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Columbo S2 pkg + McCloud coming?


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#21 of 24 Jeff#

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Posted March 12 2005 - 07:05 AM

I seem to recall Quincy was the last Mystery Movie series premiering in 1976, and it eventually it was shortened to 60 minutes after the NBC Mystery Movie ended in 1977. It continued to 1983. Meanwhile, Columbo was an occasional TV movie special during the 1977-78 season).

Yes, I remember the Amy Prentiss character when Jessica Walter first played her in a 2-part episode of Ironside which spun her off into her own series. Jessica will never top her memorable psycho killer girlfriend role from Clint Eastwood's film "Play Misty for Me".

Hec Ramsey ran a couple of years (1972-74) but I haven't been able to find it anywhere. Typing of Richard Boone, the only reason Have Gun, Will Travel reruns have aired on Hallmark Channel for several years (and also on DVD for a year now) is because it was a hit.

#22 of 24 Dan McW

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Posted March 12 2005 - 09:13 AM

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this will mark the first time the 90 minute shows that were part of the Mystery Movie Wheel will be restored to their full length since in syndication they are offered in a butchered 60 minute format).

Columbia House offered the first two episodes, "Go Fight City Hall—To the Death!" and "Who's Who in Neverland," uncut (minus the Mystery Movie opening) in its 10-tape Quincy VHS series. CH also released uncut the single 90-minute episode that aired early in the second season, "...The Thigh Bone's Connected to the Knee Bone...".

I have a complete or near-complete copy of the third episode from season one, "A Star Is Dead." This episode has an outstanding finish that incredibly is cut off in the 60-minute syndicated version (the full version has a rather notable occurrence following the trial scene; the cut version ends with the end of the trial). I've just seen the fourth season-one ep, "Hot Ice, Cold Hearts," in its 60-minute form.

The second season also opened with a two-hour episode, "Snake Eyes," split into two parts for syndication. Seems like either this episode or "Thigh Bone" has a mix of Mystery Movie opening credits (yellow block-letter credits) and hour-long-Quincy end credits (white letters and no Mystery Movie man-with-a-flashlight in the background).

An odd thing about Quincy's "second" season: It actually aired within the same TV season (1976-77) as the first season, but I suppose with the reformatting from the Mystery Movie slot to an hour series, you have to consider it as a new season. Lost in the switch-over was the end-credits theme used in the Mystery Movie eps, which I like about as much as the more popularly known Quincy theme.
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I seem to recall Quincy was the last Mystery Movie series premiering in 1976, and it eventually it was shortened to 60 minutes after the NBC Mystery Movie ended in 1977.

I think the Mystery Movie series continued throughout the summer of 1977, but Quincy was removed from the rotation. Lanigan's Rabbi came along that season, but I think it aired in the other MM wheel mentioned above.
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Hec Ramsey ran a couple of years (1972-74) but I haven't been able to find it anywhere.

I have a couple of fuzzy copies of Hec Ramsey. That's an interesting take on a mystery series: setting it in the "old west" but at a time when modern-day methods of detection such as fingerprinting are just coming into use.

#23 of 24 JackRE

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Posted April 29 2005 - 04:20 AM

Did any Columbo fans splurge on the R2 "complete" box set? Are they any better than the R1 DVDs?

#24 of 24 Randy Gray

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Posted April 29 2005 - 11:30 PM

Well, in the end it's the content that count. Luckily, I didn't notice a "some music may be changed" tag on the box, so here's hoping


I hope no music is changed when they get to the Johnny Cash episode "Swan Song". He does a couple of numbers and towards the end he sings a snippet of "Sunday Morning Coming Down".





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