Thursday, December 31, 2015

Top Ten Posts of 2015

As 2015 comes to an end, we thought we'd list the most viewed of our 115 posts at the Classic Film & TV Cafe. Yes, we realize that posts published at the start of the year will likely have more views. But that won't stop us...we love year-end lists!

We included only posts that were originally published during 2015. If we had not, The Five Best "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" Episodes would have crushed the competition. We also omitted any posts in which we hosted or promoted blogathons. Otherwise, the My Favorite Movie Blogathon, in support of National Classic Movie Day, would have grabbed the top spot. To build a little suspense, we'll start at No. 10 and work our way to No. 1.

But before we get started, we want to thank each of you who visited this blog this year and send some extra love to those who took the time to leave comments.

10. For Halloween, we listed our picks for The 25 Greatest Horror Films, which sparked some lively discussions across the Cafe's social media platforms.

9. Ron Harper gave a fabulous interview at the Western Film Fair and Nostalgia Convention in Winston-Salem, NC. He discussed his TV series Garrison's Gorillas and Planet of the Apes, the challenges of working with George Burns, and being an understudy for Paul Newman on Broadway.

8. Agatha Christie fans were delighted about our interview with Hugh Fraser, who played Captain Hastings in the Hercule Poirot TV series with David Suchet. The British actor also discussed his new thriller novel Harm.

Yes, that's Hitch on Mount Rushmore.
7. In The Mount Rushmore of Film Directors, we listed the four American directors we'd place on a monument dedicated to American film directors. Then, we asked three other bloggers to do the same (Lady Eve's Reel Life, Classic Movie Hub, and Immortal Ephemera).

6. We interviewed former Disney star Michael McGreevey at the Williamsburg Film Festival, where he discussed working with Kurt Russell, Burt Reynolds, and Robert Mitchum and writing for the TV series Fame.

5. In Who Is Nina Van Pallandt?, we profiled the former folk singer who became a Baroness and later an actress in films such as The Long Goodbye.

4. We also interviewed Lana Wood at the Williamsburg Film Festival. She discussed The SeachersDiamonds Are Forever, and the Peyton Place TV series.

Kathy Garver as Cissy.
3. Kathy Garver, best known as Cissy on Family Affair, gave a fascinating interview at the Western Film Fair and Nostalgia Convention. Earlier this year, she finished writing her autobiography Surviving Cissy: My Family Affair of Life in Hollywood.

2. The Five Ellery Queen TV Series Episodes proved that Jim Hutton's 1975-76 television series is still fondly remembered by its fans.

1. Our review of the DVD Danny Kaye - Legends, which features six episodes from The Danny Kaye Show TV series, finished at the top. It just goes to show that Danny Kaye remains a highly popular entertainer 28 years after his death.


  1. Fascinating countdown. I recall those articles with great fondness.

  2. A stellar blogging year, Rick. Really interesting array of topics, and all are so well done.

    Here's to 2016 and your fab blog! *clink!*

  3. A a well rounded list, Rixk. Always interesting to see what you are going to come up with next.Happy. New Year!

  4. What great fun to see the posts that were visited the most throughout 2015! You are a fantastic writer, Rick, and we thank you for your dedication in promoting classic film and television. Bravo!