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By David Inman
Sunday, May 5, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
 

Q: As a child, I remember seeing a movie at the drive-in that really spooked me. The bad guy was a kidnapper, I think, who had asthma, so he talked in a raspy voice. And the finale was in a ballpark? Maybe Candlestick Park in San Francisco? Make any sense?

A: Yep. That's the 1962 film “Experiment in Terror,” with Ross Martin as the bad guy and Candlestick Park as itself. The cast includes Glenn Ford, Lee Remick and Stefanie Powers, and the film was directed by Blake Edwards.

Q: Will “Dallas” be back for a third season on TNT? And what was the music played at the end of the season finale April 15?

A: “Dallas” has been renewed for a third season. And the song was “Come Unto Me,” by The Mavericks.

Q: We saw a movie that we believe was about the Civil War. Either Richard Chamberlain or Christopher Reeve was the star, a Pinkerton guard that was involved in a case. Can't remember the name — can you help?

A: That was the 1990 TV movie “The Rose and the Jackal,” and I'm assuming Reeve was the Jackal. He played Allan Pinkerton, who was in pursuit of beautiful-and-nice-smelling-but-deadly Confederate spy Rose O'Neal Greenhow (Madolyn Smith Osborne) during the Civil War.

Q: I remember seeing a movie with the idea that there is a “committee” or group who pretty much controls the political scene worldwide. I seem to remember that this group has been around for the long term and when one leaves, usually by death, the remainder determines his successor — am I dreaming this?

A: Sounds to me like “The Brotherhood of the Bell,” a 1970 TV movie with Glenn Ford, Rosemary Forsyth and Dean Jagger. Ford plays a professor who finds himself pulled back into the society he joined as a college student, only to find he doesn't like doing Jagermeister shots as much as he used to.

Q: As a young girl growing up in the 1970s, I loved “Rhoda.” What happened to the girl who played Rhoda's sister, Brenda?

A: Oh, not much. Julie Kavner started doing cartoon voices about 1990. You might have heard of the character she portrays — Marge Simpson.

Q: In a recent column, someone asked who was the voice of God in the movie “The Ten Commandments.” You stated it was Charlton Heston. Actually, it was my uncle, Delos Jewkes. He was known as having the deepest, richest voice on the West Coast — he could reach five octaves below middle C.

He was in over 300 Hollywood movies because of his deep, resonant voice. He auditioned for the role and then recorded his part under the personal supervision of Mr. (Cecil B.) DeMille. Thanks for letting me have my say!

A: Thanks for writing! Or, as Jewkes would say (in a really deep voice), “Thanks for writing.”

Q: I remember a TV show (crime drama) from the 1980s starring a dwarf with a British accent as a private investigator. My friends think I am making it up because I have a fascination with little people. Am I? Did such a show exist?

A: Sounds to me like “The Wizard,” which aired on CBS from 1986 to '87. David Rappaport, who was born with the genetic condition dwarfism, played toymaker-adventurer Simon McKay, who traveled the world in search of adventure and the ultimate Slinky.

Q: My husband says he can't find anyone who remembers a movie serial that he watched as a kid in the early 1940s. It was called “Spy Smasher.” Was there really a serial by that name?

A: Just the one produced by Republic Pictures in 1942, based on the comic book, which was about a guy named Alan Armstrong (Kane Richmond) who was presumed dead in a plane crash but actually dedicated his life to smashing spies in the smashingest manner possible as Spy Smasher!

Write David Inman in care of The (Louisville, Ky.) Courier-Journal, 525 W. Broadway, P.O. Box 740031, Louisville, KY 40201-7431; or email him at incredibleinman@yahoo.com. Questions of general interest will be answered; personal replies are not possible.

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