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“Louis Armstrong – A Kiss To Build A Dream On [1962] Live”


“A Kiss to Build a Dream On” is a song composed by Bert Kalmar, Harry Ruby and Oscar Hammerstein II in 1935.[1] It was recorded by Louis Armstrong in 1951.[1] It was also performed by Armstrong as well as by Mickey Rooney with William Demarest, by Sally Forrest, and by Kay Brown (virtually the entire cast performed part or all of the song) in the 1951 film “The Strip,” and was a sort of recurring theme in the film. Another popular recording was made by one of the movies guest-stars, Monica Lewis, and in early 1952, the version by Hugo Winterhalter and his Orchestra, with vocalist Johnny Parker, made it to the Pop 20 chart in the United States.

Sung by Richard Chamberlain, the song gained considerable exposure due to its being on the ‘B’ side of his 1962 hit: “Theme from Dr. Kildare (Three Stars Will Shine Tonight)”.

Rod Stewart covered the song in his 2004 album, Stardust: the Great American Songbook 3.

Deana Martin recorded A Kiss to Build a Dream On in 2009. The song was released on her album, Volare, in 2009 by Big Fish Records.



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My Little Margie

premiered on CBS as the summer replacement for I Love Lucy on June 16, 1952, under the sponsorship of Philip Morris cigarettes (when the series moved to NBC for its third season in the fall of 1953, Scott Paper Company became its sponsor). In an unusual move, the series—with the same leads—aired original episodes on CBS Radio, concurrently with the TV broadcasts, from December 1952 through August 1955. Only 23 radio broadcasts are known to exist in recorded form.


Set in New York City, the series stars Gale Storm as 21-year-old Margie Albright and former silent film star Charles Farrell as her widowed father, 50-year-old Vern Albright. They share an apartment at the Carlton Arms Hotel. Vern Albright is the vice-president of the investment firm of Honeywell and Todd, where his bosses are George Honeywell (Clarence Kolb) and Todd (George Meader). Roberta Townsend (Hillary Brooke) is Vern’s girlfriend, and Margie’s boyfriend is Freddy Wilson (Don Hayden). Mrs. Odetts (played by Gertrude Hoffmann on TV, Verna Felton on radio) is the Albrights’ next-door neighbor and Margie’s sidekick in madcap capers reminiscent of Lucy and Ethel in I Love Lucy. When Margie realizes she has blundered or gotten into trouble, she makes an odd trilling sound. Michael Richards of Seinfeld cites this as the inspiration for the occasional odd vocal utterances of his character on the program.

Other cast members include Willie Best, who plays the elevator operator, Dian Fauntelle, and silent film star Zasu Pitts. Scottish actor Andy Clyde, prior to The Real McCoys, appears in the 1954 episode, “Margie and the Bagpipes.”

My Little Margie

finished at #29 in the Nielsen ratings for the 1954-1955 television season[1] and, even more impressively, at #6 in Nielsen’s radio estimates for the 1954-55 season.[2] Despite this success, the series was canceled in 1955. Gale Storm went on to star in The Gale Storm Show which ran for 143 episodes from 1956-1960. Zasu Pitts joined Gale Storm in this series too, originally entitled Oh! Susanna.

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“Ann Margaret and Al Hirt – Baby It’s Cold Outside”


Actress and singer Ann-Margaret is one of the most famous actresses of the 1960s and beyond. She continued her career through the following decades and into the 21st century.

Ann-Margaret was born Ann-Margret Olsson in Valsjöbyn, Jämtland County, Sweden, to Anna Regina (Aronsson) and Carl Gustav Olsson, who worked for an electrical company. She came to America at age 6. She studied at Northwestern University and left for Las Vegas to pursue a career as a singer. Ann-Margaret was discovered by George Burns and soon afterward got both a record deal at RCA and a film contract at 20th Century Fox. In 1961, her single “I Just Don’t Understand” charted in the Top 20 of the Billboard Hot 100 Charts. Her acting debut followed the same year as Bette Davis’ daughter in Frank Capra’s Pocketful of Miracles (1961). She appeared in the musical State Fair (1962) a year later before her breakthrough in 1963. With Bye Bye Birdie (1963) and Viva Las Vegas (1964) opposite Elvis Presley, she became a Top 10 Box Office star, teen idol and even Golden Globe nominated actress. She was marketed as Hollywood’s hottest young star and in the years to come got awarded the infamous nickname “sex kitten.” Her following pictures were sometimes ripped apart by critics (Bus Riley’s Back in Town (1965) and The Swinger (1966)), sometimes praised (The Cincinnati Kid (1965)). She couldn’t escape being typecast because of her great looks. By the late 1960s, her career stalled, and she turned to Italy for new projects. She returned and, by 1970, she was back in the public image with Hollywood films (R.P.M. (1970) opposite Anthony Quinn), Las Vegas sing-and-dance shows and her own television specials. She finally overcame her image with her Oscar-nominated turn in Mike Nichols’ Carnal Knowledge (1971) and succeeded in changing her image from sex kitten to respected actress. A near-fatal accident at a Lake Tahoe show in 1972 only momentarily stopped her career. She was again Oscar-nominated in 1975 for Tommy (1975), the rock opera film of the British rock band The Who. Her career continued with successful films throughout the late 1970s and into the 1980s.

Al Hirt
Biography by Scott Yanow

Trumpeter divided his professional career between symphony orchestras, dance bands, and various New Orleans clubs.

A virtuoso on the trumpet, Al Hirt was often “overqualified” for the Dixieland and pop music that he performed. He studied classical trumpet at the Cincinnati Conservatory (1940-1943) and was influenced by the playing of Harry James. He freelanced in swing bands (including both Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey, and Ray McKinley) before returning to New Orleans in the late ’40s and becoming involved in the Dixieland movement. He teamed up with clarinetist Pete Fountain on an occasional basis from 1955 on, and became famous by the end of the decade. An outstanding technician with a wide range, along with a propensity for playing far too many notes, Hirt had some instrumental pop hits in the 1960s. He also recorded swing and country music, but mostly stuck to Dixieland in his live performances. He remained a household name throughout his career, although one often feels that he could have done so much more with his talent. Hirt’s early Audiofidelity recordings (1958-1960) and collaborations with Fountain are the most rewarding of his long career; he died at his home in New Orleans on April 27, 1999.

ABOUT THE SONG, “Baby It’s Cold Outside”

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      Baby, It’s Cold Outside sung first by Esther Williams and Ricardo Montalban and then by Betty Garrett and Red Skelton in Neptune’s Daughter (1949).


      Baby, It’s Cold Outside has become a popular holiday standard, but it wasn’t written to be a Christmas song at all.


      Lynn Garland and Frank Loesser belt out a tune for Life Magazine.

      Composer Frank Loesser, best known for Guys and Dolls, wrote Baby, It’s Cold Outside as a duet with his wife, Lynn Garland. The couple debuted the song at a 1944 housewarming party. It was a huge success and Loesser and Garland performed it frequently thereafter as a polite way to signal to lingering party guests that it was time to leave.

      In 1949, Loesser was writing songs for Neptune’s Daughter, a musical for MGM’s swimming sensation Esther Williams. The studio wanted a romantic duet for Williams and co-star Ricardo Montalban. Loesser originally offered his 1948 song, (I’d Like to Get You on a) Slow Boat to China, but the studio nixed the number because they felt it promoted an “immoral liasion.” In a pinch, Loesser offered Baby, It’s Cold Outside instead (Garland was reportedly furious that Loesser sold “their song” to the studio).


      Ricardo Montalban and Esther Williams in a publicity still for Neptune’s Daughter (1949).

      Baby, It’s Cold Outside is a duet for a couple, who are having a good-natured quarrel over how to spend the evening. One partner, known as “the wolf,” wants to stay in and have a romantic evening by the fireside, while the other partner, known as “the mouse,” wants to scurry off to other responsibilities. “The wolf” and “the mouse” can be played by performers of either gender and that’s the way it’s done in Neptune’s Daughter.

      Baby, It’s Cold Outside is performed twice in Neptune’s Daughter (both versions are in the clip above). First, South American polo player Jose O’Rourke (Montalban) tries to persuade swimsuit designer Eve Barrett (Williams) to spend a romantic evening in. Next, Eve’s man-hungry sister, Betty (Betty Garrett) pursues the girl-shy masseur Jack Spratt (Red Skelton).

      Baby, It’s Cold Outside was an immediate sensation. It was recorded nine times in 1949 alone. First out of the gate was Dinah Shore and Buddy Clark (their version is above). There was also a country-music parody version with lyrics like “Dad’ll get the shotgun down” by June Carter and duo Homer and Jethro .

      Loesser won the Academy Award for Best Original Song and Baby, It’s Cold Outside has rarely been out of the public consciousness since. It’s become a standard Christmas tune thanks to its witty lyrics filled with wintertime imagery. The song was revived again in 2003 for the Christmas movie Elf, with Zooey Deschanel and Will Ferrell singing the duet.


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      44 Classic TV Commercials (1 Hr + Of Classic Commercials) Part 3/7

      Catch a hold of this exciting, nostalgic tv commercials. Not only have commercials changed, but businesses have changed with the breakthroughs of modern technologies. It is quite hilarious to look back at days gone by and view the many products that shaped our lives and the way we lived. ~AmericaOnCoffee (MissBackInTheDayUSA)~

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      1) BAND-AID
      2) BAND-AID
      7) PEPSODENT
      8) DODGE
      11) CHEVROLET
      12) CHEVROLET
      14) SPEEDWAY “79” POWER FUEL
      16) BANK OF AMERICA “Timeplan”
      17) LUCKY STRIKE
      18) MURIEL cigars
      19) KOOL “snow fresh filter” menthol cigarettes
      20) MARLBORO cigarettes
      21) ROBERT BURNS cigars
      22) WINSTON cigarettes
      23) AJAX
      24) S.O.S. cleaning pads
      25) RAID bug killer
      26) TIDE laundry detergent”
      27) Instant MAXWELL HOUSE coffee
      28) TEA — Tea Council, Inc.
      29) HAMM’S “The Beer Refreshing”
      31) RHEINGOLD Extra Dry Lager Beer
      32) BUDWEISER
      35) LIPTON Soup
      36) RITZ
      38) E-Z POP Popcorn
      39) JELL-O New Instant Pudding
      40) KROGER Fresh Eggs
      41) PET Evaporated Milk
      42) MAYPO Oat Cereal
      43) ANDERSEN Split Pea, Beef Burger, Cream of Chicken, Old Fashioned Bean Soups
      44) JELL-O Gelatin Dessert

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      The world keeps alive America’s Little sweethearts by reproducing the little rascal characters, themes and plots, over and over again.



      The Little Rascals Christmas Special is an animated Christmas special based on the Our Gang comedies of the 1920s, 1930s, and early 1940s.


      Spanky (Philip Tanzini) and Porky (Robby Kiger)’s mother (Darla Hood) is a single mother during the Depression. Money is tight with very little left over to buy anything nice. When the boys overhear Mom talking on the phone about a Blue Comet, they think she is ordering for them the Blue Comet train set for the holidays. However, Mom wasn’t talking about the train, but rather a vacuum cleaner. Realizing that she confused her sons, she exchanges a coat she had ordered for the train. When she gets sick and the boys realize the truth, they enlist the help of the gang to raise the money to get the coat back. Meanwhile, two neighborhood bullies steal the train set so now there are no gifts for the boys or their mom. A grouchy Salvation Army Santa (Jack Somack) arrives to spread cheer.

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      Alfred Hitchcock Presents

      Sir Alfred Joseph Hitchcock, KBE (13 August 1899 – 29 April 1980) was an English film director and producer, widely regarded as one of the most influential filmmakers in the history of cinema. Known as “the Master of Suspense”, he directed over 50 feature films[a] in a career spanning six decades, becoming as well known as any of his actors thanks to his many interviews, his cameo roles in most of his films, and his hosting of Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955–1965).

      Born on the outskirts of London, Hitchcock entered the film industry in 1919 as a title card designer after training as a technical clerk and copy writer for a telegraph-cable company. He made his directorial debut with The Pleasure Garden (1925). His first successful film, The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog (1927), helped to shape the thriller genre, while his 1929 film, Blackmail, was the first British “talkie”.[3] Two of his 1930s thrillers, The 39 Steps (1935) and The Lady Vanishes (1938), are ranked among the greatest British films of the 20th century.

      By 1939 Hitchcock was a filmmaker of international importance, and film producer David O. Selznick persuaded him to move to Hollywood. A string of successful films followed, including Rebecca (1940), Foreign Correspondent (1940), Shadow of a Doubt (1943), and The Paradine Case (1947); Rebecca was nominated for 11 Oscars and won the Academy Award for Best Picture.[4] His fifty-three films have grossed over US$223.3 million worldwide and garnered a total of 46 Oscar nominations and 6 wins.

      The “Hitchcockian” style includes the use of camera movement to mimic a person’s gaze, thereby turning viewers into voyeurs, and framing shots to maximise anxiety and fear. The film critic Robin Wood wrote that the meaning of a Hitchcock film “is there in the method, in the progression from shot to shot. A Hitchcock film is an organism, with the whole implied in every detail and every detail related to the whole.”[5] By 1960 Hitchcock had directed four films often ranked among the greatest of all time: Rear Window (1954), Vertigo (1958), North by Northwest (1959), and Psycho (1960).[6] In 2012 Vertigo replaced Orson Welles’s Citizen Kane (1941) as the British Film Institute’s greatest film ever made.[7] By 2016 seven of his films had been selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry,[b] including his personal favourite, Shadow of a Doubt (1943).[c] He received the AFI Life Achievement Award in 1979 and was knighted in December that year, four months before he died.



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      The Real Mccoys Season 1 Episode 16 Luke’s Mother in Law

      wp-1478508171994.jpeg The Real McCoys revolves around the lives of a family from the Appalachian Mountains who originally hailed from fictional Smokey Corners, West Virginia. The McCoys moved to California and became dirt farmers. The family consisted of Grandpa Amos McCoy (Walter Brennan); his grandson Luke (Richard Crenna), Luke’s new bride Kate (Kathy Nolan), Luke’s teenage sister Tallahassie “Hassie” (Lydia Reed), and his 11-year-old brother Little Luke (Michael Winkelman). The double-naming of the brothers was explained in the first episode by the elder Luke: Because their parents were so excited over the birth of the younger boy, “they forgot all about me!” Only Crenna was in every episode. 180px-kathy_nolan_richard_crenna_the_real_mccoys_1960.jpg The McCoys’ farm had previously been owned by an uncle, Ben McCoy, who died. The former West Virginians joined the Grange farm association and acquired a Mexican farm hand named Pepino Garcia, played by the Puerto Rican-born Tony Martinez. In the episode which aired on January 8, 1962, Pepino becomes an American citizen and takes the surname “McCoy”. The McMichaels, a brother and sister combination played by Andy Clyde and Madge Blake in twenty-nine and twenty-one episodes, respectively, lived on the hill not far from the McCoys. Amos McCoy and George McMichael, both rather devious individuals, would sometimes quarrel, particularly over their games of checkers and horseshoes. Kate was friendly with the much older Flora McMichael, George’s sister, and became involved with life in the community. Though still in her twenties, Kate served as a mother figure for Luke’s younger siblings, Hassie and Little Luke, and one episode shows her bewilderment in trying to entice the children to take responsibility for their school studies. Many episodes have a moral theme consistent with the conservative views of Walter Brennan, such as two 1957 segments entitled “You Can’t Cheat an Honest Man” with Joseph Kearns, later of Dennis the Menace, and “Gambling Is a Sin,” in which Amos allows a casino to advertise on McCoy property before the ethics of the matter is brought to his attention.[1] Other such episodes are “Go Fight City Hall”, “The Taxman Cometh,” “You Can’t Always Be a Hero”, “You Never Get Too Old,” “Where There’s a Will”, “Beware a Smart Woman”, “Money in the Bank”, “How to Win Friends,” “You’re As Young As You Feel”, “Honesty Is the Best Policy”, and “Never a Lender Be”.[2] 180px-walter_brennan_real_mccoys_1958.jpg One of the most remembered episodes, “The New Well” (October 30, 1958), pits science against folklore when Grandpa’s divining rod proves superior to the paid recommendation of a geologist, played by Joe Flynn, in locating a new water source on the farm.[3] In the 1958 episode “It Pays to Be Poor”, John Dehner plays Roger Brewster, a hard-edged New York City businessman determined to buy the McCoy farm to turn it into a motel, but spurred by his kindly wife (Dorothy Green), he soon develops an unexpected taste for the basic values of rural living.[4] In “Little Luke’s Education” (February 6, 1958), Amos confronts bigotry among the local children against hillbilly peoples such as the McCoys. In “Grampa’s Private War” (February 12, 1959), Amos gets so carried away with patriotic fervor that he claims to have fought under Theodore Roosevelt in the Spanish–American War, but Walter Brennan was four years old when that war was fought in 1898. Then Amos is invited to speak at a Veterans Day ceremony.[2] Jon Lormer was cast seven times on The Real McCoys in 1959 and 1960, six as the character Sam Watkins. Joan Blondell appeared three times near the end of the series as Aunt Win. Marjorie Bennett was cast three times as Amanda Comstock. Pat Buttram and Howard McNear also appeared three times; they were subsequently cast as Eustace Haney on CBS’s Green Acres and as Floyd the Barber on CBS’s The Andy Griffith Show. Olin Howland and Willard Waterman appeared five times each as Charley Perkins and Mac Maginnis, respectively.[2] Early in the run of the series, Charles Lane, who often appeared in a character role on I Love Lucy, was cast twice as Harry Poulson, a fast-talking egg salesman; Hassie McCoy has an interest in Harry’s son. In 1963, Jack Oakie appeared three times in the role of Uncle Rightly. Dick Elliott was cast twice as Doc Thornton, and Lurene Tuttle appeared twice as Gladys Purvis, the widowed mother of series character Kate McCoy, with Jay Novello in one of those appearances as Gladys’ intended second husband, a retired photographer from Fresno, California.[2] Malcolm Cassell appeared several times as Hassie McCoy’s boyfriend, Tommy. Edward Everett Horton played J. Luther Medwick, the grandfather of Hassie’s other boyfriend, Jerry; Medwick and Amos soon clash. Verna Felton, a member of the December Bride cast, appeared once as Cousin Naomi Vesper. Jesse White, known as the Maytag repairman in the television commercial and subsequently a cast member of CBS’s The Ann Sothern Show, portrayed a used car salesman named “San Fernando Harry” who clashes with Amos McCoy in “The New Car” (October 2, 1958). On June 1, 1961, Amos, Luke, and Kate return to West Virginia for the 100th birthday gathering of “Grandmother McCoy”, played by Jane Darwell. In one episode, Lee Van Cleef played a sentry; in another Tom Skerritt appeared as a letter carrier.[2] The episode “The Tycoon” (August 30, 1960) four years later coincidentally became the title of Brennan’s next ABC sitcom, The Tycoon, with his co-star Van Williams.[2] Barbara Stanwyck made a cameo appearance in the 1959 episode, “The McCoys Go To Hollywood”, which also features Dorothy Provine, and a glimpse of the Desilu Studios, where the series was filmed. In 1961, Fay Wray is featured in the episode “Theatre in the Barn.” A star of many Hollywood films, including the 1933 adventure-horror classic King Kong, Wray in this episode appears as herself, who volunteers to direct a local amateur production to raise money for the Grange. Just before The Real McCoys ended its run on ABC, Nolan left the series in a contract dispute and was written out of the remaining scripts: her character of Kate apparently died. Hassie left home to attend college, and Little Luke joined the United States Army. She appeared only in the first episode of the final season—he never did. Amos McCoy did not appear in many episodes. Luke hence supposedly was a widower, and many of the stories revolved around Grandpa trying to find him a new wife. This nearly succeeded when Luke met Louise Howard, portrayed by Janet De Gore, a widow with a young son, Greg, played by Butch Patrick, later of CBS’s, The Munsters. images-71.jpeg


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