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Chibideka monogatari (1958)
remember this very well
I remember watching this when it was on Kukla, Fran and Ollie. While this film is dated, it also teaches an important lesson that is still valid 56 years after the film was made. The lesson is to judge a person by the content of their character and not by their weight. I wish that Kukla, Fran and Ollie were still on today so this film could be shown. Kids today need to learn the lesson that this film teaches. Fatty is a new boy in school who is from wealthy family. He is bullied by other students because of both. Skinny is a poor boy who decides to get to know the new kid in school. They become the best of friends. This film is from TV's golden age!
Bridget Loves Bernie (1972)
my review of Bridget loves Bernie
I remember watching Bridget Loves Bernie. It was controversial at the time and received lots of hate mail. That was the reason CBS canceled the show. It wouldn't happen today. There have been interfaith marriages on TV since then. Soap Operas have been doing it for years. This is was a show about a teacher who happened to be from a wealthy Irish Catholic Family and cab driver who was Jewish. His parents owned a deli. Both families were upset about it at first but as each Bridget's family got to know Bernie and Bernie's family got to know Bridget, they accepted the marriage. David Birney, who played Bernie Steinberg, is as Irish as The Kennedys.
Actually, it was Ethel Waters who was the first black woman to star in her own TV series. The series was Beulah. The show was on during the 1950's. Miss Waters played a maid. No surprise there as roles were very limited to blacks back in the 1950's. A black person having his or her own TV show was shocking back then. What set Julia apart was that the title character was a widow whose husband was killed in Vietnam and was college educated. One of the reasons Julia was cancelled was that Diahann Carroll was receiving threats on her life. She didn't return to a television series until the late 1980's/early 1990's when she started appearing on the prime time soap Dynast.
I think that Sally Field, John Davidson and Jack Sheldon should be the first three names listed. They were the stars of the show. I think that having the three stars names at the bottom of the cast list is an insult to the three of them,. I think that IMDb.com should correct this error immediately. I also fondly recall watching this delightful show when I was growing up. There was an episode at Christmas time that was based on O. Henry's Gift of The Magi. I'm hoping that this show is put out on DVD or shown on TVLand. This is the kind of show that would fit into TVLand's line-up. I think that I will e-mail them and ask them about putting this show in their line-up.
Candles on Bay Street (2006)
Candles on Bay Street
I have to agree to an extent. It drag in parts but it didn't put me to sleep. I also think that there should be more programs like it-programs that parents can let their children without having to worry about sexual content or explicit language. I think Hallmark would have been wiser to put their Hallmark Channel Movie on network television. Last year critics wondered why Hallmark had The Reading Room with James Earl Jones on the Hallmark Channel instead of network television. On to the ads, did anyone recognize the voice of the narrator in the ad of the little boy delivering the Christmas Card to his neighbor? If I'm not mistaken, it was Gary Sinise of CSI: New York.
Hodge Podge Lodge (1970)
Hodge Podge Lodge
I remember that show very well! I used to watch it everyday after I got home from school. I watched on WNED, PBS station in Buffalo New York. I always learned something that I didn't know. Miss Jean said it so that I could understand it. She also had kids who were of an age with me. Programs like that are long gone but far from forgotten. I'd also like to see it out on DVD. I think that today's kids need to see more shows like Hodge Podge Lodge. I think producers need to wake up and make more shows like Hodge Podge Lodge-shows that teach kids without using strong language and sexual situations. I know if I had kids and a program like Hodge Podge Lodge were on, I would make sure that they watch it!
Archie Bunker's Place (1979)
Archie Bunker's Place
Like you, I also enjoy watching the re-runs of All In The Family and Archie Bunker's Place. You are right about it not being a spin-off of the original show. If you will listen, it says at the end of Archie Bunker's Place it says it was played before a studio audience for Live Responses. They changed it from being taped before a studio audience to this at the request of Carroll O'Connor. As I recall, the reason was that it because the studio audiences' laughter made O'Connor very nervous. By the way, a spin off is when one or more characters has another show written around them. The two big spin-offs from All In The Family were The Jeffersons and Maude. Maude spun-off another show, Good Times.
A Child's Wish (1997)
Correct me if I'm wrong
It was based on true story. The really events lead up to The Family And Medical Leave Act. I know the names of all but one of the characters were changed to protect their rights to privacy. Anyway, this law guarantees a person up to six weeks leave when a family member has a serious illness. By law the employer has to give it to the person. Now to what I saw thought of movie. I think John Ritter was wonderful in the role of Ed Chandler. When I saw the movie, I was very surprised to see President Clinton in it. I will have to look for it on video at my local library. I hope they run it on television again soon. Maybe Lifetime or Hallmark will have it. This is the kind of movie those two channels would show.
my view point
When I was a kid, that's what the viewers wanted in the police show. At the time the most realistic police show was Adam-12. In the 1960's and 1970's, Jack Webb produced the most realistic shows on television. Aaron Spelling did his thing even back then. One thing about SWAT was that they did function as a team.
my view point
The version of Dragnet I'm most familiar with is the one that aired in the 1960's with Harry Morgan playing Jack Webb's partner. The Dragnet that aired then spun off another successful police series, Adam-12. Adam-12 spun off Emergency.