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Jewish World Review Jan. 14, 2000 /7 Shevat, 5760

Dick Kleiner

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Was there a `Whispering Smith'?


http://www.jewishworldreview.com -- Q: I saw a movie on TV, starring Alan Ladd. He played a character named Whispering Smith. I would like to know the title, and if it is available on video. -- S.T.L., Little Rock, Ark.

A. By a strange coincidence, that was called "Whispering Smith." It came out in 1948, and co-starred Brenda Marshall and Robert Preston. There is no video available.

Q. What happened to last season's exciting series, "L.A. Doctors" with Ken Olin? I've seen no information about renewing it, which is very disappointing. -- R.M., Racine, Wis.

Q. I started watching "The Crow: Stairway to Heaven," on WGN. Now the show seems to be off the air. Do you know if this show has been discontinued? -- J.S., Jupiter, Fla.

A. Shows come, shows go. Both those shows seem to be off for good, but you never can tell; they could come back.

Q. There was a movie, "Rome Adventure," with Troy Donahue and Suzanne Pleshette. How old are they? What year was the film made? Is it available on video? E.L.S., Pittsburgh, Pa.

A. "Rome Adventure," which was made in 1962 and is available on both "video" and laser disc, also starred Angie Dickinson and Rossano Brazzi. Both Donahue and Pleshette are currently 62 years old.

Q. My concern is about the actors Thomas Gomez and George Maharis. Are they dead or alive? -- F.P., Rancho Cordova, Calif.

A. Half and half. Gomez died in 1971, but Maharis is still alive and kicking at 71.

Q. Is the film "Perfect Murder," " " with Michael Douglas and Gwyneth Paltrow, a remake of ""Dial M For Murder" "? Some of the story line sure follows it. -- K.P., Grand Island, Neb.

A. It's not exactly a remake, but it was certainly inspired by it. After all, there are no new plots.

Q. Someone is always writing you to find out if two people may be related. Well, I've got one for you. I can see a definite resemblance between Bruce Edwards (formerly on-air weatherman on The Weather Channel) and Tom Selleck. Are they related? -- S.K.G., Hot Springs, Ark.

A. Resemblance or no, they are not related.

COMMENT: My husband and I have wondered about the volume of commercials for a long time. My husband is hard of hearing and every time a commercial comes on he has to turn his hearing aid down and, when the commercial is over, turn it back up. It is not doing them any good, because people complain about it. It is such a nuisance. It takes the joy out of watching a program, because there are so many commercials that we are constantly having to turn down the remote control. -- D.G., Troy, Ill.



(Send your questions to: Ask Dick Kleiner, c/o Newspaper Enterprise Association, 200 Madison Ave., New York, N.Y. 10016. Due to the volume of mail, personal replies cannot be provided.)

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