Category: Early Television

January 16, 2013 /

Hide the TV. Behind a door, a screen, a tapestry, a painting…  

January 16, 2013 /

And, it pivots for convenient viewing at any angle…

January 16, 2013 /

Is where they put the television, media center, whatever you want to call it… I know couples who have fought about it for years. Intimately. They would be named – let’s just say Mr. and Mrs. Lester. Mr. lives by the motto “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”, which…

January 5, 2013 /

The young Truman Capote of “Other Voices”. Beaton worried that success had changed Truman, and he wrote in his diary that “he looks like a tycoon, thickset, well-dressed, no longer the little gnome of Other Voices…. I secretly feel T. is in a bad state and may not last long.” …

December 27, 2012 /

But then, I’d have to kill you. Let’s talk about nondisclosure agreements and secrecy in movie production. The norm is to hand out numbered movie scripts to department heads with the name of the reader superimposed in grey over each page. Some particularly squirrelish folks print the script on red…

December 25, 2012 /

No worries, no responsibilities, no deadlines, no appointments, no meetings, no agenda, no obligations, and I think I can handle it for just about a week… Christmas week. How about you? Wishing you a New Year of civility, accomplishment, profound good humor, and love.

December 24, 2012 /

Top dog and I are venturing out for a spell. At Midnight on Christmas Eve look for Santa and his reindeer flying above Wilshire Blvd. In the morning I’ll be cooking for twenty-one. Oh my! I wish you all a joyous-warm-wonderful holiday, Vickie

December 7, 2012 /
December 6, 2012 /

That’s the standard line, anyway. Disney’s animation was happy and Fleischer’s was hallucinatory. Frankly, when I was a kid early animation freaked me out. Only when I was older did I appreciate what innovators both these men were – and by then my dad had stopped grousing about Walt, possibly…

December 6, 2012 /

I can identify Goofy in front of the camera, but as to the short gentleman with the leafy outfit, could that be Peter Pan? Are the dates right? I’m no expert but I have a new friend who is – Martin Turnbull, author, fan of all things Hollywood, are you…