Claude Akins

Question: My son and I are remembering a sitcom from the 1980s but can't recall the title. It was about a sheriff who had two deputies. One was tall, blond and smart (kind of), and the other was nearly bald, stubby and always getting into trouble. Can you help us with the title? Is it on DVD?

Answer: Oooh, sounds like "Lobo," also known as "The Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo," also known as "Sewage."

Claude Akins played Lobo, a character he introduced to great acclaim on the NBC series "B.J. and the Bear," which ran from 1979-81. Greg Evigan played good-guy trucker B.J. McKay, who was nothing like the character Burt Reynolds played in the "Smokey and the Bandit" movies, no, not at all, and he had a monkey, but there was no resemblance to the guy with the orangutan whom Clint Eastwood played in the "Every Which Way But Loose" movies, no, not at all.

Anyway, Lobo was always chasing B.J. with the help of his deputies, short stubby Perkins (Mills Watson) and lanky Birdie (Brian Kerwin). Lobo was quickly given a series of his own. "The Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo" also ran on NBC from 1979 until 1981.

It is on DVD.

Question: I remember a TV show from the mid-1970s that no one else seems to recall. Aspiring actors would re-create scenes from famous movies. The original scene was shown, and then the actors would perform it live. I think there were teams and each team would do a different scene, then a winner was selected and won (I think) a screen test. --> Could you tell me the name of the show?

Answer: That was "Don Adams' Screen Test," a lint ball under the bed of life that ran in 1975-76.

It was a syndicated series in which Adams and a guest star (Connie Stevens, Don Rickles, etc.) would each act out a classic film scene with someone from the audience. Bloopers were encouraged. The scenes were from films such as "Psycho," "From Here to Eternity" and "Frankenstein." And Adams wore lots of leisure suits.

Question: In the 1940s, I saw a movie about a nightclub performer who could see into the future. Can you tell me the title and if it's on DVD?

Answer: Actually, two movies come to mind that fit your description.

One is the 1948 film "The Night Has a Thousand Eyes," with Edward G. Robinson as the performer. The cast also includes Gail Russell, John Lund and William Demarest.

The other is the 1934 film "The Clairvoyant," with Claude Rains as the performer.

The cast also includes Fay Wray.

Neither film is on DVD.

Question: On the season finale of "Without a Trace," there was a song sung by a man that featured some great guitar music. Can you name that tune?

Answer: That was "All My Days" by Alexi Murdoch.

Question: Before Matt Damon starred in "The Bourne Identity," there was a TV version. Can you tell me who played the role and if it's on DVD?

Answer: The 1988 TV version of "The Bourne Identity" featured Richard Chamberlain as Jason Bourne, and the cast also included Jaclyn Smith and Anthony Quayle.

It's on video and DVD.

Question: A long time ago I saw a movie with Ava Gardner. She was in a submarine coming from Australia after a nuclear explosion and no one else was left. She heard a tapping on the sub and thought people were still alive, but it was someone tapping a telegraph key. Can you tell me the name of the movie and if it's on DVD?

Answer: That's the 1959 film "On the Beach," which also stars Gregory Peck, Fred Astaire and Anthony Perkins. It's on video and DVD.