Anyone remember GRINDL (1963) with Imogene Coca?

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  1. Robert13

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    I wonder if any studio would resurrect this show for a dvd release. I've read many favorable things online from people who fondly remember the show and how funny it was. Does anyone else have an interest in this series? Apparently, it is a ScreenGems property.
     
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    I remember the show vaguely. By vaguely, I mean that I remember Imogene Coca was in it, and that she was a domestic.
     
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    That's what I've been reading. Would love for Sony to start some sorta tv archive program like Warner Archive and release all of these shows that they own. It's a shame they own all of these rare shows and they aren't putting them to any use.
     
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    Yes, though it does date me, I do remember both Grindl and It's About Time, Imogene Coca's two 1960s sitcoms, neither of which had long runs. I really liked Grindl, but then, I am a big fan of Imogene Coca, so of course I liked it, and would love to see the series again.
     
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    I remember her in Its About Time. Would love to see that on dvd.
     
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    I remember Grindl fairly well. Of course, I was only seven, but I remember it being a good vehicle for Imogene Coca. She had a wonderful foil in James Milhollin, the thin, Franklin Pangborn-type guy with the baggy eyelids who was all over TV back in the sixties in roles Pangborn would have played in the forties. He was Reta Shaw's husband in "The Ghost and Mr. Chicken" and had my favorite line in that film. Describing his wife's psychic sensations and "vibrations" he relates that after one ghostly apparition, she "came home and vibrated for a month!"


    I'm sure Grindl was the typically early sixties TV silliness that aimed no higher than a seven-year-old's taste (for the My Mother the Car crowd) but I'd love to catch a glimpse of it again, and seeing as how the entire series would fit in one DVD boxset, I'd pick it up. Imogene Coca's comedy could be inspired and too little of it survives.
     
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    I have about a half dozen episodes of the show and I didn't watch it originally so I don't have any rose-colored memories of the show. Objectively speaking, it has to be one of the 5 worst shows of the decade. Painfully unfunny.
     
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    Okay, I haven't seen the show since it first aired and now you have me *really* curious. Any show that makes IT'S ABOUT TIME look like MASTERPIECE THEATER has *got* to be seen!
     
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    I'd really like to see it too. I've been searching for episodes for a long time to no avail. Can anyone help out a fellow tv-addict? Pleeeeease. Even just the first 2 episodes would be great.
     
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    One of my all-time favorite movies!!! My favorite is when she goes over to the iron gate of the mansion and shrieks "OH THE DIVINE EMANATION! HAIL COSMIC CHIEF!" LOL!!!
     
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    I loved GRINDL when I was seven years old too (as well as ITS ABOUT TIME and DOUBLE LIFE OF HENRY PHYFE come to think of it) but my only memory of the series is Grindl making a bet with Milhollin where they flipped a coin and rather landing on Heads or Tails it landed on its edge and I remember thinking that was the funniest thing I had ever seen! While it wouldnt surprise me if it were one of the five worst shows of the decade, Id still like to see that again!
     
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    Wow - I loved Imogene Coca and that's why I loved GRINDL --I'd like to see it too! Some others from that era that I'd love to watch again are THE HATHAWAYS (Peggy Cass and Jack Weston!!), GUESTWARD HO, BRINGING UP BUDDY, and HEY, JEANNIE! --Ahh, childhood memories....
     
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    Same here ... and ANGEL and FAIR EXCHANGE. I thought those were so good ... I'd love to know if I'd find them not so good today.
     
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    Well, thanks to a fellow poster, I was able to see some episodes of GRINDL and I must say it is definitely a hidden gem. Imogene Coca is wonderful in the series. The episodes were funny and original. It really was unlike any other series. She wasn't really a Hazel-like character, nor was she Lucy Ricardo. Imogene Coca truly made her original and gave the series its own style. I'm a bit surprised it didn't last longer. I think many classic tv fans of tv from that era would enjoy this show. It would be nice to see Sony or whoever currently owns it dig it up and put it out there for us fans. I have to say I am now a fan of this series. Great, harmless fun for the whole family.
     
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    I love Imogene & watched It's About Time regularly when it was on (I was 11), but Grindl was way beyond the pale, one of the worst shows in TV history, and I knew it THEN. Absolutely unwatchable on every level. Not even good as camp. Made My Mother The Car seem like Citizen Kane.
     
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    That's so funny how different perspectives can be from person to person. I thought the show was hilarious. Her character was so loveable.
     
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    How?
     

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