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December 9, 1990 | SUSAN KING, Times Staff Writer
For anyone who grew up in the 1960s, watching "Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol" was probably an annual tradition. Though such award-winning actors as Fredric March, George C. Scott and Albert Finney have played miserly Scrooge in various versions of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol," they were outdone by Mr. Magoo . . . actually, by the late Jim Backus, who provided the memorable voice for the befuddled, myopic Magoo. Mr. Magoo as Scrooge? "Bah, humbug," you say?
July 23, 1990
The stars of the 1955 classic movie "Rebel Without a Cause" were James Dean, Natalie Wood, Sal Mineo, Jim Backus, Dennis Hopper, Nick Adams--and a 1949 Mercury Sport Sedan driven by Dean. That Merc returns to Southern California Sunday after an absence of 35 years--this time as the silent star of the Beverly Hills Charity Car Show. It will play alongside American classics and European exotics once owned or driven by Tony Curtis, Clark Gable, Steve McQueen and Delores Del Rio.
February 28, 2007 | Valerie J. Nelson, Times Staff Writer
Donnie Brooks, a singer with rockabilly roots who had a top 10 pop hit with the love song "Mission Bell" in 1960, has died. He was 71. Brooks, who lived in Burbank, died Friday of congestive heart failure at Mission Community Hospital in Panorama City, said his wife, Penny Brooks. "Rock 'n' roll history in Los Angeles -- that's what he represents," said Steve Propes, a historian of local rock.
It was only last Monday that PBS presented a new production of Shakespeare's "The Merchant of Venice." Just six nights later, CBS gives us "Surviving Gilligan's Island: The Incredibly True Story of the Longest Three-Hour Tour in History." Ain't TV great? As exercises in nostalgia go, "Surviving Gilligan's Island" (9 p.m. Sunday, CBS) is at least inventive.
December 24, 1989
Some of the arts and entertainment greats who died in the '80s.
December 21, 2012 | By Matt Cooper
Click here to download TV listings for the week Dec. 23 - 29 in PDF format This week's TV Movies   SPECIALS A Chipmunk Christmas: The squeaky-voiced rodents are back and looking to get to Carnegie Hall in this animated special (8:30 p.m. ABC). WWE Tribute to the Troops: Pro wrestling's finest, plus Flo Rida and Kid Rock, salute our armed services (9 p.m. NBC). MOVIES The Wizard of Oz: Judy Garland and her companions are off to see you-know-who in this timeless 1939 musical fantasy based on the writings of L. Frank Baum.
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