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By David Inman
Monday, Jan. 5, 2009
 

Question: I remember a remake of the movie "The Long Hot Summer" on TV. Did it star Don Johnson• Is it on DVD• I can't remember who played the female lead.

Answer: All you Don Johnson fans -- I know you're out there -- will be pleased to know that he did, indeed, star in that 1985 TV-movie remake, opposite Cybill Shepherd. Also in the cast were Ava Gardner, Jason Robards and Judith Ivey. It isn't on DVD.

Q: I am inquiring about an old movie in which a daughter's girlfriend falls in love with the daughter's father. Although they carry on as a couple, in the end it is decided that they should not be together. Then, at the girlfriend's wedding, his daughter recognizes her mother's necklace -- a gift from her father to this woman. I think the title was something like "110 Street." Can you help me with this one?

A: Actually, the movie is titled "Ten North Frederick," and it was released in 1958. Gary Cooper played the father, Diane Varsi played the daughter and Suzy Parker played the girlfriend.

Q: Whatever happened to that good-looking Charles Shaughnessy, who played Maxwell Sheffield on "The Nanny"?

A: Oh, he's keeping busy. He appeared on a couple of episodes of AMC's "Mad Men" over the summer and he was a regular on the MyTV soap "Saints and Sinners" last year. He also provides a voice in "The Tale of Despereaux."

Q: I'm looking for the episode of "The Dick Van Dyke Show" where the writing team goes on the road and spends the night in a "haunted" hotel. They had some great ones, but this was a classic. Is it on DVD?

A: That was an episode titled "The Ghost of A. Chantz," and it aired on Sept. 30, 1964, during the show's fourth season. It's on DVD.

Q: I've been watching reruns of "Boston Legal." Is the guy playing the judge the guy on "Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In" who recited the silly poems• I think he introduced himself as 'enry 'iggins.

A: Actually, he introduced himself as "Henry Gibson," since that is his name. And Gibson did, indeed, play Judge Clark Brown on "Boston Legal."

Q: Some years ago, I saw most of a movie that only had two actors, and one of them was Jackie Gleason. It began in a cemetery where the other actor's wife was being buried. He was puzzled by the presence of Gleason and after the service, approached him to ask who he was. It seemed that Gleason and the other actor's wife had been meeting at a cafe for many years just to talk. Nothing else was going on. Any help on this one• Is it on video?

A: That was the cable movie "Mr. Halpern and Mr. Johnson," and it aired in 1983. Lord Laurence Olivier played the other actor. It was on video but is now out of print, so you may find it in bargain bins and the like.

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. It was on video but is now out of print.

Q: I remember a movie about a man who lived under the stairs in a couple's home and wouldn't come out until they weren't home. The other movie is about a family who is on vacation and there is a car with young punks that won't leave them alone. I saw both movies in the early to mid-1970s. Any ideas?

A: The first movie is "Crawlspace," a made-for-TV film from 1972. Arthur Kennedy and Teresa Wright played the couple, and Tom Happer played their subterranean tenant. The second movie sounds like "Hot Rods to Hell," a 1967 cheeseball with Dana Andrews and Jeanne Crain as Dad and Mom Phillips, Laurie Mock as teen daughter Tina, and Jeffrey Byron as son Jamie. The thrill-loving, rule-breaking, bad-mannered psychos are played by Mimsy Farmer, Paul Bertoya and Gene Kirkwood.

Write David Inman in care of Living, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, D.L. Clark Building, 503 Martindale St., Pittsburgh, PA 15212, or e-mail tribliving@tribweb.com.

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