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Meet the “Teachers” of Bright Road (1953)

Top Photo - Standing: Libby Taylor and Louise Franklin; Seated: Jeni Le Gon, [?], and Vivian Dandridge

Bottom Photo - Foreground: Harry Belafonte (as the School Principal) and Dorothy Dandridge (as Jane Richards, star of the film); Background: [?] and [?]

I’m unable to put a names to the faces for the other actresses but at least two of them are included in IMDb’s credit list: Doris Ake and Willa Pearl Curtis

Bright Road is a film about Jane Richards’ (played by Dandridge) first year as a teacher at a rural Alabama schoolhouse. Ignoring warning from other teachers and the principal (played by Belafonte), Jane becomes determined to help the school’s “problem child” (played by Philip Hepburn) succeed academically.

The film also stars Barbara Ann Sanders (later known professionally as Barbara Randolph) and Maidie Norman.

You can watch the movie in parts on YouTube.

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The VVitch: A New-England Folktale (2015) dir. Robert Eggers

“Wouldst thou like the taste of butter? A pretty dress? Wouldst thou like to live deliciously?”

The Gilmore Girls Drinking Game

- Every time Lorelai makes a reference

- Every time Rory is reading or studying

- Every time Emily mentions the DAR

- Every time Emily, Paris, Michelle or Doyle says something rude

- Every time Jess says something sarcastic

- Every time Luke says something moody

- Every time Logan calls Rory “Ace”

- Every time Kirk is working or says something weird

- Every time Mrs. Kim references God or Jesus

- Every time Sookie and Jackson argue

- Every time a new maid appears

- Every time Lane and her band reference music

- Every time Dean is being soppy

- Every time Tristan calls Rory “Mary”

- Every time Madeline or Louise talk about or to boys

- Every time Richard takes a work call

- Every time Miss Patty talks about her show days

- Every time Taylor talks about the town

- Every time Babette talks about cats

- Every time Jackson does something stupid

- Every time Christopher comes back to town

- Every time someone says Stars Hollow

- Every time someone drinks coffee

- Every time anyone references anything!

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The VVitch: A New-England Folktale (2015) dir. Robert Eggers

“Black Phillip, Black Phillip, a crown grows out his head. Black Phillip, Black Phillip, to nanny queen is wed. Jump to the fence post. Running in the stall. Black Phillip, Black Phillip, king of all.”

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The trailer for Mr. Mercedes, an adaptation of Stephen King’s 2014 novel of the same name, draws heavily on Mr. Robot but with a horror lean. It will premiere on Wednesday, August 9, at 8pm on Audience Network.

For those, like me, who have no idea what Audience is, the AT&T-owned network was formally known as The 101 Network and Freeview. Find it on DirecTV channel 239 or U-verse channel 1114. You’ll also be able to stream the series on DirecTV Now with a DirecTV subscription.

Mr. Mercedes is created by TV powerhouse David E. Kelley (Big Little Lies, Ally McBeal). Kelley serves as showrunner and wrote the first of 10 episodes, directed by Jack Bender (Lost, Under the Dome). King, Kelley, and Bender serve as executive producers.

Brendan Gleeson, Harry Treadaway, Jharrel Jerome, Scott Lawrence, Robert Stanton, Ann Cusack, Mary Louise-Parker, Holland Taylor, Kelly Lynch, Justine Lupe, and Breeda Wool star. King will reportedly make a cameo appearance.

Mr. Mercedes follows a demented serial killer who taunts a retired police detective with a series of lurid letters and emails. This forces the ex-cop to undertake a private, and potentially felonious, crusade to bring the killer to justice before he can strike again.