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What did you watch this week in classic TV on DVD(or Blu)?

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  1. Message #2721 of 2954 Sep 14, 2019
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    Jeff Flugel

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    Roger that!

    I like both the Sinatra / Hazelwood version of "Jackson" and the more famous June / Johnny one...the Movin' With Nancy TV special I linked to includes it.
     
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  2. Jeff Flugel

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    Thanks for that fascinating Steve Allen Show tidbit, Randall! That's an impressive collection of variety specials and talk show samplers you have on DVD. I have none, though I'd be happy to own several that you mention, especially those uncut Dean Martin shows. I tend to rely on YouTube for those sort of programs, or at the very least clips...it's really a treasure trove of all kinds of classic TV esoterica.
     
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    Jeff Flugel

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    I remember Kay Lenz very well, Russ. Always enjoyed seeing her turn up in various things in the '70s and '80s...including four times (!) on Simon & Simon. She had a kind of earthy, brooding sensuality that I liked, and was a decent actress to boot. She's in a Season 5 McCloud ep ("The Barefoot Girls of Bleecker Street")...might have to check that one out soon. Good to see that she's started working again in recent years.

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    I always associated her with her hippie part in Clint Eastwood's Breezy (1973).

    Breezy Official Trailer #1 - William Holden Movie (1973) HD
     
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    Kay Lenz did some fine work indeed...I agree, her film with William Holden, Breezy is one of her most memorable, and she's great in it.

    Kay Lenz also won a 1989 primetime Emmy for her performance in the truly great series, Midnight Caller, After it Happened...
     
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    There's been some talk in this thread about Bonanza and it's reputed lack of location shooting and it becoming more of a studio bound show...strangely, I both agree and disagree with that assertion. If I may explain...throughout it's long run there were lengthy interludes where the show was more limited to the back lot Virginia City, the soundstage Ponderosa and day trips to film exteriors at Bronson Canyon, Franklin Canyon and Thousand Oaks...I think that was most pronounced in seasons 4 to 7...but in all of those seasons, and throughout the whole run, the production company regularly decamped to locations farther afield...yielding spectacular results, even then on the small tube TVs of the '60s...and more so now, with the spectacularly remastered CBS DVD sets seen on a large panel HDTV...

    Season 5, Twilight Town (Oct. 13, 1963), a personal favorite that Jeff reviewed not long ago in this thread...I have vivid memories of watching this first run as a 7 year old...as a big fan of the concurrent Twilight Zone, I could see the clear influences of Rod Serling in this ghost story penned by Cy Chermack and directed by John Florea with the eye popping locations of Lake Los Angeles and the Antelope Valley of the High Sierras...filmed in the desert heat of July...little Joe is bushwhacked, robbed of his horse and left for dead...he finds an refuge in a mysterious town with a desperate and terrified people in fear of some terrible menace...rescuing him from death but asking him to be their sheriff in the imminent struggle against the as yet unseen evil... Davey Davison as the lovely young girl...my screen caps from the CBS season 5 set...
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    About 20 years ago AMC aired "Movin' With Nancy" under their American Pop Classics umbrella. I'd been wanting to see it since picking up Nancy's LP of the same title in the mid 80's in the 10 cent bin at a local store. I watched it with my then-girlfriend and I recall getting in a minor argument because at one point she said "what is this (expletive) stupid song?" about "Up, Up and Away".....I probably could have picked my battles more wisely. :)

    There's a second, harder to find but also great Nancy & Lee lp (and actually, I think a 3rd from about 10 years ago).
     
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    The Bonanza screencaps and recent viewings of Big Valley and High Chaparral remind me that when I was young, I could see these shows and merely think it looked like the "old west", whereas now I can see the 1960's influence in the outfits, especially in the later 60's programs where the clothes are tailored more in the style of the times. For those who were older than me back then, was it noticeable in that way, if this makes any sense? There are certain characters like Little Joe or Heath Barkley where you could rip a few holes in the clothes and they would fit in a biker movie, take off their western vest and they could be a stuntman on Mannix or Bracken's World, etc. The Fugitive might visit a ranch and encounter characters dressed pretty identically to Manolito.
     
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    What about the hair cuts and facial hair?!
     
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    Well, I was only a baby back then, but I know I certainly notice this when watching many late '60s / early '70s westerns now...for example, Michael Landon's hair in the last few seasons of Bonanza, or Robert Conrad's in S4 of The Wild Wild West. Looks a lot more like late 1960s than 1870s.
     
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    All in the Family Season 5 disc 3, rewatching Mary Tyler Moore Season 1, and after watching the first episode of HGTV's Brady House Restoration, I bought the Brady Bunch complete collection and started watching season 1.

    Edit: Evidently I'm not the only one getting nostalgic watching the Bradys on HGTV, the Brady dvd collection is currently out of stock. I'm sure the fact that it's 50% off didn't hurt either.
     
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    Finally got back to viewing some classic television. First up is:

    Perry Mason - Season 7 - 9
    TCOT Ice-Cold Hands (7.16) Joyce Bulifant, Dabbs Greer, Richard Davalos, Arch Johnson, Phyllis Coates. Jooyce Bulifant in another ditzy role. She wants Perry to cash in her betting ticket from the winning horse race. Perry is interested and becomes involved in embezzlement and murder.

    TCOT Bountiful Beauty (7.17) Sandra Warner, Ryan O'Neal, Zeme North, John Van Dreelen, John Zaremba. Peyton Place done Perry Mason style.

    TCOT Nervous Neighbor (7.18) Paul Winchell, Richard Rust, Jeanne Cooper, Katherine Squire, Sheila Bromley, Les Tremayne, Barry Atwater.

    TCOT Fifty Millionth Frenchman (7.19) David McCallum, Jacques, Bergerac, Roxane Berard, Jackie Coogan, Coleen Gray. A lonely french bookseller is co-opted by an old family friend and finds himself accused of murder. It involves a jealous wife and many extra girlfriends.

    Seven Days - Complete Series
    Doppelganger Part 1/Part 2 (1.6 and 1.7)) Brian Thompson, Dale Dye, Tom Amandes. A gung ho General wants to ignite a war with the US in order to be declared the leader so that martial law can be established. Due to upgrades, an error occurs during the backstep which creates an evil duplicate of Agent Parker.

    Shadow Play (1.8) Gina Phillips, Nicholas Surovy. An agency front is destroyed and Parker is attempting to find out who and why. He flees with the main suspect and finds she is not the guilty party. She remains a mystery until the final minutes.

    As Time Goes By (1.9) Ravil Isyanov, Ned Romero. Olga's husband appears and claims to be from the future. Parker and Ramsey are suspicious.

    Sleepers (1.10) Soon-Tek Oh, Wade Williams. Manchurian candidate style tale with Parker and Donovan as "triggers".

    The Time Tunnel - Complete Series Bluray
    Massacre (1.8) Joe Maross, Christopher Dark, Paul Comi, John Pickard, Lawrence Montaigne. Doug and Tony meet up with Gen. Custer on the eve of Little Big Horn

    Devil's Island (1.9) Marcel Hillaire, Theo Marcuse, Oscar Beregi, Jr. Doug and Tony find themselves on the island of Krakatoa, no this time it is supposed to be Devil's Island. Can they change history and help Dreyfus escape.

    Reign of Terror (1.10) David Opatoshu, Monique LeMaire, Joe. E. Tata. The French Revolution with an evil General Kirk and a pint sized Napoleon Bonaparte.

    Rawhide - Season 1
    Incident of the Widowed Dove (1.4) Sally Forest, Jay C. Flippen, Harry Shannon, Vic Perrin. The drovers head into town for some R&R and Rowdy gets picked up by a damsel in distress. Just so happens her husband is the local sheriff. Rowdy is so enamored that he fights Gil, loses, draws his pay and heads to town. Interesting tale that highlights Gil's paternal role.

    Incident on the Edge of Madness (1.5) Alan Marshall, Lon Chaney, Jr., Marie Windsor, Fay Roope. Gil has been sitting on the edge of town to avoid his former Confederate leader. Millet uses Narcie to entice the drovers to start a new Confederacy in Panama. Jesse (lpn Chaney, Jr.) is captivated and joins up to be near his "love". Nice to see Lon in this.

    Incident of the Power and the Plow (1.6) Michael Pate, Rodolfo Acosta, Brian Donlevy, Dick Van Patten, Malcolm Atterbuty, Sandy Kenyon. Crossing the prairie, the drive crosses land posted by Mr. Reston. Gil and Rowdy ride in to ask permission and are greeted by the beating of an Indian accused of stealing a milk cow (unjust accusation). While in town, Gil treats the Indian child to candy. This creates friction with the Reston crowd and they increase the cruelty to Taslatch. Hard to tell who is the true "savage" in this one. Excellent story, my wife enjoyed this one (she is branching out, first Gunsmoke, The High Chapparal, next Have Gun - Will Travel and now Rawhide; bestill my heart).

    Gunsmoke - Season 8-9
    Us Haggens (8.13) Ken Curtis, Denver Pyle, Elizabeth McCrae. The adventure that brings Festus to Dodge the first time. Festus is after his ne'er do well Uncle for causing the death of his twin, Fergus. His path crosses with Matt's. They partner and bring Uncle BlackJack and his lady friend into Dodge. Festus becomes a "regular" sometime next season. Not sure if this episode was meant as a tryout or not. If it was, I guess we could say it was successful.

    False Front (8.15) William Windom, Andrew Prine, Art Lund. A newspaperman believes he can create a legend ou of whispers and innuendo before the legend arrives in Dodge. An inveterate gamble agrees to a bet. When the legend arrives in town, he doesn't impress much. Slowly but surely he begins to believe the word on the street and practices shooting on his own to grow into the reputation. This exposes the twisted bet and costs the young man his life. Early variation on Trading Places.

    Old Comrade (8.16) J. Pat O'Malley, Frank Sutton, Vitina Marcus, Ralph Moody. An old soldier wishes to see his son that he abandoned. The son is found in Dodge and trouble occurs as the son is not totally sharp.

    The Rockford Files - Complete Series Bluray
    The Aaron Ironwood School of Success (2.1) James Hampton, Ken Swofford, Jonathan Lippe. Childhood friend has made good and is in trouble with the mob. The old pyramid scheme has collapsed.

    The Farnsworth Stratagem (2.2) Linda Evans, H. M. Wynant, John Crawford, Stuart Margolin, Paul Jenkins, Gerald McRaney. Det. Becker was fleeced and now Jim is playing Oklahoma oilman to help his friend. A great con episode.

    Gearjammers, Part 1 and Part 2 (2.3 and 2.4) Rosemary deCamp, Scott Brady, Ted Gehring, Bob Hoy. A Rocky centered two parter. Rocky witnesses an exchange he shouldn't and is marked for murder. This one involves trucks, the docks and stolen merchandise, not to mention death for Rocky. Great two parter.

    The Deep Blue Sleep (2.5) Robert Webber, Janet MacLachlan, Michael Conrad, Melendy Britt, Robert Hays. Rockford enters the world of fashion as well as a money laundering scheme involving the death of Beth's good friend.

    A solid slate of episodes.

     
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    Just browsing the thread (some great pictures, BTW) and a couple of random thoughts.

    Do I remember Kay Lenz? Yes... yes I do. Simply gorgeous and yeah - she was seemingly everywhere back in the '70s.

    Huge fan of Columbo; watched the original broadcasts and have revisited the series over the years. The antagonists fell into certain categories and the smug ones were fun to watch because of their capacity to underestimate Columbo; particularly the ones who thought they could outwit him.

    Looking at those Bonanza pictures (the woman in black (Doris Dowling?)) sort of looks like a mean version of Michaela Conlin from Bones.

    - Walter.
     
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    The last couple weeks I did watch a few episodes of Carol Lynley guest shots as a memorial tribute to her.

    The FBI, S3-"False Witness."
    =Carol is wrongly accused of being part of a bank robbery heist but then her ex-con boyfriend Peter Duel gets her to take part in a heist *he's* going to be part of.

    The Love Boat, S2-"Best Of Friends"
    =Here's a bit of symmetrical irony with the above. In this episode, Carol is traveling to meet her old high school buddy (Donna Pescow, who was 12 years younger than her, but that's a testament to how great Carol looked) who is traveling with her fiancee. But as it turns out the fiancee who boards ahead of Donna, tries to pick Carol up which leads to awkwardness though the fiancee later apologizes and admits he's really devoted to Donna but due to comedy of errors Donna thinks Carol is after him. The symmetrical irony is that the fiancee is Ben Murphy so the above episode and this one shows Carol being paired with both Smith and Jones ultimately!

    Fantasy Island, S1="Lady Of The Evening"
    =Unlike the original pilot film which stuck her in a thankless villainess role (Fantasy Island villains were always the most cardboard of characters since they were just plot devices serving the need of a guest) this makes her a guest as a prostitute trying to get away and not be recognized. This leads to romance with a man whom she doesn't want to learn her real profession. Playing her boyfriend is Paul Burke ("Naked City") whom Carol had romanced and terrorized in the film "Once You Kiss A Stranger".

    Charlie's Angels, S5-"Island Angels."
    =An early Tanya Roberts episode filmed in Hawaii that gives (unfortunately) most of the spotlight to her. We get a lot of name guest stars that we're supposed to guess who an assassin is (Don Knight, still in his one-note "Immortal" mode is quickly dispatched of as a fellow assassin in the opening minutes). We know it's not Richard Jaeckel since he's being set up too much as a red herring (hostile and not wanting his picture taken). They also try to make us think it could be Lyle Waggoner or Randolph Mantooth but in the end we know it's Carol when they go out of our way to do one other thing designed to deflect suspicion off her but which only calls attention to her. This episode shows how lame the writing can get and how with a less charismatic figure in Roberts, the show conveys the sense of running out of gas more than ever.

    But hey, at least the episode was responsible for this photo shoot since she wears this swimsuit in it. :)

    467796324.

    RIP, Carol.
     
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    Not only hair, Jeff. Female couture of the TV era is nowhere near what the ladies were actually wearing in the mid-19th century. I give you the examples of Linda Evans in The Big Valley, and a non-TV celebrity from 1870:

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    Old Bessie (on the right) kinda makes you wonder how any children were conceived back then. But by golly, she could whip up a mean skillet cornbread.
     
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    Yes, good point...sometimes too much reality in our TV is more than we might wish! Give me that big-haired, California blonde surfer girl look in my TV westerns any day of the week, I say.

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    Episode commentary
    Dennis the Menace
    "Dennis' Obligation" (S2E26)

    Dennis' mom Alice (Gloria Henry) is out of town, most likely hooking up with an encyclopedia salesman from Duluth. This is just fine with Dad (Herbert Anderson), who uses the time to drink cheap whiskey and visit the local pool hall.* Grandma Mitchell (Kathleen Mulqueen) is left to watch Dennis and run the household.

    To occupy his time, Dennis is charged with watching over the school incubator filled with chicken eggs. He hauls the contraption home for the weekend, but must find the correct light bulb to keep the eggs warm. Too low of wattage = dead chicks. Too high, and you have a box of omelets and frittatas. Dennis wraps the eggs in his bed blanket while he heads over to Mr. Wilson's to borrow a bulb. While cleaning, Grandma finds the eggs and sticks them in the fridge. Dennis fortunately rescues them before she can turn it into a souffle. Grandma is nearly prostrate with grief upon learning they're Dennis' school project.

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    Gloria acts like she doesn't recognize the encyclopedia salesman; Sgt. Mooney asks the boys here he can score some weed; Alice confesses some nasty stuff to a clueless Henry

    In the meantime, the neighborhood association passes a resolution to ban any raising of "wild" animals in the area--imposing a massive $5 fine on any wrongdoers. Sgt. Mooney (George Cisar) is charged with upholding the law. Of course he discovers Dennis' chicks once they hatch and all hell breaks loose.

    The overbearingly fake cuteness of Jay North easily obliterates any humor, however dim, that this series can generate. It lacks the the more realistic (and funny) issues seen in Leave It To Beaver--which CBS used to replace LITB when it migrated to ABC.
    After 100 episodes, Joseph Kearns (Mr. Wilson) dropped dead from an extreme Metrecal diet and was replaced by Gale Gordon. It did not elevate the show and was cancelled after the fourth season. By that time Jay North was nearly 46 and finding it hard to fit into his denim jumper.**

    *Okay, that's not part of the script. But it should have been.
    **Another fabrication on my part. Somebody stop me...
     
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    Bull's eye!

    We used to watch Swinging Sixties tv western!
    Nobody wore tight 501 blue jeans back in the Old West.
    In the XIXth century, they used to wear conventional suits and dresses in the fashion of the Victorian era like British people.

    https://vintagedancer.com/victorian/victorian-mens-fashion-history/



    Victorian.
     
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    Back in the old days, I could watch back-to-back The Wild Wild West and The Avengers: both were hip!
     

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