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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.

  1. Rustifer

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    I got mad at the Remington Steele series, mainly because it kept Pierce Brosnan from becoming James Bond at a time when he was obviously the best choice for assuming the role.
     
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    Blame NBC for that, actually. They initially cancelled the show after the fourth season, despite decent ratings, because they added Hunter to their schedule and thus had no room for Remington Steele. It was at this point that Brosnan received the offer to assume the Bond role; Stephanie Z got film offers as well.

    Then, NBC reversed its decision, and Cubby Broccoli rescinded his offer to Brosnan, not wanting to have the Bond film franchise associated with a current TV actor.

    And then, the stinkers at NBC cancelled the show after six more episodes.

    A funny little anecdote about all this: my friend and I were complete Bond nerds at the time, and we both conjectured who the next Bond would be. I forget his candidate, but I emphatically stated it would be Brosnan.

    My friend reacted with disgust, saying that Brosnan was too young and thin for the part. While he did have a good point, and I agreed with him, still I stuck to my guns, because he was the obvious choice.

    When it turned out that I was correct, it took my friend years to forgive me for it, until Brosnan did assume the role and did well in it.
     
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    Great info, Rob. In my mind, Brosnan was second only to Sean Connery in the role.

    As an aside--and wayyy off the beaten path of this thread--I saw my first James Bond movie (Dr. No) in 1965. I was 16, a newly licensed driver, and on a date. The movie was at a drive-in theater.
    Me--in a car--with a date--at a drive-in.
    I had life on a towrope with a downhill pull.
     
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    It also cost Stephanie Zimbalist the part in Robocop that went to Nancy Allen.
     
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    Russ, I'd have to agree, at least within the context of the movies, which were terribly unfaithful to the books except for in one instance. Connery's were the best, not just because of him, but because of the production, scripts, and casts.

    An argument can be made that Brosnan was actually a better Bond, but the films surrounding him weren't quite as good. And I have a soft spot in my heart for Brosnan because he's a fan of the Los Angeles Angels.

    The quality of the Roger Moore films varied widely, and let's face it: he was playing the Saint more than he was really playing Bond. But that worked well for me in some of his Bond films, because I love Moore as the Saint.

    The one Bond film that is faithful to its book is On Her Majesty's Secret Service, which is my favorite Bond book. Ironically, it had the worst Bond. But it also had Diana Rigg, which more than makes up for George Lazenby in my book.

    That sounds dangerous!
     
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    Thanks for that fascinating background information, Nick! That's really a shame for Stephanie Z. She would have been great in that!
     
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    Episode Revisit
    "The Texas Doll" (S2E11)

    Rich widow Ann Benson (Carol Ohmart) and her step daughter Christine (Sherry Jackson) are living life on Easy Street. Ann is being courted by handsome Rick Allen (Rhodes Reason), not knowing he's a card-carrying member of a nasty syndicate that's hoping he can wed into the Benson fortune. With that plot synopsis, we now have plenty of opportunity to swerve in and out of entanglements that defy simplicity. Read on.

    Jeff Spencer is hired by the executive assistant of the Benson Estate Jim Ferris (Douglas Dick) to keep an eye on Ann and Christine--especially their relationship with Rick Allen. Meanwhile, at the posh Beverly Kona Hotel, Christine and Ann are happily bitching at one another while looking stupendously gorgeous. There seems to be no love lost between the two.--their manicured claws are out and scratching.
    Spencer has arranged a date with Christine and shows up dressed in a vest and sport coat reminiscent of a desk clerk at a Best Western Motel. It's a double date at Dino's with him and Christine, Rick and Ann--both ladies wearing gowns that prove God didn't short either on cavernous cleavage. While parking the car, Kookie and Christine's eyes meet--as if both are burgling each other's body. Ahhh, sexual tension is acridly sparking in the parking lot air.

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    Rick and Ann on their way to dinner; Rick checking up on his credit card balance; Christine proves that hangovers defy beauty treatments

    Ann, being a crafty gal, sees right through Rick's larcenous intentions and drops him like a wet sack of kitty litter. Having all the finesse of a cement truck with faulty brakes, Rick blames Spencer and send his goons to threaten him--the old "Lay-off-or-bad-things-will-happen-to-you" mantra that never, ever works.

    With Ann out of the picture, Christine develops simmering hots for Rick. He's 40, she's 17. Should work out well, yes? But access to the Benson dough, whether through Ann or Christine, is of little concern to the caddish Rick. They begin to "date". Kookie and Roscoe trail the two to Chez Paulette's. When seated, Kookie orders a glass of milk from the way hip waitress. "I'll bring it in a square glass', she responds. Alas, Rick and Christine's romance is moving along too slow, causing the syndicate to get antsy for Rick to marry somebody in the Benson family.
    Will Christine end up with Rick? With Kookie? With Jeff? Roscoe?--No, not Roscoe, as his attraction for females is rather amorphous outside of mares.
    All I'll say is at one point Christine gets sloppy horny drunk and nobody takes advantage of it. Tragic. Rick suddenly ends up dead, so that eliminates one of the suitors. But who done it?

    Notes:
    When Spencer finds Rick dead in the apartment, he turns to Kookie and rather needlessly points out "He's dead."
    Kookie responds with "Well, you're quite the detective." I giggled like a schoolgirl at that.

    There's some really good interior scenes of the studio's replication of Dino's--with serious attention paid to details. Also, lots of extra actors sitting around tables and the bar. At some point I'll take the time to check out how many have repeat appearances in other Dino's scenes.

    We get an inside look at Kookie's apartment. It's understandably equipped with a highly sophisticated hi-fi set up, conveniently playing Mary Kaye Trio's "Just One of Those Things"--a subtle bridge to their appearance earlier in "Six Superior Skirts". Also tacked to his wall, and less subtle, are studio shots of himself as well as the Maverick Brothers.
     
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    Ha! I was reaching more for nostalgic wistfulness in a poetic manner...
     
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    Apologies to those here with a different opinion. I know a lot of people like PIerce Brosnan, but there was something about him that always turned me off. Then one night on Jay Leno he came out and lit up a cigar and started smoking it and acting like a complete jerk, which somehow I always had a feeling he was.

    I also always had a similar feeling toward Bill Cosby. That feeling was also confirmed one night in 1981 or 82 when he was a guest host on the Tonight Show. His first guest was 11 year old Aileen Quinn when she was starring in the Annie film. I was appalled at the way he treated this young girl and the very inappropriate questions he asked her. He even said something that was bleeped out. Before she even came out he made a pitcher of margaritas or something and was drinking. She seemed very uncomfortable to me and I've thought Bill Cosby was a creep ever after.

    Now everyone does.

    And you can see that for yourself...here:
    (The segment is on Vimeo, which it isn't letting me post here, but if you search:
    "Aileen on the Tonight Show w/ Bill Cosby," you should be able to find it.)
     
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    So was I!
     
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    I've tried my limited Photoshop-fu on the photo of Dino's and the Mary Webb Davis building that Martin posted back in Message #2900. Here's what I ended up with:

    Dino's 1962 10-20-C.
     
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    Another attempt... That's the best I could come up with.
    Just dropping by, been pretty busy lately with my own vintage photos for a photo book project.
     
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    Hi, Lutz!!
     
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    Episode Revisit
    "Vacation With Pay" (S2E12)

    In Season Two, the series began to really rev up its "international" intrigues--which, in reality, were just WB backlot scenes populated with foreign signage, actors with bad accents and a couple of old Renaults or Citroens chugging around. As a kid watching the show, I didn't yet posses the wattage to understand the complications and costs of on-location filming and transporting production crews overseas. So I bought into the premise that these episodes really were in France, or Italy, or Germany for that matter. It was a bit more fun to be so naive.

    Business tycoon Gerald Anderson (Herbert Rudley) hires Stu Bailey and Kookie to escort his two daughters Lily (Kipp Hamilton) and Bobbie (Judy Nugent) on a European tour. Bailey puffs contemplatively on his pipe as if weighing the value of such a folly. But Anderson has legitimate fears of his girls being kidnapped while prancing through the EU. Rightly so, as Liz is 23 and has an air of sophistication, where Bobbie, at 18, displays the propensity of a trailer park teenager trolling for boys.

    The whole crew lands in Paris and is greeted by their playboy Uncle Ralph (John Sutton), who is long on exotic tastes and short on funds. Meanwhile, a couple of goons (Don Kelly, Albert Carrier) have plans to turn the two sisters into ready cash for themselves. In addition, Bobbie becomes attracted to slick boy-toy Pierre (Donald Buka)--who's not exactly an upstanding member of French society (read: petty swindler). So there's no shortage of sinister plots to upset the idyllic vacation of these travelling Huckleberries.

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    Kipp Hamilton, Judy Nugent, Herbert Rudley, Donald Buka

    Stu and Kookie, but mostly Stu, have their hands full trying to shield Moose and Squirrel from the baddies. There's crosses and double crosses, an illicit marriage and an attempted murder. Nobody is who they seem to be. But wise soul Stu is not fooled, and the whole affair comes to a head at the Longchamps Racetrack (furnished with a French Roscoe doppelganger race tout). All ends well with Kookie feeling up Bobbie in a dark corner of a cafe. Baby, you're the skizziest...

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    Kookie shows off some Astaire-like dance moves in a ritzy nightclub. He also sports a newly-created blonde streak in the frontal peak of his doo--very Surf City.

    Pierre and one of the goons are sitting in an outdoor cafe clumsily identified as Le Coq D'or (literal translation: The Golden Rooster), enjoying a bottle of France's finest Welch's grape juice.

    On two occasions, Stu uses karate chops to incapacitate his adversaries. I'm guessing karate chops are much easier to stage than face punches.

    Donald Buka, voicing a thick French accent and mien, was born in Cleveland, Ohio and mostly known as a supporting actor in radio.

    Kipp Hamilton (1931-1984) was the sister-in-law of Carol Burnett.
     
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    "Ten Cents a Death" (S2E18)

    Roscoe has a date, and she wants to dance. Roscoe, being the innocent sort he is, thinks dance actually means dancing. Well, it probably does in this case, as Mary (Bea Benaderet) is the hostess of a dance hall. Did those places still exist post 1935--I mean, in 1961 we're just a few years short of the Beatles showing up, for cri-yi-yi.
    Anyway, it seems as some of the dance hall girls are disappearing and being given permanent dirt naps. It's up to Stu Bailey and Jeff Spencer to check it out. Give these boys free reign among a bevy of loose women and visions of sweaty monkey sex dance in their heads.

    The girls line up like cantaloupes in a grocery store as the eager men walk past, clutching their dance tickets in their chubby little fingers. Among them is Ernie (Robert Colbert), a sailor of less than pristine reputation. Running the club is Nick Hercules (Anthony George), a con man from way back. The dance hall is as cheesy as the patrons and owner. A Kardashian wouldn't be found dead in the place.

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    Bea Benaderet, Roscoe knows how to dress to impress, dance hall girl Linda Lawson; Anthony George

    Poor Roscoe, who for some reason is trolling the back alley, gets beat up--but witnesses one of the girls (Linda Lawson) being drugged and attempt being kidnapped. Somebody is feeding the girls spiked cocktails and spiriting them away. Enter Mr. A.D. (Jay Novello), humorously dubbed as 'Arrested Development' by the girls for his wimpy ways. It's a rare day to see Jay Novello slinging a purely American accent in lieu of his usual characterized Italian. He's not what he seems.

    To catch the culprit, Stu sets up Suzanne as a dance hall girl. Getting all tarted up and pouring herself into a cellophane dress, Suz has no qualms being set up as bait for a possible kidnap, rape and murder. She's a good sport, isn't she?
    Scuzball Ernie is immediately on the prowl, as if the scent of Suzanne had wafted all the way to his cheap hotel room. Ernie immediately picks Suzanne from the lineup--duh--and in no time flat she's drugged and being forced into a big fancy car owned by...wait for it...Mr. A.D.! Mr. Milquetoast is actually a cold-blooded killer and using Ernie as his wing man. But not on Stu's watch. Suzanne is rescued and Mr. A.D. is sent to that big dance hall in the sky, forced to hear bad renditions of "Ain't She Sweet?" for eternity.

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    Anthony George appeared as one of the detectives in Checkmate, the go-to show for those of us mourning the end of the 77 SS series. It was a poor substitute.
     
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    Not to take this 77 Sunset Strip thread too far afield, but here's a vote for Timothy Dalton as the best 007. As a huge fan of the Ian Fleming novels, I felt Dalton came closest to the gritty, angry espionage character that Fleming had created. Some of the early Connery films (especially From Russia With Love) were good because they stuck close to the novels, but the farther the series wandered from Fleming, the sillier it got. I love Roger Moore in the Saint, but I think his take on Bond was basically Simon Templar with a larger budget. And Pierce Brosnan's portrayal was just too smarmy for me. I think Daniel Craig has brought some of the grit back to the role.

    And now back to your regularly scheduled program....
     
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    Dear Glenn,

    I think yours is a valid take. Dalton was a fine Bond, and perhaps I like Brosnan more simply because I am biased towards him.

    I'm going to disagree with you here in one small way: I don't think any of the movies were particularly faithful to the books except for On Her Majesty's Secret Service, which was very faithful to the book. Otherwise, I agree, especially about the increasing silliness.

    I agree whole-heartedly. I like many of his Bond entries, but by the time they came along I had no expectation that the movies would be anything like the books.
     
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    Dear Russ,

    Another great look at a fun episode--well, at least I think it's fun. It has a good cast, at least.

    Yeah, that's an interesting point, and one that I've noted. I mean, they did still exist, but they seem like quite an anachronism in 1960, don't they? And I seriously doubt they attracted young men in great numbers at that point.

    It is surprising to see Jay Novello in such a role, but earlier in his career he did play roles like this more frequently.

    Suzanne's a game girl!

    That's an interesting insight! I don't remember Checkmate at all, but I have seen an episode since, and it appears to have been a decent show, but no 77 Sunset Strip.

    It's also interesting to note that it is the only non-WB show ever to be mentioned in 77SS ("The Checkmate Caper").
     
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    Happy Birthday to Connie Stevens! 81 today.
     
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    Thanks, Rob.
    I enjoy doing these revisits, even though I've commented on the episodes before. I'm going to jump in to Return to San Dede next, as I've never written about it to date.
     
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