Train a Husband Like a Dog? Yes, in “If a Man Answers”

Dear Inman: I remember a movie from when I was a kid in the 1960s. I told my daughter about it and she’d like to see it but I can’t remember the name of it. It was about a young woman who was a newlywed and who had a poodle. Her mother advised her to train her husband like she had her dog. It might have been called “How to train your husband.” Is it out on video? – A.L., via e-mail

Dear A.L.: As a member of the male gender, I’d like to go on record as saying that “training” me is not like training a poodle.

An Irish Setter, maybe.

At any rate, the movie is called “If a Man Answers,” and was released in 1962. Sandra Dee is the trainer and Bobby Darin is the canine surrogate.

The movie’s on DVD.

Heston in “Casablanca”? Nope

Dear Inman: I recently watched the movie “Casablanca,” my all-time favorite, and in the opening chase scene all the men wore hats or head covers, except one. There was a profile of a hatless man who strongly resembled Charlton Heston. Could it be? – C.R., Viera, FL

Dear C.R.: Nope.

Right about the time “Casablanca” was being filmed, Heston was still in high school in Winnetka, Illinois. He appeared in a student film shot in Illinois in 1940, bur he didn’t really begin his acting career until he moved to New York City in the late 1940s and began appearing in live TV productions.

Statue, Nun and Roger Moore? “The Miracle”


Dear David: There was a movie out about forty years ago, maybe longer, about a young woman studying to become a nun. When she has second thoughts and leaves the convent, a statue of the Virgin Mary takes on human form and replaces her while she is out finding herself. When the woman decides to return to the convent, the statue takes its place back in the church. Can you tell me anything about this movie? I may be wrong, but I think one of the suitors in the film may have been a young Roger Moore. I also remember the others nuns wondering what happened to the statue. Can you solve this for me please! – K.B.W., Boston

Dear K.B.W.: That’s the 1959 film “The Miracle,” with Carroll Baker, Moore and Walter Slezak.

Behold the Wrath of the Amazing Colossal Man! Or not.

Dave: I remember seeing an old b/w sci-fi movie about a big bald giant man who was exposed to radiation near an Air Force Base or something. The scene that always stands out in my mind is when he takes a large syringe needle and throws it down towards a man and it goes right through him. Awesome! What is the name of this? – T., Rochester, NY

Dear T.: That’s “The Invasion of Mr. Clean.”

No, just joshing.

Actually it’s “The Amazing Colossal Man,” from 1957. Glenn Langan played Lt. Col. Glen Manning, who was just minding his own business fighting Communists and stuff when he is exposed to a bomb blast that makes get really big really fast, and ignites his syringe-throwing fury!

Doll in a Well? That’s “Child of Glass”

childofglassDear David: Back in the late 1970s maybe early 1980s there was a movie based in the South. A family with two children – boy and girl – moved into an old Victorian house. Soon after the ghost of a girl with a French accent started appearing to them both. Apparently before she could “rest” they needed to find her doll. By accident it was found in the old well where the little girl had died. The doll was full of diamonds. Any idea on what the movie’s title is? I’ve checked the Internet and no luck, so perhaps you will have an answer. – R.E., via e-mail

Dear R.E.: The “Internet” has answers for questions like this? It must be stopped at all costs!

In the meantime, we’ll offer that the movie is a made-for-TV film called “Child of Glass,” and it aired in 1978. It starred Anthony Zerbe, Barbara Barrie and Steve Shaw.

Giant Ants? It Has to Be “Them!”

themDear David: When I was about six years old I watched a Sunday afternoon movie about ants that had somehow became very large and were taking over a town. It was in black and white and must have been a movie made around 1940 to 1960 or so. Can you tell me the title and if it’s on video? – Scott, Missouri

Dear Scott: That’s the 1954 sci-fi film “Them!,” which stars James Whitmore and James Arness. It’s on video and DVD.

And I won’t give away the ending, but it involves a giant shoe.

Battleship Time Traveling to 1941? “The Final Countdown”

countdownDear Inman: I’m trying to find the name of a movie that I saw a little bit of years ago. I remember it was an older movie about a battleship that somehow went back in time before Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, and the crew was trying to stop what happened on that fateful day. Any help would be appreciated. – C.T., via e-mail

Dear C.T.: That’s the 1980 film “The Final Countdown,” with Kirk Douglas, Martin Sheen, Katharine Ross and James Farentino.

It’s on video and DVD.

What Kind of Car Did Nancy Drew Drive?

metropolitanDear Inman: What kind of car does the heroine drive in the “Nancy Drew” movie? — R.H., Boston

Dear R.H.: It’s a Nash Metropolitan, the Smart Car of its day, sold in the U.S. from the mid-1950s until the early 1960s.

“Something Wild” Was, Indeed

somethingHello, David: When I was a child, we went to visit someone who actually owned a television. I remember watching a movie on their TV that I would love to be able to watch again. The plot was about a young woman who wanted to commit suicide by jumping off a bridge. However, there was a man who prevented her from it, and held her captive in his home/or apartment. She tried to escape, and I remember she kicked him in the face with her pointy shoes. He may have lost an eye, because I remember him in the film wearing an eye patch. Do you happen to know the name of this film? – Ruth, via e-mail

Dear Ruth: What a heel!

The movie is 1961’s “Something Wild,” with Carroll Baker as the woman and Ralph Meeker as the guy. The cast also includes a young Jean Stapleton and Doris Roberts.

It was on video, but is now out of print; you can watch it online at YouTube.

“Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark” Was a Drag (Down Into the Fireplace)

dontDear David: Back in the 1970s I saw a TV movie about evil people who lived in a fireplace and tried to drag humans down there with them. I’ve thought about it for years, but never saw it on TV again. Can you tell me about it? – B.T., via e-mail

Dear B.T.: That’s “Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark,” a 1973 TV movie with Kim Darby as the target of the diabolical ash people, or whatever. The cast also includes Barbara Anderson, Jim Hutton and William Demarest as the carpenter who tries to warn Darby not to open the old fireplace, but noooooo.

It’s on video, but not DVD. Here’s the opening sequence: