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S01E25 - People Are Alike All Over (Mar.25.1960) (BluRay Edition)
Stars Roddy McDowall Susan Oliver Paul Comi Byron Morrow Vic Perrin Vernon Gray Rod SerlingHerbert WintersFearing the worst, the lone survivor of a crash-landing on Mars finds the native inhabitants, to his relief, very hospitable indeed, but there's a catch.
Great selections from Roddy McDowell's filmography, and nicely chosen screen caps Neal! He seemed to have slipped easily between television and back to theatrical films for much of his career, and his TZ episode is one of my earliest TV memories as a child. In Naked City, it's nice to see Macy's and yet another weird early '60s Beatnik coffee house full of reprobates including Bruce Dern, ha, ha. Good episode, and yet another rooftop chase that this series was so fond of!S02E20 The Fault in Our Stars (Mar.22.1961)
Stars Paul Burke Horace McMahon Nancy Malone Harry Bellaver Roddy McDowall Mary Fickett Louise Larabee Alvin Epstein Patricia Bosworth Victor Thorley Florence Anglin Jessica Levy Marc Alan Austen Bruce Dern Lawrence Dobkin Robert Dryden Chris Gampel Harvey Jason Teno PollickAn actor, down on his luck, resorts to murder in order to raise the cash needed to pay his rent. Bruce Dern as Hollis appears (uncredited) in his 4th appearance.
He left quite a legacy on film, and through his legal battles with the mindless and absurd MPAA that verged on persecution, Roddy McDowell helped to establish the rights of collectors to their home video collections. And his lifelong friendship with fellow child star Elizabeth Taylor is legendary. Not long ago, I watched a 1984 episode of Hotel in which they co-starred together.This concludes the Roddy McDowall Birthday Tribute
Then, in 1975, CBS commissioned a weekly series based on the premise
While the series was cancelled after only 15 episodes, McDowall had very fond memories of the series and always spoke highly of it. He hosted the superb documentary on the series, Behind the Planet of the Apes, while suffering from cancer. He succumbed to his illness shortly following.
Wonderful fan appreciation for Roddy and his lengthy association with Planet of the Apes, Scott! I have the original theatrical films on Blu, and also got the 1975 TV series on DVD a couple years ago. I've only watched a few episodes from that set, but it proved to be much better than I expected. Being overseas at the time, I missed that series when it first aired.Interesting post script: I won a CD compilation of Hugo Friedhofer film score re-recordings that I was looking for over a long time. The seller claimed it was from the estate of Roddy McDowall. I don't have any proof, but it was a cool thought and I prefer to believe it.
I have fond memories of Roddy's guest appearances on Alfred Hitchcock Hour, Combat!, 12 O'clock High, Run For Your Life and The Invaders, all of these on disc in my collection. During the same period, he was making big movies like Cleopatra, Inside Daisy Clover and Lord Love a Duck...all of this just his mid-60s stuff in his extensive career.
Your newly acquired CD of the great Hugo Friedhofer's music must be a humdinger! He's one of the greats with an amazing body of work. Where do you start in recounting his music? I'd just start with The Best Years of Our Lives and The Bishop's Wife, among many other immortal film scores!