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McMillan & Wife: Cop of the Year (1972)
Season 2, Episode 3
8/10
Just When You Thought It Safe To See The Ex-Wife Again!
9 January 2019
Lorraine Gary was a guest performer in the first season. In the second season episode, she played Monica Fontaine, Sergeant Enright's angry, vindictive ex-wife comes to town. When she gets shot in Enright's attendance, Mac has to prove his best friend and colleague is innocent. Lorraine Gary really shined well in this performance. She was truly exceptional playing the bitter and angry ex-wife of a cop. The marriage must have been a disaster. Like most episodes, there are layers of details unfolded during the episode. E
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McMillan & Wife: Blues for Sally M. (1972)
Season 2, Episode 2
9/10
Oh no! Not so easy! Make me suffer.
8 January 2019
Keir Dullea, Charlotte Rae, Ned Wertimer, Edie Adams and others guest appear on a memorable episode where a singer and songwriter has a crush on Sally. The MacMillans are invited to a concert but find the singer injured in his apartment. The episode has some interesting moments especially with Charlotte Rae with black hair. Ned Wertimer made his second appearance in the series as a Rae's cheating husband.
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McMillan & Wife: Night of the Wizard (1972)
Season 2, Episode 1
8/10
ustice isn't an angle,Why don't you turn that into a bumper sticker!
8 January 2019
John Astin, Carole Cook, Eileen Brennan and Philip Carey are notable guest appearances in beginning of a seance and a mystery unfolds about a dead husband whose widow is clinging to her sanity. The episode is quite entertaining as Sally is friends with the widow. There is a seance in the beginning. The mystery slowly unfolds unlike Columbo where you know ahead. Mac and Sally are trying to solve complex mysteries. The
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8/10
All Eyes and Fingers Points to Lee!
5 January 2019
Barbara McNair played Lee Richards, a successful singer who has a terrible marriage to a husband. McNair deserved an Emmy for her performance. Lee's husband and his mistress goes missing. All eyes and fingers point to Lee's involvement. Mac does his best to defend his old friend. McNair also sings beautifully like Diana Ross. The surprise twist comes at the end o the episode.
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McMillan & Wife: The Face of Murder (1972)
Season 1, Episode 5
8/10
Mac, that was first class! How many lessons you have?
5 January 2019
Claude Akins guest starred as a former fighter who can identify a key witness in a case. Macmillan and his wife try to protect him. The episode has plenty of memorable moments especially Mac flying an airplane from Palm Springs. Claude Akins was really one of my favorite actors. He was perfectly cast to play this role. It's one of the more memorable episodes. in the series.
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The Demon Murder Case (1983 TV Movie)
7/10
Be Aware At Your Peril!
5 January 2019
I don't know about this case. According to one reviewer, the murder took place in Brookfield, Connecticut and not Newport, Rhode Island. Kevin Bacon is the defendant in a bizarre case where he has been possessed to murder somebody else. The cast is first rate and I love Beverlee McKinsey and the psychic wife to Andy Griffith. I was lucky to get a copy of it on DVD off the internet. I thought Beverlee McKinsey gave her best performance and a shame that she never got a career worthy of her talent. Joyce Van Patten is also a terrific actress, under-rated as the mother of the possessed boy. The cast has plenty of familiar names. This was a television movie that hasn't been seen much since it aired in 1983. I wished it was readily available. Kevin Bacon did a superb job in his role. The cast included Richard Masur and Cloris Leachman as well. I wished I knew more about the case now.
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7/10
A Seven Point Favorite Episode!
1 January 2019
San Francisco Police Commissioner MacMillan and wife, Sally, get involved in a football scheme with gambling, guns and murder. The episode is okay but not one of my favorite among the series. I'm not much of a football fan to begin with. I do enjoy seeing Peter Bonerz playing a barber. John Schuck was terrific as the commissioner's assistant. Instead of the 49ers, there are the Hawks.
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10/10
Y'know, Commissioner, for a Scotsman you got a lot of blarney in you.
1 January 2019
This episode has Rock Hudson dressed as a pink bunny rabbit for a costume party. The guest list included Lorraine Gary (Jaws) and Ed Flanders (St. Elsewhere); Tyne Daly (Cagney and Lacey) and Beverlee McKinsey (Another World, Texas and Guiding Light). The cast and guest stars are first rate about robbery among the rich couples and secrets. You have to laugh at Rock Hudson dressed as a pink bunny rabbit. If you can only see one episode from this series, this is the one to make you laugh, cry and think.
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9/10
Ah, my favorite: shoelaces and eggs.
1 January 2019
June Havoc guest stars as Francesca Fairborn, a San Francisco wealthy socialite, whose precious Pekingese dog, Princess, has been kidnapped along with her husband. June Havoc was sensational as Francesca, Sally's mother's neighbor. The episode is so far one of my favorites as they tried to solve a murder and kidnapping. Lovely shots of San Francisco on location are included.
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McMillan & Wife: Murder by the Barrel (1971)
Season 1, Episode 1
8/10
Well, there are two kinds of barrels, there are storage barrels and there are shipping barrels.
1 January 2019
Rock Hudson and Susan Saint James played the San Francisco police commissioner and his wife, Sally. When Sally opens up a storage barrel during their move into their new home, she discovers a body in it. When she comes back with her husband, the barrel and body are gone. Nancy Walker played the wonderful housekeeper, Mildred, in this series.
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McMillan & Wife: Once Upon a Dead Man (1971)
Season 1, Episode 0
9/10
One Upon a Time, There was McMillan and Wife!
1 January 2019
Rock Hudson was a huge movie star but he made a successful transition into a television star as the lead San Francisco Police Commissioner McMillan in a television series with Susan Saint James as his wife, Sally. Hudson and Saint James are believable as the couple. Rock Hudson played the police commissioner in San Francisco, California. There are shots on location in the wonderful city as well. The cases are a bit more complicated with a great cast. The series was an enjoyable with the cast. Nancy Walker would later join as Mildred, their housekeeper. The first case is about a valuable sarcophagus on auction that gets stolen midway.
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BBC Play of the Month: You Never Can Tell (1977)
Season 13, Episode 1
8/10
As The Waiter States That You Can Never Tell!
29 December 2018
George Bernard Shaw was an Irish born playwright who infused his wit and wisdom into largely British situations. The cast is first rate with Judy Parfitt as the divorced mother of two young adult children. Cyril Cusack played the wise waiter or servant in this staged adaptation. The Shaw adaptations are rather dated though without an audience. The great cast included Kika Markham and Warren Clarke as well.
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Stage 2: Mrs. Warren's Profession (1972)
Season Unknown, Episode Unknown
10/10
There are no secrets better kept than the secrets everybody guesses." - From Mrs. Warren's Profession
27 December 2018
Coral Browne was sensational in the performance as Mrs. Warren and a young Penelope Wilton as her daughter, Vivie Warren. Perhaps Shaw's best play besides Pygmalion, Shaw has created unforgettable characters in Mrs. Warren and her daughter, Vivie. The production is a bit staged without an audience reaction. Wilton and Brown are incredible in their performances as mother and daughter. I found Brown to be an unforgettable actress and perhaps one of the best ever.
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BBC Play of the Month: The Millionairess (1972)
Season 8, Episode 1
8/10
She is the meanest person in England. Epifania: That is why I also am the richest.
18 December 2018
Dame Maggie Smith was terrific in this television adaptation of George Bernard Shaw's play, "The Millionairess." She is a true scene stealer. The filmed version of the play is somewhat dated with time although most audiences don't have the patience like they used too. Shaw delivered some witty lines for Smith's Epifania, the richest woman in England. Smith does a terrific job in making you feel sorry for her too at point. If you need a taste of Shaw, this version is one of the better BBC versions that aired on television in the seventies and eighties.
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The Man of Destiny (1981 TV Movie)
6/10
Delphine Seyring was Divine!
16 December 2018
I have to be honest that I never heard of this play by George Bernard Shaw. For only an hour, Simon Callow and Belgian actress Delphine Seyring argue and debate about life and war. The drama can be lackluster in action. Seyring's Lady isn't given a name. Shaw wrote about politics, social classes and wars abroad. It's worth watching but it's very spoken.
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Theatre Night: Arms and the Man (1989)
Season 4, Episode 1
7/10
I sent her away. I wanted to be alone. The stars are SO beautiful.
16 December 2018
The cast is first rate with Helena Bonham Carter playing Raina, a Bulgarian girl, during the war. One of George Bernard Shaw's early plays, this staged drama is about love and war between Raina and a Swiss soldier. The cast is solid with Kika Markham, Patsy Kensit, Pip Torrens, Dinsdale Landen and others. There are moments where you can see Carter's range and talent in her performance. She was a star then and now almost thirty years ago.
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6/10
The Omnibus Episode!
15 December 2018
BBC was wise to record faithfully the stage adaptations of George Bernard Shaw, an Irish playwright and Nobel Laureate. The Wit & World of George Bernard Shaw is an episode from the British long-running series, "Omnibus." You have great actors like Christopher Plummer, Genevieve Bujold who played Joan, and Paxton Whitehead. They recite his speeches, letters and opinions. If you're interested in authors and writers, this episode will be a must see for those scholars and Shaw enthusiasts.
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Theatre Night: The Devil's Disciple (1987)
Season 2, Episode 1
7/10
A Fine Television Adaptation!
13 December 2018
George Bernard Shaw was one of the great playwrights of the world. The BBC taped and recorded staged adaptations of his plays. He was witty and intelligent. His plays like "The Devil's Disciple" don't get produced enough about the American Revolution. Sir Patrick Stewart was the classical trained actor who did Shaw among other great playwrights. The film is a bit dated though. If you have to really work with Shaw to understand his brilliance though and that's the hard part. It's not a very funny play but serious and depressing at times. Shaw picked certain parts of world history to depict on stage. The cast is filled with great British actors and actresses like Ian Richardson, Elizabeth Spriggs, June Ellis and others.
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Androcles and the Lion (1983 TV Movie)
7/10
Christians Being Thrown to the Lions During Caesar's Time!
11 December 2018
While watching this play on a dvd with a more popular and well known, Pygmalion, Sir Billy Connolly played Androcles. Jane Freeman played his wife. While the plays are somewhat dated like taped indoors at BBC studio with limited number of cast and crew. It is worth watching to realize how brilliant Billy Connolly can be apart from his comedic history. It's nice to see Jane Freeman away from "The Last of The Summer Wine." There are well-known British cast members too like Anna Calder-Marshall, Bernard Bresslaw, Peter Copley and others. It's only an hour about Christians being thrown to the lions during Caesar's time.
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BBC Play of the Month: Pygmalion (1973)
Season 9, Episode 4
8/10
Lynn Redgrave is Heartbreaking as Eliza Doolittle!
9 December 2018
George Bernard Shaw's best known play is about Eliza Doolittle, a cockney girl who sells flowers by Covent Garden. Lynn Redgrave was divine in the role and heartbreaking as Eliza Doolittle. The BBC taped plays for television. While the taped productions are done without an audience. You will enjoy this production especially if you are a Lynn Redgrave fan. She slowly transforms herself from a poor little London girl to a proper lady with the help of Professor Henry Higgins and Professor Pickering. The actors do a terrific job. Shaw makes a social point that just because somebody is poor and working class doesn't mean they don't have the abilities. Eliza doesn't want to be patronized at the end but she wants respect for herself and how she has been given an opportunity. She was born into poverty which explains her situation.
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BBC Play of the Month: Heartbreak House (1977)
Season 12, Episode 7
7/10
I Shall Call This Heartbreak House!
9 December 2018
The late great actor, Sir John Gielgud, played the patriarch of this unusual family with two middle aged daughters, Dame Sian Phillips and Barbara Murray. The story of Ellie Dunn coming to spend a dinner party at a house in Sussex. The story is strange to me and perhaps dated like one of the reviewers said. The cast is first rate and solid British stock like Gielgud, Phillips, Massey and Joyce Grant. The state of the play was taped for television audiences as if you're there in the seats. I didn't care for it as much. The play is set during the Great War or World War I.
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Psycho IV: The Beginning (1990 TV Movie)
6/10
I know that in the cosmic scheme of things, little boys are small, but some days they can be... some days little boys can be giants.
7 December 2018
Warning: Spoilers
Anthony Perkins played Norman Bates for the last and final time. He died the following year of AIDS related illness. In this film, Norman Bates has married a nurse, Connie, and they're having a baby. Olivia Hussey played Norma Bates in flashback. Henry Thomas did a terrific job in playing a young Norman Bates. Norman calls a radio call-in-show, Dr. Fran Ambrose, where he confesses and reveals his past to C.C.H. Pounder in the role. The film returns to the Bates house where it all began. The older Norman revealed the truths about his relationship with his mother. A woman he loved and hated at once. Olivia Hussey is memorable as the mother in the film. The film is in the last of the Psycho series besides Bates Motel. In the end, audiences couldn't get enough of Tony Perkins and Psycho. An actor like Tony Perkins is sorely missed today even decades later.
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Psycho III (1986)
6/10
I figured Bates was a geek, but a full fledged Looney Tune.
7 December 2018
Warning: Spoilers
Anthony Perkins returns again as Norman Bates, the role that made him famous and a household name. In this less than satisfying sequel to the last film, the film takes off after the second film. They're looking for Mrs. Emma Spool. Diana Scarwid played a nun who almost commits suicide. She ends up at the Bates Motel of all places. Roberta Maxwell played a journalist seeking a story. The film is okay though.
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Psycho II (1983)
8/10
Mister Toomey, if this is you, you're sicker than I ever was.
7 December 2018
Twenty years later, the sequel to Psycho seemed obvious. Anthony Perkins returned as Norman Bates, the troubled motel owner. Vera Miles reprises her role as Lila Crane. She married Sam Loomis, her sister Marion's boyfriend., and had a daughter, Mary. Meg Tilly does a decent job in playing Mary Samuels. Dennis Franz played the sleazy motel manager. There is a surprise twist at the end that you don't see coming. Robert Loggia played his parole officer. The film is a satisfying sequel though.
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Madison (2001)
8/10
You could say Madison kids were born into racing, the same way some folks were born into the oil business or farming.
30 November 2018
Warning: Spoilers
Madison is about Madison, Indiana and the 1971 hydroplane competition where Jim McCormick, the underdog, would bring his small town of about 10,000 residents to host the event much to the chagrin of of the bigger and wealthier surroundings. The film has a feel-good story with Jim Caviezel played Jim McCormick. Mary McCormack played his wife, Mary. The film has a good feeling about David v. Goliath. The cast and crew do a terrific job in recreating the events. Hydroplane racing can be a dangerous sport too on the water.
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