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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. criblecoblis

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    Marv, as I suspected, your thread is right up my alley--or at least, one of my alleys. My wife and I have a great weakness for '30s and '40s Bs and Poverty Row films of whatever stripe (we love non-oater Westerns too). We love Chan, Boston Blackie, Bulldog Drummond, The Saint, The Falcon, The Lone Wolf. . . and even the TV iterations of them. Heck, and the radio versions too.

    I'm not going to de-cloak there until I get my sea legs, but I will de-cloak.
     
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    Cheers! One of the great things on this forum is the diversity of taste. I try to enjoy everyone's interests to hopefully broaden mine. While everything is not my cup of tea we always try to treat others and their ideas with kindness and courtesy. I get that same feeling in this thread. I hope we also give that vibe in the Mystery thread. We're happy to have you reading the mail Rob..:D (That goes for you too Russ)
     
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    I admit I've developed quite a nest egg of recorded 77 SS episodes that I just don't always get around to. I get caught up in other massive time consumers like fixing a leaky toilet or shopping for drapes with my wife. It's just exhausting.
    So last night I chucked all my husbandry duties, made a martini, and settled in to watch "Crash Out", which I haven't seen in years.
    If you're into prison movies, this ep has all the familiar clichés--prisoners whacking their tin cups against the cell bars and calling the guards "lousy screws", being put into the "hole" and sweating menial jobs in the machine shop.

    The headlines scream CRIMINAL BERNIE GRAVES CAPTURED--SENT TO HIGH SECURITY PRISON! We see Bernie being escorted to his cell--a tough looking hombre and chewing gum as if to impart "I've-got-a-chip-on-my-shoulder-and-I'm proud of it" sort of demeanor. The chewing gum thing is a bad boy habit probably absorbed in middle school despite the teacher's admonitions. But wait! Bernie is actually Jeff Spencer! How can this be?
    Wellll, I'll tell you. Seems the warden and Lt. Gilmore have cooked up a scheme to put Jeff in a cell with convicted robber Eddie Marco (Michael Parks in his best James Dean haircut) in order to hopefully learn where he's stashed the holdup loot before being caught. Eddie's girlfriend, Jan (Nancy Rennick), is a sweet unassuming type who makes you wonder how she got wrapped up with such a loser. She visits Eddie on occasion despite his best efforts to drive her away with his dickishness.

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    Michael Parks--remember him in 'Then Came Bronson'? You can probably dig up a thread on that show somewhere in this labyrinth of a forum. Also shown is Nancy Rennick, Allyson Ames

    Jeff plans a breakout hoping Eddie will want into it and pay for the privilege, thus revealing where the money is hidden. He fakes an accident in the machine shop in order to get sent to the infirmary and from there makes his and Eddie's escape. So far, so good.
    They make it to Jan's apartment (at the corner of Hollywood and Vine according to the street sign) where they meet up with Jan's
    bad boy brother (Don O'Kelly) who's Eddie's co-robber in the heist. What do you do right after you break out of prison? Why sure, you get dressed up and go to a party and twist the night away to some crappy early '60's canned music that's supposed to sound hip. Eddie confides to Jan where the money is hidden, a sure script sign that he's probably not going to live to ever see it again.
    At the party, Jeff hooks up with a pretty undercover cop (Allyson Ames) who mistakenly blows his cover. It was a good plan up until then, but like a defective cannonball it fell a little short.
    Everyone ends up at the hidden loot site with a gunfight that rivals the OK Corral. Eddie gets shot but lives to enjoy happy visitations again from Jan after he's re-incarcerated. Some dumb folks never change.
    This ep was directed by Paul Landres who did a slew of WB series in the '60's and 70's and written by Jerry Davis. I've got to give the show credit for using a prison motif in order to break away from its usual haunts.

    EDIT: The pic I posted of Allyson Ames is actually Kate Manx. I don't know why Google got them mixed up, other than Allyson and then Kate were each married to writer, director, producer Leslie Stevens. Neither marriage went well. Kate committed suicide and Allyson became a "nervous wreck" after divorcing him.
     
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    TIDBIT

    Michael Parks appeared in only one episode of 77 SS (see post above). In an article written shortly after his death last year at age 77, Quentin Tarantino and Kevin Smith declared him one of the "best actors they've ever known". He was often likened to being the next James Dean, but never had a major breakthrough to fulfill that role. His career began to fade after the TV series "Then Came Bronson" when he earned a reputation of being "difficult to work with" along with his activist attitude regarding violence on TV. Little known facts: Parks served as a pall bearer at Lenny Bruce's funeral and was besties with Johnny Cash.
    Michael had a bit of a revival when David Lynch cast him in the second season of Twin Peaks in 1990, and thereafter settled for mainly character roles in films.

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    Man oh man, we buzzed through pages 70 to 79 like a bumblebee on steroids.
    I now feel the challenge, Rob, since you pointed out we're way behind The Fugitive's thread in this Forum. We just can't have that...
     
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    Especially because we have 86 more episodes to explore than they do!
     
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    An update: I sent Joyce some questions about her work on “77” and some other series (“Sam Benedict” for example) and I got a reply last night. She’s been traveling but promises to answer — just asking me to be patient. I assured her I will be as patient as necessary.
     
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    Wow - Super News.
     
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    Not to put any pressure on you my good friend, but my pipe dream is riding on you being able to extract some pithy info from Ms. Meadows to post in here...

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    In a nice way, of course.
     
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    We've often mentioned Merry Anders in our posts as one of the more prolific guest stars in the 77 SS series. One would think she was a highly successful actress and in great demand. Not necessarily so.
    Merry gets "discovered" in 1951 by a 20th Century talent scout (in what I assume is in the usual "discovery" method) and is signed to a seven year contract for that studio. In three years after some atrocious bit parts, she's unceremoniously given the axe. It could have easily signaled the end of her career. After bawling her eyes out for three days straight, she strikes out on her own as an independent actress. A daring move for that time period.

    She marries casting director John Stevens and files for divorce in just 3 months. In an interview with the Tuscaloosa News, July 20, 1957, Merry claims "I knew it was a mistake in the first week I married him. It might have turned out different if we had married in a church instead of by a municipal judge." Now there's a head-scratcher of reasoning. She continues to flounder until lucking into the lead role of Rita Marlow in the West Coast production of "Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?" She owes the opportunity to the fact that the part was supposed to go to Mamie Van Doren, who for some reason turned it down. Afterwards, she gets some more minor roles in films, mainly to showcase her impressive frame:

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    In 1960, Merry proves to be very popular in the hottest WB show of the era, 77 Sunset Strip. Sudden success impels her to raise toy poodles and drive around in a pink Ford Thunderbird, because that's what stars do. But by 1968 at age 34, her phone stops ringing with any more offers in the TV industry due the cultural change of the times. She's pretty much yesterday news and ends up taking a job as a receptionist in a manufacturing company and changes her name to Merry A. Benedict. One of her last roles was as an uncredited extra in the movie Airport.
    That's a wrap.
     
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    Well get on over there, Rob, and be heard. I've dropped some pellets of nonsense in there myself already.
     
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    Great article! I've never been on the Walk of Fame. To see Don Murray and Tab Hunter standing over their respective stars as if defiantly protecting them from any marauding vandals is just priceless.
    It appears to be an absolute zoo of people milling around on the sidewalk. I suspect on a really hot day one would be best served to wander elsewhere.
     
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    Right post wrong place - I fixed it. Carry on - nothing to see here.
    These aren't the droids you want.:blush:

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    I tripped on a rock!
    The sun was in my eyes!
    My dog ate my homework!
    They changed the address to 8524! (Neatly taking it back on topic:cool:)
     
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    I agree but I don’t think she ever appeared in a 77 episode. What’s the connection?
     
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    Thanks for that link, Martin! It's a fascinating (and infuriating) article. It sounds like the HWOF has quite a nice racket.

    The lack of maintenance and the obviously shoddy workmanship are shameful. Terrazzo, when constructed correctly, is quite durable. I understand that it is a heavy burden to have to keep up with the vandalism, but I get the idea that the stars would not be so easy to vandalize if they were done properly. And a lot of the damage appears to be due entirely to the poor workmanship.

    We all know that a certain element of the HWOF is pay-for-play hucksterism, but I have always believed that the backbone of the Walk is the many stars awarded for genuine merit. The lack of even minimal maintenance, however, seems to make a mockery of that belief.
     
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    Seems like a lot of pages talking about series that will never make it to DVD in our lifetime anyway. The music rights will hold them up forever.
     
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    Some men see things as they are, and ask why. I dream of things that never were, and ask why not.
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    Just when you think you've gotten proficient in hopping from thread to thread...
    I know how it feels.
     
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    Ya caught me did ya! And I thought I covered up pretty good.:rolling-smiley:
     

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