Wednesday, 29 May 2013

1972, Television: The Protectors

The British action thriller television series “The Protectors” premieres on 7 July 1972. It was Gerry Anderson's second TV series using live actors instead of marionettes. The series was produced by Lew Grade's ITC Entertainment production company.
 
It aired from 7 July 1972 till 1 February 1974. A total of 52 episodes were produced over two series. Each episode was 25 minutes long, making it one of the last series of this type to be produced in a half-hour format. Main stars were Robert Vaughn, Nyree Dawn Porter, and Tony Anholt.
 
Synopsis
The Protectors, Harry Rule (Robert Vaughn), the Contessa di Contini (Nyree Dawn Porter) and Paul Buchet (Tony Anholt) are three freelance troubleshooters who ran an international crime fighting agency. Based in London, Harry is the leader of the group. The Contessa lives in Italy and, when she isn't working with Harry, rans her own detective agency that specializes in exposing art frauds and recovering stolen art. Paul Buchet works from Paris, he is the group's researcher and gadget specialist...
 
Nyree Dawn Porter and Robert Vaughn
Nyree Dawn Porter
Tony Anholt

Main Cast
  • Robert Vaughn as Harry Rule
  • Nyree Dawn Porter as Contessa Caroline di Contini
  • Tony Anholt as Paul Buchet
  • Gus as Harry's Dog
  • Yasuko Nagazumi as Suki
  • Anthony Chinn as Chino

Open and Closing Titles

Sunday, 26 May 2013

1971, Music: Eurovision Song Contest

The 16th Eurovision Song Contest was held on 3 April 1971 at the "Gaiety Theatre”, Dublin, Ireland. Bernadette Ní Ghallchóir presented the festival and of the 18 participants Séverine won for Monaco with "Un banc, un arbre, une rue". It was Monaco's first and to this day only victory. The song was performed by a French singer, living in France, sung in French, conducted by a French native and written by a French team.


Séverine
First Place Séverine with "Un banc, un arbre, une rue" for Monaco
Second Place Karina with "En un mundo nuevo" for Spain
Third Place Katja Ebstein with "Diese Welt" for Germany
Fourth Place Clodagh Rodgers with "Jack In The Box" for the UK
Draw
Country
Artist
Song
Place
Points
01
Austria
Marianne Mendt
"Musik"
16
66
02
Malta
Joe Grech
"Marija l-Maltija"
18
52
03
Monaco
Séverine
"Un banc, un arbre, une rue"
1
128
04
Switzerland
Peter, Sue and Marc
"Les illusions de nos vingt ans"
12
78
05
Germany
Katja Ebstein
"Diese Welt"
3
100
06
Spain
Karina
"En un mundo nuevo"
2
116
07
France
Serge Lama
"Un jardin sur la terre"
10
82
08
Luxembourg
Monique Melsen
"Pomme, pomme, pomme"
13
70
09
United Kingdom
Clodagh Rodgers
"Jack In The Box"
4
98
10
Belgium
Lily Castel & Jacques Raymond
"Goeiemorgen, morgen"
14
68
11
Italy
Massimo Ranieri
"L'amore è un attimo"
5
91
12
Sweden
Family Four
"Vita vidder"
6
85
13
Ireland
Angela Farrell
"One Day Love"
11
79
14
Netherlands
Saskia & Serge
"Tijd"
6
85
15
Portugal
Tonicha
"Menina do alto da serra"
9
83
16
Yugoslavia
Krunoslav Slabinac
"Tvoj dječak je tužan"
14
68
17
Finland
Markku Aro & Koivistolaiset
"Tie uuteen päivään"
8
84
18
Norway
Hanne Krogh
"Lykken er"
17
65

Friday, 10 May 2013

1970, Cars: Alfa Romeo Montreal

The Alfa Romeo Montreal was introduced as a concept car in 1967 at Expo 67, held in Montreal, Canada, the first production car was shown at the 1970 Geneva Motor Show. The chassis and running gear were taken from the Giulia GTV coupé and comprised double wishbone suspension with coil springs and dampers at the front and a live axle with limited slip differential at the rear. The car has a 147 kW V8 2,593 cc engine with a top speed of 220 km/h (137 mph).
 
Alfa Romeo Montreal Prototype (1967)
 
Alfa Romeo Montreal at the Geneva Motor Show (1970)
The car is designed by Bertone designers Marcello Gandini and Paolo Martin. The most eye catching design feature is the car's front end with four headlamps partly covered by unusual "grilles", that retract when the lights are switched on. Another stylistic element are the slats behind the doors containing the cabin vents. The Montreal was discontinued in 1977, by then a total of 3925 Montreals were build.
 
Alfa Romeo Montreal Side View
Alfa Romeo Montreal Front View
Alfa Romeo Montreal Tail View



Sunday, 5 May 2013

1969, Film: “True Grit”

"True Grit", an American western film written by Marguerite Roberts and directed by Henry Hathaway, was released June 11the 1969. It is an adaptation of the novel by the same title written by Charles Portis in 1968. The main character Marshal Rooster Cogburn is played by John Wayne, he won an Academy Award for his performance in this film. He reprised the role in the 1975 sequel "Rooster Cogburn". The supporting cast features Glen Campbell, Kim Darby, Robert Duvall, Dennis Hopper and Strother Martin.
 
Synopsis
The murder of her father sends Mattie Ross, (Kim Darby) on a mission of "justice", which involves avenging her father's death. She recruits a tough old marshal, "Rooster" Cogburn (John Wayne), because he has a reputation of getting the job done. The two are joined by a Texas Ranger, La Boeuf, (Glen Campbell)...
 
John Wayne as Rooster Cogburn and Kim Darby as Mattie Ross
 
John Wayne as Rooster Cogburn
Main Cast
  • John Wayne as Reuben J. "Rooster" Cogburn
  • Kim Darby as Mattie Ross
  • Glen Campbell as La Boeuf
  • Jeremy Slate as Emmett Quincy
  • Robert Duvall as Lucky Ned Pepper
  • Dennis Hopper as Moon
  • Strother Martin as Col. G. Stonehill
  • Jeff Corey as Tom Chaney
  • Donald Woods as Barlow
  • John Fiedler as Lawyer Daggett
  • James Westerfield as Judge Parker
 
John Wayne as Rooster Cogburn
 
John Wayne as Rooster Cogburn, Kim Darby as Mattie Ross and Glen Campbell as La Boeuf
Awards
  • Academy Awards, Oscar for Best Actor in a Leading Role: John Wayne (1970)
  • Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture Actor – Drama: John Wayne (1970)
  • Laurel Awards, Golden Laurel for Action Performance: John Wayne (1970)


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