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16 items from 2011


Memento Mori: Remembering those we lost in 2011

24 December 2011 2:35 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

In October of 2010, Sound on Sight asked me to do my first commemorative piece on the passing of filmmaker Arthur Penn. I suspect I was asked because I was the only one writing for the site old enough to have seen Penn’s films in theaters. Whatever the reason, it was an unexpectedly rewarding if expectedly bittersweet experience which led to a series of equally rewarding but bittersweet experiences writing on the passing of other filmdom notables.

I say rewarding because it gave me a nostalgic-flavored chance to revisit certain work and the people behind it; a revisiting which often brought back the nearly-forgotten youthful excitement that went with an eye-opening, a discovery, the thrill of the new. Writing them has also been bittersweet because each of these pieces is a formal acknowledgment that something precious is gone. A talent may be perhaps preserved forever on celluloid, but the filmography »

- Bill Mesce

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Harry Morgan obituary

8 December 2011 4:07 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Actor best known as the warm and authoritative Colonel Potter in M*A*S*H

The actor Harry Morgan, who has died aged 96, was best known as Colonel Sherman T Potter, commander of the 4077th Mobile Army Surgical Hospital in M*A*S*H, the wonderfully witty and sharp television series set in an army camp during the Korean war. He played Potter, an expert surgeon and a father figure in the camp, from 1978 until 1983.

Those who knew Morgan from films alone might have been surprised by his warm and authoritative performance as Potter. Throughout the 1940s and 1950s, as a supporting actor, he played runtish bad guys and worms that seldom turned. He gradually began to reveal a more likable side, as a musician buddy of Glenn Miller (James Stewart) in The Glenn Miller Story (1954) and in the typically bland 50s TV sitcom December Bride (1954-58). Later, he played »

- Ronald Bergan

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Harry Morgan, star of Dragnet and M*A*S*H, dies aged 96

8 December 2011 6:13 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Actor best known for roles on the TV shows Dragnet and M*A*S*H dies aged 96 after suffering from pneumonia

Harry Morgan, the actor best known for playing Colonel Sherman Potter in the Us television comedy M*A*S*H, has died at his Los Angeles home aged 96.

Morgan died after suffering from pneumonia, his son Christopher confirmed late on Wednesday.

The Emmy award-winning actor appeared in more than 100 films in a prolific career on the big screen but was best known as Colonel Potter in M*A*S*H.

Mike Farrell, who played Bj Hunnicutt in the series, said of his co-star: "There was not an unadorable bone in the man's body."

Morgan also appeared as officer Bill Gannon on the crime series Dragnet from 1967 to 1970, alongside Jack Webb.

His ability to play a variety of roles, dramatic and comedic, made him an actor in demand for half a century. »

- Josh Halliday

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Mash Actor Harry Morgan Dead at 96

7 December 2011 5:38 PM, PST | WorstPreviews.com | See recent Worst Previews news »

Harry Morgan, who was best known for his long-running portrayal of Colonel Potter on "Mash," died at his Los Angeles home Wednesday morning at 96 years old. Morgan won an Emmy in 1980 for his performance as the unflappable medic. A veteran of more than 50 years in films and TV, Morgan starred in 11 TV series. His other most recognized role was on the TV series "Dragnet" (1967-70), in which he played Jack Webb's businesslike partner Bill Gannon. He reprised the role of Gannon in the 1987 movie remake. Asked in 2004 how he'd like to be remembered, Morgan said: "For being a fairly pleasant person and for having gotten along for the most part with a lot of the people I've worked with. And for having a wonderful life and for having enjoyed practically every minute of it, especially in the picture business and on the stage. I think I'm one of the luckiest people in the world. »

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Harry Morgan Dies at 96

7 December 2011 11:30 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Harry Morgan, who played Col. Sherman Potter on TV's M*A*S*H and Jack Webb's detective partner in Dragnet, died Wednesday at age 96. The actor died in his home in Los Angeles after suffering from pneumonia, his daughter-in-law Beth Morgan tells the Associated Press. "He was side-splittingly funny, a very gentle and loving father-in-law," Beth Morgan said. "He was very humble about having such a successful career." The Detroit-born Morgan became interested in acting while taking public speaking courses at the University of Chicago. Local theater stints led to a Broadway production of Golden Boy with Karl Malden and Lee J. Cobb. »

- Mike Fleeman

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Rest in Peace Harry Morgan

7 December 2011 10:56 AM, PST | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

He may have only dabbled in our genre a few times, but when such an iconic figure as Harry Morgan passes away, we'd be remiss not to mention it and express our condolences to his friends and family.

Morgan, the prolific character actor best known for playing Colonel Potter in the long-running television series "M*A*S*H", died Wednesday morning at his home in Los Angeles. He was 96. His son Charles confirmed his death, saying his father had been treated for pneumonia recently.

Harry Morgan was born Harry Bratsburg on April 10, 1915, in Detroit. Before taking on the role of Colonel Potter, he played Officer Bill Gannon, sidekick to Jack Webb’s always-by-the-book Sgt. Joe Friday in the updated “Dragnet,” from 1967 to 1970. His horror/thriller credits include "Alfred Hitchcock Presents", "The Alfred Hitchcock Hour", "Rod Serling's Night Gallery", "Murder, She Wrote", and "The Twilight Zone".

In 1980 Morgan won an Emmy »

- The Woman In Black

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Harry Morgan, 'M*A*S*H*'s' Col. Potter, dead at 96

7 December 2011 9:29 AM, PST | Pop2it | See recent Pop2it news »

Actor Harry Morgan, who is best remembered for his role as the cigar-chewing Col. Sherman T. Potter on long-running CBS show "M*A*S*H*," has died at 96. According to The Wrap, Morgan died at his Los Angeles home on Wednesday (Dec. 6) morning.

To an earlier generation, Morgan was also known as Officer Bill Gannon, the partner of Jack Webb's Sgt. Joe Friday on TV's "Dragnet." He was also a regular on a slew of shows from the 1950s through the '70s, including "Pete and Gladys," "The Richard Boone Show" and "Kentucky Jones." He played "M*A*S*H*'s" Col. Potter from 1975 to 1983 when the show went off the air. He was a replacement for McLean Stevenson, who had originated the role.

"He was firm. He was a good officer and he had a good sense of humor," said Morgan of his Potter character in an interview »

- editorial@zap2it.com

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Destiny's Web: Indian writer making international debut in Australian Film Industry : Trade News

2 November 2011 12:33 PM, PDT | Bollywood Trade | See recent Bollywood Trade news »

Johnny D, an Indian film journalist-editor turned script writer is making his international debut in the Australian Film Industry with Destiny's Web, being produced by Australian Producer Lan Christine Parks and directed by Jack Webb. The shooting starts in Australia from the 5th of November in various location in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and.... In its second schedule, the shooting of the film will Read More »

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Just the Facts: 7 TV Detectives You’d Want Working Your Case

14 September 2011 3:09 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Cop shows have been around almost as long as television itself and have run the gamut, from procedurals to sitcoms to serialized dramas. They’ve given us some of TV’s most memorable and enduring characters, not to mention some of the medium’s best performances. Yet, upon examination, disproportionately few of the detectives who grace our screens are particularly great at their jobs and often those that are have any number of person issues that get in the way. Between alcoholism, anger issues, corruption, family drama, and neuroses, a reliable TV cop can be hard to find, let alone one who’s great at their job. This isn’t a list of the most interesting cops or the best performances or even the most realistic. This list looks at the detectives we would want working our case if the need arose.

Note: Due to the specific parameters of this list, »

- Kate Kulzick

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link we like: California Artists Radio Theater

4 September 2011 9:30 PM, PDT | Leonard Maltin's Movie Crazy | See recent Leonard Maltin's Movie Crazy news »

I’ve written before about California Artists Radio Theater, a labor of love for veteran actress Peggy Webber, who grew up during the golden age of radio (and played Jack Webb’s elderly mother on Dragnet when she in her 20s) and keeps the medium alive with live performances of shows both old and new. Her repertory company includes people who, like Peggy, actually worked in network radio way back when, as well as younger actors who have taken to the medium like ducks to water (including William Shatner and Sean Astin). This new, revised website leads you to photos and— —biographies… »

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Jack Webb: The Next Big Thing

1 August 2011 6:01 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Tony Fantozzi somehow brought Jack Webb into my life.  He assuredly didn't need my guidance. As one of TV's first hyphenates with his own iconic production company, Mark VII, he created a lot of the television I grew up watching in Philadelphia, and he could have put together TV movies with his eyes closed.  Ok, to hide behind yet another cliche, he could invent an hour show with his hands tied behind his back.  But, for whatever reason, he liked me, and we spent many hours at Perino's (he introduced me to this spot before it would disappear »

- Arthur Axelman

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link we like: California Artists Radio Theatre

6 July 2011 9:16 PM, PDT | Leonard Maltin's Movie Crazy | See recent Leonard Maltin's Movie Crazy news »

What's New At Cart? If you love old-time radio you ought to know about this marvelous troupe headed by veteran actress, producer and director Peggy Webber, who keeps that great tradition alive in Los Angeles. Her repertory company includes people who actually worked in radio's heyday (like Peggy herself, who appeared on thousands of shows--and famously played Jack Webb's aged mother on Dragnet) and younger performers who've developed the rarefied skill of acting with just their voice. Watching Cart productions in person is a great treat, but you can also hear their past work on CDs available at this site. »

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How Peter Falk Made Lt. Columbo Iconic

24 June 2011 2:30 PM, PDT | Speakeasy/Wall Street Journal | See recent Speakeasy/Wall Street Journal news »

Everett Peter Falk

Before Peter Falk came along with his iconic portrayal of Lt. Columbo, TV detectives were never people like us. For the most part, they were a smug and self-assured bunch, comfortable in their mental, moral, and physical attributes and their obvious superiority over not only the bad guys, but everybody else, too.

They were smooth and elegant, like Gene Barry’s millionaire homicide cop Amos Burke, or stalwart do-gooders like Jack Webb’s by-the-book Joe Friday, or »

- Lee Goldberg

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Bye-Bye Yesterday

10 June 2011 8:21 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

 

Last week I did a piece on how early syndication of movies to TV provided a culturally unifying base for Baby Boomers.  Most of us, however, probably think of syndication as being less about movies and more about recycling old TV shows.  And, in time, so it became.

TV writer/producer/director Bill Persky remembers syndication being a movie-driven business in the medium’s early years since “…there weren’t that many series to syndicate…”  By the 60s, however, TV production companies had amassed enough defunct TV shows to turn syndication into an increasingly profitable series-recycling business feeding a bottomless market.  Independent stations filled their days with a patchwork quilt of old TV shows, old movies, local news and sports, and even network affiliates had hours to fill between blocks of network programming.

The recycling of old TV shows had the same impact on Boomers recycling old movies did; it »

- Bill Mesce

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Oscar Season Chat #4: A Conversation with Producer (and Legendary Cop) Sonny Grosso

20 February 2011 10:14 AM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

(Celebrating award week with a look at one of Oscar’s most notable champions: The French Connection. Thirty-nine years ago, Connection – besides being one of the biggest hits of the 1970s – was the top winner at the Academy Awards walking away with gold for Best Picture [collected by producer Phil D’Antoni], Director [William Friedkin], Actor [Gene Hackman], Adapted Screenplay [by Ernest Tidyman], and Editing [Gerald Greenburg].)

“I grew up in a world where Edward G. Robinson, Humphrey Bogart, James Cagney …these were the heroes.  Not the cops.  Cops were the bad guys.  Or they were stumbling around, couldn’t find their asses with both hands.”

So says Sonny Grosso, and it is a screen icongraphy he has worked hard to change.  Grosso-Jacobson Communications has produced over 750 hours of programming for network and premium and basic cable television in its thirty-odd years.  Though its output has run from Pee Wee’s Playhouse to adventure fare like Counterstrike, the most acclaimed of the company’s offerings »

- Bill Mesce

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Interview: Behind the Badge with 'Southland's' Michael Cudlitz

13 February 2011 9:00 PM, PST | CinemaSpy | See recent CinemaSpy news »

"Most of us go to work every day with a pretty good idea of what's going to happen. As Detective Bryant will be reminded of today…cops never do."

It's perhaps one of the most veracious lines ever to introduce an episode of television, and featured at the start of Southland's fourth episode this season, entitled "Code 4"—surely one of the most wrenching, visceral and immersive hours of television ever filmed.

For those familiar with TNT's crime drama, you already know that each instalment begins with a voice over accompanying a profound scene that occurs later in the story. The episode then goes back and shows us the events that led up to that profound moment.

Of course, if you haven't been watching Southland, then put simply, you should be. Here's the skinny: The series follows the contrasting lives of both Los Angeles beat cops and detectives, giving us »

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