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Man In The Moon (plot and trailer) – Reese Witherspoon. In the summer of 1957…

Man In The Moon (plot and trailer) – Reese Witherspoon. In the summer of 1957…

Dani Trant is a 14-year-old girl in Louisiana who, according to her father, is “too big to be running off by herself.” Dani and her older sister Maureen, who is going off to college in the fall, are very close. Maureen helps take care of their younger sister, Missy, while their mother Abigail is pregnant.

Dani however prefers to run off to the neighbor’s creek to go swimming in the nude. It is here that she meets her new neighbor, 17-year-old Court Foster. Court kicks Dani out of his creek. When Dani goes home, her mother tells her to wash up because an old childhood friend is coming for dinner with her children. The Trants’ old friend turns out to be a widow, Mrs. Foster with her three sons Court, Dennis, and Rob. When Dani realizes who Court is, the two dislike each other. Court calls Dani “a little girl”. When Dani’s father Matthew tells Dani to accompany Court into town for groceries, Dani and Court drive into town and start to get along. Dani finally realizes that she is in love with Court.

Maureen goes on a date to a dance with her boyfriend Billy Sanders. When they leave the dance, Billy wants to park his car and have sex. Maureen gets angry and breaks up with Billy because she believes “love should be beautiful”. The next day, Dani asks Maureen for advice on how to kiss a boy. Maureen demonstrates by practicing on her hand. Dani and Court continue to go swimming during the hot sunny days and become very close friends. The two agree to meet to go swimming at night, since Court has too much work to do during the day. Dani sneaks off and swims with Court until they reach the point where they are about to kiss. Court pushes Dani away and says she is a little girl that doesn’t know what she’s doing, and runs off home. Dani leaves too just as a thunderstorm is breaking out. Abigail wakes up, knowing Dani isn’t home, and runs outside looking for her. Just as Dani gets home, and runs to her mother, her mother also runs and trips on a root, falls and hits her head. Dani’s father races her to the hospital, where she is kept for treatment (concussion and toxemia). When her father returns home from the hospital, he spanks Dani with his belt. The next day, Court brings food to the Trant house and apologizes to Dani for the other night. Dani, still hurt, just ignores him at first, until Court says he would still like to be friends. The next time they go swimming the two share Dani’s first kiss. Dani is still hurt and angry at her father for hitting her. When he tries to talk to her the next day feeling remorseful for using his belt on her, she only replies with “Yes Sir” or “No Sir” to his questions.

Once Dani has made up with her father, he tells Dani to invite Court over once in a while so he can get to know him better. When Court comes over for dinner, he finally meets Maureen. Dani can tell it is love at first sight for the two of them. While Dani visits her mother in the hospital, Court comes over to the Trant house and kisses Maureen. Over the next few days, Dani is getting pushed away by Court. While the rest of the family goes to pick up Abigail and the new baby from the hospital, Court and Maureen claim their love for each other, consummating their love in a field. When Maureen leaves for home, Court goes back to plowing the fields and falls off the tractor, and is badly injured. Dani sees this, and races home to tell her father. When Matthew returns home, he has some of Court’s blood on his clothes and the family realizes that Court has died. Maureen hides her pain at first, while Dani bursts into tears. After Court’s funeral, Dani continues to be angry at Maureen for stealing Court away from her. Matthew tells Dani that although she has a right to be hurt, being mad won’t bring Court back, and Maureen will be her sister for life. Dani comforts Maureen as she weeps on Court’s fresh grave, and the film ends with Maureen and Dani talking outside on the porch at night as the summer draws to a close, looking up at the moon becoming close again.

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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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“Movie Memories and the Dawning of a Drama Queen”

Movie magazines, did me an honor by keeping me abreast of my own stardom.

Every guy at Norwood High knew that I was no paperdoll, but a gorgeous pin up. I was their cheerleading heartbeat whom they could only imagine at lovers lane. And, I was destined to become the 1958 Prom Queen at Norwood High.

Watching my favorite movie was always a raincheck on my fabulous 50s style. A rainy day, front row seat, a box of buttered popcorn, Jujubes, a hanky, with a box of Bonbons. That was me.

The Saturday movie matinee–(Ahhh!) was my perfect place.

It was my own world, an escape from my weekend household chores. And, from the phone mouthpiece. This would be one of those Saturdays that my girlfriends Lydia, Violet and Agnes would have to gossip without me.

The gossip was only going to be about my breakup with my boyfriend Robert. The scoop was– that I gave Robert back his class ring and sweater.

Me, Noreen Mayer, a well-known epitome of Doris Day and Tuesday Weld with the chemistry of Annette Funicello. Even though I watched the same old romantic movies over and over again, I always cried. Somtimes I would get my roles mixed up. Oh no! I am not talking about an on-screen mixup, but my real-life character-role. (Sigh) That is the reason why I broke it off with Robert. While I was on my Tuesday Weld spill, Robert was behaving like Frankie Avalon. I was hoping he would be more brisk just as James Dean or even Paul Anka.

So here I am now… sitting here crying. And No, I am not crying about my breakup with Robert!! This is my first time seeing the movie “Trapeze” starring Burt Reynolds and Tony Curtis with Gina Lollobrigida.

Oh, oh… There is so much love and jealousy in this movie.

Well, It is no secret. You guessed right. I am “The” Drama Queen. And now that I am Gina Lollobrigida, Robert will have to be Tony Curtis. But in order to create a love triangle (the battle for me), I must find the other leading man, ‘a Burt Reynolds’.

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ANDY WILLIAMS -“MOON RIVER” composed by Henry Mancini with lyrics by Johnny Mercer.


“Moon River” is a song composed by Henry Mancini with lyrics by Johnny Mercer. It received an Academy Award for Best Original Song for its performance by Audrey Hepburn in the movie Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961).[1] It also won Mancini the 1962 Grammy Award for Record of the Year and won Mancini and Mercer the Grammy Award for Song of the Year.[2] The song has been covered by many other artists.

It became the theme song for Andy Williams, who first recorded it in 1961 and performed it at the Academy Awards ceremony in 1962. He sang the first eight bars of the song at the beginning of each episode of his eponymous television show and named his production company and venue in Branson, Missouri after it. His autobiography is called “Moon River” and Me. Williams’ version was never released as a single, but it charted as an LP track that he recorded for Columbia on a hit album of 1962. Cadence Records’ president Archie Bleyer disliked Williams’ version, as Bleyer believed it had little or no appeal to teenagers.[3] Forty years later in 2002, a 74-year-old Williams sang the song at the conclusion of the live telecast of the NBC 75th Anniversary Special to a standing ovation.[4]

The song’s success was responsible for relaunching Mercer’s career as a songwriter, which had stalled in the mid-1950s because rock and roll had replaced jazz standards as the popular music of the time. The song’s popularity is such that it has been used as a test sample in a study on people’s memories of popular songs.[5]

Comments about the lyrics have noted that they are particularly reminiscent of Mercer’s youth in the Southern United States and his longing to expand his horizons.[6] Robert Wright wrote in The Atlantic Monthly, “This is a love sung to wanderlust. Or a romantic song in which the romantic partner is the idea of romance.”[7] An inlet near Savannah, Georgia, Johnny Mercer’s hometown, was named Moon River in honor of him and this song.[5]


Mercer and Mancini wrote the song for Audrey Hepburn to fit her vocal range. The lyrics, written by Mercer, are reminiscent of his childhood in Savannah, Georgia, including its waterways. As a child, he had picked huckleberries in summer, and connected them with a carefree childhood and Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn.[6][8]

Although an instrumental version is played over the film’s opening titles, the lyrics are first heard in a scene where Paul “Fred” Varjak (George Peppard) discovers Holly Golightly (Hepburn) singing them, accompanied by her guitar, on the fire escape outside their apartments.

There was an eruption of behind-the-scenes consternation when a Paramount Pictures executive, Martin Rackin, suggested removing the song from the film after a tepid Los Angeles preview. Hepburn’s reaction was described by Mancini and others in degrees varying from her saying, “over my dead body”, to her using somewhat more colorful language to make the same point.[9] Hepburn’s version was uncredited in the original movie soundtrack.

An album version recorded by Mancini and his chorus was released as a single and became a number 11 hit in December 1961.[10] Due to unpublished charts in Billboard, Joel Whitburn’s Top Adult (Contemporary) Songs variously reported the song as a #3 or #1 easy listening hit. Mancini’s original version was also featured in the film Born on the Fourth of July (1989). In 1993, following Hepburn’s death, her version was released on an album titled Music from the Films of Audrey Hepburn. In 2004, Hepburn’s version finished at #4 on AFI’s 100 Years…100 Songs survey of top tunes in American cinema.

“Moon River” was a hit single for Jerry Butler in late 1961; it reached number 11 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in December,[11] two weeks before Mancini’s recording reached the same spot. Danny Williams had a hit version of the song that reached number one in the UK in the final week of 1961.[1] Although Andy Williams never released the song as a single, his LP Moon River and Other Great Movie Themes (1962), was certified gold in 1963 for sales grossing over $1 million.[12]

Hundreds of versions of the song have been recorded, and it has been featured in numerous media.[8] Mercer recorded the song in 1974 for his album My Huckleberry Friend.[13] In 2007, saxophonist Dave Koz recorded a version from his standards music album, At the Movies, sung by Barry Manilow.[14][15][16] In 2013, Neil Finn and Paul Kelly performed the song on their Goin’ Your Way Tour,[17][18] during which their performance at the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall was recorded for the live album, Goin’ Your Way, released the same year.[19] The title of the album comes from a phrase in the song’s chorus: “Wherever you’re goin’, I’m goin’ your way”.[20] Lawrence Welk’s 1961 instrumental version was featured in Mad Men season 6, episode 13, “In Care Of” (2013).[21] A version of the song was featured in Asif Kapadia’s documentary film, Amy (2015), about Amy Winehouse. Winehouse’s version, sung at age 16 with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra in 2000, is the opening song in the film.[22]


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Andy Griffin and Opie – “The Town Of Mayberry (The Andy Griffin Show)”

Andy Griffin and Opie – “The Town Of Mayberry   (The Andy Griffin Show)”

The Andy Griffin Show (Mayberry RFD)

Andy Samuel Griffith (June 1, 1926 – July 3, 2012) was an American actor, comedian, television producer, Southern gospel singer, and writer,[2] whose career spanned seven decades of music and television.

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Griffith in a publicity photo for The Andy Griffith Show (1960)


Known for his southern drawl, his characters with a folksy-friendly personality, and his gruff, gregarious voice, Griffith was a Tony Award nominee for two roles, and gained prominence in the starring role in director Elia Kazan’s film A Face in the Crowd (1957) before he became better known for his television roles, playing the lead roles of Andy Taylor in the sitcom The Andy Griffith Show (1960–1968) and Ben Matlock in the legal dramaMatlock (1986–1995).

Griffith died on July 3, 2012, from a heart attack at the age of 86 at his coastal home in Manteo, Roanoke Island, in Dare County, North Carolina. He was buried in the Griffith family cemetery on the island within five hours of his death.

Andy Griffith and Howard in a publicity photo for The Andy Griffith Show (1961)

In 1960, Howard was cast as Opie Taylor in The Andy Griffith Show. Credited as “Ronny Howard”, he portrayed the son of the title character (played by Andy Griffith) for all eight seasons of the show. On his 9th birthday, in 1963, he got an 8mm movie camera, with tripod, lights and film, a gift that was given by both Griffith and producer Aaron Ruben (who shared the same birthday with Howard, and was 4 decades Howard’s senior). He and Griffith remained close, until Griffith’s death nearly 45 years later, on July 3, 2012. Upon his death, Howard released a statement from Entertainment Weekly: “I was five years old. And I was preoccupied with the prop that was in my hand, because it was a toy turtle. But I had to pretend it was a real turtle that the audience just wasn’t seeing, and it was dead, so I was supposed to be crying and very emotional, and I remember him looking at that little turtle and talking to me about how it was kind of funny to have to pretend that was dead. So I recall just a very relaxed first impression.” He also added of the memories he had on the show with his TV father: “He was fantastic,” Howard said. “There was a fantastic equilibrium between his love of laughter and jokes and funny stories and songs and all that, and then he could turn on a dime and be the utmost professional…. If people who met him were to be surprised [to learn something about him] it would be this sort of simple commitment to excellence. This straightforward work ethic that he adhered to in a very unpretentious way with great humility and very few words.” The last thing that Howard said about his TV father’s legacy, his work on everything: “He loved people,” Howard said. “He loved their foibles, their quirks, and he celebrated that on the show, and he appreciated it about people in life.”[18] Then, 4 years after his TV father’s death, he said in a 2016 interview with US Magazine when Griffith would allow the then 7-year-old boy to embark on his own writing, “I felt elated,” Howard recalled: “Andy Griffith said, ‘What are you grinnin’ at, young’un?’ I said, ‘That’s the first idea of mine they’ve taken.’ He said, ‘It’s the first that was any damn good. Now let’s rehearse!'”


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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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16) BANK OF AMERICA “Timeplan”
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
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 Ten-Year Lunch; Wits & Legends of the Algonquin Round Table

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The Algonquin Round Table set the standard for literary style and wit beyond its ten-year duration. After World War I, Vanity Fair writers and Algonquin regulars Dorothy Parker, Robert Benchley, and Robert E. Sherwood began lunching at The Algonquin. In 1919, they gathered in the Rose Room with some literary friends to welcome back acerbic critic Alexander Woollcott from his service as a war correspondent. It proved so enjoyable that someone suggested it become a daily event. This led to a near-quotidian exchange of ideas, opinions, and often-savage wit that has enriched the world’s literary life. George S. Kaufman, Heywood Broun, and Edna Ferber were also in this august assembly, which strongly influenced writers like F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway. Perhaps their greatest contribution, however, was the founding of The New Yorker. “The Ten-Year Lunch,” which won Aviva Slesin an Academy Award in 1987 for best documentary, offers a vivid introduction to the Round Table and its unparalleled


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