The Incredible Inman: 'Flintstones' episode spoofed ABC pop music's 'Shindig'
Question: On an episode of “The Flintstones,” there was a musical group much like The Beatles that sang a song that went like, “Bye bye before I die/It seems so funny to me.” That is all I remember. Can you shed some light on the title and who sang it?
Answer: Well, first of all, the lyrics were, “Laugh, laugh, I thought I'd die/It seemed so funny to me,” and any connoisseur of 1960s pop will tell you the song is called “Laugh, Laugh,” and it was a hit for the Beau Brummels.
And the Beau Brummels supplied the voices for the Beau Brummelstones on “Shinrock-a-Go-Go,” an episode of “The Flintstones” that aired Dec. 3, 1965. “Shinrock” was a stone-age parody of the ABC pop music show “Shindig” and that show's host, Jimmy O'Neill, supplied the voice for his stone-age counterpart, Jimmy O'Neillstone. The plot of the episode is as follows — Fred Flintstone drops a bowling ball on his foot, and when he flails around in pain it becomes a new dance craze.
As you can see, all the real-life guest stars on the show had some sort of gravelish appendage added to their names. So, if the Rolling Stones had done a guest shot, they would have been called the Rolling Stonerocks.
Q: I am a fan of “Grimm” and “Revolution,” but both have been on hiatus for some time. Do you know if or when they might be returning? Is “Warehouse 13” going to return this summer?
A: Don't fret — “Grimm” is scheduled to return March 8, and “Revolution” will be back March 25.
As for “Warehouse 13,” it's scheduled to return to SyFy in April.
Q: Is the actor William H. Macy the same person who played Will Robinson in the series “Lost in Space” back in the mid 1960s, when he was known as Bill Macy?
A: Hooold on thar, as Quick Draw McGraw used to say.
First, William H. Macy the actor is not the same person as Bill Macy, who played Walter Findlay on the sitcom “Maude” (CBS, 1972-78). Second, William H. Macy is not the same person as Bill Mumy, who played Will on “Lost in Space” (CBS, 1965-68).
Q: I'm trying to remember the name of a movie, I think from the late 1950s. It's a fantasy about a young boy who is taken by a man who wants kids to play this extremely long piano. I think he's rescued by a guy who was a character actor on a show of that era. Does any of this sound familiar? Is it on DVD or tape?
A: That's “The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T,” a 1953 film with Tommy Rettig as the boy, Hans Conried as the evil piano teacher Dr. T and Peter Lind Hayes as the hero. It was written by Dr. Seuss. And it's on video and DVD.
Q: During the run of “Seinfeld,” how many times was Elaine (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) pregnant? Also, were there two actresses playing Marilyn on “The Munsters”? When did that series run?
A: Julia Louis-Dreyfus was pregnant twice during the run of “Seinfeld” — the series ran from 1990 to 1997, and she had children in 1992 and 1997.
And there were two Marilyns, even though “The Munsters” ran on CBS for only two seasons, from 1964 to '66. Beverley Owen played Marilyn during the first season, 1964-'65, and left the show to get married. Pat Priest took over for the second season, 1965-'66.
Q: I saw a movie when I was a child (1970s) that I've never seen since — hope you can help me. It was a black-and-white horror movie that had creatures who sucked the bones out of people. The creature looked like a turtle and had an elephant-like trunk. Please tell me I didn't dream this — no one knows what I'm talking about!
A: The movie is 1966's “Island of Terror,” with Peter Cushing and a bunch of British actors. In England, by the way, the movie is known as “Night of the Silicates.” Ooooo!
Q: What ever happened to Darby Hinton, the young boy who played Fess Parker's son on “Daniel Boone”?
A: Hey, thanks for contributing today's “Question no one else wonders about”! Hinton played Israel Boone on that NBC series, which ran from 1964 to '68, and has done sporadic work in movies and TV since then. He is also reportedly active in martial arts, specifically Jeet Kune Do.
Q: I woke up remembering a TV show about a family that included aliens. The show was somewhat like “ALF,” only the alien puppets were more like something you'd see on “Sesame Street” or at a Church youth-group performance. I had a feeling there was a whole family of them.
A: Sounds like “Aliens in the Family,” a 1996 ABC sitcom that was so bad it was removed from prime time after two episodes and placed on the Saturday-morning schedule. John Bedford Lloyd played Doug Brody, a fellow who married an alien named Cookie (Margaret Trigg). They tried to raise a blended family of human and alien kids, and then one day they were gone, and everyone was happier.
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