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Saturday, September 6, 2008

Hell's Record Collection

During the 1970s Kristy McNichol was an honest-to-goodness television star, riding high on her success as the tom-boyish star of a critically acclaimed TV show called Family. Her brother Jimmy, aka James Vincent McNichol, labored in relative obscurity with two failed series of his own, some After School Specials, Movies of the Week, and several guest appearances on shows such as Gunsmoke. He also found the time to pose for the teen magazines in various states of undress. He could rock the overalls-with-no-shirt look like nobody's business.

All well and good until someone got the bright idea that the world needed a replacement for Donny and Marie Osmond, whose TV series was winding down. Et voila! To be honest, I don't think I've ever heard this album, but I have seen clips of Jimmy and Kristy's warbling, and lets just say that this will not be moving to the top of my Amazon wish list.

Sadly, for some reason there was no follow up. Kristy would go on to star in the trash classics Little Darlings (Matt Dillon in tighty-whities!) and The Pirate Movie (someday I will write about that particular train wreck) and the TV series Empty Nest. After being diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder she dropped out of show biz. At the time it was reported that she was training to be a beautician, but the facts are sketchy. Jimmy had a stint on General Hospital in the '80s and starred in the must-be-seen-to-be-believed horror flick Night Warning. (I prefer its alternate title, Butcher, Baker, Nightmare Maker.) Nowadays he works in the construction industry.

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