Q. I read that the actor who plays Clark Kent on "Smallville" is married and has three children. Is this true?
A. It's "tr," which is another way of saying it's partly true. Tom Welling, who plays Clark on that CW series, has been married for five years, but he and his wife have no children.
Q. I keep seeing reruns of "Family Feud" with Ray Combs. Whatever happened to him?
A. Combs, who hosted "Family Feud" from 1988 until 1994, committed suicide in 1996. He was 40.
Q. I caught a rerun of "Who's the Boss?" the other day and wondered what has become of Judith Light.
A. Well, she and Tony got married and lived happily ever after in Connecticut. Tony's daughter, Alyssa Milano, went on to star in "Charmed" and to make soft porn movies. Oh you mean in real life? Light appears occasionally as Judge Elizabeth Donnelly on "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit." She also plays Claire Meade on ABC's "Ugly Betty."
Q. I was recently told that Kathie Lee Gifford and Regis Philbin's wife, Joy, are sisters. When I had previously heard that, I thought it was a running joke, but this person said they were "100 percent sure." Are they related or was it just a joke?
A. You know, folks, misinformation like this is too serious to kid about. So please believe me when, in all sincerity, I tell you that Kathie Lee Gifford and Joy Philbin are not related in any way. Please tell others. Start spreading the news. Drop it into the middle of conversations about unrelated topics. Tattoo it on your ankle. Together we can help make stupid celebrity relations rumors a thing of the past. Thank you.
Q. Before my family got a TV (1954), I seem to remember being at a neighbor's house and watching a soap opera-like show, but the setting was the Old West. Did such a show exist or am I having nightmares?
A. That was no nightmare, that was "Action in the Afternoon," a Western soap that ran on CBS in 1953 and was absurd on a number of levels. For one, it was produced in the rough-and-tumble Wild West town of Philadelphia. For another, outdoor location shots (it was supposed to be Montana) were often marred by the sound of airplanes flying overhead. For another, the Wild West soundtrack was actually the musical stylings of the Tommy Ferguson Trio. Anyway, the cast included Barry Cassell, Mary Elaine Watts and John Zacherle, who, as Zacherle the Cool Ghoul, went on to host late-night horror movies during the 1960s and '70s.
Q. In the early 1980s there was a Christmas movie about a woman who leaves her husband and goes home for Christmas, where she relives her past. I can't find this movie. Is it out on DVD?
A. That's the 1983 TV movie "The Gift of Love: A Christmas Story," with Lee Remick, Angela Lansbury, Polly Holiday and Mart Hulswit. It isn't yet available on DVD.
Q. Can you identify the lovely song in the episode of "Criminal Minds" that aired Nov. 28?
A. The song was the instrumental classic "Harlem Nocturne." There are a bunch of versions out there.
Q. Why did they change the actress who plays Babe on "All My Children"?
A.Alexa Havins, who played Babe, left the soap to join her husband, Justin Bruening, in Hollywood. (Bruening had played Jamie Martin on the show.) Havins was replaced by Amanda Baker, and the producers decided to do it in a unique way Havins, as Babe, moved in to embrace a character, and when she came away from the embrace Babe had turned into Baker!
Q. Both my wife and I remember seeing an animated Christmas movie that featured all sorts of animals made with "raisins." It was quite a long time ago (about 20 to 25 years ago). We both thought the movie was going to be a classic, but it obviously hasn't been. Do you know the name of this movie and if it's available anywhere?
A.So wait, a Christmas special starring shriveled grapes didn't become a classic? Hard to believe! If you're over 25, you know that we're talking about not just any shriveled grapes, but The California Raisins, those Motown-warbling gobs of dried fruit who were the subject of a blue jillion TV commercials in the late 1980s. This is because it was thought that the best way to sell raisins was to turn them into agricultural versions of The Temptations. (Hey, it was a tough time to be old school rhythm and blues - Ray Charles was making his money singing in commercials for Diet Pepsi and Maxwell House coffee.) Anyway, the commercials featured not real raisins but clay versions of raisins, filmed in a process called "claymation." Sure enough, in 1987 we were visited upon by "A Claymation Christmas Special," featuring singing raisins as well as dancing dinosaurs and other animated objects made of naturally occurring material, composed primarily of fine-grained minerals. Oh - and it's on video and DVD.
Q.I saw a movie several years ago that I think was set during World War II. It was about four or five women whose husbands were overseas in the military. They all worked in a factory together, I think, so they decided to rent an old house together. Anyway, one of them has a baby, and his daddy doesn't come home at the end of the movie. Can you please tell me the title and if it is on DVD or video?
A.That's the 1943 film "Tender Comrade," in which the women were played by Ginger Rogers, Patricia Collinge, Ruth Hussey and Kim Hunter. In flashbacks, Robert Ryan plays Rogers' husband. The movie is on video, but not DVD.
Q. Can you find out for me who composed the soundtrack for the MasterCard "Elephant" TV commercial?
A. The music for that spot, where animals care for a sick zookeeper, was composed especially for the commercial by Musikvergnuegen.
Q. I always thought that the best production of "Great Expectations" was with Elizabeth Taylor and Peter Lawford. I have told my daughter it was the best production but cannot find it under Taylor's movies. If I'm right, is it on DVD?
A. Would you settle for Jean Simmons and John Mills? There is no version of "Great Expectations" with Taylor or Lawford. I think you are remembering the 1946 version, with Simmons, Mills, Alec Guinness and Anthony Wager. And it's on DVD.
Q. I am looking for the name of the scariest horror film I have ever seen. It came out around 1982 and was about the initiation of a girl who had to spend the night in a mausoleum. The crypts opened and bodies came out and walked around. Is it on video?
A. Sounds like the 1983 film "One Dark Night," with Meg Tilly and Adam West. It's also known by the titles "Mausoleum," "Entity Force," "A Night in the Crypt" and "The Sound of Music." No wait - that last one got in there by mistake.
It's on video.
Q. I saw a movie in the 1940s or '50s that has always stayed with me. It was about a soldier who went to a tobacco shop where a sign fell and hit him in the head. He developed amnesia. His wife searched for him for a long time and couldn't find him. He had a key to the house he and his wife bought before they were married. Much later his memory began to return and he went back to his home. Can you tell me the title of this movie? I am now 79 years old and this is one thing I can't forget! Ha!
A.Hey, nice to hear the synapses are still firing. The movie is 1943's "Random Harvest," with Ronald Colman, Greer Garson and Susan Peters. It's on video and DVD.
Q. Can you please tell me who sings the version of "Ordinary Miracle" for the CVS pharmacy commercials? Her voice is so distinctive!
A.That version is sung by Kathy Fisher, but it's not yet available for purchase. The original, from the film "Charlotte's Web," is sung by Sarah McLachlan.
Q.I remember seeing a movie that had Steve Martin as a widower who made furniture in return for a payment of gold coins. Every evening he would drink three or more shots of whiskey and count his gold coins. Then a little girl happens on his doorstep and proceeds to change his life. What is the name of the movie?
A.That's the 1994 film "A Simple Twist of Fate," which also stars Laura Linney, Gabriel Byrne and Alana Austin. It's on video and DVD.