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Episode 108 – A Christmas Without Snow, part 2 (repeat)

Posted in redux! on February 20th, 2017 by admin

As rehearsals continue, two choir members leave, two strike up a romance, one loses a loved one and another is accused of a destructive act that changes the sound of the group. Part 2 of 3. First posted December 14, 2009.

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Michael Learned Interview @ Academy of American Television
Waltons Reunion on Home and Family, 2015
Random Roles: James Cromwell @ AV Club

Shown in profile with stained glass windows behind him, Reverend Lohman (James Cromwell) sobs as he leans his forehead onto his folded hands.

Shown in profile with stained glass windows behind him, Reverend Lohman (James Cromwell) sobs as he leans his forehead onto his folded hands.

Episode 107 – A Christmas Without Snow, part 1 (repeat)

Posted in redux! on February 13th, 2017 by admin

A newly-divorced mother (Michael Learned) trying to build a new life in San Francisco joins an inner-city church choir led by a demanding director (John Houseman) taking his motley group through Handel’s Messiah. 1980. Part 1 of 3. First posted December 7, 2009.

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Original Movie @ Internet Archive
Movie Info @ IMDB
Handel’s Messiah @ Wikipedia
The-Waltons.com
The Paper Chase @ Wikipedia
Daisetta Kim article @ LA Times
(Correction: CBS cancelled “The Paper Chase” before this movie aired, though Houseman had been established as a well-known personality. The series found its success after being picked up by the cable network Showtime.)

Zoe (Michael Learned) sits singing in choir practice.

Zoe (Michael Learned) sits singing in choir practice.

Episode 106 – Three Blondes In His Life, part 2 (repeat)

Posted in redux! on February 6th, 2017 by admin

As Duke (Jock Mahoney) gets closer to each of the blondes, he learns the murder victim wasn’t the only man who knew them all. Part 2 of 2. First posted November 30, 2009.

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Jock Mahoney @ Brian’s Drive-In Theater
Greta Thyssen @ Java’s Bachelor Pad

With platinum blonde hair and in a low-cut gown hiked up to the knee, Helen (Greta Thyssen) talks with Duke (Jock Mahoney), who sits at her feet in his suit.

With platinum blonde hair and in a low-cut gown hiked up to the knee, Helen (Greta Thyssen) talks with Duke (Jock Mahoney), who sits at her feet in his suit.

Episode 105 – Three Blondes In His Life, part 1 (repeat)

Posted in redux! on January 30th, 2017 by admin

Playboy insurance investigator Duke Wallace (Jock Mahoney) is on the case of a missing colleague with a penchant for blonde women…and when he meets them, he learns why. 1961. Part 1 of 2. First posted November 23, 2009.

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Original Movie @ Internet Archive
Movie Info @ IMDB
Mad Men Season 3 @ Wikipedia
Mickey Spillane @ Thrilling Detective
77 Sunset Strip @ Wikipedia

Sitting on a sofa with a drink in his hand, Duke (Jock Mahoney) looks up at Lois (Elaine Edwards), shown from the midriff down and also holding a drink.

Sitting on a sofa with a drink in his hand, Duke (Jock Mahoney) looks up at Lois (Elaine Edwards), shown from the midriff down and also holding a drink.

Episode 104: The Duke Is Tops, part 2 (repeat)

Posted in redux! on January 23rd, 2017 by admin

While Duke’s (Ralph Cooper) luck gets better with the medicine show, Ethel’s (Lena Horne) gets worse up North. Can he save her and work his musical magic in the big city? Part 2 of 2. First posted November 16, 2009.

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Lena Horne Obituary @ The Guardian
The Duke Is Tops @ Wikipedia
Lena Horne PBS American Masters doc @ YouTube (undescribed)

In a silky white dress, Ethel (Lena Horne) looks over her shoulder as she sings on the empty dance floor of a posh nightclub, watched by elegantly dressed Black patrons.

In a silky white dress, Ethel (Lena Horne) looks over her shoulder as she sings on the empty dance floor of a posh nightclub, watched by elegantly dressed Black patrons.

Episode 103 – The Duke Is Tops, part 1 (repeat)

Posted in redux! on January 16th, 2017 by admin

Lena Horne made her film debut in this “race movie” as a singer with a chance at the big time, but only if her show producer boyfriend (Ralph Cooper) sacrifices their relationship. 1938. Part 1 of 2. First posted November 9, 2009.

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Original Movie @ Internet Archive
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Tyler Perry on 60 Minutes (article below video)
Important Films On Race @ Time
“Race films” @ Wikipedia
Ralph Cooper Obituary @ New York Times
Amateur Night at the Apollo

Duke (Ralph Cooper) and Ethel (Lena Horne) smile from the wings as they watch an act onstage.

Duke (Ralph Cooper) and Ethel (Lena Horne) smile from the wings as they watch an act onstage.