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**On This Day** On July 16, 1953, the movie With a Song in My Heart premiered. Based on a true story, aspiring actress Jane Froman lands a job in radio with the help of pianist Don Ross, whom she later marries. Jane’s popularity soars, and she leaves on a European tour, but she suffers serious leg injuries when her plane crashes near Lisbon. Unable to walk without crutches, Jane, nevertheless, goes on to entertain the Allied Troops in World War II. Robert Wagner has a brief and touching part as a shell-shocked veteran. The real Jane Froman dubbed all the songs. Susan Hayward starred as Jane Froman and was discussed in Robert Wagner’s book. Also starring in this movie were Thelma Ritter (Titanic and uncredited in Miracle on 34th Street with Natalie Wood) Rory Calhoun (H2H Harts at High Noon) David Wayne (Switch – Dancer) and Helen Westcott (Switch – The Four Horsemen.)
**On This Day** On July 11, 2002, the movie Nancy & Frank, A Manhattan Love Story was released in Germany. In this romantic urban love story, Hungarian-born Nancy is working as an escort-lady to finance her studies in behaviorism at Columbia University. At a party on a yacht, she meets the German businessman, Frank. Robert Wagner plays real estate mogul, Curtis Sherman, the owner of the yacht. Curtis doesn’t like the developing relationship between Nancy and Frank, so he attempts to sabotage them. Nancy, not ready to give up her love, goes on the counter-offensive
**On This Day** On July 7, 1950, Happy Years, a comedy full of the charm and innocence of a lost era, was released. In an uncredited role, Robert Wagner made his film debut. During the turn of the century, a young American boy gets sent to a posh prep school to, hopefully, reform the troublemaker into a responsible young man. In his book Pieces of My Heart, Robert said his father knew the director, William Wellman, who put him in the movie, and he earned, “precisely $37.50 for the part. Also appearing in this movie were Dean Stockwell (H2H Hart’s Desire and Quantum Leap) Leo G. Carroll (The Man From U.N.C.L.E. and The Girl From U.N.C.L.E.) Dwayne Hickman (also uncredited, Dobie Gillis), Scotty Beckett (Our Gang) and Leon Ames (one of the 19 actors who established the Screen Actors Guild.)
**On This Day** On June 29, 1951, The Frogman was released. Based on a true story, after their former leader is killed in action, a strict-disciplinarian takes charge of an elite team of Navy divers who distrust him. While on the submarine, he sends out a group on a dangerous mission and deals with a Japanese torpedo threatening the boat. Robert Wagner played Lieutenant Franklin. The movie also starred Richard Widmark (Broken Lance) and Jeffrey Hunter (A Kiss Before Dying, In Love and War, The True Story of Jesse James, and White Feather.)
**On This Day** On June 19, 1959, the movie Say One For Me was released. When Holly LeMaise’s father falls ill, she takes a job working as a showgirl in a nightclub to pay his medical bills. The featured entertainer at the club, Tony Vincent (played by Robert Wagner) is known as a playboy, and they eventually fall in love. Tony must choose between Holly and singing on a nationally televised program. The film also starred Bing Crosby (featured in Wagner’s book), Debbie Reynolds (discussed at length in his book), and Stella Steven in her movie debut (H2H pilot.)
**On This Day** On June 18, 1976, the film Midway was released. A dramatization of the Battle of Midway in WWII, the film follows the breaking of Japanese encryption codes which reveal a plan to attack. Issues that Japanese-Americans dealt with during this time are explored. An all-star cast included Cliff Robertson (Brainstorm with Natalie Wood), Eddie Albert (Switch and Airport ’79), James Shigeta (ITAT – Fong Sing), Robert Mitchum (The Hunters), Charlton Heston, Henry Fonda, Hal Holbrook, and Glenn Ford. Robert Wagner played Lieutenant Commander Ernest L. Blake.
**On This Day**On June 12, 1956, the film A Kiss Before Dying was released. Based on Ira Levin’s novel of the same name, Bud Corliss (played by Robert Wagner) pursues heiress Dorothy Kingship in order to obtain her family mining fortune. Fearing her father will disinherit her when she becomes pregnant, Bud murders his fiancée and makes it look like a suicide. Unaware of his relationship with Dorothy, Bud later begins dating her grieving sister, Ellen who begins to question his intentions. The movie also starred Jeffrey Hunter (The Frogman, In Love and War, White Feather, and The True Story of Jesse James), Joanne Woodward as Dorothy (Winning), and Virginia Leith as Ellen (White Feather.)
**On This Day** On June 8, 1999, the movie Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me premiered. Dr. Evil is back and has invented a new time machine allowing him to go back to the 1960s to steal Austin Powers’ mojo, inadvertently leaving him “shagless.” Robert Wagner reprises his role as Number 2 with Rob Lowe plays a younger Number 2 when they go back in time, perfectly capturing Robert Wagner’s voice and mannerisms. The movie stars Mike Myers, Rob Lowe, and Michael York (all in Goldmember and International Man of Mystery), Heather Graham (Lost in Space), and Elizabeth Hurley (International Man of Mystery.)
**On This Day** On May 22, 1969, the movie Winning aired. A rising star on the race circuit dreams of winning the Indianapolis 500, but in order to achieve that dream, he risks losing his wife to his rival (played by Robert Wagner.) This movie also starred Paul Newman (Towering Inferno, Harper), Joanne Woodward (A Kiss Before Dying), and Richard Thomas (of The Walton’s fame.)
**On This Day** On May 14, 2004, El padrino: The Latin Godfather was released. A young Mexican-American man masters the world of drug dealing as he questions his role in a culture where corruption rules the streets and government. Faye Dunaway (The Towering Inferno) also starred in this film.
**On This Day** On May 7, 1999, Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story, based on the life and career of martial arts superstar Bruce Lee was released. Robert Wagner played the role of Bill Krieger, a television producer who gave Bruce his first break in The Green Lantern.
**On This Day** On May 6, 1994, the Hart to Hart movie Old Friends Never Die aired. The Harts attend a publisher’s murder mystery party on a private island, but they begin to suspect it’s real when Jennifer overhears a plot for murder. Also starring in this movie were Mike Farrell (attended grammar school with Natalie Wood), James Shigeta (ITAT – Fong Sing episode, Midway), Vicki Lawrence, and Fred Willard.
**On This Day** On May 5, 2006, the television movie Hoot aired. When young Roy moved from Montana to the Florida Gulf Coast, he befriends Beatrice and her brother, and they show him their hideaway where they care for a flock of wild owls. When they discover a restaurant will be built where the owls live, they ask a local policeman to help save the birds. Robert Wagner played the mayor in this movie which also starred Luke Wilson (Around the World in 80 Days.)
**On This Day** On May 2, 1997, Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery was released. The 1960’s secret agent is is brought out of cryofreeze to oppose his greatest enemy in the 1990’s, where his social attitudes are glaringly out of place. Robert Wagner played Number 2, the man in charge of Dr. Evil’s empire while he was frozen. This movie also starred Mimi Rogers (H2H Hartstruck – Robin Wall). As a side note, Mike Myers wrote the character of Number 2 specifically with Robert Wagner in mind.
**On This Day** On May 1, 2007, Hustle 4th season episode As One Flew Out of the Cuckoo’s Nest, One Flew In aired. This British television series featured a sophisticated group of con artists who fleece the marks they encounter. In this episode, they try to convince a greedy American businessman (Robert Wagner) to buy the Hollywood Hills sign. This episode also starred Robert vaughn (Dancing in the Dark, Towering Inferno.)
**On This Day** On April 16, 1989, Around the World in 80 Days aired. Based on the Jules Verne classic, Phileas Fogg (Pierce Brosnan) wages his fortune that he can travel around the globe in 80 days while being pursued as the suspect in a bank robbery by Inspector Fix (Peter Ustinov.) Robert Wagner played Alfred Bennett, who became involved with Phileas Fogg. This was a star-studded extravaganza with many guest stars including Jill St. John (H2H pilot, Banning, How I spent my summer Vacation) Jack Klugman, Lee Remick, Stephen Nichols, and Roddy McDowell (H2H pilot and a lifelong friend.)
**On This Day** Also on this day in 1999, No Vacancy was released. When two drug addicts staying at an old motel mess with the wrong prostitutes, they have to answer to Mr. Tangerine, a pimp played by Robert Wagner. Also staying at the motel are Lillian (Christina Ricci,) a 21-year-old drifter engaged to a philandering loser who gets locked in her room with a strange man and a failed violinist in the room next to them who won’t stop playing his instrument. This film also starred Lolita Davidovich (Play It to the Bone.)
**On This Day** On April 11, 1953, the movie Titanic was released. An unhappily married couple struggles to deal with their problems while on board the ill-fated luxury liner. In his book, Pieces of My Heart, Robert Wagner discusses this movie and some of the co-stars. Also starring in this movie were Barbara Stanwyck, Clifton Webb (Stars and Stripes Forever), Brian Ahern (Prince Valiant), and Thelma Ritter (With a Song in my Heart and her first movie appearance in an uncredited role with a young Natalie Wood in Miracle on 34th Street.)
**On This Day** On April 5, 1954, Prince Valiant premiered. Young Prince Valiant (Robert Wagner) vows to become a member of the Knights of the Round Table in order to return his father to the throne and restore the Christian faith to their homeland. During his knight training, he falls for a princess and unmasks the Black Knight. The movie also starred Janet Leigh (Harper) and Debra Paget (White Feather, Stars and Stripes Forever, and Broken Arrow.)
**On This Day** On March 30, 2007, the independent film Netherbeast Incorporated was released. Robert Wagner played the role of President James A. Garfield in this movie about a new type of flesh-eating vampires who work for a telephone company in Arizona and refer to themselves as Netherfolk. The movie also starred Darrell Hammond (Saturday Night Live), Judd Nelson, and Steve Burns (the original host of the long-running preschool series, Blues Clues.)
**On This Day**On March 28, 1999, the television movie Fatal Error aired. Robert Wagner played a villian who was helping spread a deadly virus in Seattle. Antonio Sabato, Jr. starred as Jack Doulan, who rushed against time to stop the lethal pathogen.
On March 25, 1994, the Hart to Hart movie Crimes of the Hart debuted. Jennifer writes a play that a Broadway producer wants to produce, but he is secretly obsessed with Jennifer and tries to frame Jonathan for murder. The movie guest stars Alan Rachins (LA Law) as David Kramer and Richard Belzer (Law and Order) as Frank Giordano, the hilarious police detective.
**On This Day** On March 24,1996, the Hart to Hart movie Harts in High Season aired. When Jonathan and Jennifer Hart travel to Australia to purchase a game ranch from Jennifer’s ex-boyfriend Elliott Manning, he is supposedly murdered. Jonathan is implicated in his death, forcing him to clear his name. James Brolin starred as Elliott Manning.
**On This Day** On this day March 22, 1957, The True Story of Jesse James premiered. Having fought with the Confederacy during the Civil War, Jesse James (Robert Wagner) and his brother Frank dream of a farm life in Missouri. They assemble a gang of outlaws, robbing trains and becoming folk heroes in the process. Also starring Jeffrey Hunter (White Feather, A Kiss Before Dying, and In Love and War), Hope Lange (I am the Cheese), and John Carradine (Around the World in 80 Days).
**On This Day** On March 20, 1964, The Pink Panther premiered. Directed by Blake Edwards, the movie follows a bumbling Inspector Clouseau as he travels to Rome to catch the Phantom, a notorious jewel thief before he conducts his most daring heist yet: a princess’s priceless diamond with a slight imperfection, a flaw in the center which resembles a pink panther. Robert Wagner starred in the hilarious role of George Lytton. Also starred Peter Sellers , David Niven, and Capucine (H2H Hart of Diamonds)
**On This Day** Also on this date in 1998, the movie Wild Things was released. A police detective uncovers a conspiracy behind a case involving a high school guidance counselor when accusations of rape are made against him by two female students. Robert Wagner played the role of Tom Baxter in this film which also starred Kevin Bacon, Denise Richards, Bill Murray, and Matt Dillon.
**On This Day** On March 11, 2001, the film Sol Goode debuted. Robert Wagner played the father of Sol, a charismatic twenty-something-year-old who relied on his charm, good looks, and fast talk to glide through life until his luck runs out. Faced with eviction from his house, the loss of his car, and the threat of having to find a real job, Sol realizes that the life he’s been leading no longer makes him happy.Through self-examination, he finds that being a womanizing hustler is unfulfilling and true happiness lies with his best friend, Chloe, who, unfortunately, knows him all too well. The result is a wickedly funny heartfelt story as Sol seeks to win her over. Also appearing in this movie were Natasha Gregson Wagner (Robert Wagner’s daughter, H2H Secrets of the Hart, Jason Bateman as Sol (H2H Secrets of the Hart) and Christina Pickles (St. Elsewhere) as Sol’s mother. Carmen Electra made a cameo appearance.
**On This Day** On March 6, 1995, the Hart to Hart movie Secrets of the Hart aired. While helping with a charity auction for the orphanage where Jonathan grew up, the Harts discover a heart-shaped locket that leads them to Maureen, a woman who says she’s Jonathan’s long-lost sister. Marion Ross (Pearl) guest starred as Maureen. Also making an appearance in the movie was Robert Wagner’s daughter, Natasha as Tibby and Jason Bateman (Sol Goode) as Stuart Morris. Donald Trump made a cameo appearance. This movie marked the final appearance by Lionel Stander as Max.