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She was in coma for 4 years! so she wasn't ignoring me!
I enjoyed this episode with guest stars Judith Roberts as Astrid Channing; Edward Hibbert as her butler Bernard and society friend Gertrude. Grandma doesn't know about the scandal or her family's money woes. It could kill her if she knew the truth. Judith Roberts gave the best performance in the episode. I loved how the diner gang helped Caroline out. Han played the butler. Max played the maid, Maria. Oleg played the chef. Garrett Morris played the server. Sophie does an American accent as a guest. Gertrude is perhaps her only surviving friend.
I loved the witty dialogue among the cast in this episode. Too bad, Astrid doesn't make it into the next episode.
Call of the Wild (2009)
A Cute, Modern Take on a Classic American Novel!
Christopher Lloyd played a grieving widower who lives in small town Montana. His granddaughter visits from Boston. She is a city girl who unwillingly adopts a wolf named Buck. The grandfather reads the classic novel to her. The film is satisfactory and a traditional family film actually done on location in Montana. There is a dog sled race. Christopher Lloyd gave a terrific performance. Joyce Dewitt has a small role as a neighbor whose chickens go missing. I wished there was more of her in the film. Veronica Carwtright played the Sheriff.
The Florida Project (2017)
These are the rooms we're not supposed to go in... But let's go anyways!
Sean Baker has directed a realistic portrait of a slice of unseen Americana. Located near Disney World, the local motels have become a haven for the homeless and working poor who can't afford to pay rent. Halley has a drug problem and raising her daughter, Moonnee at the Magic Castle Motel. Willem Defoe played the motel manager, Bobby, who does more than manage the hotel. He is basically the father figure in Halley's life. He cares about his residents. The children in the film play around the motel in the summertime. The story has plenty of reality especially child services, lack of money and substance abuse. There is violence. But still the kids are resistant, they manage to have a childhood and fun in their lives.
King Charles III (2017)
Tim Pigott-Smith Should Get Knighthood At Least!
The drama first appeared on stage in London, England and later on Broadway in New York City. It was overshadowed by other productions for the Tony Awards. I would have liked to have seen this production though. Tim Pigott-Smith should be awarded Knighthood and Prince Charles should be the officiant during the investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace. Pigot-Smith's performance as Prince Charles is sympathetic, multi-layered and in-depth perhaps the best performance in his lifetime. Pigott-Smith does a terrific job in every scene as the long awaited heir to the British throne. Margot Leicester also does a terrific job as his second wife, Camilla, who supports her husband. Princes William and Harry don't fare well at all. This play has become Shakespearean with Kate as Lady Macbeth; William as Macbeth or one of King Lear's Goneril or Reagan and Harry the spare who wants love and life away from the palace. Charles is very much like King Lear here. Although only in 90 minutes, this film packs a true punch in the British psyche of the events surrounding the loss of the Queen and the monarchy. I know that the events are unlikely to enfold. Charles will be king even for a short time. When the time is right, it will be William and Kate's turn. As for the turmoil in Britain, brexit has a lot to do with it. The monarch's powers are limited and the prime minister only consults with the king or queen. The monarch are just figureheads. If only they could stop brexit, then they would show their true power.
Racket Squad: Blessed Expense (1952)
The Racket Squad only lasted three seasons. This episode is about a con involving insurance policies. I still don't understand why the episode appeared on the Holiday Favorites DVD collection. It's an okay episode. The series didn't impress me very much overall. The acting and writing were okay.
Racket Squad: The Christmas Caper (1952)
Us kids never get Christmas presents.
The Racket Squad investigates a Christmas caper about kids who don't get the kind of holiday gifts. It's about giving back to the community around the holidays. Uncle Dooley decides to treat the neighborhood kids to a Christmas to remember. It appeared on the Holiday Favorites DVD collection.
Freaky Friday (1976)
Right body wrong place!
The world lost a terrific actress, Barbara Harris last year. This film and her performance displayed her natural talent and genius in the role of the mother who switches with her preteen daughter, Annabel, played by Jodie Foster. John Astin played the father and husband. The cast is first rate with Barbara Harris, John Astin, Jodie Foster and a supporting cast to die for. Sorrel Brooke, Marvin Kaplan, Patsy Kelly, Kay Ballard, Ruth Buzzi and more familiar faces in this Disney film. Jodie showed her acting genius as well in this performance alongside Barbara Harris, a dynamic actress in all medium. The film is a wholesome family comedy as Disney would come to be known for its wholesome entertainment. The film is about a mother and daughter switching bodies on Friday the 13th. It's a delightful comedy that doesn't go over the top.
What I mean is, I'm not the Santa Claus type.
Joe Santa Claus is a Christmas episode from the Gruen Guild Theater series. Joe recalls his marriage and his daughter. He confides in a co-worker at a department store about his life. Joe is married to a war bride and they have a daughter. When things get tough and his wife wants to work, Joe drives them away. It has a happy ending though overall. This episode was featured on a holiday favorites DVD series.
Christmas Pudding Should Be Light-Hearted!
For a Christmas Special, it's quite a dark episode. I don't really care about Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson and Baker Street in London, England. I saw this on the holiday favorites DVD collection among many holiday themed episodes from various series. It's okay but not the best.
Christmas Shopping with Jack Benny at the Store!
Jack Benny was an American television tradition whose series lasted fifteen seasons on the new medium of television. In this episode, Jack goes shopping for a Christmas present for a friend. There are cameos like Mel Blanc and Eddie Rochester Anderson. Jack Benny was a comedian from radio to television. Actually many talented people started on radio before television like Jack Benny and Lucille Ball.
Auld Lange Syne!
Jack Benny was one of the great television entertainers and a big influence on other comedians. With his style, grace and dry humor, he can entertain the masses. Especially on New Year's Eve, he has a date or thinks so but ends up with Rochester.
Here turkey turkey, don't be scared. Granny don't mean you no harm. See, I brought you some nice stuffin', I mean bread.
I enjoyed The Beverly Hillbillies in syndication. This episode appeared on the Holiday Favorites DVD with the Christmas episodes. The Turkey becomes a member of the family so it's hard to have him for Thanksgiving Dinner in Beverly Hills. While the Drysdale want an authentic Thanksgiving Day celebration with actors posing as Indians.
That man is so in love with me he can't eat.
The Clampetts are back home. Daisy has to get reacquainted with her animal friends. Pearl plays piano for the movie score. The Clampetts seem more comfortable back home than they do in Beverly Hills. It's a shame that they go back to Beverly Hills. I enjoy seeing Jethro and his twin sister together. The series was always fun to watch.
That bus driver must know a doozy of a short-cut.
The Clampetts were planning to drive their jalopy home but they ended up taking an airplane back home. It's the Clampetts first time back home since striking it rich and moving to Beverly Hills. The Clampetts seem right at home with their relatives.
Usually perfect? That's like saying slightly pregnant. What did you find?
John Randolph guest stars in this memorable episode. I don't know how Mildred could get jury duty and a murder case in San Francisco since she works directly for the police commissioner. Anyway, she is serving as a jury on a high profile murder case. When the jury gets sequestered, a juror gets murdered in the hotel. He was the juror to vote not guilty while others would have voted guilty. Then it gets complicated. It's still a good episode!
McMillan & Wife: Buried Alive (1974)
Back to the CIA!
Mac's CIA past comes back to haunt him. Donna Mills guest stars and does a good job in the role. Mac needs to solve his friend's murder. As usual, the cast does a believable job as the plots get more convoluted and complicated. I enjoy the guest appearances and the San Francisco scenery.
Sally reunites with an old boyfriend and his wealthy father's estate. Stefanie Powers gives a great performance as the widow. The two hour episode is filled with twists and turns as well. The cast included pregnant Sally, Mildred and Enright to help Mac.
Til Death Do They Quit!
MacMillan and Sally take part in a racing with four other couples to win an inheritance of cars worth 2 million dollars. The cast included Alex Karras, Bert Convy, Van Johnson and others. There are problems with their cars and the roads. It's as if somebody doesn't want the other four players to win the race. All of them could use the money to bail them out of situations at home.
The Commissioner and His Lookalike!
Rock Hudson does double duty again as the San Francisco Police Commissioner and his lookalike in San Diego. It's not one of my favorite episodes because I couldn't stand when Hudson played him first time around. There is a memorable tango scene with Mildred and the lookalike at a charity event. Nancy Walker looked great and they steal the show and the episode.
Now a Football Player!
Stewart MacMillan reunites with his college football team twenty years later for a a reunion to remember. Buddy Hackett, Rosey Grier and Ned Wertimer (a frequent actor in the series in several roles) appear. When one of their mates gets killed, MacMillan and the others are all on high alert for being next. You would be surprised by what happens in the end of the episode. Wertimer gives a heartbreaking performance though.
The First Two Hour Episode!
Usually this series has only about 90 minute episodes. This episode did feel longer by about 20 minutes. Stewart MacMillan besides being San Francisco Police Commissioner and a former defense attorney was also a CIA agent. When an old agent dies, he goes into investigating mode. Dana Wynter played a female spy from his past. It was done surprisingly well for a longer episode. I did enjoy Dana Wynter here.
Familiar Faces and Scenario!
I always enjoyed seeing Barbara Rhoades, Carole Cook and even Barbara Feldon in this series. In this episode, Mac's friend mysteriously dies or has disappeared while dealing with a business merger. Feldon arrives as his secretary at the MacMillans to deliver papers and that's where it began. The episode is interesting though and memorable for the guest appearances.
The Halloween Episode!
This strange episode is about the occult in San Francisco with guest stars like Keenan Wynn and Werner Klemperer. Sally looks like a goddess or a witch from the past. The episode also featured Barbara Colby who was sadly murdered. She was a bright talented actress killed at the height of her career. It was quite interesting that the series would dabble in the occult in the early seventies. I found it interesting though.
The MacMillans go Abroad!
Stewart, Sally and Mildred travel to Scotland for a MacmIllan family reunion at a Scottish mansion. Surprisingly it was filmed in Hollywood. Enright arrives later. Roddy McDowell is there as a family member. The show does try to make it seem like Scotland though even though it was filmed in Southern California. There is a mystery to solve when they arrive at the castle. Stewart or Mac spent his summers there in Scotland with relatives.
Rescuing Sally's Uncle!
Sally's beloved uncle is a horse owner and racer. He is also wealthy despite being frugal at times. Instead of taking a taxi, he would rather take a bus. It's a memorable episode particularly because it's never so simple and cut until the ending. Sally and Mac go to the racetracks and the countryside.