It's all out clown-a-rama in this week's issue. Mickey Rooney was starring in a made-for-tv movie along with Red Buttons called "Leave 'em Laughing" which child star Jackie Cooper directed.
CBS was really pushing this movie. In addition to the article, this issue had three (horrifying) ads promoting it.
I never liked clowns, even before it was cool not to like clowns. As a child, I never found them funny, and frankly kind of creepy. There were only a few clowns I tolerated: Ronald McDonald, Mr. Patches (a local kids TV show) and Corky the Clown, another local kids show clown. Coincidentally enough, Corky is featured in this week's TV Guide as well as the local NBC affiliate tries to milk the "Together Again" angle.
With her success on "Buck Rogers" and "Silver Spoons", it looks like Erin Gray has left the Virginia Slims ads behind.
"Enos", the spin-off from Dukes of Hazzard, only lasted one season. I just learned last week that Sonny "Enos" Shroyer played Coach "Bear" Bryant in "Forrest Gump".
I can hear it now:
William Shatner: "This..was.....AMERIGA."
Off-stage voice: "Bill, it sounded like you said 'Ameri-ga'. It's 'Ameri-ca'."
William Shatner: "You say 'America'. I say, 'Ameriga.'"
I had completely forgotten about "The Phoenix" until I saw this ad. The star, Judson Scott, is known better for his various roles in the Star Trek franchise.
Paul McCartney *and* Charlie Callas on one show together?! And they said it would never happen. I wonder if they did a duet a la David Bowie and Bing Crosby: "Ebony *HAWWW* and *VOOT VOOT* Ivory..." I'd love to see Paul's face during this bit. You deserve a special prize if you can make it to the end of the video.
I recall "It's Magic, Charlie Brown (The Great Houndini)" being the first time I felt the Peanuts cartoon franchise had jumped the shark. I'd bought Snoopy walking on two feet, the Red Baron schtick, even his awesome fight with the folding lawn chair in the Thanksgiving special, but when he actually turned Charlie Brown invisible? I'm sorry, Charles Schulz, but you've taken it too far.
Someone doodled on the Peanuts ad. Blasphemy!
I never heard of "We're Fighting Back", but of course there's a clip on Youtube.
"The Girl, The Gold Watch and Everything" was a 1980 made-for-tv movie based on the 1962 science fiction novel about a man who inherits a pocket watch that can stop time.
Looking at the "Real People" ad, I'm pretty sure a pizza parlor owner in a loin cloth gets you a B rating with the Health Department. Possibly a B- depending on how clean it is.
Activision's Laser Blast was another game designed by legendary videogame designer and programmer David Crane.