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    I love watching shows on Amazon; here's why...

    I love watching TV shows on Amazon Prime because of the ability to see the name and history of the actors that appear on screen.

    Just now, I was watching the 1st season of the Andy Griffith show, Episode 3. I've seen it a couple of times before over the years, and had never realized something until just now, thanks to Amazon.

    The guest character, Jim Lindsey, a guitar player played by a man named James Best, appears on the show.

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    I clicked on the screen and up popped his information. His complete bio and acting history.

    I had no idea that he was the same guy I watched for years on The Dukes of Hazzard.

    Sheriff Rosco Coltrane...

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    Couldn't believe it!
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    You have a good point. I find myself clicking more and more to find out information about actors. I still remember the days when you couldn’t pause a movie or rewind if you missed something.

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    I saw him on the Randolph Scott western Ride Lonesome not long ago too.
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    I find myself going down rabbit holes and discovering interesting things with The History Guy on youtube, wikipedia(taken with a grain of brains, not salt), and Amazon info. Truly fun.

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    Couple the info page with the IMDB app or website (internet movie database) and you can really have some fun.

    An additional fun fact, there is a sister website IMFDB.org that gives the same treatment for firearms. Thatís a really fun one to use if you see a unfamiliar firearm on the big/small screen or are just curious what else itís been in.

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    I remember when we had three channels....sometimes, depending on the weather. B&W was all there was and the picture "tube", ie, screen on our TV was 10 inches....and round. The stations came on at either 5:00 AM or 6:00 AM and started the broadcast day with our National Anthem and a picture of our flag waving in a breeze. They went off the air at midnight and you had to watch the little white dot until it went out when you turned off the set. Then you had a test pattern until the morning began again.

    You felt like your family had arrived when you could afford the "console" as not only a piece of furniture but with built in TV, AM/FM radio and a stereophonic record player with storage for your LP's on one end....all under a convenient lid.
    Later models included an 8 track tape player.
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    I don't watch on Amazon, but a sight called IMDB has break downs of synopsis, history, cast with bios and work history, etc., of every TV show and movie ever made.

    James best was a good actor and a good guy. He was in three of the better episodes of Twilight Zone, and you see him turn up in quite afew movies. Never really a star, but had a long and steady acting career. He was also a WWII vet.

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    I don't watch on Amazon, but a sight called IMDB has break downs of synopsis, history, cast with bios and work history, etc., of every TV show and movie ever made.

    James best was a good actor and a good guy. He was in three of the better episodes of Twilight Zone, and you see him turn up in quite afew movies. Never really a star, but had a long and steady acting career. He was also a WWII vet.

    https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0078940/

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    Add to that, once you find an actor you like, are interested in. You can search for that actor via voice or text and see everything else he/she was in that is available.

    A while back I rewatched the transporter. The rest of the week was all Jason Strathorne movies.

    I have done the same with Sly Stallone, and others.

    IMO Amazon fire tv rocks.
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    Get back to thinking like our forefathers thought.

    Anyone that wants to use this, feel free. Spread it wide and far.

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    James Best passed not long ago. He had retired and lived in the Hickory, Bethlehem area in NC. Several people I know including my step daughter and her husband met him. All said he was a great guy and would take time to chat a few minutes.

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    Watch Gunsmoke and you'll see them all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1Papalote View Post
    Watch Gunsmoke and you'll see them all.
    I was watching Wanted: dead or alive yesterday, and Michael Landon was in the episode. He was very young, probably still a teenager. Well before Bonanza.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wheelguns 1961 View Post
    I was watching Wanted: dead or alive yesterday, and Michael Landon was in the episode. He was very young, probably still a teenager. Well before Bonanza.
    I have the entire series on DVD, including a special features part. Quite a few future well knowns showed up in it including Mary Tyler Moore as a dance hall girl when she was an unknown.

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    Always looking up the gorgeous actresses on the old shows to see what else they've been in.
    Often its a "Where have I seen her before?" thing

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    Quote Originally Posted by alfadan View Post
    Always looking up the gorgeous actresses on the old shows to see what else they've been in.
    Often its a "Where have I seen her before?" thing
    Guilty. Often I'll look them up on wiki. It's interesting to learn where they came from and something of their pre motion picture days. I guess most know Gary Cooper was born and MOSTLY raised in Montana. His father was a judge who later moved to California, I think to settle some estate. Coop also did like 3 years of school in England, I think at Eaton, where Churchill went to school. Virginia Mayo was from St. Louis and has a street named for her there. Hedy Lamar and some guy invented some kind of frequency hopping guidance system....and the list is endless.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sharps4590 View Post
    Hedy Lamar and some guy invented some kind of frequency hopping guidance system....and the list is endless.
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    Hedy Lamar was a real life genius, born in Hungary who invented technology we use today for triangulation. Slightly blacklisted in Europe for being Jewish and doing a very risque scene in a movie, she traded clothes with a maid to escape out of a house and flee to the US. She has a great bio on Netflix or Prime.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Idaho45guy View Post
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    Mel Brooks had a teen age crush on Hedy Lamar hence the Hedly name used in Blazing Saddles.
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    ha, watching Columbo Etude in Black. Has Myrna Loy and Blythe Danner. Love her whispery voice, and she was Evelyn on two and half men.

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