The Incredible Inman: TV Q&A
Question:@ We were recently watching "Animal House" and I remarked that it was also made into a TV series. No one believed me! Please tell them my memory is still functioning.
Answer:@ Kids, pull your chairs up reeeal close to the simulated pot-bellied stove with the virtual fire burning inside while the olllllld storyteller feller tells you the tale about the three "Animal House" sitcoms that came and went waaaay back in the winter of '79.
We used to light our candles and sit around the TV in those days, and on Jan. 18, 1979, we saw the "authorized" sitcom version of "Animal House," called "Delta House." It had several actors from the movie, including John Vernon as Dean Wormer, Stephen Furst as Flounder and Bruce McGill as D-Day. Also in the cast was a young starlet named ... Michelle Pfeiffer!
"Delta House" ran until that April on ABC. The CBS entry into the ripoff sweepstakes was "Co-Ed Fever," which began and ended on Feb. 4, 1979, since no one watched it. And the NBC entry was called "Brothers and Sisters," which featured Chris Lemmon and Mary Crosby, and went away in the spring of 1979 as well.
See how learning can be fun, kids?
Q.: I hope you can either prove I am sane, or my wife and friends should have me checked.
I remember a show from the 1960s, I think, about a man who was shrunk to about 6 inches high and lived in a miniature house in the apartment of another fellow. Thanks for your help.
A.: Yes, that was the short-lived sitcom "Hey! Watch Those Tweezers!," which ran from ... no, just joshing.
It was actually the 1959 syndicated series "World of Giants," which featured Marshall Thompson as a tiny, tiny spy named Mel Hunter. Between jobs, he lived with agent Bill Winters (Arthur Franz) in a little house located behind a painting. Winters would carry Hunter from mission to mission inside a briefcase, which was equipped with a tiny chair. The series went off the air before Hunter's boss had to face the thorny problem of shrinking a spouse.
Q.: There was a movie out about 40 years ago, maybe longer, about a young woman studying to become a nun.
When she has second thoughts and leaves the convent, a statue of the Virgin Mary takes on human form and replaces her while she is out finding herself. When the woman decides to return to the convent, the statue takes its place back in the church.
Can you tell me anything about this movie? I may be wrong, but I think one of the suitors in the film may have been a young Roger Moore. I also remember the other nuns wondering what happened to the statue. Can you solve this for me please!
A.: That's the 1959 film "The Miracle," with Carroll Baker, Moore and Walter Slezak.
Q.: There's a commercial for Sun Chips promoting their new biodegradable bag.
What's the name of the music on the soundtrack?
A.: That's "The Only Other Thing" by Orba Squara.
Q.: Can you tell me the name of the song that played at the end of the March 9 episode of "Castle"?
A. That was "Stop and Stare" by OneRepublic.
Q.: In the song "Tie a Yellow Ribbon," the guy says "I'm coming home, I've done my time." Where is he coming home from? My daughter says that he has just finished a hitch in the Army, while I recall that he was getting out of prison.
Which of us is right?
A.: Why, father knows best, of course.
Your daughter might recall that another line in the song, sung by Tony Orlando and Dawn, says, "I'm really still in prison, and my love, she holds the key..." And the song is based on a story that appeared in a 1959 book on prison reform called "Star Wormwood."
Q.: I saw a great movie back in the 1950s or '60s and I really enjoyed it. It's about a champion race-car driver who is suppose to teach a young rich woman how to drive a Formula 1 race car, but he is not allowed to say who he really is. She is very snobby and will hardly listen to him.
Finally, there is one scene where he drops her at some racing monument, and she discovers his identity. Any ideas?
A.: Oooh, snap. That's the 1963 film "Love Is a Ball," with Glenn Ford as the driver and Hope Lange as the woman.