Dallas-A House Divided

I think it is safe to say that Dallas was one if not ‘the’ biggest TV show ever to be aired, probably even bigger than “Game of Thrones” and in a way the shows have similarities even though they are set in completely different settings. I know they tried to revive ‘Dallas’ a few yearsContinue reading “Dallas-A House Divided”

Cheers- A classic sitcom, but there is more…

I usually do very heavy historical blogs but every once in a while I do a more lighthearted and quirky ones, more for my own sanity then anything else, this is one of those quirky ones. Cheers is one of the most popular sitcoms and rightfully so, not only was Cheers very funny the spinContinue reading “Cheers- A classic sitcom, but there is more…”

Goodbye Martin Crane-RIP John Mahoney

John Mahoney, the veteran actor best known for his role as Martin Crane in the TV comedy series Frasier, has died in the US at the age of 77. He passed away on Sunday in his adopted hometown of Chicago after a brief hospitalisation. Born into an Irish family in Blackpool, Lancashire, Mahoney emigrated to the US asContinue reading “Goodbye Martin Crane-RIP John Mahoney”

The WWII efforts of Laurel and Hardy

I grew up watching Laurel and Hardy movies, and to this day I still watch them. Where the comedy of some of the other 1920/30s comedians dated, the comedy of Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy stayed fresh. What many people don’t know is that during WWII,Laurel and Hardy did contribute to the WWII efforts. InContinue reading “The WWII efforts of Laurel and Hardy”

Elvis in the Army

On this day 60 years ago in 1957, while spending the Christmas holidays at Graceland, his newly purchased Tennessee mansion, rock-and-roll star Elvis Presley receives his draft notice for the United States Army. Presley was originally scheduled to be inducted on January 20, 1958. However, due to commitments at Paramount and the filming schedule ofContinue reading “Elvis in the Army”

Entertaining the troops

The United Service Organizations Inc. (USO) is a nonprofit organization that provides live entertainment, such as comedians and musicians, and other programs to members of the United States Armed Forces and their families. Since 1941, it has worked in partnership with the Department of Defense (DoD), relying heavily on private contributions and on funds, goods, and services from various corporate andContinue reading “Entertaining the troops”

Was the 2007,Writers Guild of America strike, the best thing ever to happen to TV?

The WGAE and WGAW labor unions represent film, television, and radio writers working in the United States. All 12,000 screenwriters and TV writers in the guild were part of the strike which started on November 5, 2007, and concluded on February 12, 2008. I think this was one of the best things ever to happen toContinue reading “Was the 2007,Writers Guild of America strike, the best thing ever to happen to TV?”

The show must go on.

In the months following the bombing of Rotterdam in May 1940, the Germans wanted daily life to continue as normal as possible. So entertainment was of great importance. And who better to help with this than the popular twosome of Snip and Snap. For years the comedy reviews of Willy Walden (Snip) and Piet MuyselaarContinue reading “The show must go on.”

Marlene Dietrich

On her birthday it is time to look back at Marlene Dietrich’s WWII efforts. Marie Magdalene “Marlene” Dietrich ( 27 December 1901 – 6 May 1992)was a German actress and singer who held both German and American citizenship. Throughout her unusually long career, which spanned from the 1910s to the 1980s, she maintained popularity by continually reinventingContinue reading “Marlene Dietrich”

The Sounds of WWII

In every war music is very important, the same applied to WWII. Music lifted the spirit and boosted the morale of the troops. Organisations like USO(United Service Organisation) and the British equivalent ENSA(Entertainments National Service Association) provided much needed entertainment for the troops. Starts like Vera Lynn,Bob Hope and Irving Berlin would often perform forContinue reading “The Sounds of WWII”