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Maude: The Cabin (1975)
Season 3, Episode 22
Maude And Walter Roughing It
18 January 2020
Maude thinks her marriage is getting predictable and boring.

An amusing episode. It begins with Maude and Walter arguing as soon as they wake up. A giggly Vivian arrives and tells Maude that Arthur is taking her on a romantic weekend in a cabin in the woods. Maude is jealous and then angry when she finds out Walter is the one who gave away the cabin to Arthur. When Walter suggests they all go together, Vivian is annoyed and backs out. Maude and Walter go to the cabin themselves and find it cold and too rustic. Funniest scene is when Maude suggests Walter carry her over the threshold.
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Maude: Walter Gets Religion (1975)
Season 3, Episode 21
Born Again Walter
17 January 2020
Walter suddenly becomes religious and takes Maude to church with him.

A good episode. It starts with a very funny scene of Maude falling asleep in church. When the metal collection plate comes around, everybody puts in bills but Arthur causes a clanking noise with his quarter. Maude soon finds out Walter is only going to church so he can sell appliances to them. He suddenly loses his religion in the last scenes.
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Maude: Walter's Pride (1975)
Season 3, Episode 20
Walter Is Fat And Depressed
17 January 2020
Walter is on the verge of bankruptcy and Maude wants to mortgage the house and give the money to him but he is too proud to accept it.

A very funny Season 3 episode. It begins with a funny argument between Maude and Mrs Naugatuck about dinner. Walter has been eating too much and gaining weight, Maude says "He could rent out his tushy as the Goodyear blimp!" She finds out Walter's money problem and he rejects her offer and goes to Arthur instead. Arthur doesn't have the money and this is followed by a darkly funny scene where Walter is introduced to a man (Dick Wilson who played Mr Whipple on the Charmin commercials) who lost his business. The man takes poison and drops dead. There are more laughs as Walter's stomach gets fatter in the next scene. Maude mortgages the house and tells Arthur to pretend like he is giving Walter the money. It does not go as planned.
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7/10
A Childhood Favorite Of MIne
16 January 2020
Bud, a small town boy thinks a mysterious new neighbor killed his dog.

This is a short B film that I discovered on late night TV when I was a little kid. The fact that is told from a child's point of view is why I liked it so much and still has nostalgic feeling for me. Other 1950s films like the later "Invaders From Mars" (1953) and "Night Of The Hunter" (1955) have the same feel to it. Billy Gray ("Father Knows Best" also named Bud on that show) plays Bud and he gives an excellent performance. Kurt Kasznar (best known as the cowardly Fitzhugh on the TV show "Land Of The Giants") is well cast as the strange neighbor Matlock. Matlock is secretive and surly, plus he has a foreign accent which makes him the perfect target for suspicion in a small 1950s American town. There is a great scene in a grocery store where Bud makes the accusation that Matlock poisoned his dog, the suspicious townsfolk (character actors like Burt Mustin and Kathleen Freeman are among them) really start jumping to conclusions. All the mystery is tied up at the end, I recommend this to anyone fond of 1950s movies with good child actors and if you like short to the point B&W suspense.
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Maude: The Emergence of Vivian (1975)
Season 3, Episode 18
Vivian The Liberated Woman
15 January 2020
Arthur is angry that Vivian is going out and not taking care of her wifely duties.

An amusing mostly Arthur/Vivian episode. It begins with Arthur complaining to Maude about Vivian not being home. Vivian arrives and explains she was at a women's liberation group meeting. Arthur and Vivian have a fight and he goes to visit his dead wife at a mausoleum. Bert Beasley (J Pat O'Malley) makes his first appearance before later becoming a semi regular when he is paired with Mrs Naugatuck.
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Maude: And Then There Were None (1975)
Season 3, Episode 17
Carol In Love Again
14 January 2020
Carol is in love with a married man, who she swears is getting a divorce.

A pretty good episode, some funny moments. Once Maude finds out about the man she has an argument with Carol, who leaves the house. Mrs Naugatuck tells Maude to mind her own business and she quits and leaves too. Then Walter has to go to a sales convention and leaves Maude all alone. She goes over to Vivian's and finds both Carol and Mrs N are there also. The man's wife (Audra Lindley, later on "Three's Company") shows up and has some of the funniest moments.
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Maude: The Telethon (1975)
Season 3, Episode 16
The Best Of The Maude Musicals
13 January 2020
Maude is putting on a telethon for gall bladders but the sponsor in charge pulls out, leaving her with a show with no disease.

One of the funniest of Season 3 and the best of the "put on a show" episodes. The theme of the show is supposed to be a salute to Hollywood. It begins with Maude singing a scat song done by Martha Raye in "Rhythm On The Range". There are some funny topical jokes about naturalist Euell Gibbons and Olympic swimmer Mark Spitz. Richard Stahl appears as an exasperated TV station manager. He threatens to pull the show off the air and put on a Perry Mason rerun if no disease is found. Maude at first tells the audience it is for a mystery disease. Carol does a Carmen Miranda number while Arthur sings "Yankee Doodle Dandy." Walter and Mrs Naugatuck do a tribute to "Waterloo Bridge". Mrs N is hilarious playing a lady of the evening and singing an off key song. Maude explains there is a celebrity to appear- Paul Anka's gardener!. When even he doesn't show, Maude belts out "My Way" but doesn't know when to stop. As the gang sing "Hooray For Hollywood" we see Perry Mason suddenly appear on the TV monitor for the final laugh.
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Maude: All Psyched Out (1975)
Season 3, Episode 15
Maude And Renew Their Vows
12 January 2020
Maude goes to a psychic and he predicts she will marry again, so she convinces Walter to renew their wedding vows.

An amusing episode. When Maude and Vivian return from the psychic every prediction he made seems to come true. Paul Benedict (soon to be Harry Bentley on "The Jeffersons") plays the minister at the wedding ceremony. Walter does not want to wear a wedding ring but insists Maude does. He finally relents in the funniest scene.
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Maude: Walter's Ex (1974)
Season 3, Episode 13
Walter's Ex Wife Getting Married
11 January 2020
Walter is happy that he will no longer have to pay alimony but Maude is not happy when she sees the future bridegroom.

An OK episode. It starts with a funny scene of Maude annoyed with Mrs Naugatuck pestering her for a raise. Mrs N has a protest demonstration while playing bagpipes. Maude soon finds out Walter's ex Marta (Carole Cook) will be marrying Maude's rich uncle. There are some amusing lines as we find out Marta is marrying for money and the uncle is fine with that.
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Maude: Vivian's Party (1974)
Season 3, Episode 10
Arthur And Vivian Give A Dinner Party
10 January 2020
Maude finds out she and Walter are not invited to the Harmon's party.

A good episode, funniest bits come in the second half. It starts with Vivian being frantic since their maid (Helen Martin, later on "Good Times" and "227")quits before the party. Maude lets her borrow Mrs Naugatuck. However she takes back the offer when she finds out she is not invited. Walter doesn't care but changes his mind when Arthur tells him one of the guests will be Fay Wray, the actress from "King Kong".
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Maude: Last Tango in Tuckahoe (1974)
Season 3, Episode 9
Mrs Naugatuck And The Naked Man
9 January 2020
Mrs Naugatuck is telling tall tales all over town and Maude wants to find out what is the truth.

An amusing episode. It starts with Maude angry with Carol because she heard a man sneaking in last night. It turns out that the man is in Mrs N's room, he is also naked in her closet. This is the first time we see Mrs N's room. The man is played by James Cromwell, according to Mrs N he is her nephew Alfie. Cromwell also appeared as Stretch Cunningham on "All In The Family", he attempts a British accent on this show. He says he is a tango dancer, funniest scene is the final one when Mrs N gives a tango lesson of her own.
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Maude: Mrs. Naugatuck in Love (1975)
Season 3, Episode 19
Mrs Naugatuck Wants To Marry
9 January 2020
Mrs Naugatuck says she is getting married and moving to Sydney Australia.

A pretty good episode, giving Mrs Naugatuck a chance for the spotlight. Maude decides to give her a bridal shower and invites all the maids who are Mrs N's friends (most are black). Then she gets a letter from her fiancee saying the wedding is off. Mrs N gets all depressed and Arthur says he has a prescription for her. It turns out to be a man who wants to date her. It is the second appearance of Burt Beasley (J Pat O'Malley) who would become Mrs N's steady beau.
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Maude: A Night to Remember (1974)
Season 3, Episode 8
Maude And Walter Can't Sleep
9 January 2020
Maude is having a restless night because she needs to have a hysterectomy and keeps Walter up too.

A very funny episode, mostly 2 character play until Arthur shows up later. It starts with a funny scene of Walter snoring and Maude waking him up. She finally tells him about the operation and is worried about what it might do to her later. One of the funniest lines is when she says "We will have matching mustaches!". Walter then calls Arthur over for more laughs as Arthur arrives with just a coat and nothing underneath it.
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Maude: Walter's Dream (1974)
Season 3, Episode 7
Walter Wants To Move To Canada
7 January 2020
Walter and Arthur return from a Canadian fishing trip and Walter tells Maude he wants to move there.

An OK episode. The first scene has Maude and Vivian looking forward to Walter and Arthur to return, they arrive bearded and scruffy. Walter tells Maude of his news about investing in a lodge up in Canada. Maude tries reverse psychology, saying she loves the idea. It backfires since Walter had already arranged for selling his store and moving. He later has second thoughts.
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Maude: Lovers in Common (1974)
Season 3, Episode 6
Maude And Vivian's Old Boyfriend
7 January 2020
Both Maude and Vivian receive a card from Peter, a man they both dated, they wonder if they should see him again.

A good episode that gets funnier as it goes along. The first scene is Maude and Vivian both discovering that Peter got in touch with both of them. They get drunk on champagne cocktails. They return home to find Mrs Naugatuck drunk as well. Vivian says she got an invitation to meet Peter at a hotel, she makes Maude think she is going. Things get complicated when Walter and Arthur return early from a trip. Then Peter arrives for more farcical situations.
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Maude: Speed Trap (1974)
Season 3, Episode 5
Walter And Arthur In Jail
4 January 2020
Walter and Arthur go on a fishing trip but get locked up for speeding.

A very funny Walter/Arthur episode with 2 good guest actors. The show starts with Maude angry with Walter for leaving her for the weekend. She and Vivian decide to go off their diets and gorge themselves with cake and sweets. Hector Elizondo guests stars as the cop who pulls over Walter and Arthur in the camper that was loaned to them by Maude's hippie nephew. And a marijuana cigarette is found in the car, adding to the problems. Al Freeman Jr also appears as a sardonic black cell mate.
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Maude: Tuckahoe Bicentennial (1976)
Season 4, Episode 19
A Great Maude Musical
31 December 2019
Maude is putting on a musical revue for the Bicentennial.

A very funny episode and close to being the best of the Maude musical shows. Richard Deacon guest stars as an Army colonel who allows the armory to be used for the show. Maude wants to do a tribute to women in history with an all woman cast. Walter wants to advertise a sale at his store. A running joke has Vivian doing different songs that Maude keeps rejecting. Bea Arthur gets to belt out "You're Gonna Hear From Me" from "Inside Daisy Clover" for her solo song spot. Walter convinces Maude to let the men do one number in the show as a dignified salute to women. They do the song "There Is Nothing Like A Dame" for the hilarious finale.
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The Carol Burnett Show: Episode #6.8 (1972)
Season 6, Episode 8
Stiller & Meara guest star with Peggy Lee
31 December 2019
A good episode, some amusing sketches and a good musical finale.

The Q&A has one girl complimenting Carol on her album ("Oh you're the one that bought that" Carol says). An Australian man asks Carol if she will ever come to his country (she would in the next season). Another one asks a topical question on Olympic swimmer Mark Spitz, Carol thinks he is cute.

The first sketch is a parody of the comic strip "Mary Worth" called "Mary Worthless". Carol plays the title role of old woman who tries to help people whether they want it or not. Harvey and Vicki play a loving married couple and Mary comes to them as a maid. She ends up ruining their marriage. The sketch was funny but became hilarious when things started going wrong and Harvey and Carol start breaking up.

Peggy Lee sings a soft love ballad called a "A Song For You" with a star lit sky background.

Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara have an OK comedy routine as they play Mr and Mrs Chou En Lai talking about President Nixon's recent trip to Red China.

Carol and Peggy Lee do a duet about "Girl Talk" in a beauty parlor.

As The Stomach Turns finds Marian (Carol) at a circus. Meara plays a bearded lady, Lyle is a strong man, Vicki a half man half woman and Harvey plays a cowardly lion tamer.

Next is a sketch showing how men and women react differently to an auto accident. Harvey and Stiller get angry and get into a fight, Carol and Meara complain about broken fingernails and run in the stockings and then go to lunch.

The finale is a funny sketch of a snooty rich couple (Harvey and Carol) and an obnoxious lower class couple (Stiller and Meara) who find their children (Lyle and Vicki are to be married. The kids want a flower child style wedding in the street. A song is sung "The Rhythm Of Life" which is performed like a number out of the musical "Hair".

Carol says to think about pollution when the cast come on stage and the guests sign her autograph book.
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Maude: Maude's Mood: Part 2 (1976)
Season 4, Episode 18
Maude Sinks Into Depression
30 December 2019
Maude's mental state gets worse after Henry Fonda refuses her suggestion to run for President.

This is a good followup to the very funny Part 1 episode. Maude stays depressed in bed while her cab driver friend/press agent (Joe Mantell) tells all the media that Fonda is running for President. Fonda has a funny scene where he tries to deny it to a bunch of reporters. There is a scene where a TV crew is setting up for Maude to interviewed by Barbara Walters. But Maude insults them and throws them out. It is then revealed that Maude used Phillip's college fund to pay for the campaign. Everyone else is angry but Phillip is understanding. Maude finally decides she needs to get help.
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Maude: Maude's Mood: Part 1 (1976)
Season 4, Episode 17
Henry Fonda For President
30 December 2019
Maude wants to convince Henry Fonda to run for president.

Walter, Carol and Arthur find out that Maude has not even spoken to Fonda about being nominated. They go to a psychiatrist (Tim O'Connor) who had treated Maude years ago. He tells them that she may be manic depressive. She then convinces Fonda to come to their house, promising it is for a charity performance of his play "Darrow". Fonda arrives and sees a huge campaign poster "Fonda For President". He thinks the whole thing must be a joke. "Jimmy Stewart put you up to this, didn't he?" he says. He refuses to run and Maude goes into a depression, setting up Part 2.
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The Carol Burnett Show: Episode #8.13 (1974)
Season 8, Episode 13
Great Christmas Episode
30 December 2019
Alan Alda guest stars with some sketches for the Christmas season.

One of the best of the season. It begins with a Q&A with some young girls giving gifts to Carol. One of them gives her a bouquet of roses but says one rose is for Alan Alda. Carol brings Alda onstage to meet the girl, she is overcome with emotion on meeting her idol.

The first sketch is a hilarious Family Christmas. Eunice's artist brother Larry (Alda) is visiting to surprise Mama. Ed thinks Larry may be "peculiar" since he draws pictures and is not married. Mama arrives and she and Eunice get into an argument since sister Ellen did not come over. Mama reminds Larry he never thanked his aunt for a coloring book as a child. It ends with more yelling and arguing and Larry leaves in a huff.

Another Christmas sketch has Alda as a department store Santa and Carol as a gift wrapper. They bungle their jobs and sing a nice duet "Nobody Does It Like Me".

A sketch follows where Carol and Alda play a couple coming home from a first date. He says romantic things but Carol finds out that he gets his lines from old movies.

The final sketch is a tribute to New York. "New York, New York" from "On The Town" is sung along with "42 Street". Harvey plays an angry cab driver and a pickpocket. Vicki plays a hooker.

Carol makes a public service announcement about pollution when the cast takes their bows and Alda signs Carol's autograph book.
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Maude: Walter's Stigma (1976)
Season 4, Episode 16
Walter Is Arrested
27 December 2019
Maude has a surprise birthday for Walter but he is accused of indecent exposure and arrested.

Another very funny Season 4 episode. It begins with Walter at a Donald Duck film festival with a bunch of kids. There is funny scene at the birthday party with a pair of cops who arrest Walter for being a pervert but everybody thinks it's a joke. There is a gossip columnist (Alice Ghostley from "Bewitched") at the party who threatens to write about Walter in a local newspaper. Jack Dodson (Howard Sprague on "The Andy Griffith Show") plays the newspaper editor. There is a funny scene at the end when they find the real pervert (who looks uncannily like Walter).
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Maude: The Case of the Broken Punch Bowl (1976)
Season 4, Episode 15
Maude Hears 3 Different Stories
27 December 2019
Maude loans her antique punch bowl to the Harmons and gets 3 different versions of how it got broken.

One of the funniest of Season 4. Maude and Walter return from a trip and hear stories from Arthur, Vivian and Carol. Carol was at the party as the date of a hockey player Jim (Lyle Waggoner of "The Carol Burnett Show") and Mrs Naugatuck is helping with the service. Arthur paints the picture of himself as a saintly man while Vivian is flirtatious with Jim. He says Vivian broke the punch bowl. Vivian then portrays herself as an innocent victim of Jim's advances and that an angry Arthur broke the punch bowl. Carol then arrives and tells of how Arthur, Vivian and Mrs Naugatuck were all drunk. The funniest scene is when we see how the punch bowl was really broken.
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Maude: The Fling (1975)
Season 4, Episode 8
The Return Of Vivian's Ex
20 December 2019
Chuck, Vivian's ex husband shows up and invites Vivian to lunch.

An OK episode with William Redfield returning in his third appearance on the show, the second as Chuck. Maude objects to Vivian going to Chuck's hotel room for lunch so Maude goes instead. She thinks she is going to talk some sense into Chuck but he makes a play for Maude instead.
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10/10
One Of My Favorite Christmas Films
13 December 2019
A soldier recovering from trauma while on a bombing mission develops a friendship with an abandoned little girl.

This is a touching and haunting film with beautiful performances by Hardy Kruger and Patricia Gozzi. It starts as Kruger meets sad little girl Gozzi who is being dropped off by her stern father at a Catholic boarding school. Kruger finds out the man is not going to come back. He meets the girl again and she develops a crush on him, he loves her as well. They meet every Sunday as he poses as her father. It may sound strange but it is perfectly sweet and innocent. Since the man is suffering from amnesia and battle fatigue he is no more than a child himself, so the film is a love story between two lost children. The film's B&W photography is sumptuous, the scenes at a pond with the ripples are beautiful to look at. It is also set at wintertime in France so you can see the actors' breath and the foggy areas in the woods.

The final section of the film is set at Christmas and it has been a staple for me at Yuletide. However the finale is shocking and tragic. The two vow to spend Christmas together and there is a striking scene of Kruger carrying a fully decorated Christmas tree through the streets. Other people who have observed the duo together and misunderstand what they see all comes to a head at the end. Be prepared for this and you will never forget it.
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