Archive for January, 2014

Did a TV Series Once Not Even Stop Production When One of Its Two Leads Killed Himself?

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: A TV series continued production even after one of the two leads on the show killed himself. […]

Did Star Trek: The Next Generation Use Sherlock Holmes Characters in an Episode Not Knowing That the Characters Were Not Yet in the Public Domain?

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: Star Trek: The Next Generation used Sherlock Holmes characters in an episode not knowing that the characters […]

Was Tennessee Williams’ First Published Work in the Pages of Weird Tales?

Here is the latest in a series of examinations into urban legends about theater and whether they are true or false. THEATER URBAN LEGEND: Tennessee Williams’ first published standalone work was a story in the pulp magazine, Weird Tales! Tennessee Williams is one of the most celebrated playwrights of the 20th Century (and one of […]

Was the Word Robot First Coined in a Early 20th Century Czech Play?

Here is the latest in a series of examinations into urban legends about theater and whether they are true or false. THEATER URBAN LEGEND: Karel Čapek coined the word “robot” in a play. Karel Čapek was one of the notable writers in Czechoslovakia during the 20th Century, and he was especially noteworthy when it comes […]

Comic Book Legends Revealed #455

Welcome to the four hundred and fifty-fifth in a series of examinations of comic book legends and whether they are true or false. This week, does DC seriously own a trademark on the LETTERING in Superman’s logo? What strange way did Denny O’Neil react to the Batman credit card scene in Batman and Robin? And […]

Did Bob Cummings Pretend to be British to Get a Broadway Role?

Here is the latest in a series of examinations into urban legends about theater and whether they are true or false. THEATER URBAN LEGEND: Bob Cummings pretended to be from England to get a role on Broadway. Bob Cummings was a popular actor with a career that stretched a number of decades, from the stage […]

Was James Dean Seriously a “Stunt Tester” For Beat the Clock?

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: James Dean not only was a “Stunt Tester” for Beat the Clock, but he was fired from […]

Did Walt Disney Keep the Actress Who Played Snow White From Taking Other Roles So As To Avoid Ruining the Illusion Behind Snow White?

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: Walt Disney kept the actress who played Snow White under contract for years to keep her from […]

Was the Plot of the Big Sleep So Confusing That Not Even the Screenwriters Understood It?

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: The plot of the film adaptation of The Big Sleep was so convoluted that not even the […]

Was Angus Young Really Still a Teenager When AC/DC Signed Their First Record Contract?

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. MUSIC URBAN LEGEND: Angus Young was still a teenager when AC/DC signed their first record contract. AC/DC is a highly […]