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    Mad Men, The Rockford Files, The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis

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  1. What Are We Currently Reading?

    I read Dare Me recently, and I found it very frustrating. There weren't any details about the sports they were supposed to be cheering for. Did the football team win? Were they any good? What was the score? Was it cold outside in their skimpy cheerleading outfits? Those were bigger mysteries than the murder.
  2. Quotes: "What?"

    One of my favorites, and it ties in nicely with his death during the moon landing.
  3. S06.E08: The Crash

    Didn't Matthew Weiner have the writers watch Season One of The Dick Van Dyke Show in preparation for his diabolic plot to foist Megan Draper on the audience as the second coming of Laura Petrie? The Grandma Ida scene in The Crash just might have been inspired by Harrison B. Harding of Camp Crowder, Mo. in which Rob suspects an old Army buddy of being a jewel thief.
  4. S03.E01: Out of Town

    I get a kick out of Draper’s reaction when Sal says, I’ve never seen a stewardess that game. Don says, really, and it’s comically obvious that he’s never encountered one who wasn’t. Coming off his return from exile at the end of season two, Don is on his best behavior. He didn’t seem especially eager to accommodate Shelly. He tries to back out of dinner, but she won’t take no for an answer, and Don relents, in part, I think, for Sal’s benefit. At dinner he does what he can to get Sal involved, but it doesn’t work. Back in New York, Sally finds the flight attendant’s wings, a little nod to Don’s attempt to be a good “wing man” for Sal. Now we all know Don Draper is no angel but maybe he had a mission on that trip to Baltimore and that mission was to be a good wing man for Sal, and in a weird sort of way he accomplished the mission and got his wings. Every time a bell rings, an angel gets his wings, they say. Did bells ring in Out of Town? Well, yes, that elevator bell rang several times. There was even a fire alarm! The idea seemed a little far-fetched, even for me, until Season 7. First Don and Megan watched Lost Horizon on late night TV, and the ante-penultimate episode is even named Lost Horizon, after the James Hilton novel which was made into the movie directed by Frank Capra, best known today for It’s a Wonderful Life. So I think Out of Town was a sly Mad Men tip of the hat to Christina Hendricks’ favorite movie.
  5. All Episodes Talk: The Big Picture

    Great post. I'm intrigued by your last paragraph. Aside from Roger liking acid, what were some of the adaptations that surprised you?
  6. Mad Men Elimination Game

    Thanks for posting this. They learned the song from watching Mad Men. Both are big fans.
  7. S04.E09: A Dark Knight: Let Them Eat Pie

    Nice catch!
  8. S03.E05: The Fog

    Thinking about Hollis, I came across this article about elevators, and elevator operators. https://www.wired.com/2010/03/0323otis-elevator-first/ "Elevators also created new jobs and helped empower the United States' most oppressed citizens. You may not see them much anymore, but there were once tens of thousands of elevator operators, most of whom were black. Indeed, the first elevator operator's union was formed in 1917 by none other than legendary labor organizer and civil rights leader A. Philip Randolph – an elevator operator who went on to create the game-changing Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters." "In their earliest days, the job of elevator operator required the skill and touch of a barista: An operator ran the lift with a sliding lever that raised, lowered and stopped the lift."
  9. All Episodes Talk: The Big Picture

    I agree. It would have made a great finale.
  10. Good interview with January Jones. It's close to a half-hour with about half of it spent talking about Mad Men. She's quite chatty in contrast to her usually more reserved demeanor.
  11. S01.E08: Episode 8

    Yes on both counts. That's exactly what I was thinking.
  12. The Hustler (1961) and The Color of Money (1986)

    I love the scene in The Color of Money when Eddie gets hustled by the character played by Forest Whitaker in a very early role for him. As one of the reviewers on IMDB put it, you can see "a history of the man's failures" written on Newman's face. As mentioned, the Tom Cruise character isn't in the book, which is a slow-paced mainstream novel. One of the chapters has Eddie settling down with a University professor and helping her open an antique store. He combs the Kentucky hills searching for antique quilts to resell. Walter Tevis also wrote The Man Who Fell to Earth, which was made into the movie starring David Bowie.
  13. Unpopular Opinions

    Sure, but to be clear, I was only talking about the Civil Rights movement as it pertained to African-Americans. I enjoyed the original post by Sweet Summer Child and was reading it over for the second or third time, when the line struck me as an echo of the “now is not the right time” mantra of people who are afraid of social progress. It foreshadows the moment later in the season when Betty said similar words to Carla. I have no opinion about the line reading.
  14. Unpopular Opinions

    In an episode which takes place in 1963 and makes several references to the Civil Rights movement, "What if it's my time" was probably meant by the writers to make her sound particularly whiny and self-centered.
  15. TCM: The Greatest Movie Channel

    Random Harvest is one of my all-time favorites.