Manhunt in Space
Manhunt in Space is a 75-minute 1954 American science fiction film, consisting of three consecutive episodes of the TV series Rocky Jones, Space Ranger, which told a continuous story. It was released only on 16 mm for television syndication, it was directed by Hollingsworth Morse. The film is now in the public domain, it appeared as an episode of the American television comedy series Mystery Science Theater 3000 in 1992. Space Rangers Rocky Jones and co-pilot Winky of the United Planets are assigned to investigate the disappearance of several space ships in the vicinity of Casa 7, a planet on which the United Planets are attempting to build an outpost. Upon being given the assignment Jones discovers that the ship of fellow Space Ranger Reggie and friend Vena Ray, aboard to visit her brother Paul Ray on Casa 7, have become the latest victims of the mysterious disappearances. Upon reaching orbit around Casa, 7 Reggie and Vena are rescued by Jones and Winky, it is revealed to the Rangers that the missing ships are being hijacked by a group of space pirates led by Rinkman, using a method created by partner in crime Dr. Vanko in which the ships' power and equipment are neutralized, turning them into artificial satellites of Casa 7.
Jones speculates that the pirates must be operating from a base at the nearby planet of Prah, on which no unauthorized landing has successfully taken place due to an unknown defense barrier. Meanwhile, on the planet Ophecius, we learn that its ruler, Queen Queolanta, is the one employing the pirates and is behind the looting of the vessels near Casa 7. Jones and Winky seek help from Professor Newton who offers to equip their vessel with a cloaking device utilizing "cold light". Using cold light, Jones lands on Prah and discovers — after being captured by Rinkman and made an offer to join him as a pirate in exchange for the cold light device — that the pirates are working for someone else, although Rinkman doesn't reveal who it is. With Winky's help, Jones escapes and the two flee Prah. Down on Casa 7, Space Traffic Controller Ken is secretly a double agent working for the pirates, informs them of Rocky Jones' arrival; the pirates come to Casa 7 and capture Rocky, bound and tied next to Ken's Martian assistant Hagar Nu bound and tied.
Hagar Nu explains to Jones that he was kidnapped by Ken in order to frame him as the inside pirate collaborator. Jones and Hagar manage to escape, Jones manages to trick the pirates into thinking his ship is no longer on the planet by switching a mark Ken had made on a platform to denote its location. Ken is captured by Jones, but manages to break free for a moment and warn the pirates over the loudspeaker. Hagar plants plastic explosives in the nozzle of the pirate's ship which will detonate on takeoff, but Jones is determined to take them alive and leaves to warn the pirates of the danger. Rinkman ignores a fight ensues; the other pirates attempt to launch, but the ship doesn't respond, a fistfight between Jones and the pirates ensues, with Space Rangers emerging victorious. Winky reveals; the film ends with Winky pondering whether or not a girl is still waiting for him to go on a date, offering to see if she has a friend for Jones. The story is continued in Crash of the Moons; the movie is now available on DVD as a single DVD from Alpha Videos, in a six-disc set from Alpha Videos, in a DVD collection from Mystery Science Theater 3000.
List of films in the public domain in the United States Manhunt in Space on IMDb
Mystery Science Theater 3000
Mystery Science Theater 3000 is an American television comedy series created by Joel Hodgson and produced by Alternaversal Productions, LLC. The show premiered on KTMA in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on November 24, 1988, it aired on The Comedy Channel/Comedy Central for seven seasons until its cancellation in 1996. Thereafter, it was picked up by The Sci-Fi Channel and aired for three seasons until another cancellation in August 1999. A 60-episode syndication package titled The Mystery Science Theater Hour was produced in 1995. In 2015, Hodgson led a crowdfunded revival of the series with 14 episodes in its eleventh season, first released on Netflix on April 14, 2017, with another six-episode season following on November 22, 2018; as of 2019, 217 episodes and a feature film have been produced. The show starred Hodgson as Joel Robinson, a janitor trapped against his will by two mad scientists on the Satellite of Love, forced to watch a series of B movies as a part of the scientists' plot to take over the world.
To keep his sanity, Joel crafts a number of robot companions—including Tom Servo, Crow T. Robot, Gypsy—to keep him company and help him humorously comment on each movie as it plays, a process known as riffing; each two-hour episode would feature a single movie in its entirety, sometimes with various shorts and educational films, with Joel and Crow watching in silhouette from a row of theater seats at the bottom of the screen. These scenes were framed with interstitial sketches; the show's cast changed over its duration. Other cast members, most of whom were writers for the show, include Trace Beaulieu, Josh Weinstein, Jim Mallon, Kevin Murphy, Frank Conniff, Mary Jo Pehl, Bill Corbett, Paul Chaplin, Bridget Jones Nelson; the revival features a new cast, including Jonah Ray as the new human test subject, Jonah Heston, along with Felicia Day and Patton Oswalt as the mads and Baron Vaughn, Hampton Yount, Rebecca Hanson as the bots. MST3K's original run did not garner high viewership numbers, but the show's popularity spread through word-of-mouth over the Internet from its fans known as MSTies, frequent repeats and syndication, home media offerings produced by Rhino Entertainment and Shout!
Factory, who along with Hodgson now own the rights to the show and supported the revived series. MST3K was listed as one of Time magazine's "100 Best TV Shows of All-TIME" in 2007, TV Guide has noted MST3K as one of the top cult television shows; the show won a Peabody Award in 1993, was nominated for two Emmy Awards in 1994 and 1995, for the CableACE Award from 1992 to 1997. The show was considered influential, contributing towards the practice of social television, former cast members launched similar projects based on the riffing of films, including The Film Crew, RiffTrax, Cinematic Titanic. MST3K brought to light several older movies that had fallen into obscurity or had received little or no public attention when released. Many of these films were subsequently identified as among the worst movies made, most notably Manos: The Hands of Fate. While the cast of MST3K has changed throughout its history, the premise of the show remains unchanged: a human test subject—first Joel Robinson Mike Nelson, most Jonah Heston —has been imprisoned aboard the spacecraft Satellite of Love by mad scientists and their henchmen and is forced to watch a series of bad movies in order to find one that will drive the test subject insane.
To keep his sanity, Joel built himself a series of sentient robots from parts aboard the Satellite, who subsequently remain aboard with the other test subjects. The'bots include Tom Servo, Crow T. Robot and Cambot, the silent recorder of the experiments. Crow and Servo join the human as they watch the film in the Satellite's theater, to keep from going mad, the trio comment and wisecrack atop it, a process known as "riffing". At regular intervals throughout the movie, the hosts leave the theater and return to the bridge of the Satellite to perform sketches that satirize the film being watched; the general format of an MST3K episode has remained the same throughout the series' run. Episodes are 90 minutes in running time and begin with a short introductory segment in which the human host and the'bots interact with the Mads before being sent the movie. During Joel Hodgson and Jonah Ray's tenures as hosts, the hosts and the Mads engage in an "invention exchange" in which they each show off their latest inventions.
Sirens and flashing lights signal the characters to enter the theater. In the theater, the human host and'bots' Tom and Crow sit in a row of theater seats, shown in silhouette along the bottom of the screen, an approach Hodgson called "Shadowrama." The three riff on the film as it plays for both them and the audience. The silhouette format is used as a source of humor or as a means of creating unobtrusive censor bars for scenes containing nudity; the show transitions into and out of the theater via a "door sequence", a series of six doors that open or close as the camera passes through them. At regular intervals throughout the episode, the characters leave the theater and perform sketches inspired by the events of the film/short being shown, frequen
Ann Robinson is an American actress and stunt horse rider best known for her work in the science-fiction classic The War of the Worlds and in the 1954 film Dragnet, in which she starred as a Los Angeles police officer opposite Jack Webb and Ben Alexander. Ann Robinson was born at the Hollywood Hospital in California, she attended Hollywood High School. Her father was employed at the corner of Hollywood and Vine, he taught her. Robinson hence became an accomplished rider, which led to her first professional work in Hollywood as a stunt rider in film Frenchie with Shelley Winters. In 1957 she eloped to Mexico to marry world class bull fighter, Jaime Bravo, with whom she had two sons. While residing in Mexico, Robinson played minor Hollywood roles in science fiction films; the couple divorced in 1967. On February 2, 1970, Jaime Bravo was killed in an automobile accident on the way to a bullfight. In 1987, Robinson married real estate broker and business manager Joseph Valdez in California, where they took up residence in the Echo Park area of Los Angeles.
They divorced in 2017. Today, Robinson makes frequent guest appearances at classic Hollywood autograph shows and numerous science-fiction conventions across the United States and around the world. Robinson has two grandchildren from daughter-in-law Barbara Colegrove Bravo. Victoria Ann Bravo and Samuel Anastasio Bravo, both born 9 8 2001; as a stunt horse rider, Robinson doubled for Shelley Winters in Frenchie and riding in several westerns during her career such as The Cimarron Kid with Audie Murphy, Gun Brothers, Gun Duel in Durango. Paramount Pictures signed her as an actress in the early 1950s, her first leading role was as "Sylvia Van Buren" in The War of the Worlds co-starring with Gene Barry, a role she quasi-reprised in two films, first as Dr. Van Buren in Midnight Movie Massacre and as Dr. Sylvia Van Buren in The Naked Monster, she reprised the role in three episodes of the television series War of the Worlds. Robinson worked on several other films, including Imitation of Life, the Doris Day thriller Julie.
She had a starring role opposite Jack Webb and Ben Alexander in Dragnet, a feature film version of the hit television series. From 1955 to 1959, Robinson was cast in ten episodes of the NBC children's western television series Fury as Helen Watkins, the teacher of series character Joey Clark Newton and romantic interest of his adopted father, Jim Newton, her other television roles were on Adam-12, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Bachelor Father, Ben Casey, Biff Baker, U. S. A; the Bob Cummings Show, The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show, Days of Our Lives, Four Star Playhouse, General Hospital, Gilligan's Island, It's a Great Life, The Millionaire, My Little Margie, Perry Mason, Peter Gunn, Police Woman, Rocky Jones Space Ranger, Rory Calhoun's The Texan and The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp. Robinson was featured in several commercials for Home Savings of America, Toni home perms, Chesterfield Cigarettes, she performed a number of film voice-overs in English and Spanish. She did the leading actress' voice in To Begin Again, which won the 1984 Oscar for best foreign film.
She did loops for the Bruce Lee series The Dead Are Alive, Tough Guys, Survive. In 1985, she appeared in a documentary about George Pal titled The Fantasy Film Worlds of George Pal. In 1988 Ann Robinson reprised her role as Sylvia van Buren from the original The War of the Worlds for the War of the Worlds. In the 2005 Steven Spielberg film, War of the Worlds, she played a cameo role as Tom Cruise's character's mother-in-law, the grandmother of Dakota Fanning's character, alongside her long-ago co-star Gene Barry. Upon completing this role, she retired from acting altogether. Ann Robinson on IMDb Ann Robinson interview, thespectrum.com.
Robert A. Heinlein
Robert Anson Heinlein was an American science-fiction author, aeronautical engineer, retired Naval officer. Called the "dean of science fiction writers", He was among the first to emphasize scientific accuracy in his fiction, was thus a pioneer of the subgenre of hard science fiction, his work continues to have an influence on the science-fiction genre, on modern culture more generally. Heinlein became one of the first American science-fiction writers to break into mainstream magazines such as The Saturday Evening Post in the late 1940s, he was one of the best-selling science-fiction novelists for many decades, he, Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke are considered the "Big Three" of English-language science fiction authors. Notable Heinlein works include Stranger in a Strange Land, Starship Troopers and The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress, his work sometimes had controversial aspects, such as plural marriage in The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, militarism in Starship Troopers and technologically competent women characters that were strong and independent, yet stereotypically feminine – such as Friday.
A writer of numerous science-fiction short stories, Heinlein was one of a group of writers who came to prominence under the editorship of John W. Campbell at Astounding Science Fiction magazine, though Heinlein denied that Campbell influenced his writing to any great degree. Within the framework of his science-fiction stories, Heinlein addressed certain social themes: the importance of individual liberty and self-reliance, the obligation individuals owe to their societies, the influence of organized religion on culture and government, the tendency of society to repress nonconformist thought, he speculated on the influence of space travel on human cultural practices. Heinlein was named the first Science Fiction Writers Grand Master in 1974. Four of his novels won Hugo Awards. In addition, fifty years after publication, seven of his works were awarded "Retro Hugos"—awards given retrospectively for works that were published before the Hugo Awards came into existence. In his fiction, Heinlein coined terms that have become part of the English language, including "grok", "waldo", "speculative fiction", as well as popularizing existing terms like "TANSTAAFL", "pay it forward", "space marine".
He anticipated mechanical computer-aided design with "Drafting Dan" and described a modern version of a waterbed in his novel Beyond This Horizon, though he never patented nor built one. In the first chapter of the novel Space Cadet he anticipated the cell-phone, 35 years before Motorola invented the technology. Several of Heinlein's works have been adapted for television. Heinlein was born on July 7, 1907 in Butler, Missouri, he was a 6th-generation German-American: a family tradition had it that Heinleins fought in every American war starting with the War of Independence. His childhood was spent in Missouri; the outlook and values of this time and place had a definite influence on his fiction his works, as he drew upon his childhood in establishing the setting and cultural atmosphere in works like Time Enough for Love and To Sail Beyond the Sunset. Heinlein's experience in the U. S. Navy exerted a strong influence on his writing, he graduated from the U. S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, with the class of 1929.
Shortly after graduation, he was commissioned as an ensign by the U. S. Navy, he advanced to lieutenant, junior grade while serving aboard the new aircraft carrier USS Lexington in 1931, where he worked in radio communications in its earlier phases, with the carrier's aircraft. The captain of this carrier was Ernest J. King, who served as the Chief of Naval Operations and Commander-in-Chief, U. S. Fleet during World War II. Heinlein was interviewed during his years by military historians who asked him about Captain King and his service as the commander of the U. S. Navy's first modern aircraft carrier. Heinlein served as gunnery officer aboard the destroyer USS Roper in 1933 and 1934, reaching the rank of lieutenant, his brother, Lawrence Heinlein, served in the U. S. Army, the U. S. Air Force, the Missouri National Guard, reaching the rank of major general in the National Guard. In 1929, Heinlein married Elinor Curry of Kansas City. However, their marriage only lasted about a year, his second marriage in 1932 to Leslyn MacDonald lasted for 15 years.
MacDonald was, according to the testimony of Heinlein's Navy friend, Rear Admiral Cal Laning, "astonishingly intelligent read, liberal, though a registered Republican," while Isaac Asimov recalled that Heinlein was, at the time, "a flaming liberal". At the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard Heinlein met and befriended a chemical engineer named Virginia "Ginny" Gerstenfeld. After the war, her engagement having fallen through, she moved to UCLA for doctoral studies in chemistry and made contact again; as his second wife's alcoholism spun out of control, Heinlein moved out and the couple filed for divorce. Heinlein's friendship with Virginia turned into a relationship and on October 21, 1948 — shortly after the decree nisi came through — they married in the town of Raton, New Mexico, shortly after setting up housekeeping in Colorado, they remained married until Heinlein's death. As Heinlein's increasing success as a writer resolved their initial financial woes, they had a house custom built with various innovative features described in an article in Popular Mechanics.
In 1965, after various chronic health problems of
John Banner was an Austrian-born American film and television actor. He is best known for his role as Master Sergeant Schultz in the situation comedy Hogan's Heroes. Schultz encountering evidence that the inmates of his stalag were planning mayhem feigned ignorance with the catchphrase, "I see nothing! I hear nothing! I know nothing!". Banner was born to Jewish parents in Austria-Hungary, he decided instead to become an actor. In 1938, when he was performing with an acting troupe in Switzerland, Adolf Hitler annexed Austria to Nazi Germany. Banner emigrated to the United States, where he picked up English. In 1942, he enlisted in the United States Army Air Force, underwent basic training in Atlantic City and became a supply sergeant, he posed for a recruiting poster. He served until 1945. According to fellow Hogan's Heroes actor Robert Clary, "John lost a lot of his family" to the Holocaust. Banner appeared on Broadway three times — in a musical revue called From Vienna, which ran for two months in 1939.
Early on, before he became fluent in English, he had to learn his lines phonetically. Banner appeared in over 40 feature films, his first credited role was a German captain in Once Upon a Honeymoon, starring Cary Grant and Ginger Rogers. He played a Gestapo agent in 20th Century Fox's Chetniks! The Fighting Guerrillas, his typecasting did not please him – he learnt that his family members who had remained in Vienna all perished in Nazi concentration camps – but it was the only work he was offered. Banner made more than 70 television appearances between 1950 and 1970, including the Lone Ranger, Sky King, Queen of the Jungle, Adventures of Superman, Father Knows Best, Mister Ed, The Untouchables, My Sister Eileen, The Lucy Show, Perry Mason, The Partridge Family, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, Alias Smith and Jones, The Man from U. N. C. L. E. and Hazel. In the late 1950s, a still slim Banner portrayed Peter Tchaikovsky's supervisor on a Disneyland anthology series about the composer's life; this followed a scene with fellow Hogan's Heroes actor Leon Askin as Nikolai Rubinstein.
In 1953, he had a bit part in the Kirk Douglas movie The Juggler as a witness of an attack on an Israeli policeman by a disturbed concentration camp survivor. In 1954, he had a regular role as Bavarro in Space Ranger. Two years he played a train conductor in the episode "Safe Conduct" of Alfred Hitchcock Presents, appearing with future co-star Werner Klemperer, who played a spy, he played Nazi villains in several films: the German town mayor in The Young Lions. The year before the premiere of Hogan's Heroes, Banner portrayed a soldier in the World War II German "home guard" in 36 Hours. Although it was a serious role in a war drama, Banner still displayed some of the affable nature that became the defining trait of the character he would create for television the following year. By coincidence, during the final moments of 36 Hours, John Banner's character meets up with a border guard played by Sig Ruman, who had portrayed another prisoner-of-war camp chief guard named Sergeant Schulz, in the 1953 film Stalag 17, starring William Holden.
The comedy series Hogan's Heroes, in which Banner played Sergeant Schultz, the role for which he is most remembered, debuted on American network television in 1965. According to Banner, before he met and married his French wife Christine, he weighed 178 pounds. Schultz is that of a bumbling, but lovable German guard at a World War II prisoner-of-war camp; the camp is used by the prisoners as a secret staging area for intelligence-gathering. Schultz is forever becoming indebted to the prisoners, his main goal is to avoid trouble from his superiors, which leads him to ignore the clandestine activities of the prisoners.. Banner was loved not only by the viewers, but by the cast, as recalled by cast members on the Hogan's Heroes DVD commentary; the Jewish Banner defended his character, "Schultz is not a Nazi. I see Schultz as the representative of some kind of goodness in any generation." Banner appeared in every episode of the series, which ran for six years. In 1968, Banner co-starred with Hogan's Heroes alumni Werner Klemperer, Leon Askin and Bob Crane in the Cold War comedy The Wicked Dreams of Paula Schultz, starring Elke Sommer in the title role.
After Hogan's Heroes was cancelled in 1971, Banner starred as the inept gangster Uncle Latzi in a short-lived television situation comedy, The Chicago Teddy Bears. His last acting appearance was in the March 1972, episode of The Partridge Family, he retired to France with his P
Science fiction is a genre of speculative fiction dealing with imaginative and futuristic concepts such as advanced science and technology, space exploration, time travel, extraterrestrials in fiction. Science fiction explores the potential consequences of scientific other various innovations, has been called a "literature of ideas." "Science fiction" is difficult to define as it includes a wide range of concepts and themes. James Blish wrote: "Wells used the term to cover what we would today call'hard' science fiction, in which a conscientious attempt to be faithful to known facts was the substrate on which the story was to be built, if the story was to contain a miracle, it ought at least not to contain a whole arsenal of them."Isaac Asimov said: "Science fiction can be defined as that branch of literature which deals with the reaction of human beings to changes in science and technology." According to Robert A. Heinlein, "A handy short definition of all science fiction might read: realistic speculation about possible future events, based solidly on adequate knowledge of the real world and present, on a thorough understanding of the nature and significance of the scientific method."Lester del Rey wrote, "Even the devoted aficionado or fan—has a hard time trying to explain what science fiction is," and that the reason for there not being a "full satisfactory definition" is that "there are no delineated limits to science fiction."
Author and editor Damon Knight summed up the difficulty, saying "science fiction is what we point to when we say it." Mark C. Glassy described the definition of science fiction as U. S. Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart did with the definition of pornography: "I know it when I see it." Science fiction had its beginnings in a time when the line between myth and fact was arguably more blurred than the present day. Written in the 2nd century CE by the satirist Lucian, A True Story contains many themes and tropes that are characteristic of contemporary science fiction, including travel to other worlds, extraterrestrial lifeforms, interplanetary warfare, artificial life; some consider it the first science-fiction novel. Some of the stories from The Arabian Nights, along with the 10th-century The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter and Ibn al-Nafis's 13th-century Theologus Autodidactus contain elements of science fiction. Products of the Age of Reason and the development of modern science itself, Johannes Kepler's Somnium, Francis Bacon's New Atlantis, Cyrano de Bergerac's Comical History of the States and Empires of the Moon and The States and Empires of the Sun, Margaret Cavendish's "The Blazing World", Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels, Ludvig Holberg's Nicolai Klimii Iter Subterraneum and Voltaire's Micromégas are regarded as some of the first true science-fantasy works.
Indeed, Isaac Asimov and Carl Sagan considered Somnium the first science-fiction story. Following the 18th-century development of the novel as a literary form, Mary Shelley's books Frankenstein and The Last Man helped define the form of the science-fiction novel. Brian Aldiss has argued. Edgar Allan Poe wrote several stories considered science fiction, including "The Unparalleled Adventure of One Hans Pfaall" which featured a trip to the Moon. Jules Verne was noted for his attention to detail and scientific accuracy Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea which predicted the contemporary nuclear submarine. In 1887, the novel El anacronópete by Spanish author Enrique Gaspar y Rimbau introduced the first time machine. Many critics consider H. G. Wells one of science fiction's most important authors, or "the Shakespeare of science fiction." His notable science-fiction works include The Time Machine, The Island of Doctor Moreau, The Invisible Man, The War of the Worlds. His science fiction imagined alien invasion, biological engineering and time travel.
In his non-fiction futurologist works he predicted the advent of airplanes, military tanks, nuclear weapons, satellite television, space travel, something resembling the World Wide Web. In 1912, Edgar Rice Burroughs published A Princess of Mars, the first of his three-decade-long planetary romance series of Barsoom novels, set on Mars and featuring John Carter as the hero. In 1926, Hugo Gernsback published the first American science-fiction magazine, Amazing Stories, in which he wrote: By'scientifiction' I mean the Jules Verne, H. G. Wells and Edgar Allan Poe type of story—a charming romance intermingled with scientific fact and prophetic vision... Not only do these amazing tales make tremendously interesting reading—they are always instructive, they supply knowledge... in a palatable form... New adventures pictured for us in the scientifiction of today are not at all impossible of realization tomorrow... Many great science stories destined to be of historical interest are still to be written...
Posterity will point to them as having blazed a new trail, not only in literature and fiction, but progress as well. In 1928, E. E. "Doc" Smith's first published work, The Skylark of Space, written in collaboration with Lee Hawkins Garby, appeared in Amazing Stories. It is called the first great space opera; the same year, Philip Francis Nowlan's original Buck Rogers story, Armageddon 2419 appeared in Amazing Stories. This was followed by the first serious science-fiction comic. In 1937, John W. Campbell became editor of Astounding Science Fiction, an event, sometimes conside
My Little Margie
My Little Margie is an American television situation comedy starring Gale Storm and Charles Farrell that alternated between CBS and NBC from 1952 to 1955. The series was created by Frank Fox and produced in Los Angeles, California, at Hal Roach Studios by Hal Roach, Jr. and Roland D. Reed. My Little Margie premiered on CBS as the first summer replacement for I Love Lucy on June 16, 1952, under the sponsorship of Philip Morris cigarettes. In an unusual move, the series—with the same leads—aired original episodes on CBS Radio, concurrently with the TV broadcasts, from December 1952 through August 1955. Only 23 radio broadcasts are known to exist in recorded form. Set in New York City, the series stars Gale Storm as 21-year-old Margie Albright and former silent film star Charles Farrell as her widowed father, 50-year-old Vern Albright, they share an apartment at the Carlton Arms Hotel. Vern Albright is the vice-president of the investment firm of Honeywell and Todd, where his bosses are George Honeywell and Mr. Todd, whose first name is never mentioned.
Roberta Townsend is Vern's girlfriend, Margie's boyfriend is Freddy Wilson. Mrs. Odetts is the Albrights' next-door neighbor and Margie's sidekick in madcap capers reminiscent of Lucy and Ethel in I Love Lucy; when Margie realizes she has blundered or gotten into trouble, she makes an odd trilling sound. Michael Richards of Seinfeld cites this as the inspiration for the occasional odd vocal utterances of his character on the program. Other cast members include Willie Best, who plays the elevator operator, Dian Fauntelle, silent film star Zasu Pitts. Scottish actor Andy Clyde, prior to The Real McCoys, appears in the 1954 episode, "Margie and the Bagpipes." My Little Margie finished at #29 in the Nielsen ratings for the 1954–1955 television season and more impressively, at #6 in Nielsen's radio estimates for the 1954–55 season. Despite this success, the series was canceled in 1955. Gale Storm went on to star in The Gale Storm Show which ran for 143 episodes from 1956–1960. Zasu Pitts joined Gale Storm in this series too entitled Oh!
Susanna. The show has been compared with two other 1950s sitcoms which aired at the same time, I Married Joan and Life with Elizabeth. All three programs were inspired by the success of I Love Lucy, but despite their own merits, have fallen into obscurity only to gain some popularity after entering the public domain. I Love; the show had two different endings. The show showed a pair of photos which come to life and first Vern takes about the difficulty of raising Margie. Margie's photo comes to life and she explains the difficulty of trying to keep her father to behave like she wants him to; this ended within a year and the photos were changed and the producers dispensed with the'photos coming to life' business. The program's theme song was titled "Bows and Strings in Teasing" by its composer, Alexander Laszlo, when he composed it for a 1946 Republic Picture, The French Key; when My Little Margie contracted to use his music, Laszlo wrote a new arrangement with added bars of music, which became the "My Little Margie Theme" from 1952 to 1955.
The show's music should not be confused with the 1920s popular song "Margie," known as "My Little Margie," though the title of the TV program may have been inspired by the song. Most of the surviving radio episodes are edited versions aired on the Armed Forces Radio Service. CBS destroyed thousands of broadcasts from this period, so in many cases all that have survived have been the AFRS versions; the AFRS versions used the 1920s song'Margie' as a music fill at the end of the episode to take up the time that would have had commercials in the original CBS version. Since the series was canceled in 1955, My Little Margie has aired on local TV stations paired with I Married Joan. Both series aired on CBN during the 1980s and on ION. AMGTV carries both series daily. My Little Margie on IMDb My Little Margie at TV.com Museum of Broadcast Communication page on My Little Margie My Little Margie episodes at the Internet Archive