Category Archives: TV

Ole Olsen and Chic Johnson in “All Star Revue” 1951 – reviewed by George

On NBC. Presented by Snow Crop, Kellogg’s, and Pet Milk. Starring Jack Carson, Jimmy Durante, Olsen and Johnson, Danny Thomas, Ed Wynn (rotating), and in just a minute – “The Olsen and Johnson Show”! With Marty May, June Johnson, J.C. … Continue reading

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Ian Carmichael is Lord Peter Wimsey in “The Nine Tailors”, Parts 2, 3, and 4 (1974) – reviewed by George

After the shortest opening I could write (which was already too long to add to) here are the closing chapters of the story. We left Wimsey and Bunter (Glyn Houston) with their car off the road in a snowstorm and … Continue reading

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Ole Olsen and Chic Johnson in “Fireball Fun-For-All” (1949) – reviewed by George

An NBC hour-long program, broadcast from the Capitol Theater on Columbus Circle during one of New York City’s worst ever heat waves, sponsored by Buick and especially the Buick Fireball, ¬†and there’s absolutely no doubt that this is Olsen and … Continue reading

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Ian Carmichael is Lord Peter Wimsey in “The Nine Tailors” (1974) – reviewed by George

This story is a flashback to the days of WWI. The staff of a large estate is preparing the wedding reception of the son of the house, and the butler, Deacon (Keith Drinkel), says, “Mr. Henry and his lovely lady … Continue reading

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The Soul of the Critic – Comment by George

I recently caught the rerun on Ovation of Murdoch Mysteries, Season 13, Episode 8, “The Final Curtain”. Good episode about the opening night of a new mystery play, with the rather ludicrous finale subverted as an actual murder is committed … Continue reading

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Ian Carmichael is Lord Peter Wimsey in “Murder Must Advertise” (1973) – reviewed by George

The day begins at Pym’s Publicity Ltd. (an advertising agency) when Mr. Pym (Peter Pratt) arrives with his paper and is greeted by Miss Parton (Caroline Dowdeswell) and Mr. Ingleby (John Hallam). In his office Mr. Dean (Roger Hamilton) is … Continue reading

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Ian Carmichael is Lord Peter Wimsey in “The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club” (1973) – reviewed by George

Wimsey arrives at the Bellona Club and runs into George Fentiman (John Quentin), whom he is delighted to see. George is glad to see him as well. He bemoans the state of the club, calling it a morgue. Peter says, … Continue reading

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Ian Carmichael as Lord Peter Wimsey in “Clouds of Witness” (1972) – reviewed by George

A shoot is taking place in overcast weather at Riddlesdale, the country home of Gerald, the Duke of Denver (David Langton) and his Duchess Helen (Georgina Cookson). The men are serious about bagging many birds, but the women, out of … Continue reading

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Darren McGavin as Carl Kolchak in “Kolchak: The Night Stalker”, Season 1, Episodes 19 and 20 (1975) – reviewed by George

Episode 19: The Youth Killer An attractive, but clearly middle-aged, woman, Helen Surtees (Cathy Lee Crosby) is praying to the Greek goddess Hecate as she looks at the moon through a skylight. She goes outside and sees a jogger go … Continue reading

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Aladdin and the Death Lamp (2012) – reviewed by George

Thousands of years ago in the Age of Jinns, three brave warriors bearing the marks of the elements, battled a rogue Jinn with a thirst for blood. It was both dangerous and difficult because banishment would mean opening a portal … Continue reading

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