The Incredible Inman: 'House' theme song depends on where you see the show
Question: Why do the “House” reruns on ION have a different theme song than the ones on USA, Oxygen or the DVDs?
Answer: Well, that comes down to the difference between “broadcast syndication” and “cable syndication.” The song is called “Teradrop,” and the group that performs the song, Massive Attack, apparently negotiated for the song to be used in cable syndication (USA, Oxygen) but not in broadcast syndication (ION). And they also apparently negotiated for the song's use on the DVDs. The group either wasn't interested in clearing the song for broadcast syndication, or they asked for too much money and the “House” producers balked and just figured they could replace it with a generic-sounding tech song and no one would notice, but they were wrong.
Q: Sometime in the late 1960s or early '70s, I saw a movie that was based on the JFK assassination and the idea of a second gunman. Other than that, the only memorable scene was at the end when an investigator uncovers a Jeep (?) in a remote desert area and in the vehicle he finds human remains, I think, and a rifle identical to the one used in Dallas. As the film ends, the lone actor is holding the rifle in the air and proclaiming: “Who where you?” Can you tell me the title and if it's on DVD?
A: Sounds like the 1973 film “Executive Action,” with Burt Lancaster, Robert Ryan and Will Geer. It's on DVD.
Q: I have been wondering about the name of this one movie. It's about a man who lives in a small town and runs a diner. One day, these two guys come into town after a killing spree and come to his diner. These guys are going to kill everyone in the diner. The man takes the shotgun from one of them and then proceeds to protect all in the diner. He kills the man (or both) and is a hero. He is modest and doesn't want publicity. Yet, the media descend on the town, and he gets on camera. A mob guy from another city sees the news and recognizes the man. The mob guy and his entourage go into the city and find the man and confront him. What movie is this?
A: Sounds like the 2005 film “A History of Violence,” with Viggo Mortensen as the guy. The cast also includes Maria Bello, William Hurt and Ed Harris.
Q: My husband thinks he remembers a singer from the 1950s and early '60s by the name of Molly Bee. I do not recall anyone by that name. Could you let me know if this person is real? I think my husband made her up.
A: Allow me to vindicate, validate, educate and elucidate. Of course, there was a Molly Bee!
She was best known as a regular on several variety shows — “The Pinky Lee Show” (NBC, 1954), “The Tennessee Ernie Ford Show” (NBC, 1957-60) and “The Jimmy Dean Show” (ABC, 1963-64).
At the peak of her fame in the late 1950s, she even appeared in a couple of movies, including 1960's “Chartroose Caboose” and 1963's “The Young Swingers.”
She died in 2009 at age 69.
Q: The other day, my uncle was watching a documentary about Donald Trump, and it reminded him about a movie he saw many years ago. The problem is he can't remember anything except the plot. It was about an immigrant who comes to America and buys a hotel. The hotel needs renovation, so he goes to the bank to get a loan. The banker takes all his info and then denies his loan. The man is upset at the banker, because he thinks it is because he is an immigrant. Still, the immigrant is successful in getting the hotel up and going and he becomes a successful businessman. But he is still upset at the banker and tries to ruin his life. Do you have any idea what he is talking about?
A: Sounds like the 1985 miniseries “Kane & Abel,” based on the book by Jeffrey Archer. Peter Strauss played Abel the immigrant and Sam Neill played Kane the banker. Also in the cast were Ron Silver, Fred Gwynne and Alberta Watson.
Q: When I was a kid, just after World War II started, I saw a movie I never forgot. It was about an American man who worked in an aircraft factory and knew some top-secret information. He was captured by enemy spies and tortured, but still wouldn't spill the beans. Any idea what this movie is titled?
A: That's the 1942 film “Joe Smith, American,” with Robert Young as the man who won't spill the beans. The movie also stars Marsha Hunt and Darryl Hickman. Young's character as a boy is played by Robert Blake. Yes, that Robert Blake.
Q: I have been watching “ Alice “ reruns on cable, and I love them! It seems like that after the show went off the air, the star — Linda something — was in another series with a young woman as her daughter. What was the name of that show?
A: Well, “ Alice “ rerun-lover, “Linda something” is Linda Lavin, and the show you're thinking of is called “Room for Two.” It ran on ABC from 1992-93. Lavin played Edie Kurland, who moved from Ohio to live with daughter Jill (Patricia Heaton, pre-”Everybody Loves Raymond”), who was the producer of a network news show. Edie's outspoken nature led to her joining the show as a commentator, and kind-of-but-not-really hilarious complications ensued.
Q: I am looking for a movie I saw in the late 1970s about three college students — two female and one male — who go to Greece for the summer. Is it on DVD?
A: That's a 1982 cavalcade of suntans called “Summer Lovers,” with Peter Gallagher, Darryl Hannah and Valerie Quennessen as the trio. They form what one Internet commentator writing about the movie refers to as a “mange a trois.” Actually, it's “menage,” unless a veterinarian was involved.
“Summer Lovers” is on DVD.
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