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1953 Home Movie of Mackinac Island

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This either took a long time to edit and splice together or the narrator did not finish until sometime around 1957 or later as he mentions the Mackinac Bridge (along with the fact that the trip took place in 1953) which was not completed until 1957. Love this quote about Fort Mackinac on the island in reference to its past importance in the days of the fur trade compared to today -

No danger of having your scalp lifted, it's just the contents of your wallet that they want.

I like how the narrator explains how he made certain shots and offers tips on how to film in poor lighting as well as asking permission to include people in his shots in order to "avoid any unpleasantness".

Get ready for Tigers Opening Day with Essential Games of the Detroit Tigers

Andrew Norton

I bought this set over the long cold winter to get me through until the new season started. These are definitely great Detroit Tigers games from over the years. This has been a great way to introduce my son to my beloved Tigers and pass down the love of the Tigers my father and grandfather passed down to me. - 1968 World Series Game 5 - 1984 World Series Game 5 - Final Game at Tiger Stadium - 2006 ALCS Game 4

Bonus Highlights include 1976 Fidrych Complete Game, 1987 Clinch AL East Division, 1991 Cecil Fielder HR, 1995 Trammell and Whitaker, 2006 ALDS Game 4, 2007 Verlander No-Hitter, and many more.

I've enjoyed watching all of the old highlights and games. I would highly recommend this collection to any Detroit Tigers' fan.

One last thought. You (well, I can't anyway) can't have a Detroit Tigers Opening Day without thinking of and remembering Ernie Harwell.

Don't forget to get a 2011 schedule - Printable 2011 Detroit Tigers Schedule

Watch Escanaba in Da Moonlight before you head to deer camp

Andrew Norton

If you're a Michigander, chances are you have heard of Jeff Daniel's film, Escanaba in Da Moonlight. It's a tale of a Yooper, Rueben Soady, whose nickname is "Buckless Yooper" due to the fact that he has never shot a buck. He is also close to becoming the oldest Soady to shoot a buck and desperately wants to avoid that. This farcical adventure is reminiscent of Strange Brew with the comedy and "out there" happenings such as the mysterious spirits who haunt the woods in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. It's a fun flick that should get you all set for the opening weekend of the deer firearm season.

Intro to 'Escanaba in Da Moonlight' -

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Somewhere in Time, a cult classic filmed in Michigan Part 2

Andrew Norton

This is Part 2 of this post Somewhere in Time Random Factoids:

  • Automobiles are not allowed on Mackinac Island (where Somewhere in Time was filmed), but an exception was made for filming. However, use of any automobiles outside of filming was forbidden.
  • The author of Bid Time Return, Richard Matheson, had a cameo in the film. He was the man Richard Collier bumped into as he left the bathroom after shaving.
  • This was William H. Macy and George Wendt's (Norm on Cheers fame) film debut.
  • Somewhere In Time received an Academy Award Nomination for Best Costume Design.
  • Other than the brief shots of Richard Collier (Reeve) in Chicago, the entire film was shot on Mackinac Island.

Somewhere in Time Soundtrack:

The musical score for Somewhere in Time has also taken on a life of it's own due to the same word-of-mouth that has made the film a cult classic. The timeless music crafted by John Barry has received more praise than the film over the years. Ironically, were it not for his friendship with Jane Seymour he would never have been approached to score the film.

The movie Somewhere in Time is based upon the book, Bid Time Return, by Richard Matheson. With the success of the movie, the book has since been retitled as Somewhere in Time most likely to save on confusion and capitalize on the familiarity of the movie title. A bit of controversy surrounds Matheson's book. His premise for time travel has been said to have been borrowed from Time and Again (absolutely love that book) by Jack Finney. Finney used a similar method for time travel in his book where the main character was surrounded by authentic clothing and items from the time period he wished to travel to – exactly like Richard Collier's character in Bid Time Return and the movie.

Mistakes in the Movie via

  • In scenes that take place in 1912 on the porch of the hotel you can sometimes see American flags in the background. The flags in the movie have 50 stars. The 50 star flag wasn't adopted until after 1959.
  • When Richard discovers the old registration book in the hotel attic, he appears to find his signature on the left hand page. When, in 1912, he actually signs the register, he signs on the right hand page.
  • In 1912, Richard Collier gives young Arthur his ball, and above their heads, you can see the 1980 fire sprinklers in the ceiling.
  • The 1912 hotel has frosted light bulbs hanging from the ceiling in some scenes. Frosted bulbs weren't around until the 1940s.
  • Near the end of the movie, C. Reeve is seated at a table on the lawn, and C. Plummer approaches, with the intent of encouraging C. Reeve to leave town. As they are talking, the camera goes back and forth between them. Whenever the camera is focused on C. Reeve, he is enjoying either a full meal or a cup of coffee.
  • When Richard Collier first arrives in 1912, the woman getting dressed in the hotel room is humming "You Made Me Love You," a song not published until 1913. It was first recorded by Al Jolson in June of 1913. The lady in the hotel shouldn't have known it yet.

Somewhere in Time, a cult classic filmed in Michigan

Andrew Norton

This is Part One of a Two Part Post Long before Michigan started to become a destination for making movies a small budget film was shooting on Mackinac Island. The year was 1979 and fresh off the success of Superman, Christopher Reeve was on the island filming a romantic film with a time traveling twist, Somewhere in Time. This was the second motion picture filmed on Mackinac Island. The first was, This Time For Keeps in 1946.

Somewhere in Time debuted in theaters on October 3, 1980 and only ran for three weeks. The film was panned by critics and were it not for appearing on cable television – it might have faded away into nothing but a memory. Audiences were so taken with the film when it was shown on cable networks that they would call or write to the network requesting that it be run again.

While not an instant classic, it has gained popularity over the years and has gathered a rather extensive fan base. Fans are so devoted to this film they actually celebrate the film every October on Mackinac Island at the Grand Hotel where much of the movie was filmed. The Somewhere in Time Weekend for 2009 is October 16-18. The name of the Somewhere in Time fan club that sponsors the annual Somewhere in Time Weekend is INSITE – the International Network of Somewhere In Time Enthusiasts.

The special weekend includes a screening of the movie, meet cast and crew from the film, panel discussions, and walking tours of filming locations. For answers to any questions you might have about the weekend and all it entails visit the official INSITE website. To book your stay visit the Grand Hotel website.

It was just announced this September that a Broadway musical is in the works for Somewhere in Time. No timeline for when this might appear onstage, but you can keep up to date at

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Plot Summary via

Young writer Richard Collier (Christopher Reeve) is met on the opening night of his first play by an old lady who begs him to "Come back to me". Mystified, he tries to find out about her, and learns that she is a famous stage actress from the early 1900s, Elise McKenna (Jane Seymour). Becoming more and more obsessed with her, he manages, by self hypnosis, to travel back in time where he meets her. They fall in love, a matching that is not appreciated by her manager (Christopher Plummer). Can their love outlast the immense problems caused by their "time" difference? And can Richard remain in a time that is not his?

Somewhere in Time movie trailer:

Red Dawn remake to begin filming this September in Pontiac

Andrew Norton

I just watched Red Dawn over the weekend and I couldn't believe that it has been 25 years since it's theatrical release. Even with the Cold War now a part of history, the film still resonates with me. I remember watching it and thinking how, at the time, having America invaded by foreign forces was a real possibility and how that made the film even more realistic. Evidently the theme of Red Dawn is (with some script tweaking) even current today. Or at least current enough to warrant a remake. Do they even make original movies anymore or is it all remakes ;) ?

List of movies filmed in Michigan since 'This Time for Keeps' in 1946.

The film industry continues to thrive in Michigan and the remake of Red Dawn is scheduled to begin filming September 17th in downtown Pontiac. Pontiac is supposed to stand in for Spokane, Washington for Hollywood's purpose. Wolverine Productions will be filming the remake at locations in Pontiac and Mount Clemens. Anyone else familiar with the original film find it slightly ironic that the name of the company filming the movie is Wolverine Productions? In the original Red Dawn, the teenage rebels took on the name of their school mascot - Wolverines.

Preview of Original Red Dawn: