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Do not disturb occupants.

Do not disturb occupants.

Do not disturb occupants. On Oct. 11, 1965 an episode of Hazel was appropriately named “Do Not Disturb Occupants.”

Yes, I know that might be too much trivia for you, but consider that the phrase “do not disturb occupants” is a sign you see often, most often on the doors of a house for sale.

In the Hazel episode the Baxter family sells their house then regrets it. Hazel, who is like a member of the family, misses the house as much as her beloved “Mr. B” does.

So much for Hazel. When you go deeper into the show business world of yesteryear, you’ll come to find that the actress who played Hazel in the TV series had won an Academy Award for her performance in Come Back, Little Sheba.

That film, a retro, politically incorrect gem of the 1950s, has a female boarder causing additional havoc to a marriage that has already gone sour. Lives meld, co-dependence rules as the boarder and her beaus mesh with the couple.

Booth (Lola) becomes the victim in the film, a woman scarred by her abusive husband after he’s annoyed by the boarder’s infidelity. Drama, indeed.

The film ends with everyone making up and living happily ever after, quite a statement of forgiveness that would never be a go today when abused women (and men) are warned never to go back to the abuser.

So much for some text and image rambling. “Do not disturb occupants” is a phrase that will be around for a long time. It’s amazing to know that the phrase has never been the name of a horror movie.

Are you listening, Hollywood?

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