paley, Bob Hope’s eulogy at the services and a wonderful clip to end the broadcast….Jack and Gisele MacKenzie with their classic violin duet of “Getting to Know You”.

Today’s Christmas Video

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Here’s a nice compilation of clips of Andy Williams with the Osmond Brothers and his own siblings, the Williams Brothers from Christmas editions of The Andy Williams Show. This is from the DVD The Best of the Andy Williams Christmas Shows and features commentary from Donny Osmond and from Andy himself.

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Here’s a 1951 Castle Films presentation of Howdy Doody’s Christmas starring Buffalo Bob Smith as himself and as Howdy’s voice, a pre-Captain Kagaroo Bob Keeshan as Clarabell the Clown and Dayton Allen as Ugly Sam, who has mistaken Santa Claus (actor unknown) for a wanted bandit.


Today’s Christmas Video

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Here is an unusual 1947 trailer for Miracle on 34th Street….it’s unusual because it does not include any scenes from the film, except for brief moments from the opening and closing. Instead of the stars of the film – Maureen O’Hara, John Payne, Edmund Gwenn and Natalie Wood – it features Rex Harrison, Ann Baxter, Peggy Ann Garner and Dick Haymes.

And here is a colorized trailer that does feature the film’s stars.



Today’s Christmas Video

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Silver Bells, as introduced by Bob Hope and Marilyn  Maxwell in the 1951 film The Lemon Drop Kid.

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