Films Received and still want

Request for Game Films

1964 Received  Pittsburgh Steelers  at Cleveland Browns.  John Henry Johnson raced for 200 yards  on 30 carries with touchdown runs of 33, 45 and 4 yards.  This was the best game of his career and a Steeler record for a single game.  Clarence Peaks carried 21 times for 96 yards.  Quarterback Ed Brown completed 9 of 11 passes for 126 yards.  The Steeler defense recorded no turnovers but did sack Frank Ryan four times for 21 yards.  The Steelers had 422 yards of total offense. The only mistake for my team was a fumble at the Browns five, which would have  turned the game into a real blowout.  As it is,  the Pittsburgh Steelers won 23 to 7  and were never in any trouble.

1968.  The mud bowl in the tradition of Thanksgiving Day football in Detroit.   I always enjoy games in the mud and this one, to me, was the best ever.  Coming in with a perfect 0-11 record the Eagles shutout the 3-6-2  Lions  12 to 0.   The Lions offense was nonexistent as the Eagles shut down both the pass and run.  The Eagles intercepted three passes. On the defensive line,  both Floyd Peters and Dave Lloyd   virtually eliminated the Lions running game.  Placekicker Sam Baker kicked one field goal in each quarter.   Joe Scarpati  showed some real skill holding the ball in a swamp.  I have a real condensed version on the NFL replay with Pat Summeral  and Tom Brookshier.   I would like some more of this muddy film.


1964 Pittsburgh Steelers at New York Giants

John Henry Johnson gained 106 yards in 24 carries and scored touchdowns on runs of 10 and 2 yards.  Clarence Peaks carried 15 times for 97 yards.  Peaks also caught one pass for 43 yards.  Ed Brown, playing only three quarters,  went 10 for 13 for 184 yards and two TD passes.  It was great seeing Brown on the sidelines,  giving reserves a real chance.  Pittsburgh recovered four Giant fumbles.  The first was Dick Haley in the Steeler End Zone breaking the Giants back early in the game.  The Steelers 44 to 17 win was the third highest score in Pittsburgh history.











Frank Overton played a DA on the Defenders

Frank Overton was a marvelous character actor who appeared in the recurring role of District Attorney William Bryant on the Defenders. Overton was  dignified and handsome with a flowing voice that drew attention to his role.   Overton and E.G. Marshall were courtroom adversaries but with a deep mutual respect.   In the movies, Overton’s most memorable role was that of General Bogan in the doomsday thriller  Fail Safe.

This is a summary of the The Defenders show the Invisible Badge.  The title refers to Charles Terranova’s view of his job as Prosecuting Attorney.  William Shatner plays Charles  Terranova

Charles Terranova is a young assistant District attorney. He prosecuted an elderly man for bookmaking and the man was found guilty. The bookmaker’s daughter contacts Paddy Birch for help. Birch is a political fixer – for a fee he uses his political contacts to get people what they want. Birch tells the bookmaker’s daughter that for $2,000 Terranova will tell the Judge to dismiss the case prior to sentencing. The bookmaker’s daughter waits outside a restaurant where Terranova is having lunch while Birch goes in to make the payoff. When Birch asks Terranova to dismiss the case, Terranova says that’s what he already intends to do.  No payoff being required, Birch keeps the money but does not tell the bookmaker’s daughter.  After the case against her father is dismissed, the bookmaker’s daughter turns Terranova in for taking a bribe.

What goes on here is a brilliant show of constructive tension as  DA Bill Bryan  interacts with Paddy Birch, Charles Terranova,  Mrs. Terra Nova, and Defenders Lawrence and Kenneth Preston.  For a good 20 minutes  Bryan virtually steals the show.

Paddy Burch is in the District Attorney’s office telling Mr. Bryan about the bribe.   Based mainly on his charge,  the Grand Jury indited Terranova.  After arriving at work,  Terranova finds his office cleaned out and goes to Bryan.  Coming with Terranova is Lawrence Preston, who will represent  young Terranova.   The DA does not like like prosecuting  one of the lawyers under his supervision.   He likes Charlie but has no choice but prosecuting him.   Bryan asked Paddy Burch to enter his office.  Terranova  is shocked and angered that he could lose his job and face a 10 year sentence based on the word of a con artist and political hack.   Lawrence Preston is angered as well but calms Terranova and they leave.

Afterword,  Mr. Bryan calls Burch back into his office.  “Paddy”, he says in anger, “you had better be telling the truth or so help me I’ll throw the book at you.”

After all of this,  Mrs Terranova  goes to the DA without her husband’s knowledge.  The strait laced Terranova would never have done this.  Mrs Terranova  doesn’t  understand that this visit,  as said earlier, could result in further  bribery changes against Charley and bury him in a virtual avalanche of accusations.   DA Bryan, showing concern for the Terranovas,  agreed not to mention this office visit.   He already has  enough information to follow up  with the indictment.

A conviction for Terranova means means disbarment,  a 10 year prison sentence, and a wreck of his whole life.   She then asks Bill Bryan how he can prosecute her  husband,  especially with their close working relationship.   Bryan states he cannot do his job if he lets personal considerations into the equation.   His entire focus is convict, convict, convict.   Not taking this approach makes him responsible for the entire process.  In addition to the prosecutor,  he becomes the defense attorney, the judge, the jury, and perhaps even the newspaper reporters.

Yet there is one time in this story where DA Bryan shows his concern for gathering all evidence.  In a private room, Lawrence ask Bryan to call a witness who will provide a complete picture of exactly what happened.  DA Bryan asks “Larry, you want me to call a person that will actually help you get the acquittal.  Why should I do this?’  Lawrence counters “Because you want a just verdict and you are a good guy.   Bryan agrees and calls the witness.  He is amazed that Lawrence, after all these years, still retains an optimist view of the human race. It is a marvelous clash between lawyers that is memorable.

At the trial, Birch can’t explain why he didn’t take his usual fee in this case. The bookmaker’s daughter has to be removed from the courtroom after her testimony because she starts screaming that everybody always wants to take advantage of her and her father. The  Judge in the bookmaker’s case is called to the stand and reveals himself to be a hanging judge who only dismissed the case because Terranova agreed to take responsibility for it.

Lawrence asks Terranova,  now on the witness stand, why he wanted the judge to dismiss the charge.  Charles explains his view of the case matched against his own ideals.   Basically Terranova says that the law must be an instrument of social justice.  In this case, the amount was so small  that  it could hardly be called bookmaking.  The arrest occurred only because a drive was on  against the rackets .  Finally Lawrence asks him Terranova  “Did you accept a bribe to dismiss the charges?  Terronova says no he did not.

The jury returned a verdict of not guilty.  Mr Bryan congratulates both  Terranova and the Prestons.  Bryan says he is glad to lose this one and looks forward to working with him.  Bryan turns to the protagonist and says.  “Paddy, this jury seems to think you pocketed the money.  In addition, they say you are guilty of perjury.  Maybe you will  have better luck with another jury.  But I doubt it.”  Bryan  wants to be the DA Paddy’s trial.

Frank Overton make this story great.


The Horses Eyes

You see will where this fits in with the synopsis.

Will,  Barbara, and Kate are waiting to hear about the Physicians’ talk with Alec in the bedroom.   Vic arrives at the Barb near dawn, believing Alec dead, and when told otherwise, grows anxious.  He leaves abruptly and heads to the hills where he and Dave have hidden the rifles.  As this happens, the Doctor comes out of the bedroom and tells them  that Alec is now blind.  This is no surprise. In a business visit to Chicago, the very best eye doctors told Alec that he will be blind within 6 to 8 months.  All the fall did was hasten the inevitable. 

What was said next is where we get the term “horse sense”.  A horse will always avoid danger regardless of any from the owner or anyone else.

Lockhart: “I want  to know who pushed Alec  from the ledge.

Doctor Doctor:  At his age and with failing eyesight, Alec had no business riding a horse.

Once again Lockhart that “No Alec was pushed off.  There is nothing wrong with the horse’s eyes.”   


I hope some if you have seen the classic 1955 western, The Man from Laramie.  It will make my point much easier.

Cavalry captain Will Lockhart poses as a wagon train driver bringing supplies from Laramie to the small town of Coronado in order to investigate an attack by rifle-toting Indians on an Army patrol, which claimed his brother’s life. In Coronado, Will is disconcerted to find a repeating rifle at Barbara Waggoman’s mercantile store and learns that it was part of a trade with an Apache.

The following day, as Will and his men load up their wagons with salt, they are attacked by Barbara’s cousin, Dave Waggoman, who accuses Will of stealing and orders his men to rope and drag Will, then set fire to the wagons and shoot the mules. Vic Hansbro, foreman of the Waggoman Barb Ranch, arrives and orders Dave away. Will pays off his men, but old Charley O’Leary offers to stay behind, suggesting that, as his mother was an Apache, he could question the local Indians about rifles.

Will returns to Barbara’s store and she explains that her uncle Alec owns the town and she despises him for ruining her recently deceased father. Later, Will confronts Dave in town and when Vic attempts to break up the brawl, he and Will fight. Rancher Kate Canaday stops Dave from interfering, and the fight is halted only by the arrival of Alec, who demands that Will leave Coronado. Kate, who was once engaged to Alec, invites Will to her ranch, the Half Moon, and Will accepts, despite advice from town drunk Chris Boldt.

Back in town, Barbara chastises Vic, her fiancé, for appeasing Alec, but Vic insists he is invaluable to the Barb. Meanwhile, at the Half Moon, Kate offers Will a job as her foreman, but he declines, explaining that he is only in town seeking his brother’s killer. At Alec’s invitation, Will goes to the Barb, where Alec gives him restitution money, but refuses to explain why he never took action about the cavalry massacre, which occurred on his land. Later, outside of town, Will meets Charley, who discloses that the Apaches are expecting a shipment of rifles. When Will and Charley realize they have been followed, Charley heads to town and Will discovers Boldt, who offers to sell him information.

Later that evening, Will is attacked by Boldt, but after Will knocks him down, Boldt flees. Will then stops by a church celebration and learns from the priest that rifles were used by the Indians during the attack on the cavalry. On his way back to his room, Will is arrested by Sheriff Tom Quigby and accused of murdering Boldt, who was found dead shortly after his confrontation with Will.

The next day, Alec visits Will in jail and offers to arrange for a lawyer and a friendly judge, if Will agrees to leave town. When Will asks Alec why he is determined to get him out of town, Alec confesses that he is plagued by a dream in which a stranger kills Dave. Will dismisses Alec’s dream and refuses his help. Kate then bails Will out and insists he become

The Half Moon foreman. Meanwhile, at the Barb, Alec lectures Dave about his disinterest in the business side of the ranch, but Dave demands that Alec fire Vic so that he can take charge. Vic rides in with the news that Kate has hired Will and that the men suspect Will is a hired gun. Later in private, Alec confesses to Vic that he has lost most of his eyesight and pleads with Vic to protect Dave, assuring him a portion of the Barb at his death, a promise overheard by Dave.

When Dave and his men run into Will herding Kate’s cattle, Dave fires at him, but is wounded in the hand. Dave orders his men to capture Will and shoots him in the hand as revenge. Dave then heads into the mountains, where he uncovers a wagonload of rifles and sends smoke signals to the Indians, which attract Vic, with whom he has been selling arms to the Indians in hopes of creating instability in the region.

Dave insists that they should give the Indians the rifles immediately so that they will attack the Half Moon, but Vic explains that the Barb will also be attacked. After complaining about his lack of authority, Dave draws on Vic, who shoots him dead. Vic brings Dave’s body back to the Barb, while Kate and Barbara tend to Will at the Half Moon. The following day after Dave’s funeral, Alec rides out alone to the Half Moon to shoot Will, but cannot see well enough to aim.

A few days later, Alec questions Vic about the excessive cost of equipment, and when Vic blames Dave, Alec accuses him of purchasing rifles illegally. Despite Vic’s attempts to dissuade him, Alec insists on searching for the rifles. Meanwhile, Will meets Charley, who shows him deep rutted wagon tracks, which the men then follow. Vic accompanies Alec into the hills and admits buying the rifles, but insists that it was Dave’s idea. When Vic maintains that he has been more of a son to Alec than Dave, Alec is angered, and in the ensuing tussle, Vic pushes Alec down a steep ravine.*

Will later finds Alec unconscious and takes him to the Half Moon. The doctor reports that Alec is now completely blind, but will recover. Vic arrives at the Barb near dawn, believing Alec dead, and when told otherwise, grows anxious. When Alec regains consciousness he asks for Will and reveals his discovery of the rifles and that Vic is the man in his dreams. Will goes in search of Vic and finds him with the rifle wagon, signaling the Apaches. The men fight and Will forces Vic to push the wagon over a cliff before the Indians’ arrival.

Vic then escapes, but is killed by the outraged Apaches. Later, Alec and Kate make wedding plans, while Will prepares to depart after telling Barbara he hopes to see her when she returns East.


1964 Conservatives Not Popular

When the Conservative movement in the United States began has caused its share of controversy  over the years.  There are many  people with different ideas.  Some say there is  no specific  date or time.   The conservative movement has gradually just evolved into something that could attract support from different groups.  This translated into votes on Election Day.   I can understand this position but different people did emerge who consolidated their ideas into victory.

Barry Goldwater gave rousing speeches on conservative ideas both on the Senate  floor and at various cities in this country.  Senator Goldwater  had handsome and sharp facial features.   He was marvelous when photographed with the red mountains of Arizona in the background.   Nevertheless,  we all know about the 1964 Republican National Convention and the disastrous campaign  that followed.  It was a combination of things that we can talk about later.   Candidates that appear strong and confident during the primaries get weak and tentative after they get the nomination.

The Republican Convention in 1964 dropped to an all time low in democratic  procedures.   The crowd booed  Governor Nelson Rockefeller in his speech  condemning extremism from both ends of the political spectrum.  Goldwater made that famous phrase.   “Extremism  in the defense of freedom is no vice.  Moderation in  the pursuit of Justice is no virtue.”  Those words chilled millions of people.   During the campaign,  Barry Goldwater was only sometimes  articulate.   President Johnson and his staff often used dirty tricks to make Goldwater and other conservatives look bad.

On a positive note 1964 proved that a man from the west and a sparsely populated state could at least win the nomination.  Senator Goldwater voted against Civil Rights Act just two weeks before the convention in San Francisco.  As a result,  for the first time since Reconstruction  a Republican Nominee won, and easily won,  the five states of the Deep South.    Goldwater also won his home state of Arizona  but  with  a shaky 50.4% of the vote.   Only with these exceptions could Conservatives claim they carried the day.

More on this later.

1961 Eagles Got No Help on the Final Week

As the last weekend of the season came, the Eagles were 9-4 one game behind the New York Giants.   Philadelphia, on the road,  had to defeat the Detroit Lions.  The  Cleveland Browns, at Yankee Stadium,  had to defeat the New York Giants.  New York  won the previous game at Cleveland 37 to 21.   If things went the Eagles way there would be a playoff game at New York.  While both teams would be  10-4, the Giants defeated the Eagles twice.

Philadelphia at Detroit

Sonny Jurgensen completed 27 0f 42 passes for 403 yards and three touchdowns.  Pete Retzlaff caught nine passes for 105 yards and a touchdown.  Tommy Mac Donald caught six passes for 90 yards and a touchdown.   For the Lions Jim Ninowski completed  16 of 26 passes for 285 yards and a touchdown.  Gail Gogdill caught seven passes for 171 yards and a touchdown. 

This was an exciting and seesaw game.  In the final four minutes of the game,  Sonny Jurgensen threw a 16 yard touchdown pass to Dick Lucas and Bobby Walston kicked a ten yard field goal.  Final Philadelphia 27 Detroit 24.

Cleveland at Yankee Stadium.

For Cleveland,  Jimmy Brown carried 24 times for 102 yards.  Leon Clarke caught a three yard touchdown pass.  New York-Alex Webster carried 21 times for 91 yards.   Del Shofner caught six passes for 92 yards.    Each team missed two field goals.   This 7 to 7 tie meant that the Eagles would finish in second place.

1961 Eagles Got No Help from the Cleveland Browns

If anyone tells you I said this I will deny it.   Cleveland was the most hated team for rooters of both the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Philadelphia Eagles.  The rivalry between the New York Giants and the Browns attracted the most attention for many fans.  At one point, the Giants won six in a row.  Three in 1958 which counts the playoffs;  two in 1959;  and the first game in 1960.

On the last weekend of the 1961 season,  I was hoping that the Cleveland Browns would defeat the New York Giants.  Around mid-season, the Giants defeated the Browns at Cleveland 37 to 21.  The Eagles were 9-4 and the Giants 10-3 after 13 games.  After a 7-1 start,  the Eagles lost three of five.  The Giants defeated us twice with Y.A Tittle torching the Eagles secondary,  38 to 21 at Yankee Stadium and 28 to 24 at Franklin Field .   The Eagles at Cleveland-Jimmy Brown set an NFL record rushing for 245 yards with four touchdowns.  Milt Plum completed 16 of 21 passes for 246 yards and a touchdown.  Cleveland put up 505 yards defeating the Eagles 45 to 24.

Week 14.  The only hope for the Eagles was winning  at Detroit and the Giants losing  at Yankee Stadium versus the Browns.  This would set up an Eastern Conference Playoff  the following week between New York and Philadelphia.  Since the Giants defeated the Eagles twice during the season, the game would be at Yankee Stadium. More Later.




1961 Eagles got no Help from the Pittsburgh Steelers

The New York  Giants  finished the season at 10-3-1  and the Philadelphia Eagles were 10-4, 1/2 game behind.   Freezing  other variables,  a Week 2 game at Pittsburgh between the Steelers and the Giants really hurt both Pennsylvania teams.  The Giant offense was  phasing in Y. A. Title as the first string quarterback but 42 year old Charlie Conerly still had significant playing time.

Now for the game. The  Steelers scored first as John Henry Johnson capped a drive with a three yard zip.  Steelers 7 Giants 0.  Then came the most damaging play of the entire season for Pittsburgh.   A second drive in the first quarter stalled at the NY 35 yard line.   The Steelers were attempting a 42 field goal with Tom Tracy holding for Lou Micheals.  Tracy spotted the ball then picked it up which totally  confused the Giants.  Tracy threw on the option play to John Henry Johnson,  who was standing all alone at the 20 yard line.   The pass was right between his numbers and he dropped the ball.  I believe he could have crawled into the End Zone.

A 14 to 0 lead might have opened in flood gates for Pittsburgh; quite the contrary it invigorated New York and this below  took place.

Chuck Conerly threw a touchdown pass to Joe Morrison;

Y. A Title threw a touchdown pass to Del Shofner;

Pat Summeral kicked a 19 yard field goal

Erich Barnes had two interceptions off  Bobby Lane

for Pittsburgh:

John Henry Johnson opened the scoring with a four yard touchdown run;

Buddy Dial caught an 11 yard touchdown pass

Trailing 17 to 14, Pittsburgh had the ball at the Giants 25.   Jim Katcavage hit Layne on a pass play.  Andy Robustelli recovered.

Had the Steelers won, the Eagles would have won the division 10-4 to the Giants 9-4-1