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77 Sunset Strip / Hawaiian Eye, etc.

Discussion in 'TV on DVD and Blu-ray' started by Frank Soyke, Mar 7, 2011.

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    TIDBIT

    Fay Spain was knocking around literally as jail bait since age 14, working as a casino dealer and a tie shop clerk while living in an $8 dollar-a-week dump in NYC. She marries at age 16, and soon gives birth to a son. Working as an apprentice in a stock company, she eventually finds her way to Hollywood.

    Fay gets her big break as Darlin' Jill in God's Little Acre--her obvious sexual attraction, however, is completely buried under star Tina Louise's smoldering performance.

    She once explained she threw away years of her life as a wastrel, spending all of her time on the beach drinking beer. Married three times, her last role was in Godfather II. She dies at the young age of 50 from cancer.

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    Could not resist posting this color photo of Fay. :emoji_heartbeat:

    FaySpain.
     
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    Episode Revisited
    "Honey From the Bee" (S1E27)

    With a touch more of a juvenile script, this could well have been a Hardy Boys book entitled "The Secret of the Golden Bees". Far be it from me to disparage any episode that takes place almost entirely in a restaurant, but this one is a rather confusing hash regarding Russian needlework and expatriates in the good ol' USA.
    The episode was baffling to me the first few times I saw it, so I thought maybe with my older, less discriminating nature now--I might change my mind this time around. I did not.

    Stu and Kookie are entertaining a couple of lovelies (one being Connie Stevens as a bubble-headed blonde) at Danilov's Russian Restaurant. It's Kookie's birthday and Stu is graciously footing the bill. The restaurant's owner, Yegor Danilov (the ubiquitous Jay Novella), is most eager to please Stu as one of his frequent customers. There's probably 5 minutes of story spent on reviewing the menu choices.
    Stu takes over ordering for the group and starts with vichyssoise, to which Kookie responds to as "Nervous" upon learning it's just cold potato soup. The waiter recommends Coquille St. Jacques followed by Guinea Hens in pureed chestnuts and cress. Stu opts instead for red meat--steaks--much to the relief of his younger guests, who have rarely eaten anything more exotic than bratwurst. Kookie adds "Heavy on the straws" (french fries) to the confused waiter.
    When Kookie thanks Stu for his generosity, he responds with "You're entitled to a small blow on your birthday, Kookie". I'm giving Stu the benefit of the doubt that he wasn't referring to Connie Stevens.

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    Kookie's birthday party; Yegor and the Countess negotiating needlework; strangely dark-haired Ruta Lee

    Meanwhile, Yegor is visited by highly anxious Countess Dumbroska (Celia Lovsky) who pleads to sell him her family heirloom tapestry to help support her and her niece in America. The thing looks like a rug from King Arthur's bathroom, with a large stitched "D" surrounded by tiny woven bees. Courteous but publicity-hungry Yegor agrees to take it for $1000 to hang in his office. He then sets up a big party to show it off--as if folks from all corners of the city would be remotely interested in spending a Saturday night paying homage to some ratty needlework.

    Well, there's a nasty little secret attached in the tapestry--which encourages an influx of ugly Eastern European types to threaten the expatriates with bodily harm to their loved ones back home. Countess Dumbroska is killed by one of the thugs and ascends to that big borscht bowl in the sky, which brings her niece Natalie (Ruta Lee with uncharacteristically dark hair) to the forefront. Stu has suspicions as to why the Countess sold the tapestry to the restaurant. Pastry chef Rudin (Alex Gerry) is coerced by the bad guys to dig around in the tapestry--upon which he finds diamonds sewn into the bees. Imagine that.

    The whole mystery comes to a head at the party, whereas the diamonds are found stuffed into Rudin's petit fours. Now that's pastry with a bite.

    Notes:
    I don't recall any other episode that contains as many Kookie-isms as this one.

    Ruta Lee plays a singer in the Cafe Amur--which touts "Old World Cuisine". She steps on stage and begins warbling...
    "The night discovers
    Two Russian lovers,
    Their guitars are tinkling
    To the moon above..."

    I nearly fell out of my chair laughing. Besides the silly lyrics, her accompanist is a guitar player whose fingers on the frets never come remotely close to matching the music.

    In one restaurant kitchen scene, Kookie reaches to steal from a whole array of pastries but his hand is slapped away by Stu. "Not between meals", he admonishes. I could almost imagine Kookie returning with "Hey, Dad--take this pastry and shove it up your..." Now that would've been funny.
     
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    Russ, I'm really enjoying this series of posts. And I entirely agree with your dislike of it. This is one of the few Stu episodes I genuinely dislike, despite the generally good cast. Usually, just the presence of Jay Novello ensures a re-watch now and then, but I don't think I've watched this more than once.

    Nevertheless, I have always suspected that at least some of the show's appeal has been lost to history. That is, we have lost some cultural references that contemporary audiences would have found of interest.

    Specifically, I am referring to Danilov's Russian Restaurant, and its proprietor. I think there is an undeniable reference here to Beverly Hills restauranteur Michael Romanoff and his nationally-famous restaurant, Romanoff's, on Rodeo Drive.

    Romanoff represented himself as a descendant of the deposed Russian royal family. Everyone knew this was untrue, but this was generally ascribed to a benign insanity. In fact, he was certifiably not insane; he was simply a semi-reformed con man and actor, Lithuania-born Hershel Geguzin.

    Romanoff's was in business from 1941 to 1962, and was very popular with the Hollywood set. It quickly became a common reference in popular culture. For example, it is referred to, anonymously, in the film Miracle on 34th Street, and it was frequently mentioned in Jack Benny's radio program (IIRC).

    I have always supposed that this reference to Romanoff's, however pseudonymous, was part of the effort to establish a sense of place for the show, as with Dino's and Chez Paulette. Presumably, that would have increased the episode's interest to viewers back in the day.
     
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    I don't know about the apartment itself--I haven't watched the episode in a while--but yeah, the street-level exterior is the San Dede Federal Prison building.

    Yeah, it's the "heavy" role he typically played prior to his brilliant run as Adam Cartwright. The funny thing is that, as far as I can tell, he was already doing Bonanza when he did this episode; the shows both started in 1958.

    On a tangential note, Dan Blocker was actually quite an educated man, and he served as a substitute teacher at my high school, Crescenta Valley HS in La Crescenta, for several years during the run of Bonanza. This was well before my time in attendance there.

    EDIT: Oops, Bonanza did not start its run until 1959. So never mind re Pernell Roberts above.
     
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    Thanks Rob. More to come.

    For sure, both cultural and local (geographic) references have disappeared in the wisps of time. Which is why you and I have to build that time machine, go back to 1959 and plant ourselves on the Strip, furiously taking notes, pictures and souvenirs to bring back to this time for the betterment of mankind.
     
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    As long as you brought up the topic of dual shows, Mary Tyler Moore appeared in an episode of “Hawaiian Eye” during the first season of “The Dick Van Dyke Show.”
     
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    Back in May, Don McGregor asked about DVD availability of Richard Diamond, Private Detective.

    Loving The Classics now has the entire run of the series available. At the advice of Bob Gudera, I have deleted the direct link. I have had none of the problems that he cites with the company except for a six-month delay in delivery once, but I take his concerns seriously enough to advise you, Don, if you read this to go on to read Bob's post below before ordering.
     
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    Any idea what they look like? I assume this is not an authorized release.
     
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    Stay away from that poorly run bootleg outfit. They charge you right away and take months, (six in my case), to fill your order. Poor shipping/packing, broken cases, skipping discs. Canned email responses to direct, "Where's my stuff", questions. Look up the complaints about the company online.

    Gary and Rob, you should both delete the link, while the editing window is still open.

    Stick with YouTube.

    Caught an episode of MATCH GAME 1978, The, three choice, audience match bonus question for the winner was: "Lend me your ______". The first place answer was, ear. The second was, comb! I don't remember the third. So anyway, Kookie was still remembered in 1978.

    Also saw a PASSWORD from 1968 or so, with Roger Smith. He said he was just back from the Far East. He was on tour with his music and still promoting 77 SUNSET STRIP, over there.
     
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    Thanks Bob. Sounds like the same kind of outfit that sold the complete 77 series. Shipment came from China. No way to contact anyone. Most of the episodes were unwatchable. I’ll pass.
     
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    This is not an authorized release, but I believe the show is in the public domain. I don't know about the print quality. The great likelihood is that these episodes were recorded off of cable.
     
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    Done. Thanks, Bob. I thought they must be a legitimate business, because all their wares are right out there on their Web site, and have been for a number of years. I guess I've just been lucky.
     
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    Even better, let's take the Googlemobile back and record the whole layout in 3D!
     
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    Episode Revisited
    Mr. Paradise (S1E33)

    This is an odd little episode that reflects the fascination in the late 50's for the beatnik / hippy-ish emergence in the darker corners of normal society. Of course the WB writers smooth out and over simplify the movement by portraying a commune-like setting among WB's giant papier-mâché rocks and fake fir trees, run by implausibly slick con-cult figure Mr. Paradise (Andrew Duggan).

    Hired by the niece of Cyrus Blanton (John Litel) on whose estate the commune is squatting , Stu Bailey visits Mr. Paradise. Having coffee together, Paradise puts a pinch of saccharine in Stu's cup, adding "We've renounced sugar" as if defining the core of the commune's ethos as being anti-refined. He continues to spew "inner peace" mumbo jumbo in his perfectly modulated tone and manner. It's Utopia at its cardboard finest. Stu doesn't buy it. Paradise doesn't buy Stu. Suspicions boil over. Investigations must proceed.

    Mr. Paradise appears to have about 17 followers that wander around aimlessly in silly robes tending to senseless tasks. Old Cyrus Blanton has bought into this entire folly, thus putting his vast estate in jeopardy of being lost. His relatives are gob-smacked at this possible forfeiture of their own inherited future. Greed comes in many flavors--there's a taste for everyone.

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    Stu's investigation gets under Paradise's skin, thus he sends his stooges to beat the detective into submission--a dull-witted methodology which has consistently proven to intensify investigations as opposed to squelching them. Kookie and Roscoe are subscribed into the commune as undercover acolytes and are about as useful as cement car tires. However, Kookie does discover that the infirmary is loaded with dying old codgers about to surrender their souls and large LA estates into the greedy maw of Mr. Paradise. In the meantime, Paradise and his co-ed cohorts are boozing it up in Uncle Cyrus' mansion. Cyrus, finally seeing the light, puts his foot down via a mouthful of ass-chewing and a 12-gauge shotgun, clearing out the party rather rapidly. Mr. Paradise doesn't much cotton to being in gunsights and has one of his goons shoot back, gleefully bouncing a bullet off Cyrus' bald pate.

    In the end, Stu Bailey exposes the whole scheme and saves millions in Bel Air real estate. His commission affords him a new T-Bird, a yacht, a 40% share in Dino's and one of those new-fangled crockpot cookers.*

    Notes:
    There's an excruciatingly embarrassing scene with Kookie trying to woo one of the pretty kitchen workers in the commune while he's peeling potatoes. She's to meet him later on after she does some sewing for her mother. He's to bring his socks to be darned. Maybe that's a metaphor for something...

    Some rare but interesting scenes of Stu tooling around LA in his T-Bird. We usually don't get exposed to actual locations in that time period outside of the WB back lot. I wish the series had done more of that.

    *I might have adjusted the ending a bit.
     
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    Russ,

    Thanks for keeping the thread hopping!

    I've never re-watched this episode, but now that you mention actual locations, I should watch it again to see if I can identify them. When they do use actual locations, they are usually up in my neck of the woods.
     
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    Mostly Stu is driving on expressways--you may recognize the areas, Rob. What I find interesting is the surrounding hills in these scenes that are essentially devoid of houses that now carpet most of them. I guess hillside real estate had yet to bloom.
    My LA geo-knowledge is generally confined to the 405 that I tooled up and down between Orange County and LA. And, of course, my pilgrimages to Sunset Blvd. I once had the opportunity to drive my boss' Bentley around town, thinking I'd be such a head-turner to passersby until I realized I was only one of about 17 other Bentleys on the road around me. Not to mention Ferarris, Maseratis, Rolls and an occasional Bugatti Veryon.
    I drive a fairly spritzy Audi here in Indy, which in LA would be considered a low-end rental.
     
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    I scanned the episode. The only two locations I definitely identified were the northbound Hollywood Freeway (US 101) through the Cahuenga Pass, and the Police Administration Building (PAB), now known as Parker Center (and soon to be known only in memory and on film).

    Now, we see the PAB in very many episodes, as the location of Gil's office, but here we get a different angle of it, and we see Stu drive into the parking lot. Here, it is used as the location of the lawyer's (Hayden Rorke's) office.

    Here is the conclusion I come to regarding the geographical layout of this episode: Stu travels north through the Cahuenga Pass to Ventura Boulevard, which he takes westbound until he gets to the Sepulveda Pass area, through which the San Diego Freeway (I-405) goes today, and then he goes southward into the hills. That area was not fully developed until the mid-Sixties. "Eden" is there, I suspect.

    And this is interesting, because this is the general geographical location for some of the action in the Philip Marlowe novel The Long Goodbye (that and Toluca Lake, not far to the east). So this may have given this episode a bit of a Noirish vibe for contemporary viewers.

    Bentleys and Bugattis are rare sights hereabouts today, and Rolls not much more common (we did recently park next to Shaq's), but there are still plenty of Ferraris, and an increasing number of Maseratis.

    Not at all, actually. Audis are becoming more popular here among the sort of drivers whom BMW has abandoned, people who like dipsticks and spare tires and manual transmissions. People like my wife and me, although I plan to keep my 2004 330i ZHP forever at this point. A6s are a common sight around town.
     
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    Great geo-media enlightenment, Rob!
     
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    This is my land. These are my people. :3dglasses:
     
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