The Offbeat Datebook August 13, 2022

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In 1899, Acclaimed motion-picture director Alfred Hitchcock was born in London, England. The rotund filmmaker thrilled audiences with such films as “Rebecca,” “Suspicion,” “Saboteur,” “Lifeboat,” “Shadow of a Doubt,” “Strangers on a Train,” “The Man Who Knew Too Much,” “Dial ʹMʹ for Murder,” “To Catch a Thief,” “Rear Window,” “Vertigo,” “North by Northwest,” “Psycho,” “The Birds,” “Marnie,” “Frenzy” and “Family Plot,” as well as via a weekly TV series, “Alfred Hitchcock Presents.” He died on April 29, 1980.


In 1910, In a unique statistical game, the Brooklyn Dodgers and Pittsburgh Pirates played to an 8-8 tie. Each team had 38 at-bats, 13 hits, 12 assists, two errors, five strikeouts, three walks, one hit batsman and one passed ball.


In 1932, The Mickey Mouse film, “Mickeyʹs Nightmare”, is released. Pluto and Minnie Mouse also appear. This film is a remake of the Oswald the Lucky Rabbit film, “Poor Papa”.


In 1934, The satirical comic strip “Lʹil Abner,” created by Al Capp, made its debut; it lasted until November 13, 1977. In those early days, the cartoon strip was carried in eight newspapers. Eventually, it would be in more than 500, and would be the basis for a Broadway play and a Hollywood movie, too.


In 1942, Walt Disneyʹs animated feature “Bambi” had its U.S. premiere at Radio City Music Hall in New York, five days after its world premiere in London. Who was that guy who said he shot Bambiʹs mother?


In 1948, The Pluto film, “Cat Nap Pluto” is released.


In 1951, Any fan who shows up with a musical instrument during the Dodgersʹ Musical Depreciation Night is admitted free to the Ebbets Field contest against Boston. With an assortment of trumpets, trombones, zithers, tubas, accordions, bugles, flutes, various types of drums, violins, mandolins, assorted horns, a glockenspiel, a washboard, and a piano, 2,426 fans, which is about 10% of the total crowd, take advantage of the teamʹs unusual promotion.


In 1952, The careers of songwriters and producers Jerry Lieber and Mike Stoller were launched when Big Mama Thornton recorded their song “Hound Dog”. It topped the R ʹn B chart for seven weeks the following year. Elvis Presley took the song to number one on the record charts in 1956. Some of their other hits include “Love Me Tender”, “Yakety Yak” and “Charlie Brown”.


In 1954, The Donald Duck film, “Grin and Bear It” is released. Humphrey Bear also appears. Ranger J. Audubon Woodlore makes his debut appearance.


In 1966, On the cover of TV Guide: “cast of F Troop: Melody Patterson (Wrangler Jane) and Larry Storch (Corporal Agarn)”. Other Articles: TV Game Shows, Fess Parker


In 1966, R.C., “Theyʹre Coming To Take Me Away, Ha-Haaa!” by Napoleon XIV peaked at number three on the pop singles chart. It is still a demented classic today.


In 1971, Saxophonist King Curtis was stabbed to death outside his New York home. He was 37. Curtis appeared on many records of the 1950s and 1960s including The Coastersʹ hit “Yakety Yak.”


In 1975, “The Advocate” magazine declares 1975 “The Year of Disco.”


In 1976, The 1974 movie “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” opened in movie theaters in Germany.


In 1977, “Sugar Time!”, TV Comedy; debut on ABC.


In 1979, NEW ON DAYTIME TV! The game show “MIND READERS” hosted by DICK MARTIN debuts on NBC


In 1983, R.C., “Shiny Shiny” by Haysi Fantayzee peaked at #74 on the pop singles chart.


In 1986, The Senate approved President Reaganʹs request for $100 million in aid to the Nicaraguan contras. He later took the Contra Rap.


In 1987, Jennifer rebels against her parents at her hopelessly lame thirteenth birthday party by becoming a Valley Girl on “Family Ties.” Bogus.


In 1988, On the cover of TV Guide: “Alf”. Other Articles: Star Trek the Next Generation, David Brinkley


In 1988, “Donʹt Worry, Be Happy”, by Bobby McFerrin entered the Top 40 chart.


In 1990, “The Pat Sajak Show” TV Talk Show finally hits the bankrupt space on CBS’ “Wheel of Programming.”


In 1992, Comedian, actor and director Woody Allen began legal action against actress Mia Farrow to win custody of their three children. A judge ruled against Allen in June 1993.


In 1994, Veteran entertainer Red Skelton was among the inductees into the Radio Hall of Fame.


In 1996, The Disney animated movie “Aladdin and the King of Thieves starring Robin Williams” was released on video in the U.S.A.


In 1997, The animated series “South Park”, rated TV-M, debut on Comedy Central. First up: aliens give one of the boys an “anal probe”, then abduct another babyʹs brother, Kenny gets killed, Cartman sets his cat on fire, and the baby does a David Caruso impression. Lesson: kicking real-life babies can result in permanent injuries, but cartoon babies are virtually indestructable.


In 1997, The British comedy-drama “The Full Monty” was released by Fox Searchlight Pictures.


In 1999, The movie “Bowfinger” starring Steve Martin and Eddie Murphy opened in movie theaters in the U.S.A.


In 2000, As Andy Griggs waits to open a show for Reba McEntire at the Milwaukee State Fair, he gets quite a surprise. A local radio DJ asks the crowd to serenade Griggs in observance of his 27th birthday. The entire audience sings, Griggs gets cakes, balloons and gifts, and his band and crew bombard him with Silly String.


In 2003, “The Real Roseanne Show” premiered on ABC and lasted two weeks.


In 2016, Kenny Baker, who played R2-D2 in the “Star Wars” movies, died in Preston, England, at age 81. Oh my Gawd! They killed Kenny!

Movie Releases On This Date

In 1982, “Fast Times at Ridgemont High” was released in movie theaters by Universal Pictures; Amy Heckerling (director); Cameron Crowe (screenplay); Sean Penn, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Judge Reinhold, Phoebe Cates, Brian Backer, Richard Romanus, Ray Walston, Scott Thomson, Vincent Schiavelli, Amanda Wyss, D.W. Brown, Forest Whitaker, Kelli Maroney, Tom Nolan, Blair Ashleigh, Eric Stoltz, James Russo, Nicolas Cage, Martin Brest, Stu Nahan, Taylor Negron, Pamela Springsteen, Lana Clarkson, Anthony Edwards, Nancy Wilson, Stuart Cornfeld; Coming-of-Age, Comedy, Drama; Live Action


In 1982, “Friday the 13th Part III” was released in movie theaters by Paramount Pictures / Jason Inc.; Steve Miner (director); Martin Kitrosser, Carol Watson (screenplay); Dana Kimmell, Paul Kratka, Tracie Savage, Jeffrey Rogers, Catherine Parks, Larry Zerner, Richard Brooker, Steve Susskind, David Katims, Rachel Howard, Nick Savage, Gloria Charles, Kevin O’Brien, Cheri Maugans, Perla Walter, David Wiley; Slasher; Live Action


In 1982, “Tempest” was released in movie theaters by Columbia Pictures; Paul Mazursky (director/screenplay); Leon Capetanos (screenplay); John Cassavetes, Gena Rowlands, Susan Sarandon, Vittorio Gassman, Raúl Juliá, Molly Ringwald, Sam Robards, Paul Stewart, Jackie Gayle, Anthony Holland, Jerry Hardin, Paul Mazursky, Cookie Mueller, Lucianne Buchanan; Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Romance; Live Action


In 1993, “Heart and Souls” was released in movie theaters by Universal Pictures; Ron Underwood (director); Brent Maddock, S. S. Wilson, Gregory Hansen, Erik Hansen (screenplay); Robert Downey Jr., Charles Grodin, Kyra Sedgwick, Alfre Woodard, Elisabeth Shue, Tom Sizemore, David Paymer, Bill Calvert, Lisa Lucas, Eric Lloyd, Richard Portnow, B.B. King; Fantasy, Comedy; Live Action


In 1993, “Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday” was released in movie theaters by New Line Cinema; Adam Marcus (director); Jay Huguely, Adam Marcus, Dean Lorey (screenplay); John D. LeMay, Kari Keegan, Steven Williams, Kane Hodder, Allison Smith, Erin Gray, Steven Culp, Rusty Schwimmer, Leslie Jordan, Billy “Green” Bush, Andrew Bloch, Kipp Marcus, Richard Gant, Dean Lorey, Michelle Clunie, Michael B. Silver, Jonathan Penner; Horror; Live Action


In 1996, “Aladdin and the King of Thieves” was released on home video by Walt Disney Home Video; Tad Stones (director); Mark McCorkle, Robert Schooley (screenplay); Scott Weinger, Robin Williams, Linda Larkin, Gilbert Gottfried, John Rhys-Davies, Jerry Orbach, Frank Welker, Val Bettin, Jim Cummings, CCH Pounder, Jeff Bennett, Corey Burton, Brad Kane, Liz Callaway, Jess Harnell, Clyde Kusatsu, Rob Paulsen, Bruce Adler, Bill Farmer, David Friedman, Paul Kandel, Marin Mazzie, Patrick Pinney, Phil Proctor, Gordon Stanley, Merwin Foard; Musical, Adventure, Fantasy, Family; Animation


In 1997, “The Full Monty” was released in movie theaters by Fox Searchlight Pictures; Peter Cattaneo (director); Simon Beaufoy (screenplay); Robert Carlyle, Mark Addy, Tom Wilkinson, Steve Huison, Paul Barber, Hugo Speer, William Snape, Lesley Sharp, Emily Woof, Deirdre Costello, Paul Butterworth, Dave Hill, Bruce Jones, Andrew Livingston, Vinny Dhillon; Comedy, Drama; Live Action


In 1999, “Bowfinger” was released in movie theaters by Universal Pictures / Imagine Entertainment; Frank Oz (director); Steve Martin (screenplay); Steve Martin, Eddie Murphy, Heather Graham, Christine Baranski, Terence Stamp, Robert Downey Jr., Jamie Kennedy, Adam Alexi-Malle, Kohl Sudduth, Barry Newman, Alejandro Patino, Johnny Sanchez, John Cho, Phill Lewis, Marisol Nichols, Kevin Grevioux; Comedy; Live Action


In 1999, “Detroit Rock City” was released in movie theaters by New Line Cinema; Adam Rifkin (director); Carl V. Dupre (screenplay); Edward Furlong, Sam Huntington, Giuseppe Andrews, James DeBello, Lin Shaye, Melanie Lynskey, Natasha Lyonne, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Shannon Tweed, Nick Scotti, David Quane, Joe Flaherty, Michael Barry, Matthew G. Taylor, Robert Smith, Ron Jeremy, Kiss; Comedy; Live Action


In 2000, “The New Adventures of Spin and Marty” was released on television by Suspect Behavior and ABC / Buena Vista Television; Rusty Cundieff (director); David Simkins (screenplay); David Gallagher, Jeremy Foley, Charles Shaughnessy, Yancy Butler, Judd Nelson, Brian Markinson, Lynda Boyd, Tim Considine, David Stollery, Richard Side; Comedy, Mystery; Live Action


In 2000, “Running Mates” was released on television by TNT / Warner Bros. Television; Ron Lagomarsino (director); Claudia Salter (screenplay); Tom Selleck, Laura Linney, Nancy Travis, Teri Hatcher, Faye Dunaway, Bob Gunton, Bruce McGill, Robert Culp, Caroline Aaron, Wayne Pére, Phillip Brock, Matt Malloy, Stephen Lang, Taylor Nichols, Rachel Wilson, Steffani Brass, J.P. Manoux, J. August Richards, Mark Valley, Adria Dawn, Maggie Baird, Andy Berman, Jack Betts, Bob Clendenin, Ryan Cutrona, Takayo Fischer, Phil Proctor, Barbara Roberts, Albert S. Ruddy, Katelin Petersen, Barbara Tyson, Alberto Vazquez, Ellis E. Williams, Linda Eder, Mark Shields, Robert D. Novak, Kate O’Beirne, Arianna Huffington, Al Hunt, Margaret Carlson, Michael Kinsley, Richard Nixon; Comedy, Drama; Live Action


In 2004, “Alien vs. Predator” was released in movie theaters by 20th Century Fox; Paul W. S. Anderson (director/screenplay); Sanaa Lathan, Raoul Bova, Lance Henriksen, Ewen Bremner, Colin Salmon, Tommy Flanagan, Carsten Norgaard, Agathe de La Boulaye, Sam Troughton, Petr Jákl, Liz May Brice, Karima Adebibe, Tom Woodruff Jr., Ian Whyte, Joseph Rye; Horror, Science fiction, Action;


In 2004, “Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie: Pyramid of Light” was released in movie theaters by Warner Bros. Pictures / 4Kids Entertainment; Hatsuki Tsuji (director); Junki Takegami, Yoshihiko Masahiro Kubo, Michael Pecerlello, Norman J. Grossfeld (screenplay); Dan Green, Eric Stuart, Wayne Grayson, Frank Frankson, Amy Birnbaum, Tara Jayne, Maddie Blaustein, Darren Dunstan, Scottie Ray; Action, Fantasy, Family;


In 2008, “Tropic Thunder” was released in movie theaters by Paramount Pictures / DreamWorks Pictures / Red Hour Films; Ben Stiller (director/screenplay); Justin Theroux, Etan Cohen (screenplay); Ben Stiller, Jack Black, Robert Downey Jr., Steve Coogan, Jay Baruchel, Danny McBride, Brandon T. Jackson, Bill Hader, Nick Nolte, Brandon Soo Hoo, Reggie Lee, Trieu Than, Matthew McConaughey, Tom Cruise, Tobey Maguire, Tyra Banks, Maria Menounos, Martin Lawrence, The Mooney Suzuki, Jason Bateman, Lance Bass, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Alicia Silverstone, Christine Taylor, Mini Anden, Anthony Ruivivar, Rachel Avery, Yvette Nicole Brown, Sean Penn, Jon Voight, Justin Theroux; Action, Comedy; W