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Dear Ken: I saw a film years ago and can’t remember whether I saw it at the theater or on television. The plot was about a batch of kids whose mom and dad had died, and the children didn’t want to go to an orphanage, so they secretly buried their parents and kidnapped a couple to be their new parents. I don’t remember who the stars were but I think it featured a young Robby Benson. Can you help me find the title?

Dear movie title searcher: That was a 1974 made-for-TV movie titled “All the Kind Strangers.” The adults were Stacey Keach and Samantha Eggar, it did feature a teenage Benson. It was filmed a few miles north of Lebanon, Tenn., in the Bellwood community.Coincidentally, Benson returned to Wilson County, Tenn., to direct “Billy: The Early Years, “the recently released film about the young life of Billy Graham, which was filmed in Watertown.

Dear Ken: What cast members of “The Andy Griffith Show“ are still living?

Dear Mayberry fan: Surviving cast members include Andy Griffith (Andy Taylor), Ron Howard (Opie), George Lindsey (Goober), Jim Nabors (Gomer), Betty Lynn (Thelma Lou), Elinor Donahue (Ellie Walker), Jack Burns (Warren), Maggie Ann Peterson (Charlene Darling) and the Darling boys (Doug Dillard, Rodney Dillard, Dean Webb and Mitch Jayne who comprised the bluegrass band known as The Dillards).

Dear Ken: How many “Godzilla” films have there been made over the years?

Dear big monster fan: A bunch. I lost count after 30, and I am sure there will be more Godzilla films coming. The 1954 original was titled “Gojira” in Japan. That name is a combination of the Japanese words for gorilla (gorira) and whale (kujira).

Dear Ken: Please tell me that the Mark-Paul Gosselaar who plays public defender Jerry Kellerman on the TNT drama series “Raising the Bar” is the same actor who played Zack on “Saved by the Bell” in the early 1990s.Dear Zack fan: It is.And Jane Kaczmarek, who plays Judge Trudy Kessler, on the courtroom drama, was the mom on “Malcolm in the Middle.”    

If you have a trivia question about actors, singers, movies, TV shows or pop culture, e-mail your query to Ken Beck via where you can also find classic films and TV shows on DVD or visit Sherlock’s Book Emporium in Lebanon, Tennessee.

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Journalist Ken Beck, a longtime resident of Wilson  County, has recently become a contributing writer for Main Street Media and its local newspaper, "The Wilson Post."

Earlier this year Beck concluded a 31-year career with "The Tennessean" where he edited the Nashville paper’s “Sunday Showcase” entertainment magazine for 25 years. Besides interviewing stars of film and television, Beck wrote Tennessee travel and feature stories and a popular Q&A entertainment column.

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