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Thank you Tom! You brought up an interesting parallel that had not occurred to me. Although I think the fact that Hedy Lamarr's shared patent for 'frequency hopping' transmitting and jamming wasn't as well known in 1962 as it would be in more recent years. When I first heard about Hedy Lamarr's involvement with such hi-tech inventions, I first thought it must be exaggerated. But recent books and the recent documentary 'Bombshell' have established this as fact, although her collaborator was also instrumental in developing the concept. And both were essentially cheated out of benefitting with their patent by it's wide-spread late war application by the US Navy and our allies without payment. Their technical innovation basically became public domain.
Interesting points, Randall. I haven't seen "Bombshell" but as you probably know, her collaborator was composer George Antheil. He had composed a symphony with a dozen synchronizeed player pianos. LaMarr's invention used 88 frequencies, the same number of keys on a piano. When they presented this idea to the War department, they were laughed at. I guess the Navy eventually came around.

Here are a couple of "Hedy photos," and we do see her smiling.

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Featuring one of the best pre-credit 'teasers' ever, and as you say, a memorable payoff at the end. In my classic TV watching, Andrew Duggan is always welcome. Great work throughout his career, just one thing that comes to mind for me is his fine work in QM's 12 O'clock High as General Britt. Man, nobody was better at presenting a commanding presence. His rather shocking bad guy in The Broken Thread (who literally has the last laugh) was a nice change of pace. Perhaps I need to do a post on that one too. At least my copy (from 16mm) is much better than for Missile Rogues.
I agree about Duggan's work in the later seasons of 12 O'Clock High, as he co-starred with Paul Burke. My favorite season, of course, is the first, with the outstanding Robert Lansing as Gen. Savage. And John Larkin was perfect as his Commander, Wiley Crowe (great name). You've given me some great reminders about shows sitting on my shelf not seen in years! The original Mike Hammer with McGavin is a favorite too.

Not to digress too much from Joan Marshall and Bold Venture, but I had meant to mention one of my favorite tunes from the Frankie Ortega cd, "Love for Sale." It can be seen and heard on 77SS ep "Out of the Past" about two minutes in. It's a rocking version, even better than on the cd. Maybe it's just watching Stu and Danielle Aubrey (at first I thought it was Kathleen Crowley) grooving to it that enhances the song. Until Kookie taps Stu on the shoulder with some urgent business, so rudely interrupting the song, ha ha. And now, back to Joan Marshall.
 

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Odd and ends...

--Bombshell is an excellent an entertaining documentary. Hedy LaMarr was featured in an episode of the recent Timeless TV series.

--I've been watching all three seasons of 12 O'Clock High this year and just finished last week.

We Angel fans referred to it as "Chavez Ravine," which is the stadium's geographic location. Nowadays, we call it "Chavez Latrine," because of its frequent plumbing problems.
MLB players were surveyed last year and rated Dodger Stadium as the best place to play baseball.

As a Dodgers fan, I want to tell you that I root for the Angels in the American League, I just don't root for them when they're playing the Dodgers.

Go DODGERS!
 
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MLB players were surveyed last year and rated Dodger Stadium as the best place to play baseball.

As a Dodgers fan, I want to tell you that I root for the Angels in the American League, I just don't root for them when they're playing the Dodgers.

Go DODGERS!
Dodger Stadium is a lovely place, and they've improved it significantly in the past several years. It's the first place I saw a baseball game, and I love to go there. It's only about nine miles away from me. And I am thrilled that they have finally installed a PA system. I have no doubt that it is one of the great cathedrals of the game.

Let us hope they have fixed the plumbing problem!
 

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Thought the following might be worth mentioning here, despite not being surprising news or anything significant...A while back, I had sent an email query to the Warner Archive podcast, thanking them for their classic TV releases, especially their stable of westerns (such as Maverick, Cheyenne, Bronco, Sugarfoot, Lawman, The Dakotas) which I have enjoyed very much. Then I asked them specifically about what the hold-up was with releasing the half-hour show, Colt .45., starring, for most of its run, Wayde Preston. At first I thought it was an issue that they weren't willing to discuss on the podcast, as they seemed to have turned their attention over the past five years or so strictly to films on Blu-Ray or post '90s TV releases.

It took a while, but, much to my surprise, podcast host and Warner Archive guru George Feltenstein actually addressed my letter (which co-host Matt Patterson read out in slightly truncated form) in the most recent podcast from October 13th. I had asked, very politely but somewhat incredulously, whether the lack of release of Colt .45 on DVD was due to music rights clearance issues...thinking that a more likely answer was corporate concern about lack of sales for that kind of lesser-known vintage TV show, transfer quality issues, etc. Mr. Feltenstein gave a (perhaps predictable) answer that I nonetheless appreciated.

Basically, the situation with Colt. .45 is two-fold. On the one hand, the episodes need to be mastered. I imagine, though he didn't say so, that Colt .45 hadn't had much in the way of syndication reruns and thus likely hasn't been touched for decades. More specifically, the problem does indeed seem to be the dreaded music rights clearances, which, along with needing to be mastered, is "an expensive proposition." Feltenstein noted that Colt .45, along with the even more desired WB detective series which are the subject of this thread ;), often used "needle drop cues" from third party music libraries, and that, while they know who owns some of them, for others it's a "quagmire" to track down who exactly owns the music.

Patterson chimed in at one point and said, "I've seen it in the time I've been here...Miracles happen," to which Feltenstein agreed and added, "All it takes is someone to be willing to help join in the efforts," which I take to mean these third party music rights owners being willing to come to terms agreeable to both parties.

I think the general takeaway from all of this is that the chances of seeing Colt. 45 and the beloved WB detective shows is slim to none...which, frankly, many members here have already likely accepted as the reality. I remain surprised that WA could clear all those songs Peggy Castle sings in seasons 2 - 4 of Lawman, for example, yet couldn't do the same for Colt .45, which surely had far fewer songs incorporated into the episodes. This is only speculation on my part, of course, not having seen any of Colt .45, much as I'd like to. I've no doubt that Lawman having a substantial repeat run over the years certainly factored into things.

So, no surprise to any here, I'm sure, but at least their answer shows that Warner Archives knows that interest remains in these series and would probably like to release them if the aforementioned expensive music rights issues weren't in the way.
 

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Dear Jeff,

I'm glad that they read your letter, and that you got a response. Don't lose hope, it just may take awhile. There are films being released on DVD now, that haven't been released since the thirties and forties. It may take that long for some of these rights to clear. And WB Archives haven't forgotten. I've been blessed that most of my suggestions for short lived series have come out. Perhaps you should have asked about the The Alaskans and the Rounders?

James
 

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"Little Miss Rich Witch" (S3E16)

The richest girl in the world, Mimi Wells (Janet Lake) is expected at the Hawaiian Hilton. Cricket (Connie Stevens) is just tickled pink, Tracy (Anthony Eisley) smells nothing but trouble. Kim (Poncie Ponce) couldn't care less. Mimi and her turtle-ish half brother Crosby (Charles Lane) arrive amid a fanfare of music, photographers and gawking hotel guests. Mimi dismisses all with a bitchy wave of her hand. Probably suffering from indigestion due to the clams casino on the plane.
"Where's the bar?" Mimi demands. "My halo needs a workout. Give me something wet that an elephant could drown in." Thus is the arrival of Mimi.

In the bar, Mimi meets "Silk" Simon, a slick scum-sucking weasel who's up to no good. Saved by Tracy, who in compliance with hotel orders of "taking care" of VIP guests, offers to escort Mimi around town. "I don't need a watchdog", she snaps. Oh, but she does. Seems Crosby has hired Silk to entice Mimi into some sort of scandal to discredit her so all her cash reverts to him. Tracy and his pencil-thin moustache follow through with courting Mimi in his boat-sized Olds convertible, ending with a dinner of pressed duck, sloe gin fizzes, a handful of Tums and some tonsil licking. Mimi is smitten.

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Janet Lake, Kim and Cricket irritate the guests; How'd this pic of me get in here? Eisley doing his best Errol Flynn imitation

In the bamboo-infested Shell Bar, Cricket cutely lip syncs "Love Nest" while caressing a doll house. I think it's a song about doing it in every room. Or perhaps that's just wishful thinking on my part. In the meantime, Crosby and Silk cook up a jewel robbery. Mimi joins in heartily, thinking it's simply a lark. She turns away from Tracy after Crosby convinces her she's only a "job" to him.

The jewel robbery takes place as if planned by Laurel and Hardy and executed by Curly and Moe. Tracy already had a bead on Silk after checking with police whether the guy had a record. Duh. Anyone named "Silk" probably doesn't have a background in Methodist ministry. Traces quickly foils the robbery, saves Mimi from a lifetime of embarrassment and sends Crosby and Silk to Club Fed.

Directed by George waGGner, this is one of the series' better efforts. A good cast with plenty of Hawaiian kitsch almost makes one think the Burbank studio is actually located in Oahu.
 

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"Little Miss Rich Witch" (S3E16)

The richest girl in the world, Mimi Wells (Janet Lake) is expected at the Hawaiian Hilton.
"Where's the bar?" Mimi demands. "My halo needs a workout. Give me something wet that an elephant could drown in." Thus is the arrival of Mimi.
Great and funny review as always, Russ! Janet Lake was a knockout, wow! And she excelled at playing these conceited, imperious and sometimes dangerous beauties. To me, she's particularly memorable also in Hawaiian Eye's Assignment Manila (S1), Princess From Manhattan (S2) and Across the River Lethe (S3), Surfside 6's pilot episode The Country Gentleman and 77 Sunset Strip's A Check Will Do Nicely (S1), and Vamp 'Till Ready (S3)...what a beauty...
In the bamboo-infested Shell Bar, Cricket cutely lip syncs "Love Nest" while caressing a doll house. I think it's a song about doing it in every room.
I really enjoyed that very cute song, the wonderful use of the dollhouse as a prop and Connie is adorable as always. If cute could kill, I would have been dead before Connie finished singing. Honestly, her song interludes are a value-added bonus for me, even if the fact that they are so integrated into most episodes precludes the DVD release of the series thus far. Warners had a winning formula with this series. Anybody here ever see her shows in Vegas?
Directed by George waGGner, this is one of the series' better efforts. A good cast with plenty of Hawaiian kitsch almost makes one think the Burbank studio is actually located in Oahu.
I watched this episode not long ago. It is a good one, isn't it? Plenty of witty, snappy dialogue. Although this script is credited to two male screenwriters, one remarkable thing I've noticed with the whole range of WB series is the surprising (for the era) prominence of female writing credits. I don't imagine that Jack Warner was an emancipator, so perhaps the women just worked cheap? Wouldn't surprise me, ha, ha,...This one aired the week following Missile Rogues. Robert Colbert was sure getting a lot of work in the WB shows. And then you have crusty old Charles Lane, soon to be good ol' Homer Bedloe the nasty railroad nemesis to the good folks of Petticoat Junction...the guy had almost 400 screen credits, lived to be 102 and was married to the same lady for 71 years!
 

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77 Sunset Strip S3E23, Strange Bedfellows (Feb. 17, 1961) D: Paton Price, W: Sonya Roberts. Guest cast: Ty Hardin, Kathleen Crowley, Oscar Beregi, Lee Patrick, John Gabriel, Richard Rust, Fay Baker, Paul Dubov, Herb Vigran.

To me, a hallmark of a great long-running series is the fact that a middle season was among the strongest of the whole run...77 Sunset Strip's season three is in keeping with that, having so many great episodes of the 39 (!) produced in the Richard Long/Rex Randolph season. Attic, The Office Caper, Widescreen Caper, Negotiable Blonde, Laurel Canyon Caper, Double Trouble, Affairs of Adam Gallante, Rice Estate, Hamlet Caper, Mr. Goldilocks, Corsican Caper, Once Upon a Caper, Face in the Window, Legend of Leckonby, Old Card Sharps Never Die, Vamp 'Til Ready, 6 Out of 8 Caper, Eyes of Love, Designing Eye....and this one too, Strange Bedfellows, aired the week following the immortal Once Upon a Caper...my screen caps from homemade DVD...
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This episode opens at a Bel-Aire mansion, where glamorous Maritza Vedar (an insanely hot Kathleen Crowley, hilariously channeling a Zsa-Zsa Gabor impression of world-class standards) is entertaining matinee idol and married boyfriend Nicky Kinares (John Gabriel)...Nicky is worried that his rich wife and meal ticket Caroline (Fay Baker) will divorce him on the grounds of his philandering with Maritza. Maritza has a habit of collecting married or connected actor boyfriends...and their passionate love letters to extort them with, in a none-too-subtle suggestion of "remembrances"...money, furs, cars, jewelry etc., to keep quiet, an increasingly dicey proposition with famed gossip columnist Nona Rumson (a hilarious Lee Patrick), a Louella Parsons' archetype, hovering around to dredge up the muck...Nicky isn't the only victim of Maritza's scam , as a James Dean wannabe, Race Shawn (Richard Rust) and popular Cowboy star Drew Dekker (Bronco's Ty Hardin in a wonderful self-parody) are also on the hook, desperate to get their love letters out of Maritza's wall safe...
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Maritza: (feigning insult) "I'm not a blackmailer. I'm an actress".
Nicky: "That's a laugh. You've never been in a picture!".
Maritza: "I'm just waiting for the right part, dahlink!"
Nicky: "You're waiting in a Bel-Aire mansion with 3 cars, 7 fur coats and enough diamonds to open a jewelry store, all paid for with old love letters".
Maritza: "Dahlink, you don't understand! I keep the letters in a safe. And I promise to never show them to a soul. I am discrete. So if my gentlemen friends are grateful and reward me with certain remembrances, that is not blackmail".

Nicky, having failed to get his love letters back, is not happy...oh, the perils of hard copy in the pre-cell phone SMS era...


Maritza, who in affectionate Sunset Boulevard mode, co-habits the mansion with failed director and manservant Holtz Von Ulrich (Oscar Beregi as yet another hilarious character), and her two enormous Wolfhounds, who she calls her "children"...Maritza also has a cash-flow problem...as in, there isn't any...but as always, she has a plan...unfortunately for our Jeff Spencer, it will involve him...Maritza, without an appointment naturally, drops by the offices at 77 Sunset Strip and makes a grande entrance with her wolfhound "children"...
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Kookie is eager, but still parking cars at this point. Stu is out of town, Maritza only wants Rex to "hold the children". She only has eyes for Jeff...
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Summoned by Maritza to her mansion, Jeff meets Von Ulrich
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Of course, this being Hollywood, Maritza and Von Ulrich have an epic, unproduced screenplay for the greatest movie never seen...they've even built scale models of the filmsets, and Von Ulrich presents the heavy, phonebook thick script to Jeff...

Maritza: "It will make film history!"
Von Ulrich: "Starring Maritza!"
Maritza: "I'm in every scene, dahlink!"
Jeff: "What's it about?"
Von Ulrich: "The great epic of sin! From the dawn of human history!"

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Maritza: "A fantastic vehicle!"
Jeff: "I can imagine!"
Von Ulrich: (hurt and irritated) "No one can imagine! It must be seen to be believed!"
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Von Ulrich: "A 7 hour panorama of of guilt, and lust!"
Jeff: "7 hours?!"
Von Ulrich: "Well, there'll probably be an intermission"
Jeff: (much to Maritza's horror) "Have you ever thought about cutting it a little?"
Von Ulrich: (grabbing back his script) "Never! Not one word!"
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Von Ulrich: "I have my integrity, Mister Spencer!" ha, ha...
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With Von Ulrich out of the house walking the "children", Maritza turns on the charm trying to draw Jeff into her next scam for money...he's come here thinking that she wants him to investigate a theft of her jewelry...but as she explains: "No dahlink, you don't understand. I Want You To Steal my Jewelry!"...an insurance fraud with the company paying off on her claim...Jeff, full of stalwart ethics he, is horrified and refuses any part of it, naturally...
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Maritza: "Don't be silly, dahlink. Insurance companies aren't people!"
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Jeff has one final pull on Maritza's fine brandy (not a euphemism, but should be, ha, ha) before taking his leave...and just then, a real jewel robber enters the window behind his back and drops Jeff with a gun-butt whack to the back of his head, knocking him out...the robber seems to know exactly where the wall safe is located, and forces Maritza to open it at gunpoint...
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She expects him to take her jewelry, but is shocked to see him taking her love letters as well...perhaps the real target of this robbery?
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As the robber leaves, a panicked Maritza tries to bring Jeff around...coming to, he can't believe Maritza's wild story...
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Concluded next post...
 

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77 Sunset Strip S3E23, Strange Bedfellows Cont'd...

Maritza, despite the prospect of imminent poverty looming with the loss of both her expensive jewelry and her extortion racket via her now missing love letters, is still flashing that million dollar smile...Von Ulrich is supportive as usual, and perhaps the only man really in love with her...
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James Dean wannabe Race Shawn, and Cowboy movie star Drew Dekker think that "sleazy P.I." Jeff Spencer has the missing love letters that Maritza has held over their heads in consideration of expensive "remembrances" gifted her way to keep these indiscretions out of the gossip columns...they lean on our hero, as Maritza is only too eager to encourage their suspicions...
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Meanwhile, a running gag has Roscoe looking for any of Maritza's "hot" jewelry turning up at the pawn shops down on skid row...with Lt. Gilmore doing the same, creeping up from behind his back, startling him and asking Roscoe: "another bad day at the track, Roscoe?"
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Roscoe pretends he's pawning some of his own cheap jewelry...to which the pawn shop operator says: "I've seen better lapidary work on a beer bottle!"
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In the only dramatic subtext to this otherwise comedic episode, Jeff questions actor Nicky Kinares' rich wife Caroline (Fay Baker), and is surprised to discover a teary-eyed four-time loser at marriage desperate to salvage this one regardless of Nicky's tom-catting...
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Jeff then questions Cowboy star Drew Dekker, in his living room festooned with photos of himself...a delightful self-parody by Bronco's Ty Hardin, depicting himself as an ultra vain egomaniac who always "stays in character", answering every question with monosyllables delivered with a squint and a fast-draw, ha, ha...
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Back at 77 Sunset Strip, a panicky Maritza is desperate for Jeff to find her jewelry, and better yet, her love letters as well...although the sterling Jeff would never help facilitate blackmail, er, extortion, as the english-as-a-second-language Maritza probably thinks that's a compliment...man, she's sure beautiful though, and just look how she fills out that dress...
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Things get worse for Maritza when Hollywood gossip columnist Nona Rumson (a hilarious Lee Patrick) shows up to humiliate Maritza with her all-knowing scoop...pointing at her own enormous handbag, Nona trumpets: "And just what do you think I have here?" To which Maritza retorts: "Your lunch?", ha, ha...
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Nona arranges for a tell-all showdown at Maritza'z mansion that evening...attended by all three of her ex-paramours, Nicky Kinares, Race Shawn and Drew Dekker...and perhaps the robber (Paul Dubov) as well? Nona Rumson is master of ceremonies...with a nose for a good tinsel town scandal and the instincts of "an infernal hyena, who can't wait for the meat to stop kicking!" Now that's a metaphor...
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Another great third season episode, where 77 Sunset Strip was reeling off one winner after another...the whole cast, both regular and guest, is phenomenal...with a great script in hand for all players...perhaps unlike the magnum opus that is the screenplay for Holtz Von Ulrich's epic "Sin", which is sadly, as far as I can tell, still unproduced to this day..."The great epic of sin! From the dawn of human history! No one can imagine! It must be seen to be believed! A 7 hour panorama of guilt, and lust!"

There'll probably be an intermission. It'll be a great popcorn movie...
 

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"Little Miss Rich Witch" (S3E16)

The richest girl in the world, Mimi Wells (Janet Lake) is expected at the Hawaiian Hilton. Cricket (Connie Stevens) is just tickled pink, Tracy (Anthony Eisley) smells nothing but trouble. Kim (Poncie Ponce) couldn't care less. Mimi and her turtle-ish half brother Crosby (Charles Lane) arrive amid a fanfare of music, photographers and gawking hotel guests. Mimi dismisses all with a bitchy wave of her hand. Probably suffering from indigestion due to the clams casino on the plane.
"Where's the bar?" Mimi demands. "My halo needs a workout. Give me something wet that an elephant could drown in." Thus is the arrival of Mimi.

In the bar, Mimi meets "Silk" Simon, a slick scum-sucking weasel who's up to no good. Saved by Tracy, who in compliance with hotel orders of "taking care" of VIP guests, offers to escort Mimi around town. "I don't need a watchdog", she snaps. Oh, but she does. Seems Crosby has hired Silk to entice Mimi into some sort of scandal to discredit her so all her cash reverts to him. Tracy and his pencil-thin moustache follow through with courting Mimi in his boat-sized Olds convertible, ending with a dinner of pressed duck, sloe gin fizzes, a handful of Tums and some tonsil licking. Mimi is smitten.

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Janet Lake, Kim and Cricket irritate the guests; How'd this pic of me get in here? Eisley doing his best Errol Flynn imitation

In the bamboo-infested Shell Bar, Cricket cutely lip syncs "Love Nest" while caressing a doll house. I think it's a song about doing it in every room. Or perhaps that's just wishful thinking on my part. In the meantime, Crosby and Silk cook up a jewel robbery. Mimi joins in heartily, thinking it's simply a lark. She turns away from Tracy after Crosby convinces her she's only a "job" to him.

The jewel robbery takes place as if planned by Laurel and Hardy and executed by Curly and Moe. Tracy already had a bead on Silk after checking with police whether the guy had a record. Duh. Anyone named "Silk" probably doesn't have a background in Methodist ministry. Traces quickly foils the robbery, saves Mimi from a lifetime of embarrassment and sends Crosby and Silk to Club Fed.

Directed by George waGGner, this is one of the series' better efforts. A good cast with plenty of Hawaiian kitsch almost makes one think the Burbank studio is actually located in Oahu.
Thank you for another fun review. I had to pull that one out and have another look, as it had failed to make my grade as an episode to watch, every decade or so, when when there's snow on the ground and I can't sleep. There's nothing wrong with it - just no Robert Conrad, and the song (the theme from Burns & Allen radio show) was too schmaltzy to make the cut onto my iTunes library. Also, I had a hard time with the casting of Charles Lane as Mimi's brother - for heaven's sake, the actor is 30 years her senior, and looks even older!

However, I agree that the dialogue was clever - especially Tracy's apparently life-altering dressing-down of Mimi near the end, and they did seem to have used almost every location clip of Oahu they'd ever filmed, even if not accurately, as when Crosby & Tracy set out for some fictitious "point" but arrived at the parking lot Hanauma Bay. I wonder if WB got "product placement" royalties every time a shot of the (then new) geodesic dome or the entrance to the Golden Dragon restaurant was used. Hilton had just bought the resort from Kaiser and was heavily promoting it.
Finally, while I'm not much into fight scenes, that meeting of Mimi's two mustachioed beaus, was quite a gymnastic triumph - leaping over cars, front flips - all stunts that seemed to have been written for Robert Conrad.

Next time you feel like penning another review, may I suggest "Lament for a Saturday Warrior" - one of the best Lopaka episodes (IMHO), and the song, Where Was I?, was one of Cricket's best sad and wistful tunes?
 

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To me, a hallmark of a great long-running series is the fact that a middle season was among the strongest of the whole run...77 Sunset Strip's season three is in keeping with that, having so many great episodes of the 39 (!) produced in the Richard Long/Rex Randolph season. Attic, The Office Caper, Widescreen Caper, Negotiable Blonde, Laurel Canyon Caper, Double Trouble, Affairs of Adam Gallante, Rice Estate, Hamlet Caper, Mr. Goldilocks, Corsican Caper, Once Upon a Caper, Face in the Window, Legend of Leckonby, Old Card Sharps Never Die, Vamp 'Til Ready, 6 Out of 8 Caper, Eyes of Love, Designing Eye....and this one too, Strange Bedfellows, aired the week following the immortal Once Upon a Caper...my screen caps from homemade DVD...
I quite agree with you, Randall, regarding the superiority of Season 3. I remember doing a commentary on Strange Bedfellows some time ago, and I enjoyed writing it as much as you obviously did as well. I'm also a sucker for your screen cap of the classic overhead shot of Dino's and the 77 SS office with the breezeway between. I so wish that still existed today.
I'll dig through some of my past posts from season 3 and see if I can come up with another episode to revisit here.
 

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"Mr. Goldilocks" (S3E20)

"Mr. Goldilocks" is one of those oddly delightful 77 SS episodes played more for laughs than drama, the script having been written by Montgomery Pittman and Roger Smith. I had forgotten about this one until I watched it yesterday and realize now that it should be in my top 10.

Jeff Spenser shows up injured in old prospector Luther's cabin in the desert having chased a jewel thief to this remote location. Luther also provides a roof for his bumpkin-like family consisting of son Willie (Adam Williams), daughter Polly (Sue Ane Langdon) and her dim-witted husband Albern (Mike Road).



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Upon his discovery in the cabin and identified as a PI, Jeff is plotted against by Polly and Albern as they are the ones responsible for the jewel theft. The family apparently has been hanging around the desert for the past 5 years in a futile search of a gold mine that exists on a bogus treasure map that old Luther bought off a con man. Jeff is initially amused at their foolishness until he realizes the danger he's in.

Not being truly evil, Polly fishes a bullet out of Jeff's arm using tweezers borrowed from what brother Willie uses on his spider collection, thus generating the origin of the word "Ewwwww...." While being held at gunpoint, Jeff tries to charm the hillbillyish yet wily Polly with his city-feller ways. He eventually escapes to the desert with his pockets thoughtfully filled with left-over breakfast pancakes (mmmmm) and Albern trundling in close pursuit behind, wearing a denim jacket because god knows it gets chilly out there at high noon. This gives Warner Bros. the opportunity to deploy their entire inventory of desert backdrops, fake cacti, paper mache rock formations and tumbling tumbleweeds in order to prove that an essentially outdoor story can be entirely filmed on a stage set.
Half crazed with hunger and thirst, Jeff meanders about and begins talking to himself while constantly reminding himself not to do that. He has quite a heart-to-heart with a buzzard circling overhead who refuses to participate in the conversation.
I won't spoil the end of this adventure except to say the "lost" gold mine resurfaces in the story, so to speak.
This is a really fun episode and I heartily recommend you watch it. Rated: 3 martinis.

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Sue Ane Langdon at one time fulfilled the role of "hostess" on the train that Jackie Gleason would charter while shuttling his crew and cronies back and forth between NYC and Miami during taping of his weekly TV show. The train having quite the party atmosphere, Sue Ane reportedly gained somewhat of a reputation as to her interactions with some of the passengers. As this is mostly a family-friendly forum, I won't go into any unsubstantiated details other than to post this picture of her and let you guys interpret anything you want.



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Does anyone know what episode of Hawaiian Eye that Jack Nicholson appeared in and is it any good?
 

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Does anyone know what episode of Hawaiian Eye that Jack Nicholson appeared in and is it any good?
That was "Total Eclipse" from the third season. I hadn't flagged it as a favorite, but I assigned my ratings 50 years ago, so my tastes were understandably immature. The song was Dancing in the Dark, one that Connie recorded on one of her albums. Sorry not to be more helpful.
 

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That was "Total Eclipse" from the third season. I hadn't flagged it as a favorite, but I assigned my ratings 50 years ago, so my tastes were understandably immature. The song was Dancing in the Dark, one that Connie recorded on one of her albums. Sorry not to be more helpful.
I thought I recognized that episode. I did a commentary on it several pages ago. I don't remember if I liked it or not. Of course, I don't remember what I had for lunch yesterday, either.
 

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I thought I recognized that episode. I did a commentary on it several pages ago. I don't remember if I liked it or not. Of course, I don't remember what I had for lunch yesterday, either.
I don't think I've missed any of your reviews since I joined in. Now I'm wondering if I'm forgetting things!
 
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Does anyone know what episode of Hawaiian Eye that Jack Nicholson appeared in and is it any good?
AHA! I thought I'd done a commentary on this episode some time ago. I've reposted it here for your enjoyment (or disappointment)...

Episode Commentary*
Hawaiian Eye
"Total Eclipse" (S3E22)

Much to the public and prosecutor's surprise, vixen Jean Morgan (Kathryn Hays) is found 'not guilty' of murdering her husband. He died via a few bullets to the back as opposed to her gut-busting recipe of meatloaf with green olives. Enraged at her acquittal is stepson Tony (played by a toothily snarling Jack Nicholson) who's sure some fix was applied to the trial. All of this is on the eve of a total eclipse--which heretofore we have no clue as to the bearing of this phenomenon unless Bonnie Tyler was inspired in some way by the episode.

Even though freed, Jean would like Tom Lopaka (Robert Conrad) to permanently clear her name in the press and public. Tom refuses, as he thinks she's about as innocent as Charles Manson. That table scrap falls to partner Tracy Steele, who's smitten with Jean. Instead, Tom opts to work for stepson Tony, who is most anxious to prove step mommy's guilt.

In the meantime, we learn that Jean's lawyer Frank Rowley (Robert Lowery) has been ogling her with unrequited lust for years, and as such, practiced some decidedly unethical jurisprudence to save her pearly skin. Not only does she cause Frank's crotch to sing hallelujah, but also Jerry Dulaine's (Sherwood Price), an assistant in Jean's late husband's scientific foundation run by another admirer, Dr. Joseph Loring (Whit Bissell). Whew. This whole thing is about as murky as breathing through dirty flannel.
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Kathryn Hays; a very young Jack Nicholson; Clark Gable..er...Robert Lowery; Whit Bissell

Well, it's time to cut to the Shell Bar, where Cricket (Connie Stevens) is warbling a markedly pitchy "Dancing in the Dark"--not the Bruce Springsteen version. All the aforementioned characters are in the bar when staggering in is Tony, toasted as a pop tart--who immediately gets into a scuffle with Frank and Jerry. Tracy breaks up the fight and assumes a seat next to Jean, who practically claws him raw underneath the table. Johnny, whose brain will later be biologically classified as zucchini, is positively jealous. Returning to her hotel room, a couple of shots are fired in her direction--amply justifying her practice of wearing adult diapers. There's a crapload of suspects, complicated by the fact that Tom and Tracy are on opposite sides of one another.

So what's with this 'scientific' foundation? It's main purpose seems to be photographing the eclipse of the sun--an effort about as complicated as setting the oven timer. And yet the entire cast of characters gather together to assist in the effort. This gives Tracy and Jean a chance to do a Burt Lancaster / Deborah Kerr on the beach and get sand in all their hard-to-reach places. Ahhhh...sweet friction...
Is Jean guilty or not? If not, who shot her husband? Who shot at her? Who put the bop in the bop shoo bop? Surprisingly, the answer lies with Jean's houseboy, who we see for all of about 5 seconds. The rest remains as dark as the eclipse of the sun.

*Originally posted August 2, 2020. You'd think I could remember something I posted only 4 months ago. Duh.
 

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Ah, you couldn't remember it and I couldn't find it, even after scrolling back thru many pages and finding lots of other stuff to occupy several hours time. So, thanks for reposting it. And your reviews are always a pleasure, even if a tad sexist. This feminist has a sense of humor!
 
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And your reviews are always a pleasure, even if a tad sexist.
Well, I'll be! I don't think I was aware of that tendency until you mentioned it and I reread some of my posts. I guess I push satire a bit too far sometimes. I'll try to pay more mind to that in the future. Thankful for your sense of humor!
 
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