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TWO COMMERCIALS BY MICHAEL CIMINO

Before directing ‘The Deer Hunter’ and ‘Heaven’s Gate’, Michael Cimino was a highly successful director of hip and groovy 1960s television commercials. Although he technically was part of an all-in-one advertising/production house called Madison Pollack and O’Hare (MPO), he apparently was always a step outside of the group, marching to

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BILLY WILDER IN ACTION

Here’s a real deep YouTube discovery. It’s a twenty minute chunk of mostly raw footage from a 1970 television doc called ‘Billy Wilder’ showing Wilder in the process of directing a movie. The making of the doc coincided with Wilder’s presence in Europe shooting ‘The Private Life Of Sherlock Holmes’,

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SATURDAY STOOGEFEST

‘Three Little Sew and Sews’ (1939) was the thirty-sixth short subject made by The Three Stooges for Columbia Pictures. It was photographed from Monday, March 21st through Thursday, March 24th 1938 and was released on Monday, January 9th 1939. It is a peak Curly Howard-era short featuring some of Curly’s

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JOAN JETT V. MARY TYLER MOORE–COMPARE AND CONTRAST

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E81cTpcmkYohttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=op0NY8Fc5GY ‘Love Is All Around’, the much loved theme from ‘The Mary Tyler Moore Show’, was written by Sonny Curtis who also wrote ‘I Fought The Law’, made famous by Bobby Fuller. If the difference between Mary and Bobby Fuller seems like a stark one then try this on for

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THEME FROM ‘THE APARTMENT’–A MINI-HISTORY (WITH LYRICS INCLUDED)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f6GmXsUfgA4https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CWojcHWdDAg&t=0s The justifiably famous and much admired theme music for Billy Wilder and I.A.L. Diamond’s ‘The Apartment’ began life as a 1949 ‘mood music’ instrumental titled ‘Jealous Lover’, written by an English composer named Charles Williams. He composed many orchestral pieces and marches for his ensembles, which were recorded in

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‘THE ODD COUPLE’ THEME HAS LYRICS!

Back in the day, when an instrumental tune became an unexpected hit the next order of business was to see if a lyric could be added to expand the songs recording possibilities–singers, after all, were still where the big money in music was. Neal Hefti’s beautiful theme music for the

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‘I LOVE LUCY’–THE MUSICAL

Apropos of yesterday’s post featuring the lyrics to the theme song of ‘Bewitched’, here is the ‘I Love Lucy’ theme with lyrics sung by Ricky Ricardo himself. The theme was written by two-time Oscar nominee Eliot Daniel. The lyrics were later written by five-time Oscar nominee Harold Adamson for the 1953 episode ‘Lucy’s

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BEWITCHED PART DEUX

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zSKhIqMBhzchttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0cdt5dtRURE Last Friday I posted about the theme song of the classic TV show Bewitched. Today I’m adding two vocal versions. The first is sung by Steve Lawrence and the second by Peggy Lee. Steve does a perfectly serviceable Steve Lawrence impersonation (people often say he tries to imitate Frank

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SATURDAY STOOGEFEST

‘From Nurse To Worse’ (1940) was the 49th two-reel short subject made by The Three Stooges for Columbia Pictures. It was photographed from Wednesday, May 15th through Saturday, May 18th 1940 and released on Friday, August 23rd of that year. The film is a good solid Curly outing with an

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‘BEWITCHED’ TITLE SEQUENCES: COMPARE AND CONTRAST

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_e_TNBnvdtghttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ISL-9qHaZcg ‘Bewitched’, the iconic and much beloved television sit-com, aired from September 17, 1964 to July 1, 1972 for an eye popping total of 254 episodes. The first seventy-four (1964 to 1966) were in black and white. Naturally once the show went to color the credit sequence was remade in

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