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Rex Allen narrated Disney nature specials,best bets [Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (PA)]

June 17, 2013


Question: Can you tell me who the narrator was on a lot of the old "Wonderful World of Disney" shows in the 1960s? I think he was a country singer, and his first name was Rex.

Answer: That fella was Rex Allen, an actor-singer who narrated quite a few Disney nature specials, including the original 1963 version of "The Incredible Journey." He also did the voiceovers for Purina Dog Chow commercials ("All you add is love") in the 1960s and narrated the 1973 animated version of "Charlotte's Web." Allen died in 1999 at age 78; his son, Rex Allen Jr., is a country singer.

Q: Fifteen or so years ago, I caught part of a movie on TV about an antique desk with a secret drawer in which a young man found an old letter written by a girl during the Civil War. He answered it on a whim, and thereby began a correspondence across the centuries. I can't remember the title.

A: That's "The Love Letter," and it aired as a segment of "Hallmark Hall of Fame" in 1998. The man was played by Campbell Scott, and the woman was played by Jennifer Jason Leigh. It's on DVD.

Q: After "Cagney and Lacey" went off the air, Sharon Gless had a show about a female lawyer. The show had a lovely theme song by Carole King. Could you tell me the name of the show, the theme song and the actress who played her mother?

A: "The Trials of Rosie O'Neill" is the series, and it ran on CBS from 1990 to '91. Gless played Fiona Rose O'Neill, an attorney who worked for the public defender's office in Los Angeles. The theme song was called "I Wish I Knew," and Rosie's mother, Charlotte, was played on occasional episodes by Georgann Johnson.

Q: I'm trying to remember the name of a movie with Ryan O'Neal where he plays a cop pretending to be gay and invents jeans with a transparent backside.

A: You're thinking of two Ryan O'Neal movies. The gay cop one is "Partners," a 1982 film that also stars John Hurt. The one with the jeans is "So Fine," released in 1981, which also stars Jack Warden and Mariangela Melato.

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