- Apr 7, 2004
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.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.
Here are a couple of "Hedy photos," and we do see her smiling.
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.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.
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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