Question: Here's an argument you can settle. I know that for a while hick sitcoms were huge on TV, but I had an argument with a friend about the trend. Wouldn't you say it was The Andy Griffith Show that started them all? Thank you for your help. I know you won't let me down.
Answer: The Andy Griffith Show is the show that's remembered for breaking the rural-comedy trend wide open after it debuted in 1960, Randall, but the comedy that defied the experts who thought folks in the big markets didn't want to watch their country-folk cousins came along three years earlier: The Real McCoys, which was a runaway hit for ABC before jumping to CBS for a final season in 1962.
Funny thing was, the champions of hayseed humor weren't from anywhere near the territory. Irving Piread more
Question: My father and I were chatting about Clint Eastwood's talent for directing actors to Academy Awards, now I'm wondering which director has directed the most actors to Oscar victories. My father is thinking William Wyler. Is he right?
Answer: Yes, he is: It's William Wyler. He directed 31 actors and actresses in performances that earned them Academy Award nominations. Bette Davis (Jezebel), Fay Bainter (Jezebel), Greer Garson (Mrs. Minread more
Question: I'm hoping you can straighten me out. In the Western Rio Bravo, Walter Brennan's character, Stumpy, is crippled and his performance didn't look like acting. Was his injury real, or did he win his Oscars for good acting?
Answer: Although life knocked character actor Walter Brennan around — both before and after he entered the movie industry — he wasn't disabled in real life. But his performance in Rio Bravo (1959) was so convincing that many people believed he was. Brennan's distinctive, reedy voice was the result of poison-gas exposure during World War I; it permanently damaged his vocal cords. Brennan also lost his front teeth in an on-set accident early in his career; between the voice and the missing teeth, he began playing old-coot parts before he turned 40. Brennan was nominated fread more