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Jewish World Review Jan. 12, 2000 /5 Shevat, 5760

Dick Kleiner

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Is 'Twelve O'Clock High' available? -- Q: My dad, who is 78 years old, suffers from multiple sclerosis. He would love to see the movie, "Twelve O'Clock High," and I'm trying to find a dealer who has it. Up to now, it cannot be found. Do you know where I can get it? And who were the stars that played in it? -- M.D., Lawrence, Mass.

A. The stars in that 1949 epic were Gregory Peck, Hugh Marlowe, Gary Merrill and Dean Jagger. It can be obtained by clicking on the link above.

Q. In regard to a letter recently published in your column about a "dead-pan" singer, could this have been Keely Smith? She sang with Louis Prima's band. -- P.B., Ottawa, Ont., Canada

A. Keely was a dead-pan singer, but, compared to Virginia O'Brien, she was a veritable clown.

Q. I'll bet a lot of people would like you to start a "what ever happened to" section in your column. I'll start it with Tom Tryon. What is he doing since he no longer acts and I haven't heard of a new novel by him in a long time. -- J.P.F., Waterloo, Iowa

A. Tryon died in 1991.

Q. My husband is a great fan of old movies. He would like to know if you can tell him who played the creature in "The Creature From the Black Lagoon." He once heard it was James Arness, which he finds hard to believe. -- C.O., Cranberry Township, Pa.

A. Good for him to disbelieve. It was Ricou Browning in the rubber suit.

Q. My daughter and I would like to know something. On "Spin City," what breed of dog is Rags? -- C.C., Racine, Wis.

A. Wesley, the 8-year-old dog who plays Rags, is a smooth-coated Brussels griffon. Incidentally, Wesley wears make-up to look older.

Q. Back in the late 1940s or early 1950s, I saw a movie titled (I think) "Bird Of Paradise" starring, I believe, Louis Jourdan and Debra Paget. Do

I have the name of the movie correct? Is there a video available? -- C.I.B., Palmdale, Calif. A. Yes, that was the name of that 1951 release, which also starred Jeff Chandler. To our knowledge, there is no video available.

Q. Are Robert Wagner and Jack Wagner related? -- A.I.K., Glen Allen, Va.

A. No, the Wagners are very unrelated.

(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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