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Vintage TV

∇   Fawlty Towers

Basil (the owner of the small hotel in Devon which gave name to the TV series) has communication problems with Manuel (his mistreated employee from Barcelona)  ↓

Fawlty Towers is a British sitcom produced by BBC Television and first broadcast on BBC2 in 1975 and 1979. Twelve episodes were made (two series, each of six episodes). The show was written by John Cleese and his then wife Connie Booth, both of whom also starred in the show. 
 
The series is set in Fawlty Towers, a fictional hotel in the seaside town of Torquay, on the “English Riviera”. The plots centre around rude and deranged manager Basil Fawlty (Cleese), his bossy wife Sybil (Prunella Scales), a comparatively normal chambermaid Polly (Booth), and hapless Spanish waiter Manuel (Andrew Sachs) and their attempts to run the hotel amidst farcical situations and an array of demanding and eccentric guests

You might like to learn that this series was never shown on Spanish TV. Our Embassy in London lodged a formal complaint becauce they found it offensive to Spaniards [something that was NEVER intended by Cleese or his crew]

Still more interesting to remember that later Fawlty Towers was actually broadcast on TV in Catalunya, where the waiter (Manuel) did NOT come form Barcelona any more. He came from Mexico on Catalan television!!!   Don’t ask what Mexico Embassy did then . . .

♦ The Young Ones

A short sketch with the crazy and sometimes surreal comedic adventures of four very different students in Thatcher’s Britain, living off the government doing nothing more than having a good time and breaking stuff. The four flatmates were:

  • Rick (Rik Mayall): The hypocritical, Cliff Richard-loving lefty activist who was convinced that he was a Marxist rebel, a poetic genius, the voice of an entire generation and the most well-liked and attractive member of the household; he was spectacularly wrong on all counts;
  • Vyvyan (Adrian Edmondson): The psychotic but strangely child-like punk who couldn’t go an entire episode without destroying something — or, usually, severalsomethings;
  • Neil (Nigel Planer): The whining, put-upon and suicidal hippy who acted as the dogsbody for the entire house and is convinced (accurately) that no one likes him and everyone is out to get him;
  • Mike (Christopher Ryan): The Charmer of the flat; a smooth, flash and mysterious con-artist who tried it on with every girl he came across, still waiting for it to actually work;


◊  CAR 54 WHERE ARE YOU?

In this popular American sitcom, Frederick Hubbard “Fred” Gwynne played the role of an Irish American cop: Francis Muldoon, a shy bachelor who lived with his mother and two younger sisters. He would later impersonate Herman Munster in the successful TV series.

←  “Today I am a man” 

◊  Get Smart        ⇔

An American comedy television series that satirizes the secret agent genre. Created by Mel Brooks with Buck Henry, the show starred Don Adams (as Maxwell Smart, Agent 86), Barbara Feldon (as Agent 99), and Edward Platt (as Chief).

◊  What’s My Line?

 

Groucho Marx trying to guess somebody’s occupation by asking ↓ Yes/No questions

◊  Now it’s the other way round. The panel, blindfolded, are expected to guess mystery guest by addressing questions to him. This time Groucho answers…↓

◊  Frank Zappa  1971  ↓

Directed & produced by Stanley Kubrick;  he actually started out with two short documentary films,  Day Of The Fight  (1951)  [12 min], and Flying Padre (1951). Still another doc in 1953 (The Seafarers), before he decided to devote himself to feature film making.

Day Of The Fight” tells of a day in the life of a middleweight Irish boxer named Walter Cartier, particularly the day of his bout with black middleweight Bobby James.

We follow Walter (and his twin brother Vincent) through his day as he prepares for his 10:00 P.M. bout.

After eating breakfast, going to early mass and eating lunch, he starts arranging his things for the fight at 4:00 P.M.

By 8:00, he is waiting in his dressing room, where he undergoes a mental transformation, turning into the fighting machine the crowd clamors for.

At 10:00, he faces James, and soon, he comes out victorious in a short match which was filmed live on April 17th, 1950.”

♥  Johnny Yuma, the Rebel  ↓ [Johnny Cash]

(Away, away, away rolled the Rebel, Johnny Yuma) 


Johnny Yuma was a rebel -
 He roamed through the west. 

That Johnny Yuma, the rebel – 
He wandered alone. 


He got fightin’ mad -
 This rebel lad. 

He packed no star 
as he wandered far, 

Where the only law as a hook and a draw. 

The rebel, (away) Johnny Yuma. 
(Away rolled the rebel)
 
Johnny Yuma was a rebel. 
He roamed through the west. 

That Johnny Yuma, the rebel -
 He wandered alone. 


He searched the land – 
This restless lad. 

He was panther quick, 
and leather tough. 

If he figured that he’d been pushed enough. 

The rebel, (away) Johnny Yuma. 
(Away rolled the rebel) 

(Johnny Yuma, Johnny Yuma)
 
 Johnny Yuma was a rebel. 
He roamed through the west. 

That Johnny Yuma, the rebel -
 He wandered alone. 


Fightin’ mad -
 This rebel lad. 

With a dream he’d hold, 
till his dyin’ breath, 

He’d search his soul, 
and gamble with death. 

The rebel, (away) Johnny Yuma. 
(Away rolled the rebel) 

(Johnny Yuma, Johnny Yuma)

¤  Shelley Duvall’s Faerie Tale Theatre

live-action children’s television anthology series retelling popular fairy tales, originally aired on Showtime from 1982 to 1987. Every episode opens with Shelley Duvall introducing herself and welcoming the viewer to the show, after which she would provide a brief synopsis of the story that would follow. All the episodes feature live-action twist adaptations of fairy tales in costume by many well-known actors such as Robert Carradine, Leonard Nimoy, Tim Burton, Ray Sharkey, Michael Erler, Jay Abramowitz, John Salazar, Rae Allen, Michael Convertino, David Newman, James Earl Jones, Rod Ash, Mark Curtis, Marcia Gobel, Joseph Maher, Valerie Bertinelli, Shelley Duvall, Martha Velez, and Bonnie Jefferies.

Δ    Aladdin & his Wonderful Lamp  ⇑   [Tim Burton, 1986]

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