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Laff Review: Like Country Music? 'Billy Mize and the Bakersfield Sound' Is For You

19 June 2014 8:18 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

It seems odd to think of someone who had more than one eponymous television show, shared the stage with some of music’s most recognizable artists and lent style tips to Elvis himself as having a disappointing career. But there’s a running thread throughout "Billy Mize and the Bakersfield Sound" that suggests its titular subject was capable of a level of stardom far greater than what actually achieved. Even if those closest to him may lament that Billy Mize isn’t as much of a household name as his most notable peers (Buck Owens, Merle Haggard and Roger Miller, among others), William J. Saunders' documentary does an admirable job of demonstrating the many ways Mize's efforts still resonated in the history of the country music genre.  A product of the post-Depression migration to better prospects in California, a young Billy picked up the guitar and became one of »

- Steve Greene

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Robin Hood (1973)

8 April 2014 1:58 AM, PDT | Sky Movies | See recent Sky Movies news »

A match for any of Disney's more widely proclaimed animated adventures, this take on the legend sees vulpine hero Robin Hood out to outfox thumb-sucking tyrant Prince John (voiced by Peter Ustinov) while winning the heart of Maid Marian and, naturally, ensuring the poor don't go away empty handed. With Phil Harris (The Jungle Book's Baloo) as Little John, musician Roger Miller providing narration as cockerel-cool minstrel Allan-a-Dale, and perennial British cad Terry-Thomas perfectly casssst as Prince John's hench-snake Sir Hiss, there's more colour to the denizens of this Sherwood Forest than mere Lincoln green. »

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