Archive for November, 2012

Did Dragnet’s Police Liaison Eventually Take Joe Friday’s Badge as His Own?

Here is the latest in a series of examinations into urban legends about TV and whether they are true or false. Click here to view an archive of the TV urban legends featured so far. TV URBAN LEGEND: The police liaison to Dragnet ended up taking Lieutenant Joe Friday’s badge number when he made Lieutenant. […]

Was an All My Children Storyline Cut Short by the Oklahoma City Bombing?

Here is the latest in a series of examinations into urban legends about TV and whether they are true or false. Click here to view an archive of the TV urban legends featured so far. TV URBAN LEGEND: All My Children cut a storyline short in the middle of it because of the Oklahoma City […]

Did Richard Wilbur Write the Lyrics to “Glitter and Be Gay”?

Here is the latest in a series of examinations into urban legends related to opera and operettas and whether they are true or false. OPERA URBAN LEGEND: Richard Wilbur, two-time Pulitzer Prize winner for Poetry and the second United States Poet Laureate, actually wrote the lyrics to a number of songs from Candide, including “Glitter […]

Did a Famous Opera Singer Convince a Group of Reporters That a Long Dead Composer Had Just Complimented Him?

Here is the latest in a series of examinations into urban legends related to opera and operettas and whether they are true or false. OPERA URBAN LEGEND: The great opera singer Leo Slezak once convinced an audience of reporters that he had just received a compliment from Christoph Willibald Gluck. Leo Slezak is one of […]

Were the “Pirates” of the Pirates of Penzance Named After Copyright Piracy?

Here is the latest in a series of examinations into urban legends related to opera and operettas and whether they are true or false. OPERA URBAN LEGEND: The Pirates of Penzance was named as such after copyright piracy. Librettist W. S. Gilbert and composer Arthur Sullivan formed one of the most famous musical partnerships this […]

Did Oliver Reed Appear in Scenes of Gladiator Filmed AFTER He Died?

Here is the latest in a series of examinations into urban legends about movies and whether they are true or false. Click here to view an archive of the movie urban legends featured so far. MOVIE URBAN LEGEND: Oliver Reed appeared in scenes in Gladiator filmed after the actor died. Born in 1938, Oliver Reed […]

Comic Book Legends Revealed #394

Welcome to the three hundred and ninety-fourth in a series of examinations of comic book legends and whether they are true or false. This week, we have the second of two weeks celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the Death of Superman with a legend relating to the event. Was Neil Gaiman originally going to write […]

A Black Friday Sale That You All Hopefully Can Get Behind

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Was Die Hard an Adaptation of a SEQUEL to a Book That Was ALSO Made Into a Film?

Here is the latest in a series of examinations into urban legends about movies and whether they are true or false. Click here to view an archive of the movie urban legends featured so far. MOVIE URBAN LEGEND: Die Hard was a screen adaptation of the sequel of a book that also was adapted into […]

Did John Gilbert’s Voice Translate So Poorly to “Talkies” That His Career Was Ruined?

Here is the latest in a series of examinations into urban legends about movies and whether they are true or false. Click here to view an archive of the movie urban legends featured so far. MOVIE URBAN LEGEND: John Gilbert’s voice translated so poorly to “talkies” that his career was ruined. As established in a […]