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Discussion in 'TV on DVD and Blu-ray' started by Frank Soyke, Mar 7, 2011.
Try puttin' aluminum foil on yer rabbit ears!
Miss ya buddy
About time you resurrected your shriveled old self back into the forum, dude.
I hope you will really enjoy them. Interested to see what you think.
Apologies in advance, but this photo of George makes him look like Sam, the bald eagle from The Muppets.
I can't find any episodes of The Alaskans on YouTube, but I did find one episode of The Roaring '20s. Here it is.
It is S1E17 "Lucky Charm," with guest stars Cesare Danova and Arch Johnson. Dorothy Provine sings "Don't Bring Lulu" and "Someone to Watch Over Me." While the print is not in great condition, it is complete with everything but local commercials.
Of special note is a very funny commercial for Dial Soap at the end featuring Lennie Bremen, who played Pete in S3E22 "Once Upon A Caper." Actually, everyone in the ad is a familiar character actor, but he's the only one I can identify offhand.
At the end is a long preview of next week's episode, "The Vamp," which IMDb lists as S1E19, which indicates that they have the episode order listed incorrrectly.
There used to be 2/3 Alaskans on YT. Have been down a long time.
I have a great respect for intellectual rights, but when they are not positively exercised, all bets are off. It's probably not cool to discuss such matters in this thread, but I'd really, REALLY like to get copies of all the WB detective/mystery series that are not available via traditional means. I don't want them to slip down the memory hole.
When I first got the episodes I have, I was just recording them locally on VHS. I found other like minded folks thru a dead publication called "The Big Reel". We traded episodes for episodes, no money was ever exchanged. We all just wanted to see the shows again.
"Spark of Freedom" (S2E32)
Another faux 'International' caper which was constructed during the writers' strike and is essentially a bare bones reworking of "The Iron Curtain Caper" from Season 1. Nonetheless, I'm always seeking episodes that I've avoided in the past due to my ennui towards them--just so I have something 'new' on which to write now.
I'm not going to do my usual synopsis, rather just some observations:
Stu Bailey, traveling by train to the Eastern Bloc under the guise of a physician attending a medical convention, is asked if he would enjoy some Lady Fingers (babapiskóta in Hungarian) by his berth companion. When the companion opens the box, he eats a few but never actually offers Stu one.
There's lots of gruff "Your papers, pleeeze...!" Just once I'd like to see somebody hand over a copies of the Washington Post and NY Times, declaring "These are my papers." Too Mel Brooks?
The convention hotel reminds me of my grandmother's bungalow in Jefferson Park, Chicago: Thick musty drapes, patterned wallpaper and dark wood paneling. Sunlight could never quite find a purchase in the place.
Anna-Lisa tries hard to be Ingrid Bergman, but succeeds only in looking kinda like her:
The Hungarian cafe/bar that Stu visits looks about as authentic as an Applebee's. Tuesday Special: Chicken Feet Paprikash.
Much of the exteriors are provided by vintage travel footage. I remember watching travelogue films in school via a clacking Bell & Howell projector and a vinyl pull-down screen. It sure beat homework.
A shootout in the streets with high-powered arms leaves bodies but no blood. Hungarian death was cleaner than most, I guess.
Inexplicably, there's a magazine stand right outside the prison. A taco wagon would have been more cool.
I actually like both this episode and the one this is taken from. But that's just me.
More like Zucker-Abrams-Zucker, I think, and I love it!. But what I would do is have somebody hand over a packet of Zig-Zags.
A very nice picture of Efrem Zimbalist Jr. with his then teenage daughter Stephanie (15 at the time), along with producer Quinn Martin, April 11, 1972...I posted this in the QM Productions thread, but thought you guys would like it, as there has been discussion in this thread of Efrem's post 77 TV afterlife and Stephanie's own Remington Steele...FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover would be dead within a month of this photo being taken, having been on the job since 1924! Details below in quote...
Sorry I've been quiet the past few days. We just adopted a kitten this past weekend, and with all the pets we already have, this is a huge undertaking. Lots of politics involved.
We've been a rescue home for many dogs and cats for years. I understand your time involvement completely!
Back in Post #2276 I posted a bunch of photos of Efrem Z hosting the HOLLYWOOD PALACE. That episode was S1E9 and broadcast on Feb. 29, 1964, about three weeks after the last new episode of 77 SUNSET STRIP was shown. Since clapper/slates dates show on some of the YouTube uploads, we know HOLLYWOOD PALACE episodes were put together months ahead of air date. We speculated that since Louis 'Roscoe' Quinn was a guest on Efrem's HOLLYWOOD PALACE show there might have been a mention of 'Roscoe' returning to 77SS, since at the time of filming/taping they did not know 77SS was not going tp be picked up for the remainder of the season.
So, still no sign of Efrem's HOLLYWOOD PALACE on YouTube, but here is a clip of Gene Kelly, who hosted HP S1E8, aired Feb.22,1964, introducing Efrem as the host of the next show. Efrem appears after the musical number at 4:45 min., along with Raquel.
Randall, thanks for posting this great photo!
Thanks, Russ! I forgot to mention that we've named the kitten Stuart, but we call him Stu.
I've been busy introducing Stu to his namesake.
Awwww, that is sooo cute!
Despite the exit of the series on MeTV, I plan to continue episode revisits and any tidbits I can dig up.
It's just too much fun to give up. I hope you guys keep going, too.