September 7, 1978: The Silent Partner released in UK cinemas

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The Silent Partner (1978)

The Silent Partner is a Canadian heist film starring Elliott Gould, Christopher Plummer and Susannah York.

The film was the first to be produced by Carolco Pictures and one of the earliest films from Canada to take advantage of the Canadian government’s “Capital Cost Allowance” plans. The Silent Partner is also notable for being one of the very few films to have a score composed by Oscar Peterson, and for featuring an early big-screen appearance by John Candy.

The Silent Partner is a remake of the Danish film Think of a Number (Tænk på et tal) from 1969 written and directed by Palle Kjærulff-Schmidt, based on the novel Tænk på et tal by Danish writer Anders Bodelsen.

A masterpiece of cunning and suspense… In a web of mounting tension, a beautiful girl is trapped and torn between two lovers, climaxing in a scene more terrifying than a nightmare!

A timid bank teller anticipates a bank robbery and steals the money himself before the crook arrives. When the sadistic crook realizes he’s been fooled, he tracks down the teller and engages him in a cat-and-mouse chase for the cash. [IMDb.com]

Notable cast & crew

  • Elliott Gould, “Miles Cullen”
  • Christopher Plummer, “Harry Reikle”
  • Susannah York, “Julie Carver”
  • John Candy, “Simonson”
  • Carolco Pictures, production company

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September 7, 1968: The Banana Splits Adventure Hour debuts on US TV

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The Banana Splits Adventure Hour (1968-1970)

The Banana Splits Adventure Hour was an hour-long, packaged television variety program featuring The Banana Splits, a fictional rock band composed of four funny animal characters. The costumed hosts of the show were Fleegle (guitar, vocals), Bingo (drums, vocals), Drooper (bass, vocals) and Snorky (keyboards, effects).

The series was produced by Hanna-Barbera, and ran for 31 episodes on NBC Saturday mornings, from September 7, 1968, to September 5, 1970. The costumes and sets were designed by Sid and Marty Krofft, and the series’ sponsor was Kellogg’s Cereals. The show featured both live action and animated segments, and was Hanna-Barbera’s first foray into mixing live action with animation.

The format of the show was loosely based on Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In.

The show’s live-action segment Danger Island, a cliffhanger serial, ran alongside the animated segments Arabian Knights and The Three Musketeers. Actor Jan-Michael Vincent appeared in Danger Island. All the live-action material filmed for the series’ first season was directed by Richard Donner.

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September 7, 1998: The Bee Gees release One Night Only

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One Night Only (1998) by the Bee Gees

One Night Only is a live album and DVD/Blu-ray by the Bee Gees. It features the group’s concert at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas in 1997 and includes many of their greatest hits.

The Bee Gees performed songs from every decade from the 1960s to the ’90s. They also sang a tribute song to their late brother Andy Gibb, “(Our Love) Don’t Throw It All Away”. During this song old footage of Andy is shown, including him singing the second verse of the song. The vocals from the original recording also play during that section. Céline Dion guest-starred on the Bee Gees-penned “Immortality”. Recorded vocals by Frankie Valli are featured during “Grease”, and are also taken from the original song.

The album’s title was originally meant to reflect the band’s plan that the Las Vegas concert would be their final live performance ever. Barry Gibb‘s arthritis had worsened to the point where it seemed it would be impossible for him to continue playing, but he wanted to expand the tour and so they played several more shows.

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September 7, 1978: Who drummer Keith Moon died

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Keith Moon (1946-1978)

Keith Moon (August 23, 1946 – September 7, 1978) was an English drummer for the rock band the Who. He was noted for his unique style and his eccentric, often self-destructive behaviour. His drumming continues to be praised by critics and musicians. He was posthumously inducted into the Modern Drummer Hall of Fame in 1982, becoming only the second rock drummer to be chosen.

Moon took up the drums during the early 1960s. After playing with a local band, the Beachcombers, he joined the Who in 1964 before they recorded their first single. Moon remained with the band during their rise to fame, and was quickly recognised for his drumming style, which emphasised tom-toms, cymbal crashes, and drum fills. Throughout Moon’s tenure with the Who his drum kit steadily grew in size, and along with Ginger Baker, Moon has been credited as one of the earliest rock drummers to regularly employ double bass drums in his setup. In addition to his talent as a drummer, Moon developed a reputation for smashing his kit on stage and destroying hotel rooms on tour. Moon enjoyed touring and socialising, and became bored and restless when the Who were inactive.

Moon became addicted to alcohol, particularly brandy and champagne, and acquired a reputation for decadence and dark humour; his nickname was “Moon the Loon.” While touring with the Who, on several occasions he passed out on stage and was hospitalised. By their final tour with him in 1976, and particularly during production of The Kids Are Alright and Who Are You, the drummer’s deterioration was evident. Moon died from an overdose of Heminevrin, a drug intended to treat or prevent symptoms of alcohol withdrawal.

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