The writer of “Silver Screen Reflections” remembers actress Debbie Reynolds, who died on Wed., Dec. 28 at the age of 84.
The actress died one day after the death of her daughter, Carrie Fisher.
According to Variety, she was born Marie Frances Reynolds in El Paso, Texas in 1932. When she was eight years old, her family moved to Burbank, California. After winning the Miss Burbank contest in 1948, she was spotted by a talent agent from Warner Bros. Pictures. Studio head Jack Warner changed her name to Debbie Reynolds.
On the move to MGM
After her Warner contract lapsed, she signed with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. One of her earliest well-known roles was in the 1950 musical “Two Weeks with Love,” alongside Ricardo Montalban, Jane Powell and Carleton Carpenter. One of the most memorable songs out of that film was “Aba Daba Honeymoon,” which was sung by Reynolds and Carpenter.
Singin’ In the Rain (1952)
Reynolds would go onto greater fame by being cast as the romantic lead in the 1952 MGM musical “Singin’ in the Rain,” alongside Gene Kelly and Donald O’Connor (Kelly co-directed the film with Stanley Donen). One of many memorable dance numbers in the film was the “Good Morning” number. “Singin’ in the Rain” was a smash success and propelled her into stardom.
In 1975, Fisher made her silver screen debut by appearing in Hal Ashby’s comedy “Shampoo,” featuring Warren Beatty, Goldie Hawn and Julie Christie. Two years later, Fisher would act in a role that would transform her into an international icon. The rest is motion picture history.
She would overcome her drug and alcohol problems in her screen career, which would be the basis for her successful novel, “Postcards from the Edge,” which was made into a film by Mike Nichols in 1990 (with Meryl Streep in the role of actress Suzanne Vale, based off of Fisher’s real-life accounts). Fisher also wrote the screenplay for the motion picture adaptation of her novel, thus becoming a script doctor and screenwriter for numerous film and television programs.
Tribune’s Antenna TV network will honor the life and legacy of Carrie Fisher by showing her 1983 appearance on “The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson” (alongside guest Garry Shandling, who died earlier this year) on Wed., Dec. 28 at 11 p.m. Eastern/10 p.m. Central. The episode will repeat on Antenna TV at 2 a.m. Eastern/1 a.m. Central.
In the Frederick, Maryland/Washington, D.C. area, Antenna TV can be found on WDCW-TV 50.2 (over-the-air) and on Comcast 201.
In honor of Myrna Loy as the “Star of the Month” for December, Turner Classic Movies will be showcasing one of her most memorable films.
TCM to present “The Thin Man” (1934) this Friday
Beginning this Fri., Dec. 23 at 8 p.m. Eastern/7 p.m. Central, TCM will be showcasing the 1934 film adaptation of the Dashiell Hammett novel, “The Thin Man,” featuring William Powell and Myrna Loy as husband-and-wife sleuths Nick and Nora Charles. As part of the network’s Friday night “Star of the Month” salute to Loy, all six Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer “Thin Man” films will be shown throughout the evening.
Ticket stub from the “RiffTrax Holiday Special Double Feature” presentation at the R/C Hanover multiplex (Chris Hamby/Chris Hamby Films).
Fans of RiffTrax and “Mystery Science Theater 3000” in the Hanover area gathered to watch an encore “double feature” of two popular RiffTrax events.
“RiffTrax Live: Holiday Double Feature” (Showcased at the R/C Hanover Movies 16 in Hanover, Pennsylvania)
About 10 audience members (including the writer of “Silver Screen Reflections”) attended the RiffTrax Holiday Double Feature, presented by RiffTrax in conjunction with Fathom Events on the evening of Thu., Dec. 1 at the R/C Hanover Movies 16 multiplex (a sister cinema venue to the Gateway Gettysburg cinema, which also showcased the RiffTrax/Fathom screening).
The First Offering: “Santa Claus Conquers The Martians” (1964, riffed by the RiffTrax crew in 2013)
The first offering in the RiffTrax Holiday Double Feature was an encore presentation of the RiffTrax crew’s 2013 riff of Nicholas Webster’s 1964 Z-budget film (a “golden turkey” favorite of all MSTies), “Santa Claus Conquers the Martians” (featuring Pia Zadora as the martian Girmar, Bill McCutcheon as Dropo, Ned Wertimer as news reporter Andy Henderson and John Call as Santa Claus).
Before the riffing of “Santa Claus Conquers the Martians,” MST3K alums Mike Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett riffed a low-budget holiday kiddie short from the early 1950s, “Santa and the Fairy Snow Queen.”
Produced by industrial and educational filmmaker Sid Davis, this was different than Davis’ usual lineup of low-budget industrial and educational films (usually dealing with highway safety). Davis’ “Santa and the Fairy Snow Queen” was a hilariously dismal rendition of Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker.”
The Second Offering (after the intermission): More Shorts! “RiffTrax Christmas Shorts-Stravaganza” (2009, with a cavalcade of Castle shorts- No pun intended)
After the intermission, audiences were treated to an encore of the RiffTrax crew’s 2009 live performance, “RiffTrax Christmas Shorts-Stravaganza,” featuring special guest “Weird Al” Yankovic hilariously mocking a 1939 musical short on New England pork, “Three Magic Words.” The short was directed by Al Christie, a veteran film producer who produced short comedic films, dating back to the silent era. It was produced by another industrial/educational film company, Wilding Picture Productions.
An evening of hilarity and cheesy holiday films (and shorts) that was enjoyed by all
The “RiffTrax Holiday Special Double Feature” was an enjoyable (and hilarious) experience, along with new holiday photo wraparounds (of photos sent in by RiffTrax fans from coast-to-coast) hosted by Mike, Kevin and Bill. Attendees of the special presentation were also treated to the iconic pre-show trivia slides, along with an exclusive offer for a digital holiday package full of RiffTrax goodies!
With the fine art of riffing by the RiffTrax crew and special guest “Weird Al” Yankovic (during the 2009 shorts-stravangaza with creepy Z-budget cinematic Santas), the double-feature holiday presentation was an enjoyable experience that was enjoyed by all! The “RiffTrax Holiday Special Double Feature” was the perfect escape (before the stress of final exams/final projects week)!
Greetings, Everyone (fellow friends of the matinee and pilots of the college radio airwaves)!
As I am taking a brief break from final assignments for my last set of courses at Hood College, this Friday will mark the season finale of “Yours Truly, Chris Hamby” on Hood College’s exclusive online radio station, Blazer Radio.
The fun starts this Fri., Dec. 9 at Noon Eastern/11 a.m. Central/9 a.m. Pacific on blazerradio.org and on the TuneIn app!
The season finale of Blazer Radio’s “Yours Truly, Chris Hamby” will have shout-outs to fellow friends of the matinee/pilots of the airwaves and some interesting tunes (including several that have been played before on previous episodes of this program), a couple of holiday/seasonal tunes and more!
Will this mean the end of “Yours Truly, Chris Hamby?”
No, this will not mark the end of “Yours Truly, Chris Hamby.” Since I got the chance to do my own radio program on Blazer Radio back in mid-September, I love doing this show every week- sharing good, groovy tunes with all listeners from coast-to-coast and around the globe (along with fun facts on classic/cult film and television programs)!
Though I will be graduating from Hood College at the end of this semester (along with several fellow friends of the matinee/ “pilots of the airwaves” from Blazer Radio)*, I am hoping to continue “Yours Truly, Chris Hamby” in one form or another- on Blazer Radio or on another online platform. Stay tuned to this blog for more details!
Thanks to all for listening to this season of “Yours Truly, Chris Hamby” on Blazer Radio! Hopefully, this show will make a comeback next year- more developments will follow!
And if anyone has a special song request, or if you would like to have an instant on-air shout-out during tomorrow’s show, feel free to let me know!
“Yours Truly, Chris Hamby:” Season Finale (For Now)