M*A*S*H (1972/1973) – Edwina, Love Story, and Tuttle

The first pair of episodes up this week have some similarities, especially when aired back to back, and I have to wonder if that was intentional, or just the way the series was made. Edwina was written by Hal Dresner and first debuted on 24 December, 1972. The story centres on a calamity-centric Edwina (Arlene…

M*A*S*H (1972) – I Hate a Mystery, Germ Warfare, Dear Dad

Hawkeye (Alan Alda) plays detective after he’s apparently framed for a rash of thefts across the camp in I Hate a Mystery. Written by Hal Dresner, and first airing on 26 November, 1972, the story is rather light-hearted, though there is a real issue at heart behind the crimes. Knick knacks from all over the…

The Mutations (1974) – Jack Cardiff

DK Canada’s Monsters in the Movies continues to bring me atomic mutations. This offering is a little odd, and features some recognisable actors in a rather bad film called The Mutations, but also known as The Freakmaker. Donald Pleasance plays Professor Nolter, a scientist who is fascinated by the combination of animal and plant as…

The Amazing Colossal Man (1957) – Bert I. Gordon

The stories of atomic mutation continue as I delve deeper into DK Canada’s Monsters in the Movies. This one ends up being a rather bland tale, as it doesn’t really try to do a character piece, but it definitely doesn’t have any action set pieces. It’s more of a point to point narrative that tries…

The Lesser Blessed (2012) – Anita Doron

There was a moment in Anita Doron’s desolate, poignant and starkly beautiful adaptation of Richard Van Camp’s novel when Joel Evans character of Larry Sole crystallized not only as a real person for me, but as a lens to view my own youth (admittedly nowhere near as troubling, but there were pieces of my own…