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Now Playing: "Paint Your Wagon" (1969)

In the late 1960’s Establishment Hollywood was near panic. All of the old rules about making and marketing movies seemed to be going out the window.

While long-time stars like Gregory Peck and Bob Hope were no longer packing ‘em in, young upstarts like Mike Nichols (The Graduate) and Warren Beatty (Bonnie and Clyde) were turning out blockbusters that their studios frankly thought should be playing the low rent drive-in circuit.

So in 1969, what did Hollywood think was a “can’t-miss” idea? Take a Broadway musical from 1951(!) and cast Clint Eastwood and Lee Marvin(!!) as the singing leads!

The result is a spectacular mess of a film, Paint Your Wagon.

Read more: Now Playing: "Paint Your Wagon" (1969)

You Can’t Keep a Good Puppet Down

The Life & Times of Howdy Doody -  Part 5

We all know that childhood can’t last forever (unless your name is Bart Simpson). So too, for our favorite childhood television shows. The last network telecast of The Howdy Doody Show took place on September 24, 1960. The following Saturday on NBC, many of us were entertained by Shari Lewis, Lamb Chop and Charlie Horse.

But whatever happened to Howdy Doody and Buffalo Bob? Keep reading and find out.

Read more: You Can’t Keep a Good Puppet Down

Who Remembers Francis the Talking Mule?

Every Baby Boomer remembers Mister Ed, the talking horse who caused trouble for his owner Wilbur Post. But Ed was actually a rip-off, a cheap TV imitation!

Before Ed ever opened his mouth there was Francis the Talking Mule!

Frances was created by U.S. Army Captain David Stern III. He was in charge of an Army newspaper during WWII. Bored by a lack of news one afternoon, Stern wrote four pages of fanciful dialogue between a U.S. solider and a stubborn Army mule. Intrigued, he expanded the idea into a series of short stories that were subsequently published by Esquire magazine. Stern wrote the stories in the first person and adopted as a pen name, Peter Stirling, the 2nd lieutenant who Francis befriended in the stories.

Read more: Who Remembers Francis the Talking Mule?

A Museum Dedicated to The 3 Stooges

What do you give the Three Stooges fan who has everything?

How about a trip to the Stoogeum!

The world’s first and largest museum dedicated to Larry, More, Curly (and sometimes Shemp) is located in Amber, Pennsylvania. This is no “garage museum” at somebody’s home. This is a 3-story building that houses close to 100,000 pieces of Stooges memorabilia including costumes and props from the Stooges classic shorts and feature films.

It’s more fun that a poke in the eye! Nyuck! Nyuck! Nyuck!

But plan ahead. The Stoogeum is only open on Thursdays and it will be closed all of February for renovations.

The TV That Time Forgot: Toni Twin Time (1950)

Think there are some bad reality TV shows on the air now?

Back in the summer of 1950, Toni Home Permanents (remember those?) actually sponsored a 15-minute prime time show that featured twins with the audience having to guess which one had had her hair styled professionally and which had used Toni’s home hair care products. In other words.

The only reason anyone should remember this show is its host – a young guy named Jack Lemmon!

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