The Incredible Inman: 'Young Rebels' fought for liberty but didn't last the season
Question: I remember a TV show when I was younger (maybe 1960s or early '70s) about teenagers during the Revolutionary War. It was about how they helped the colonists fight the British. Do you have any information on this series and whether it is available on DVD?
Answer: Return with us now to the fall of 1970, when network TV programmers decided that what America needed was more shows with feisty, hippie-ish young people.
So we got shows about young, idealistic, good-looking attorneys (“Storefront Lawyers,” “The Young Lawyers”), doctors (“The New Doctors,” “The Interns”) and Revolutionary War underground fighters (“The Young Rebels”).
“The Young Rebels” ran on ABC. The cast included young rebels Jeremy (Richard Ely), Isak (Lou Gossett Jr.), Elizabeth (Hillary Thompson) and Henry (Ben Franklin lookalike Alex Henteloff). Were they successful? Did America gain its independence? We will never know, because the show went off the air in January 1971.
Q: When I was a kid I saw a movie about a wagon train going west. They were attacked in the mountains. They had a unique way of fighting and communicating with each other — I think they were Basque. What is the name of this movie?
A: Sounds like “Thunder in the Sun,” a 1959 film with Jeff Chandler and Susan Hayward. The cast also includes Jacques Bergerac and everyone's favorite, Blanche Yurka.
Q: My father asked me to search the Internet for a movie on the life of John (Johnny Appleseed) Chapman. He mentioned that the movie he remembered was made in the mid- to late 1950s. The only reference to Johnny Appleseed that I came across on the Internet was a Disney cartoon short that had Dennis Day providing the voice. If it helps, my father was certain that Charlton Heston was in the movie.
A: My educated guess, you should pardon the expression, is that your father saw an episode of the 1950s anthology series “Cavalcade of America” called “Wild April.” It originally aired in late 1956 and undoubtedly showed up in reruns after that. Heston wasn't in the show, however; Appleseed was played by Robert J. Wilke.
Q: I just saw an old episode of “Friends” where Rachel and Ross get married in Las Vegas. Did all the credits for producers, etc., have the last name of Arquette? My husband will take me out to dinner if I'm not making this up!
A: Tie on the lobster bib, because it's true.
The episode, “The One After Vegas,” was the first one produced after Courteney Cox married David Arquette and changed her name to Courteney Cox Arquette. Because “Friends” was nothing if not cute, the producers and such thought it would be cute to add “Arquette” to their names as well, little suspecting that more than a decade later, it would be the subject of a take-me-to-dinner bet in some smart-alecky TV trivia column.
Q: Every time I see Jennifer Love Hewitt, I remember a series she was on right after she left “Party of Five.” She might even have played the same character, but I don't remember the show being on all that long. Can you refresh my memory?
A: That was “Time of Your Life,” a 1999 series that ran on Fox for about three months. Hewitt played Sarah, the character she had played on the Fox series “Party of Five.” She had moved to New York City to find her father. Her roommate was Romy (Jennifer Garner, pre-“Alias”) and the cast also included a pre-”NCIS” Pauley Perrette.
Q: I remember a movie, possibly from the late 1940s, that I would love to see again. A soldier comes home from World War II and his daughter answers the door. Her father hushes her, as he wants to surprise his wife. Because I was a soldier's wife in the 1940s (yes, I'm 85 years young), I'm hoping it might be available.
A: That's one of my favorite scenes from one of my favorite movies, 1946's “The Best Years of Our Lives.” The people involved are Teresa Wright (daughter), Myrna Loy (wife) and Frederic March (husband), and the movie is on video and DVD.
Q: I'm looking for the name of a movie. It's about an old queen, whose husband recently died. She is depressed and won't do anything, and her family sets out to try to help her. In comes this big, bearded, rough-around-the-edges Scotsman wearing a kilt. He is hired as her companion, of sorts. Well, it works out just fine, and they end up loving each other — which is a no-no. Any ideas?
A: That's the 1997 film “Mrs. Brown,” with Judi Dench as Queen Victoria and Billy Connolly as John Brown, whose relationship with the queen caused people to refer to her as — wait for it — Mrs. Brown!
Q: Can you please identify the arch-villains of the “Batman” series of the 1960s? I remember a few of them: Joker, Riddler, Catwoman, Penguin, Egghead, Mr. Freeze. Who am I missing?
A: Oh, let's see.
There was also The Archer (Art Carney), the Minstrel (Van Johnson), Marsha Queen of Diamonds (Carolyn Jones), the Siren (Joan Collins), Louie the Lilac (Milton Berle), King Tut (Victor Buono), the Bookworm (Roddy McDowall), the Mad Hatter (David Wayne), Shame (Cliff Robertson), False Face (Malachi Throne), Col. Gumm (Roger C. Carmel), Zelda the Great and Olga, Queen of the Cossacks (both Anne Baxter), Ma Parker (Shelley Winters), The Clock King (Walter Slezak), Chandell (Liberace), the Puzzler (Maurice Evans) and a couple more.
Of course, the best-known villians, as you say, were the Joker (Cesar Romero), the Penguin (Burgess Meredith), the Riddler (Frank Gorshin and John Astin), Catwoman (Julie Newmar, Eartha Kitt and Lee Meriwether), Egghead (Vincent Price) and Mr. Freeze (George Sanders, Eli Wallach and Otto Preminger).
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