A Very Merry “Cannonball Christmas” on #MeTV

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MeTV is unwrapping a Holiday Season’s worth of Classic TV Christmas favorites and the Classic TV Blog Association is hosting a Very Merry MeTV Blogathon to celebrate!

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My entry to the blogathon is dedicated to a charmer, if I do say so myself, the Christmas episode from the first season of “Petticoat Junction” (1963-1970) titled “Cannonball Christmas.”

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The Story of Dick Van Dyke and the Ottoman

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Dedicated to physical comedy is the See You in the ‘Fall’ Blogathon hosted by Movie Movie Blog Blog.  During the event’s four-day run you’ll find descriptions of scenes and comedians that defy the laws of physics.  For the first of my two entries I chose an iconic Television moment – when Dick Van Dyke falls over the ottoman in the classic opening to “The Dick Van Dyke Show” (1961-1966).

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Goodbye Mad Men

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Social media and water coolers alike have been a buzz since the series final episode of “MAD MEN” aired. Some have wondered just why the series became such an intensely popular phenomenon. Was it the nostalgia and quirky fun of Janie Bryant’s wardrobes spanning mainly across the 60s, right up to 1970? Was it the character development of these Madison Avenue ad men and women? Yes. Plus so much more.

No one is a hero. Creator Matthew Weiner took great care to create this show like none other. In world filled with characters at their very best and their very worst… of strong heroes, saintly women, villainous women, and evil antagonists. Here instead was a rare world where characters were not such typical standards. They felt more authentic and more oft to show us their warts and jaded outlooks than their best pose. And he took the time to…

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Halloween Variety on Old-Time Radio

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As you plan your Halloween, fill candy bags and/or answer the door for ghouls and goblins listen to these entertaining Old-time radio Halloween episodes – a respite from the horror!  Enjoy.

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In Praise of Vintage: 10 Classic TV Shows + Where to Watch Them

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A must read – get your classic TV on!

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the_man_has_style_cary_grant_style_icon_1943“I can’t stand old movies,” my Uncle Tommy once said to me. “Any time I see a guy wearing a hat, I change the channel.”

Despite his dismissal of a filmmaking era I love, and have since childhood, I kept my cool. (I learned that from Cary Grant, who, by the way, knew how to rock a hat.) Opinions are subjective reflections of personal taste, I reminded myself. That explains why some people are Yankee fans, or Republicans.

Then I asked him, calmly, what he didn’t like about “old movies.”

“They’re dated.”

“What you may think of as ‘dated’ other people consider ‘classic,’” I said.

“They’re boring, and the acting is terrible!” he added. “Katharine Hepburn is the worst. I can’t stand her.”

Funny thing: I have a picture of Katharine Hepburn from THE PHILADELPHIA STORY hanging in my apartment; I have no such picture of my Uncle Tommy, love…

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