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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!

Forgotten Films of the 60’s: Gambit (1966)

Ah, how soon we forget!

Gambit was an A-list caper film that starred Michael Caine as the thief and Shirley MacLaine as his initially unwitting accomplice.

Caine is out to steal a priceless statue from the world’s richest man (Herbet Lom). MacLaine bears an uncanny resemblance to Lom’s dead wife, whom he adored. (Hey, if she looked like Shirley Maclaine, what’s not to adore?)

The film’s main gimmick is that we first see the caper play out flawlessly. In the film’s first of several twists, we then find out what we’ve been seeing is merely the way Caine has described his plan to his partner, an art forger (John Abbott).

Read more: Forgotten Films of the 60’s: Gambit (1966)

Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol

What was the first made-for-TV animated holiday special? Oh, alright. The title of this post sort of gives it away.

Yes, before Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, before A Charlie Brown Christmas, there was Mister Magoo’s Christmas Carol!

Magoo had made the jump from theatrical cartoons to his own TV series in 1960. The success of that show convinced UPA (owners of the character) to make a 60-minute adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic.

First broadcast on NBC in 1962 with the sponsorship of the Timex watch people, the special took on an unusual “show-within-a-show concept.” Magoo was a great actor, returning to his theatrical roots by appearing on Broadway as Ebenezer Scrooge in a musical version of the famous tale.

Read more: Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol

The TV That Time Forgot: Mr. & Mrs. North

Pam and Jerry North were a very happily married couple who kept tripping over dead bodies. Jerry was a publisher of mystery novels (natch) and his slightly off-kilter wife was usually the one who solved the cases they kept stumbling across.

Mr. & Mrs. North had a long, successful career in books, stage and the radio. Unfortunately, the TV version wasn’t all that successful, running only two seasons. But thanks to reruns, it is remembered by many Baby Boomers.

Read more: The TV That Time Forgot: Mr. & Mrs. North

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