Peyton Place (TV series)
Peyton Place is an American prime-time soap opera which aired on ABC in half-hour episodes from September 15, 1964, to June 2, 1969. Based upon the 1956 novel of the same name by Grace Metalious, the series was preceded by a 1957 film adaptation. A total of 514 episodes were broadcast, in black-and-white from 1964 to 1966 and in color from 1966 to 1969; the first color episode is episode #268. At the show's peak, ABC ran three new episodes a week; the program was produced by 20th Century Fox Television. A number of guest stars appeared in the series for extended periods, among them Dan Duryea, Susan Oliver, Leslie Nielsen, Gena Rowlands, Lee Grant, who won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Drama for her role of tough-as-nails Stella Chernak; the series served as the springboard for such performers as Mia Farrow, Ryan O'Neal, Barbara Parkins, Christopher Connelly, David Canary, Mariette Hartley, Lana Wood. With Peyton Place, ABC hoped to bring the success of the British serial Coronation Street to America.
Inspired by that serial, it was decided. Producer Paul Monash wanted to launch a revival of Grace Metalious' novel of the same name, he refused to acknowledge it as a soap opera, calling it a'high-class anthology drama'. An hour-long pilot was shot in 1962; the Cross family from the novel was included, but when Irna Phillips was contacted to change the pilot, she decided to scrap it. Various disagreements between the makers ensued, the official pilot was not aired until September 15, 1964; when the series premiered in late 1964, it marked the birth of the primetime American soap opera. The early stories were adapted from the 1956 book and 1957 film of the same name, although some principal character names and occupations were changed or eliminated; the time setting was changed from the early 1940s to the present day, the town's location, unidentified, was established as being in the commonwealth of Massachusetts in the fourth episode. Some sensational plot lines from the novel were replaced with less controversial themes.
The series immediately was criticized for the sexual themes with which it dealt. Peyton Place was an instant hit, it was aired twice a week, but because of its success, it was increased to three airings a week in June 1965. When Dorothy Malone was rushed into emergency surgery, the producers were faced with the dilemma of what to do with her character, Constance MacKenzie, who at that point was too embroiled in the plot line to disappear without reason. Lola Albright was continued in the series until Malone returned; the show's downfall began in September 1966. Ratings dropped after Mia Farrow's departure. Farrow never expected the show to become a success and tried to get out of her contract when the show started its airing. On the urging of her then-husband, Frank Sinatra, the producers decided to write her off the show in the summer of 1966; the character Rachel Welles, portrayed by Leigh Taylor-Young, was written into the show as her replacement. The addition of Taylor-Young's character, was not successful in increasing the ratings.
The show was cut back to two airings a week. By 1968, most of the original characters had been written out of the show, in many cases at their own request. Critics agreed the show had become'dated' and, because of the constant change in characters, confusing as well; the writers beginning work on what would be the final season, announced several new characters would be written into the show. They would deal with'electrifying subjects, the war, the draft, music and godlessness'. Although several well-known actors were added to the cast, including Ruby Dee, it was cancelled on June 2, 1969; the book is set in the years surrounding World War II. The series was set in the decade; the entire Cross family, an important family in the novel, does not appear in the television series. In the novel, Michael Rossi was the school principal. In the television series, he served as the town's doctor. In the novel, Matthew Swain was the town's doctor. In the television series, he serves as the editor of the local newspaper.
In the novel Rodney Harrington and Norman Page are unrelated. In the television series, they are sons of Leslie Harrington. In the novel, Betty Anderson is more bad-natured than in the television series. In the novel, Constance runs a clothing store; the series opens with a shot of a church's steeple, the words "Peyton Place" superimposed, with a tolling of church bells. Announcer Dick Tufeld announces "This is the continuing story of Peyton Place." The scene changes to scenes of the town square, a rolling brook, a panoramic view of Peyton Place. It dissolves to cast members, narration of previous episode events by Warner Anderson, who played Matthew Swain. In 1966 the message was changed to "In color, the continuing story of Peyton Place." Warner Anderson left the series after the first season, but continued as narrator to the series until the final episode. In the first episode, Dr. Michael Rossi arrives from New York City to set up practice in town. Newspaper editor Matthew Swain tells him people try to get away from towns like Peyton Place, not move to them.
Matthew's third cousin Allison MacKenzie, a close friend of classmate Norman Harrington, has begun to fall in love with his older brother, Rodney.
The FBI Story
The FBI Story is a 1959 American drama film starring James Stewart, produced and directed by Mervyn LeRoy. The screenplay by Richard L. Breen and John Twist is based on a book by Don Whitehead. John Michael Hardesty narrates the story of a murder, seen in a flashback. Young Jack Graham takes out life insurance on his mother and plants a bomb in her luggage for a flight that she was taking from Denver, Colorado, to Portland, November 1, 1955. Next we see Hardesty as he recounts his history as an agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation during a lecture; the lecture becomes the narration of flashbacks as he tells of his life as an agent combating various crimes and criminals, including the Ku Klux Klan, Pretty Boy Floyd, Baby Face Nelson, John Dillinger. He recounts his first involvement as a government clerk in Knoxville, Tennessee in May 1924, his proposal to a librarian, Lucy Ann Ballard. Ballard wants to change him, they start practicing law. On his way to Washington D. C. his partner, Sam Crandall, tries to talk him out of resigning.
Listening to the new director, J. Edgar Hoover, he becomes inspired to stay, he meets Lucy Ann for a shrimp dinner at Herzog's Seafood Restaurant and tries to evade her questions about his resignation, but she soon tells Chip that she is pregnant, she, still trying to change him, allows him stay in the bureau, "for a year". The next day Chip is sent south to investigate the Ku Klux Klan, he is moved around until he is sent to Ute City, Wade County, Oklahoma to investigate a series of murders of Native Americans who had oil rich mineral rights and land. The FBI lab ties the doctored wills and life insurance policies of the murder victims to a local banker, Dwight McCutcheon, with the typewriter that he used. Lucy Ann loses a baby during this time. On June 17, 1933 three FBI agents were escorting Frank "Jelly" Nash from a train to a car outside the Union Station in Kansas City when they were ambushed and all were killed in what is now called the Kansas City Massacre; the Kansas City Massacre changed the FBI, prior to this event the agency did not have authority to carry firearms and make arrests, but a year Congress gave the FBI statutory authority to carry guns and make arrests.
Hardesty and Crandall are excited by the Weyburn Bill, calling it "a real Christmas present", but Lucy Ann does not like the idea at all. After receiving a tip and Crandall head to Spider Lake, Wisconsin on April 22, 1934, but after barking dogs alerted the gangsters they scattered, they head to a nearby country store to call the Chicago office. When they get there they find two men sitting with Baby Face Nelson, holding them hostage. Nelson comes up shooting, mortally wounding Crandall.. The film quickly recounts Hardesty's involvement in the capture and/or deaths of numerous infamous mobsters of the day including "Pretty Boy" Floyd, "Baby Face" Nelson, Machine Gun Kelly With the US entry into the war, enemy aliens are rounded up by the FBI and sent to "concentration camps", although none of them were spies, the film argues that it was a necessary act to prevent possible espionage and collaboration with the Axis Powers; the ranks of the "bureau" are doubled from about 2500 to more than 5000 agents.
One of those aspiring new agents is the deceased Sam's son George, frustrated and worried that he will never live up to his father's reputation, but a romance is budding between the young man and Chip's oldest daughter. While dancing in the backyard, the party is interrupted by Chip's only son who plays the Marine Hymn on the phonograph before announcing his enlistment in the U. S. Marine Corps. Soon afterwards, George completes his FBI training and is sent off to a secret mission abroad, meanwhile the now ageing and white-haired Chip is sent by the FBI to relieve the duties of three agents in an unspecified South American country after their identities had been compromised; the third of the agents is revealed to be young George, intercepting various secret enemy radio messages. As local authorities move in to arrest the trio, George intercepts one last message, reporting an illegal shipment of platinum to Buenos Aires before destroying all of the radio equipment with a detonator, the codebook with a lantern.
The film cuts to the first anniversary celebration of George and Chip's daughter in the United States. As the celebration continues and Lucy receive a telegram at the door, informing them of their son's death in the Battle of Iwo Jima. The
Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter
Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter is a 1984 American slasher film directed by Joseph Zito, produced by Frank Mancuso Jr. and starring Corey Feldman, Ted White, Kimberly Beck, Crispin Glover. It is the fourth installment in the Friday the 13th film series. Picking up after the events of Friday the 13th Part III, the story follows a presumed-dead Jason Voorhees brought to the morgue, where he spontaneously revives and escapes, he returns to Crystal Lake to continue his killing spree, targeting a family and a group of neighboring teenagers. Much like Friday the 13th Part III, the film was supposed to be the final installment in the series. Mancuso Jr. wanted to conclude the series as he felt nobody respected him for his assisting work on Friday the 13th regardless of how much the films earned at the box office, as well as wanting to work on other projects. Paramount Pictures supported the decision, as they were aware of the declining popularity of slasher films at the time of its release; as a result, the film was marketed as "The Final Chapter" to ensure it as such.
Make-up artist Tom Savini, who worked on the first film, returned for the sequel as he wanted to help kill off Jason, who he helped create. The film was scheduled to be released in October 1984, but Paramount pushed the date up to April 13, 1984. Upon its theatrical release, the film earned $11 million on its opening weekend and grossed $32 million in the United States on a budget of $2.6 million, making it the fourth most attendance of any film in the Friday the 13th series with 9,815,700 tickets sold. The film received negative reviews. Despite it set to be the final film, the success of the film prompted another sequel, Friday the 13th: A New Beginning, eleven months later; the night after the events at Higgins Haven, police clean up the grounds and Jason Voorhees's body, believed to be dead, is taken to the morgue. At the hospital, Jason spontaneously revives and escapes from the cold storage, murdering the coroner Axel with a hacksaw and gutting Nurse Morgan with a scalpel; the following day, a group of teenagers drive to Crystal Lake for the weekend.
The group consists of Paul, his girlfriend Sam, virgin Sara, her boyfriend Doug awkward Jimmy, jokester Ted. On the way, the group comes across Pamela Voorhees's tombstone and a hitchhiker, soon killed by Jason; the teens arrive and meet neighbors Trish Jarvis, her twelve-year-old brother Tommy, the family dog Gordon. While going for a walk the next day, the teens meet twin sisters Tina and Terri, go skinny dipping with them. Trish and Tommy happen upon the scene, Trish is invited to a party to take place that night. Afterwards, when their car breaks down and Tommy are helped out by a young man named Rob, they take him to their house, where he meets their mother and Tommy shows him several monster masks he made himself before Rob leaves to go camping. That night, the teens begin the party. A jealous Sam leaves, she goes out to the lake. When Paul goes out to look for her, he is stabbed in the groin with a harpoon gun. Terri tries to leave the party early, but before she can get on her bike Jason stabs her with a spear.
After sleeping with Tina, Jimmy goes downstairs to get a bottle of wine. Jason pins his hand with a corkscrew before striking him in the face with a meat cleaver. Tina looks out a window upstairs when she is grabbed by Jason and thrown to her death, crashing on the car. While a stoned Ted watches vintage stag films with a film projector, he is stabbed in the head with a kitchen knife from the other side of the projector screen. Jason goes upstairs where Doug and Sara finish making love in the shower. After Sara leaves, Jason kills Doug by crushing his head against the shower tile; when Sara screams upon finding Doug's body, she tries to escape only for Jason to drive a double-bit axe through the front door, killing her. Trish and Tommy discover the power outage. While looking for their mother, killed by Jason earlier, Trish goes to find Rob for help, it is revealed that Rob is the brother of Jason's victim Sandra. Rob further explains to her that Jason is still alive and he came to Crystal Lake to get revenge for the murder of his sister.
Worried for Tommy's safety and Rob return to the house. They go next door to investigate and discover the teens' bodies. Gordon flees, Rob is killed by Jason in the basement as Trish runs home, taking Rob's machete with her, she and Tommy barricade the house. Trish lures Jason out of the house and escapes returns home and is devastated to learn that Tommy is still there, she is overpowered. Tommy, having disguised himself to look like Jason as a child, distracts him long enough for Trish to hit him with the machete, but she whacks off his mask; as Trish stands horrified at Jason's deformed face, Tommy takes the machete and strikes it in the side of his skull, causing him to collapse to the floor and split his head upon impact. When Tommy notices that Jason's fingers are moving, he continues to hack at his body screaming, "Die! Die!" while Trish yells out his name. At the hospital, Trish is visited by Tommy, he rushes in, embraces her, gives a disturbed look while staring ahead. When Friday the 13th Part III was released, it was supposed to end the series as a trilogy, however there was no moniker to indicate it as such.
In 1983, there were rumors that Paramount Pictures billed the fourth film as "The Final Chapter" as a result of them feeling embarrassed by their association w
The Munsters is an American sitcom depicting the home life of a family of benign monsters starring Fred Gwynne as Frankenstein's monster-type head-of-the-household Herman Munster, Yvonne De Carlo as his vampire wife, Lily Munster, Al Lewis as Grandpa, the over-the-hill vampire who relishes in talking about the "good old days", Beverley Owen as their teenage niece Marilyn Munster, whose all-American beauty made her the family outcast, Butch Patrick as their half-vampire, half-werewolf son Eddie Munster. The series was a satire of both traditional monster movies and the wholesome family fare of the era, was produced by the creators of Leave It to Beaver, it ran concurrently with the macabre themed The Addams Family and achieved higher figures in the Nielsen ratings. In 1965, The Munsters was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Television Series, but lost to The Rogues. In the 21st century it received several TV Land Award nominations, including one for Most Uninsurable Driver; the series aired on Thursday at 7:30 pm on CBS from September 24, 1964, to May 12, 1966.
It was cancelled after ratings dropped to a series low, due to the premiere of ABC's Batman, in color. Though ratings were low during its initial two-year run, The Munsters found a large audience in syndication; this popularity warranted a spin-off series, as well as several films, including one with a theatrical release. On October 26, 2012, NBC aired a modern reimagining of The Munsters called Mockingbird Lane as a pilot; the series failed to be picked up by NBC due to disagreements on the dark nature and inconsistent tone. The Munsters live at 1313 Mockingbird Lane in the city of Mockingbird Heights, a fictional suburb in California; the running gag of the series is that the family, while decidedly odd, consider themselves typical working-class people of the era. Herman, like many husbands of the 1960s, is the sole wage-earner in the family, though Lily and Grandpa make attempts to earn money from time to time. While Herman is the head of household, Lily makes many decisions, too. According to the episode in which Lily and Herman Munster were trying to surprise one another for their anniversary, they were married in 1865.
Despite the novel approach of the family being supernatural creatures, the show followed the typical family sitcom formula of the era: the well-meaning father, the nurturing mother, the eccentric live-in relative, the naïve teenager, the precocious child. The costumes and appearances of the family members other than Marilyn were based on the classic monsters of Universal Studios films from the 1930s and 1940s. Universal produced The Munsters as well and was thus able to use these copyrighted designs, including their iconic version of Frankenstein's monster for Herman. Other studios were free to make films with the Frankenstein creature, for example, but could not use the costume and style of make-up created by Jack Pierce for the 1931 Universal Studios film Frankenstein; the make-up for the show was created and applied to the actors by Bud Westmore, who pioneered many make-up effects and designs for many of the Universal monster movies. The idea of a family of comical monsters was first suggested to Universal Studios by animator Bob Clampett, who developed the idea from 1943 to 1945 as a series of cartoons.
The project did not take off until the early 1960s, when a proposal for a similar idea was submitted to Universal Studios by Rocky & Bullwinkle writers Allan Burns and Chris Hayward. The proposal was handed to writers Norm Liebman and Ed Haas, who wrote a pilot script, Love Thy Monster. For some time, there were executives who believed the series should be made as a cartoon and others who wanted to see it made using live-action. A presentation was filmed by MCA Television for CBS, using live-action; the show was produced by Joe Connelly and Bob Mosher, who were known for creating the Leave It to Beaver television series. Prior to that, they wrote over 1,500 episodes of Amos'n' Andy, a presence on network radio for nearly its entire history. Conceived as a color show, The Munsters was filmed in black-and-white to save money and so as to resemble the old B&W monster films Universal and other studios used to make. Over the course of season one, makeup for Herman and Grandpa was changed; some of the changes included Lily's hair becoming all black instead of having a gray/white streak on the right side of her head, a change of jewelry to a bat instead of a star, angled eyebrows.
Grandpa was given more exaggerated makeup and heavier eyebrows, Herman's face was widened to give him a dopier and less human appearance. He added a stutter to bolster his character whenever he was angry or wanted to make a point, he left his mouth open, adding to the effect of a more goofy, less frightening, figure. While its humor was broad, the series was visually sophisticated; the Munsters' home was a crumbling Second Empire Victorian mansion, riddled with smoke, filthy with dust and cobwebs. A running joke was that when Lily "dusted" the house, her Electrolux emitted clouds of dust, which she applied to surfaces most people would clean; as a running gag, parts of the house would be damaged, but the damage would not exist later. Although many episodes featured scenes outside the house, much of the action took place within the walls of the home; the Munster family's multi-level Victorian home had the fictional address of 1313 Mockingbird Lane in Mockingbird Heights. (The town's location is not specified in the series, but
I Dream of Jeannie
I Dream of Jeannie is an American fantasy sitcom starring Barbara Eden as a 2,000-year-old genie and Larry Hagman as an astronaut who becomes her master, with whom she falls in love and marries. Produced by Screen Gems, the show aired from September 18, 1965 to May 26, 1970 with new episodes, through September 1970 with season repeats, on NBC; the show produced 139 episodes. In the pilot episode, "The Lady in the Bottle", astronaut Captain Tony Nelson, United States Air Force, is on a space flight when his one-man capsule Stardust One comes down far from the planned recovery area, near a deserted island in the South Pacific. On the beach, Tony notices a strange bottle; when he rubs it after removing the stopper, smoke starts shooting out and a Persian-speaking female genie materializes and kisses Tony on the lips, shocking him. They cannot understand each other until Tony expresses his wish that Jeannie could speak English, which she does. Per his instructions, she "blinks" and causes a recovery helicopter to show up to rescue Tony, so grateful, he tells her she is free, but Jeannie, who has fallen in love with Tony at first sight after being trapped for 2,000 years, re-enters her bottle and rolls it into Tony's duffel bag so she can accompany him back home.
One of the first things Jeannie does, in a subsequent episode, is break up Tony's engagement to his commanding general's daughter, who, along with that particular general, is never seen or mentioned again. This event reflects producer Sidney Sheldon's decision that the engagement depicted in the pilot episode would not be part of the series continuity. Tony at first keeps Jeannie in her bottle most of the time, but he relents and allows her to enjoy a life of her own. However, her life is devoted to his, most of their problems stem from her love and affection towards Tony, her desire to please him and fulfill her ancient heritage as a genie when he does not want her to do so, his efforts to cover up Jeannie's antics, because of his fear that he would be dismissed from the space program if her existence were known, brings him to the attention of NASA's resident psychiatrist, U. S. Air Force Colonel Dr. Alfred Bellows. In a running gag, Dr. Bellows tries over and over to prove to his superiors that Tony is either crazy or hiding something, but he is always foiled and Tony's job remains secure.
A used plot device is that Jeannie loses her powers when she is confined in a closed space. She is unable to leave her bottle when it is corked, under certain circumstances, the person who removed the cork would become her new master. A multiple-episode story arc involves Jeannie becoming trapped in a safe when it is accidentally locked. Tony's best friend and fellow astronaut, United States Army Corps of Engineers Captain Roger Healey, does not know about Jeannie for several episodes. Roger is shown as girl-crazy or scheming to make a quick buck, he has hopes to claim Jeannie so he can use her to live a princely life or gain beautiful girlfriends, but overall he is respectful that Tony is Jeannie's master, her husband. Both Tony and Roger are promoted to the rank of major late in the first season. In seasons, Roger's role is retconned to portray him knowing about Jeannie from the beginning. Jeannie's evil fraternal twin sister, mentioned in a second-season episode, proves to have a mean streak starting in the third season trying to steal Tony for herself, with her as the real "master".
Her final attempt in the series comes shortly after Tony and Jeannie are married, with a ploy involving a man played by Barbara Eden's real-life husband at the time, Michael Ansara. The evil sister wears a green costume, with a skirt rather than pantaloons. Early in the fifth season, Jeannie is called upon by her uncle Sully to become queen of their family's native country, Basenji. Tony inadvertently gives grave offense to Basenji national pride in their feud with neighboring Kasja. To regain favor, Tony is required by Sully to marry Jeannie and avenge Basenji's honor, by killing the ambassador from Kasja when he visits NASA. After Sully puts Tony through an ordeal of nearly killing the ambassador, Tony responds in a fit of anger that he is fed up with Sully and his cohorts and he would not marry Jeannie if she were "the last genie on earth". Hearing this, Jeannie bitterly leaves returns to Basenji. With Jeannie gone, Tony realizes how he loves her; that outweighs all concerns. He flies to Basenji to win Jeannie back.
Upon their return to NASA, Tony introduces Jeannie as his fiancée, in which she attires herself as a modern American woman in public and it is accepted that Tony has a girlfriend. This changed the show's premise in that instead of the avoidance of Jeannie's exposure, it was to hid
Frozen Assets (film)
Frozen Assets is a 1992 American comedy film directed by George T. Miller, it stars Corbin Bernsen. It is considered by some film critics to be one of the worst movies made. Zach Shepard, an executive at a Los Angeles bank, gets a new job at a bank in Oregon, revealed to be a sperm bank. After some initial confusion and the sperm bank's doctor, Grace Murdock, deal with a shortage of donations by holding a contest with a $100,000 prize. Citizens abstain from sex to save themselves for bank "deposits," while a local brothel protests the sperm bank for ruining its business. Zach is assisted in assorted ways by Newton, an escaped mental patient who lives with his mother, before his work is done and Grace are ready to open up a joint account. Shelley Long as Dr. Grace Murdock Corbin Bernsen as Zach Shepard Larry Miller as Newton Patterson Dody Goodman as Mrs. Patterson Matt Clark as J. F. Hughes Filming took place in Portland and the Columbia River Gorge; the film wasn't reviewed by many critics- but it received entirely negative reviews, was lambasted by famed Chicago film critics Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert.
Ebert gave the film the rare zero stars rating in the Chicago Sun-Times, writing "I felt like I was an eyewitness to a disaster. If I had been an actor in the film, I would have wondered why all the characters in this movie seem dumber than the average roadkill. What puzzles. It's a children's film with a dirty mind; this is a movie to watch in appalled silence. To call it the year's worst would be a kindness."The film bombed at the box office, only earning $376,008 in the United States. Frozen Assets on IMDb Frozen Assets at Rotten Tomatoes Frozen Assets at Box Office Mojo
Tommy Leonetti was an American pop singer-songwriter and actor of the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s. In Australia his most famous song was "My City of Sydney" and was used by the Australian TV channel ATN7 in Sydney for station identification into the 1980s. In America he achieved greater success as a songwriter for movies and Broadway plays. Tommy Leonetti was born Nicola Tomaso Lionetti in Bergen County, New Jersey in 1929, he married the American actress Cindy Robbins on November 27, 1965, in Beverly Hills and was stepfather to her daughter, Kimberly Beck. They lived in Australia, in the 1960s and 1970s before returning to America. Married in 1958 to Patricia Quinn and divorced in 1964. Leonetti acted in minor roles in American TV series: Gomer Pyle, U. S. M. C. I Spy, Hawaii Five-O, The Waltons and The Eddie Capra Mysteries, he had a film role in The Human Duplicators a science fiction alien invasion movie. "Free", Leonetti's 1956 single, has been described as a US one-hit wonder peaking at number 23 on Billboard magazine's pop charts.
He had a minor hit with his version of "I Cried" which reached number 30 in 1954. Your Hit Parade, The Steve Allen Show and The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson featured performances by Leonetti, he hit in the US with the only charted version of the spiritual "Kum Ba Yah" in early 1969 which hit No. 54 on the Billboard Hot 100 while topping at No. 4 on the Adult Contemporary chart (Billboard Hot 100 January 1, 1969 and the Adult Contemporary Chart on 12/18/68. Tommy hit the Adult Contemporary charts on 12/16/67 with his Columbia single You Knew About Her All the Time and again on 7/27/68 with All the Brave Young Faces of the Night. On 1/4/64 Tommy's recording of Soul Dance hit the Bubbling Under the Hot 100 at No. 105 where it remained for 5 weeks (all info from Across the Charts 1960s Joel Whitburn, Record Research, Menomonee Falls, WI. While in Australia, Leonetti hosted his own talk-show from 1968 to 1970 for ATN-7, provided the basis for the parody character Norman Gunston, his final US chart record was "When I Needed You Most Of All", which, in 1974, reached Record World #120 in a 6-week chart run.
He had a number 4 hit in Melbourne in 1968 with "Let’s Take a Walk" (In a recent interview his step daughter Kimberly Beck claimed she wrote "Let's Take a Walk" when she was 9 years old and recorded it with her stepfather Tommy at age 11 while residing in Sydney Australia. Kim is now known as actress Kimberly Beck. Leonetti's rendition of "My City of Sydney" (written by Leonetti and Bobby Troup, was used by ATN7 for nightly sign-off can be viewed on Video on YouTube. Sydney punk rockers XL Capris provided their version in 1979, this promo includes blue-tinged portions from Leonetti's TV sign-off. Other versions were performed by yodeller Mary Schneider, 1990s punk rockers Frenzal Rhomb and James Valentine on his radio show in February 2008. "My City of Sydney" was followed by a cartoon of a kangaroo putting its joey to sleep on a bed made from the words "ATN Channel 7," and was in use until the mid-1980s, when it was replaced by animator Debbie Glasser's cartoon about Sydney. According to Garry McDonald, the character of Norman Gunston and his television show were devised as a parody of Leonetti's late-night Sydney TV variety show, "The Tommy Leonetti Show", hosted by Leonetti from 1969 to 1970.
The American Society of Composers and Publishers lists 49 works credited to "Tommy Leonetti". Music for films included: Squeeze a Flower, Massacre at Central High and She Came to the Valley, he co-wrote and sang "Cross Roads" for Massacre at Central High. TV music included: The ABC Weekend Special episodes 1.2 "The Ransom of Red Chief", 1.9 "Soup and Me", 2.5 "Little Lulu" and 2.6 "Soup for President". Leonetti died in 1979 in Houston, Texas, of cancer, at the age of 50. Gravestone name is "Nicholas Tommy Leonetti". Dream Street Nobody Else But Me Tommy Leonetti Sings the Winners Trombones, Guitars and Me Today Tommy Leonetti on IMDb Tommy Leonetti at Find a Grave