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Joan Regan obituary

15 September 2013 4:05 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Popular singer of the 1950s and host of her own BBC television show, Be My Guest

Though there may have been a rather old-fashioned element in the sort of blonde, blue-eyed wholesomeness projected by the singer Joan Regan, who has died aged 85, it clearly worked to her advantage. Her first release, Till I Waltz With You Again, sold 35,000 copies – highly unusual for an unknown singer in the early 1950s. Soon she was able to sell 250,000 copies of Till They've All Gone Home, another number in which sentiment was never allowed to become cloying. Ricochet (1953) sold 8,000 within days of its release and reached No 8 in the charts.

"I don't profess to be a sexy sort of person," she said as her career was taking off. "It makes me feel good to draw the whole family, rather than just the teenagers." Some fans thought she took after Vera Lynn, the famous wartime forces sweetheart, »

- Dennis Barker

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DVD Review: "Peter Gunn:- The Complete Series" Released By Timeless Video

6 January 2013 5:21 PM, PST | | See recent CinemaRetro news »

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By Harvey F. Chartrand

Peter Gunn: The Complete Series is now available for the first time ever as a 12-dvd box set from Timeless Media Group… all 114 episodes, with a running time of over 58 hours.

Peter Gunn – created and produced by Blake Edwards – ran for three seasons – from 1958 to 1961. This classic detective show was a delightful blend of film noir and fifties cool, featuring a modern jazz score by Henry Mancini (a bonus CD of the soundtrack is included in the set), outbreaks of the old ultra-violence, a gallery of eccentric and sleazy characters (usually informants, gangsters and Beat Generation bohemians), and great acting by series leads Craig Stevens (as Gunn), Lola Albright (as his squeeze, sultry nightclub singer Edie Hart) and Herschel Bernardi (as Gunn’s friend and competitor Lieutenant Jacoby, who seems to work all by himself 24 hours a day »

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