Question: When I was a kid in the 1950s, my dad would always react to situations by saying, "What a revoltin' development this is!" I remember that it was a phrase used on a TV show, but I can't recall which. Can you help?
Answer: You know, TV sitcom catchphrases are notoriously disappointing. You try to tell people that all America would laugh hysterically when Jimmie Walker used to say "Dy-no-mite" on "Good Times" and they look at you funny, and with good reason.
The same goes for "What a revoltin' development this is!" It was said, to great comedic effect, by Chester A. Riley, played by William Bendix, on "The Life of Riley," which was a radio sitcom before coming to NBC as a TV show from 1953 to '58. Riley was a good natured but blustery guy who would always get himself into sticky situations and then say the aforementioned phrase. I guess you had to be there.
Q: I remember watching a black-and-white sci-fi movie about an alien that releases a bat-like creature that takes over the human body by landing on the back of the neck. The alien resembles a blob- like monster standing up. Can you tell me the title?
A: That's the 1956 film "It Conquered the World," with Lee Van Cleef, Peter Graves and Beverly Garland. Van Cleef plays a bitter scientist who guides an alien to planet Earth in order to help it implant mind-control devices. Graves plays his friend who convinces him not to be such a gloomy Gus, and Garland plays Van Cleef's wife, who decides she must kill the alien.
Q: I remember a movie from a long time ago, where a man was so in love with a woman that he lived secretly, with her permission, in her attic while she led her normal life. Can you tell me what the title was and if it can be found anywhere?
A: That's "The Man in the Attic" from 1995. The cast includes Neil Patrick Harris, Anne Archer and Len Cariou. The entire movie is on YouTube.
Q: Will "The Glee Project" be shown again this summer? We really enjoyed it last year.
A: "The Glee Project" hasn't been canceled, but a return date for season 3 hasn't been announced.
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