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Tasha Smith and Gary Sturgis in "Daddy's Little Girls." Smith also starred in "Why Did I Get Married?"

Q. Did Tasha Smith of the recent Tyler Perry movies "Daddy's Little Girls" and "Why Did I Get Married?" play the role of Ice Cube's and Morris Chestnut's mom in "Boyz n the Hood"? If not, who did play that part? I say she was the mom, but my daughters seem to differ.

A: Because they are correct. Tyra Ferrell played Brenda Baker in that 1991 film, not Smith.

Q: I remember a soap opera from the 1970s called "The Doctors." It seems like the regulars included some actors who became fairly famous, including Armand Assante, Kathleen Turner and Kathryn Harrold. My friends think I am making this up, as none of them remember the show.

A: "The Doctors," so named as to erase all confusion about its subject, ran on NBC from 1963 until 1982.

James Pritchett played one of the central characters, Dr. Matt Powers, for the entire run of the series. Other main characters included Dr. Maggie Powers (played originally by Ann Williams and later by Bethel Leslie and Lydia Bruce); Dr. Althea Davis (played by Elizabeth Hubbard for most of the show's run) and Dr. Mike Powers, played by all kinds of people, including Assante.

Turner played Nola Aldrich in 1978-79, and Harrold played the same role from 1976 until '78.

Other soon-to-be notables in the cast were Alec Baldwin (Billy Aldrich, 1980-82), Jonathan Frakes (Tom Carroll, 1977-78) and Ian Ziering (Erich Aldrich, 1981-82).

Q: I'm trying to find out the name of the father on "Dennis the Menace."

A: Dennis Mitchell's father is named Henry, and his mom is named Alice. Herbert Anderson played Henry on the sitcom version, which ran on CBS from 1959 until 1963. Robert Stanton played Henry in the 1993 film.

Q: I am trying to get more information about a documentary film I saw many years ago on PBS. It featured many vignettes about the Kalahari Desert, including a hilarious clip about elephants (and maybe some monkeys, too) that got drunk on some fermented fruit that had fallen from a tree. The whole film was great and I'd love to see it again. Is it on DVD?

A: Sounds like the 1974 documentary "Animals Are Beautiful People," directed by Jamie Uys, who also gave us "The Gods Must Be Crazy." It's on DVD.

Q: When I was in my teens in the early 1980s I remember seeing a movie about a guy with what I think was a vintage Willys coupe. He went around the country racing but got into some trouble along the way. I can't find any info on it. Can you tell me the title and if it's on video?

A: That's the 1979 TV movie "Hot Rod," with Gregg Henry, Pernell Roberts, Robert Culp and Robin Mattson. It was on video, but is now out of print.

Q: My question for you is about twin brothers who were bodybuilders in the 1980s. They made a few movies together, including one where they were playing barbarians. Whatever happened to them?

A: Do you mean Peter and David Paul? Their film credits include "D.C. Cab," "The Barbarians," "Think Big" and "Double Trouble." They also appeared on an episode of "Knight Rider."

Peter Paul still does a movie or two, most recently the 2005 film "The White Horse Is Dead." David Paul works as a photographer for bodybuilder magazines.

Q: I watched a black-and-white movie a while ago about a married woman who had an affair with a man who may have also been married. They meet and have part of the affair at a train station restaurant. The story was told from her point of view. Can you tell me the name of this movie?

A: That's the 1945 English film "Brief Encounter," with Trevor Howard and Celia Johnson, based on a play by Noel Coward.

Q: I've seen different parts of the same movie on late-night cable, and I still haven't found the name of the film. It stars Don Johnson and a young and very hot Jennifer Connelly. Once and for all, I'd like to see it in its entirety. Can you tell me the title and if it's on DVD or video?

A: That's the 1990 film "The Hot Spot," which also stars Virginia Madsen and Charles Martin Smith. It's on video and DVD.

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