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Back in 1964 a lot of people still thought dolphins were fish, but by the time this TV show was finished, we all knew that our happy undersea friend was smarter than the average bear and lives in a world full of wonder. Ivan Tors’ grandly successful Florida-shot family show kept a lot of seagoing movie veterans in green seaweed, including both original ‘Creature’ Gill Men.
Flipper, Season One
1964-65 / Color / 1:33 flat TV / 780 min. / Street Date August 29, 2017 / available through the Olive Films website / 39.95
Original Music: Henry Vars, song by
Written by: Jack Cowden, Ricou Browning, Peter L. Dixon, Laird Koenig, Stanley H. Silverman, Orville H. Hampton, Lee Erwin, Art Arthur, Jess Carneol, Key Lenard, Ivan Tors, Alan Caillou, Arthur Richards, Robert Sabaroff.
Directed by: Ricou Browning, »
- Glenn Erickson
Actor who played Joanie Cunningham in the Us sitcom Happy Days
Erin Moran, who has died aged 56 after suffering from cancer, was already a seasoned child star when she was cast in the role that made her recognised worldwide – as Joanie Cunningham in the American sitcom Happy Days. Joanie is the feisty kid sister of the clean-cut teenager Richie Cunningham, around whom much of the show’s action revolves, and takes a great interest in his attempts to attract girls.
Moran was only seven when she joined the children’s TV drama Daktari in 1968 for its final two runs, as Jenny Jones, an orphan given a home by the vet and conservationist Dr Marsh Tracy (played by Marshall Thompson) at his Wameru Study Center for Animal Behavior in east Africa. The popular adventure series was based on the 1965 film Clarence, the Cross-Eyed Lion.
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- Anthony Hayward
Harrison County Sheriff’s Office in Indiana revealed that the cause of death was likely "complications of stage 4 cancer," per the Wrap.
Moran began her career as a child actress, starring in commercials starting at age five. She appeared in films such as 1968's How Sweet It Is! with Debbie Reynolds and Melvin Van Peebles' Watermelon Man in 1970 alongside TV shows Daktari, »
Erin Moran, best known for playing Ron Howard’s kid sister in the classic 1970s sitcom “Happy Days,” has died. She was 56. EMTs were called at 4 p.m. Et on Saturday to an Indiana home to tend an “unresponsive female,” the Harrison County Sheriff’s Department confirms. “Upon the arrival of first responders, it was determined that Erin Marie Moran Fleischmann was deceased. An autopsy is pending,” they said in a statement. Also Read: Ron Howard, Henry Winkler Mourn Death of 'Happy Days' Costar Erin Moran Moran was just 6 years old when she was cast in the TV series “Daktari, »
- Rosemary Rossi
For many people, Alien (1979) is the yardstick by which all “creature on a spaceship” films are measured. However, the first few inches on that stick are occupied by It! The Terror from Beyond Space (1958), an effective low budget shocker that helped write the template still used in sci-fi and horror today. Climb aboard for a 69 minute rocket ride to Mars and back with an unwanted passenger. And no, I don’t mean (insert name or political affiliate you hate here).
Released in August stateside by United Artists, with a November drop in the U.K., It! was mostly dismissed by critics, with the exception of Variety who said, “It’s old stuff, with only a slight twist.” In the B world, that’s as close to a rave as one might get from the mainstream media, and that’s fine; audiences enjoyed the straightforward thrills and somewhat unique concept offered up, »
- Scott Drebit
5 items from 2017
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