Below is a shot of famed comedian and actor John Belushi, playing the role of Captain ‘Wild Bill’ Kelso in the 1979 comedy film, “1941.” Directed by the iconic Steven Spielberg, this film takes place during World War II and follows the story of “Hysterical Californians” as they prepare for the Japanese invasion of the U.S. in the wake of the infamous Pearl Harbor attack. While nowhere near as financially or critically successful as the majority of Spielberg’s films, still “1941” was awarded three Academy Award nominations, and eventually earned the reputation of an official “cult film.”
In addition to Belushi, other actors among the film’s cast include well-known names, like Dan Aykroyd, Ned Beatty, John Candy, Christopher Lee, Toshiro Mifune, and Robert Stack. Sadly, at just 33 years old, the infamously erratic and energized Belushi tragically passed away from a drug overdose.
Lucy and Viv: The Beatniks - The Lucy Show,1967
Photographed below is a still image of actresses Lucy and Viv, dressed up as beatniks in The Lucy Show, in 1967. In line with the usual, troublemaking antics of these quirky besties throughout the show, in this particular episode, Viv flies to California to visit Lucy to admit to her that she is looking for a young college student from her hometown, whom she believes has fallen into the “no-good beatnik crowd.” To help the student, Lucy and Viv decide to disguise themselves as hippies, in order to “track the youth down.”
Believe it or not, despite Ball and Vance’s strong chemistry on the show, upon first meeting, the two didn't immediately hit it off as friends. In fact, Ball almost chose not to cast Vance on “I Love Lucy,” as Ball initially desired an older, frumpier actress to play the role of her neighbor on the show. However, Desi Arnaz believed in Vance and her exceptional work on stage and convinced Lucy that she was in fact the right actress for the job. As a result, the match turned out to be a huge success.
The Troops All Here! Members of the TV Series “F Troop” (1965-67) Poses for a Group Shot
Below, the troop of the hit TV series, “F-Troop” smiles for the camera! A satirical sitcom that ran from 1965-1967, “F-Troop” took place in 1860s Fort Courage, a fictional U.S. Army outpost in Kansas. The show is centered on the stories of U.S. soldiers and Native Americans in the wild, wild west in 1860. Though not always historically accurate, preferring instead to create parodies on historical events, the bulk of this show’s humor was largely character-based and included many visual gag slapsticks and physical comedy bits.
Many times, the comedy even included “elements of burlesque,” with no shortage of visual gags. Several of these gags recurred on more than one occasion, one of these involving Corporal Argan’s (played by actor Larry Storch) tendency to discipline his Troopers by hitting them on the head with his hat. Another recurring joke on “F-Troop” is the classic case of the malfunctioning cannon.
A ‘Happy Day’ for Newlywed “Happy Day” Cast Members Ron and Cheryl Howard on Their Wedding Day, 1975
The below picture captures a “real-life happy day” moment from the “Happy Day” cast members and newlyweds, Ron and Cheryl Howard on their wedding day, posing happily alongside 'Happy Days' co-stars Don Most, Anson Williams and Tom Bosley, in 1975. Ever since his breakout childhood role of little Opie Taylor on “The Andy Griffith Show,” Ron Howard has continued to succeed as a professional TV actor. Eventually, Howard transitioned from acting to directing, quickly establishing himself as a multi-talented actor and award-winning director.
He has directed a wide array of films, some of which include “Backdraft,” “Apollo 13,” “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” “The Da Vinci Code” and “Angels & Demons.” Eventually, his directing work would earn him the Academy Award for Best Director, as well as Best Picture, for the film “A Beautiful Mind.” In 2002, Howard became widely known by fans as the narrator of the hilarious television series, “Arrested Development,” a show which he also produced and appeared in, as a “semi-fictionalized” version of himself.
The American Chopper: the Epitome of Coolness in the 1970s
The below picture of a cool dude in “groovy threads,” sitting upon his motorcycle throne, was an image quite common in the decade of disco. Indeed, in the age of the groovy ‘70s, a chopper—otherwise known as a custom motorcycle—was considered the ultimate symbol of coolness. First appearing in California back in the late 1950s, custom choppers are most known for their ability to turn at extreme angles, and its lengthened fork, a part of the motorcycle that connects the vehicle's front wheel and axle to its frame.
Of the many choppers that emerged during the 1970s, the most famous of these were two customized Harley-Davidsons: the “Captain America” chopper, and the “Billy Blake”—a chopper first popularized by the 1969 film, “Easy Rider." While the popularity of the chopper exploded in the 1970s, the chopper movement first began in the U.S. post-World War II, ignited by GI’s returning home from the war, who desired motorcycles comparable to the faster, sleeker bikes they were exposed to while serving in Europe.