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04.06.2010 | | Posted at 09:02 AM

Thin Man –vs.- Fat Man

By David Luhrssen
Thoroughly rooted in vaudeville, Bud Abbott and Lou Costello joined the ranks of the most popular Hollywood comedians in the 1940s with hits such as Buck Privates and Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein. Their career had passed its peak by 1952 when they turned to the rising medium of television. All 52 episodes of their program, along with bonus footage and an extensive booklet, are packaged ...
12.31.1969 | | Posted at 06:00 PM

Discovering a Lost Classic

By David Luhrssen
Barbara Stanwyck was a scrappy young thing in 1930s Hollywood and a femme fatale in the �40s. But by 1960, she was a grand old dame of movies, already over 50 and finding few good roles (a problem for actresses even today). She turned to television, eventually finding success with a late �60s western called �The Big Valley.� Her first venture onto the small screen, �The Barbara Stanwyck Show,�...
08.11.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By David Luhrssen
The word �holocaust� had no particular meaning for most people until the 1970s, when it was given a capital H and turned into shorthand for the genocide waged against the Jewish people by the Nazi regime. The CBS mini-series �Holocaust� helped popularize the term when it aired in 1978. It�s out now on DVD. �Holocaust� is of historical interest for its role in educating the American public...