77 Sunset Strip / Hawaiian Eye, etc.

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I could add to that list (love the old instrumentals) but instead I will throw out a useless tidbit. As a young teenager I lived around the block from Duane Eddy and I'm friends with one of the members of the Viscounts (Harlem Nocturne a song you missed)
Name dropper.
Actually, that's a pretty cool tidbit, Marv.
 

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I could add to that list (love the old instrumentals) but instead I will throw out a useless tidbit. As a young teenager I lived around the block from Duane Eddy and I'm friends with one of the members of the Viscounts (Harlem Nocturne a song you missed)
So you're from Arizona? I have a collection of CDs that includes every instrumental that charted between 1959 and 1962. I would have been up all night if I had included all of them!
 
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Actually I'm from Michigan (why I know the Viscounts ) but I did 8th and 9th grade in Phoenix.
As I said I too love the old instrumentals. Got a chance to finally see the Ventures at Disney. At that time everyone was still going except the drummer and his son took over. We saw Mancini on his last tour. All great stuff.
 
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Actually I'm from Michigan (why I know the Viscounts ) but I did 8th and 9th grade in Phoenix.
As I said I too love the old instrumentals. Got a chance to finally see the Ventures at Disney. At that time everyone was still going except the drummer and his son took over. We saw Mancini on his last tour. All great stuff.
I've met Duane Eddy a couple of times. He's 82 now but still working from time to time. He played at the Musicares tribute to Paul McCartney a few years ago. I've also met Duane's two favorite sax players, Steve Douglas and Jim Horn. I never had a chance to see the Ventures, unfortunately. I did see a Dick Dale concert in Madison, Wisconsin and I saw Pete Fountain in New Orleans.
 
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I have a collection of CDs that includes every instrumental that charted between 1959 and 1962. I would have been up all night if I had included all of them!
Is that still available and what's it called? Sounds, well, "cool."
I love:
Billy Vaughn "A Swingin' Safari"
...aka the theme from the 60's version of The Match Game.
 

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The Tornadoes "Telstar"
Most definitely pre-Beatles. It looks like one of the guys' mom painted the band name on the drum set.

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I was 13 when this was released (1962) and I thought it was the coolest song I'd ever heard--a sort of rad fusion of sci-fi and pop. After hearing non stop on the radio for about 3 straight weeks. I was over it.
 

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Russ recommended me to post these little reviews of mine over here (I generally post in the "What did you watch this week in classic TV...?" thread)...so perhaps you long-time WB detective show fans will indulge a newbie as I watch these series for the first time. A big thanks to Randall for posting decent copies of several episodes of these shows a few pages back. None of these series were ever run in syndication on the local channels near me when I was growing up in Washington State in the '70s and early '80s...or if they were, I certainly don't remember them. About the only WB show that I remember getting even a brief run was Maverick. I caught many other great old shows on these local stations, but many more eluded me for years...so it's been fun to catch up with some of these programs that I've heard about for decades.

Surfside 6 – 2.17 “Separate Checks”
Judging from my (admittedly small) sampling so far, this, along with Hawaiian Eye, seems the lesser of the WB detective show stable, mainly due to the callow, bland nature of the young leads. Pre-Green Hornet Van Williams, as Ken Madison, is easily the most charismatic of the three (apologies to any Troy Donahue fans), which is probably why he appears in more episodes than the others, including this one. Ken is hired to track down amiable con man Cliff Thornton (Roy Roberts, later of Petticoat Junction), but he’s not the only one out to get the wily old shark. Mean-looking Bruce Gordon plays mob boss Joe Vodka, whose son was bilked out of 25 Gs by Thornton. Sandra Knight plays Thornton’s daughter. Ken Madison is good with his fists but no genius as a detective, and ends up solving the case thanks more to luck and plot contrivance. I'm old enough to remember using rotary phones, but it sure seems like we get a few too many scenes of Ken slowly dialing various seven digit numbers. Sadly, no sign of co-star Diane McBain in this syndicated print…instead, things grind to a halt as Margarita Sierra rehearses an old standard and then chirps away for a minute to Ken before disappearing from the scene. I like this Ken guy pretty well, though, so would like to see more.

Bourbon Street Beat
1.3 “Torch Song for Trumpet”
1.4 “Woman in the River”
Even though this was apparently the least-successful of the WB detective shows, running only a single season, it comes across quite a bit better than either Hawaiian Eye or Surfside 6, thanks mainly to its more mature and talented leads, Richard Long and Andrew Duggan. I believe Russ has given both of these episodes his patented sarcastic commentary several months back in this thread, as I recognized the plots while watching. I very much enjoyed these two episodes and would love to see more. What was nice about them was that both lead detectives, suave Rex Randolph (Long) and big ex-cop Cal Calhoun (Andrew Duggan) share the investigative load, and have good chemistry together. The two actors are real pros and the scripts seem fairly adult and feature some nice, sharp dialogue. Van Williams is also "Kenny" Madison here, mostly paired with buxom Southern belle Arlene Howell as the agency’s secretary. I assume this is the same Ken Madison he would later portray on Surfside 6 (although he seems to drop his Texas drawl when he moves over to "Miami...Beach!") Brad Dexter plays the villain in “Torch Song,” which also features effective turns from Richard Rust and Suzanne Lloyd. Mary Tyler Moore has a brief but memorable bit in the climax of “Woman in the River,” along with Jeannette Nolan, Raymond “Mr. Drysdale” Bailey, Denver Pyle and Henry Brandon. (Guess you can’t knock cheap old Jack Warner for a lack of good guest stars). This one might be my favorite of the four WB detective shows, though 77 Sunset Strip is growing on me quickly. All four of them are definitely stylishly entertaining time-wasters, and all have catchy theme songs.

77 Sunset Strip – 1.3 “A Nice Social Evening”
Ray Danton is charm personified as a cheerful, friendly and extremely rich visiting dignitary, Velasquez, who is targeted for assassination. Stu Bailey (Efrem Zimbalist, Jr.) is hired by the government to make sure no harm befalls this party animal while he’s on U.S. soil. Stu knows just the right way to inveigle himself into the playboy’s orbit – he brings into Dino’s two blonde babes dressed to the nines (Arlene Howell and the even more stacked Dorothy Provine, wearing a succession of tight evening gowns which leave little to the imagination). But when Velasquez holds a big birthday bash on his private yacht, Stu, Jeff and Kookie have their hands full making sure that he leaves the country in one piece.

A few good action scenes and lots of eye candy here, from the period cars to the multitude of ‘50s pin-ups sashaying across the screen. Hardly a moment goes by without a cigarette dribbling out of our leads’ mouths. A fun watch, though it’s never explained who is actually behind the assassination attempts, and why they want this likable fellow killed. And I certainly don’t buy that hard-partying ladies’ man Velasquez would settle down and marry Arlene Howell after romancing her for a week, but this is 1950s television, after all. It does lead to a very good line from Howell, as she passes the keys to the sports car given to her as a present by Velasquez to Provine and says, “I won’t need the car, sugar…I got the garage.”

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“Match Game” used Bert Kaempfert’s recording which I always preferred over Billy Vaughn’s.
For those who recall Channel 52 in Los Angeles (out of Corona/Fontana) in the late Sixties and early Seventies, Kaempfert's "A Swingin' Safari" was also the song that station played incessantly in lieu of commercials between shows during the daytime parts
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For those who recall Channel 52 in Los Angeles (out of Corona/Fontana) in the late Sixties and early Seventies, Kaempfert's "A Swingin' Safari" was also the song that station played incessantly in lieu of commercials between shows during the daytime parts
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Kaempfert also recorded a song called "A Happy Feeling." WABC (New York) DJ Herb Oscar Anderson added lyrics to it that he sang on his show to Kaempfert's recording.
 
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Progressing nicely towards page 200!
FYI: When Frank Soyke first opened this thread back in 2011, the "Etc." in the thread title was meant to include WB Westerns as well. Like Maverick, Sugarfoot and Bronco. If we include discussions on these--we'll get to page 200 in no time!
 

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Episode Commentary
Maverick
"The Money Machine" (S5E15)

Bart (Jack Kelly) is in Kansas to meet up with his cousin Jackie (Kathy Bennett)--who he hasn't seen since she was a pencil thin, twangy 14 year-old scamp. Not any more. She shows up as a full figured blonde with enough makeup to put the entire Kardashian clan to shame. It's Jackie's hope to become a famous singer and have thousands of fans nibbling at her whatevers. But in the meantime, she's in Kansas to transfer $10,000 to Bart so he can pay off his Pappy's debt to "Cannonball" Clyde Bassett (Ted DeCorsia). The fact that any Maverick pays off a debt is a surprise since they either win or get the hell out of town. Debt? What debt?

Jackie has kept the cash in her garter belt wayyyy up her thigh, which is thankfully flashed for our voyeur enjoyment. However, she has her heart on using the money to buy a whole new wardrobe to help her career ambitions. By chance, she sees a demonstration by con man Big Ed Murphy (Andrew Duggan) of a machine that seemingly prints out money willy-nilly. In later years, this will be known as the U.S. Government. But for now, the machine is nothing but a worthless piece of junk that is sparsely filled with a few dollar bills in order to deceive potential buyers. Like a 5 year old hooked on lollipops, Jackie immediately buys the contraption with the $10,000. Call it naivety or stupidity, just don't call it wise.

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Jackie sits on a whoopee cushion: Bart needs help working a firearm; Another con successfully pulled off

When Jackie explains this transaction to Bart, his consternation is so great as to require a change of underwear. So it's up to him to con the con man in order to retrieve Pappy's debt payment. Pert little Jackie will need to be part of the scheme. A pretty blonde is always part of a scheme. They chase Murphy to Denver where he's already building another 'money' machine for the next gullible sap. Also showing up in Denver is Cannonball Bassett to collect his debt from Maverick. Meanwhile, Bart is is busy working on his own beta version of a bogus money machine to con the cash back from Murphy. There's more deception going on here than a Texas Hold 'Em tournament at a Native American casino. Acting as an "official" U.S. treasury agent with a 'bona fide' money mint machine, he is happy to sell it to an eager Murphy for $12,000. After all, why not make a little profit on one's deception?

So Cannonball gets paid off, Pappy's debt is resolved and all ends well. Oh, but what does Cannonball use the money for? To invest in a machine that makes diamonds. They say a sucker is born every minute. That's a plus in Maverick's world.

Notes:
Kathy Bennett--sort of a cross between Pamela Austin and Kathy Browne-- was just one of many hopeful starlets to go through the WB grist mill, only to soon be forgotten after a few guest appearances. She's still around, perhaps working on her rather sparse scrapbook and tending to her tomato garden.
 
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Maverick
"The Money Machine" (S5E15)

Bart (Jack Kelly) is in Kansas to meet up with his cousin Jackie (Kathy Bennett)--who he hasn't seen since she was a pencil thin, twangy 14 year-old scamp. Not any more. She shows up as a full figured blonde with enough makeup to put the entire Kardashian clan to shame. It's Jackie's hope to become a famous singer and have thousands of fans nibbling at her whatevers. But in the meantime, she's in Kansas to transfer $10,000 to Bart so he can pay of his Pappy's debt to "Cannonball" Clyde Bassett (Ted DeCorsia). The fact that any Maverick pays off a debt is a surprise since they either win or get the hell out of town. Debt? What debt?

Jackie has kept the cash in her garter belt wayyyy up her thigh, which is thankfully flashed for our voyeur enjoyment. However, she has her heart on using the money to buy a whole new wardrobe to help her career ambitions. By chance, she sees a demonstration by con man Big Ed Murphy (Andrew Duggan) of a machine that seemingly prints out money willy-nilly. In later years, this will be known as the U.S. Government. But for now, the machine is nothing but a worthless piece of junk that is sparsely filled with a few dollar bills in order to deceive potential buyers. Like a 5 year old hooked on lollipops, Jackie immediately buys the contraption with the $10,000. Call it naivety or stupidity, just don't call it wise.

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Jackie sits on a whoopee cushion: Bart needs help working a firearm; Another con successfully pulled off

When Jackie explains this transaction to Bart, his consternation is so great as to require a change of underwear. So it's up to him to con the con man in order to retrieve Pappy's debt payment. Pert little Jackie will need to be part of the scheme. A pretty blonde is always part of a scheme. They chase Murphy to Denver where he's already building another 'money' machine for the next gullible sap. Also showing up in Denver is Cannonball Bassett to collect his debt from Maverick. Meanwhile, Bart is is busy working on his own beta version of a bogus money machine to con the cash back from Murphy. There's more deception going on here than a Texas Hold 'Em tournament at a Native American casino. Acting as an "official" U.S. treasury agent with a 'bona fide' money mint machine, he is happy to sell it to an eager Murphy for $12,000. After all, why not make a little profit on one's deception?

So Cannonball gets paid off, Pappy's debt is resolved and all ends well. Oh, but what does Cannonball use the money for? To invest in a machine that makes diamonds. They say a sucker is born every minute. That's a plus in Maverick's world.

Notes:
Kathy Bennett--sort of a cross between Pamela Austin and Kathy Browne-- was just one of many hopeful starlets to go through the WB grist mill, only to soon be forgotten after a few guest appearances. She's still around, perhaps working on her rather sparse scrapbook and tending to her tomato garden.
Episode Commentary
Maverick
"The Money Machine" (S5E15)

Bart (Jack Kelly) is in Kansas to meet up with his cousin Jackie (Kathy Bennett)--who he hasn't seen since she was a pencil thin, twangy 14 year-old scamp. Not any more. She shows up as a full figured blonde with enough makeup to put the entire Kardashian clan to shame. It's Jackie's hope to become a famous singer and have thousands of fans nibbling at her whatevers. But in the meantime, she's in Kansas to transfer $10,000 to Bart so he can pay off his Pappy's debt to "Cannonball" Clyde Bassett (Ted DeCorsia). The fact that any Maverick pays off a debt is a surprise since they either win or get the hell out of town. Debt? What debt?

Jackie has kept the cash in her garter belt wayyyy up her thigh, which is thankfully flashed for our voyeur enjoyment. However, she has her heart on using the money to buy a whole new wardrobe to help her career ambitions. By chance, she sees a demonstration by con man Big Ed Murphy (Andrew Duggan) of a machine that seemingly prints out money willy-nilly. In later years, this will be known as the U.S. Government. But for now, the machine is nothing but a worthless piece of junk that is sparsely filled with a few dollar bills in order to deceive potential buyers. Like a 5 year old hooked on lollipops, Jackie immediately buys the contraption with the $10,000. Call it naivety or stupidity, just don't call it wise.

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Jackie sits on a whoopee cushion: Bart needs help working a firearm; Another con successfully pulled off

When Jackie explains this transaction to Bart, his consternation is so great as to require a change of underwear. So it's up to him to con the con man in order to retrieve Pappy's debt payment. Pert little Jackie will need to be part of the scheme. A pretty blonde is always part of a scheme. They chase Murphy to Denver where he's already building another 'money' machine for the next gullible sap. Also showing up in Denver is Cannonball Bassett to collect his debt from Maverick. Meanwhile, Bart is is busy working on his own beta version of a bogus money machine to con the cash back from Murphy. There's more deception going on here than a Texas Hold 'Em tournament at a Native American casino. Acting as an "official" U.S. treasury agent with a 'bona fide' money mint machine, he is happy to sell it to an eager Murphy for $12,000. After all, why not make a little profit on one's deception?

So Cannonball gets paid off, Pappy's debt is resolved and all ends well. Oh, but what does Cannonball use the money for? To invest in a machine that makes diamonds. They say a sucker is born every minute. That's a plus in Maverick's world.

Notes:
Kathy Bennett--sort of a cross between Pamela Austin and Kathy Browne-- was just one of many hopeful starlets to go through the WB grist mill, only to soon be forgotten after a few guest appearances. She's still around, perhaps working on her rather sparse scrapbook and tending to her tomato garden.
I suspect that WB may have hoped to have a spare Connie Stevens in Kathie Bennett. She appeared in an episode of HE (Across the River Lethe) late in the third season as Cricket's cousin, Junebug Blake. The character had little to do with the plot, and the movie magazines of the time implied that Connie was in the midst of a contract dispute and was briefly suspended. I was a 14 year old TV addict at the time and believed what those magazines said - that fans must write WB in Connie's defense, so I did. It was almost a year before they brought Tina Cole in to cover Connie's next absence.
FWIW, Kathie was in one of the Hitchcock hour-longs (Bed of Roses), playing a ditzy young bride who resembled Wendy, )but with a Hitchcockian dark side).
 

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