Thursday, January 13, 2022
Wednesday, January 12, 2022
The delta-winged plane did not have a stellar safety record with takeoffs and landings being particularly dangerous. Whether due to political preferences, advancements in radar detection, or a combination of both, all were withdrawn from active service by 1970. Untouchable was sent to The Boneyard at Davis-Monthan AFB, Tucson, Arizona, in 1969. It was scrapped in 1977. Convair built 116 Hustlers.
Frank Lovejoy (1912-1962) was an American actor in radio, film, and television, best known for his supporting roles as the “everyman” caught up in challenging circumstances. One actor who did not need to change his last name just to stand out from the Hollywood crowd. Whether in military uniform, as a detective, or common laborer, he handled a variety of roles with near flawless performances, from tough cop to sensitive husband. His sandpaper tenor voice lent intrigue to his radio characters and he could be recognized without viewing him on screen. Somewhat surprisingly, the 1950s was his only full decade of work, starting out that decade with a strong lead role in the chilling, Try and Get Me! aka Sound of Fury, as a struggling out of work family man spiraling into a life of crime with an arrogant instigator, Lloyd Bridges. In 1951, he had the title role and narrator for I Was a Communist for the FBI, going undercover to expose Communism. He was notable as a supporting player in The Hitch-hiker, the classic film noir of 1953. He crammed down a lot of scripts in 1955, his busiest year, with seven films and seven television appearances. Though he completed three more films in the late Fifties, he spent the balance of his career in television. Had he lived longer, he might have provided some interesting characters well into his seventies.
Tuesday, January 11, 2022
Jim's answering machine: The Italian Bird Fiasco, 1976
Guest stars: William Daniels, Camilla Sparv
Note: Rockford's first meeting with the arrogant Thomas Caine (Daniels) is a joy to watch.
Friday, January 7, 2022
It is likely that Captain Mantell lost consciousness due to lack of oxygen. The wreckage of his fighter was found 5 miles southwest of Franklin, Kentucky. Mantell did not survive. In seven decades of hindsight, he spotted either Venus or the top secret Project Skyhook balloon, which could ascend to more than 100,000 feet. “The Mantell Incident” was one of the most publicized “UFO” reports of the 1950s, coming exactly six months after “The Roswell Incident” in New Mexico.
Thursday, January 6, 2022
Starting in 1950, Daly would become best known and visible as the congenial host on the CBS panel show, What's My Line?. The highlight of the show was the final guest, a famous celebrity who was initially only identified by the audience from signing their name on a blackboard. Once seated, the blindfolded panel would question them in hopes of guessing their identity. This was the only time the panel of elitists wore blindfolds. Daly hosted all but four episodes of its weekly, seventeen-year run. He was one of the few people to work simultaneously on all three networks. For What's My Line?, he worked for the show's producers, Goodson-Todman Productions, not CBS. He continued as broadcaster, host, and moderator throughout the 1970s. Daly did not host the syndicated version of What's My Line?, although he did co-host a 25th-anniversary program about the show for ABC in 1975. He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.