Miniseries Marathon
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Archive for the year 2014

The Dain Curse (1978)–Part 3

We’re back!  Again!  Let’s continue exactly where we left off in “The Dain Curse,” based on the novel by Dashiell Hammett, a gripping miniseries for sure, even after two tense airings. Once again, trouble has followed Gabrielle Leggett (Nancy Addison).  After a pile of bodies started stacking, including her parents and an assorted menagerie of […]

The Dain Curse (1978)–Part 2

We’re back!  Let’s continue exactly where we left off in “The Dain Curse,” based on the novel by Dashiell Hammett, a gripping miniseries for sure!   That would be the Temple of the Holy Grail, run by Aaronia Haldorn (Jean Simmons) and her husband Joseph (Ellis Raab), which scary henchman Tom Fink (Brent Spiner).  There […]

The Dain Curse (1978)–Part 1

Since “The Dain Curse” is a good old-fashioned mystery, I’m going to chop the information up as if we were watching it night by night as it aired in 1978.  I’m not cheating, I assure you.  The first segment of “The Dain Curse” has more plot, characters, red herrings, crimes and outstanding performances than a […]

Harold Robbins’ 79 Park Avenue (1977)

  This one is for my mother, who can still rattle off the names of Harold Robbins’ novels she hasn’t read in decades. The fact that Harold Robbins, who led a rather crazy life, but was a terrible author, became THE model for a whole generation of ensuing trashy roman a clef wanna-bees, is perplexing. […]

King (1978)

  In 1983, President Reagan signed Martin Luther King Day into law.  It was not until 2000 that all 50 states observed it, with the state of Arizona (including Senator John McCain) spending most of the 80s trying to avoid it, along with the remaining hardcore racists like Jesse Helms of North Carolina.  Black History […]