Until it was banned, Asbestos was used to produce snow effects in motion pictures and TV.
Terry, the Cairn Terrier who played “Toto” in the Wizard of Oz was paid more than the people playing the Munchkins. Terry was paid $125 per week while the Little People garnered $65.
You can still stay in room 217 at the Stanley. You can sign up for the Ghost Tour. When you check in, kick off your shoes and watch “The Shining” because it runs continuously on channel 42 at the Stanley.
The theme to “Gunsmoke” is called “The Old Trail” by The TV Theme Players.Making the movie “Titanic” cost more than building the actual vessel. It cost $7,500,000 to build the Titanic. $150,000,000 in 1996 dollars. The movie cost $200,000,000 in 1996.
Director James Cameron has spent more time on the Titanic wreck than the passengers spent on the Titanic.On Married with Children, Al Bundy (Ed O’Neill) read the same newspaper for 20 years.
In the movie Rush Hour 2, the cash is fake. It has “In Dog We Trust” on it and the Treasury seal (the black one) says “For Motion Picture Use Only”. Other than that the hundred dollar bills were so real that they were passed in Las Vegas after they “Disappeared” from the set. I actually saw one when someone tried to pass it at the Radio Shack I was working. The guy was innocent. He got it from “a little old lady” in front of an Albertson’s grocery store asking for 5 20’s. Totally oblivious of the fact that the store could have broke it for her, he cashed her out. Dumbass.
Orson Wells, legendary writer,director, producer and actor left this mortal coil on October 10, 1985. He left behind such legendary films as Citizen Kane (1941),The Magnificent Ambersons (1942),Touch of Evil (1958),Moby Dick (1956). Who can forget Well’s as the narrator of his historic radio production of War of the Worlds? Nobody, right? But who remembers Orson Well’s last screen role? The Transformers: The Movie (1986), in which he played the planet-eating robot Unicron.
Doris Day now lives near Carmel-by-the-Sea, California. where she prefers to be known as Clara Kappelhoff, combining an old nickname (“Clara”, by friend Billy de Wolfe) and her maiden name.
Director James Cameron did the sketch of Rose (Kate Winslet) wearing the necklace. It is actually Cameron’s hand, not Leonardo DiCaprio’s, that we see sketching Rose in the movie. James Cameron also drew all of the pictures in Jack’s sketchbook.
Steven Speilberg directed the first episode of “Columbo”.
Star Trek had two pilot episodes. Lost in Space had two Pilots. But The Six Million Dollar Man had three pilots filmed before it was picked up for the Fall Season in 1974.
Wayne insisted on an eye patch which he could see through.
Kim Darby was deathly afraid of horses. Her double wore a plaster cast of Darby’s face when riding the horse.
In the Fort Wayne hanging scene, take a good look at the Indian in the middle of the condemned. That’s Jay Silverheels. Yes, John Wayne had Tonto hung.
Take a good look at the bailiff in Judge Parker’s court. That’s Dennis McMullen. You’ll see him again in Close Encounters.
Yes, John Wayne jumps that rail fence at the end of the movie.
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Sandy Drescher played Virginia in “The Miracle of 34th Street”. Edmund Gwenn played Kris Kringle. Here they are playing together in the 1954 Sci Fi thriller, “THEM!”.
When casting his planned Davy Crockett episode of the Disneyland television show, Walt Disney viewed the film to see James Arness who had been recommended for the role. However, Disney was impressed by a brief scene of Fess Parker (at 55:17), detained in a mental institution and insisting that giant flying ants had caused him to crash his plane. A thinly veiled allusion to Kenneth Arnold. Disney realized he had found his Crockett. Arness, however, did well for himself. John Wayne had seen this movie and, impressed with his performance, recommended Arness for the role of Marshall Matt Dillon in Gunsmoke, a role which lasted from 1955 to 1975.
Catch the inside production gag when they post giant ant sightings on the big map with Black Flags.
Did Lucas McCain and Rooster Cogburn serve together in the Civil War? In the TV show “The Rifleman”, Connors portrayed Lucas McCain, a veteran of Berdan’s Sharpshooters, a special unit of marksmen in the Civil War, who used a Winchester carbine with an enlarged trigger guard (like that of Rooster Cogburn, in the 1969 film True Grit) to serve up justice to lawbreakers in every episode,
On October 12th, 1974, on a day off from filming Rooster Cogburn in Sunriver, Oregon, John Wayne was knocked out cold with a 9-iron, by his then 8 year-old daughter, Marisa, while teaching her to play golf. Since then, Marisa has become known as Ole 9 Iron. Incidentally, she hit him in the left eye, the eye he wore his eye patch over in the film.
Billy Bob Thorton’s grandfather was the first person to own a television.Oscar the Grouch is performed by the same guy who does Big Bird, Carroll Spinney. Spinney said he based Oscar’s cranky voice on a particular NYC cab driver he once had the pleasure of riding with. He was originally an alarming shade of orange. In Pakistan, his name is Akhtar and he lives in an oil barrel. In Turkey, he is Kirpik and lives in a basket. And in Israel, it is not Oscar at all, but his cousin, Moishe Oofnik, who lives in an old car.
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James Bond Bond’s home address is:
61, Horseferry Road
Dubbed the “Wet Bike” in the movie, the Jet Ski debuted in the Bond film “The Spy Who Loved Me”. It’s inventor, Ken Adam went on to create the industry.
In the movie “Silence of the Lambs“, Hannibal Lector (Anthony Hopkins) never blinks.
Val Kilmer did not want to be in this film, but was forced to by contractual obligations.
Anthony Edwards, Michael Ironside, and Rick Rossovich all went on to roles in the ER tv series. Edwards: Dr. Mark Green, Ironside: Dr. William “Wild Willy” Swift, Rossovich: Dr. John “Tag” Taglieri.
During the final fur ball, Stinger orders, “Ready Willard and Simkin on cats 3 and 4” – a reference to dogfight choreographer “Rat” Willard and casting director Marge Simkin.
In several locker scenes, one of the lockers is labeled as belonging to “TEX”. This is the call sign for one of the top gun instructors and Mig pilots that worked on the film, Lt. William ‘Tex’ Spence.
Charlie’s “older man” date at the oak club was actually a teacher at Top Gun at the time. He was the consultant on the film.
The piano scene and the final bar/jukebox scene were shot in a San Diego restaurant called Kansas City BBQ, at the corner of Kettner Blvd and W. Harbor Drive. The restaurant now houses many props and memorabilia from the film, including the jukebox and Maverick’s flight helmet sits behind the bar in a locked display case
Stunt pilot Art Scholl died when his plane crashed on 16 September 1985 while he was performing the “flat spin” shown in the movie.
Robert Blake: (“Mickey,” but inexplicably listed as “Spanky”): Appeared in 40 installments of the “Our Gang” film series. He had a very long and successful post-Rascals career in show business. Arrested in April 2002 for the murder of his wife; acquitted at trial in March 2005. Still alive at age 71.
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Roy Rogers’ real name was Leonard Franklin Slye.Click Here to see proof
The television series Bonanza was created specifically to provide a product for RCA’s new color TV sets.
In the 1850’s, early miners in Nevada were looking for gold and kept encountering “The Blue Mud”. It got into everything and was washed away and discarded as fast as possible. On a hunch, one miner had the mud assayed in San Francisco and it revealed that “The Blue Mud” contained $3000 of silver per ton of mud. Sworn to secrecy, miners returned to Nevada to stake claims. However, rumors spread through California of a Bonanza in Nevada. This Bonanza evolved into the Comstock Lode. The richest silver deposit in the history the United States. The television western, Bonanza, was named for this famous but little known rumor.
We chased lady luck, ’til we finally struck
With a gun and a rope and a hat full of hope, we planted our family tree.
We got hold of a pot full of gold,
With a horse and a saddle, and a range full of cattle,
How rich can a fellow be?
On this land we put our brand, Cartwright is the name,
Fortune smiled, the day we filed the Ponderosa claim.
Here in the west, we’re livin’ in the best
If anyone fights any one of us,
he’s got a fight with me
Hoss and Joe and Adam know every rock and pine
No one works fights, or eats, like those boys of mine
Here we stand in the middle of a grand
With a gun and a rope and a hat full of hope,
we planted our family tree,
We got a hold of a potful of gold
With a houseful of friends where the rainbow ends,
How rich can a fellow be?
On this land we put our brand Cartwright is the name,
Fortune smiled, the day we filed the Ponderosa claim
Here in the west we’re living in the best
With the friendliest, fightingist, lovingist band,
That ever set foot in the promised land
And we’re happier than them all.
That’s why we call it
[ed. note:I like to sing
Adam, Pa, Hoss and Joe
Riding on the range
Ain’t no wife, ain’t no Mom
Think it’s kinda strange.]
Scooby Doos and Dont’s
Shaggy’s last name is Rogers, so that makes him “Mister Rogers”. Huh?
Aside from solving mysteries, the gang’s favorite pass time is clam digging.
Whenever Thelma loses her glasses, the probability of her encountering the villain is 100%.
Casey Kasem is the voice of Shaggy and many others. >See the Proof
Shags real name is Norville Rogers
Fred is the only one on Scooby that hasn’t had a relative appear on the show.
Daphne’s family owned the mystery machine and even though she is old enough to drive it,(she’s sixteen) she never has.
Velma is 15. Her last name is Dinkley.
The show first aired in 1968, Fred was going to be two boys Mike and Geoff and that was switched to one boy named Robbie. Daphne was going to be named Kelly. Velma was going to be named Linda. The show was first named “Mystery’s 5” and then was going to be called “Who’S-s-scared?”.
Scooby is a great Dane. In the Who’s Scared version, Scooby was originally a secondary character, a bongo-playing hippie dog called Too Much. His Doo incarnation was inspired by the Frank Sinatra song “Strangers in the Night,” in which Ol’ Blue Eyes croons “Scooby dooby doo…” >Click Here to see proof
For the movie they removed the eyebrows, painted it white and mussed up the hair.
The first couple to be shown in bed together on prime time TV were Fred and Wilma Flintstone.
Yeah, OK, but what about the humans? The question of which TV sitcom was the first to feature a husband and wife sleeping in the same bed (rather than twin beds) has been asked many times. For years Florence Henderson claimed that Mike (Robert Reed) & Carol (Florence Henderson) Brady were the first. Then she announced that she was incorrect; it was Herman & Lily Munster. The correct answer? The first time a sitcom husband and wife got in the same bed was on January 17, 1955 when Fred (William Frawley) & Ethel (Vivian Vance) Mertz demonstrated their unique way to cope with a sagging mattress in the “I Love Lucy” episode entitled “First Stop.” Many people reject this account as Fred was pretty much a prisoner of the bed and it was a one-time occurrence. The first time a couple shared a bed on a regular basis came nearly a decade later on September 17 1964 when Samantha (Elizabeth Montgomery) and Darrin Stephens (Dick York) went on their honeymoon (beating Herman & Lily to the sheets). Samantha & Darrin (both Darrins) continued to share a common bed throughout the eight years “Bewitched” ran on ABC.
Wilma Flintstone’s maiden name was Wilma Slaghoopal, and Betty Rubble’s Maiden name was Betty Jean Mcbricker.Click Here to see proof
In every episode of Seinfeld there is a Superman somewhere.
Who’s that playing the piano on the “Mad About You” theme? Paul Reiser himself.
The name for Oz in the Wizard of Oz was thought up when the creator, Frank Baum, looked at his filing cabinet and saw A-N and O-Z, hence “Oz.” The coat worn by the wizard at the beginning of the film was found in a thrift shop. After filming began, a label was found sewn into the coat identifying the original owner as Frank Baum, the author of The Wizard of OZ.
All of the clocks in the movie “Pulp Fiction” are stuck on 4:20.
The characters Bert and Ernie on Sesame Street were named after Bert the cop and Ernie the taxi driver in Frank Capra’s “Its A Wonderful Life.”
Debra Winger was the voice of E.T.Click Here to see proof